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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

The Wrap: Ken Paxton Calls SEC Charges 'Dramatic Overreach'

By C. Ryan Barber |

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawyers fire back the Securities and Exchange Commission's case against him. Federal regulators question automaker Tesla's alleged nondisclosure demands. And a divided Ninth Circuit says there's no Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in public. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., future home of Donald Trump's new hotel. August 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Trump Escalates Attack on Judge | Don Verrilli Hangs Up His Morning Coat

By C. Ryan Barber |

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump steps up his criticism of a judge presiding over a fraud suit against Trump University, but Trump's lawyers at O'Melveny & Myers haven't yet filed any recusal motion. Donald Verrilli Jr. steps down as U.S. solicitor general. And more insurers are taking the U.S. to cover demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in payments under the Affordable Care Act. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

BuckleySandler.

Morning Wrap: Preston Burton Leaves His Boutique for Big Law | Donald Trump Sues Like Crazy

By Katelyn Polantz |

Preston Burton's new firm, Donald Trump's judicial track record and highlights from John Quinn’s Museum of Broken Relationships: This is a collection of news tidbits from ALM and other sources.

U.S. Department of Justice

Morning Wrap: DOJ Resists Judge's Ethics Sanctions | Trump U.'s 'Playbook'

By Mike Scarcella |

The U.S. Justice Department is mounting a challenge to a Texas judge's attorney-ethics sanctions. A federal appeals court rules for the feds in a Fourth Amendment case over cell-phone location data. And a federal judge in California releases Trump University docs that had been kept secret. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Richard Cordray.

Morning Wrap: Feds Bank on New Regs | Tech Companies Turn to State Lawmakers

By Mike Scarcella |

The feds have "armies" of new rule enforcers for the banking and finance industry. Tech companies are increasingly taking legislative concerns to the states. And Merrick Garland gets a chance to speak (at his high school). This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the conlusion of an event held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts honoring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with the Seneca Women Global Leadership Award. April 15, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Steel Secrets | 'Eight is Not a Good Number' | Google Beats Oracle

By C. Ryan Barber |

The International Trade Commission will investigate U.S. Steel's complaints about Chinese companies' alleged theft of trade secrets. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says an eight-justice court isn't tenable. And Google triumphs against Oracle in a $9B copyright suit. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Sally Yates.

Morning Wrap: Business Community Swings Back at Yates Memo | Man Charged in Killing of FSU Law Prof Dan Markel

By Katelyn Polantz |

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform adds to criticism of the Justice Department’s Yates Memo, Florida authorities nab the alleged killer of a well-known law professor, and billionaire Peter Thiel fuels Hulk Hogan’s legal pursuits: This is a collection of news tidbits from ALM and other sources.

Morning Wrap: Ten Cases to Watch in the D.C. Circuit | Hulk Hogan's Litigation Funding

By Mike Scarcella |

The D.C. Circuit is poised to issue major rulings over the next several months on net neutrality and campaign finance. Forbes and The New York Times dig into suspicions of secret funding for Hulk Hogan's suit against Gawker. Volkswagen makes progress on its deal with the feds, drivers. And an Ohio judge rules against a measure to restrict early-voting there. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Stephen Breyer.

Morning Wrap: Bank of America Fights Discrimination Finding | Breyer Talks Post-Scalia Court

By Mike Scarcella |

Bank of America sues the Labor Department over its finding of racial discrimination in job-hiring. Justice Stephen Breyer dismisses the notion that the justices could be hampered without a ninth colleague. And the Supreme Court reverses a death sentence in Georgia for race-based juror selection. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Ted Olson.

Morning Wrap: Midsize Hot List | Tom Brady Will Appeal | Covington Snags Former Swedish PM

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: outstanding midsize law firms, Tom Brady's lawyers will challenge 'Deflategate' decision, and the former prime minister of Sweden joins Covington & Burling as a senior policy advisor.

Anti-death penalty buttons outside the Supreme Court. June 29, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Grand Jury Report Faults Oklahoma Executions | SCOTUS and Immigration

By C. Ryan Barber |

A grand jury investigation into last year's execution mistakes in Oklahoma found that the state department of corrections "failed to perform their duties." A 5-3 Supreme Court decision on deportation scrambled ideological lines. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Morning Wrap: Trump, Holder, Olson, Waxman and Posner

By Katelyn Polantz |

We round-up a storm of news regarding former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s jobs, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Ted Olson’s clients, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, Seth Waxman’s name twin and Judge Richard Posner’s writing peeves.

Demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court during arguments in the health care case King v. Burwell in March 2015.

Morning Wrap: Health Insurers Sue Feds for $223M | The Consensus Court

By Mike Scarcella |

Reed Smith represents insurers First Priority and Highmark in their Federal Claims Court suit seeking $223 million in damages related to the health care law. The justices are taking small steps to reach consensus. And George Mason's law school is officially renamed to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Special Recording of Scalia Play 'The Originalist' to Air on Public Radio

By Marcia Coyle |

A 2015 political drama based on the late Justice Antonin Scalia is moving from the theater stage to the sound stage. The Originalist by John Strand will be recorded by the original cast, aired on public radio stations and distributed free to public high schools throughout the country.

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, of Little Sisters of the Poor (at mic), meets the press outside the U.S. Supreme Court last week after arguments in a suit over the Affordable Care Act's contraceptives mandate.

Marcia Coyle on SCOTUS Nondecision Decisions

By NLJ Staff |

The NLJ's Marcia Coyle sits down with PBS NewsHour host Hari Sreenivasan to analyze the justices' small steps in this post-Scalia court.

Morning Wrap: Lead Uber Plaintiff Objects | Climate Plan Goes to Full D.C. Circuit

By Mike Scarcella |

The lead plaintiff in a California class action against Uber on Monday said he feels "utterly betrayed" by the $84 million settlement for drivers. The D.C. Circuit, acting on its own, speeds up full-court review of the Obama administration's climate plan. And a look at Morgan Lewis' work for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Antonin Scalia

'Nobody Asked Questions Like Scalia,' the NLJ's Tony Mauro Recalls

By NLJ staff |

The National Law Journal's Tony Mauro breaks it down with Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about highlights from the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral argument term, which ended in late April.

Clarence Thomas.

Morning Wrap: Flat Rates for Bankruptcy Lawyers | Justice Thomas Speaks | Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the latest billing rates for bankruptcy lawyers, Justice Clarence Thomas on the high court's "difficult time," and start-up companies turn to arbitration to resolve disputes.

Justice Antonin Scalia on Capitol Hill in 2011.

Morning Wrap: George Mason Profs Support 'Scalia Law' Renaming | Judge Paul Grewal Takes Facebook Job

By C. Ryan Barber |

George Mason law professors support renaming the school in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Paul Grewal, a federal magistrate in California, is taking a legal post at Facebook. The Supreme Court last night split 4-4 in a death case, a ruling that keeps in place the Eleventh Circuit's execution stay. SEC Chair Mary Jo White criticizes pending legislation that she says would hamper law enforcement. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (December 5, 2007)

Morning Wrap: K&L Gates D.C. Forefather Retires | So long, Michael Ratner | Legal Battle of John and Yoko

By Katelyn Polantz |

K&L Gates renames a conference room after a retiring partner, plus coverage of law firms on Jeopardy!, the legacy of Michael Ratner, and the immigration ballad of John and Yoko.

(l-r) Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Chris Coons (D-DE), Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, formally receive Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland’s questionnaire before assembled media at the U.S. Capitol.  Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Morning Wrap: Why Merrick Garland Recuses | Staples-Office Depot Deal Abandoned

By Mike Scarcella |

Merrick Garland lists his most important cases, and he identifies dozens of cases in which he recused for financial and other reasons. Staples and Office Depot abandon their merger plan after a Washington judge finds the deal would "substantially" hurt competition. And starting in December, the federal rules of appellate procedure will change—and that means lawyers have a new, reduced word count. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Merrick Garland.

Morning Wrap: Garland to Send Questionnaire to Senate | DOJ v. North Carolina

By Mike Scarcella |

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland today is expected to send the Senate a questionnaire, even if the Judiciary Committee didn't ask for one. The Justice Department and North Carolina square off over the state's controversial "bathroom bill." This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

David Boies

Morning Wrap: Mental Health of Law Students | New Approach to Terror Defendants | David Boies on TV

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: A special report on mental health at U.S. law schools, a judge's new approach for dealing with terror defendants and a farewell to legal drama "The Good Wife."

Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal, left, speaking on stage with retired Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, right, at The Robert H. Smith Auditorium of the New-York Historical Society, on May 5, 2016.

Morning Wrap: John Paul Stevens: 'Hold a Hearing' for Garland | Forced Arbitration Attacked

By C. Ryan Barber |

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, sitting down with the NLJ's Marcia Coyle, says the Senate should give Merrick Garland a hearing. The CFPB unveils a new proposal to restrict mandatory arbitration. And Lanny Davis starts a new law firm. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Federal Health Care Fraud Cases Cut In Half Since 2011 | Apple Pursues Trademark Suit in China

By Katelyn Polantz |

California takes action against the tobacco industry, Apple moves in Chinese court and health care fraud cases go soft: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

Ellen Pao

Morning Wrap: Silicon Valley Diversity | Minnesota Vikings Clash With Wells Fargo

By Mike Scarcella |

A new tool is launched in Silicon Valley to measure and boost diversity in the tech industry. The Minnesota Vikings clash with Wells Fargo over signage and stadium branding. And the feds could bring more charges against ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

U.S. Department of Justice

Morning Wrap: Aggressive Antitrust | Cheering Copyrights | Breyer Renews Criticism

By Mike Scarcella |

The Obama administration's antitrust enforcers are aggressively pursuing new cases. Twitter's transparency suit survives, in part. Steptoe is consolidating operations in Los Angeles. And Justice Breyer renews his criticism of the death penalty. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Robert Mueller.

Morning Wrap: Slower SCOTUS | Lynch's Agenda | 'Stop-and-Frisk' Judge Speaks

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: How the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy could affect the next term, Attorney General Loretta Lynch's agenda and departing thoughts from retiring U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin.

Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

Morning Wrap: Grassley's Gamble | Eight New Court Picks

By C. Ryan Barber |

"I would have to admit it’s a gamble," Sen. Chuck Grassley, the judiciary chairman, says about the GOP's block on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. President Obama announces eight new court picks, including two for the D.C. federal trial bench. And a criminal justice reform bill moves forward in the Senate. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Learns His Sentence While Bob McDonnell Challenges His Own

By Katelyn Polantz |

Two of the nation’s most well-known Republican politicians had their days in court Wednesday, plus Robert Durst and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reactions to when they were on the hot seat: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

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 Faces a Judge | Bob McDonnell's Case at SCOTUS

By Mike Scarcella |

Dennis Hastert is set to be sentenced today in Chicago federal district court. Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell takes his corruption challenge to the justices today. And the plaintiffs who lost their case against North Carolina's voter identification law have taken an appeal to the Fourth Circuit. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Mayer Brown

Morning Wrap: N.C. Voter ID Upheld | Big Law Support for Hastert | Brady Reprimand Reinstated

By Mike Scarcella |

A federal judge in North Carolina upholds the state's voter identification law. Several Big Law lawyers write letters supporting Dennis Hastert. A federal appeals court reinstates the NFL's punishment of Tom Brady. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Am Law 100 | Top Verdicts | Fines Considered for Rule-Breaking Jurors

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the latest edition of the Am Law 100, a look at the top verdicts in 2015 and California lawmakers consider fining jurors who violate rules against researching trials on the internet.

Uber sticker on a parked car on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. September 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Uber Settles with Drivers for $100M | Feds Shell Out for iPhone Hack

By C. Ryan Barber |

Uber has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class action brought by drivers over their employment classification. The feds pay $1 million to hack into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. And the D.C. Circuit keeps drone-strike documents under wraps. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Dickstein Shapiro State Attorneys General Lawyer Didn’t Breach Ethics Rules | John McKay Returns to Private Practice

By Katelyn Polantz |

An ethics commission finds a resolution in its investigation of the Dickstein Shapiro-turned-Cozen O’Connor state attorneys general practice, and big-name turnover materializes at K&L Gates, Davis Wright Tremaine, the Sacramento U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia bench. This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Northern District of California

Morning Wrap: Charles Breyer Didn't Become an Actor | Transgender Teen's Case Reinstated

By Mike Scarcella |

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, brother of Justice Stephen Breyer, one time aspired to be an actor. A federal appeals court revives a Virginia transgender teen's case challenging a school's bathroom policy. And a Washington judge hears arguments in the FTC's antitrust case against the Staples-Office Depot merger. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at his nomination ceremony.

Morning Wrap: Public Support Rises for Garland | Trump's New Election-Law Strategist

By Mike Scarcella |

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds increasing public support for the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Donald Trump hires a top election-law strategist. And Gibson Dunn's Helgi Walker talks with the NLJ about her first argument at the high court—as an appointed friend of the court. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C. January 24, 2016. Photo by Mike Scarcella/NLJ.

Morning Wrap: ABA Evaluates Garland | Immigration at the Supreme Court | Soccer Probe Broadens

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The ABA's evaluation of Merrick Garland presses on, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in immigration case, and sponsors and broadcasters are under scrutiny in international soccer investigation.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland with President Obama and Vice President Biden on March 16 in the Rose Garden.

Morning Wrap: Microsoft Takes Feds to Court Over Gag Orders | GOP Unswayed After Garland Meetings

By C. Ryan Barber |

Microsoft is suing over restrictions on the company's ability to tell customers about search warrants. Republicans Senators continue to meet with Merrick Garland, and continue to explain why President Obama should not be allowed to choose Antonin Scalia's replacement. And a judge says Dennis Hastert can't secretly file letters in his support. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justice Clarence Thomas

Morning Wrap: Clarence Thomas Confirmation Revisited | Jones Day’s Work for Donald Trump’s Campaign

By Katelyn Polantz |

Stories on Donald Trump’s election lawyer, Anita Hill’s Capitol Hill testimony and Dennis Hastert’s accusers: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray

Morning Wrap: CFPB a Tough Sell in D.C. Circuit | Contraception Compromise

By Mike Scarcella |

A D.C. Circuit panel seems ready to disrupt the power structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland continues his meet-and-greets on Capitol Hill. And the lawyers in the latest health care case over contraceptives respond to the justices about a possible compromise. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

Morning Wrap: Merrick Garland's Web | Bill Baer Rises | Goldman Sachs Pays Up

By Mike Sacks |

Chuck Grassley and Merrick Garland are set to meet for breakfast today. The NLJ maps Garland's influence, as seen through his dozens of former law clerks. And Bill Baer, the former DOJ Antitrust Division chief, will take over as acting associate attorney general. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Feds Detail Alleged Abuse by Hastert | Justices Mum on Garland | Outstanding GCs

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Prosecutors detail alleged sexual abuse of children by Dennis Hastert, the U.S. Supreme Court's silence on Garland nomination fight and a federal appeals court weighs award to families of victims of terrorist attacks.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland with President Barack Obama

Morning Wrap: Graham to Meet Garland | GOP Floats SCOTUS Pick

By C. Ryan Barber |

While he's still holding firm against proceeding with hearings, Sen. Lindsey Graham has agreed to meet with Judge Merrick Garland. Twenty-five years after her sexual harassment allegations dominated Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing, Anita Hill says she would do it all again. And the District of Columbia and the federal government have agreed to pay a combined $2.8 million to settle claims filed over arrests. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at his nomination ceremony.

Morning Wrap: Panama Papers Law Firm Has U.S. Presences | Garland’s Student Tutoring Schedule

By Katelyn Polantz |

Updates on the law firm behind the Panama Papers, Judge Merrick Garland’s whereabouts this week and the renaming of George Mason University’s law school: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

John Roberts Jr.

Morning Wrap: Grassley Takes on Chief Justice Roberts | A DPA Do-Over | Scalia Law

By Mike Scarcella |

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley takes on Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s recent remarks about the politics of the confirmation process. The D.C. Circuit revives a deferred prosecution deal that a judge rejected as too lenient. George Mason tinkers with the new name of its law school. And Hogan Lovells announces leadership changes. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justice Elena Kagan, attending the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Morning Wrap: Justices 'Working Hard' to Avoid Deadlocks | The Grassley-Garland Breakfast

By Mike Sacks |

Justice Elena Kagan says the court is "working hard" to achieve consensus and avoid 4-4 deadlocks. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley will meet Merrick Garland for breakfast. And a look at the Panama law firm at the center of the offshore-account data leak. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: 'Equally Divided' | Cravath Deal Lawyer Goes to Paul Weiss | Garland Preparations Continue

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Supreme Court continues to adjust to eight-member court, a top Cravath deal lawyer departs for Paul Weiss and documents held by a Panama-based law firm reveal use of tax havens by world leaders.

Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, right, meeting with senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), at the senator's office in the Hart Senate Office Building. March 29, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Garland's 'Supremely Qualified,' Kavanaugh Says | George Mason Law Renamed for Scalia

By Mike Scarcella |

D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh praises his colleague Merrick Garland as "supremely qualified" for the U.S. Supreme Court. George Mason Law will become the Antonin Scalia School of Law. And a former Maryland judge is sentenced for a civil rights violation. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Scandal and Celebrity Propel Sarah Palin, D.C. Madam and the Maryland Bar into Today's Legal News

By Katelyn Polantz |

Bracewell cuts the ribbon on a new Washington office, details from the D.C. Madam could resurface in court, and a look at Justice Clarence Thomas' desk: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland meets with senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), at the senator's office in the Hart Senate Office Building on March 29, 2016.

Morning Wrap: Tie Goes to the Circuit | Hackers Hit Law Firms

By Mike Scarcella |

Hackers targeted major Am Law 100 firms in a cyber attack. One Republican Senator opens a door to Merrick Garland. And the Supreme Court's tie vote in the public-sector unions case highlights, in the most clear terms yet, the impact of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland shakes hands with President Barack Obama after Garland's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 16, 2016.

Morning Wrap: More Republicans Open to Meeting Garland | RBG to Make Cameo in 'Merchant of Venice'

By Mike Sacks |

More Senate Republicans are open to meeting with—if not actually voting on—Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, NBC News reports. The Justice Department drops its request for an order forcing Apple to break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. And Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make a cameo appearance in "Merchant of Venice." This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

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.

Morning Wrap: $2M in Tenn. Marriage Case | Deals and Dealmakers | Garland's Rise

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Tenn. federal judge orders $2M in legal fees in same-sex marriage case, the lawyers behind big deals over the past year, and Merrick Garland's rise in Washington.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland shakes hands with President Barack Obama after Garland's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 16, 2016.

Morning Wrap: Merrick Garland Keeps His Day Job (Sort Of) | Jury Sides With Law School in Data Suit

By C. Ryan Barber |

This is a roundup from ALM and other publications: Obama takes to an op-ed to urge the Senate to consider Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. Garland's EPA record: It's clean (for the agency, at least). But Garland won't be hearing D.C. Circuit cases anytime soon. A jury sides with Thomas Jefferson School of Law in a former student's suit over job data. And Jill Kelley, the Florida woman who sued the government over the David Petraeus investigation, drops her privacy case.

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

Morning Wrap: Jones Day’s Republican Politics | Chicago Police Legal Fallout | Hastert’s Accuser in Court

By Katelyn Polantz |

Two political law partners at Jones Day duel on the Republican presidential race; Chicago continues to lawyer up because of its police department’s actions; and one of Dennis Hastert’s accusers might appear in court: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

Former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Richard Roberts.

Morning Wrap: Judicial Misconduct Case Closed | Tie Goes to the Circuit

By Mike Scarcella |

This is a roundup from ALM and other publications: A misconduct inquiry into former Chief Judge Richard Roberts in Washington is closed after his retirement from the bench. How the blasts in Brussels, which killed dozens, disrupted the legal profession. The Supreme Court's first 4-4 tie since Justice Scalia died. And FTC Commissioner Julie Brill joins Hogan Lovells.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit walks the halls of Congress on March 17, 2016.

Morning Wrap: Racing Merrick Garland | FBI Might Not Need Apple's Help After All

By Mike Sacks |

A former classmate of Merrick Garland's writes about his run-ins—quite literally—with the would-be U.S. Supreme Court nominee. The FBI says it's talking to a third-party about how to break into an iPhone without forcing Apple Inc. to help out. And the Supreme Court picks up, for the first time in 130 years, a case about design patent damages. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. attending the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Morning Wrap: Flint Fiasco | Chief Justice on Confirmations | Defender Crisis in Louisiana

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Lawsuits filed over Flint water crisis, a look at Chief Justice John Roberts' comments about the high court confirmation process and the struggling public defense system in Louisiana.

Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, right, meeting with senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), left, at the senator's office in the Russell Senate Office Building. March 17, 2016.

Morning Wrap: Merrick's Moment | Past Haunts D.C. Judge

By C. Ryan Barber |

Merrick Garland began meeting with Senators—well, Democrats—on Thursday, the day after President Obama picked him for the Supreme Court. Former White House counsel Greg Craig takes to the NYT op-ed pages to critique the Republicans' refusal to hold hearings for Garland. And more on how ex-Judge Richard Roberts' past has come to haunt him. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Garland Nomination Consumes Washington | Federal District Chief Judge Steps Down

By Katelyn Polantz |

Your handy Judge Merrick Garland nomination round-up, and a round-up of additional legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

President Barack Obama waves after announcing the nomination of chief judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Rose Garden.  March 16, 2016.

Transcript: President Obama's Nomination of Merrick Garland

By Staff |

"I've selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness, and excellence," President Barack Obama said Wednesday. Read a transcript of the president's nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court (Jan. 24, 2016)

President Obama to Announce SCOTUS Pick

By Mike Scarcella |

President Barack Obama today at 11 a.m. in the Rose Garden will announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the White House. Reuters reports Obama is expected to nominate either Merrick Garland or Sri Srinivasan—both are judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit—as his pick for the Supreme Court. Srinivasan would become, if confirmed, the first Asian-American justice.

Colombian paramilitary Hernan Giraldo Serna, second right, is escorted by U.S. DEA Agents at his arrival in Opa-locka, Fla., Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Members of a Colombian paramilitary group arrived from Colombia to face U.S. drug trafficking and money laundering charges in federal court. Photo: Alan Diaz/AP

Judge Rejects DOJ Opposition to Naming Colombians as Victims in U.S. Drug Case

By Zoe Tillman |

The federal Crime Victims' Rights Act can apply to family members of a slain Colombian man who claim they were victims of a drug conspiracy being prosecuted in a U.S. court, a federal district judge in Washington ruled on Monday.

The Supreme Court of the United States

Morning Wrap: Obama Vows 'Consensus' SCOTUS Pick | Harvard Law to Ditch Shield

By Mike Sacks |

President Obama says he will pick a Supreme Court candidate who should be a "consensus" pick. Harvard Law School will abandon its shield. And the ABA tightens restrictions on bar-pass rates. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Miller & Chevalier offices at 900 16th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.

Miller & Chevalier Gets Its Own Building in Downtown D.C.

By Katelyn Polantz |

Miller & Chevalier has traded spaces for a different White House view. The firm's Washington office has become the main tenant in a building at 900 16th St. in downtown Washington. The firm announced the completion of the move Monday.

Morning Wrap: White House SCOTUS Battle Plan | Wild West of Fee Fights

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The White House prepares to fight Republican opposition to whomever the president nominates to the Supreme Court, fee fights in multi-district litigation and another clemency push.

Merrick Garland.

Morning Wrap: Merrick Garland's Moment? | Feds Assail Apple

By C. Ryan Barber |

That Merrick Garland is a contender for a Supreme Court seat isn't new. The Washington Post puts a fresh spotlight on the D.C. Circuit chief judge. More from today's roundup: the Justice Department assails Apple, and the Fifth Circuit shields Proskauer Rose from investor claims over R. Allen Stanford's multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. And Sujit Choudhry, the dean of UC-Berkeley School of Law, resigns.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS and Trump Fever Have This Town Abuzz | K&L Gates Partners Process What Has Happened

By Katelyn Polantz |

Supreme Court, Trump, Supreme Court. This is a round-up of news about the Supreme Court vacancy battle and politics, among other topics of interest to the legal community, from ALM and other outlets.

Visitors outside the U.S. Supreme Court on August 29, 2015.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS Shortlisters Interviewed | The Justices' Banter

By Mike Sacks |

President Obama has begun to interview top contenders for Justice Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court. The NLJ's Tony Mauro reports on the justices' banter on the bench. And Judge Maryanne Trump Barry's latest financial disclosure report is out. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justice Clarence Thomas (2007)

Morning Wrap: Thomas and Alito, the Dissenters | Hulk v. Gawker | All Writs Appeal

By Mike Sacks |

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are teaming up as the dissenters. Marriott's general counsel talks with the NLJ about the Erin Andrews case. Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker begins in Florida. And the Justice Department is challenging a Brooklyn judge's All Writs ruling. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Vinson & Elkins's Washington, D.C. offices

Vinson & Elkins' Washington Office Gets New Managing Partner

By Katelyn Polantz |

Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Charness has stepped down as managing partner of the Washington office, and antitrust partner Craig Seebald will take on the job, the firm said this month.

Mayer Brown's Washington, D.C. offices

Mayer Brown Pulls Another 10 Partners From K&L Gates

By Katelyn Polantz |

Remember when, two weeks ago, Mayer Brown hired five consumer-finance partners from K&L Gates? Count another 10 partners in the raid. Mayer Brown made the lateral hire announcement Monday morning with a list of 10 consumer-finance partners. The departures add to the heartburn K&L Gates has experienced this year with partner defections in Chicago, the West Coast and Washington.

Morning Wrap: Go-To Law Schools | Big Law PR Split-Up | 'Radical Lawyer' William Schaap Dies

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: a special report on law schools that send the most associates to large law firms, inside the break-up of a communications firm and no discipline for judge accused of misleading voters about his resume.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Take the NLJ Survey: Who Should Fill Scalia's Seat?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Justice Antonin Scalia died three weeks ago. The National Law Journal would like to know what you—and your colleagues in the legal community—think should happen next. Share your thoughts with us. Take our survey.

Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearing in December 2012.

Morning Wrap: Apple Lines Up Tech Friends | SCOTUS Vetting Continues

By C. Ryan Barber |

House Speaker Paul Ryan has nothing but love for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of several judges prominently mentioned as a contender for Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court. Tech companies line up in support of Apple Inc. in its fight with the feds over data encryption. And Tom Brady might not have escaped a four-game suspension after all. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Lori Alvino McGill

Morning Wrap: Lots of Lateral Activity Edition

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wilkinson Walsh and Eskovitz and Debevoise & Plimpton snap up lateral partners, Hellerman Baretz Communications, the legal media shop, is no more, and a study reveals how Washington lawyers move jobs. This is a round-up of news from ALM and other outlets.

Visitors outside the U.S. Supreme Court on August 29, 2015.

High Court Rejects Request for Same-Day Audio in Abortion, Immigration Cases

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a request from news media and transparency organizations for the same-day release of the audio of oral arguments in key upcoming abortion and immigration cases. The court's rejection of the audio request contrasts with last April's arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case.