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Look for law students among the closest observers of the upcoming presidential elections. Newly formed student group Just Democracy says it hopes to send at least 1,000 observers to the polls. The nonpartisan group, founded by Harvard 2L Becca O’Brien, wants to reduce the number of eligible voters mistakenly denied ballots. Chapters have been created in 10 states so far … If a public legal notice is not published, does anyone notice? A Chicago law firm has agreed to pay more than $700,000 to settle claims that it billed federal agencies for thousands of phantom foreclosure notices. Attorney Daniel Purdom, representing the firm of Fisher and Fisher, denied wrongdoing and blamed unintentional clerical errors for the problem … For the first time since Manuel Noriega’s trial, U.S. attorneys are trying a foreign leader on U.S. soil. Monday, a San Francisco federal court heard opening arguments in the trial of Pavel Lazarenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister accused of pumping $114 million in looted monies into U.S. banks. Defense attorney Doron Weinberg says his client merely acted on the “enormous business opportunities” available after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The case will require jurors to apply both U.S. and Ukrainian law … Oops, said the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, announcing that its investigators overstepped their authority by demanding a roster of attendees at a recent Islamic law conference at UT Austin. “There was a lapse in procedure, an error in judgment,” said an Army spokewoman, who added that the unit has since received further training … A suit by a transsexual former prisoner has gotten a boost from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 ruling, the court remanded the case of Traci (born Ted) Greene, who claims that a former warden showed indifference to her safety by housing her with a known assailant. – Lori Patel

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