Expert Columns

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.


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 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.


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 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.

Practice threefer

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.


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

Azamat Tazhayakov (left), Dias Kadyrbayev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) in a photo taken in Times Square in a framegrab from VKontakt, the Russian equivalent of Facebook.

IN BRIEF: Boston Sentencing Delay

A federal judge has delayed sentencing for two friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a pending case testing a statute that criminalizes record destruction and falsification. Plus more from and other ALM publications.


Prep Work Is Key for Companies Courting Buyers

By David Goldenberg and Conrad Everhard |

Counsel for sellers need to complete a checklist of tasks before a suitor comes calling.

Social Media (Not) for Zombies

By Adrian Dayton |

How would the completely mindless—you know, actual zombies—use social media?

Angela Preston, vice president of compliance and general counsel at EmployeeScreenIQ.

In-House Counsel Profile: EmployeeScreenIQ Corp.'s Angela Preston

By Richard Acello |

"One of the fun aspects of the job is that it's a new position in the company, so I've been able to define the role and the company's legal needs."

pink house poster

INADMISSIBLE: From Supreme Court to the Movie Screen

The U.S. Supreme Court soon may be the subject of a casting call for the movie version of one of its more controversial rulings. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Drink Up, Hanover

A town in Canada is no longer dry, and two Texas prosecutors discuss their novels in this week's column.


New arrivals and laterals in this week's column.

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011.

IN BRIEF: Trump Class Certified

A California federal judge has certified a nationwide class of students who allege Donald Trump defrauded them by marketing Trump University as an actual institution of learning in which Trump was integrally involved. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Wall Street’s Formula for Cybersecurity Regulation

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Industry urges government to speak with one voice.

Tougher Measures for a Continued Lack of Civility

By Aaron Bayer |

Rules designed to stop rude behavior that persists in the profession are passing constitutional muster.

Noel Elfant, Vice President and General Counsel at DeLaval, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: DeLaval Inc.'s Noel Elfant

By Richard Acello |

Noel Elfant is chief legal officer for North America, working with counterparts in five countries.

INADMISSIBLE: Ginsburg Error is Latest by Justices

U.S. Supreme Court justices, being human, make mistakes. But the court's handling of a recent error made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was unprecedented. Plus more in this week's column.

Actor Frank Sivero as Frankie Carbone in the film Goodfellas, left, and The Simpsons character Louie, right.

VOIR DIRE: D'ohfellas

$250 million. That's what "Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero is demanding for the use of his likeness in "The Simpsons." Plus: the biggest pumpkin in New Jersey, and no slice of the pie in this week's column.


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

Duke Ellington in 1971, from the movie The Adventure of Jazz.

IN BRIEF: Ellington's Copyright

A copyright renewal that Duke Ellington signed in 1961 does not unfairly deprive his heirs of a portion of foreign royalties on works such as "Mood Indigo" and "Sophisticated Lady," the New York Court of Appeals said on Oct. 23. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Please, Amal, Keep Your Day Job

By Vivia Chen |

Show the world that you can sweep the sexiest man alive off his feet, stay true to yourself and keep your day job. Is that too much to ask?

Daniel Trujillo Sr. VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Walmart International

Compliance Chief Tries To Fix Wal-Mart's Image

By Sue Reisinger |

Daniel Trujillo, the retailer's international chief compliance officer, is building a new companywide compliance regime.

To Catch an E-Thief — Under Federal Property Law

By Nick Akerman |

As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden 'conversion' definition.

Anne Ortel, general counsel of Ustream.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ustream Inc.'s Anne Ortel

By June D. Bell |

"It's always a challenge when you're helping a company shift its business model."

Paula Jones and her husband Steve Jones leave the Little Rock, Ark., federal courthouse Friday, Aug. 22, 1997.

INADMISSIBLE: Roberts Once Considered Repping Clinton

Documents released by the Clinton Presidential Library led to a startling revelation: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., then in private practice, actually considered representing President Bill Clinton before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 in the legal battle over Paula Jones' allegations of sexual harassment. Plus more in this week's column.

Don Henley

VOIR DIRE: Eagle-Eyed

Don Henley doesn't like that pun, and telling little lies about Lil Wayne in this week's column.


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

David McCallum, left, who spent 29 years in prison, answers questions from the media after his conviction was vacated in Brooklyn Supreme Court Wednesday. With him are his mother Ernestine and his attorney Oscar Michelen.

IN BRIEF: Exoneration After 30 Years

Nearly 30 years after David McCallum was convicted of ­murder at age 17 on the strength of a confession he said was beaten out of him, he walked out of a courthouse on Oct. 15 a free man. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

How Are Women Supposed to Act?

By Vivia Chen |

During a tech conference, when asked how women should broach the subject of a promotion or a raise, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella essentially told women to keep their mouths shut.