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Legal News Roundup: July 29

Here’s a roundup of some major legal stories from the past week.

Big Tech CEO Hearing

NPR – Tech CEOs began their defense at a major antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill. Virtual testimony included appearances by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai. Lawmakers will discuss whether the companies stifle competition and hurt consumers.

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Online Bar Exam Marred by a Software Crash

Reuters Legal – Prospective lawyers in Michigan took the nation’s first online bar exam on Tuesday. Unfortunately, applicants were locked out of a portion of the test due to a software crash. The issue was blamed on a cyberattack. After a brief delay, participants were able to complete the exam.

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Civil Justice Grants Issued

Court News Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court has issued $725,088 in civil justice grants for 19 courts and court-related associations to help low-income, underserved and disadvantaged Ohioans who need legal assistance. Recipients included the Equality Ohio Education Fund, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation and Catholic Charities. The Civil Justice Program Fund seeks to provide direct civil legal assistance and increased access to assistance for Ohioans’ civil legal needs, such as housing, health care and economic security.

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Ohio Lawyers to Serve as Poll Workers

Court News Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court approved a plan that will turn Ohio lawyers into volunteer poll workers at general election sites on November 3. In return, participating attorneys will receive credit toward their required continuing education obligations. Lawyers in Ohio are required to earn 24 continuing legal education credits every two years. Ohio needs 35,000 poll workers for the general election.

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