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Remember how the Chief Justice responded to the complaints that the federal judiciary failed to protect employees from sexual harassment and misconduct?

Well, a big hire has been made, and it seems to be a step in the right direction for the whole federal judiciary. Jill Langley, a longtime Tenth Circuit employee, has been appointed as the first-ever Judicial Integrity Officer. That position is the result of the Workplace Conduct Working Group that came together after the allegations against Judge Kozinski came to light.

Unlike the billion and half holidays created by marketing companies to sell greeting cards, flowers, gifts, keepsakes, and legal services, Human Rights Day is a legit, international holiday.

Back in 1948, on December 10, the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That document, in short, declares that all humans have certain rights, such as to be free from slavery, forced servitude, forced marriage, and arbitrary arrest, as well as declaring that everyone is entitled to privacy and other human rights.

So, if you're wondering what you, as a lawyer, law student, or law firm, can do to celebrate, below you can find three easy ways.

When it comes to the qualifications of the President Donald Trump's latest appointment, attorney William Barr for Attorney General, there's very little doubt Barr has the right background. After all, not only is he a lawyer, he already served as the United States Attorney General from 1991 to 1993 under the first Bush administration.

Notably, Barr is indeed still considered a conservative and Republican, which is clearly no surprise as he was nominated by President Trump. Additionally, in terms of his own policy beliefs, it is believed that he supports strong presidential-powers, which as nearly every pundit would admit, is a key issue for the Trump administration.

There's no doubt about it. Our world is as political as it has ever been. And with all that politics, there's bound to be antics, but rarely do judge's play an active role.

However, in one Massachusetts courtroom, one judge is alleged to have responded in an unusual way when she learned that ICE agents were waiting to arrest a defendant when he left her courtroom. According to reports, she allowed the defendant to be released from custody and then let out the back door of the courthouse. ICE agents that gave chase claim to have seen the man running and jumping over a fence.

While facing adverse consequences at work for misconduct is nothing to be celebrated, there are certainly times when taking one for the team, paying dues, or facing the music, is heralded as a rite of passage.

That's not the case when a lawyer, or anyone really, is busted watching porn in their office. That's a lonely, solitary, and embarrassing way to get in trouble. And for one partner at a prestigious BigLaw firm in London, his suspension will perhaps go down in history as one of the most embarrassing moments an attorney can be dealt. You see, that partner, clearly believing himself to be alone, began watching pornography at his desk, in his private office.

Allegedly, there may have been more going on, but thankfully, his hands were not visible. And if you're wondering how the whole world found out, that's where this story takes an unexpected turn.

Judge Howard Sturim of the Nassau County court has a cute little secret that he hides under the bench in his courtroom. That secret is a diabetic service dog named Barney.

Judge Sturim has type 2 diabetes, and Barney has been specially trained to smell when the judge needs to take his insulin. Barney (like all dogs) is a good dog, and in the last 20 jury trials, has only been found out once due to a sneeze that caused his collar to jingle, which raised some curious eyebrows in the courtroom. Rather than leave the courtroom puzzled, he revealed Barney to the courtroom.

Along the lines of the recent push across the nation to remove monuments and tributes to historic individuals that held racist beliefs, the University of California at Berkeley is considering changing the name of its law school.

The Berkeley School of Law, also known as Boalt Hall, is named after John Henry Boalt. Boalt was a Nevada attorney who moved to California in 1880. Upon his death, his widow, Elizabeth Boalt, donated parcels of property in San Francisco to the University of Berkeley in order to build a building for the law school. However, recently, John Boalt's writings have faced increasing criticism due to racist views he expressed in the 19th century.

On the heels of the Oregon State Bar issuing a $1.12 refund to members that requested one as a result of publishing political speech in the April issue of the bar's almost monthly "Bulletin," a pair of lawyers have filed a serious challenge to the Oregon Bar's collection of membership dues for political activity.

The lawyers' case relies on the recent SCOTUS decision in Janus v. American Federation, which held that public employees that opt-out of union membership cannot be compelled to pay dues. And while a state bar is not a union, per se, it's argued that it's similar enough, and the argument seems to be in line with Keller too.

If you haven't heard, FindLaw has launched a new weekly podcast bringing you a brief digest of recent cases, with an emphasis on the brief.

The podcast, appropriately titled "FindLaw's 5in5," discusses five cases each week, in (and you guessed it) under five minutes. We're lawyers bringing other lawyers informative content, in a fun, friendly, and easy-to-digest way. If you're already itching to give it a listen, head on over to the main 5in5 page, or give the play button below a click.

This week, the White House announced the signing of a new Executive Order which shakes up the appointment process for administrative law judges in federal agencies.

As many commentators have noted, the executive order removes some of the more stringent (and objective) requirements candidates need to qualify for an appointment to a federal administrative law judgeship. It is appropriately titled: "Executive Order Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service."