Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

American Civil Liberties Union of...
PO BOX 120160
Nashville, TN 37212
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Ford & Harrison LLP
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 2010
Nashville, TN 37201
Ford Harrison LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Ste 200
Memphis, TN 38120

DOJ to Investigate FBI’s Pre-Election Activities

The U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general will review how the FBI and the DOJ handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced yesterday. Horowitz said the probe would include a review of whether improper considerations influenced investigative decisions and whether proper procedures were followed regarding announcement of the closed probe in July and an Oct. 28 disclosure that newly discovered emails were being investigated. FBI Director James Comey concluded after the second review that prosecution still was not warranted. Some have suggested that the late October announcement negatively impacted support for Clinton. The ABA Journal has the story.

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Court Weighs Education Benefits for Disabled Students

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed willing to put more teeth into a law that requires public schools to help learning-disabled students, the Associated Press reports. Most of the justices indicated that school districts must offer more than the bare minimum of services to children with special needs. But they struggled over how to clarify the law without inviting more litigation between frustrated parents and cash-strapped schools. The court is considering an appeal from the parents of an autistic teen who say his public school did not provide sufficient services and are seeking reimbursement for the costs of sending him to a private school.

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