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Law students pledge not to work for Trump election firms

A group of law students and new lawyers is circulating a pledge not to work or interview with law firms that represent the Trump campaign and GOP allies. Targeted law firms are Jones Day, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, King & Spalding and Consovoy McCarthy. The same group is seeking signatures on an open letter urging law firms and law schools not to hire lawyers who “weaponized the law” for the Trump administration. (Law360, Bloomberg Law, the People’s Parity Project here and here)

US deports women who complained about medical procedures

The United States has deported six women who complained about medical procedures performed on them by a gynecologist while they were being held at a private detention center in Georgia, their lawyers report. At least seven others have been told they face removal. “ICE is destroying the evidence needed for this investigation,” said Columbia University law professor Elora Mukherjee in an interview with the Associated Press. (The Associated Press)

Federal trial paused after lawyer, juror contract COVID-19

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of Sherman, Texas, has paused a federal civil trial after “multiple participants” became ill with COVID-19, including a lawyer and a juror. The courthouse is closed for sanitation. (Law.com, Bloomberg Law)

K&L Gates launches business training for female associates

K&L Gates is partnering with the nonprofit Ms. JD to launch a business training program for 30 high-achieving female associates, including women of color. The program, dubbed Pathway to Success, offers tools to refine skills in business development, personal branding and cultivating client relationships. (K&L Gates press release, Law360)