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Victor Bolden.

Court Nominee's Article on Dead Justices Draws Concern

By Todd Ruger |

Victor Bolden just graduated from law school in 1990 when he published an article that uses imaginary and colorful dialogue between a deity and dead justices to explore how judges should decide race discrimination cases.

Jurors Log Off After Being Sworn In, Court Survey Shows

By Zoe Tillman |

All those warnings judges give jurors about not tweeting, posting on Facebook or otherwise sharing information about a trial online seem to be working. A new study shows jurors are mostly behaving when it comes to social media.

Mark Cady.

Iowa Chief Justice Reflects on Politicization of Judicial Elections

By Tony Mauro |

Judges must do a better job of educating the public about their roles in a democracy to counteract the politicization of state judicial elections, Iowa’s chief justice said on Monday.

The Morning Wrap

By Todd Ruger |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Justice Kennedy talks about the future, a judge approves the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, and the injustice of marijuana arrests.

Pamela Harris.

Pamela Harris Confirmed to Fourth Circuit

By Todd Ruger |

The Senate on Monday confirmed Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a vote that reignited debate over the judicial confirmation process.

Frederick Scullin.

How A New York Judge Struck Down A D.C. Gun Law

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Senior Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.—the federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public for self-defense—has a reputation as a no-nonsense jurist who sticks closely to the text of the law.

Stephen Kohn.

Whistleblower Presses Challenges Over Access to KBR Docs

By Andrew Ramonas |

Lawyers for a whistleblower on Monday asked a full federal appeals court to hear a dispute over access to Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. documents that the company contends are shielded from disclosure.

NSA headquarters.

Corporate Firms Not So Spooked by NSA Snoops

By Andrew Ramonas |

Corporate lawyers appear less troubled by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's government-surveillance leaks, especially when compared with their colleagues who focus more on terrorism and criminal cases, according to a new report from leading civil liberties groups.

Smith & Wesson.

Smith & Wesson Pays $2M in Overseas Bribery Penalties

By Tony Mauro |

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. agreed on Monday to pay $2 million to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claiming that the firearms manufacturer bribed foreign officials to boost sales.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The National Law Journal is out with its annual report on Washington's largest law offices, as well as the city's top-earning lobbying practices and law firms; the odds that Republicans will win the Senate are getting better; U.S. authorities are struggling to intercept the chatter they need to build cases as more suspected wrongdoers use online communications services instead of telephones; and a trial is set to start over allegations that the FBI won't provide a Salt Lake City attorney video footage he says shows a second person with Timothy McVeigh shortly before the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Alan Gura speaks to reporters in front of the Supreme Court in 2008 after the court struck down the District's handgun ban. Gura represented the challengers in the latest case.

Judge Voids D.C. Ban on Carrying Firearms in Public

By Mike Scarcella |

A federal judge Saturday said the District of Columbia cannot prohibit the carrying of handguns for self-defense in public, a ruling that comes a little more than six years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck the city’s firearms ban.

Ford SYNC.

GM, Ford Sued Over Music Royalties

By Andrew Ramonas |

A music industry group on Friday sued Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and two electronics companies, demanding that the businesses pay artists and record labels royalties allegedly owed under U.S. copyright law.

Round 2 in the SEC’s Case Against State Street Execs

By Jenna Greene |

In the wake of the financial crisis, government regulators have been widely criticized for failing to hold more individuals accountable, but a pending case by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against two former executives at State Street Bank and Trust Co. shows how difficult in practice it can be to make charges stick.

James Sandman.

Legal Services Corp. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By Zoe Tillman |

The Legal Services Corp., the single largest funder of civil legal services in the country, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday.

The U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the aftermath of the August 7, 1998, al-Qaida suicide bombing.

Embassy Bombing Victims Awarded $8 Billion

By Zoe Tillman |

Victims of deadly terrorist attacks in 1998 at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were awarded more than $8 billion on Friday by a federal judge in Washington.

Stephen Bough.

Lawyer's Blog Gets Scrutiny on Capitol Hill at Confirmation Hearing

By Todd Ruger |

The potential pitfalls of lawyers who blog were on display Thursday on Capitol Hill, where it was revealed that a federal judicial nominee once wrote that readers of his blog "will agree I shouldn't be a judge."

Alan Hoffman.

Herbalife Hires Lobbyist With Deep Roots in Washington

By Andrew Ramonas |

Herbalife Ltd. has snagged PepsiCo Inc.'s top lobbyist, Alan Hoffman, to lead its government relations work as the nutritional supplements and personal care products company faces U.S. government scrutiny over its business structure and practices.

Lorraine Mullings Campos.

Reed Smith’s Gender Diversity Stands Out in D.C.

By Katelyn Polantz |

Reed Smith’s level of gender diversity in its Washington office stood out in 2013. More than 50 percent of the firm’s partners and associates in the 78-lawyer office are women, the firm reported to the National Law Journal this year.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: the lawyer behind the latest health care law challenge, questioning cops' focus on low-level offenses and a fight over animal feed.

Tom Vilsack.

USDA's Tom Vilsack Escapes Depo in Sherrod-Breitbart Feud

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will not have to sit for a deposition in the defamation case between former department administrator Shirley Sherrod and the late blogger Andrew Breitbart, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Thursday.

(l-r) General counsel Kimberley Harris of NBCUniversal Inc., Gwen Marcus of Showtime Networks Inc., Jeff Ellis of BMO Financial Group and Michelle Banks of Gap Inc. talk with Minority Corporate Counsel Association president Joseph West about diversity at MCCA's annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference in Washington.

Minority GCs Want More Diversity From Outside Counsel

By Andrew Ramonas |

General counsel for BMO Financial Group, Gap Inc., NBCUniversal Inc. and Showtime Networks Inc. on Thursday lamented the lack of diversity at law firms, calling on outside counsel to do more to increase the number of minorities and women in their ranks.

The government's case against Ted Stevens, seen here in 2008, fell apart over allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. In the aftermath, DOJ put together a criminal discovery guide book. The manual is now at the center of a FOIA lawsuit in Washington.

Criminal Defense Group Fights DOJ Over Access to Discovery 'Blue Book'

By Zoe Tillman |

A criminal defense lawyers group is accusing the U.S. Department of Justice of unfairly relying on "buzzwords" to justify keeping its criminal discovery guide book secret from the public.

Pamela Harris.

Senate Moves on Pamela Harris For Fourth Circuit

By Todd Ruger |

The Senate is moving forward on Pamela Harris' nomination to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit, where a three-judge panel this week sided with the Obama administration in a dispute over health care subsidies.

Morning Wrap

By Katelyn Polantz |

A federal investigation on mortgage scams ensnares law firms, profiles of Dan Markel and a Louisiana health-care-fraud whistleblower, and the prolonged execution of an inmate in Arizona: 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.

Looking to Rewrite Music Copyright for the 21st Century

By Andrew Ramonas |

The U.S. Copyright Office is soliciting further input for its study on the efficacy of the music-licensing system in the digital age as record companies, publishers and others players in the music industry suggest various changes to this key aspect of their business.

U.S. Capitol.

Former Congressional Staffer Charged With Theft

By Zoe Tillman |

A former executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., will plead guilty this week to stealing from the federal government.

William Moore.

Businessman Loses Retaliation Case Against Feds After Long Wait For Trial

By Zoe Tillman |

By the time a federal jury in Washington was seated in late June to hear Texas businessman William Moore Jr.’s claims of retaliation and unlawful prosecution, nearly 23 years had passed since he first filed his lawsuit. The jury ruled against Moore on Monday, but his case isn’t over yet.

The Morning Wrap

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Health care circuit split; Apple class action certified; suit by John Travolta's pilot survives dismissal.

(l-r) Robert Wilkins, Cornelia

Health Care Ruling Poses First Test For New D.C. Circuit

By Todd Ruger |

A ruling Tuesday on the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges is expected to become the first big case to land in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since a slate of new judges took the bench.

Businesses Boost Bill to Kill ACA Mandate

By Andrew Ramonas |

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 160 other business organizations are looking to deal another blow to the Affordable Care Act after it faced both a major setback and a key affirmation Tuesday.

Stuart Delery.

Software Maker Symantec Faces False Claims Suit

By Jenna Greene |

The Justice Department will intervene in a False Claims Act suit against Symantec Corp., which allegedly over-charged the government for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of software and related products.

Supreme Court Gets ‘Incomplete’ Grade for Transparency

By Tony Mauro |

A coalition formed to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to increase transparency criticized the justices on Tuesday for not doing more to boost public access to court proceedings in the term just ended.

The Morning Wrap

By Todd Ruger |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: A senator's Affordable Care Act lawsuit tossed, a murder conviction vacated and Obama's administration fights to keep secret records.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Coalition Blows the Whistle on Whistleblower Retaliation

By Andrew Ramonas |

Labaton Sucharow, the Government Accountability Project and more than 250 other whistleblower advocates are pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to improve its program that was created four years ago as part of Dodd-Frank’s efforts to help workers report corporate wrongdoing.

Alvaro Bedoya.

Hill Lawyer Runs New Georgetown Law Center on Privacy

By Todd Ruger |

Georgetown University Law Center has created a center focused on preserving privacy and civil rights in the face of advancing technology, and it has hired one of Capitol Hill's top lawyers to run it.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The unremarkable rise of gay judges, reduced sentences for certain federal drug offenders, an arrest on Capitol Hill and a court battle between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.

Claudia Wilken.

Judges Describe Pitfalls of Long Vacancies

By Todd Ruger |

Judicial vacancies in the nation's federal district courts means litigation costs increase, judges spend less time on cases and civil disputes are harder to settle, a new report from The Brennan Center for Justice found.

Brian Sutter, the staff director of the subcommittee on health of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Congress Fights Subpoenas From SEC in Trading Probe

By Mark Hamblett |

The Securities and Exchange Commission is urging a federal judge to enforce two administrative subpoenas for congressional committee records and the testimony of a staffer in an insider trading investigation.

Patti Saris.

Sentencing Guidelines Lowered for Certain Drug Offenders

By Jimmy Hoover |

The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday unanimously approved a measure to reduce sentences for certain federal drug offenders by an average of 25 months.

Stewart Baker.

Debating the Efficacy of NSA Surveillance Oversight

By Andrew Ramonas |

The question of whether the oversight of the federal government's surveillance activities is effective came to a head on Capitol Hill on Friday as former National Security Agency general counsel Stewart Baker and representatives of technology industry and civil liberties interests butted heads.

Sonia Sotomayor.

Clinton Docs Reveal Concerns About Court Nominees

By Marcia Coyle, Tony Mauro and Todd Ruger |

Clinton White House documents released on Friday predicted a "vicious attack" against the possible nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

R. Allen Stanford.

D.C. Circuit Rejects Payback for Stanford Fraud Victims

By Jenna Greene |

In an unsuccessful bid to win compensation for investors swindled by R. Allen Stanford in a massive Ponzi scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was rebuffed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which ruled Friday the investors are not eligible for protection as customers.

Sexual Assault Claims Against U.S. Armed Forces Fail in D.C. Circuit

By Marcia Coyle |

Senior officials in the military and the U.S. Department of Defense cannot be held liable for the alleged rapes, severe sexual harassment and retaliation suffered by 12 current and former sailors and Marines, a federal appellate panel ruled Friday.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: General Motors Co. general counsel Michael Millikin testifies before Congress, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are clashing over attorney fees, Bingham McCutchen is looking to merge with another major U.S. law firm and Army private Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced last year for leaking national security secrets to WikiLeaks, will start gender treatments.

FedEx is charged in an indictment in California for its alleged role in the distribution of controlled substances.

FedEx Indicted In Alleged Drug-Distribution Conspiracy

By Amanda Bronstad |

FedEx Corp. was indicted on Thursday on charges of shipping illegal drugs to online pharmacies that ended up in the hands of dealers and addicts.

Apple, Samsung on the Same Side in New ITC Case

By Jenna Greene |

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are usually fierce opponents in patent battles, but they're on the same side of the table as codefendants in a new complaint filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission by Luxembourg-based Enterprise Systems Technologies SARL.

James Sandman.

D.C. Expands Pro Bono Practice Rule to In-House Lawyers

By Zoe Tillman |

Legal services lawyers in the District of Columbia are hoping a recent change in the local practice rules will bump up pro bono involvement by corporate in-house lawyers.

Morning Wrap

By Katelyn Polantz |

Movement at Microsoft and 21st Century Fox, Haley Barbour’s political spending and Lady Gaga’s court documents: 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.

Ronnie-White.

Denied the Bench Under Clinton, Ronnie White is Confirmed

By Marcia Coyle |

Ronnie White, the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court, beat the odds by winning confirmation to a federal district court seat that the Senate denied him 15 years ago.

D.C. Attorney General Candidates List Grows

By Zoe Tillman |

Five Washington lawyers so far have announced their candidacy for District of Columbia attorney general, including Perkins Coie partner Lorelie Masters and Venable partner Karl Racine.

Miami Lawyer to Pay $4M to Fraud Victims

By Jenna Greene |

A Florida-based lawyer will pay nearly $4 million to harmed investors in a prime bank investment scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced.

Wallace

D.C. Bar Withdraws Controversial Request for Rules Change

By Zoe Tillman |

The D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors is no longer pursuing a rules change that would have given bar leaders more control over the disciplinary arm’s spending—a proposal opposed by disciplinary officials.

Toney Anaya.

Former New Mexico AG Settles Fraud Charges

By Jenna Greene |

The former governor and attorney general of New Mexico settled fraud charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from his role as head of a company that the agency said was secretly controlled by two ex-crooks.

The Morning Wrap

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: BoA profits take a $4 billion hit due to litigation; FCC deluged with net neutrality comments; is Hillary running?

Aereo television streaming.

After Aereo, Rethinking Copyright Online

By Andrew Ramonas |

The U.S. Copyright Office wants to know what the public thinks about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month against Aereo Inc. as the agency studies the state of copyright law in the digital age, according to an announcement Tuesday in the Federal Register.

Building that used to house the National Bank of Washington on the corner of G & 14 streets, N.W.

D.C. Circuit: Legal Fight Over Armenian Genocide Museum 'Regrettable'

By Zoe Tillman |

A group of Armenian-American philanthropists have been fighting each other in court for years over stalled plans for an Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial in Washington. Two decades after plans for the museum began, its future is still uncertain, but the legal wrangling is coming to a close.

The Morning Wrap

By Todd Ruger |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The U.S. Supreme Court has fun too, the White House calls marijuana a states' rights issue, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren bashes Wall Street.

Peter Zeidenberg.

Jack Abramoff Can Keep His Lawyer, Judge Says

By Zoe Tillman |

As convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff fights with federal prosecutors over how his latest tax refund should be spent, he’ll get to keep his lawyer over the government’s objection.

Eric Holder Jr., left, and Brad Karp, right.

Holder Touts Consumer Relief Provision in $7B Citigroup Deal

By Todd Ruger |

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday continued to squeeze the country’s biggest banks for their roles in the financial crisis, securing a $7 billion global settlement with Citigroup over misrepresentations about residential mortgage-backed securities.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

SEC Lawyer to be GC at Investment Company Institute

By Andrew Ramonas |

The Investment Company Institute, a leading fund-industry trade group in Washington, D.C., is picking up senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer David Blass as its general counsel.

Pastor Mike Metzger, right, in March leads a prayer at the start of the Greece Town Board meeting. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in May in Town Greece v. Galloway that local legislative bodies could start meetings with religious invocations without violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Atheist to Deliver Opening for Town in Public Prayer Dispute

By Tony Mauro |

After winning a U.S. Supreme Court battle to allow religious invocations at monthly board meetings, the town of Greece, N.Y., will open its session July 15 with a greeting by an atheist.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Citigroup Inc. agrees to a $7 billion settlement, President Barack Obama's plan to hire more immigration judges and lawyers falls short, a lack of communication between federal and local authorities posed difficulties in the search for the Washington Navy Yard gunman last year and Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs and lawyer for basketball star LeBron James, talks about the athlete's return to the city.

Merrick Garland, left, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit administers the oath to Christopher Cooper, right, district judge for the District of Columbia.

D.C. Federal District Judge Casey Cooper Takes Oath

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper was sworn in to the federal trial court in Washington on Friday, taking the oath before a courtroom filled with friends and family representing the upper echelons of government and private practice.

Cadillac Exec Put in GM Lobbying Driver's Seat

By Andrew Ramonas |

General Motors Co. executive Robert Ferguson on Thursday returned to his old job as the chief lobbyist for the embattled automaker as it tries to ease anger in Washington, D.C., over its ignition-switch defect and ongoing recall crisis.

William Hubbard.

ABA Presses Concern Over Tax Reform Proposal

By Todd Ruger |

The American Bar Association warned Congress that law firms and lawyers would face substantial hardship under the leading tax reform proposals on Capitol Hill—and could be forced to reduce their number of contingency and pro bono cases.

Oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Ex-Patton Partner Loses New Pillsbury Job Over Chevron

By Katelyn Polantz |

Patton Boggs’ fight with Chevron Corp. has cost one of the firm’s former attorneys his new job. Litigator Benjamin Chew resigned from the partnership at his new firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in the past two weeks, barely four months after moving to the firm.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Germany wants U.S. spy expelled, Third Circuit okays forcible medication for sentencing and a California man gets 15 years in prison for economic espionage.

Aereo: OK Then, We're a Cable Company

By Lisa Shuchman |

Aereo Inc., the video-streaming service the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month was violating copyright law by using dime-sized antennae to broadcast television content to subscribers, has spelled out a new plan for its survival, one that ironically uses an argument put forth by the Court.

Ted Cruz, left, and Harry Reid, right.

Senate Democrats Fight Contraceptives, Campaign Finance Rulings

By Todd Ruger |

Senate Democrats on Thursday moved to counteract recent U.S. Supreme Court actions on two fronts, advancing a campaign finance amendment to the Senate floor and announcing a floor vote next week on legislation to undo the contraceptive-mandate ruling.

Emmet Sullivan.

D.C. Federal Judge Examines IRS Email Controversy

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington wants answers from the Internal Revenue Service about a cache of missing emails that belong to former IRS official Lois Lerner and about other ways the government can find the information in those lost records.

US Critical Infrastructure Unprepared for Cyberattack

By Andrew Ramonas |

Utility, oil and gas, energy, and manufacturing businesses in the United States and other countries are still unprepared for cyberthreats, with hundreds of information technology executives at the organizations reporting at least one breach in the past year, according to a study released Thursday by a data security think tank and a technology company.

J.A.

Former Steptoe Chairman Returns to Firm

By Jenna Greene |

Leading energy lawyer J.A. "Lon" Bouknight Jr. has returned to Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a firm he once chaired, after serving as general counsel to energy giant Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. for nearly five years.

The Morning Wrap

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: OPM gets hacked; Jesse Ventura's defamation suit; Commerzbank AG nears settlement for sanctions violations.

L. Andrew Zausner.

Greenberg Traurig Snags Government Law Team From Dickstein

By Katelyn Polantz |

Shrinking Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro has lost its government law and policy practice group to Greenberg Traurig.

Ski Makers Settle Collusion Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Two ski makers accused of illegally agreeing not to compete for one another’s ski endorsers or employees reached a final settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday.

TROL Act Targets Patent Demand Letters

By Andrew Ramonas |

Patent demand letter legislation that a House panel is set to consider Wednesday is getting the attention of technology industry groups that are hoping the bill can curb at least some patent troll activity.

National Security Operations Center floor.

Report: Two Muslim American Lawyers Target of NSA Surveillance

By Zoe Tillman |

A report released Wednesday identifies two Muslim American lawyers whose communications were targeted in U.S. surveillance efforts.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and other lawmakers introduce the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act on Capitol Hill  Wednesday.

Legislation Seeks to Undo 'Hobby Lobby' Ruling

By Todd Ruger |

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to undo the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that struck down the contraceptive mandate in the federal health care law for some corporate owners who object on religious grounds.

The Morning Wrap

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Obama wants 40 more immigration judges; U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's winning streak ends; Apple loses a patent case in China.

Patrick McPherson of Duane Morris.

Duane Morris Names I.P. Litigator D.C. Managing Partner

By Katelyn Polantz |

The new leader of Duane Morris’ Washington branch has legal experience that matches the largest practice area in the office: intellectual property. Patrick McPherson, a 51-year-old litigator, joined Duane Morris in 2002 to establish its Washington intellectual property group.

Barack Obama, left, and John Boehner, right.

Boehner Faces Challenges in Any Suit Against Obama

By Jimmy Hoover |

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pressed his threat to sue President Obama over his executive orders, saying that Obama has “consistently overstepped his authority under the Constitution.” Legal scholars question the viability of any suit.

Christopher “Casey” Cooper.

Judge in Benghazi Case Discloses Ties to Justice Dept.

By Zoe Tillman and Jimmy Hoover |

The presiding judge in the criminal case against a suspected ringleader of the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, disclosed his wife’s former ties to the U.S. Department of Justice during a hearing on Tuesday.

Obama Requests More Immigration Judges

By Todd Ruger |

The U.S. Department of Justice would get $64 million and about 40 additional immigration judges under President Obama's new plan to address the increased number of immigrants illegally crossing the Southwest border.

John Devaney

Perkins Coie's New Managing Partner to Head Firm from D.C.

By MP McQueen |

In its continuing effort to raise its national profile, Perkins Coie has named John Devaney as its first firm leader outside of its Seattle headquarters. Devaney will be based out of Washington, D.C., when he takes the reins as managing partner on Jan. 1, 2015. Perkins Coie will keep its headquarters in the Pacific Northwest.

The Morning Wrap

By Todd Ruger |

A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Behind the scenes at the Squire Patton Boggs merger, a napping baseball fan sues, and rookie advocates win at the U.S. Supreme Court.

NSA headquarters.

More Surveillance Revelations, More Calls for Reform

By Andrew Ramonas |

Organizations representing the technology industry and focusing on civil liberties have found more ammunition for U.S. government surveillance reform in a new report that says the National Security Agency collects far more communications from normal Internet users than it does from legally targeted foreigners.

FCC Building.

FCC Names Merger Review Lawyers in Comcast and AT&T Deals

By Jenna Greene |

With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.

Michael Rankin.

Judge Asked to Recuse in Discrimination Case Against Booz Allen

By Zoe Tillman |

Lawyers for a woman suing Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. for gender discrimination have asked D.C. Superior Court Judge Michael Rankin to step down, citing his son’s ties to the company.

Cheryl Krause.

Senate Confirms Dechert Partner Cheryl Krause for Third Circuit

By Todd Ruger |

The Senate voted 93-0 to confirm Dechert partner Cheryl Krause for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The Morning Wrap

By Andrew Ramonas |

A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: The National Security Agency collects far more communications from normal Internet users than it does from legally targeted foreigners, the legal industry adds 1,200 positions in June, a court fight quickly escalates over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission concerning the news-feed study Facebook Inc. conducted on emotions.

Andrew Tulumello.

Gibson Dunn Files Challenge to Corcoran Deal

By Zoe Tillman |

A court fight is quickly escalating over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Two weeks after the gallery’s trustees asked a judge to approve a plan that involved transferring control of the museum’s building, art and school, a group of faculty, students and others—represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—filed papers opposing the deal.

Morning Wrap

By Katelyn Polantz |

Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s troubles, Hobby Lobby responses and the biggest law firm merger of the year: 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.

NSA headquarters.

NSA Privacy Report by Fed Watchdog Seen as Too Weak

By Andrew Ramonas |

Leading technology and civil liberties groups are disappointed with a study [PDF] the U.S. government's privacy watchdog released in support of a major U.S. foreign surveillance program that collects vast amounts of Internet user data.

Stephen Immelt.

Hogan Lovells' New CEO Steve Immelt on Strategy, Identity

By Katelyn Polantz |

Litigator Steve Immelt assumed the management role at the top of Hogan Lovells yesterday. He took about a half-hour to talk with us about his vision for the sprawling full-service firm. We also spoke about changes that the industry faces and how he’ll fill the shoes of Warren Gorrell Jr., who led Hogan & Hartson through its merger with Lovells in 2010.

Heavy security presence outside the DC federal courthouse in Washington on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, as a suspect charged in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya appeared for a detention hearing.

Benghazi Suspect's Lawyer Complains About Limited Discovery

By Zoe Tillman |

A lawyer for Ahmed Abu Khatallah—the suspect charged in connection with a 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya—agreed Wednesday that her client should remain in government custody, but raised concerns about the lack of discovery provided so far by prosecutors.

W. Neil Eggleston.

Salaries at White House No Match for Big Firms

By Todd Ruger |

The White House list of staff salaries for 2014 reveals just how much income lawyers can sacrifice for the privilege of working with the president.

The Morning Wrap

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The U.S. Supreme Court adds eight cases to its docket; Burford Capital talks about its ill-fated investment in Patton Boggs' Chevron suit; did Hilary Clinton violate attorney-client privilege?

Holland & Knight Boosts Energy Practice

By Katelyn Polantz |

Holland & Knight has acquired a group of 11 energy lawyers in Washington and Austin, effectively splitting in two the Washington-based energy boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone.

Aereo television streaming

Aereo Rallies Customers: 'Make Your Voices Heard'

By Andrew Ramonas |

Aereo Inc. is looking to Congress to keep its online television-streaming service running after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt it a crippling blow last week, telling its backers to "raise your hands and make your voices heard" by lawmakers.

Peter Zeidenberg.

DOJ, Former Prosecutor Clash Over 'Switching Sides'

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice this week escalated the war of words in a fight over whether former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg should be allowed to represent convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.