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NBL Discount for “Strength in Numbers” event in May

The National Black Lawyers are partnering with the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute for “Strength in Numbers: Celebrating African American Representation in the Law.” The event will be held May 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. Strength in Numbers is dedicated to … Continue reading

NBL member reaches $3.5M settlement over DC police shooting

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National Black Lawyers member Jason Downs has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the District of Columbia over a fatal shooting by a police officer of an unarmed motorcyclist. Downs says Terrence Sterling was unlawfully shot in the back and … Continue reading

Podcast: Racial inequities in the criminal justice system

Paul Butler

Georgetown law professor Paul Butler is a former federal prosecutor in Washington, DC who once put people in prison. Now, he believes that prisons ought to be abolished. In this podcast by the ABA Journal available at the Legal Talk … Continue reading

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We hope you enjoy reading the news blogs on The National Black Lawyers website, and the latest news on the legal profession in our social media feeds and in our newsletter, The National. We are constantly striving to provide thoughtful, … Continue reading

What makes a great law firm website?

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What does it take to create a great law firm website? Forbes has identified five things that a law firm’s website needs to elevate it above the rest. It’s more than just looking good. It has to stand out, and … Continue reading

A survival guide for being stopped by police

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Meredith Walker’s son was already 6′ 4″ and weighed 225 at the age of 16. So, she said, it was time for them to have “the talk”: what to do when he’s stopped by a cop. Ms. Walker explained to … Continue reading

ACLU Comment on Sentencing Reform Senate Committee Vote

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a markup vote tomorrow (Thursday, February 15) on a bill to address the problem of mass incarceration at the federal level. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA S. 1917), supported by … Continue reading

Legal Services Corp. still hopes to get funding

President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 released today calls for defunding the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but LSC leaders remain confident of continued bipartisan Congressional support. LSC is the nation’s largest single funder of civil legal aid, distributing more … Continue reading

Podcast: How Jeff Sessions has affected the Justice Dept. in his 1st year

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged that “a new era in justice has begun” after being sworn in as the nation’s top prosecutor. One year later, it’s clear that Sessions has had a profound effect on the Justice Department, reports NPR. … Continue reading

Alliance for Justice criticizes Trump court nominee with ‘history of racist statements’

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Alliance for Justice today released a preliminary “Snapshot” report on the record of Ryan Bounds, whom Donald Trump has nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. AFJ President Nan Aron released the following … Continue reading