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The Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, has made one of those blunders that the internet world labels #FAIL and every attorney dreads: A draft pleading, complete with caps-lock notes and empty bullet points, actually got filed with the court.

Though a corrected version of his post-trial pleading was filed, the level of embarrassment that comes from such an epic blunder is not solely relegated to the legal community. In addition to the grief Kobach is getting from Twitter lawyers over his likely failure to proofread, during the actual trial, he was repeatedly lectured by the court on proper trial procedure.

In an act of protest against fossil fuels, civil rights champion and attorney David Buckley committed suicide via self-immolation.

The attorney was a mere 60 years old and had devoted the early part of his second act to environmental causes. His actions, according to a note found by his body, and emails he sent before carrying out his plan, attempted to raise awareness of mankind's destruction of the environment via burning fossil fuels.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor had his lawsuit against one of Bill Cosby's accusers, Andrea Constand, and her attorneys, dismissed with prejudice by the court.

In case this piece of the Cosby fallout had gotten past you, Former DA Castor was sued by Constand in 2015, while he was running for election as district attorney. That case is still pending in the federal court. However, he alleged in a separate lawsuit that Constand's lawsuit was an abuse of process, and filed in order to destroy his campaign which was ultimately unsuccessful. Constand's lawsuit related to Castor's actions while serving as district attorney in 2005, where he publicly explained the reasons why he would not file charges against Cosby based on Constand's accusations of sexual assault.

It's plain to see why Seth Rich's family was bothered by the media's coverage of Seth's unsolved murder. Not only have his parents filed a lawsuit against various media companies and personalities, but so has his brother, Aaron Rich.

Sadly, without evidence or support, Rich's murder was used as a political prop by various media outlets. It was claimed that Seth was murdered as a result of leaking the DNC's emails to WikiLeaks. Basically, instead of Russian hackers, journalists and news personalities were putting the hacked emails on Seth and Aaron's shoulders, even after the alleged evidence was retracted by Fox News for failing to be subjected to a "high degree of editorial scrutiny."

President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is facing a barrage of questions about the propriety of the payment, allegedly made personally by him, to Stormy Daniels. In case you've somehow managed to avoid this breaking headline, an adult entertainment actress was allegedly paid $130,000 as hush money, by Cohen, in order to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

And while the alleged underlying conduct, or a payment of hush money, might not be terribly unexpected from President Trump given his crude reputation, Cohen's claim that he made the payment out of his own personal funds without Trump's knowledge simply defies all credulity. As Above The Law aptly explained (in bolded all caps): "MOB LAWYERS DON'T DO THAT!"

In a recent report, there seems to be a tone of shock that the complaints lodged against federal judges rarely see the light of day. As an attorney, you not only know better than to be shocked, you've probably considered filing complaints yourself for all sorts of reasons. Judges, right?

However, with former Justice Kozinski's recent resignation amid damning allegations, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court decided to investigate the whole complaint process. Interestingly, this seemed to key in the media to the fact that there's a problem with the complaint process, partly due to the fact that judges are policing themselves with little oversight, and practically no real public accountability.

The rare story of the criminal turned lawyer will often turn heads for the tale of redemption and self reflection. However, just as inspiring is the even rarer story of a victim turned lawyer that helps to bring down their former attacker.

For one lawyer, that is part of her story. Rachael Denhollander, at the age of 15, was abused by the now infamous former gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar. Sixteen years later, after becoming a mother and an attorney, she became the first victim to step forward to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse. Her public accounting led to countless other victims coming forward.

The sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former doctor for Team USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University who pleaded guilty to child pornography and six counts of child molestation, has been making waves throughout social media. However, the 40 to 175 year sentence and 150 plus victim testimonials that made up the week-long sentencing hearing seem to have taken a back seat to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's rise as a social media hero.

When judges sentence criminals, frequently, there will be a brief lecture prior to the handing down of the sentence, which can come after victims, and sometimes supporters of the convicted, make statements. That lecture usually explains what the conviction is for, then sets forth the basis for the sentence. Judges have quite a bit of latitude when it comes to the tone and tenor of their sentencing lecture. Judge Aquilina's lecture for Nassar, however, was one that many won't soon forget.

Congratulations are certainly in order for Justice Adrienne C. Nelson, who, last week, was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court. Rather surprisingly, throughout the history of the Oregon Supreme Court, there has never been an African American justice before Judge Nelson. In fact, the same holds true for all of Oregon's appellate court system as well.

Judge Nelson is rather happy to be breaking barriers, making history, and providing a positive role model to the minority children in the state. Being a civil rights advocate, she is grateful to have the opportunity, but cautioned that she would not be an "activist" judge, but rather a bridge.

At the Wyoming Supreme Court building, a new art exhibition, located in the aptly named Equality Hall, is set to debut in early February. The exhibition celebrates the contributions of women to the law and honors many of Wyoming's women who broke new legal ground. Notably, Wyoming, which adopted the nickname the Equality State, was the first state to pass women's suffrage, as well as actually allow women to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office.

On the North side of Equality Hall, portraits of some of the most influential women in the state's history will hang, including the first woman admitted to the state's bar, the first woman judge, as well as the first woman governor (who was elected back in 1925). On the South side of the hall, there will be facts about, and shadowboxes depicting artifacts of, the first women in the legal field that made significant contributions.