You Failed the Bar Exam. Now What? | New York Law Journal

By Karen Sloan

 
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Bar exam results are coming in across the country, and they aren’t pretty.

The national average score on the Multistate Bar Exam for July sank to a 34-year low. New York’s pass rate dropped five percentage points to a dismal 63 percent. The pass rate in Pennsylvania ticked down from 81 percent to 79 percent. Florida didn’t fare any better, seeing its pass rate drop to 67 percent from 71 percent the previous year. All of this means that a lot of law graduates are facing the prospect of retaking the bar.

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Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How–GIZMODO

Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. Law enforcement around the world has taken to using GrayKey to break into locked iPhones but it appears Apple has finally gotten ahead of the device’s crafty manufacturers. For now.

Forbes’ Thomas Brewster has been on top of the GrayKey saga from the beginning. On Wednesday, he cited sources from the forensic community who’ve told him that Apple’s efforts to keep bad actors and law enforcement from cracking into its users’ phones have paid off. According to the report, the $15,000 tool made by a shadowy company called Grayshift is now only capable of performing a “partial extraction” of data. It can pull a few unencrypted files and some metadata that’s virtually worthless.

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Missing Migrants Project

SOCIAL STUDIES
Each year, thousands of people perish or go missing while trying to migrate to another country, many as refugees or asylum-seekers. The Missing Migrants Project, an effort that began in 2013 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), “tracks deaths of migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, who have gone missing along mixed migration routes worldwide.” Here, readers will find the “Latest Global Figures” for migrant deaths as well as detailed breakdowns by regions, with annual and monthly data available going back to 2014. The Migration Flows Europe section leads to an interactive map visualizing the population flows of migrants in Europe. The downloads tab allows readers to download the project’s datasets as Excel or CSV files (with IOM’s methodology available under the about tab), as well as reports, data briefs, infographics, and other publications. Geographers, social scientists, and concerned readers will likely find the Missing Migrants Project to be informative and illuminating. [JDC]

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DAs File Constitutional Challenge to NY Prosecutorial Conduct Commission | New York Law Journal

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The District Attorneys Association of New York and some individual prosecutors filed a complaint against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of both state legislative chambers on Wednesday, challenging the constitutionality of a new law that creates a special commission to investigate claims of prosecutorial misconduct.

The complaint, filed in Albany County Supreme Court, alleges that the law violates the separation of powers between the three branches of state government by giving the Legislature and Court of Appeals power over district attorneys, who are executive officials.

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Cops aren’t entitled to kill dogs during search just because they are unlicensed, 6th Circuit says–ABA Journal

Police officers who fatally shot a couple’s dogs during a home search weren’t entitled to kill the animals just because they were unlicensed, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

In a 2-1 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati ruled that the couple who owned the dogs could proceed with their Fourth Amendment suit against two of six officers.

The two officers had shot two of the couple’s dogs during their search of the home for marijuana.

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One of the two officers had testified he had previously shot 39 dogs. As of July 2016, he had shot at least 69 animals, the lower court opinion said.

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Sui Generis–a New York law blog: ABA on disaster preparedness and ethical obligations

Nicole Black

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, disaster preparedness is on everyone’s minds. For lawyers affected by disasters, natural or otherwise, there are unique concerns given the nature of the services that they provide. Statute of limitations and other deadlines must be met despite the weather, as do clients’ needs and concerns. The drumbeat of the law stops for no one which is why lawyers need to take steps to ensure that their law office will continue to run smoothly even after a natural disaster hits.

For lawyers who are unsure how to go about doing this, an opinion recently issued by the American Bar Association provides some guidance. In Formal Opinion 482, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility addressed lawyers’ ethical obligations in the face of a disaster and provided advice for lawyers seeking to implement a disaster plan for their law firm.

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