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Michael Bresnick.

Venable Nabs Former Financial Fraud Enforcement Leader

By Jenna Greene |

Bolstering its financial services practice, Venable on Friday announced it hired Michael Bresnick, who previously led the interagency task force charged with investigating and prosecuting financial crimes.

Lynne Bernabei.

Copyright Claims Stick Against D.C. Law Firm

By Zoe Tillman |

A woman who secretly videotaped sexual harassment by her supervisor at work can pursue copyright infringement claims against a Washington law firm that allegedly made the video public—but only if she drops her anonymity.

Peter Shields of Wiley Rein

Wiley Rein Cuts 18 Partners, 30 Staff Members Amid Restructuring

By Katelyn Polantz |

Lawyers and staff of Wiley Rein felt an internal reorganization this week like nothing they had experienced before, as the Washington-based firm announced the layoffs of nearly 50 employees. "We've never had anything like this in the firm's 32-year history," spokeswoman Patricia O'Connell said Friday.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: plane crash investigation continues, D.C. gun control laws under attack and accounting firms pose a threat to law firms.

D.C. Firms by 2014 Financial Results: Emoji Edition

By Katelyn Polantz |

So far this year, the NLJ has covered several financial announcements from D.C.'s largest firms. Why not corral them and a few other firms of interest into one helpful post? 😎

Kenyan McDuffie.

Q&A with Kenyan McDuffie: From DOJ to the D.C. Council

By Zoe Tillman |

D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, a former Justice Department lawyer who took over leadership of the council's judiciary committee this year, spoke with The National Law Journal about his legal career and plans for criminal justice reform.

Morning Wrap: Troutman Sanders Partner Takes on Sweet Briar Fight

By Katelyn Polantz |

A Big Law leader has stepped into the push to save Sweet Briar College with a formal letter to its board: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: Alabama redistricting and pregnancy bias

The NLJ's Marcia Coyle speaks with PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill about the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions Wednesday in cases over Alabama redistricting and accommodations for pregnant workers.

Richard Wiley.

Richard Wiley in Washington is Crowned 'Ultimate Republican Lawyer'

By Katelyn Polantz |

In Washington, there are lawyers, Republicans and Republicans' lawyers. Richard Wiley, chairman and co-founder of Wiley Rein, is a step above the others, according to the Republican National Lawyers Association.

Kim Vuong, wife of David Messerschmitt, who was found dead in a room of The Donovan Hotel, addressing media outside the Metropolitan Police Department building, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Widow of Slain D.C. Lawyer: 'Please Help Us Heal'

By Zoe Tillman |

The wife of David Messerschmitt—the Washington lawyer killed at a downtown hotel in February—made an emotional plea on Wednesday for information about her husband's death.

Paul Ryan.

Lawsuit Dropped Against Paul Ryan and Chief of Staff Over Car Crash

By Zoe Tillman |

Two men who sued U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and his chief of staff over a car crash last year that involved Ryan's vehicle have dropped the case.

Stephen Breyer.

Divided Supreme Court Revives Challenge Over Alabama Redistricting

By Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, divided 5-4, ruled in favor of challengers to Alabama's new district boundaries, which critics said created a "racial gerrymander" that violated the equal protection clause. The challengers, including the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and Alabama Democratic Conference, won a second chance in the district court.

The Morning Wrap: Kleiner Trial Showdown

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: closing arguments in the Kleiner Perkins gender discrimination case; Italy's high court weighs Amanda Knox's fate; are law firm arbitration client agreements enforceable?

Partner Profits Inch Up at McGuireWoods to $960K

By Jenna Greene |

McGuireWoods saw modest growth in 2014 as gross revenue climbed 2 percent to $620 million and profits per partner inched up $10,000 to $960,000.

Justice Anthony Kennedy during a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing to review the Supreme Court budget request for fiscal year 2016. March 23, 2015.

Justice Kennedy Remembers Rehnquist's Bet on Bush-Gore Election

By Mike Sacks |

"We had a pool on the election—the Bush-Gore election—on different states' electoral votes," Justice Anthony Kennedy said Monday, reminiscing about former Chief Justice William Rehnquist's penchant for low-stakes gambling. The late chief's bets also extended to Super Bowls and snowfalls.

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Feds Can't Be Sued Over Response to UVA Sex Assault Investigation

By Zoe Tillman |

A former University of Virginia student who claimed she was the victim of a rape on campus cannot sue federal agencies over how they responded to her complaints that the school mishandled its investigation of her allegations, a judge said Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court, March 2015

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: Texas license plates and Wisconsin voter ID

NLJ's Marcia Coyle last night on PBS NewsHour spoke with Gwen Ifilll about the Supreme Court's First Amendment argument over Texas license plates and the justices' decision not to review Wisconsin's voter identification law.

Abbe Lowell

Morning Wrap: State Secrets and SCOTUS Recusals

By Mike Sacks |

The state secrets privilege doomed a private suit in New York in which the Justice Department was not a party. Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer push back at calls for greater transparency at 1 First Street NE. A lawyer escapes an ethics sanction in the high court over a jargon-filled cert petition. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (September 2014)

Hillary Clinton, in Sea of Reporters, Jokes About Her Lawyers

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton couldn't resist using a speech Monday night before the Washington press corps to rattle off jokes about her hairstyles, her emails, her relationship with the press and her lawyer.

Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday at a House subcommittee hearing on the Supreme Court's budget.

Two Justices Resist Revealing Reasons for Recusals

By Tony Mauro |

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday firmly rejected proposals that would increase court transparency: allowing cameras to broadcast proceedings and requiring justices to reveal their reasons for recusal.

Justices Stephen Breyer, left, and Anthony Kennedy, right, appear on Capitol Hill on Monday for a budget hearing.

Supreme Court Makes $78M Budget Request to Congress

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme on Monday asked for a $78 million budget for 2016, only a small increase from last year. Appearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee, Justice Anthony Kennedy boasted that the high court is "very prudent and very cautious" and has trimmed its expenses in recent years.

The group 99Rise protest the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, inside the Court, on January 21, 2015.

Why Supreme Court Protesters Are Treated Differently

By Zoe Tillman |

Protesters arrested for demonstrating inside the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year are being treated more harshly than defendants in protest cases involving Congress, their lawyer said on Monday.

Ted Cruz.

Cruz Highlights Anti-Obama Litigation in Announcing White House Bid

By Mike Sacks |

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid Monday in a speech that spotlighted suits against the Obama administration's health care legislation. Cruz, a former clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, formerly was an appellate litigation partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Foley Partner Escapes Punishment in Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed its disciplinary action against Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley over his submission of a jargon-filled petition last year that had been mainly written by his client, a German business executive and nonlawyer. The court issued this warning to lawyers: Write petitions in plain language.

Morning Wrap: Who Should Argue Same-Sex Marriage Cases in SCOTUS?

By Mike Scarcella |

Lawyers challenging same-sex marriage bans can't agree on who will make the case in the high court. President Obama speaks out on Loretta Lynch. Charges are expected soon against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey. King & Spalding snags McDermott's litigation chief. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Barbara Arnwine.

Leader of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights to Step Down

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the national organization created by President John F. Kennedy more than 50 years ago to engage lawyers in racial-equality initiatives, said its longtime executive director, Barbara Arnwine, would step down at the end of June.

Hank Asbill, of Jones Day, was presented with the 2015 White Collar Criminal Defense Award at Stetson University College of Law, on March 14, 2015.

Bob McDonnell's Lawyer Receives Criminal Defense Award

By Zoe Tillman |

Jones Day partner Henry "Hank" Asbill took a brief break this month from working on former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's appeal to accept an award for criminal defense work.

David Petraeus.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the bar exam comes under fire, David Petraeus' lawyer defends his plea deal and DOJ lawyers are heading to Ferguson.

Emmet Sullivan.

D.C. Federal Judge Wants Answers About Police Computer Glitch

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. doesn't expect a recently discovered police department computer glitch to affect many cases in federal district court in Washington. Still, at least one federal judge is demanding more information.

Wall Street Watchdog Can’t Sue DOJ Over JPMorgan Deal

By Zoe Tillman |

A Wall Street watchdog group can't sue the U.S. Department of Justice over a record $13 billion deal reached with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to settle financial fraud claims, a Washington federal district judge ruled.

Morning Wrap: Target Settles | Lynch on Hold | Dacheng Discusses Dentons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Target settles its data breach lawsuit, the latest update on Loretta Lynch’s confirmation in the Senate: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Television cameras outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.  March 4, 2015.

Senators Try Again to Open Federal Courts to Cameras

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. senators from both parties launched a renewed, if probably quixotic, effort on Wednesday to push the Supreme Court and lower federal courts toward allowing television broadcast of their proceedings.

Rajesh De.

Mayer Brown Lands NSA Legal Chief in Push for More Recognition

By Katelyn Polantz |

One way to compete in the Washington legal industry is to announce your practice with a significant hire. This week, the trumpet blast was for Rajesh De, the former NSA general counsel who is returning to Mayer Brown.

Landlord Tenant Resource Center at D.C. Superior Court.

Public Funding for D.C. Civil Legal Aid On the Rise

By Zoe Tillman |

Nearly $3.9 million in publicly funded grants were awarded this year to legal services groups that work with some of Washington’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.

Virginia Sloan.

New Report Confronts Lack of Lawyers at Bail Hearings

By Marcia Coyle |

Jurisdictions throughout the country should appoint lawyers for poor defendants in publicly held, initial bail and release hearings, a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts recommended Wednesday.

Morning Wrap: Durst Lawyers Face Epic Challenge

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: How will Robert Durst's lawyers navigate the media maelstrom; Rep. Aaron Schock resigns; Who will argue marriage equality before the Supreme Court?

Sally Yates.

Sally Yates Gets Confirmation Hearing Next Week in Senate

By Mike Sacks |

Sally Quillian Yates, the Obama administration's nominee for deputy attorney general, will have her confirmation hearing on March 24, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday.

Masterfile Corp. accuses a D.C. firm of using stock images—seen here, as depicted in the complaint—without permission.

Lawyer Accused of Stealing Stock Images to Pay $8,000

By Zoe Tillman |

Jerry Joseph, a patent attorney in Washington, will pay $8,000 to resolve claims that he used licensed stock images on his website without permission.

Kathleen Rice.

A Reflection on Andrew Jarecki—From Capitol Hill

By Mike Sacks |

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, former district attorney for Nassau County, New York, responds to the HBO series "The Jinx," whose filmmaker, Andrew Jarecki, isn't someone the congresswoman will soon forget.

Chief Judge Carol Amon gave Justice Ginsburg a present during the program.

Morning Wrap: You Want The Ruth? | Loretta Lynch in Limbo

By Mike Scarcella |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets a new t-shirt, Senate Democrats assail Republicans over delaying Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote and McKenna partners vote to merge with global firm Dentons. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Tom Daschle.

Daschle to Register With DOJ as Lobbyist for Foreign Client

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who started a public policy practice at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz last year, said he will register with the federal government as a lobbyist for the first time in his career.

Ronald Machen.

US Attorney Ronald Machen in DC Announces Resignation

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. in Washington announced on Monday he will return to private practice after five years in the position.

Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to replace Eric Holder Jr. as the next U.S. Attorney General. January 28, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Lynch Vote Stalls | Abbe Lowell's Letter to DOJ

By Mike Scarcella |

Loretta Lynch's nomination for U.S. attorney general faces a new hurdle in the Senate. Police agencies are not too eager to talk about a powerful new surveillance tool. McKenna partners will vote on merging with Dentons. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.

D.C. Circuit to Hold Arguments at Catholic University Law School

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal appeals judges in Washington will travel across town next week for a special session at Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Mark Zuckerberg.

The Morning Wrap: Ugly Legal Fight for Facebook CEO

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's legal dispute with a neighbor may get ugly; Lessons from Clarence Darrow in the Boston bomber trial: AT&T strikes back at the FTC.

Catherine Munson.

Kilpatrick Townsend Names First Female Leader in D.C.

By Katelyn Polantz |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton found another "first" in its new Washington managing partner, Catherine Munson. She will be the office's first female leader, and succeeds Daniel Marti, who had been the first Hispanic and youngest lawyer to occupy the job.

James Cole.

Former DAG James Cole Joins Sidley Austin

By Katelyn Polantz |

James Cole, formerly the second-highest-ranking lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, has found his next home at Sidley Austin.

David Mao.

Help Wanted: New Law Librarian of Congress

By Tony Mauro |

If you like researching the law better than practicing it, here’s a job for you: Law Librarian of Congress. The Library of Congress recently posted a job notice for the position, which pays between $121,956 and $168,700 annually.

Morning Wrap: Federal Reserve Says Big U.S. Banks Pass Regulatory Test

By Katelyn Polantz |

Banks learn they're safeguarded from financial disaster, fallout from the "Blurred Lines" verdict, and the U.S. Olympic Committee comes to town: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Phil Gingrey.

Drinker Biddle Picks Up Its First Member of Congress

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Georgia, has joined Drinker Biddle & Reath’s lobbying branch, the law firm said Wednesday. Gingrey is a tea party conservative who served 12 years in Congress and before that delivered more than 5,000 babies as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

Paul Ryan.

Rep. Paul Ryan and Chief of Staff Sued Over Car Crash

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and his chief of staff, Kevin Seifert, face a $100,000 lawsuit over a car accident Seifert was involved in while driving Ryan’s car last year. The U.S. Department of Justice argues that Ryan and Seifert are immune against claims related to the accident and is asking for dismissal of the case.

Loretta Lynch.

Morning Wrap: Loretta Lynch Vote Set

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: the Senate to vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general; Hillary Clinton's not-so-convenient emails; recession proof earnings for law grads.

Jason Derulo.

Senate Antitrust Hearing Pits Songwriters Against Consumers

By Mike Sacks |

For just over two hours on Tuesday, songwriters and those who profess their best interests had an audience at the Senate. But their messages were hardly harmonious.

Federal Immigration Cases Drop for Fourth Year in a Row

By Zoe Tillman |

The number of criminal immigration cases in the federal courts dropped for a fourth consecutive year, the judiciary said Tuesday.

Robert McDonnell. July 9, 2013.

Unusual Alliances Back Ex-Va. Governor in Corruption Appeal

By Zoe Tillman |

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s appeal has spurred some unusual alliances. John Ashcroft, attorney general under President George W. Bush, and Gregory Craig, who spent several years as counsel to President Barack Obama, found common ground in arguing that McDonnell was wrongfully convicted.

Custom LEGO minifigures of the first four female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: (l-r) Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Elena Kagan.

Four Female Justices, the Lego Version

By Tony Mauro |

First there was the stately portrait of the four female U.S. Supreme Court justices, unveiled in 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery. Now comes a Lego set of the four women on the high court, complete with a replica of the Supreme Court bench.

David Messerschmitt.

Killing of DLA Lawyer David Messerschmitt Remains Unsolved

By Zoe Tillman |

David Messerschmitt was found stabbed in the back in a downtown Washington hotel room one month ago today. The young lawyer’s killing remains unsolved.

Brad Smith.

Morning Wrap: Law School Rankings | Feds v. Microsoft

By Mike Scarcella |

Yale Law remains on top in the latest U.S. News rankings, and the U.S. Justice Department presses its fight against Microsoft to get email contents on a server in Dublin, Ireland. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Michelle Lee was confirmed Monday to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Michelle Lee Confirmed to Lead U.S. Patent Office

By Katelyn Polantz |

The U.S. Senate confirmed Michelle Lee on Monday evening to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Lee, former intellectual property chief at Google, had served as the acting director at the PTO for more than a year.

Angela Styles.

Angela Styles, Government Contracts Lawyer, Named Chair of Crowell & Moring

By Katelyn Polantz |

Crowell & Moring’s partnership has elected a new chair, government-contracts attorney Angela Styles, the firm said Monday. Styles succeeds litigator Kent Gardiner, who stepped down because of term limits this year.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. at the National Press Club on Feb. 17, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Holder on Voting Rights | Detroit Judge Reflects on Shooting

By Mike Scarcella |

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. reflects on the Voting Rights Act, a federal trial judge in Michigan talks about getting shot in the leg during a robbery and confusion reigns in Alabama over the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

Demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case challenging California's Prop 8 legislation.  March 26, 2013.

Obama Administration Urges High Court to Strike Same-Sex Marriage Bans

By Tony Mauro |

The Obama administration argues in a Supreme Court amicus brief that state bans on same-sex marriages violate the equal-protection clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

Covington Opens In L.A. With IP Group From SoCal, Two Litigation Laterals

By Katelyn Polantz |

Covington & Burling will open an office in Los Angeles after poaching two partners from West Coast firms, closing its San Diego office and relocating lawyers, the firm said. Covington says it will place about 15 lawyers in Los Angeles.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: a federal judge in Detroit is shot, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court opens up about judicial elections and D.C.'s crime lab is under scrutiny.

Philip West, chairman of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe Weathers Decline in Total Revenue, Profits as Part of Strategy

By Katelyn Polantz |

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's chairman Philip West saw sliding gross revenue and net income in his first year on the job but he said the declines have been part of the firm’s strategy.

Supreme Court Will Release Same-Day Audio of Marriage Cases

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court will release audio of the same-sex marriage oral arguments after the cases are heard on April 28. The audio and transcript of the landmark arguments will be made public no later than 2 p.m., the court said Thursday.

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day the Court issued its decisions in key cases regarding the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition 8.  June 26, 2013.

Justices Set April 28 Argument for Same-Sex Marriage Cases

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court has set the eagerly awaited argument date for its potentially landmark same-sex marriage cases: April 28.

Morning Wrap: Two Court Arguments and a Hillary Clinton Tweet

By Katelyn Polantz |

Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court, Boston bombing on trial and continued fallout regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while at the State Department: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Police line in front of businesses in Ferguson, MO.

DOJ Report Alleges Constitutional Violations by Ferguson Police

By Zoe Tillman |

During the past five years, African-American residents of Ferguson, Missouri, disproportionately were the victims of discriminatory and illegal conduct by police and court officials, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released on Wednesday.

Thomas Milch.

Arnold & Porter's Modest Growth Still Made for Strong Year

By Katelyn Polantz |

Arnold & Porter posted its second-best business year ever in 2014. Still, growth was modest, whether to profitability or revenue. “In a very competitive market, we had a strong year," firm chairman Thomas Milch said.

The Morning Wrap: Healthcare Showdown at the High Court

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The Supreme Court hears the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act; what lawyers say about Hillary Clinton's use of personal email; a look at the surprisingly powerful pizza lobby.

William Schweitzer.

Former Baker & Hostetler Manager in D.C. Dies at 70

By Katelyn Polantz |

William Schweitzer, a long-time former Washington managing partner of Baker & Hostetler, died Tuesday morning, the firm said in a statement. He was 70.

Police during Ferguson demonstrations.

Reports: DOJ to Accuse Ferguson Police Department of Racial Bias

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice will release a report this week accusing the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, of racial bias and constitutional violations during traffic stops and arrests, according to news reports Tuesday afternoon.

Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Lawyers Recommended for Fifth DC Superior Court Vacancy

By Zoe Tillman |

A legal aid lawyer, a city government attorney and a U.S. Department of Justice official are on the short list for the latest judicial vacancy in District of Columbia Superior Court.

David Petraeus.

David Petraeus to Plead Guilty to Mishandling Classified Information

By Zoe Tillman |

David Petraeus, the former CIA director who resigned in 2012 amid a sex scandal, will plead guilty to mishandling classified information. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek any jail time.

Hillary Clinton.

The Morning Wrap

By Mike Sacks |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Hillary Clinton's e-mail use under fire, a judge blocked Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban and no audio for this week's Obamacare arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court.

D.C. On the Hook for Millions in Wrongful-Imprisonment Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A judge on Friday ordered the District of Columbia to pay $9.15 million to a man who spent more than two decades in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. As the city decides whether to challenge the judgment, its lawyers are fighting claims in two other wrongful-conviction cases and could soon face a new lawsuit.

The U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Nixes Same-Day Audio for Health Care Case

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down requests to expedite release of the audio of Wednesday’s scheduled oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Department of Justice.

Another in a Series of Chiefs at DOJ's Civil Division

By Katelyn Polantz |

Ben Mizer, a former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr lawyer turned adviser to outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, will become acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Division.

Judge: EPA 'Offensively Unapologetic' in Public-Records Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal district judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to sanction the Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of a public-records request, but he still had harsh words for the agency about officials' conduct.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Department of Justice for a rally in support of Michael Brown in August 2014.

Morning Wrap: Law Schools' Rising Tuition | DOJ's Ferguson Report

By Mike Scarcella |

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's fighting to stay out of a deposition chair, the U.S. Department of Justice prepares to release a report on the Ferguson Police Department, and law school tuition continues to rise. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Detail of official portrait of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

Holder Bids Adieu as Aretha Franklin Sings His Praises

By Katelyn Polantz |

Attorney General Eric Holder bid a ceremonial farewell to the U.S. Department of Justice during the unveiling of his official portrait on Friday afternoon.

Mark Pryor.

Pryor, Former Arkansas Senator, Going to Venable

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor plans to join the law firm Venable, according to three people with knowledge of the lobbying industry.

Timothy Hester.

Covington Boasts 16 Percent PPP Growth But Thinks Long-Term

By Katelyn Polantz |

Covington & Burling added a fourth year to its growth streak, again posting record gross revenue during fiscal year 2014. “By no means do I think that means the job is done," firm chair Tim Hester said.

Will Rogers, left, of New York, and Cris Elkins, right, of Maryland demonstrating outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case challenging California's Prop 8 legislation. March 26, 2013.

Lawyers Seek $97K from Wyoming in Same-Sex Marriage Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Arnold & Porter, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and two other law firms are seeking more than $97,000 in legal fees and costs from Wyoming after successfully challenging the state’s gay marriage ban in court.

Senior Judge Paul Friedman, left, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, right, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, during a panel discussion titled

Judges Pull Back the Curtain on the Job of Judging

By Zoe Tillman |

Judges Paul Friedman and Ketanji Brown Jackson of the federal district court in Washington shared stories at an event earlier this week about how they prepared for confirmation proceedings, their training and the loneliness of being a judge.

Eric Holder Jr.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Eric Holder's next (and possibly last) big push as attorney general, a quiet environmental damage settlement in New Jersey and compensation for victims of forced sterilization.

The group 99Rise protest the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, inside the Court, on January 21, 2015.

New Charges Against Supreme Court Protesters in Videotaped Disruption

By Zoe Tillman |

Prosecutors on Thursday filed new charges against seven individuals arrested for disrupting arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court last month. The defendants were members of the group 99Rise, which organized the action to protest the influence of money in campaigns.

Morning Wrap: Telecom Litigators Could Benefit from Net Neutrality

By Katelyn Polantz |

The next steps after the FCC’s proposal on net neutrality, and an explainer on how criminal law regarding marijuana possession in the District of Columbia changes today: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Two IP Boutiques Divorce After Merger, Will Fight in Court

By Katelyn Polantz |

Less than a year after two D.C.-area patent firms failed to become one, both sides are throwing accusations. Jacobson Holman, a D.C. intellectual property boutique that merged last year with Hershkovitz & Associates, says it was stiffed out of more than $300,000, according to a lawsuit. The patent agency’s owner says the law boutique owes him money, and that he’s planning to file a countersuit.

No Antitrust Immunity for N.C. Dental Board Over Teeth-Whitening

By Jenna Greene |

Siding with the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a North Carolina dental board that tried to corner the market on teeth-whitening services isn’t exempt from antitrust scrutiny.

John Yates, right, and friend, Luther Sasser, commercial fishermen, at Star Fish Company next to the dock at A.P. Bell Fish House in Cortez.

Supreme Court Guts Fisherman’s Fraud Conviction

By Mike Scarcella |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the conviction of fisherman prosecuted under a financial-fraud statute for the destruction of an undersized red grouper.

U.S. Capitol.

The Morning Wrap: Rep. Aaron Schock Lawyers Up | FCC Moves on Internet Rules

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock lawyers up with a Jones Day team; a Texas jury rejects an insanity plea in the murder of "American Sniper" author; senior Republicans concede they lost the fight over net neutrality; a dog food class action.

U.S. Department of Justice

White House Backs Caplin & Drysdale Lawyer For DOJ Tax Post

By Katelyn Polantz |

The White House hopes a Caplin & Drysdale partner will be the next assistant attorney general for the Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Cono Namorato will be nominated for the high-ranking prosecutor job, the White House said Tuesday.

George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, FL, in this July 8, 2013 file photo.

Feds Won't Bring Civil Rights Charges in Death of Trayvon Martin

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday said prosecutors will not bring federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Henry Waxman.

Henry Waxman: The Big Law Adviser Who Wasn’t

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Rep. Henry Waxman, who has tangled with industries including Big Tobacco, Big Coal and Big Pharma, thought his congressional experience would position him to help a large law firm advise corporations. After more than a month of searching, Waxman has changed his mind. K Street, it seems, isn’t for everyone.

Medieval relics that make up part of the Guelph Treasure.

Germany Sued Over Relics Reportedly Given to Hitler

By Zoe Tillman |

Descendants of Jewish art dealers who lived in pre-World War II Germany are suing the German government, claiming they are the rightful owners of a valuable collection of medieval relics that ended up in the hands of the Nazis.

Mary Jo White.

Morning Wrap: Mary Jo White's Recusals | The Curious Case of Howard Shipley

By Mike Scarcella |

Mary Jo White sat on the sideline for dozens of enforcement investigations. House Republicans want Senate colleagues to reject Loretta Lynch's nomination. Five questions concerning the Howard Shipley ethics case in the Supreme Court. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Uber Passenger Sues Over Alleged Stabbing by Driver

By Zoe Tillman |

A District of Columbia man who claims an Uber driver stabbed him is suing the company for $2 million.

Robert Novick.

Profits Per Partner Climb at Wilmer to $1.6 Million

By Katelyn Polantz |

Profits per partner climbed at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr by $105,000 to $1.605 million, a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Revenue per lawyer also rose almost 7 percent, to $1.155 million. Robert Novick, co-managing partner, said the firm has focused on expanding into premium, high-margin practice areas, especially cybersecurity and privacy work.