Steven Donziger case sparks students’ boycott of law firm

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Nearly 300 students from 52 law schools around the country including Harvard and NYU are boycotting working for a law firm they claim has a conflict of interest handling the case of environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, according to a report.

Lawyers of firm Seward & Kissel were appointed by the government as special prosecutors in Donziger’s criminal contempt of court case accusing him of refusing a request to hand over his cell phone and computer, the New York Law Journal reported.

In a letter the students sent to Seward on Wednesday, they claimed that the firm has a conflict

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Former Cranston Mayor Fung lands new job in Johnston law firm

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PROVIDENCE – Former Cranston Mayor – and two-time Republican candidate for governor – Allan Fung has landed a new job as a partner at the Johnston-based law firm Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC.

“Returning to practicing law in a thriving law firm where I can contribute to its continued growth is exciting, and I am delighted at the opportunities ahead,” Fung said in a statement released by the law firm.

The lobbying arm of the firm has a long list of clients that, this year, includes:

Eli Lilly and Co.; the American Council of Life Insurers; the University of

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Washington court strikes down law that made unintentional possession of drugs a crime

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The Washington Supreme Court this week struck down a law that made it a felony to unknowingly possess illegal drugs in the state.

A majority of justices ruled Thursday that the “strict liability” drug possession law, which made any illegal drug possession a felony, was unconstitutional.

“The court correctly recognized the injustice of convicting people for innocent conduct,” Richard Lechich, who argued the case before the court, told The Seattle Times. “While the decision cannot rectify the harm this law caused to so many communities, particularly communities of color, it at least puts an end to it.”

The state

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Warren County considers septic system inspection law | Local

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Warren County is considering adopting a law requiring people to have their septic systems inspected upon transfer of their property.

“If there are any failing (systems), they would have to address them,” said Glens Falls 3rd Ward Supervisor Claudia Braymer at Tuesday’s meeting of the Environmental Concerns and Real Property Tax Services Committee meeting.

The law is modeled after one that Queensbury implemented in 2019.

Braymer said the law would apply to all wastewater treatment systems within 250 feet of a specific list of water bodies: Lake George, Schroon Lake, Schroon River, Brant Lake, Loon Lake, Lake Luzerne and the

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Biden’s First Strike and the International Law of Self-Defense

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The United States carried out airstrikes in Syria early Friday morning, killing several people and destroying several buildings. The Pentagon says that the airstrikes were a response to a rocket attack that occurred on Feb. 15, some 10 days earlier, at Erbil airport in northern Iraq, some 400 km away. That rocket attack killed a Filipino contractor, wounded four American contractors, and wounded a U.S. soldier.

It’s not clear whether the U.S. airstrikes targeted the group responsible for the rocket attack, or other groups affiliated with it. The Pentagon says “the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control

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