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Morning Wrap: Sunset of a Spy Program | SCOTUS 'Silly Season'

By Mike Sacks |

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.

Deputy Fletcher Veitch of the U.S. Marshals Service and Brando, who since November has served as an explosives detection canine for the Marshals Service.  Veitch and Brando, a yellow labrador retriever, primarily serve the federal courts in Washington.  April 27, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Brando, the D.C. Federal Court's Dog, Has a Nose for Bombs

By Zoe Tillman |

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.

Akin Gump Washington offices.

Morning Wrap: Akin Gump’s Clinton Cash | Sheppard Mullin’s New Orleans Job

By Katelyn Polantz |

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.

James E. Boasberg during his confirmation hearing in 2010.

Judge Won't Force Disclosure of Full Report on CIA Abuses

By Zoe Tillman |

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.

Judges on the Run, For a Cause

By Zoe Tillman |

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.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at CPAC in Washington (February 2010)

Former Speaker Gingrich Signs Up With Dentons

By Katelyn Polantz |

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.

Morning Wrap: UBS to Plead Guilty | Takata Recalls 34 Million Air Bags

By Jenna Greene |

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.

Hillary Clinton.

Judge Pushes Back Against 2016 Release of Hillary Clinton Emails

By Zoe Tillman |

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.

Hillary Clinton

Morning Wrap: State Says Jan. '16 Release for Clinton Emails | Judge Voids DC Gun Regulation (Again)

By Mike Scarcella |

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.

Hundreds of IMF protestors are detained and arrested at Pershing Park on September 2002.

Feds to Pay $2.2M to Settle Mass Arrest Case

By Zoe Tillman |

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.

Former Bloomberg Correspondent Drops Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

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.

Attorney John Burris, center, representing Teresa Sheehan, accompanied by fellow attorneys Ben Nisenbaum, right, and Leonard J. Feldman, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015, after the court heard arguments in San Francisco v. Sheehan case.

Officers Immune In Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman, Supreme Court Rules

By Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle |

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.

Morning Wrap: Limits On Assault Gear for Local Police | Mixed Emotions About Death for Tsarnaev

By Zoe Tillman |

A roundup of news from ALM and other publications: What's left on the Supreme Court's docket this term, the Obama administration wants to limit military-style assault gear going to local law enforcement and members of the clergy struggle with jury's decision to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.

Mad Men.

What Law Firms Can Learn From the Business Decisions of 'Mad Men'

By Katelyn Polantz |

The National Law Journal spoke with partners at law firms big and small this week about what they see of themselves in the touchstone TV show "Mad Men," which will air its finale Sunday night.

Occupy protesters gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on January 20, 2012.

Supreme Court Protesters Challenge Arrest Under the First Amendment

By Zoe Tillman |

Protesters arrested for disrupting the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year argue the law prohibiting a "harangue or oration" or other "loud" language at the high court violates the First Amendment.

U.S. Department of Justice

Morning Wrap: Banks Under Pressure | Amtrak's $200M Damages Cap

By Mike Scarcella |

The Justice Department is planning to tear up a settlement with Swiss bank UBS AG over alleged violations related to interest-rate rigging. A 1997 law caps Amtrak's damages liability in any single rail crash at $200M. The feds ask the Ninth Circuit to revive ATF stash-house stings. And the Kentucky Supreme Court takes a look at frats and the Fourth Amendment. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Building.

FTC Sued Over Refusal to Disclose Data Security Policies

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission this week was sued for refusing to turn over information about how the agency decides to bring data security cases. The Freedom of Information Act suit comes as the FTC defends its role as data security cop in two ongoing cases.

Lance Armstrong, left, and Floyd Landis, right, of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team, smile while riding side-by-side during the second stage of the 5-day Tour of the Algarve cycling race in Algarve, southern Portugal. February 19, 2004.

Lance Armstrong Fights Ex-Teammate Over Documents in Fraud Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Lance Armstrong is feuding with his former teammate-turned-enemy Floyd Landis over which documents they should have to turn over in the fraud case against Armstrong.

Union Station, Washington, D.C. May 13, 2015.

Morning Wrap: The Shortlist for Future SEC Commissioners | Full Coverage of Amtrak Crash

By Katelyn Polantz |

Defense and plaintiffs lawyers are going public for their clients after the Amtrak derailment Tuesday, and in the Freddie Gray case against Baltimore police officers. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Sally Yates.

Senate Confirms Sally Yates as Deputy Attorney General

By Mike Sacks |

Sally Yates was confirmed Wednesday as deputy attorney general by an 84-12 vote. Yates will be in charge of day-to-day operations at the U.S. Justice Department as Attorney General Loretta Lynch's second-in-command.

Morning Wrap: Lawyers Who Earn the Least Are Happiest, Survey Says

By Jenna Greene |

A survey of 6,200 lawyers finds those in public service jobs who are paid the least are also the happiest; a UVA dean sues Rolling Stone for defamation; Deflategate lawyer defends his findings. This is a round up of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Venable Becomes Latest Firm to Start State AG Practice

By Katelyn Polantz |

Another law firm with a large lobbying arm has decided to build muscle advocating in state governments. Venable said Tuesday it had hired Kevin Turner, the Alabama attorney general’s top legal adviser, for a new state attorney general practice. Several firms this year have expanded lobbying and litigation departments to specialize in state AG work.

On the bench (L to R): D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Millett, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland and U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson preside over the Don Quixote mock trial Monday at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall. Carter Phillips is seated next to Thomas Goldstein.

Tilting at Windmills: Justices Preside Over Mock Trial of Don Quixote

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg played the role of chief justice in Washington on Monday night, presiding over a mock proceeding convened to decide whether Don Quixote&the Man of La Mancha&was so delusional that he needed a guardian.

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

Morning Wrap: Sen. Menendez Wants D.C. Trial | Survey: Two-Year Law School Favored

By Mike Sacks |

Perkins Coie partner and Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer Marc Elias is involved in a suit against Ohio's voting laws. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez wants to move the corruption case against him to Washington federal district court. And a new legal ed survey says: ditch the third year of law school. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Wiley Rein

Douglas Wiley, Founder's Son, Leaves Wiley Rein

By Katelyn Polantz |

The younger Wiley joined lobby shop TCH Group at the beginning of May. "It was a good time to take the leap. An opportunity arose," he said.

Hogan Lovells offices in Washington, D.C.

Hogan Lovells Names New Regional Managing Partner for Mid-Atlantic

By Katelyn Polantz |

Hogan Lovells partner Alice Valder Curran, named regional managing partner for the mid-Atlantic, will oversee the firm's Washington, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Minneapolis offices.

Amy Berman Jackson.

Laptops Are Not Searchable Like Handbags, Judge Tells Feds

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal agents do not have unlimited power to search laptops and other electronic devices without a warrant at the border, including airports, a federal judge in Washington said.

Natalie Portman.

Morning Wrap: Natalie Portman as Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Native American Lawyers Left Behind

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Natalie Portman to play Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a new study about Native American lawyers and the history of running from the cops in Baltimore.

Alan Kay.

Federal Magistrate Judge in D.C. Reappointed for Fourth Term

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay is about to begin his fourth eight-year term in the federal district court in Washington.

Annamaria Steward, left, and Laura Possessky, right.

D.C. Bar Votes for Next President-Elect

By Zoe Tillman and Katelyn Polantz |

A law school associate dean and a small-firm attorney are vying this year for the D.C. Bar’s top job.

Feds Move to Dismiss MetLife Suit Over 'Too Big to Fail'

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday moved to dismiss a suit by the insurance company MetLife Inc., which is challenging its designation by the feds as a nonbank that’s "too big to fail."

John Boehner, left, and Charles Rangel, right.

Rep. Charles Rangel Loses Challenge to Ethics Censure

By Zoe Tillman |

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, can't challenge his 2010 censure for ethics violations in court, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies in the Senate on May 7 about the Justice Department's budget.

Morning Wrap: NSA Surveillance Sack'd | Law School Commencement Speaker Circuit

By Mike Sacks |

The Second Circuit smacks the NSA's bulk phone metadata collection program. Loretta Lynch will soon (formally) announce DOJ's investigation of Baltimore police. And a peek at the top lawyers who will speak at law school graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

The Department of Justice.

Veteran Prosecutor to Lead DOJ's Public Integrity Section

By Jenna Greene |

Raymond Hulser was named Thursday as the chief of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. Hulser, acting chief since the departure of Jack Smith earlier this year, first joined Public Integrity in 1990 as a trial attorney.

Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Judge in NSA Case Joins Debate Over Surveillance Court Reforms

By Zoe Tillman |

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit added his voice Thursday to the debate over the need for a privacy advocate to rebut the government in secret proceedings in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Morning Wrap: Inside Cozen O’Connor's Expansion | Lunch for a Cause

By Katelyn Polantz |

A consultant who worked on Cozen O’Connor’s recent merger discusses how it came together in Chicago. And a pizza place in D.C. will donate to Food From the Bar tomorrow. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Judge Richard Leon of the District Court for the District of Columbia (2014)

Judge: Secret Service 'Snookered' Protester in DC

By Zoe Tillman |

Two U.S. Secret Service agents improperly questioned a man in a psychiatric hospital who was visiting Washington for a political demonstration, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Va. Judge Orders City to Pay $1 for First Amendment Violation

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Virginia ruled that a city ordinance banning the display of "for sale" signs in cars parked on city streets violated the First Amendment.

CCTV footage of Aaron Alexis in building 197 holding a Remington 870 shotgun.  September 16, 2013.

Virginia Man Misidentified as Navy Yard Shooter Drops Suit Against CBS

By Zoe Tillman |

A Virginia man who was misidentified in news reports as the Washington Navy Yard shooter has dismissed his multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against CBS.

John Paul Stevens.

Retired Justice Urges Compensation for Guantánamo Detainees

By Tony Mauro |

Likening some Guantánamo Bay prisoners to Japanese-Americans who were detained during World War II, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is urging Congress to pay reparations for their time in confinement.

Morning Wrap: Mylan v. Kirkland & Ellis

By Jenna Greene |

What's behind Mylan's lawsuit against Kirkland & Ellis; a real-life Shawshank Redemption; Questions about another auto safety recall. This is a round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web.

Panel Discussion titled

Law Firms and In-House Counsel Connect with Veterans at Career Fair

By Zoe Tillman |

Nearly 400 veterans and military spouses were signed up to meet with law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies during a first-of-its-kind legal career fair in Washington. During the kickoff event on Friday, a panel of lawyers, several of whom were veterans, spoke about the challenges veterans and their spouses face breaking into the legal profession.

Bernie Nash, JB Kelly, Lori Kalani and Milton Marquis (L to R) join Cozen O'Connor from Dickstein Shapiro. Nash and Kalani will co-chair Cozen's new state attorneys general practice.

Cozen Snags State AG Practice Leaders From Dickstein Shapiro

By Katelyn Polantz |

Cozen O'Connor has lured state attorneys general practice group leaders from Dickstein Shapiro, with eight attorneys and two advisers changing firms in Washington, Cozen said Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton

Morning Wrap: Hillary Clinton Agrees to Testify | Ferguson's $1,335-an-hour Lawyer

By Mike Scarcella |

David Kendall, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton, tells a House panel it will have one chance to question the former secretary of state over her emails and the attacks in Benghazi. Ferguson's paying Winston chairman Daniel Webb $1,335 an hour to negotiate with the feds. The D.C. Circuit is cool to a challenge over immigration policy. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justices Enter Interstate Dispute over Colorado Marijuana Law

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked for the views of the Obama administration on a dispute between states over Colorado's 2012 legalization of marijuana.

Morning Wrap: Analysis of Supreme Court Action | Cost of Aging Prisoners

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: breaking down last week's same-sex marriage arguments, the cost of graying prisons and DOJ says it will disclose more information on cell phone tracking.

(l-r) Cornelia Pillard, Judith Rogers, and Brett Kavanaugh.

DC Circuit Tosses Constitutional Challenge to Consumer Protection Agency

By Zoe Tillman and Jenna Greene |

A company that provides technical and personnel support to law firms—and a lawyer who contracted with that company—can't pursue a constitutional challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Board, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

Covington Picks Up Heart of McKenna's Government Contracts Group

By Katelyn Polantz |

Covington & Burling has picked up the heart of McKenna Long & Aldridge's government contracts practice in an acquisition of 19 lawyers, including five partners, the firm announced Friday.

Lee Satterfield.

Obama Announces Nominees for Long-Vacant D.C. Judgeships

By Zoe Tillman |

The White House this week announced nominees for five vacant judgeships in the District of Columbia's local courts, including a magistrate judge who has been waiting nearly two years for confirmation after repeated renominations.

A protest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray.

Morning Wrap: 'Rough Rides' | Gay Marriage Deliberation

By Mike Scarcella |

Rough rides. Nickel rides. Joy rides. The NYT looks at the "dark tradition" of police misconduct that involves a suspect getting an anything-but-smooth trip in the back of a police wagon. More news: The justices meet today to discuss same-sex marriage. A Wiley partner spends hundreds of hours building an NFL draft-day guide. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015, before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on allegations of special access and political influence at the department.

DHS Official Denies Special Treatment For Democrats

By Jenna Greene |

Former head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday told the House Committee on Homeland Security he did not wrongly intervene in immigration cases at the behest of powerful Democrats.

Stephen Preston.

Morning Wrap: Busy Week at SCOTUS | Japan Sends PM Plus Lobbying Dollars to U.S.

By Katelyn Polantz |

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the cases involving same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges.  April 28, 2015.

NLJ's Mike Sacks on NPR's 'On Point': What's Justice Kennedy Thinking?

NLJ's Mike Sacks goes on NPR's On Point to talk about the Supreme Court's gay marriage arguments. Will Justice Anthony Kennedy be the swing vote?

Protestor Rives Grogan, seen here in 2012 on Capitol Hill, was arrested Tuesday for an outburst that interrupted the gay marriage arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Protester Who Disrupted Gay Marriage Arguments Charged in Federal Court

By Zoe Tillman |

Rives Grogan has been arrested twice for shouting during arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently during Tuesday's arguments on same-sex marriage. Each time, he faced a different set of charges in a different court.

Charles Grassley (R-IA), left, and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), right.

Senate Renews Bipartisan Push for Patent Reform

By Mike Sacks |

The Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act—or Patent Act—is the latest Congressional attempt at patent reform.

John Roberts.

Supreme Court Upholds Fundraising Restraint on Fla. Judicial Candidates

By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle |

Carving out a rare exception to free speech protections, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Florida may ban judicial candidates from direct, personal solicitation of campaign funds.

Demonstrators argue outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case involving same-sex marriage.  April 28, 2015.

Marcia Coyle on PBS NewsHour: Justices Weigh Gay Marriage

Marcia Coyle sits down with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff about the Supreme Court's historic arguments over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. "I think the justices are being very cautious here," Coyle says.

Demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case involving same-sex marriage.  April 28, 2015.

The Morning Wrap: Same-Sex Marriage Arguments at the Supreme Court

By Jenna Greene |

A close look at the same-sex marriage arguments before the Supreme Court and the scene outside; deportations decline; Clinton calls for criminal justice reform. This is a round up of legal news from ALM publications and around the web.

People wait in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the same-sex marriage cases.  April 28, 2015.

Watching the Supreme Court, Three Minutes at a Time

By Katelyn Polantz |

Many spectators arrived last week to wait in line, or at least to reserve a spot. For those without a place in line early enough, Supreme Court police handed out the tickets, which allowed groups of about a dozen or fewer into seats at the court for three-minute intervals Tuesday.

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, at mic, and Mary Bonauto, right, address the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court.  April 28, 2015.

Lawyers Note Skepticism, Open-Mindedness of Justices After Arguments

By Mike Sacks and Katelyn Polantz |

Minutes after the oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges concluded Tuesday, lawyers from both sides zeroed in on a U.S. Supreme Court that appears to be split on same-sex marriage.

Slideshow: Gay Marriage Arguments at the High Court

By Diego Radzinschi |

The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Here's a look at the scene outside the high court.

People wait in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court the day before arguments in the cases involving same-sex marriage bans.

Morning Wrap: Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! | 7th Circuit Upholds Assault Rifle Ban

By Mike Sacks |

If it's Tuesday morning, April 28, it's the day the Supreme Court takes up the gay marriage cases. The Seventh Circuit upholds an Illinois town's ban on assault rifles. And the Federal Circuit will go en banc in a trademark dispute over a music group's name. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Charles Grassley.

Sen. Grassley Pledges Push for 'Supreme Court TV'

By Tony Mauro |

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Monday he plans to push ahead with legislation to require the U.S. Supreme Court to allow cameras to broadcast its proceedings.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, administers the oath while Attorney General Loretta Lynch placed her hand on a bible held by her father, Rev. Lorenzo Lynch, second from left, and husband Stephen Hargrove, second from right, at the U.S. Department of Justice.  April 27, 2015.

Lynch Takes Helm of DOJ, Promises 'Even Greater Heights'

By Mike Sacks |

Loretta Lynch was sworn in on Monday as the 83rd attorney general of the United States at a ceremony at the Department of Justice, which she vowed to lead "to even greater heights."

Justice Elena Kagan, left, administers the oath to judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  April 24, 2015.

A Federal Judge and His Lost iPhone on a Utah Mountain

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss was formally sworn in to the D.C. federal court bench on Friday. His friend and former colleague Seth Waxman regaled the room with a story of Moss' efforts two years ago to track down his lost phone on a Utah mountain.

Morning Wrap: Line Forms at Supreme Court | A New No. 1 Firm for Revenue

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Latham & Watkins claims the top spot for gross revenue on The Am Law 100, observers line up early for same-sex marriage arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court and Baltimore officials plead for calm after weekend demonstrations.

Departing Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. gives a final speech to Department of Justice employees, friends, and family at the Great Hall.  April 24, 2015.

Eric Holder's Long Goodbye

By Mike Sacks |

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., who's led the U.S. Justice Department since 2009, said farewell on Friday to staff in an address from the Great Hall. "This is my third going away. But I promise it's the last one." He ended his remarks with: "I love you all madly. Thank you." His successor, Loretta Lynch, takes over on Monday.

Rescue operation using heavy machinery on April 30, 2013 at Rana Plaza in Savar.  On April 24 an eight-story commercial building, Rana Plaza, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Wal-Mart, JC Penney Sued Over Bangladesh Factory Collapse

By Zoe Tillman |

An eight-story building that housed garment factories in Bangladesh, collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring many more. This week, the victims and their families filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington against Wal-Mart and other retailers that allegedly sourced products from those factories.

Mary Jo White poster sponsored by Avaaz and Corporate Reform Coalition, at Metro Center metro stop in Washington, D.C.  April 23, 2015.

Superhero Mary Jo White to the Rescue

By Jenna Greene |

It's a bird, it's a plane, it’s Mary Jo White? In comic book-style ads plastered around Union Station and other subway stops in Washington, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman is credited with superhuman powers—able to save Washington from invading monsters.

(l-r) Sri Srinivasan, Harry Edwards, and Brett Kavanaugh.

D.C. Circuit Deals Setback to First Amendment Advocates

By Zoe Tillman |

First Amendment advocates suffered a setback Friday when a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that a local law that shields certain speech from lawsuits, known as an anti-SLAPP law, does not apply in federal court.

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 Confirmed | Comcast to Pull Plug

By Mike Scarcella |

Loretta Lynch takes over as attorney general on Monday after the Senate confirmed her 56-43. Comcast is set to pull the plug on its proposed $45B merger with Time Warner Cable. And there's a compromise on the table over a proposal to cut the maximum word lengths of federal appeals briefs. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

David Messerschmitt.

Police Disclose New Details About Slain Lawyer's Secret Life

By Zoe Tillman |

David Messerschmitt, the Washington lawyer stabbed to death in a downtown hotel room, used email, phone apps and Craigslist to lead a secret life—one he kept from his wife and family—according to police documents unsealed on Thursday.

(l-r) Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Gabe Roth of Fix the Court, announce the reintroduction of the Supreme Court Ethics Act.  April 23, 2015.

New Bill Would Force Justices to Adopt Ethics Code

By Tony Mauro |

"There is absolutely no reason why Supreme Court justices shouldn't be subject to the same code of conduct as all other federal judges," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, said at a Capitol Hill press conference.

Adam Agron, left, and Ellen Schulhofer, right.

Brownstein Hyatt Enjoys Growth Year, Hires Former Senator

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Denver-based firm's gross revenue and net income grew by more than 10 percent last year, and the lobbying operation inched into the top three among K Street firms in the new year. Brownstein announced this week it had hired former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska as a strategic adviser.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C.

Morning Wrap: Report Says Tom Boggs' Son Will Leave Namesake Firm

By Katelyn Polantz |

Douglas Boggs is eyeing a job at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips while his father's former firm dwindles inside Squire Patton Boggs: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Raisins drying in California.

Scalia Compares Raisin Marketing Scheme to 'Central Planning'

By Marcia Coyle |

The future of a Depression-era government program designed to stabilize the price of raisins—and perhaps scores of other marketing programs with similar goals—appeared in serious doubt Wednesday during arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court.

David Souter.

Don't Hold Your Breath For Souter's Papers

By Tony Mauro |

"I have given such papers as I've retained to the New Hampshire Historical Society, to be opened for inspection after the 50th anniversary of my death," retired Justice David Souter said. "By that time, they will be of interest only to the historians taking the long view."

Rosemary Collyer.

Judge Rebukes Feds Over Censorship of War Memoir

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal officials wrongly blocked a retired Army lieutenant colonel from publishing certain details in a memoir about his service in Afghanistan, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington said in a ruling unsealed Tuesday.

Senator Al Franken was one of six senators who signed a letter to AG Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the agencies to block the Comcast-Time Warner merger.

Morning Wrap: Six Senators Urge Feds to Block Comcast-Time Warner Merger

By Jenna Greene |

Six Senators are urging the Justice Department and FCC to block the Comcast-Time Warner merger. Loretta Lynch will soon get a confirmation vote. A trader faces "flash crash" charges. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Janice Rogers Brown.

D.C. Circuit Judge Gives Advice on How to Talk to Police

By Zoe Tillman |

D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown on Tuesday urged citizens to exercise their right to end what are supposed to be voluntary encounters with D.C. police. Brown expressed her unhappiness with circuit precedent that she said perpetuated a "fiction of voluntary consent."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Traditional Marriage Group Calls on Ginsburg to Recuse

By Tony Mauro |

A leading group that opposes same-sex marriage is urging U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from the landmark cases that could decide whether such marriages must be permitted under the Constitution.

Justice Stephen Breyer (March 23, 2015)

Stephen Breyer's New Book Will Confront Global Challenges

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is writing a new book on the increasingly global scope of the work of the high court, his publisher announced Tuesday. The book, Breyer's third as a justice, is titled "The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities," and will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in September.

Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing in January.

Morning Wrap: Senate Confirms a District Judge | Loretta Lynch Waits

By Mike Sacks |

The Senate on Monday confirmed its second U.S. district judge in as many weeks, the first two since Republicans took over the chamber in January. Loretta Lynch still waits for a confirmation vote. And it was a day of double takes at the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

William Moore.

Texas Businessman Loses Decades-Long Fight Against Feds

By Zoe Tillman |

Texas businessman William Moore was acquitted in 1989 of charges that he was part of a scheme to bribe a top official at the U.S. Postal Service. After more than two decades of litigation, a judge on Friday dismissed Moore’s civil case against the feds, finding he failed to prove he was the victim of malicious prosecution.

J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building.

Morning Wrap: Diversity and the Law | FBI Admits Analysis Flaws

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: A special report on diversity and the law, the FBI admits flawed analysis of hair evidence and former military officials weigh in on same-sex marriage.

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.