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ABA Committee Proposes Lifting Ban on Credit for Paid Externships

The American Bar Association's Standards Review Committee is again proposing that a ban that prevents students from receiving academic credit for paid externships be lifted, the ABA Journal reports. The ban has been one of the most contentious issues to come before the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in recent years. The Law Student Division has lobbied hard to eliminate the prohibition, saying it limits the amount of field placement opportunities available to students. But many clinicians believe that eliminating the ban would undermine the academic purposes of the placements.

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ABA to Honor Rubenfield for Gay Rights Work

Nashville attorney Abby Rubenfield was among attorneys selected to receive the American Bar Assocation’s (ABA) third annual Stonewall Award for their work as gay rights advocates. Rubenfield was co-counsel for some of the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges. Evan Wolfson and Thomas Fitzpatrick will be honored alongside Rubenfield at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting, Feb. 6. “The ABA is pleased to recognize these three gay rights pioneers. Each has been a forceful voice for LGBT inclusion and legal progress,” said the commission’s chair, Mark Johnson Roberts. 

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