Expert Columns

Lawyers Too Eager To Object Risk Sanctions

By Robert L. Byman |

If topics designated for a corporate client's deposition overreach, it's wiser to seek a protective order.

Census Chairman Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas

INADMISSIBLE: Ex-Aide Sues Texas Congressman's Office

A former staffer in the office of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, sued her old workplace alleging she was illegally fired in a sexually charged environment after she complained about mistreatment. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: No More Pet Tats

In a little less than two months, it will be a crime to tattoo or pierce your pet in the state of New York. Plus: a New Jersey attorney's fight over unconstitutional parking tickets in this week's column.

Joanne Moffic-Silver, executive vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary of CBOE.

In-House Counsel Profile: CBOE Holdings Inc.'s Joanne Moffic-Silver

By Lisa Holton |

"I met with the GC at the CBOE, who wasn't looking for someone. Later that day, he called me and said, 'We can find a place for you.' "

Movers

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Sony targeted.

IN BRIEF: Sony Hacking Lawsuit

The hacking scandal at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has yielded at least three lawsuits, the first on Dec. 15 by plaintiffs lawyers at Keller Rohrback on behalf of current and former Sony employees. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Hong Kong's Bar Passes a Test

By Michael Goldhaber |

To a journalist who sits across from distant Zuccotti Park, where the world Occupy movement got its chaotic start, Occupy Central was a model of disciplined civil disobedience. It was also the Hong Kong bar's finest hour.

'Purple' Ruling Leaves Employers Feeling Blue

By Rebekah Mintzer |

NLRB allows union organizing via company email.

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Is Trade Secrets Legislation Necessary?

By Lewis R. Clayton |

Two pending bills are popular among lawmakers due to concern about thefts by foreign countries.

Elenor Lacey, general counsel of SurveyMonkey.

In-House Profile: SurveyMonkey Inc.'s Eleanor Lacey

By June Bell |

"I think a lot about what are the right metrics for a small legal department. What is the work where we're adding value? How do we stop doing the things that don't add value?"

INADMISSIBLE: 'Radical Change' at New Pillsbury Office

The downsizing to a new office building follows a number of Washington firms that have reduced their footprints in recent years. Plus more in this week's column.

The stolen Michigan bridge.

VOIR DIRE: Arch Nemesis?

Usually, the story goes, people try to sell you a bridge. In Michigan, it appears somebody just took one. Plus: Christie vetoes a pig bill again in this week's column.

Movers

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Class Action Certification Got Tougher in 2014

By Scott Elder |

A trend emerges among courts to approve a class for liability only and defer a decision on damages.

Tom Daschle and Dennis Hastert

INADMISSIBLE: Daschle and Hastert Dish on Politics, Regs

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert last week offered a broad assessment of the regulatory landscape — and politics — in Washington as Republicans prepare to take control of the Senate and vie for the White House. Plus more in this week's column.

Collage by artist Anne Taintor.

VOIR DIRE: Tainted Reputation

Anne Taintor has become famous for taking iconic 1950s domestic images and turning them on their heads with tongue-in-cheek captions. But a New Mexico woman claims to be one of those images, and she's not amused. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers

Laterals, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

Hiroshi Shimizu.

IN BRIEF: Takata on the Hill

Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president for global quality assurance at Takata Corp., on Dec. 3 defended his company's decision not to initiate a nationwide air bag recall, saying a regional recall is sufficiently addressing a deadly safety defect. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

A British Bill of Rights?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Some British liberals have long dreamed of enacting a U.K. Bill of Rights. Now the United Kingdom’s ruling Conservative Party has put forth its own proposal for codifying human rights—but critics call it a smokescreen for decoupling from Europe.

Whistleblower Policies Lacking, Report Says

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Companies are failing to prioritize programs.

Children's Law in the New Age of Marriage

By Mary Kay Kisthardt and Barbara Handschu |

Much remains legally uncertain for kids who come from households with same-sex parents.

Leondra Kruger

INADMISSIBLE: Leondra Kruger Picked For Ca. Supremes

During her seven years as a rising star at the U.S. Department of Justice, Leondra Kruger was often mentioned by admirers as a sure bet to be nominated to the Supreme Court someday. That day came Nov. 24. Plus more in this week's column.

The cast of

VOIR DIRE: Fowl, No Harm

In Sydney, Australia, doing the chicken dance at work is not grounds for dismissal. Plus: Clairol's cleared in this week's column.

Justin Kleinman, managing director and general counsel at The Emmes Asset Management Co.

In-House Counsel Profile: Emmes Asset Management Co.'s Justin Kleinman

By Rich Acello |

Emmes invests in real estate primarily in the office, retail, hospitality and multi­family housing sectors. The company holds about 60 properties in 19 states; its total assets under management are about $2 billion.

Movers

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

President Barack Obama

IN BRIEF: Ozone Regs Announced

The Obama administration has announced long-anticipated regulations to cut ozone emissions from power plants and factories, especially in the Midwest. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

London skyline

Pro Bono Weak In UK, Europe

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

I went to the European Pro Bono Forum this month expecting to be welcomed with open arms as an emissary of America's expansive pro bono culture. I found London's pro bono leaders suspicious of efforts to boost pro bono, and hostile to the American model. With good reason.

Silicon Valley GCs Sell Off $150 Million in Shares

By David Ruiz |

Half of the top lawyers shed at least $1 million.

When Writing, Keep it Simple, Counselor

By Douglas S. Lavine |

Fancy words and long sentences don't make lawyers look smarter, just windier.

Eugene Munin, general counsel of City Colleges of Chicago.

In-House Counsel Profile: City Colleges of Chicago's Eugene Munin

By Lisa Holton |

He went into the law because "I loved learning about our system of government and the Constitution."

Paul Clement, left, and Laurence Tribe, right.

INADMISSIBLE: Paul Clement and Laurence Tribe Team Up

In a not-so-subtle hint that it's prepared to fight, the American Clinical Laboratory Association last week announced it has hired longtime U.S. Supreme Court advocate Paul Clement and constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe to challenge federal regulators. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

<b>IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE:</b> This Montblanc is worth $1,535.

VOIR DIRE: Do the Write Thing

Voltaire once wrote, "To hold a pen is to be at war." If that's so, Texas attorney Joe Joplin once nearly lost a very expensive battle. Also in this week's column: print can be too fine.

Florida State University students gather at Landis Green for a prayer service on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 after an overnight shooting at the campus library in Tallahassee, Fla.

IN BRIEF: Shooter Was A Lawyer

A man who opened fire at a Florida State University library on Nov. 20 before being killed by police has been identified by a law enforcement official as Myron De'Shawn May, a lawyer who graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2009 after earning an undergraduate degree from FSU. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Mistakes Happen — How to Handle the Blunder

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens |

So, you screwed up. Don't make the problem worse by taking the wrong steps after making the error.

Lauren Tashma, SVP, general counsel and secretary of Graphic Packaging International Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Graphic Packaging Holding Co.'s Lauren Tashma

By Richard Acello |

"Our department may be small, but what we lack in size we make up for in stamina and a passion for getting the job done right."

Sting; Kangol Kid

VOIR DIRE: Sting of a Bad Rap

The Roxanne Wars of the mid-'80s get reignited in a Long Island library, and mourning legal tech too soon gone in this week's column.

Bert Rein with Abigail Fisher in 2013

INADMISSIBLE: Affirmative Action Redux in High Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week denied full-court review in the dispute over the University of Texas affirmative action program, clearing the way for a return trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Movers

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Boston Marathon bombing.

IN BRIEF: Marathon Bomb Witnesses

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's ­lawyers are having trouble lining up defense witnesses. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

The Territorial Barrier to Commodity Exchange Act Suits

By David Meister, Boris Bershteyn and Daniel Weinstein |

While judicial ink has long been spilled on the extraterritoriality of the securities laws, growing attention is being paid to the overseas reach of the antifraud provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).

Chinese citizens wear black hoods in a performance art campaign to protest the government's mistreatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng in northern Heilongjiang province. One of the photos uploaded sarcastically reads:

A Second Wave of Rights Activists

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Two paths to real rule of law in China.

$4B Banking Settlement

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Compliance failure seen in currency trading.

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It Matters Who's in Charge at the DOJ

By Dan Webb and Rob Adkins |

Late-Obama administration turnover highlights the role individual leaders play in enforcement policy.

Sharon Barner, vice president & general counsel of Cummins Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Cummins Inc.'s Sharon Barner

By Lisa Holton |

"I work with great lawyers who are all rowing in the same direction."

Karl Racine

INADMISSIBLE: Karl Racine Elected Top D.C. Lawyer

Venable partner Karl Racine will be the District of Columbia's first elected attorney general, taking over an office that will be dramatically reshaped by the time he takes office. Plus more in this week's column.

(l-r) John Ducey as Tom and Kate Walsh as Rebecca in

VOIR DIRE: Gaveled and Axed

"Bad Judge," an NBC comedy in which Kate Walsh played a criminal court judge with a passion for hard living, has been canceled after five weeks. Plus a Teletubbie gets arrested in this week's column.

Dating Site Falls Afoul Of Federal Regulators

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act's first test.

Movers

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.