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    Alum establishes fellowship for Duke Law graduates to pursue legal work in field of public interest

    James Scott Farrin, Law School ’90, has established a new fellowship that allows recent Duke Law graduates to pursue legal work in the field of public interest for a year.  The $500,000 gift includes health insurance, salary and benefits and must be applied at a 501(c)(3) organization serving the public good.  Kerry Abrams, James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke dean of the School of Law, noted that the Law School continues to invest in opportunities in public interest law for law students, building upon its existing strength in the field.  “The Farrin Fellowship will help one of those students  

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    Legal marijuana can reduce crime, improve law enforcement resources

    With homicide rates and gun violence rising nationwide, law enforcement faces significant challenges. It stands to reason that police departments that are freed from marijuana arrests will have more resources to devote to serious crimes. According to a June 2020 study by the National Institute of Justice on the Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Law Enforcement, “legalization has apparently coincided with an increase in crime clearance rates in several areas, suggesting that legalization may result in a net positive redistribution in police human resource allocation. In addition, fewer persons are being processed by the criminal justice system on nonviolent marijuana  

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    Arguments on Texas Abortion Law to be Heard by Supreme Court Justices

    [Follow our live coverage of the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Texas Abortion Law.] WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on Monday in challenges to a Texas law that has sharply curtailed abortions in the state. The law, which went into effect on Sept. 1 after the court declined to block it in a bitterly divided 5-to-4 decision, was drafted to evade review in federal court, a goal the state has so far achieved. The law, which bans most abortions after about six weeks and includes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, has caused  

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    Practice Innovations: Archangels of Innovation within law firms

    Every law firm has them. Ambitious, innovative and tech-savvy young people with lots of good ideas on how to optimize the legal business with new delivery models and inventive new tools. These people are legal tech-evangelists, sending colleagues articles on legal innovation (like this one). They’ve also read a book or two about agile management, T-shaped people, and the shortcomings of waterfalls. Admittedly, they (or in this case, we) might be a little righteous, but they are on to something. The world is moving in their direction. I know, because I was one of them. I call them the  

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    Teenage Driving and Legal Liability

    With the school year fully underway, many Michigan families are also sending their teenagers off to driver’s training. But having a new driver in your home also means making sure you understand the basic laws of legal liability and auto insurance. Grand Rapids auto accident lawyer, Tom Sinas, shares the specifics of insuring young drivers, as well as owner liability and insurance considerations for parents. Michigan law requires teenagers to go through the Graduated Driver Licensing System before they can apply for a license. This process consists of two driver education segments and three licensing levels. Once a  

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