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Justice Samuel Alito at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Mock Trial 2012.

Justices' Financial Reports Shed Light on Alito 'Unrecusal'

By Zoe Tillman |

The federal judiciary on Thursday released the U.S. Supreme Court justices' financial disclosure reports for 2014, shedding light on Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s 'unrecusal' from a case that involved The Coca-Cola Co.

Morning Wrap: The Lawyering Up Edition

By Katelyn Polantz |

An interview with Dentons’ leaders about its growth to the world's largest firm, while cyclists and the Texas attorney general get their own lawyers. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

The press outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 29, the last opinion announcement session of the 2014-2015 term.

Looking Back at the Tenth Year of the Roberts Court

By Mike Scarcella |

The NLJ's Marcia Coyle looks back at the tenth year of the Roberts Court in a discussion Wednesday evening on PBS NewsHour with Joan Biskupic, legal affairs editor for Reuters, and SCOTUSblog editor Amy Howe. The big rulings. The alliances. And what's coming next.

J. Michael Farren after his arrest in 2010.

Former White House Lawyer Disbarred in D.C.

By Zoe Tillman |

Former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren, who was found guilty last year of attempted murder for assaulting his former wife, has been disbarred in the District of Columbia.

U.S. Supreme Court.  June 29, 2015.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS by the Numbers | Union Fees Challenged

By Happy Carlock |

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up a challenge to union fees in California. The NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is set to continue, if temporarily. And by-the-numbers looks at the just-ended high-court term. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Jonathan Turley on Capitol Hill in 2010.

House Enlists Liberal Justices in Case Against Affordable Care Act

By Mike Sacks |

Lawyers for the House of Representatives are claiming the U.S. Supreme Court's liberals as new allies in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that's pending in Washington federal district court. The House's lawyers said Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona's independent redistricting commission supports the House argument that it has standing to sue the Obama administration.

Merrick Garland.

D.C. Circuit Caseload Rises From Spike in Agency Challenges

By Zoe Tillman |

The caseload of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rose sharply over the past year from new administrative challenges to environmental regulations and labor rulings, Chief Judge Merrick Garland said at the circuit's judicial conference last week.

People enter the U.S. Supreme Court on the court's last public session of the current term when the opinion in Glossip v. Gross was expected to be announced.  June 29, 2015.

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: The End-of-Term Rulings

By Mike Scarcella |

Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff on Monday evening about the Supreme Court's end-of-term rulings, including a decision on EPA regulations and the constitutionality of a lethal injection drug.

Runners with printed opinions race to media crews outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the court's last public session of the term.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS Out | Ted Cruz the Rehnquist Clerk

By Mike Sacks |

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its blockbuster term on Monday with three 5-4 decisions and three high-profile orders that point to another big term on the horizon. A federal employee labor union is suing OPM over a data breach. And Ted Cruz recounts his year as a Supreme Court clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Anti-death penalty activists hold a four day liquid-only fast and vigil to mark the anniversaries of the 1972 Furman and 1976 Gregg Supreme Court decisions involving the death penalty.  The vigil, organized by the Abolitionist Action Committee, coincided with court's last public session of the current term when the opinion in Glossip v. Gross was expected to be announced.  June 29, 2015.

A Solemn Protest as High Court Rules for Death Penalty Drug

By Happy Carlock |

Twenty death penalty opponents were on the U.S. Supreme Court plaza Monday awaiting the justices' ruling on the lawfulness of Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure. The demonstrators sat silently in chairs, holding banners that said "Stop State Killing" and "End executions now!"

Ted Olson leaves the U.S. Supreme Court after arguments in the same-sex marriage cases in April.

Morning Wrap: Future of Gay Rights | Ted Olson Says Scalia's 'Wrong' | The Justice Gap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: More reactions to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling, how Big Law is failing legal aid and the story of a drug-addicted narcotics cop.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments before the court announced its opinion in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges.  June 26, 2015.

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: Kennedy on the Dignity of Marriage

By Mike Scarcella |

Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Hari Sreenivasan on Friday evening about the Supreme Court's historic ruling that declared same-sex marriages constitutional.

Runners rush to media outlets waiting outside the U.S. Supreme Court holding copies of opinions in the case Obergefell v Hodges.  The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.  June 26, 2015.

Slideshow: Anticipation, then Jubilation, at High Court

There was jubilation outside the Supreme Court on Friday as the justices ruled for same-sex marriage. NLJ photographer Diego Radzinschi and reporter Happy Carlock capture the scene in this slideshow.

Plaintiff Jim Obergefell holds a photo of his late husband John Arthur, who died of ALS in 2013, outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments after the court announced its opinion in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges.  June 26, 2015.

On the Supreme Court Plaza, a Celebration of Marriage Rights

By Happy Carlock |

Same-sex marriage proponents waving blue and yellow flags and wearing rainbow facepaint erupted into chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" moments after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its landmark decision legalizing gay unions.

Roberta Kaplan, partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments in cases relating to same-sex marriage.  Today the challenge was to the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law.  March 27, 2013.

There's 'Joy' in Big Law After Marriage Ruling

By Katelyn Polantz |

"Exaltation, crying, absolute unmitigated joy," Roberta Kaplan said Friday after the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. "I don't think anyone was that surprised, but we all had in the back of our hearts this lingering fear that it would not be what we hoped."

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments before the court announced its opinion in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges.  June 26, 2015.

Highlights from the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision

By Mike Sacks |

The U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision on Friday legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states is loaded with lofty language characteristic of its lead author, Justice Anthony Kennedy. The decision found Chief Justice John Roberts back among the court's conservatives. What follows are highlights from the decision.

Georgetown Law Center Professor Irv Gornstein summarizing the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision at the Judicial Conference of the D.C. Circuit.  June 26, 2015.

How D.C. Judges Learned About the Same-Sex Marriage Opinion

By Zoe Tillman |

As news broke online about the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision on Friday, quiet gasps and a single clap were heard at a gathering of Washington judges and lawyers. The high court's decision to schedule an extra day of decision announcements on Friday had one direct consequence for the D.C. Circuit conference: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who has attended in the past, was not there to deliver remarks about the state of the federal judiciary.

Arsenal v Chelsea.  April 2012.

D.C. Federal Judge on Soccer Fandom and Footnotes

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge John Bates made headlines earlier this week when he handed for-profit colleges a loss in their fight against federal regulations. His opinion stood out for another reason: a soccer-themed footnote. Bates compared the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to measure the success of preparing students for "gainful employment" to fans who assess the performance of Arsenal, a soccer team in the English Premier League.

Supreme Court building photo illustration.

Morning Wrap: 'Bahia Emerald' Blocked | 'SCOTUScare' at 1 First Street NE

By Happy Carlock |

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia spar over the Affordable Care Act. A Washington federal district judge weighs in on the "Bahia Emerald." This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Demonstrators in favor of the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments before the court announced its opinion in the subsidies case King v. Burwell, ruling in favor of the government.  June 25, 2015.

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Hardly Disrupts Big Law

By Katelyn Polantz |

A business-as-usual vibe extended to litigators and professional groups despite political jeers and celebrations Thursday after the Supreme Court validated the Affordable Care Act's subsidies. Still, many Big Law attorneys will find new opportunities to work with clients in relation to the law.

U.S. Supreme Court.  June 25, 2015.

Dems Celebrate High-Court Ruling, Cruz Assails 'Robed Houdinis'

By Mike Sacks |

Democrats celebrated the Supreme Court win for the Obama administration's health care subsidies and called for an end to attempts to repeal the law. Republican leadership on Capitol Hill largely refrained from stridently criticizing the Supreme Court's health care ruling Thursday as some in the party made more aggressive statements denouncing the decision.

Runners rush to media outlets waiting outside the U.S. Supreme Court holding copies of opinions in the case King v. Burwell.  Today the court ruled in favor of the government in the case involving the Affordable Care Act subsidies.  June 25, 2015.

'SCOTUScare' and 'Inartful Drafting': Quotes from King v. Burwell

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday again spared the Obama administration a defeat on its signature health care law. Here are 10 key quotes from the majority and dissenting opinions, which reflected the tense political conversation that has long surrounded the Affordable Care Act.

Morning Wrap: New Jersey Firm to Close | Attorneys Prep for This Morning’s SCOTUS Rulings

By Katelyn Polantz |

Supreme Court decisions are coming this morning, while movie theater shooter James Holmes’ defense argues in Colorado, and a law firm shutters in New Jersey. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

John Breaux, left, and Trent Lott, right.

Breaux, Lott to Stay at Squire Patton for Another Year

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington's two most eligible lobbyists are off the market for another year. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Senator John Breaux, who co-chair the public policy practice at Squire Patton Boggs, have signed a one-year extension with the firm. Their contract was set to expire this month.

Media wait outside the U.S. Supreme Court.  June 22, 2015.

Supreme Court Urged to Allow Broadcast of Historic Opinion Announcements

By Tony Mauro |

Sixteen members of Congress, including Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow live broadcast of the historic opinion announcements expected in coming days.

A Sysco delivery truck on Connecticut Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.

Morning Wrap: Sysco-US Foods Merger Blocked | SCOTUS Predictions

By Happy Carlock |

A Washington federal judge has temporarily blocked the Sysco-US Foods proposed merger. State governors call for the removal of the Confederate flag. And law professors offer predictions on how the Supreme Court will resolve same-sex marriage. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

For-Profit Colleges Lose Challenge to Financial Aid Criteria

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Education can determine if students attending for-profit colleges are eligible for financial aid based on graduates' ability to pay off their school debt, U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington ruled on Tuesday.

U.S. Capitol.

Announcing the Annual LT 150 Survey

By Katelyn Polantz |

We’re hard at work on the LT 150, our annual survey of the largest law offices in the D.C. metro area. This market has several well-known national and international firms leading the pack, yet we realize there are many smaller regional outlets that have concentrated efforts here, too. If your firm is around 30 lawyers, we may need data from you. Our full report on the legal industry in and around Washington, D.C., will publish in the National Law Journal on Aug. 3.

D.C. to Allow Laptops for Bar Exam Essay

By Zoe Tillman |

Aspiring lawyers taking the bar exam in July in D.C. will be allowed to use their laptops for the essay portion, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals announced Monday.

Media waiting outside the U.S. Supreme Court.  June 22, 2015.

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: The High-Court Grapevine Edition

By Mike Scarcella |

Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, speaks with PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill about the Supreme Court's rulings on hotel registries and grapes.

Justice Elena Kagan

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS & Spider-Man | Challenge to ACA Fails in Fifth Circuit

By Mike Sacks |

Justice Elena Kagan injects comic book maxims in her ruling on a Spider-Man toy and royalties. The Fifth Circuit rejects religious organizations' challenge to accommodations for the ACA's contraception mandate. The first Asian-Pacific judge takes his oath on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta receives the oath of office from Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 19, 2015.

First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to D.C. Federal District Court

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Morning Wrap: Health Insurers Brace for Ruling | Female Deans on the Rise

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: How Justice Anthony Kennedy became a gay rights icon, the end of the corner office for Nixon Peabody and a real estate spat involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

S. Martin Teel Jr.

Federal Bankruptcy Judge in D.C. Seeking Third Term

By Zoe Tillman |

Judge S. Martin Teel Jr., the federal bankruptcy judge for the District of Columbia, is seeking a third, 14-year term.

Jeh Johnson.

Jeh Johnson Fights Demand for Testimony in Privacy Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is fighting a subpoena for his testimony in a lawsuit rooted in the 2012 sex scandal that forced former CIA director David Petraeus to resign.

DC Bar Foundation Awards $615K in Grants to Civil Legal Services Providers

By Happy Carlock |

The D.C. Prisoners’ Project is one of 22 recipients of a D.C. Bar Foundation Legal Services Grant this year. The foundation awarded $615,000 in private grants to organizations that provide civil legal services to underserved and low-income residents of the Washington metropolitan area.

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: Analyzing the Court's First Amendment Opinions

By Mike Scarcella |

Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff on Thursday evening about the Supreme Court's two First Amendment rulings: the Texas license plates case Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a dispute over a church's roadside signs.

Jeh Johnson

Morning Wrap: Jeh Johnson Fights Depo | Google Evidence

By Mike Scarcella |

Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security Department secretary, is fighting a deposition demand in a privacy suit. The Ninth Circuit looks at the admissibility of machine-made evidence. Head count at Paul Weiss swells. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Akin Gump’s D.C. office with some of the food that was donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. (L to R Laura Dunning (legal secretary), Tony Pierce (D.C. office partner in charge), Martie Kendrick (partner), Scott Johnson (associate) and Maggie Sinnott (special assistant to the firm chairperson), and all of whom helped coordinate the firm’s participation in the Food From the Bar campaign. June 3, 2015.

Food Drive Gathers $260K, Towers of Vienna Sausages from D.C. Law Firms

By Katelyn Polantz |

Even in a charity food drive, lawyers want to win. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's D.C. office capitalized on the instinct and collected nearly 4,000 pounds of food for an annual legal industry drive for the Capital Area Food Bank, called Food from the Bar. This was the most food collected among any of the 50 or so participating firms and legal industry organizations this year.

Morning Wrap: FIFA’s Blatter Brings on McGuireWoods | Uber Driver Wins Case Repping Herself

By Katelyn Polantz |

FIFA chiefs have found U.S. attorneys, two cases against Silicon Valley see outcomes, plus a spotlight on Pittsburgh's legal market. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C.

Ballard Spahr Moves Firm's Bethesda Lawyers to D.C.

By Katelyn Polantz |

One of the only Big Law firms with a Montgomery County, Maryland, office has waved goodbye to everyday suburban bliss. Ballard Spahr moved its eight attorneys in the Bethesda, Maryland, office to D.C. in May.

Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s 2015 Branton Awards Luncheon, held at the Grand Hyatt Washington.  June 17, 2015.

Washington Lawyers' Committee Honors Pro Bono, Civil Rights Lawyers

By Happy Carlock |

Theodore Howard of Wiley Rein has long defended the rights of prisoners and fought against prison overcrowding across the country. John Relman of Relman, Dane & Colfax has championed the development of integrated communities in the fight for racial and economic justice.

Lawrence Robbins of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber (File photo: April 26, 2010)

Veteran Appellate Lawyer to Represent Ex-CIA Officer in Espionage Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Veteran appellate lawyer Lawrence Robbins will represent former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling as he appeals his espionage conviction for providing classified information to a New York Times reporter.

Google offices in New York's Chelsea neighborhood

Morning Wrap: Jenner Moves to Block Google Subpoenas | Sony Can't Shake Breach Suit

By Happy Carlock |

Jenner & Block fires back at Google's demand for documents. Sony loses round in a suit over last year's data breach. Sen. Bob Menendez must stand trial in the Garden State, a judge rules. And Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit isn't happy with the clarity of an agency's briefing. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Laurence Silberman.

D.C. Circuit Judge Irked by Agency's Briefs

By Zoe Tillman |

Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit values clarity in legal briefs. On Tuesday, the famously acronym-averse judge again showed his willingness to shame lawyers who disappoint him.

The American International Building, located in New York, NY.

Morning Wrap: Greenberg Wins | Goldberg Variations at SCOTUS

By Mike Sacks |

Former AIG CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg prevails in his suit against the Federal Reserve. Justice Antonin Scalia apologizes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after flubbing her name. Republicans look for remedies in the event the Supreme Court rules against the federally subsidized health care exchanges. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.


Cohen Seglias Adds D.C. Presence Through Merger

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman is set to enter the Washington market and launch a new practice group in internal investigations through a merger with a small firm. The firm announced Monday its plans to bring on four lawyers from Thaler Liebeler, effective June 29. The deal will allow Cohen Seglias to open an office in the nation's capital.

Iknoor Singh.

Army Must Allow Sikh Student to Enroll in ROTC, Judge Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

The Army cannot block a Sikh college student from enrolling in his school's ROTC program because he wears a turban and has long hair and a beard, a federal district judge in Washington has ruled.

Morning Wrap: RBG on 'Icon' Status | Lawsuit Threatens Gawker

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addresses the American Constitution Society, The NLJ 350 Regional Report and the Mexico Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the American Constitution Society's annual national convention in Washington, D.C.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'Amazed' at Icon Status at 82

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveled in her rock star status Saturday as she discussed her career and an upcoming movie about her life at the American Constitution Society's annual meeting in Washington. "It's amazing to think of me—an icon at 82?" Ginsburg exclaimed before a fan crowd of several hundred lawyers, law students and others in the final event of the convention.

Loretta Lynch.

Sotomayor to Swear in Lynch as Attorney General

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will swear in Attorney General Loretta Lynch for a second time on June 17 at an investiture ceremony at the Warner Theatre in Washington. There is a long tradition of Supreme Court justices participating in such ceremonies.

Hogan Lovells offices in Washington, D.C.

Hogan Lovells Sues Pharma Industry Client for $1.1 Million

By Zoe Tillman |

Hogan Lovells is accusing a former client in the pharmaceutical industry of failing to pay more than $1.1 million in legal fees.

(l-r) Karen LeCraft Henderson, Judith Rogers, and David

Divided D.C. Circuit Restricts Authority of Military Commissions

By Zoe Tillman |

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday placed new limits on the jurisdiction of U.S. military commissions, vacating the conspiracy conviction of a man accused of serving as Osama bin Laden’s spokesman.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Morning Wrap: Twitter's Surveillance Suit Questioned | Hastert Judge Stays

By Mike Scarcella |

Twitter's surveillance suit is in jeopardy. The Chicago federal trial judge in the Dennis Hastert case will stay on. The D.C. Circuit declines to block net neutrality rules from taking effect. And Eric Holder Jr. takes on the high court over voting rights. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Eric Holder Jr.

Holder Rips 'Disconnected' Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights

By Mike Sacks |

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday night lambasted the U.S. Supreme Court as he called for voting rights protections during his first major speech since leaving the Justice Department in late April.

DC Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Convictions in 1984 Murder

By Zoe Tillman |

Thirty years after a jury in Washington found a group of young men guilty in the fatal beating of 48-year-old Catherine Fuller, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected efforts to toss out the convictions.

J. Dennis Hastert during a Congressional hearing on  March 14, 2007.

Morning Wrap: Rise of the Christian Lawyers | Inside Hastert's Papers

By Katelyn Polantz |

A professor looks at how Christian conservative legal organization have stepped into courtrooms, and some of former Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional papers are made public. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at the 2002 Grand Prix Midi Libre.  May 25, 2002.

Williams & Connolly Subpoenaed in Lance Armstrong Fraud Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Williams & Connolly is refusing to turn over documents about the firm's relationship with Lance Armstrong as the disgraced cyclist fights allegations that he defrauded the U.S. government by lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Morning Wrap: Appeals Court Upholds Abortion Clinic Restrictions

By Jenna Greene |

A federal appeals court upholds a Texas law imposing restrictions on abortion clinics, and a woman in Georgia is charged with murder for taking a pill to end her pregnancy; Former House Speaker Dennis pleads not guilty. This is a round up of legal news from ALM and around the web.

Lisa Jackson.

EPA to Pay $313K in Legal Fees to Settle Public Records Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

The Environmental Protection Agency will pay $313,000 in legal fees to settle a lawsuit over access to records about the agency's decision-making leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

Thomas Green of Sidley Austin (June 2010)

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Heads to Court | SCOTUS: No Country For You

By Mike Sacks |

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, heading to court Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, hires Sidley Austin white-collar defender Thomas Green. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas get into a rare feud—with each other. The family of a Washington lawyer found dead in a subway station in 2013 is suing WMATA. And Snoop Dogg sues PBR over alleged breach of contract. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: The NLJ 350 | 'Burn The Courthouse Down'

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The NLJ 350 shows stagnant headcount growth, a manhunt in New York for escaped prisoners and Anne Hathaway's dad changes firms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Damon Taaffe riding his customized Felt AR1 in February.

How an AUSA Became Bait for a Bike Theft Sting

By Zoe Tillman |

Damon Taaffe is a lawyer in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington. When his bike was stolen earlier this year, he knew what to do.

Morning Wrap: Data Breach at OPM | FIFA Scores Quinn Emanuel | Scalia: Nothing 'Unprecedented'

By Mike Scarcella |

Dennis Hastert was more a big name than a revenue-generator at Dickstein Shapiro. Quinn Emanuel takes the field for FIFA. Justice Antonin Scalia offers graduation-day insight to an all-girls school in suburban Maryland. And a Brooklyn appeals court says a 31-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico is allowed to practice law. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Jenner & Block Washington, D.C. offices.

Brian Hauck, Top Tort Lawyer at Main Justice, Returns to Jenner

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former associate attorney general Thomas Perrelli has brought his top adviser back to Jenner & Block. Brian Hauck, who most recently served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division, will return as a partner to the firm he left in 2009.

Morning Wrap: Bryan Cave Parts With Former U.S. Senator | Sweet Briar College Closure Appealed

By Katelyn Polantz |

A former U.S. Senator from Missouri moves to a smaller firm; Texas executes its oldest death row inmate; and a Virginia Court could choose to stop Sweet Briar College from closing. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Darrell Issa (R-CA), Co-Chair of the Transparency Caucus, during a briefing titled “Financial Transparency and the Supreme Court.”  June 3, 2015.

Justices Urged to Provide More Access to Financial Disclosures

By Mike Sacks |

A group of transparency advocates and government watchdogs on Wednesday called for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide greater access to the justices' financial disclosure forms, the latest of which are set to be released June 30.

Carolyn Gleason.

First Female Leader Takes Over as McDermott's D.C. Partner-in-Charge

By Katelyn Polantz |

McDermott Will & Emery will have a new partner in charge of the Washington office, the first female lawyer to hold the position at the firm. Carolyn Gleason, an international trade lawyer, takes over July 1 for Paul Thompson, who will return to his white-collar practice full time.

The Morning Wrap: New Surveillance Law Curbs Government Spying

By Jenna Greene |

President Obama signs a law that rolls back NSA data collection; the fight between investor William Ackman and Herbalife; a new clue in the slaying of three family members and their housekeeper. This is a round up of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Jim Thorpe Memorial.

Jim Thorpe's Sons Take Burial Dispute to Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

Descendants of the late legendary athlete Jim Thorpe on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let them re-bury his remains on Indian land in his native Oklahoma. The plaintiffs invoked the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 as justification for their removal of his remains from a cemetery in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Attorneys from Katten Muchin Rosenman race down the Potomac River during the firm’s inaugural regatta event as part of its commitment to support Food From the Bar.

Food From The Bar Participants Race to Surpass Fundraising Goal

By Katelyn Polantz |

The money isn't all in, yet the Food From the Bar campaign has already surpassed its $200,000 goal. Some legal community participants found creative ways to raise money this year: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partnered with a pizza restaurant to donate some proceeds to the campaign. Katten Muchin Rosenman had about nine teams of its lawyers and employees row canoes on the Potomac River for the fundraising effort.

Thomas Motley.

D.C. Judge Reappointed Amid Concerns About 'Temperament'

By Zoe Tillman |

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Thomas Motley is expected to "vigorously address" concerns about his judicial temperament as he begins his second 15-year term on the bench, according to the local commission that reviews judicial performance.

Thomas Durkin during his July 2012 confirmation hearing to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Morning Wrap: Judging Hastert | DOJ Goes to the Movies

By Mike Sacks |

This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications, including: the Supreme Court's significant rulings on Monday; a look at the Illinois federal trial judge in the Dennis Hastert case; and the Justice Department is going to the movies, to look for anticompetitive conduct.

Annamaria Steward.

D.C. Bar Members Elect President in Closest Vote Ever

By Katelyn Polantz |

In an election separated by a mere 35 votes, Annamaria Steward, a law school associate dean, won the District of Columbia Bar presidency over media lawyer Laura Possessky, the bar said Monday. "It absolutely is the closest race in our history," D.C. Bar spokeswoman Cynthia Kuhn said.

John Roberts Jr.

Justices Sidestep First Amendment Ruling in Facebook Threats Case

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Pennsylvania man whose angry Facebook postings directed at his estranged wife landed him in jail for violating a federal law against communicating threats. But the court announced no new First Amendment rule in the case, explicitly sidestepping what some were hoping would be decision that would give guidance in disputes over the wide range of language uses in social media.

Samantha Elauf.

High Court Revives Religious Bias Case Against Abercrombie

By Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a discrimination lawsuit that accused Abercrombie & Fitch of refusing to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a religious headscarf.

Protest against NSA surveillance (File photo Oct. 2013)

Morning Wrap: Senate Sunsets Surveillance | Dewey Trial Underway

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: legal authority for NSA surveillance programs expires, Delaware mourns death of former attorney general and a warning about prison budgets.

Detainees are shown to their new living quarters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

D.C. Circuit Dismisses Appeal Over Guantánamo Videos as 'Premature'

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington won't rule on an order forcing the public disclosure of videos that depict the force-feeding of detainees at the U.S. military facility at Guantánamo Bay.

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. delivers the keynote address at an event honoring law firms that contributed a benchmark percentage of revenue last year to local legal services organizations through the D.C. Access to Justice Commission’s Raising the Bar in D.C. Campaign. May 27, 2015.

Donald Verrilli: 'Justice' Includes Access to Health Care

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. said lawyers on the "fortunate side" of the income gap have an obligation to make legal services more affordable for middle- and low-income Americans.

J. Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaking at the NLJ's regulatory summit in December.

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Steps Down From Dickstein | John Boehner's Standing Questioned

By Mike Sacks |

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert resigns from his lobbying post at Dickstein Shapiro after the feds bring charges in Chicago. Lawyers for current House Speaker John Boehner fought Thursday to keep alive Republicans' suit against Obama's health care law. And a legal battle between two entrepreneurs is keeping hologram technology from its mass-market potential. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building.

Top Goldman Lawyer Named SEC Chief of Staff

By Jenna Greene |

Andrew "Buddy" Donohue, a top lawyer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., will serve as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's next chief of staff, the agency announced Thursday.

Morning Wrap: Dewey Trial, Day 2 | Death Penalty Decision

By Katelyn Polantz |

Clashes regarding the congressional medical office, death penalty in Nebraska, noise near Skadden Arps in D.C. and former Dewey & LeBoeuf management in court. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

U.S. Capitol.

Justice Alito's Son Quits Gibson Dunn for Capitol Hill Job

By Tony Mauro |

Philip Alito, the son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., has left Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to become a staff counsel to Republicans on a Senate investigative subcommittee. The Duke law grad and former clerk to Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is one of three counsels on the subcommittee, led by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

Rudolph Contreras.

Judge Speeds Up Release of Hillary Clinton Emails

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington ordered the U.S. Department of State to produce emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server every 30 days starting at the end of June.

United States Supreme Court justices. Top row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan. Bottom row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Initiative Urges Voluntary Term Limits for Future Justices

By Tony Mauro |

A new effort to limit the tenure of future U.S. Supreme Court justices launched Wednesday, with the aim of urging any would-be nominee to pledge to serve a single 18-year term.

Morning Wrap: FIFA Officials Indicted on Corruption Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Top officials at FIFA, soccer's world governing body, are charged in a wide-ranging corruption case in Brooklyn federal district court. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Mary Landrieu.

Ex-Sen. Mary Landrieu Takes Energy Background to Van Ness Feldman

By Mike Sacks |

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, joins Washington-based law and lobby shop Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy adviser, the firm announced Tuesday. Landrieu will focus on energy, environmental matters and natural resources.

Morning Wrap: Dewey's Day in Court | Supreme Court 'Litmus Test'

By Mike Scarcella |

Opening statements begin today in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial in Manhattan. Democratic candidates for president face criticism over their litmus test for would-be Supreme Court picks. And Daniel Meltzer, who served as the second-in-charge at the White House counsel's office, dies. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Sunset of a Spy Program | SCOTUS 'Silly Season'

By Mike Sacks |

The Senate debates the NSA's collection of Americans' call records as the authorizing provision of the Patriot Act prepares to sunset. It's again that time of year to read the SCOTUS tea leaves for any hint about how the justices will rule in the everyone-is-watching cases. And meet Brando, that friendly dog at the D.C. federal trial court who is sniffing for bombs. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Deputy Fletcher Veitch of the U.S. Marshals Service and Brando, who since November has served as an explosives detection canine for the Marshals Service.  Veitch and Brando, a yellow labrador retriever, primarily serve the federal courts in Washington.  April 27, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Brando, the D.C. Federal Court's Dog, Has a Nose for Bombs

By Zoe Tillman |

Brando, an explosives detection dog for the U.S. Marshals Service, is the first canine in the program assigned to protect the federal courts in D.C. since 2002.

Akin Gump Washington offices.

Morning Wrap: Akin Gump’s Clinton Cash | Sheppard Mullin’s New Orleans Job

By Katelyn Polantz |

Inside the private law firm oversight of the New Orleans police force, and how one major D.C. law and lobbying firm supports Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

James E. Boasberg during his confirmation hearing in 2010.

Judge Won't Force Disclosure of Full Report on CIA Abuses

By Zoe Tillman |

A Washington federal judge Wednesday refused to force the public disclosure of the full 6,963-page Senate report on CIA detention and interrogation abuses, saying Congress intended to retain control of the document.

Judges on the Run, For a Cause

By Zoe Tillman |

On Wednesday morning, a group of federal and local judges in Washington—along with members of Congress, executive branch officials and reporters—laced up their sneakers for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge, a three-mile race along the Anacostia River.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at CPAC in Washington (February 2010)

Former Speaker Gingrich Signs Up With Dentons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Newt Gingrich, though not a lawyer, will be a senior adviser at Dentons and arrives as the firm builds out its policy-related practices through mergers and new hires.

Morning Wrap: UBS to Plead Guilty | Takata Recalls 34 Million Air Bags

By Jenna Greene |

The Justice Department on Wednesday is expected to announce settlements with major banks over foreign-exchange manipulation. The Swiss bank UBS will plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. Takata's air bag recall is the largest in history. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Hillary Clinton.

Judge Pushes Back Against 2016 Release of Hillary Clinton Emails

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington will order the U.S. Department of State to release emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server on a rolling basis over the next few months, instead of by January 2016, as the government proposed.

Hillary Clinton

Morning Wrap: State Says Jan. '16 Release for Clinton Emails | Judge Voids DC Gun Regulation (Again)

By Mike Scarcella |

The State Department on Monday told a Washington federal judge the agency needs at least until January 2016 to review and publicly release more than 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails. A judge in Washington has for the second time in a year found unconstitutional a D.C. gun regulation. The Ninth Circuit en banc says YouTube should not have been ordered to remove a video. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Hundreds of IMF protestors are detained and arrested at Pershing Park on September 2002.

Feds to Pay $2.2M to Settle Mass Arrest Case

By Zoe Tillman |

The federal government will pay $2.2 million—including $568,000 in legal fees—to settle claims that U.S. Park Police violated the rights of protesters and bystanders during mass arrests more than a decade ago in downtown Washington. The Park Police also agreed to revise its procedures for responding to large demonstrations.

Former Bloomberg Correspondent Drops Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

A former Washington correspondent for Bloomberg has dropped a discrimination and retaliation suit that accused the company of illegally firing her after she took maternity leave.

Attorney John Burris, center, representing Teresa Sheehan, accompanied by fellow attorneys Ben Nisenbaum, right, and Leonard J. Feldman, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015, after the court heard arguments in San Francisco v. Sheehan case.

Officers Immune In Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman, Supreme Court Rules

By Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle |

Police officers who shot a mentally ill woman armed with a knife are immune against claims that they failed to accommodate her health issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.