A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Loretta Lynch takes the stage, how U.S. prisons are dealing with an aging population and a public defender is detained.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Loretta Lynch takes the stage, how U.S. prisons are dealing with an aging population and a public defender is detained.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., pressed attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch over her position on the state's controversial new voting laws, and at one point tried to show she’d contradicted herself.
A Foley & Lardner partner's response to sanctions threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court may be made public next month as the result of a surprise change in court policy.
Judge Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said Tuesday that if she were applying for a clerkship at her court now, she would not get the job because competition has become so intense. Millett said she seeks out diverse applicants, especially including those with military experience.
Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Wednesday vowed to reintroduce "in the coming weeks" legislation backed by the technology industry that would bar warrantless searches of personal emails and other data U.S. citizens put in the cloud.
A federal district judge in Washington is considering a request for sanctions against Environmental Protection Agency officials over their handling of a request for public records about decision-making leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
Former Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia is joining McDermott Will & Emery, according to two people familiar with the hire. Moran’s announcement, likely to come in February, is another of the early movements of former members joining lobbying firms.
A round up of legal news from ALM publications and across the web: Vanderbilt football players convicted of rape; The New Yorker profiles food safety lawyer Bill Marler; the Mormon Church calls for LGBT protection.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will gavel in his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. On the eve of having attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in the hot seat, Grassley downplayed his career milestone.
Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway will sell 168 stores in eight states to win approval of their $9.2 billion merger from the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said Tuesday.
Convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has lost his bid to block the federal government from seizing nearly $450,000 in tax refunds he was set to receive.
A former CBS reporter suing the U.S. Department of Justice, the founder of a voter-fraud watchdog group, two prominent D.C.-based law professors and a former U.S. attorney are among the nine witnesses set to testify on Thursday during Loretta Lynch’s nomination hearings.
Amy Mauser, who worked alongside Boies Schiller founder David Boies on the Starr International trial last year, succeeds Mike Brille in the top job. Mauser’s promotion caps about two years of expansion at the litigation firm.
The Obama administration, fighting back Monday against House Republicans’ lawsuit over the federal health care law, argued that the legislators don't have standing to sue and that the case represents a clear violation of separation of powers.
Senate Republicans announce the witnesses scheduled to testify at Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearings. A federal appeals court upholds the campaign finance conviction of a prominent Nevada lawyer. A drone's unannounced visit at the White House is causing a few problems. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.
Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has won his bid to remain free while he appeals his conviction on public corruption charges.
After President Barack Obama's calls this month for cybersecurity legislation, the finance sector is trying to ensure that banks and merchants share the legal and regulatory burden for consumer data protection.
A woman restrained during a protest at the U.S. Department of Justice is suing the federal government, claiming an officer used excessive force by firing a Taser at her.
A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court, going nuclear, drones and U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s letters.
Secret video of Wednesday’s dramatic protest at the U.S. Supreme Court was posted online Friday night, giving the public a rare glimpse inside the court chamber. The video captures members of the organization 99Rise disrupting the court’s operations briefly but forcefully.
G. Michael Harvey, a veteran prosecutor with national security litigation experience, is in line to become the newest magistrate judge in Washington federal district court, according to people familiar with the process.
Mike Godwin, a former top lawyer for Wikipedia operator Wikimedia Foundation Inc., will serve as the first general counsel and innovation policy director of the libertarian think tank R Street Institute, the Washington, D.C.-based group announced Thursday.
The former target of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation is suing Venable for malpractice over claims that the firm failed to take steps that would have prevented the agency from getting involved.
This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. The legal community is reacting to firm news out of China and two firms are still waiting on payments from Gov. Chris Christie's Republican backers.
If Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is thinking about going to court over his New Year’s Day exercise equipment injury, he’s not tipping his hand.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division raked in nearly $1.9 billion through criminal fines, especially against auto parts makers, in fiscal year 2014. The total almost doubles what the division levied in recent years.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday announced its new subcommittee chairs and members. The subcommittee on the Constitution cut “civil rights and human rights” from its title under the Democratic majority.
When hundreds of pages of previously classified documents about the CIA’s detention and interrogation program were released late last year, certain sections were blacked out. The Justice Department now wants to keep the redactions in place—and block the disclosure of thousands of pages that were not published.
Law firm expansions planned for Kansas City and China, and an attorney who’s missing his $40,000: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country.
The District of Columbia government suffered a significant setback this month in its effort to hold Bank of America Corp. responsible for $48 million stolen by a former city employee in an elaborate fraud scheme. D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg dismissed the bulk of the city's claims against the bank.
President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night didn’t renew a call for patent litigation reform he made during the speech last year, dashing the hopes of some business groups and senior Republican lawmakers.
Protesters disrupted Wednesday morning's U.S. Supreme Court session, rising one after another to shout criticism of the court's Citizens United campaign finance decision on the occasion of its fifth anniversary.
Sally Rosenberg said she’s always believed that if you want something in your career, you should ask for it. Last year, she asked McDermott leaders if they could consider her for the partnership a second time.
A round up of legal news from ALM and around the web: the State of the Union; a win for Dish; the fallout from an insider trading decision.
Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. skipped the president's remarks, which briefly touched on voting rights, gay marriage, health care and the continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.
Elizabeth Baird, formerly of Bingham McCutchen, will join Grace Speights in sharing the top job at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' D.C. office. The promotion is among the combined firm’s first public moves in Washington to integrate recently acquired Bingham lawyers.
As the U.S. government drafts rules for the use of commercial drones, Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc. and other backers of the unmanned aircraft are working to ensure they are on the radar of federal lawmakers and regulators.
Judges Thomas Motley and John Mott of the District of Columbia Superior Court are seeking their second 15-year appointments to the bench. Also, the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission is looking for a new executive director.
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a Muslim inmate in Arkansas in his challenge to a prison rule that barred him from wearing a half-inch beard for religious reasons.
Retired Utah Congressman Jim Matheson will join Squire Patton Boggs' public policy practice in Washington, the firm announced Tuesday. Matheson, who left Congress at the end of 2014, will become a principal at the firm.
A look at the law schools that have sent the most alumni to Congress. Justice Scalia wins for most sarcastic justice. Police agencies are using handheld radars to "see" inside homes. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM publications and other sites.
The confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch are set for Jan. 28 and 29, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced late Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court, stepping into a historic legal, political and social debate, agreed on Friday to decide whether states can prohibit same-sex marriages without violating the federal Constitution.
The U.S. Department of Justice, forced by a judge to reveal information about a secret law enforcement database of phone records, on Thursday disclosed new details about the now-defunct data-collection program.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has turned to Capitol Hill for a general counsel, tapping Charles Yi, a former senior congressional staffer, for the job.
Comparing federal prosecutors to school children who make bad excuses to avoid detention, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington this week found that the government had overstepped its authority in subpoenaing jailhouse phone records and visitor logs.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: a crackdown in France on speech supporting terrorism, a defense contractor pleads guilty to bribery and BP catches a break.
Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc., Macy's Inc. and 31 other organizations have banded together to push Congress to pass legislation that curbs the litigious power of patent trolls.
It was a homecoming of sorts for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on Thursday as he reminisced about Philadelphia and his friendship with one of its famous sons, the late appeals court judge Edward Becker, “a man who made a big difference in my life.”
The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging a Washington federal trial judge’s ruling to keep alive a suit that a pro-Israel advocacy group brought over alleged Internal Revenue Service discrimination.
Apple, Google and other tech companies have reached a settlement on a major antitrust case, and “Serial’s” Adnan Syed awaits an appeals judge’s ruling: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country.
A federal judge in Washington for the second time in a month struck down a piece of U.S. Department of Labor regulations intended to expand minimum-wage and overtime protections for home care workers.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr doubled the leadership of its lobbying group Wednesday, with the hiring of Sen. Rob Portman’s former chief of staff, Rob Lehman. The move bolsters a practice area that Wilmer had maintained in relative obscurity until the past few years.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on a mission this year to change the Affordable Care Act, help companies share information about cyberthreats and fix problems it sees in the U.S. legal system, Chamber president Thomas Donohue said Wednesday.
A round up of legal news from ALM and around the web: The U.S. Supreme Court rules for consumers in a mortgage case; Dodd-Frank under attack; JPMorgan's profits fall as legal costs top $1 billion.
McKenna Long & Aldridge has hired former Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Owens as a part-time strategic adviser. That’s fairly standard for a Congressman-turned-lobbyist. But it’s Owens’ connections along the U.S.-Canada border McKenna really wants.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will release a plan to encourage the public and private sectors to share cyberthreat details with each other, giving companies "targeted liability protection" for their information, according to the White House.
Even U.S. Supreme Court justices get stuck in traffic. Justice Antonin Scalia was absent from the court briefly at the beginning of Tuesday's court session, delayed because of a traffic accident that caused lengthy backups on several routes into D.C. from Virginia, where the justice lives.
Top U.S. Department of Justice officials violated policy in suspending two prosecutors involved in the botched case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the Merit Systems Protection Board ruled this month in declaring the discipline invalid.
A federal judge in Virginia has rejected Bob McDonnell's bid to remain free while he appeals his conviction. McDonnell, the former Virginia governor, was sentenced to two years in prison on corruption charges.
Kamala Harris prepares to announce her Senate bid, prosecutors back off from forcing a NYT reporter to testify at trial and the justices continue the waiting game over whether to review the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.
David O’Neil, a top U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who temporarily led the Criminal Division last year, will join Debevoise as a partner.
One of Squire Patton Boggs’ highest-profile litigators in the U.S., Robert Luskin, will leave the firm with five of his partners for Paul Hastings, three people familiar with the move said Monday.
A federal judge in Washington is trying to move forward a long-running whistleblower case as KBR Inc. appeals orders that require the contractor to disclose certain internal papers.
Two lawyers serving as "independent consultants" will review wrongful conviction claims against the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the office announced on Monday.
A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: More law jobs, the Washington Redskins trademark case, legal fees for same-sex marriage cases and intellectual property lawyers on the move.
A bankruptcy trustee has settled with Squire Patton Boggs after accusing legacy firm Patton Boggs of lowballing the amount it earned from a client.
While many law firms have felt the jolt of a shrinking industry, their partners might be too comfortable to incite real change. That’s what Georgetown University Law Center’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession argues in its 2015 report.
Despite opposition from President Barack Obama, the House has passed legislation to modify a key Affordable Care Act provision, drawing applause from the business community.
The U.S. Department of Justice is jumping into the court fight over the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ trademarks. The department will defend against the team's constitutional challenge to a section of federal trademark law.
Squire Patton Boggs has registered to lobby for embattled Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.
Two senior judges in the District of Columbia’s local courts—Judge John Ferren of the Court of Appeals and Judge Frederick Dorsey of Superior Court—are seeking reappointment.
A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: Wisconsin voter ID law goes up to the U.S. Supreme Court, sentencing for London imam convicted of terrorism charges and a new fraud chief at the Justice Department.
Months after a federal appeals court rejected efforts to hold Chiquita Brands International Inc. liable for facilitating war crimes in Colombia, human rights lawyers have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of resurrecting their claims under the beleaguered Alien Tort Statute.
The start of the new Congress could bring new business to nearly two dozen former federal lawmakers and congressional staffers who have left Capitol Hill since 2013, if they can stomach the oft-maligned title of lobbyist.
Washington lawyer Brynee Baylor appeared to make little headway convincing a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that she was duped by her client to help peddle an investment scam.
Civil rights advocates are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to use a Wisconsin law as a vehicle to take a fresh look at whether strict voter ID laws violate the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.
The next steps for Bob McDonnell, Patton Boggs’ founder’s art collection and a former Senator from Georgia. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
Kelley Drye & Warren’s new managing partner will be based out of the Washington office for the first time, but that doesn’t mean much will change at the firm. Lewis Rose, a 57-year-old advertising lawyer, assumed the job on Jan. 1.
Republican lawmakers in Washington are forging ahead with legislation to change a key requirement of the Affordable Care Act, setting up a potential showdown between the new GOP-controlled Congress and President Barack Obama over his signature health care law.
At the start of the 114th Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday resubmitted the nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general.
Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s lawyers are wasting no time taking his public corruption conviction to a federal appeals court. A lead member of McDonnell's defense team, Jones Day partner Henry "Hank" Asbill, spoke to The National Law Journal about what issues they intend to raise in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: the latest legal strike in a suit involving Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz; former Gov. Robert McDonnell sentenced; Kirby Delauter.
A federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday sentenced former Gov. Robert McDonnell to two years in prison on public corruption charges.
The House of Representatives late Tuesday gave final approval to a rules change that gives the House Judiciary Committee jurisdiction over any bill proposing or modifying a new or existing criminal law or penalty.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., the nongovernmental regulator of U.S. financial planners, has hired its first general counsel, snagging Washington lawyer Leo Rydzewski from Holland & Knight for the job, the organization announced Tuesday.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be sentenced Tuesday on public corruption charges. His lawyers filed hundreds of pages of letters in support of leniency. Here are a handful of letters, from lawyers, in support of McDonnell.
Same-sex marriages begin in Florida, a New York Times reporter takes the stand in a CIA leak case, and Bob McDonnell prepares for sentencing today: This is a roundup of legal news from ALM publications and other outlets.
The federal government has agreed to a financial settlement in a trademark dispute over the Obama administration’s "myRA" retirement services program, according to a lawyer for the private company that filed suit. The amount was not immediately disclosed.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has filled its top lobbying job in Washington, D.C., with Jennifer Safavian, a lawyer who most recently served as a senior aide to congressional Republicans.
CSX Transportation Inc. is fighting a subpoena for documents about a controversial plan to rebuild a section of its rail network running through a Washington neighborhood.
A round up of news from ALM publications and around the web: the U.S. Supreme Court's electronic filing system, John Hinckley Jr., former Sen. Edward Brooke and North Korea.
Federal prosecutors in Washington announced Friday they will not charge John Hinckley Jr. in connection to the shooting death of James Brady.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who died on Thursday at age 82, almost became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993. Sixteen years later, Cuomo visited the high court and reflected on what could have been.
The U.S. Supreme Court is developing an electronic filing system that will make all case filings available to the public online, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. announced in his annual year-end report issued Wednesday. Roberts said the new system “may be operational as soon as 2016."
Scott Bloch, a former head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, received a temporary D.C. Bar suspension this week following a disciplinary action against him in California.
Former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren should lose his license to practice law in Washington following his conviction for attempted murder, a professional responsibility panel for lawyers has advised the D.C. Court of Appeals.
A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: Harvard Law and sexual harassment; $1 billion divorce appeal; Pom wins a round.
A Baltimore County circuit court judge last week awarded three Venable partners and an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union $590,000 for their pro bono work for the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reaffirm its opposition to a federal securities rule that requires publicly traded companies to disclose the source of certain minerals.