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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."

In the age of #MeToo, it is a wonder that anyone in the public spotlight, particularly government officials, would think suggestively touching colleagues at a work party is okay. As we've seen since the movement started, a person doesn't have to be as bad as Weinstein or Cosby to get taken down.

Indiana's Attorney General is accused of groping four women, in one night, in March of this year, including a state representative. And while he has denied the accusations, that denial isn't really helping, particularly as a report prepared by a law firm for some legislative leaders appears to corroborate the accusations, while seeming to conclude that his actions likely didn't constitute a hostile work environment because the work-party was unofficial.

While it may seem like judges these days can do what they want, then wriggle their way out of trouble before the worst of it comes to light, that's not always the case. The Florida Supreme Court recently rejected stipulations of proposed discipline for two judges, seemingly because they wanted to know more.

The state's high court reviewed the stipulated agreements and proposed discipline of two judges accused of misconduct, and rejected both, ordering a full evidentiary hearing in the matters. Judges Stephen Millan and Maria Ortiz admitted to misconduct (in separate cases), and agreed to be disciplined, however, the state's Supreme Court wants to see a more developed factual record in both matters before approving the discipline.

While tensions are about as high as they have ever been between ICE agents and the public, disturbing news out of Kansas City may inflame matters even further.

Attorney Andrea Martinez, while assisting a three-year-old boy reunite with his mother who was in the process of being deported, was pushed by ICE agents, and fell to the ground, suffering serious injury. The incident happened in the middle of night, and was captured on camera. The attorney rolled her ankle, fractured her right foot, and the fall also caused quite a bit of blood.

A program for the state appellate court in Indiana, called Appeals on Wheels, might not be the courthouse inside a food-truck that your modern mind envisions, but it's still awesome!

The focus of the program is to help educate the public about how the justice system works by holding real oral arguments, in real cases, off-site. Unfortunately, unlike The People's Court, or Judge Judy, the public likely feels a bit let down when they learn a decision won't be forthcoming at the end of the episode.

There's no doubt that family court is not easy on the mind, body, nor soul. Sure, there are some lawyers, judges, and court employees who are spiritually recharged by the very fact that they are there, helping families in a really meaningful way. Those folks are special and deserve to be paid more.

But there are also many who have been worn down over the years due to the vicious emotional rollercoaster that is family court, or those who could never handle it to begin with. Surprisingly, sometimes even judges in family court can fall into that category of people who have no business being there. And sadly, as the ABA reported, and many families experienced, you don't have to look any further than a Philly courtroom to find a bad example.