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Married or not, same-sex couples enjoy the same property distribution rights as straights when they break up, a Washington state appeals court has ruled. The case was brought by a nurse who sued her former partner, a doctor, to have their property divided as it would be between a husband and wife … A student actress who claims she faced religious discrimination for refusing to swear in class will get her day in court. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an earlier dismissal of the suit brought by Christina Axson-Flynn, who says she was forced out of the University of Utah’s theater program due to her beliefs as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints … The U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that would have broken the isolation of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The appeals court’s ruling would have allowed access to lawyers and courts for Libyan detainee Falen Gherebi. But the high court said the decision should be suspended until it decides whether to hear another case involving treatment of the detainees … Does a California court have jurisdiction in a tribal dispute? A Riverside County Superior Court judge is taking 10 days to look into the question. Meanwhile, Judge Charles D. Field is suspending the ouster of 130 members of the Pechanga tribe, who say they’ve been targeted so that others can divvy up their annual take of $10.5 million in casino revenues … Why not practice on pretend clients? Work for the poor? Serve a one-year apprenticeship, or take a nationalized exam? A recent conference sponsored by the Georgia State University College of Law produced no shortage of alternatives to the present bar exam. The most popular inspiration: medical training. – Lori Patel

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