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President Donald Trump's appointment of William Barr as the United States Attorney General has now been confirmed by Congress.

Barr passed with a 54 to 45 vote, mostly along partisan lines. The big questions that seemed to be centered around Barr's position on the Mueller probe, and whether the end-report will be released publicly or kept confidential. Additionally, it does not appear that Barr will be recusing himself as AG Sessions did, though he did promise to not fire Mueller without cause.

At Cornell Law, the school and community are celebrating the election of the first all-female Cornell Law Review executive board.

The all-female board is being heralded as the first ever all-female law review board at a top 14 law school. And the board has their work cut out for them, as the Cornell Law Review receives hundreds of submissions each month from scholars at all levels. Even Justice Ginsburg published an article in it.

For many immigration lawyers and organization that assist individuals, January 31, 2019 will not soon be forgotten. After all, it is a stark reminder of what happened on October 31, 2018.

If you're not an immigration practitioner, you might not know, or remember, why these dates are significant. After all, immigration has been a hot button subject with several high-profile issues. But after the Pereira v. U.S. 8 to 1 U.S. Supreme Court decision last June explaining that DHS notices to appear without an actual court date and location were invalid, it is alleged that new notices just started getting issued with "fake" or placeholder dates.

For lawyers these days, strategic action is as important as ever. And attorney Charles Hamilton Houston's history, the namesake of the Charles Houston Bar Association and the Charles Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, can teach lawyers how to effectively implement a go-wide strategy.

If you don't know who Charles Houston is, you may have learned about him in your U.S. history class as he is widely credited as "the man who killed Jim Crow." But how he did it, and then led the charge that resulted in Brown v. Board of Education and desegregation, was so strategically brilliant, that lawyers today can learn a thing or two.

Government attorneys in the criminal justice system are all too aware of the fact that public defenders' offices, traditionally, are under-funded, under-staffed, and under-appreciated.

However, a few recent cases have been filed seeking to challenge those norms and get PD offices more funding to hire more attorneys, reduce caseloads, and provide more funding for litigation services, like investigations and experts. Notably, one of these cases has just been cleared for trial, though one has not been scheduled yet, as the challengers to the Louisiana system not only succeeded in obtaining class cert, they also defeated the states motion for summary judgment.

When it comes to crime, judges rarely get cast in the role of hero. But for Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, although it's been over a year since she sentenced the infamous former Team USA and MSU gymnastics doctor/predator, she's still being contacted by victims of abuse.

And in keeping with her social-media hero status, when asked about the Nassar case in a recent interview with local news, she spoke broadly and explained that more needs to be done to support abuse victims. She suggested strengthening mandatory reporting laws, educating even the janitors on the warning signs, as well as simply not leaving doctors alone with minor patients.

A judge in Los Angeles, California is facing some rather shocking allegations that he sexually harassed court employees and even another justice, with some allegations dating back nearly two decades.

The allegations against Justice Jeffrey Johnson, who sits on the California's Second District Court of Appeals, includes some rather untoward conduct, such as actual groping and making inappropriate and suggestive comments. In addition to the sexual harassment, Johnson reportedly has "appeared drunk in public" a few too many times, and had a habit of yelling at staff.

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.