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Ted Olson.

Ted Olson Says He May Skip Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

By Katelyn Polantz |

Theodore Olson, who argued a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage two years ago, might not be in the audience when the court revisits the issue April 28. "I was having a dinner party last night, and several [people], including one D.C. Circuit judge said, 'Don’t go, you'll just be frustrated,' " Olson recounted Friday.

FCC Building.

How FCC Commissioners Say Farewell to Law-Student Clerks

By Jenna Greene |

At the end of Friday's FCC meeting, the commissioners bid humorous farewells to six students who worked as law clerks and invited each to stand and be recognized.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Morning Wrap: Associate Pay Boost at Williams & Connolly | Power Cos. Press Luck at D.C. Circuit

By Mike Sacks |

Williams & Connolly boosts its first-year associate pay, power companies and states press their luck with the D.C. Circuit challenging the EPA over carbon emissions, and Sen. Harry Reid, the minority leader, prepares to "create" a vote on Loretta Lynch for attorney general. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Sally Yates, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  March 24, 2015.

Senate Committee Delays Vote on Deputy AG Nominee Sally Yates

By Mike Sacks |

Acting Deputy Attorney General nominee Sally Yates will have to wait a bit longer to be the official second-in-command at the Justice Department. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday pushed back its vote on Yates to April 23.

Morning Wrap: Allegations Fly at Firms

By Katelyn Polantz |

Law suits expose the tensions within McBee Strategic and at Dickstein Shapiro: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Joined by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor (second from right) lifts up the Seneca Women Global Leadership Award she received April 15.

Female Supreme Court Justices Unite in Tribute to Sandra Day O'Connor

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court's three female justices came together in Washington on Wednesday to pay tribute to retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her legacy in the law, her work with women judges and her push to improve civic education.

Covington Sues SeaWorld Over Orca Claims

By Marisa Kendall |

Lawyers with Covington & Burling are part of the latest attack on SeaWorld over allegations that the park mistreats orca whales used in its shows.

The Morning Wrap: EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: The EU charges Google with abusing its search engine dominance; Hillary Clinton's email, continued; AT&T goes it alone against the FCC.

Tobacco Companies Bring New Fight with Feds Over Labels

By Zoe Tillman |

Tobacco companies have long fought with the feds over what they can—and must—say on cigarette packages and other product labels. In the latest case, filed Tuesday, tobacco makers are challenging a new directive from the Food and Drug Administration that the companies claim unlawfully requires pre-approval for label changes.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

How the SEC's Accounting Fraud Watch List Works

By Katelyn Polantz |

Once a company appears on the list, the SEC assigns an accountant and an attorney to review the facts. They're systematic about it, using a checklist to walk through all the reasons why a company may be worth investigating.

Deval Patrick at the Equal Justice Works 25th Anniversary Gala in 2011.

Morning Wrap: Uber Hires Gibson Dunn | Deval Patrick Joins Bain

By Mike Scarcella |

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, whose name came up for U.S. attorney general, is joining the investment firm Bain Capital. Uber picks up a Gibson Dunn team. The feds are sued for information about the SG's apology in 2011 about mistakes in high-court Indian law cases. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Brian Heberlig of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, lead counsel for convicted former Blackwater guard Paul Slough, speaks outside the federal district courthouse in Washington after sentencing on Monday, April 13.

'Extraordinary' Prosecution of Ex-Blackwater Guards Heads to D.C. Circuit

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice's eight-year quest to hold former Blackwater security contractors responsible for killing and injuring Iraqi civilians in 2007 has been—both sides agree on this—extraordinary. A judge on Monday sentenced the guards to lengthy prison terms, setting the stage for an appellate fight.

U.S. Capitol.

Republican-Controlled Senate Confirms First U.S. District Judge

By Mike Sacks |

The Senate on Monday confirmed its first judicial nominee since Republicans took over the chamber in January. In a 95-0 vote, Alfred Bennett became a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Neal Katyal.

Lawsuit Seeks Background on DOJ 'Apology' in Supreme Court Indian Cases

By Tony Mauro |

A Native American group has gone to court to shine light on a purported "confession of error" by then-acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal in 2011 in which he said his office made misrepresentations to the U.S. Supreme Court in decades-old Indian law cases.

Seoul, South Korea.

Finnegan Henderson Joining Competitors in Seoul

By Katelyn Polantz |

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner will open an office in Seoul, the firm said on Monday. The D.C.-based intellectual property firm follows some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms that have opened in South Korea since 2012.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (September 2014)

Morning Wrap: Hillary Is In | Shining the Light on Dark Money

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Hillary Clinton officially enters the race, former lawyers for President Obama call for greater scrutiny of campaign spending and why the justices save the best for last.

Andrew Kline.

D.C. Court: No Sanctions for Former Prosecutor Who Violated Ethics Rule

By Zoe Tillman |

A former federal prosecutor in Washington violated his ethical obligation to turn over information to defense lawyers, an appeals court ruled this week. But the court did not impose sanctions, citing earlier confusion about how to interpret the ethics rules.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in February speaks at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Sotomayor: Don't Blame the Justices for Politicization of Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday blamed outside factors, not the justices themselves, for the public perception that the high court has become a political institution. Speaking at the New York Public Library, Sotomayor said, "The world around us has politicized what we’ve done."

Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Morning Wrap: New Details in DLA Lawyer's Killing | DOJ's Reaction to Immigration Ruling

By Mike Scarcella |

The feds like what they saw in the Fifth Circuit earlier this week in an immigration case. Police reveal new details in the killing of DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt. And a New York photographer beats privacy claims over shots he took of unsuspecting residents. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

A Woman's Place: Supreme Court, and the Frozen-Food Section

By Marcia Coyle |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been the subject of law review articles, books, editorials, T-shirts and now—ice cream activism?

Bert Rein, of Wiley Rein, addresses the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court, on the day of oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  February 27, 2013.

D.C. Circuit to Hear $2M Legal Fee Fight in Voting Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court will decide whether the government must pay the legal bills of the lawyers who convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a section of the Voting Rights Act.

The Donovan Hotel at 1155 14th St., NW in Washington, D.C.

Police: $40, Subway Card Stolen From Slain D.C. Lawyer

By Zoe Tillman |

When Jamyra Gallmon allegedly went to The Donovan Hotel in February to rob Washington lawyer David Messerschmitt—an encounter that ended with Messerschmitt stabbed to death—she wasn't alone, according to police reports.

Morning Wrap: Tsarnaev Verdict Reaction | Dentons and McKenna Long Tie Up

By Katelyn Polantz |

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country, focused on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ted Cruz, West Virginia's attorney general and the major merger law firms.

David Messerschmitt.

Second Arrest Made in Killing of DLA Piper Lawyer

By Zoe Tillman |

A second woman was arrested in the stabbing death of Washington lawyer David Messerschmitt, police said Wednesday.

Morning Wrap: Officer Charged in South Carolina Shooting

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: police officer charged in shooting caught on tape, new revelations of U.S. government surveillance and reflections on the uncertain game of predicting what judges will do.

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe (2008)

Morning Wrap: Laurence Tribe Takes Side Against White House

By Mike Scarcella |

Harvard Law's Laurence Tribe takes sides—against the Obama administration's environmental regs. Federal prosecutors step up pressure on SCOTUS protesters. And the wait's on for the high court's biggest rulings. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Orin Kerr, left, and John Roberts Jr., right.

A Response to Chief Justice Roberts' Put-Down of Law Reviews

By Tony Mauro |

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s offhand 2011 criticism of law review articles has stung legal academics ever since. Nearly four years later, his comment has finally met its match in the form of … a law review article.

E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Court House.

Prosecutors Bring Supreme Court Protest Case in Federal Court

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington is escalating its response to disruptions inside the U.S. Supreme Court. A group arrested last week for demonstrating inside the high court chamber face stiffer penalties than a group charged with a similar disruption in January.

Vigil and Rally on Lafayette Park, across from the White House, on December 3, 2013, calling for action to secure Alan Gross’s release from prison in Cuba, where he had been held since 2009 when he was there doing work as a contractor. Gross was released to the United States in December of last year.

Justices Reject Petition From Alan Gross Over Cuba Detention

By Zoe Tillman |

Alan Gross, the American subcontractor who spent five years imprisoned in Cuba, won’t get to argue his allegations of negligence against the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Morning Wrap

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: what went wrong with Rolling Stone's UVA article, an analysis of the billions of dollars paid out in government settlements and calls for a constitutional convention.

40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast held at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The breakfast was hosted by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.  April 1, 2015.

About Those Firms That Didn’t Score Pro Bono Honors …

By Katelyn Polantz |

Although two dozen firms earned honors for their pro bono work in D.C. earlier this week, more than a few important Big Law names were missing. Is pro bono work on the decline across the city?

Senator Robert Menendez, right, with his lawyer Abbe Lowell, outside the federal courthouse in Newark, New Jersey.

Morning Wrap: The Ted Stevens Specter | Craigslist Connection in DC Lawyer's Death

By Mike Scarcella |

The Justice Department goes after its second sitting senator in seven years, DC police reveal a Craigslist connection in the murder of DLA lawyer David Messerschmitt and another video-recorded protest at the Supreme Court.

Jamyra Gallmon, left, and David Messerschmitt, right.

Police: DLA Lawyer Killed After Craigslist Connection

By Zoe Tillman and Jenna Greene |

DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt posted an ad on Craigslist on Feb. 9, the date of the murder, "soliciting responses from other men," police said in charging documents released on Thursday. The defendant, Jamyra Gallmon, a 21-year-old woman from southeast Washington, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder while armed.

Ronald Machen Jr.

Wilmer Hires US Attorney Ronald Machen in Competition for DOJ Brass

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, not to be left out among the scramble to hire exiting U.S. Justice Department brass, has re-hired Ronald Machen Jr., formerly the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the firm announced Thursday.

Hillary Clinton.

D.C. Circuit Questions Search of Hillary Clinton Emails

By Zoe Tillman |

A plan by the U.S. Department of State to release Hillary Clinton’s emails to the public drew scrutiny on Thursday from federal appeals judges in Washington, who questioned whether it squared with the government’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) presenting a judicial nominee during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. July 29, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Menendez Fights Indictment With $1.2 Million Legal Defense

By Katelyn Polantz |

Sen. Bob Menendez now faces federal criminal charges because of his involvement with a political donor, an eye doctor from Florida: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Covington & Burling's new Washington, D.C. offices at CityCenterDC.

Subcontractor Files Suit Over Work on Covington Office

By Katelyn Polantz |

A construction subcontractor that worked on building drywall and ceilings in Covington & Burling's new D.C. offices is suing for almost $2.4 million it says it's owed.

David Messerschmitt.

DC Police Arrest Woman in Killing of DLA Piper Associate

By Zoe Tillman |

Police in Washington said late Wednesday they arrested a 21-year-old woman in the death of David Messerschmitt, the DLA Piper associate who was fatally stabbed in a downtown hotel room in February.

Ronald Machen Jr.

On Last Day, U.S. Attorney Says No Charges Against IRS Official

By Zoe Tillman |

On his last day as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen Jr. announced that his office wouldn't bring criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, speaking at the 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast, held in the atrium of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The breakfast was hosted by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.  April 1, 2015.

23 Law Firms Honored By Federal Court for Pro Bono

By Katelyn Polantz |

A pro bono legal work awards breakfast for D.C. law firms and lawyers Wednesday morning pointed out the central divide between those who need free legal help and those who can offer it: It all comes down to money.

The Morning Wrap: Indiana Opposition

By Jenna Greene |

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web: Silicon Valley leaders unite in opposition to Indiana law; Previewing the trial against ex-leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf; Parents sue when volleyball coach benches their daughter.

AmLaw 100 Emoji Edition: D.C. Firms' Results, Part 2

By Katelyn Polantz |

Back by popular demand, we bestow money-judging emoji unto another group of D.C.'s largest law firms. The group below includes firms that are among the largest 25 in the metro area and claim a founding city outside of Washington.

Morning Wrap: Agents Busted Over Bitcoins | Press vs. Police in Ferguson

By Mike Sacks |

Two former federal agents were busted for alleged theft of bitcoins. The press meet the police in a new federal suit over reporting in Ferguson, Missouri. And the Supreme Court turns down two potentially explosive First Amendment cases. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria

Former Booz Allen Lawyer Loses Discrimination Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

A former lawyer at Booz Allen Hamilton who claimed that women older than 40 faced a "glass ceiling" within the company has lost her discrimination case.

U.S. Supreme Court

Justices Reject N.Y. Church's Bid to Use Public School Space

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday brought to an end a long-simmering dispute over the use of New York City public school space for religious services.

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: Republican Quandary Over Lynch | Inmate Phone Call Costs Under Scrutiny

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the latest on Loretta Lynch's stalled nomination, the cost of inmate phone calls and potential litigation over the Germanwings crash.

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.