The federal judiciary on Thursday released the U.S. Supreme Court justices' financial disclosure reports for 2014, shedding light on Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s 'unrecusal' from a case that involved The Coca-Cola Co.
The federal judiciary on Thursday released the U.S. Supreme Court justices' financial disclosure reports for 2014, shedding light on Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s 'unrecusal' from a case that involved The Coca-Cola Co.
An interview with Dentons’ leaders about its growth to the world's largest firm, while cyclists and the Texas attorney general get their own lawyers. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
The NLJ's Marcia Coyle looks back at the tenth year of the Roberts Court in a discussion Wednesday evening on PBS NewsHour with Joan Biskupic, legal affairs editor for Reuters, and SCOTUSblog editor Amy Howe. The big rulings. The alliances. And what's coming next.
Former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren, who was found guilty last year of attempted murder for assaulting his former wife, has been disbarred in the District of Columbia.
The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up a challenge to union fees in California. The NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is set to continue, if temporarily. And by-the-numbers looks at the just-ended high-court term. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.
Lawyers for the House of Representatives are claiming the U.S. Supreme Court's liberals as new allies in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that's pending in Washington federal district court. The House's lawyers said Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona's independent redistricting commission supports the House argument that it has standing to sue the Obama administration.
The caseload of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rose sharply over the past year from new administrative challenges to environmental regulations and labor rulings, Chief Judge Merrick Garland said at the circuit's judicial conference last week.
Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff on Monday evening about the Supreme Court's end-of-term rulings, including a decision on EPA regulations and the constitutionality of a lethal injection drug.
The U.S. Supreme Court ended its blockbuster term on Monday with three 5-4 decisions and three high-profile orders that point to another big term on the horizon. A federal employee labor union is suing OPM over a data breach. And Ted Cruz recounts his year as a Supreme Court clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.
Twenty death penalty opponents were on the U.S. Supreme Court plaza Monday awaiting the justices' ruling on the lawfulness of Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure. The demonstrators sat silently in chairs, holding banners that said "Stop State Killing" and "End executions now!"
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: More reactions to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling, how Big Law is failing legal aid and the story of a drug-addicted narcotics cop.
Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Hari Sreenivasan on Friday evening about the Supreme Court's historic ruling that declared same-sex marriages constitutional.
There was jubilation outside the Supreme Court on Friday as the justices ruled for same-sex marriage. NLJ photographer Diego Radzinschi and reporter Happy Carlock capture the scene in this slideshow.
Same-sex marriage proponents waving blue and yellow flags and wearing rainbow facepaint erupted into chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" moments after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its landmark decision legalizing gay unions.
"Exaltation, crying, absolute unmitigated joy," Roberta Kaplan said Friday after the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. "I don't think anyone was that surprised, but we all had in the back of our hearts this lingering fear that it would not be what we hoped."
The U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision on Friday legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states is loaded with lofty language characteristic of its lead author, Justice Anthony Kennedy. The decision found Chief Justice John Roberts back among the court's conservatives. What follows are highlights from the decision.
As news broke online about the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision on Friday, quiet gasps and a single clap were heard at a gathering of Washington judges and lawyers. The high court's decision to schedule an extra day of decision announcements on Friday had one direct consequence for the D.C. Circuit conference: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who has attended in the past, was not there to deliver remarks about the state of the federal judiciary.
U.S. District Judge John Bates made headlines earlier this week when he handed for-profit colleges a loss in their fight against federal regulations. His opinion stood out for another reason: a soccer-themed footnote. Bates compared the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to measure the success of preparing students for "gainful employment" to fans who assess the performance of Arsenal, a soccer team in the English Premier League.
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia spar over the Affordable Care Act. A Washington federal district judge weighs in on the "Bahia Emerald." This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
A business-as-usual vibe extended to litigators and professional groups despite political jeers and celebrations Thursday after the Supreme Court validated the Affordable Care Act's subsidies. Still, many Big Law attorneys will find new opportunities to work with clients in relation to the law.
Democrats celebrated the Supreme Court win for the Obama administration's health care subsidies and called for an end to attempts to repeal the law. Republican leadership on Capitol Hill largely refrained from stridently criticizing the Supreme Court's health care ruling Thursday as some in the party made more aggressive statements denouncing the decision.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday again spared the Obama administration a defeat on its signature health care law. Here are 10 key quotes from the majority and dissenting opinions, which reflected the tense political conversation that has long surrounded the Affordable Care Act.
Supreme Court decisions are coming this morning, while movie theater shooter James Holmes’ defense argues in Colorado, and a law firm shutters in New Jersey. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
Washington's two most eligible lobbyists are off the market for another year. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Senator John Breaux, who co-chair the public policy practice at Squire Patton Boggs, have signed a one-year extension with the firm. Their contract was set to expire this month.
Sixteen members of Congress, including Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow live broadcast of the historic opinion announcements expected in coming days.
A Washington federal judge has temporarily blocked the Sysco-US Foods proposed merger. State governors call for the removal of the Confederate flag. And law professors offer predictions on how the Supreme Court will resolve same-sex marriage. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
The U.S. Department of Education can determine if students attending for-profit colleges are eligible for financial aid based on graduates' ability to pay off their school debt, U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington ruled on Tuesday.
We’re hard at work on the LT 150, our annual survey of the largest law offices in the D.C. metro area. This market has several well-known national and international firms leading the pack, yet we realize there are many smaller regional outlets that have concentrated efforts here, too. If your firm is around 30 lawyers, we may need data from you. Our full report on the legal industry in and around Washington, D.C., will publish in the National Law Journal on Aug. 3.
Aspiring lawyers taking the bar exam in July in D.C. will be allowed to use their laptops for the essay portion, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals announced Monday.
Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, speaks with PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill about the Supreme Court's rulings on hotel registries and grapes.
Justice Elena Kagan injects comic book maxims in her ruling on a Spider-Man toy and royalties. The Fifth Circuit rejects religious organizations' challenge to accommodations for the ACA's contraception mandate. The first Asian-Pacific judge takes his oath on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: How Justice Anthony Kennedy became a gay rights icon, the end of the corner office for Nixon Peabody and a real estate spat involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Judge S. Martin Teel Jr., the federal bankruptcy judge for the District of Columbia, is seeking a third, 14-year term.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is fighting a subpoena for his testimony in a lawsuit rooted in the 2012 sex scandal that forced former CIA director David Petraeus to resign.
The D.C. Prisoners’ Project is one of 22 recipients of a D.C. Bar Foundation Legal Services Grant this year. The foundation awarded $615,000 in private grants to organizations that provide civil legal services to underserved and low-income residents of the Washington metropolitan area.
Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff on Thursday evening about the Supreme Court's two First Amendment rulings: the Texas license plates case Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a dispute over a church's roadside signs.
Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security Department secretary, is fighting a deposition demand in a privacy suit. The Ninth Circuit looks at the admissibility of machine-made evidence. Head count at Paul Weiss swells. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Even in a charity food drive, lawyers want to win. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's D.C. office capitalized on the instinct and collected nearly 4,000 pounds of food for an annual legal industry drive for the Capital Area Food Bank, called Food from the Bar. This was the most food collected among any of the 50 or so participating firms and legal industry organizations this year.
FIFA chiefs have found U.S. attorneys, two cases against Silicon Valley see outcomes, plus a spotlight on Pittsburgh's legal market. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
One of the only Big Law firms with a Montgomery County, Maryland, office has waved goodbye to everyday suburban bliss. Ballard Spahr moved its eight attorneys in the Bethesda, Maryland, office to D.C. in May.
Theodore Howard of Wiley Rein has long defended the rights of prisoners and fought against prison overcrowding across the country. John Relman of Relman, Dane & Colfax has championed the development of integrated communities in the fight for racial and economic justice.
Veteran appellate lawyer Lawrence Robbins will represent former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling as he appeals his espionage conviction for providing classified information to a New York Times reporter.
Jenner & Block fires back at Google's demand for documents. Sony loses round in a suit over last year's data breach. Sen. Bob Menendez must stand trial in the Garden State, a judge rules. And Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit isn't happy with the clarity of an agency's briefing. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.
Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit values clarity in legal briefs. On Tuesday, the famously acronym-averse judge again showed his willingness to shame lawyers who disappoint him.
Former AIG CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg prevails in his suit against the Federal Reserve. Justice Antonin Scalia apologizes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after flubbing her name. Republicans look for remedies in the event the Supreme Court rules against the federally subsidized health care exchanges. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman is set to enter the Washington market and launch a new practice group in internal investigations through a merger with a small firm. The firm announced Monday its plans to bring on four lawyers from Thaler Liebeler, effective June 29. The deal will allow Cohen Seglias to open an office in the nation's capital.
The Army cannot block a Sikh college student from enrolling in his school's ROTC program because he wears a turban and has long hair and a beard, a federal district judge in Washington has ruled.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addresses the American Constitution Society, The NLJ 350 Regional Report and the Mexico Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveled in her rock star status Saturday as she discussed her career and an upcoming movie about her life at the American Constitution Society's annual meeting in Washington. "It's amazing to think of me—an icon at 82?" Ginsburg exclaimed before a fan crowd of several hundred lawyers, law students and others in the final event of the convention.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will swear in Attorney General Loretta Lynch for a second time on June 17 at an investiture ceremony at the Warner Theatre in Washington. There is a long tradition of Supreme Court justices participating in such ceremonies.
Hogan Lovells is accusing a former client in the pharmaceutical industry of failing to pay more than $1.1 million in legal fees.
A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday placed new limits on the jurisdiction of U.S. military commissions, vacating the conspiracy conviction of a man accused of serving as Osama bin Laden’s spokesman.
Twitter's surveillance suit is in jeopardy. The Chicago federal trial judge in the Dennis Hastert case will stay on. The D.C. Circuit declines to block net neutrality rules from taking effect. And Eric Holder Jr. takes on the high court over voting rights. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday night lambasted the U.S. Supreme Court as he called for voting rights protections during his first major speech since leaving the Justice Department in late April.
Thirty years after a jury in Washington found a group of young men guilty in the fatal beating of 48-year-old Catherine Fuller, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected efforts to toss out the convictions.
A professor looks at how Christian conservative legal organization have stepped into courtrooms, and some of former Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional papers are made public. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
Williams & Connolly is refusing to turn over documents about the firm's relationship with Lance Armstrong as the disgraced cyclist fights allegations that he defrauded the U.S. government by lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
A federal appeals court upholds a Texas law imposing restrictions on abortion clinics, and a woman in Georgia is charged with murder for taking a pill to end her pregnancy; Former House Speaker Dennis pleads not guilty. This is a round up of legal news from ALM and around the web.
The Environmental Protection Agency will pay $313,000 in legal fees to settle a lawsuit over access to records about the agency's decision-making leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, heading to court Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, hires Sidley Austin white-collar defender Thomas Green. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas get into a rare feud—with each other. The family of a Washington lawyer found dead in a subway station in 2013 is suing WMATA. And Snoop Dogg sues PBR over alleged breach of contract. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The NLJ 350 shows stagnant headcount growth, a manhunt in New York for escaped prisoners and Anne Hathaway's dad changes firms.
Damon Taaffe is a lawyer in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington. When his bike was stolen earlier this year, he knew what to do.
Dennis Hastert was more a big name than a revenue-generator at Dickstein Shapiro. Quinn Emanuel takes the field for FIFA. Justice Antonin Scalia offers graduation-day insight to an all-girls school in suburban Maryland. And a Brooklyn appeals court says a 31-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico is allowed to practice law. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Former associate attorney general Thomas Perrelli has brought his top adviser back to Jenner & Block. Brian Hauck, who most recently served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division, will return as a partner to the firm he left in 2009.
A former U.S. Senator from Missouri moves to a smaller firm; Texas executes its oldest death row inmate; and a Virginia Court could choose to stop Sweet Briar College from closing. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
A group of transparency advocates and government watchdogs on Wednesday called for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide greater access to the justices' financial disclosure forms, the latest of which are set to be released June 30.
McDermott Will & Emery will have a new partner in charge of the Washington office, the first female lawyer to hold the position at the firm. Carolyn Gleason, an international trade lawyer, takes over July 1 for Paul Thompson, who will return to his white-collar practice full time.
President Obama signs a law that rolls back NSA data collection; the fight between investor William Ackman and Herbalife; a new clue in the slaying of three family members and their housekeeper. This is a round up of legal news from ALM and other publications.
Descendants of the late legendary athlete Jim Thorpe on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let them re-bury his remains on Indian land in his native Oklahoma. The plaintiffs invoked the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 as justification for their removal of his remains from a cemetery in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
The money isn't all in, yet the Food From the Bar campaign has already surpassed its $200,000 goal. Some legal community participants found creative ways to raise money this year: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partnered with a pizza restaurant to donate some proceeds to the campaign. Katten Muchin Rosenman had about nine teams of its lawyers and employees row canoes on the Potomac River for the fundraising effort.
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Thomas Motley is expected to "vigorously address" concerns about his judicial temperament as he begins his second 15-year term on the bench, according to the local commission that reviews judicial performance.
This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications, including: the Supreme Court's significant rulings on Monday; a look at the Illinois federal trial judge in the Dennis Hastert case; and the Justice Department is going to the movies, to look for anticompetitive conduct.
In an election separated by a mere 35 votes, Annamaria Steward, a law school associate dean, won the District of Columbia Bar presidency over media lawyer Laura Possessky, the bar said Monday. "It absolutely is the closest race in our history," D.C. Bar spokeswoman Cynthia Kuhn said.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Pennsylvania man whose angry Facebook postings directed at his estranged wife landed him in jail for violating a federal law against communicating threats. But the court announced no new First Amendment rule in the case, explicitly sidestepping what some were hoping would be decision that would give guidance in disputes over the wide range of language uses in social media.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a discrimination lawsuit that accused Abercrombie & Fitch of refusing to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a religious headscarf.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: legal authority for NSA surveillance programs expires, Delaware mourns death of former attorney general and a warning about prison budgets.
A federal appeals court in Washington won't rule on an order forcing the public disclosure of videos that depict the force-feeding of detainees at the U.S. military facility at Guantánamo Bay.
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. said lawyers on the "fortunate side" of the income gap have an obligation to make legal services more affordable for middle- and low-income Americans.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert resigns from his lobbying post at Dickstein Shapiro after the feds bring charges in Chicago. Lawyers for current House Speaker John Boehner fought Thursday to keep alive Republicans' suit against Obama's health care law. And a legal battle between two entrepreneurs is keeping hologram technology from its mass-market potential. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Andrew "Buddy" Donohue, a top lawyer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., will serve as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's next chief of staff, the agency announced Thursday.
Clashes regarding the congressional medical office, death penalty in Nebraska, noise near Skadden Arps in D.C. and former Dewey & LeBoeuf management in court. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
Philip Alito, the son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., has left Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to become a staff counsel to Republicans on a Senate investigative subcommittee. The Duke law grad and former clerk to Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is one of three counsels on the subcommittee, led by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
A federal judge in Washington ordered the U.S. Department of State to produce emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server every 30 days starting at the end of June.
A new effort to limit the tenure of future U.S. Supreme Court justices launched Wednesday, with the aim of urging any would-be nominee to pledge to serve a single 18-year term.
Top officials at FIFA, soccer's world governing body, are charged in a wide-ranging corruption case in Brooklyn federal district court. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, joins Washington-based law and lobby shop Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy adviser, the firm announced Tuesday. Landrieu will focus on energy, environmental matters and natural resources.
Opening statements begin today in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial in Manhattan. Democratic candidates for president face criticism over their litmus test for would-be Supreme Court picks. And Daniel Meltzer, who served as the second-in-charge at the White House counsel's office, dies. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.
The Senate debates the NSA's collection of Americans' call records as the authorizing provision of the Patriot Act prepares to sunset. It's again that time of year to read the SCOTUS tea leaves for any hint about how the justices will rule in the everyone-is-watching cases. And meet Brando, that friendly dog at the D.C. federal trial court who is sniffing for bombs. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
Brando, an explosives detection dog for the U.S. Marshals Service, is the first canine in the program assigned to protect the federal courts in D.C. since 2002.
Inside the private law firm oversight of the New Orleans police force, and how one major D.C. law and lobbying firm supports Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.
A Washington federal judge Wednesday refused to force the public disclosure of the full 6,963-page Senate report on CIA detention and interrogation abuses, saying Congress intended to retain control of the document.
On Wednesday morning, a group of federal and local judges in Washington—along with members of Congress, executive branch officials and reporters—laced up their sneakers for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge, a three-mile race along the Anacostia River.
Newt Gingrich, though not a lawyer, will be a senior adviser at Dentons and arrives as the firm builds out its policy-related practices through mergers and new hires.
The Justice Department on Wednesday is expected to announce settlements with major banks over foreign-exchange manipulation. The Swiss bank UBS will plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. Takata's air bag recall is the largest in history. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
A federal judge in Washington will order the U.S. Department of State to release emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server on a rolling basis over the next few months, instead of by January 2016, as the government proposed.
The State Department on Monday told a Washington federal judge the agency needs at least until January 2016 to review and publicly release more than 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails. A judge in Washington has for the second time in a year found unconstitutional a D.C. gun regulation. The Ninth Circuit en banc says YouTube should not have been ordered to remove a video. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.
The federal government will pay $2.2 million—including $568,000 in legal fees—to settle claims that U.S. Park Police violated the rights of protesters and bystanders during mass arrests more than a decade ago in downtown Washington. The Park Police also agreed to revise its procedures for responding to large demonstrations.
A former Washington correspondent for Bloomberg has dropped a discrimination and retaliation suit that accused the company of illegally firing her after she took maternity leave.
Police officers who shot a mentally ill woman armed with a knife are immune against claims that they failed to accommodate her health issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.