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Federal Judge – Deemed ‘Unqualified’ – Becomes First in U.S. History Confirmed By Senate Tiebreaker

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Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in favor of Jonathan Kobes after senators split 50-50 on his confirmation.

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Incoming New York AG Plans Wide-Ranging Investigations of Trump and Family

Incoming New York AG Plans Wide-Ranging Investigations of Trump and Family

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Letitia James campaigned on passing a bill to change New York’s double jeopardy laws with an eye on possible pardons coming out of the White House.

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Supreme Court Suggests Forcing Lawyers to Pay Bar Association Dues Violates Their Free Speech

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At least 30 states require the dues, in most cases with bar associations regulating the legal profession by licensing lawyers and disciplining those who violate the rules.

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Newspaper Report Foils Trump Labor Secretary’s Chances of Being the New AG

Newspaper Report Foils Trump Labor Secretary’s Chances of Being the New AG

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Alexander Acosta is out of the running to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general following a report that he oversaw a sweetheart deal for a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls

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Controversial Trump Judicial Nominee in Peril of Senate Defeat

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Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is blocking all judicial nominees, including Farr’s, until GOP leaders agree to hold a vote on a bill to put up guardrails against any threat of Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Attorney’s Eye-Popping $460,000 in Earnings to Defend Indigent Clients Prompting Changes

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Attorney Marc Fratter, 46, also earned significantly more than anyone on the county payroll, including the district judges who approved his pay sheets.

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Katie Ashley Joins Bradley as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs

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Katie Ashley, former director of legislation for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, has joined the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a senior advisor in Bradley’s Government Affairs and Economic Development practice groups.

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2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Sets Attendance Record

2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Sets Attendance Record

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Andrei Iancu, U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, delivered a major policy address during the event.

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Jackson Walker Lawyers Offer Election Day Assistance to Reporters Covering Voting

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First Amendment lawyers with Jackson Walker LLP are assisting the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press with challenges journalists may face at polling places on Election Day.

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DOJ Announces Guidelines to Reduce the Imposition of Monitorships in Corporate Criminal Cases

DOJ Announces Guidelines to Reduce the Imposition of Monitorships in Corporate Criminal Cases

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The Justice Department’s Criminal Division has announced updated policies and procedures related to the selection of corporate monitors in federal criminal cases, according to an advisory by Alston &. Bird.

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Pipeline Companies Should Do More to Prepare for NTSB Accident Investigations

Pipeline Companies Should Do More to Prepare for NTSB Accident Investigations

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The National Transportation Safety Board is well known for its sleuthing on plane crashes. However, oil and gas executives often need better education about how the agency tackles one of its other responsibilities – investigating pipeline accidents, advise attorneys with the national law firm LeClairRyan.

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Florida Supreme Court Foils Governor’s Plan to Pick New Justices

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The Florida Supreme Court’s ruling is a major rebuke to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, who wanted to pick the new justices before he leaves office.

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Trump Reportedly Floating 5 Different Names to Replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump Reportedly Floating 5 Different Names to Replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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President Donald Trump believes Attorney General Jeff Sessions will likely leave his Cabinet at the end of the year, and so far has five potential replacements in mind who could take his place, reports Business Insider.

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Discrimination Defense Lawyer Confirmed for Trump Civil Rights Post

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Bloomberg Law reports that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Dreiband, a Jones Day attorney who defends companies accused of discrimination, to lead the Justice Department office that enforces anti-bias laws.

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Morrison & Foerster Will Eat $16M in Fees, Costs Pursuing Vets’ Claims

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Bloomberg Law reports that Morrison & Foerster LLP accepted a fee award from the U.S. Army that’s $16 million less than the fee the firm could have sought.

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BigLaw Partner Deletes Twitter Account After Insult Toward Trump Press Secretary

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The ABA Journal reports that the tweet was “a sarcastic response to the White House press secretary after she praised Sen. Lindsey Graham.”

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Inside the Private Justice Department Meeting That Could Lead to New Investigations of Tech Giants

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Participants voiced lingering frustrations that these companies are too big, fail to safeguard users’ private data and don’t cooperate with legal demands.

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State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

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Lawmakers’ partisan disapproval of rulings appears to be a strong motivator for ousting judges, according to Governing.

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NDAs: Confidentiality and Context in the Workplace

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While threats of enforcement as to the agreement Omarosa Manigault signed while part of the administration have been bantered about, it appears that the legal battle will focus on an NDA she signed while working on the campaign, according to Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel .

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Former Dewey Chairman Reaches Agreement With SEC to Pay Six-Figure Civil Penalty

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The SEC alleged that some executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which closed in 2012, misled lenders and bond buyers about the firm’s financial condition.

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