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Larry Klayman, left, and Richard Leon, right.

Judge Offers Guidance to Plaintiff Challenging NSA Phone Program

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon—who nearly two years ago ruled against the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records—wants to proceed quickly now that a federal appeals court kept the case alive. He offered guidance to the lawyer who brought the challenge on what to do next.

An Update on the NLJ's Annual Influence 50 Survey

By Katelyn Polantz |

Later this month, The National Law Journal plans to publish a comprehensive look into public policy and lobbying practices across Washington. But first, we need your firm's help. We’re collecting data from law firms with public policy practices and government relations/strategy groups based in Washington, D.C.

Cozen Keeps Red Carpet, Plant Wall in Old Squire Sanders Space

By Katelyn Polantz |

The old-but-new Squire Sanders office space in Washington has a new occupant: Cozen O'Connor. Cozen, a Philadelphia-founded firm with a growing Washington office of litigators and public policy specialists, has subleased from Squire Patton Boggs, Squire's successor firm, until October 2026. The deal relieves a real estate burden for Squire Patton Boggs following a merger and quickly solves Cozen’s problem of needing more space in Washington.

Morning Wrap: The Uber Driver Class | Kentucky Defiance

By Mike Scarcella |

A California federal judge certifies a class of Uber drivers in employment litigation against the ride-share company. A Kentucky county clerk digs in, refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. And the D.C. Circuit says Wiley Rein isn't entitled to $2 million in fees for its work challenging the Voting Rights Act for Shelby County, Alabama. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Richard Leon.

Anti-Abortion Group Wins Constitutional Challenge to Health Care Law

By Zoe Tillman |

The contraceptive coverage mandate of the federal health care law unconstitutionally distinguishes between religious and non-religious groups that oppose abortion, a federal district judge in Washington ruled on Monday.

Morning Wrap: Death Penalty Under Review | Petraeus Prosecutor Defends Hillary Clinton

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The Ninth Circuit considers the death penalty, former Petraeus prosecutor argues Hillary Clinton committed no crime and a man with a drug history gets a second chance at law school.

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

Morning Wrap: Justices Rule Against Ky. Clerk in Gay Marriage Case | D.C. Judge OKs Moral Challenge to ACA

By Mike Sacks |

The justices rule against the Kentucky county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses in response to the high court's same-sex marriage decision. A federal judge in Washington tees up a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act. And the Ninth Circuit takes a look at the constitutionality of California's death penalty. But will the panel even get to the merits? This is a daily news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Stephen Breyer.

Supreme Court Declines to Rehear Death Penalty Challenge

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by three Oklahoma death row inmates for a rehearing of their case in order to re-examine the constitutionality of capital punishment. The high court's order denying the rehearing petition was issued without comment or dissent.

Jones Day

Morning Wrap: Video Sanction Voided | Feds Sued Over Fake News Article

By Mike Scarcella |

A federal appeals court has reversed an unprecedented sanction that required a Jones Day partner to make a training video. The Associated Press and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on sue the FBI. And the Obama administration considers building a "Guantánamo North." This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Judge Rejects Claims in Suit Against McBee Strategic Over 'Soured' Deal

By Katelyn Polantz and Mike Scarcella |

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed three claims against McBee Strategic Consulting from a former business partner who alleged he was duped into signing away his company and certain assets in a deal with the lobbying and consulting firm. "Without the assistance of hindsight, ill-fated corporate combinations, like bad marriages, may be as challenging to resist as they are unlikely to succeed. The coupling at the center of this case is no different," U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote.

Morning Wrap: Colorado Movie Theater Shooter Sentenced, Virginia TV News Shooter Case History Detailed

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Colorado movie theater shooter’s time in court comes to an end, and details emerge about the southern Virginia TV news shooter’s history of lawsuits: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy in March on Capitol Hill.

Morning Wrap: What Justice Kennedy Said | Feds Ordered to Pay Fees in Forfeiture Case

By Mike Scarcella |

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s words in the high court’s landmark gay-marriage ruling are being repeated at wedding ceremonies around the country. A federal district judge in Nevada says the U.S. government must pay nearly $147,000 in legal fees in a civil asset forfeiture case. And David Kendall, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton, responds—again—to Congress. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey

Morning Wrap: Menendez | Marriage | Market Meltdowns

By Mike Sacks |

Federal prosecutors file hundreds of pages of court records that challenge Sen. Robert Menendez's effort to stop the criminal case against him. The Sixth Circuit is poised to rule on whether clerks can, at least for now, stop issuing marriage licenses altogether. And Big Law, with its interest in China, closely eyes ongoing market volatility. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: The Lawyers Behind a Month of Big News

By Katelyn Polantz |

Twas the weekend to read meaty profiles of attorneys, from David Kendall of Williams & Connolly, to Tonja Carter of Alabama, to the corporate team at Cleary Gottlieb that works with Alphabet née Google: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Judge Amit Mehta in Washington quashed a subpoena issued by Amgen Inc. for journalist Paul Goldberg to testify at a deposition.

Pharmaceutical Company Can't Force Journalist to Testify, Judge Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Pharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. cannot force a journalist to testify about an article he wrote in 2007 that was cited in a shareholder lawsuit against the company, a federal district judge in Washington ruled on Friday.

Jamyra Gallmon, seen here in a hotel surveillance video the authorities provided to the media.

D.C. Lawyer's Killer Gets 24 Years in Prison

By Zoe Tillman |

The woman who fatally stabbed DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt in a downtown Washington hotel room was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison.

Thomas Boggs (2012)

Morning Wrap: The Tommy Boggs Estate Fight | Ted v. Larry in Calif. Court

By Mike Scarcella |

The estate of Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the late super lawyer-lobbyist in Washington, is wrapped up in a fight over property. Ted Olson and Lawrence Lessig face off in a California court. And the Detroit couple in the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage case will wed soon. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

David Messerschmitt.

Slain DLA Lawyer's Colleagues, Friends and Family Reflect on Loss

By Zoe Tillman |

In 82 pages of letters, colleagues, friends and family members of slain Washington lawyer David Messerschmitt shared their memories and grief with the judge who will sentence his killer on Friday. Many asked District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan to send the defendant, Jamyra Gallmon, to prison for 25 years—the highest sentence prosecutors agreed to seek in the plea deal.

Headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

Morning Wrap: Lawyers May Be Getting Dumber, While Wachtell Makes a Clever Request

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wachtell Lipton ups the ante in its fight with activist investors by making an unusual request to the SEC. Plus, meet the female lawyers on the Dewey & LeBoeuf defense team, presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, Gawker's general counsel and the law school grads who are failing the bar exam in this roundup of recent news stories.

David Messerschmitt.

Morning Wrap: Sentencing Set for DLA Lawyer's Killer | Feds Abandon Appeal Over Laptop Search

By Mike Scarcella |

Prosecutors in D.C. recommend a 25-year prison sentence for the woman who fatally stabbed DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt. David Kendall, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton, responds to a congressional demand for information. A California judge is censured for helping out a friend. And the feds abandon their appeal, and criminal case, against a businessman who challenged the search of his laptop. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Amy Berman Jackson.

Laptop Evidence Suppressed, Feds Drop Criminal Case Against Businessman

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal prosecutors in Washington have dropped the criminal case against a Korean businessman charged with violating U.S. economic sanctions after a federal judge suppressed evidence seized from his laptop.

KBR Sues Defense Department for Records to Fight Tort Claims

By Mike Scarcella |

Defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services alleges in a new lawsuit that the U.S. government is unfairly withholding contract records that the company says it needs to challenge tort allegations tied to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company, represented by Covington & Burling, filed a public-records complaint Monday in Washington federal district court against the U.S. Department of Defense. "KBR's ability to defend itself adequately against litigation, in both pending suits and suits not yet filed, materially depends on obtaining records in possession of the DoD," the company's lawyers wrote.

Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (August 5, 2015)

Morning Wrap: Feds Defend Megaupload Forfeiture | Clinton Lawyer David Kendall Gets a Grassley Letter

By Mike Sacks |

The U.S. Justice Department defends the government's seizure of millions of dollars in assets tied to the defunct Megaupload file-sharing site. Sen. Chuck Grassley grills Hillary Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, over email security. And the NCAA on Monday won its appeal before the National Labor Relations Board over Northwestern University football players' attempt to unionize. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Viet Dinh.

Bancroft Moves to New Office Near Georgetown Law

By Tony Mauro |

The Bancroft law firm, which launched from its founder's home 12 years ago and then relocated to downtown Washington, has moved into bigger digs near Georgetown University Law Center. "We wanted more space, more light and more food trucks," firm founder Viet Dinh said Monday. The new office at 500 New Jersey Ave., N.W., is also convenient because Dinh and former solicitor general Paul Clement, a partner at the firm, teach at Georgetown Law.

Morning Wrap: Julian Bond, Remembered | Former SCOTUS Clerks on the Hill | Jury Exclusions

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Civil rights leader Julian Bond dies, plaintiffs lawyers take on police brutality cases and renewed scrutiny of prosecutors who strike black jurors from the pool.

Alan Gura.

D.C. to Pay $75K in Legal Fees After Losing Challenge to Ban on Carrying Firearms

By Zoe Tillman |

The District of Columbia government has agreed to pay $75,000 in legal fees to Alan Gura, the lawyer who successfully challenged the city’s prohibition on carrying firearms in public.

Joe Arpaio.

D.C. Circuit Rejects Arizona Sheriff's Challenge to Obama Immigration Policies

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio lacks standing to bring the case.

Morning Wrap: Death Penalty Ruling | Pirate Sentencing

By Happy Carlock |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down the death penalty, a Colorado court says a baker could not cite religious beliefs in refusing to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples and a patent lawyer who escaped punishment by the U.S. Supreme Court in March joins a new firm.

Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., future home of Donald Trump's new hotel.

Meet the D.C. Lawyers Representing Celebrity Chefs Sued by Trump

By Happy Carlock |

Defending lawsuits filed by one of the most outspoken 2016 presidential candidates against a pair of celebrity chefs, Washington lawyers Paul Kiernan and Deborah Baum look like they can take the heat.

Bert Brandenburg.

DC Court Reformer Moving to New Job

By Katelyn Polantz |

This month Justice at Stake, one of the most visible groups opposing the politicization of judicial seats, will lose its executive director.

Morning Wrap: An FTC Announcement, Plus Tom Brady and Rose’s Luxury

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Federal Trade Commission has changed the way it handles antitrust cases. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Morning Wrap: KBR Granted Privilege | ACLU Victory

By Happy Carlock |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Inc.'s docs are protected by attorney-client privilege, Ohio’s Board of Professional Conduct says Ohio judges can't refuse to marry same-sex couples and a federal appeals court orders jail officials to deliver ACLU letters sent to inmates.

Amit Mehta.

Journalist Fights Pharmaceutical Company Subpoena

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal district judge in Washington on Tuesday expressed concerns about Amgen Inc.'s efforts to force a journalist to testify about an article that spurred a shareholder suit against the pharmaceutical company.

A Taste of Summer With The BBQ Legal Expert

By Katelyn Polantz |

Food and flame seem longingly distant from health care law, but barbecue is never that far away for one attorney in Dallas. We took a few minutes to ask BBQ law expert Cecil Kuhne III for tasty pointers about lawyering around a grill. This interview is part of an occasional NLJ summer series about diversions from Big Law.

Robert Wilkins.

KBR Docs Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, D.C. Circuit Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Defense contractor KBR will not be forced to turn over internal documents that the company says are protected by attorney-client privilege, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Tuesday.

Lawrence Lessig.

Lessig Mounts Presidential Bid on Campaign-Reform Platform

By Mike Sacks |

Harvard Law School professor Larry Lessig announced on Tuesday his intention to run for president on the single issue of election and campaign-finance reform.

Justice Anthony Kennedy in March on Capitol Hill.

Morning Wrap: Solitary Confinement | Trouble in Ferguson

By Mike Sacks |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Lawyers for Alfredo Prieto, a death row prisoner convicted of multiple murders, are answering Justice Anthony Kennedy's call in June for a constitutional challenge to long-term solitary confinement.

Brazilian Steakhouse Accuses Feds of Violating D.C. Circuit Order

By Zoe Tillman |

The knives are out again in a visa dispute between Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao and federal immigration authorities. In a new lawsuit, the chain accused the feds of violating a federal appeals court order.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS Advocates' Rates | Uber Strategy | 'Sham' Trial in Iran

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: new filing reveals hourly rates of top Supreme Court advocates, what's next for civil suits in Aurora theater shooting and the end of the trial against journalist Jason Rezaian in Iran.

Brett Kavanaugh, left, and Judith Rogers, right.

Divided D.C. Circuit Refuses to Rehear ACA Challenge

By Mike Sacks |

The Affordable Care Act survived yet another round of constitutional attack on Friday as the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to reconsider a panel decision for the government. Friday's vote among the circuit's active judges divided along ideological lines. The court's seven Democratic appointees voted to deny an en banc rehearing, while the four Republican appointees wanted to revisit the case.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Wife of Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 84

By Tony Mauro |

Maryan Mulholland Stevens, the wife of retired U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, died Friday morning at the age of 84.

Karen LeCraft Henderson.

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Appointment of Former Acting GC for Labor Board

By Zoe Tillman |

The former acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board served in violation of federal law for more than two years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday.

U.S. Supreme Court (Oct. 5, 2014)

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS at the GOP Debates | Pa. Attorney General Charged

By Happy Carlock |

The U.S. Supreme Court made an appearance, if fleeting, at the first GOP Republican presidential debates. The Pennsylvania attorney general was one of two state AGs charged this week in unrelated criminal cases. And a civil suit against former AIG executives seems never-ending. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Latham Tops Wilmer in Fundraising Campaign for Legal Aid

By Zoe Tillman |

The Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia is reaping the benefits of lawyers' inherently competitive nature.The group's annual "Generous Associates" fundraising campaign—organized by associates from D.C. firms—brought in a record-breaking $1.36 million this year.

Billy Martin.

Billy Martin Heads to Eighth Firm, Reflects on What He's Learned

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. After working at seven firms in 15 years, Martin said he won't be jarred when he dissolves the boutique shop he founded in 2013. He and two other lawyers from his practice will join Miles & Stockbridge's Washington office, the firm announced this week. "Substantial clients call me not because I'm with Firm A or Firm B. I don't have a different way of practicing in a small firm or a big firm," Martin said.

Morning Wrap: Calling Legal Fouls in Texas, Iowa, California

By Katelyn Polantz |

Texas is a hotbed for court and lawyer news this week, following an appeals court ruling regarding and legal situations that face state attorney general Ken Paxton. Other recent disputes of note involve Squire Patton Boggs, Sidley Austin and Ron Paul campaign staff. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Michael Horowitz, Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “‘All’ Means ‘All’: The Justice Department’s Failure to Comply With Its Legal Obligation to Ensure Inspector General Access to All Records Needed For Independent Oversight,

DOJ's Inspector General Sees Threat to Oversight Authority

By Mike Sacks |

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and witnesses, including two federal inspectors general, criticized—and offered fixes to—a U.S. Justice Department legal memo that limits the ability of the department's inspector general to access certain oversight information. "Congress did not intend to create this sort of litigation-style standoff inside the department," Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said. "It is a waste of time and money for two divisions of the same government department to be fighting over access to the department’s own records."

Google offices in New York's Chelsea neighborhood

Morning Wrap: Google Goes After Orrick | New Trump Suit Against a Celebrity Chef

By Happy Carlock |

Google wants a California federal judge to force Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe to hand over documents. Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to hear his challenge to his public corruption conviction. Donald Trump's going after another celebrity chef. And the American Bar Association's House of Delegates Tuesday passed a resolution that will urge law schools to better educate students about their student loans. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Visa and MasterCard Must Face ATM Fees Antitrust Case, D.C. Circuit Says

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday revived an antitrust case that accuses Visa and MasterCard of conspiring to keep ATM access fees high. Independent ATM operators and ATM users sued Visa and MasterCard over rules the companies put in place that restricted ATM access fees. The rules block ATM operators from charging different fees for the use of certain networks to process transactions, even if it costs the operator less to use a non-Visa or MasterCard network.

Morning Wrap: Idaho Farm Surveillance Law Ditched | NSA's New General Counsel | Feds v. Feds at SCOTUS

By Mike Sacks |

A bipartisan group of senior administration officials, including high-ranking Justice Department lawyers, is urging the Supreme Court to take up a prosecutorial misconduct case. A federal court on Monday struck down Idaho's prohibition on undercover videos of factory farms. And Glenn Gerstell, formerly the managing partner of the Washington office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, was sworn in Monday as general counsel to the National Security Agency. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Michael Horowitz.

Federal Inspectors General Take Oversight Concerns to Congress

By Mike Sacks |

Nearly 70 federal inspectors general call a recent U.S. Justice Department legal memo "a serious threat to the independent authority" of the inspector general at DOJ and at other federal agencies and departments.

The Google search page

Google Subpoena Fight Against Jenner & Block Moved to Mississippi

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal magistrate judge in Washington has granted Google Inc.'s request to move a subpoena fight against Jenner & Block and the Motion Picture Association of America to Mississippi.

Morning Wrap: The Legal Times 150 | Companies Sour on Delaware | Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Inside Washington's largest law firms, the harsh realities of probation and an increase in lateral hires of older lawyers.

How Large is Your Law Office? A Harder Question Than It First Appears

By Katelyn Polantz |

Counting lawyers can be a pain. A few at the largest firms are nearly always arrived or one foot out the door in a lateral move. Many lawyers, especially in the adviser, counsel or of counsel ranks, may work part-time. Most firms disclose publicly an approved, exact whole figure. Yet some will wobble for days on the number before they reach a final count.

Venable Not Liable for Alleged 'Puffery' by Firm Lawyers

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington this week dismissed negligence claims against Venable, finding that supposed "puffery" by firm attorneys about what they could achieve for a former client wasn't enough to support the allegations.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Northern District of California

Morning Wrap: Get a Warrant | Insider-Trading Petition | The Sound of Music Near Skadden

By Happy Carlock |

Lucy Koh, a California federal district judge, says the feds need a warrant to acquire historical cell phone location information from service providers. The U.S. Department of Justice wants the high court to toss a Second Circuit ruling that restricts insider-trading cases. And a street band in downtown is ruffling a few feathers in nearby offices&mdashincluding Skadden Arps lawyers. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Army and Navy guards cross train while escorting a detainee to a recreational area Camp One at Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Judge Cites ACA 'Tax' Debate in Refusal to Release Gitmo Detainee

By Zoe Tillman |

From the status of the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan to whether the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is a tax or a penalty, the "government may not always say what it means or mean what it says," a federal district judge in Washington said on Thursday.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

After Holder's Departure, Fight Over Fast and Furious Docs Continues

By Zoe Tillman |

Eric Holder's departure as attorney general hasn’t eased tensions between the U.S. Department of Justice and House Republicans over access to documents about how DOJ responded to a congressional inquiry into the botched gun sting Operation Fast and Furious.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Charles Grassley, (R-IA).

Schumer, Grassley Spar Over Pace of Judicial Nominations

By Mike Sacks |

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, exchanged barbs on the Senate floor on Thursday over the pace of judicial confirmations. Grassley blocked Schumer's request to immediately confirm three New York federal district court nominees whose votes have been pending since early June.

Morning Wrap: Victims Sue Magazine, Restaurant | New Findings on White Collar Enforcement, Working Mom Lawyers

By Katelyn Polantz |

Lawsuits related to incidents of sexual assault have hit Rolling Stone Magazine and DC’s Bandolero restaurant with accusations of wrongdoing. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, right, who both work for Dentons now, spoke with Kay Cole James, center, of the Gloucester Institute Wednesday morning about the future of Medicare and Medicaid.

Gingrich, Howard Dean Appear Unified in First Joint Appearance for Dentons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, and Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, made their first public appearance as Dentons colleagues Wednesday on a panel discussion at the firm offices on K Street. They spoke almost entirely in agreement about the future of Medicaid and Medicare.

The National Law Journal published a series of stories in 2014 that closely examined the financial disclosure forms filed by federal appellate judges.

NLJ's Judicial Transparency Series Honored at Azbees

By Mike Scarcella |

The National Law Journal's series on judicial transparency last year—a spotlight on judges' financial disclosure forms—was awarded a bronze medal for features by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. The NLJ was among several ALM Media publications awarded Friday at a banquet in New York.

Morning Wrap: Two Bar Associations Oppose 'Slants' Trademark | Threats Case Over Abortion Clinic Revived

By Happy Carlock |

Two Asian American Bar Associations are siding against an Asian-American rock band that wants to register its name as "The Slants." A federal appeals court revives a civil threats case against a woman who sent a threatening letter to a doctor who planned to open an abortion clinic in Kansas. A mom throws her toddler a personal injury lawyer-themed birthday. And an appeals court upholds one of the Obama administration’s major environmental regulations. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Charles Grassley.

Grassley Compares Supreme Court to a 'River Flooding Its Banks'

By Mike Sacks |

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday railed against significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the past term, saying the unified votes of left-leaning justices "give rise to an appearance that their loyalties are to each other and to their preferred principles and policies, rather than to the Constitution."

Boies, Schiller & Flexner is planning to move to a renovated space on the 10th and 11th floors at 1401 New York Ave. in Washington.

Boies Schiller to Abandon Suburbs for Downtown D.C.

By Katelyn Polantz |

One of the few Am Law 100 law firms in Washington located far from the central business district is moving. Boies, Schiller & Flexner, whose D.C. lawyers work in a building near the Maryland border, plans to move to New York Avenue and 14th Street downtown in the late summer or fall next year.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff listens to a student during a mock trial held at Mayer Brown’s D.C. office on July 24, 2015.

At Mock Trial, These D.C. Students Make Their Case

By Happy Carlock |

Middle school students in Washington act out plaintiff, defense and witness roles as part of the fifth annual career day and mock trial for Higher Achievement scholars, hosted at Mayer Brown's D.C. office. D.C. Superior Court judges Judith Bartnoff and Neal Kravitz presided over the mock trial.

Justice Stephen Breyer on Capitol Hill in March.

Morning Wrap: Sentencing Reform's Moment | Is 'Happy Birthday' Not Copyrighted After All?

By Mike Sacks |

Lawyers for three of the Oklahoma death row inmates who lost at the Supreme Court in June are asking the justices to rehear the case. The Boy Scouts of America on Monday officially ended its ban on gay troop leaders. And sentencing reform is having a moment on Capitol Hill. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Anti-death penalty activists hold a four day liquid-only fast and vigil to mark the anniversaries of the 1972 Furman and 1976 Gregg Supreme Court decisions involving the death penalty. The vigil, organized by the Abolitionist Action Committee, coincided with court's last public session of the current term when the opinion in Glossip v. Gross was expected to be announced. June 29, 2015.

Citing Breyer's Dissent, Okla. Inmates Want Death Case Reheard

By Tony Mauro |

After absorbing defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court lethal-injection case Glossip v. Gross in June, lawyers for three Oklahoma death row inmates decided to take advantage of what they saw as the decision’s silver lining. That bright spot was Justice Stephen Breyer’s unusual dissent that declared the time had come for the court to take a full re-examination of capital punishment, rather than a piecemeal approach.

Morning Wrap: Atticus Finch's Teachable Moment | Feds Urge Life for Peanut Exec

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Law profs react to "Go Set a Watchman," life in prison recommended for peanut executive linked to salmonella outbreak and lawyers advise clients on what the Iran deal could mean for business.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (September 2014)

Morning Wrap: Clinton's Email Mess | Contraception Conflict | Hard Times for Hastert

By Mike Sacks |

Two inspectors general want the Justice Department to look into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive government information through her use of private email. Washington state can force pharmacies to dispense contraceptives, a federal appeals court ruled. And a civil suit against former House speaker Dennis Hastert was reinstated. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Ted Olson, of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, right, and David Boies, of Boies, Schiller and Flexner, left.

Sweeping Protections Proposed Against Anti-LGBT Bias

By Mike Sacks |

Congressional Democrats on Thursday introduced a bill that would extend federal civil rights protection against sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations and other important areas of American life.

Online Travel Companies Must Pay Sales Tax, D.C. Appeals Court Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Online travel companies such as Expedia and Travelocity are on the hook for more than $60 million in back sales taxes after a Washington appeals court ruled Thursday that the companies are liable for sales tax on hotel rooms they sell through their websites.

Former Alaska senator Ted Stevens exits the Federal Courthouse with family and friends after a federal district judge in D.C. dismissed the case against him and initiated criminal contempt proceedings against the trial prosecutors..  April 7, 2009.

Secrecy of Feds' Prosecution Playbook Challenged in D.C. Circuit

By Zoe Tillman and Mike Scarcella |

Law professors, the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups this week urged a federal appeals court in Washington to force the U.S. Department of Justice to publicly disclose a manual created for prosecutors amid fallout from the botched case against the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Sidley Austin's Carter Phillips

Morning Wrap: Jed Rakoff on the 'Highly Reputed' Carter Phillips | Cruz v. SCOTUS

By Mike Scarcella |

New York judge: The "chutzpah" of arguing that Sidley Austin's Carter Phillips failed to provide effective counsel! The bold, end-of-days declarations of Justice Antonin Scalia. Is he crying wolf? And Sen. Ted Cruz offers some solutions about what he sees as the "lawlessness" of the Supreme Court. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.


D.C. Judge Allows Some Forfeiture Claims to Proceed

By Happy Carlock |

A federal judge will allow a challenge to Washington's seizure and forfeiture law to move forward as lawsuits mount across the country over the constitutionality of the taking of property without criminal charges. "Civil asset forfeiture laws—which enable law enforcement agencies to seize property they believe has been involved in criminal activity—have generated considerable controversy in recent years," U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington said.

(l-r) Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins, and Judith Rogers.

D.C. Circuit Issues Rare Public Reprimand of Lawyer

By Zoe Tillman |

A lawyer in Washington who showed "a palpable lack of respect for both this court and the disciplinary process" received a rare public reprimand Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Plaintiff Jim Obergefell holds a photo of his late husband John Arthur, who died of ALS in 2013, outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments after the court announced its opinion in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges.  June 26, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Pocket-Dials and Privacy | Jim Obergefell's Book Deal | Game Over for Barry Bonds Case

By Happy Carlock |

Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court's landmark gay-marriage case, has a book deal. A federal appeals court says you have no privacy expectation if someone overhears your pocket-dialed call (but the person you're speaking with might). And the feds walk away from the Barry Bonds obstruction case. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Television cameras outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. March 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Poll Finds Support for Supreme Court Term Limits, Camera Access

By Tony Mauro |

Public support for life tenure for Supreme Court justices is decreasing, while the idea of allowing cameras in the court is more popular than ever, according to a new poll sponsored by C-SPAN and released Tuesday.

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

Morning Wrap: Law Prof's Killing Remains Unsolved | Menendez Moves to Dismiss Charges

By Happy Carlock |

The killing of Florida State law professor Dan Markel remains unsolved a year later. Lawyers for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez accuse the government of improperly using protected information in the corruption case against him. And the Eighth Circuit revives a Missouri lawmaker's challenge against the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Samuel Alito.

Alito Critiques Gay-Marriage Ruling, Defends Citizens United

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., in an interview with Bill Kristol posted Sunday night, criticized the high court's June 26 ruling declaring a right to same-sex marriage. The justice warned "we are at sea" in defining the limits of constitutional protections of liberty.

Mary Bonauto autographs printed opinions outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in Obergefell v Hodges.  June 26, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Reflections On the Term | Law Firms Cut Bank Debt

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Mary Bonauto's advice for lawyers going before the Supreme Court, law firms scale back reliance on bank loans and a profile of a FOIA wizard.

Dickstein Shapiro's Washington, D.C. offices at 1825 I Street, NW.

Dickstein Shapiro's Top Insurance Lawyer, 9 Others in LA to Leave Firm

By Katelyn Polantz |

Kirk Pasich, one of few rainmakers left at Dickstein Shapiro and a nationally known insurance litigator, will pull his practice group from the D.C.-based law firm, according to five people familiar with his plans. Pasich and nine other Dickstein lawyers will join Liner LLP, two of the people said.

D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh (middle) and Eleventh Circuit Judge William Pryor Jr. (right) discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, their paths to the bench and other topics at a Federalist Society DC Young Lawyers Chapter event on July 16. CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford (left) moderated.

D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Former Kennedy Clerk, Reflects on Term

By Zoe Tillman |

D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Eleventh Circuit Judge William Pryor Jr. spoke Thursday about the latest U.S. Supreme Court term and their own career paths to the bench.

(l-r) Jeremy Zucker (as Rico Bublé), Ed Spitzberg (as Eddie Lounge), Melissa Romain (as Gina Tonic), and Alex Romain (as Mo Heeto) in “The Eddie Lounge Reunion Tour

Law Partners Become Performers at Capital Fringe Festival

By Happy Carlock |

When they're not singing and swiveling their hips to funk and soul favorites from Barry White and Marvin Gaye, these three Washington lawyers are litigation and regulatory partners at firms here. Jeremy Zucker, of Dechert; Alex Romain of Williams & Connolly; and Michael Nilsson of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis will trade their suits for tuxedos and sequins this week for their performance in the 10th annual Capital Fringe Festival in Washington.

Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz Sets Hearing on 'Supreme Court Activism'

By Mike Sacks |

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will preside over a hearing next week to address what he has called the "judicial activism, plain and simple," of the U.S. Supreme Court after its decisions in favor of the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. Cruz started the conversation late last month when he proposed a constitutional amendment to force retention elections for Supreme Court justices.

Justice Anthony Kennedy in March on Capitol Hill.

Morning Wrap: Justice Kennedy Reflects | Apple Employee Class Certified

By Happy Carlock |

Justice Anthony Kennedy reflects on writing the court's gay-marriage ruling. A California judge certifies a class of Apple employees in a suit over the company's bag-search policy. Defense lawyers take on a key prosecution witness at the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Jeh Johnson.

Judge Won't Force Homeland Security Chief to Testify in Privacy Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will not have to testify in a civil lawsuit rooted in the David Petraeus sex scandal, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Thursday.

Covington Sues CFPB Over 'Consumer Voices' Report

By Mike Scarcella |

Covington & Burling is suing a federal agency over a February 2015 report that addressed consumers' concerns about credit reports and scores. The law firm, pursuing the records at the request of an unidentified client, wants information about the selection of the focus groups that formed the substance of the CFPB report; the participants' responses; and demographic data about the participants.

Douglas Hughes, right, the gyrocopter pilot who landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, talks with members of the media outside of Federal Court after a status hearing Monday June 22, 2015, in Washington.

Gyrocopter Pilot Wants to Hire First Amendment Lawyer

By Zoe Tillman |

Douglas Hughes, the gyrocopter pilot who landed his aircraft on the U.S. Capitol lawn in April to advocate for campaign finance reform, wants to add veteran First Amendment lawyer Mark Goldstone to his criminal defense team, according to court papers filed on Thursday.

Morning Wrap: Shuster, Schock Legal Bills Revealed | Gay Rights Group Goes Out of Business

By Katelyn Polantz |

What members of Congress have spent on legal bills, plus looks into summer associate classes, Vermont courts and a long-time DOJ attorney. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Armondo Cortez (Left), a data network specialist, and Cpl. Estevan D. Hernandez (Right), a telephone switchboard and personal computer intermediate repairer, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, discuss their plan for the deconstruction of the command operation center during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Aug. 14, 2014.

A Judge Ponders: Is The Afghanistan War Really Over?

By Zoe Tillman |

President Barack Obama last year announced the end of U.S. combat in Afghanistan. A federal judge in Washington will decide if the war is actually over or if, as the government argues, there are "active hostilities" that justify the continued detention of a prisoner at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

J. Dennis Hastert during a Congressional hearing on  March 14, 2007.

Morning Wrap: The Atticus Finch Files | ACA Challenge Fails | Hastert's Gripes

By Happy Carlock |

A 1992 column in Legal Times about Atticus Finch is seen in new light. A federal appeals court rejects a challenge to provisions of the ACA's contraceptive mandate. A lawyer for Dennis Hastert, the former House speaker, has a few words to say about media leaks. And the Justice Department argues against the disclosure of evidence in the ethics case against Montana federal district judge Richard Cebull, who amid controversy about his racist emails. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Legal Times, February 24, 1992

23 Years Later, Law Prof's Dim View of Atticus Finch Vindicated

By Katelyn Polantz |

Monroe Freedman wrote an article in our very own Legal Times more than 20 years ago that was attacked when published because of his appraisal of Atticus Finch, the fictional lawyer and protagonist of "To Kill a Mockingbird." A role model for lawyers? Freedman thought not. This week, with the publication of "Go Set a Watchman," Freedman is the rare prophetic voice among the literary world's exclamations of shock.

Elijah Cummings.

House Hearing Highlights Bipartisan Push for Criminal Justice Reform

By Mike Sacks |

A House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday on criminal justice reform added to the bipartisan push for federal legislation, rooted in state successes and touted by both chambers of Congress, the White House and interest groups across the ideological spectrum.

Williams & Connolly.

Williams & Connolly's Lance Armstrong Files Shielded in Fraud Suit

By Mike Scarcella |

Floyd Landis, the one-time teammate of Lance Armstrong who is suing the cyclist for fraud, lost his bid late Monday to force the law firm Williams & Connolly to turn over documents that Landis hoped would bolster his case. A Washington federal trial judge said the attorney-client privilege protects the information.

Morning Wrap: 'Our Selma' | Harvard Law, Now Homeless

By Mike Sacks |

The trial over North Carolina's 2013 election law overhaul began Monday. President Obama commutes the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders. On the Hill: Will criminal justice reform succeed? And the star witness testifies at the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial in New York. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Bragging Rights for Wilmer | Atticus Finch, Revisited | Scalia/Ginsburg On Stage

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: which firms argued the most Supreme Court cases last term, one of literature's most famous lawyers has a new legacy and a Mexican drug lord escapes prison.

Robert McDonnell. July 9, 2013.

Former Virginia Governor's Public Corruption Conviction Upheld

By Zoe Tillman |

Robert McDonnell, the former Virginia governor, "received a fair trial and was duly convicted by a jury of his fellow Virginians," a Fourth Circuit panel said on Friday. "We have no cause to undo what has been done."

Gladys Kessler.

Morning Wrap: Takata Rejects Victim Fund | Judge Assails Feds Over Gitmo Videos | Uber's Lawyers Push Back

By Happy Carlock |

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler slams the Justice Department over delay in releasing redacted Guantanamo videos. Takata spurns a U.S. senator's push for a victim compensation fund. Federal marriage benefits are extended to same-sex partners nationwide. And Uber's lawyers push back against a class action over drivers' employment status. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Moultrie Courthouse.

Federal Prosecutor Nominated to D.C. Superior Court

By Zoe Tillman |

Darlene Soltys, an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, was nominated on Thursday to the District of Columbia Superior Court, the White House announced.