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An astonishing thing happened on Saturday. US Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, read the redacted Mueller Report and concluded from the evidence that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses, and broke ranks with his party. In a concise tweet, Amash — Read more…


Trump claims he plans to cut off federal funding, at least in part, to colleges that do not protect views across the political spectrum. To make his point, he called Hayden Williams, a conservative activist, onto the stage. Williams alleges Read more…


[Click here to read on the Slate Magazine site] President Donald Trump has been bending and breaking laws all of his life. Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer, stated under oath that Trump directed him to violate federal campaign finance law; the Read more…


[Click here to read on the Slate Magazine website] The upcoming Supreme Court case Gamble v. United States has fueled speculation that Republicans are pushing for a favorable outcome in order to free Trump to issue pardons of his associates without fear that they Read more…


[Click here to read on the Slate website] Last week, federal Judge Dana M. Sabraw issued a nationwide injunction   ending the Trump administration policy of removing children from families entering the United States. This order was an important first step, but Read more…


Now that President Trump has issued an executive order that may perhaps end his administration’s policy of family separation, there are still many outstanding questions: What happens to new families entering the United States? Will there be a Separation 2.0, just Read more…


Behind a purple and gold curtain on the stage of the school’s auditorium, Barbara Johns, 16, stood waiting. What she was about to do could put her–and her friends and family–in danger. But she felt no fear. The curtain rose. Read more…


Included in Reaching the Bar, a collection of essays by women lawyers, published in 2009. I am an appellate defense attorney. I represent parents who have had their children removed by county child protection agencies. My practice is limited to Read more…


August 8, 2001 For several years I taught the fiction-writing workshop at the University of California, Davis extension. The number of lawyers who enrolled in my classes always surprised me. Often there were more lawyers than members of any other Read more…