Victor Bolden just graduated from law school in 1990 when he published an article that uses imaginary and colorful dialogue between a deity and dead justices to explore how judges should decide race discrimination cases.
Victor Bolden just graduated from law school in 1990 when he published an article that uses imaginary and colorful dialogue between a deity and dead justices to explore how judges should decide race discrimination cases.
All those warnings judges give jurors about not tweeting, posting on Facebook or otherwise sharing information about a trial online seem to be working. A new study shows jurors are mostly behaving when it comes to social media.
Judges must do a better job of educating the public about their roles in a democracy to counteract the politicization of state judicial elections, Iowa’s chief justice said on Monday.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Justice Kennedy talks about the future, a judge approves the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, and the injustice of marijuana arrests.
The Senate on Monday confirmed Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a vote that reignited debate over the judicial confirmation process.
U.S. District Senior Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.—the federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public for self-defense—has a reputation as a no-nonsense jurist who sticks closely to the text of the law.
Lawyers for a whistleblower on Monday asked a full federal appeals court to hear a dispute over access to Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. documents that the company contends are shielded from disclosure.
Corporate lawyers appear less troubled by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's government-surveillance leaks, especially when compared with their colleagues who focus more on terrorism and criminal cases, according to a new report from leading civil liberties groups.
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. agreed on Monday to pay $2 million to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claiming that the firearms manufacturer bribed foreign officials to boost sales.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The National Law Journal is out with its annual report on Washington's largest law offices, as well as the city's top-earning lobbying practices and law firms; the odds that Republicans will win the Senate are getting better; U.S. authorities are struggling to intercept the chatter they need to build cases as more suspected wrongdoers use online communications services instead of telephones; and a trial is set to start over allegations that the FBI won't provide a Salt Lake City attorney video footage he says shows a second person with Timothy McVeigh shortly before the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
A federal judge Saturday said the District of Columbia cannot prohibit the carrying of handguns for self-defense in public, a ruling that comes a little more than six years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck the city’s firearms ban.
A music industry group on Friday sued Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and two electronics companies, demanding that the businesses pay artists and record labels royalties allegedly owed under U.S. copyright law.
In the wake of the financial crisis, government regulators have been widely criticized for failing to hold more individuals accountable, but a pending case by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against two former executives at State Street Bank and Trust Co. shows how difficult in practice it can be to make charges stick.
The Legal Services Corp., the single largest funder of civil legal services in the country, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday.
Victims of deadly terrorist attacks in 1998 at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were awarded more than $8 billion on Friday by a federal judge in Washington.
The potential pitfalls of lawyers who blog were on display Thursday on Capitol Hill, where it was revealed that a federal judicial nominee once wrote that readers of his blog "will agree I shouldn't be a judge."
Herbalife Ltd. has snagged PepsiCo Inc.'s top lobbyist, Alan Hoffman, to lead its government relations work as the nutritional supplements and personal care products company faces U.S. government scrutiny over its business structure and practices.
Reed Smith’s level of gender diversity in its Washington office stood out in 2013. More than 50 percent of the firm’s partners and associates in the 78-lawyer office are women, the firm reported to the National Law Journal this year.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: the lawyer behind the latest health care law challenge, questioning cops' focus on low-level offenses and a fight over animal feed.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will not have to sit for a deposition in the defamation case between former department administrator Shirley Sherrod and the late blogger Andrew Breitbart, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Thursday.
General counsel for BMO Financial Group, Gap Inc., NBCUniversal Inc. and Showtime Networks Inc. on Thursday lamented the lack of diversity at law firms, calling on outside counsel to do more to increase the number of minorities and women in their ranks.
A criminal defense lawyers group is accusing the U.S. Department of Justice of unfairly relying on "buzzwords" to justify keeping its criminal discovery guide book secret from the public.
The Senate is moving forward on Pamela Harris' nomination to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit, where a three-judge panel this week sided with the Obama administration in a dispute over health care subsidies.
A federal investigation on mortgage scams ensnares law firms, profiles of Dan Markel and a Louisiana health-care-fraud whistleblower, and the prolonged execution of an inmate in Arizona: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
The U.S. Copyright Office is soliciting further input for its study on the efficacy of the music-licensing system in the digital age as record companies, publishers and others players in the music industry suggest various changes to this key aspect of their business.
A former executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., will plead guilty this week to stealing from the federal government.
By the time a federal jury in Washington was seated in late June to hear Texas businessman William Moore Jr.’s claims of retaliation and unlawful prosecution, nearly 23 years had passed since he first filed his lawsuit. The jury ruled against Moore on Monday, but his case isn’t over yet.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Health care circuit split; Apple class action certified; suit by John Travolta's pilot survives dismissal.
A ruling Tuesday on the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges is expected to become the first big case to land in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since a slate of new judges took the bench.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 160 other business organizations are looking to deal another blow to the Affordable Care Act after it faced both a major setback and a key affirmation Tuesday.
The Justice Department will intervene in a False Claims Act suit against Symantec Corp., which allegedly over-charged the government for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of software and related products.
A coalition formed to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to increase transparency criticized the justices on Tuesday for not doing more to boost public access to court proceedings in the term just ended.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: A senator's Affordable Care Act lawsuit tossed, a murder conviction vacated and Obama's administration fights to keep secret records.
Labaton Sucharow, the Government Accountability Project and more than 250 other whistleblower advocates are pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to improve its program that was created four years ago as part of Dodd-Frank’s efforts to help workers report corporate wrongdoing.
Georgetown University Law Center has created a center focused on preserving privacy and civil rights in the face of advancing technology, and it has hired one of Capitol Hill's top lawyers to run it.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The unremarkable rise of gay judges, reduced sentences for certain federal drug offenders, an arrest on Capitol Hill and a court battle between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.
Judicial vacancies in the nation's federal district courts means litigation costs increase, judges spend less time on cases and civil disputes are harder to settle, a new report from The Brennan Center for Justice found.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is urging a federal judge to enforce two administrative subpoenas for congressional committee records and the testimony of a staffer in an insider trading investigation.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday unanimously approved a measure to reduce sentences for certain federal drug offenders by an average of 25 months.
The question of whether the oversight of the federal government's surveillance activities is effective came to a head on Capitol Hill on Friday as former National Security Agency general counsel Stewart Baker and representatives of technology industry and civil liberties interests butted heads.
Clinton White House documents released on Friday predicted a "vicious attack" against the possible nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In an unsuccessful bid to win compensation for investors swindled by R. Allen Stanford in a massive Ponzi scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was rebuffed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which ruled Friday the investors are not eligible for protection as customers.
Senior officials in the military and the U.S. Department of Defense cannot be held liable for the alleged rapes, severe sexual harassment and retaliation suffered by 12 current and former sailors and Marines, a federal appellate panel ruled Friday.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: General Motors Co. general counsel Michael Millikin testifies before Congress, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are clashing over attorney fees, Bingham McCutchen is looking to merge with another major U.S. law firm and Army private Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced last year for leaking national security secrets to WikiLeaks, will start gender treatments.
FedEx Corp. was indicted on Thursday on charges of shipping illegal drugs to online pharmacies that ended up in the hands of dealers and addicts.
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are usually fierce opponents in patent battles, but they're on the same side of the table as codefendants in a new complaint filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission by Luxembourg-based Enterprise Systems Technologies SARL.
Legal services lawyers in the District of Columbia are hoping a recent change in the local practice rules will bump up pro bono involvement by corporate in-house lawyers.
Movement at Microsoft and 21st Century Fox, Haley Barbour’s political spending and Lady Gaga’s court documents: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
Ronnie White, the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court, beat the odds by winning confirmation to a federal district court seat that the Senate denied him 15 years ago.
Five Washington lawyers so far have announced their candidacy for District of Columbia attorney general, including Perkins Coie partner Lorelie Masters and Venable partner Karl Racine.
A Florida-based lawyer will pay nearly $4 million to harmed investors in a prime bank investment scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced.
The D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors is no longer pursuing a rules change that would have given bar leaders more control over the disciplinary arm’s spending—a proposal opposed by disciplinary officials.
The former governor and attorney general of New Mexico settled fraud charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from his role as head of a company that the agency said was secretly controlled by two ex-crooks.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: BoA profits take a $4 billion hit due to litigation; FCC deluged with net neutrality comments; is Hillary running?
The U.S. Copyright Office wants to know what the public thinks about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month against Aereo Inc. as the agency studies the state of copyright law in the digital age, according to an announcement Tuesday in the Federal Register.
A group of Armenian-American philanthropists have been fighting each other in court for years over stalled plans for an Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial in Washington. Two decades after plans for the museum began, its future is still uncertain, but the legal wrangling is coming to a close.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The U.S. Supreme Court has fun too, the White House calls marijuana a states' rights issue, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren bashes Wall Street.
As convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff fights with federal prosecutors over how his latest tax refund should be spent, he’ll get to keep his lawyer over the government’s objection.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday continued to squeeze the country’s biggest banks for their roles in the financial crisis, securing a $7 billion global settlement with Citigroup over misrepresentations about residential mortgage-backed securities.
The Investment Company Institute, a leading fund-industry trade group in Washington, D.C., is picking up senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer David Blass as its general counsel.
After winning a U.S. Supreme Court battle to allow religious invocations at monthly board meetings, the town of Greece, N.Y., will open its session July 15 with a greeting by an atheist.
A round up of news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Citigroup Inc. agrees to a $7 billion settlement, President Barack Obama's plan to hire more immigration judges and lawyers falls short, a lack of communication between federal and local authorities posed difficulties in the search for the Washington Navy Yard gunman last year and Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs and lawyer for basketball star LeBron James, talks about the athlete's return to the city.
U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper was sworn in to the federal trial court in Washington on Friday, taking the oath before a courtroom filled with friends and family representing the upper echelons of government and private practice.
General Motors Co. executive Robert Ferguson on Thursday returned to his old job as the chief lobbyist for the embattled automaker as it tries to ease anger in Washington, D.C., over its ignition-switch defect and ongoing recall crisis.
The American Bar Association warned Congress that law firms and lawyers would face substantial hardship under the leading tax reform proposals on Capitol Hill—and could be forced to reduce their number of contingency and pro bono cases.
Patton Boggs’ fight with Chevron Corp. has cost one of the firm’s former attorneys his new job. Litigator Benjamin Chew resigned from the partnership at his new firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in the past two weeks, barely four months after moving to the firm.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Germany wants U.S. spy expelled, Third Circuit okays forcible medication for sentencing and a California man gets 15 years in prison for economic espionage.
Aereo Inc., the video-streaming service the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month was violating copyright law by using dime-sized antennae to broadcast television content to subscribers, has spelled out a new plan for its survival, one that ironically uses an argument put forth by the Court.
Senate Democrats on Thursday moved to counteract recent U.S. Supreme Court actions on two fronts, advancing a campaign finance amendment to the Senate floor and announcing a floor vote next week on legislation to undo the contraceptive-mandate ruling.
A federal judge in Washington wants answers from the Internal Revenue Service about a cache of missing emails that belong to former IRS official Lois Lerner and about other ways the government can find the information in those lost records.
Utility, oil and gas, energy, and manufacturing businesses in the United States and other countries are still unprepared for cyberthreats, with hundreds of information technology executives at the organizations reporting at least one breach in the past year, according to a study released Thursday by a data security think tank and a technology company.
Leading energy lawyer J.A. "Lon" Bouknight Jr. has returned to Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a firm he once chaired, after serving as general counsel to energy giant Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. for nearly five years.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: OPM gets hacked; Jesse Ventura's defamation suit; Commerzbank AG nears settlement for sanctions violations.
Shrinking Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro has lost its government law and policy practice group to Greenberg Traurig.
Two ski makers accused of illegally agreeing not to compete for one another’s ski endorsers or employees reached a final settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday.
Patent demand letter legislation that a House panel is set to consider Wednesday is getting the attention of technology industry groups that are hoping the bill can curb at least some patent troll activity.
A report released Wednesday identifies two Muslim American lawyers whose communications were targeted in U.S. surveillance efforts.
Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to undo the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that struck down the contraceptive mandate in the federal health care law for some corporate owners who object on religious grounds.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Obama wants 40 more immigration judges; U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's winning streak ends; Apple loses a patent case in China.
The new leader of Duane Morris’ Washington branch has legal experience that matches the largest practice area in the office: intellectual property. Patrick McPherson, a 51-year-old litigator, joined Duane Morris in 2002 to establish its Washington intellectual property group.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pressed his threat to sue President Obama over his executive orders, saying that Obama has “consistently overstepped his authority under the Constitution.” Legal scholars question the viability of any suit.
The presiding judge in the criminal case against a suspected ringleader of the attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, disclosed his wife’s former ties to the U.S. Department of Justice during a hearing on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Justice would get $64 million and about 40 additional immigration judges under President Obama's new plan to address the increased number of immigrants illegally crossing the Southwest border.
In its continuing effort to raise its national profile, Perkins Coie has named John Devaney as its first firm leader outside of its Seattle headquarters. Devaney will be based out of Washington, D.C., when he takes the reins as managing partner on Jan. 1, 2015. Perkins Coie will keep its headquarters in the Pacific Northwest.
A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Behind the scenes at the Squire Patton Boggs merger, a napping baseball fan sues, and rookie advocates win at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Organizations representing the technology industry and focusing on civil liberties have found more ammunition for U.S. government surveillance reform in a new report that says the National Security Agency collects far more communications from normal Internet users than it does from legally targeted foreigners.
With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.
Lawyers for a woman suing Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. for gender discrimination have asked D.C. Superior Court Judge Michael Rankin to step down, citing his son’s ties to the company.
The Senate voted 93-0 to confirm Dechert partner Cheryl Krause for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: The National Security Agency collects far more communications from normal Internet users than it does from legally targeted foreigners, the legal industry adds 1,200 positions in June, a court fight quickly escalates over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission concerning the news-feed study Facebook Inc. conducted on emotions.
A court fight is quickly escalating over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Two weeks after the gallery’s trustees asked a judge to approve a plan that involved transferring control of the museum’s building, art and school, a group of faculty, students and others—represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—filed papers opposing the deal.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s troubles, Hobby Lobby responses and the biggest law firm merger of the year: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
Leading technology and civil liberties groups are disappointed with a study [PDF] the U.S. government's privacy watchdog released in support of a major U.S. foreign surveillance program that collects vast amounts of Internet user data.
Litigator Steve Immelt assumed the management role at the top of Hogan Lovells yesterday. He took about a half-hour to talk with us about his vision for the sprawling full-service firm. We also spoke about changes that the industry faces and how he’ll fill the shoes of Warren Gorrell Jr., who led Hogan & Hartson through its merger with Lovells in 2010.
A lawyer for Ahmed Abu Khatallah—the suspect charged in connection with a 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya—agreed Wednesday that her client should remain in government custody, but raised concerns about the lack of discovery provided so far by prosecutors.
The White House list of staff salaries for 2014 reveals just how much income lawyers can sacrifice for the privilege of working with the president.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: The U.S. Supreme Court adds eight cases to its docket; Burford Capital talks about its ill-fated investment in Patton Boggs' Chevron suit; did Hilary Clinton violate attorney-client privilege?
Holland & Knight has acquired a group of 11 energy lawyers in Washington and Austin, effectively splitting in two the Washington-based energy boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone.
Aereo Inc. is looking to Congress to keep its online television-streaming service running after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt it a crippling blow last week, telling its backers to "raise your hands and make your voices heard" by lawmakers.
The U.S. Department of Justice this week escalated the war of words in a fight over whether former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg should be allowed to represent convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.