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Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer provides frank reply to Justice Barrett; new web site has legislation college scholarship data

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GOP lawyer provides candid reply to Justice Barrett

A lawyer for the Arizona Republican Party gave a frank reply in oral arguments Tuesday when Justice Amy Coney Barrett requested why the GOP didn’t need to rely votes forged within the improper precinct on Election Day. “Because it puts us at a competitive disadvantage relative to Democrats,” lawyer Michael Carvin replied. “Politics is a zero-sum game, and every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of Section 2 hurts us.”

Carvin was referring to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans voting practices that discriminate on the idea of race, coloration or language. At concern within the case is whether or not the precinct measure and a second legislation have a disproportionate impression on minorities in violation of Section 2. The second legislation bans most third events from amassing and delivering voter ballots, a course of dubbed “ballot harvesting.”

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared prone to uphold the 2 legal guidelines, in line with protection of the arguments by multiple publications. The justices differed, nonetheless, on what commonplace to make use of when applying Section 2. (The New York Times, the Washington Post, SCOTUSblog)

Access Lex begins new web site for legislation college scholarship data

A database of legislation college scholarships, with search filters for issues like award quantities, essay necessities and areas, was introduced at this time by Access Lex, a nonprofit that focuses on rising entry to authorized formal training.

The Law School Scholarship Databank lists virtually 800 choices, in line with its web site. The scholarships cowl a variety of wants, together with bar research as well as awards for aspiring, incoming and present legislation college students. The web site additionally contains suggestions for getting suggestion letters, what could be performed to strengthen an utility and extra. (The Scholarship Databank)

Lawyers mourn demise of Vernon Jordan

Legal heavyweights are recalling the impression of Vernon Jordan as they mourn his demise, in line with the Daily Report Online. Jordan was a civil rights activist, Washington energy dealer and former associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He died Monday at age 85.

Attorney and politician Stacey Abrams tweeted that Jordan “battled the demons of voter suppression and racial degradation, winning more than he lost.” Retired Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears remembered Jordan’s recommendation after they appeared collectively on a panel. “If they give you a seat at the table, it’s your responsibility to speak up, don’t just sit there,” he mentioned. (The Daily Report Online, the New York Times)

Ropes & Gray targets return to workplace after Labor Day

Ropes & Gray chair Julie Jones has instructed attorneys and workers members that “permissive office usage” on the agency will proceed till Labor Day. Jones mentioned in a memo that she is optimistic the vaccine rollout will make it potential to return to the workplace even earlier than that date. Currently, 4 of the agency’s workplaces are open to those that can show good well being, whereas two others are closed. (Law.com)

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