Ronnie White

INADMISSIBLE: 17 Years Later, Ronnie White Is Confirmed

What a difference 17 years and a Senate rules change can make. On July 16, the U.S. Senate confirmed former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to a seat on the federal bench in the Eastern District of Missouri. Plus more in this week's column.

<b>KHARTOUM:</b> BNP Paribas illegally processed financial transactions on behalf of Sudanese banks and entities facing U.S. economic sanctions, prosecutors said.

INADMISSIBLE: BNP Assailed Over Unlawful Transactions

The French bank BNP Paribas S.A. has agreed to plead guilty and pay nearly $9 billion over transactions with countries subject to U.S. sanctions such as Cuba, Iran and Sudan, DOJ lawyers said. Plus more in this week's column.

Rosemary Collyer.

INADMISSIBLE: Texas Fights Million-Dollar Fee Award In Voting Act Case

A federal judge in Washington reached a "remarkable result" when she ordered Texas to pay $1 million in legal fees to groups that challenged the state's electoral redistricting plans — a result that Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell called "unprecedented" and wrong. Plus more in this week's column.

Andrew Zausner.

INADMISSIBLE: Dickstein Government Law Team Decamps

Shrinking Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro has lost a significant part of its government law and policy practice group to Greenberg Traurig. Plus more in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: Akin Lands Amazon Drone Lobbying

Akin Gump is the first outside firm to lobby for Amazon Inc.'s drone delivery service, Prime Air, which chief executive officer Jeff Bezos unveiled in December.

Blake Morant.

INADMISSIBLE: G.W. Law Names Blake Morant Next Dean

Morant has served as dean of Wake Forest University School of Law for the past seven years, and will assume the top position at George Washington University Law School on Sept. 1. Plus more in this week's column.

Rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the day of oral arguments in <i>Shelby County v. Holder</i>

INADMISSIBLE: Legal Fees Rejected In Voting Rights Case

Lawyers who successfully challenged a key provision of the Voting Rights Act can't recover $2 million in legal fees from the federal government. Plus more in this week's column.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.

INADMISSIBLE: GM Legal Dept. Faulted In Internal Report

An exhaustive internal investigation of General Motors Co.'s ignition-switch recall shortcomings found fault with the company's legal team, but "confirmed" that its top lawyer did not learn about the safety issues until after the recall. Plus more in this week's column.

Oil workers clean up a pool of water contaminated by oil in Taracoa, whose residents are part of the $6 billion class action suit against U.S. oil giant Chevron REUTERS/Guillermo Granja/Files  (ECUADOR - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY) (Newscom TagID: rtrlsix339753.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

INADMISSIBLE: Squire Sanders, Patton Vote on Merger

Squire Sanders partners on May 23 were voting on the firm's proposed merger with Patton Boggs — hours after the former abruptly halted the vote. Plus more in this week's column.

A photo from the Ringling Brothers litigation and trial

INADMISSIBLE: Animal Rights Groups, Circus Settle

The final act of a nearly 14-year legal fight between animal rights groups and the producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: a settlement. Plus more in this week's column.

Cofan indigenous women stand near a pool of oil in Ecuador's Amazonian region

INADMISSIBLE: Patton Boggs Abandons Ecuador Case

What does the $15 million settlement Patton Boggs reached with Chevron Corp. last week mean for the teetering law firm? Foremost, it wipes away a problem — rooted in the firm's fight against Chevron over environmental damage claims in Ecuador. Plus more in this week's column.

Kenneth Feinberg, founder and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, delivers the keynote address during The National Law Journal's 2014 Crisis Mitigation Summit, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  April 29, 2014.

INADMISSIBLE: Calculating Loss, Feinberg Turns to GM

Overseeing compensation funds for victims of deadly mass tragedies has made Kenneth Feinberg a national Mediator in Chief — part therapist, judge and healer. Plus more in this week's column.

Aereo television streaming

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Have Their Heads In The Cloud

The U.S. Supreme Court is worried about the cloud — cloud computing, that is. Plus more in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: First Amendment Flaw Found in SEC Rule

A federal securities rule that requires companies to publicly declare whether certain minerals used in products are "conflict free" violates the First Amendment, a divided federal appeals court in Washington ruled on April 14. Plus more in this week's column.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Gregory.

INADMISSIBLE: Appellate Judges Feud Over Sentencing

Federal appellate judges often refer to their colleagues as "friends" — especially when there's disagreement on a panel. Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit used that word last week in — you got it — a sharply divided 2-1 ruling. Plus more in this week's column.

U.S. Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer

INADMISSIBLE: Clarity Elusive in Software Patents Case

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on March 31 as justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents. Plus more in this week's column.

Kirkland & Ellis' W. Neil Eggleston

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision. Plus more in this week's column.

Robert S. Strauss. (May 2008).

INADMISSIBLE: Robert Strauss Dies at 95

"One of the legendary lawyers that really don't exist anymore." That's how Hogan Lovells partner Robert Bennett described Robert Strauss, who died March 19 at the age of 95. Plus more in this week's column.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C.

INADMISSIBLE: Judiciary Hiring Public Defenders Again

Federal defender offices, which lost approximately 400 employees because of last year's mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, have enough money in this year's budget to begin backfilling most of those positions, court officials said on March 11. Plus more in this week's column.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

INADMISSIBLE: FCC Hits Restart On Net Neutrality Rules

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" could be the motto of the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to net neutrality. Plus more D.C. newsbriefs in this week's column.