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Number of Students Enrolling in Law School Basically Flat

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 16, 2016

The number of first-year law students nationwide increased this fall—albeit slightly—for the first time since 2010, when word of a bleak entry-level job market and skyrocketing tuition turned off many potential applicants.
Read the full story at National Law Journal

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D.C. Circuit Refuses to Block Labor Dept.'s New Retirement-Savings Rules

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 15, 2016

A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to block Obama administration regulations that were adopted to minimize conflicts of interest in the retirement-investment industry, a significant setback for financial planners, insurance agents and other advisers who said the rule will disrupt the marketplace.
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10 Most Underrated Law Schools in America

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 12, 2016

For those of you who’ve accused me of being an Ivory Tower snob about law schools (and probably everything else), I’m eating crow, acknowledging the new political order and making amends to Red State constituents.
Read the full story at National Law Journal

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Rejecting 'Newman,' SCOTUS Clears Up Rules for Insider-Trading Prosecutions

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In a win for federal prosecutors, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday embraced a broad interpretation of insider-trading rules that will allow the government to pursue cases even when it cannot be shown that the insider was trying to benefit from giving the tip.  
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December 2 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 2, 2016

A Day in Court With Judge Margaret Ryan, Possible Scotus Nominee

Margaret Ryan is one of the 20 judges President-elect Donald Trump has named as possible nominees to the high court.
Read the full story at National Law Journal


Border Judges, Prosecutors Could Be Speed Bump for Trump's Tough Immigration Policies

While President-elect Donald Trump has signaled he will push for increased prosecution of undocumented immigrants, much of his proposed policy shift would depend on the actions of local judges and prosecutors, over whom he does not hold unfettered sway.
Read the full story at National Law Journal


California's Next Attorney General Issues Warning to Donald Trump

Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Xavier Becerra to be California's next attorney general, the longtime U.S. lawmaker warned the Trump administration to expect a fight if newly emboldened Republicans challenge the Golden State's liberal laws and policies.
Read the full story at National Law Journal


More women are attending law school, but at lower-ranked schools, study finds

More women are attending law school, but their numbers at top-ranked institutions aren’t keeping up the pace, a recent study found. While women make up roughly half of all law students at ABA-accredited schools, they are overrepresented at lower-ranked schools.
Read the full story at ABA  Journal


California considers general ethical ban on lawyer sex with clients

The State Bar of California is proposing a general ban on lawyers having sex with clients as part of an overhaul of the state’s disciplinary rules.
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December 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 1, 2016

Facebook Faces Workplace Racial Discrimination Complaint

Two men, both black, said they were paid less than white peers and that they were subjected to racial slurs by a former manager.
Read the full story at The Recorder


Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season, Other Firms Follow

Once again, Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off associate bonus season with a memo announcing its bonus scale, which was promptly posted to the legal blog Above the Law on Monday. Other firms quickly matched.
Read the full story at The American Lawyer

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November 23 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Texas Federal Judge Halts Obama Administration's New Overtime Rules

A Texas federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the Obama administration's proposed regulatory revisions that would have doubled for most employees the salary threshold for overtime pay.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


Five Labor and Employment Rollbacks That May Happen Under Trump

The Trump administration could halt Obama-era labor rules including Fair Pay executive order; joint employer standard; "quickie" union election rules; DOL overtime rules and arbitration agreements in labor contracts, counsel say.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


Some states see increase in bar pass rates, while others witness declines

As the July 2016 bar results are released, it appears that nationally, there’s a slight uptick with scores, says Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
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Told to go back to his own country, BigLaw partner says lawyers need to stand up and be heard

The second-to-last time Wilmer Hale intellectual property litigator William Lee heard such a biased comment reflecting hostility to immigrants was 40 years ago.
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November 21 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trump Picks Three More Big Law Attorneys for DOJ Transition Team

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team announced Monday that three more lawyers—all former U.S. Department of Justice officials from the second Bush administration—have joined the group overseeing DOJ hiring and policy for the new administration.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

What to Expect From a Sessions Justice Department

President-elect Donald Trump made "law and order" a central part of his campaign, and in choosing Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general, he'll get just that, according to former Justice Department officials and lawyers familiar with Sessions' record as a prosecutor and politician.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Texas Court, After Trump Win, Is Asked to Put Immigration Case on Hold

The first major litigation effect of the election of Donald Trump took place in a Texas federal district court Friday when the lawyers in the case against the Obama administration's plan to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants asked the judge to postpone proceedings until Feb. 20.
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Trump's Picks for Labor Board Could Raise Conflicts Issues

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January with the unusual situation of owning or co-owning companies that are involved in disputes with federal agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, including at least two open matters at the board.

Trump also will find himself in the position of appointing members to the NLRB who could be ruling in the future on cases involving the companies.
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Trump Picks Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, an early supporter of Trump and one of his close advisors, as his nominee for U.S. attorney general.

Sessions brings the "law and order" background that Trump touted as part of his platform during the campaign, as well as the baggage of a judicial nomination that failed amid accusations of racism. Before he was elected to the Senate in 1997, Sessions served as U.S. attorney and attorney general in Alabama.
Read the whole story at National Law Journal

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