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Akin Gump is now the dominant tenant of 2001 K Street, occupying the top four commercial floors, along with some externa...
06/24/2019
Firms on the Move: Akin Gump Settles Into New K Street Digs (Slideshow) | National Law Journal

Akin Gump is now the dominant tenant of 2001 K Street, occupying the top four commercial floors, along with some external entertainment and work space, in the 13-story building. The new offices house close to 240 lawyers and 40 advisers, and the firm said the total number of lawyers and staff exceeds 500.

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Akin Gump's new offices at 2001 K Street are smaller but brighter and more collaborative than the firm's old Dupont Circle space.

“At least where commercial or financial information is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner a...
06/24/2019
Justices Strengthen Shield Blocking Disclosure of Company Financials | National Law Journal

“At least where commercial or financial information is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner and provided to the government under an assurance of privacy, the information is ‘confidential’ within the meaning of Exemption 4,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the majority. https://trib.al/XcAe66m

The justices, in a 6-3 vote, took a pro-business stance on the interpretation of the word “confidential.

ICYMI: It’s the final stretch of the Supreme Court term with rulings still to come in a few nail-biter cases. But befo...
06/24/2019
Talking SCOTUS With Paul Weiss Partner Kannon Shanmugam. What to Watch as 2018-19 Term Wraps Up | National Law Journal

ICYMI: It’s the final stretch of the Supreme Court term with rulings still to come in a few nail-biter cases. But before the justices zip off for their summer vacations, we’re pausing to take stock of the big decisions and what’s ahead. https://trib.al/dlB8DxK

Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro talks with Kannon Shanmugam about his lateral move to Paul Weiss, what it's like to argue before Justice Kavanaugh, and why it's been a 'meat and potatoes' term.

The event is in association with actress and activist Jjana Valentiner, and it is meant to be a public, nonpartisan pres...
06/24/2019
Stage is Set for Dramatic Reading of the Mueller Report | National Law Journal

The event is in association with actress and activist Jjana Valentiner, and it is meant to be a public, nonpartisan presentation so the general public can read and hear the Mueller Report without commentary and can make up its own mind about the report’s findings. https://trib.al/oQY6XK8

A Washington-based theater is planning a reading of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 presidential election.

ICYMI: “As an Asian-American woman, I am often not expected to be a fierce litigator,” Rhee said in a 2014 spotlight...
06/24/2019
Jeannie Rhee, Mueller Prosecutor and Ex-Wilmer Partner, Joins Paul Weiss | National Law Journal

ICYMI: “As an Asian-American woman, I am often not expected to be a fierce litigator,” Rhee said in a 2014 spotlight at The Diversity Journal. “It takes that extra effort on my part, when I meet with clients face-to-face, to have them see me in action to convey how my ethnicity, gender, stature, and the like do not at all prevent me from being a formidable advocate.” https://trib.al/dgMDEWz

Rhee is the latest big name to land at Paul Weiss in recent months. In an interview, Rhee said she is eager to go back to representing clients. It's something that I've done for a really long time.

ICYMI: Theodore Olson and Donald Verrilli Jr. are set to square off before #SCOTUS to resolve a complex dispute over the...
06/23/2019
Puerto Rico Cases Pit Don Verrilli Against Ted Olson at Supreme Court | National Law Journal

ICYMI: Theodore Olson and Donald Verrilli Jr. are set to square off before #SCOTUS to resolve a complex dispute over the status of an oversight board, established by Congress in 2016 to help Puerto Rico recover from a devastating financial crisis. http://ow.ly/Vf0950uKftB

In an unusual order, the high court granted certiorari in five cases testing the legitimacy of the Financial Oversight and Management Board. The...

ICYMI: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears more than 150 appeals a year from America Invents Act pro...
06/23/2019
Supreme Court Keeps a Tight Lid on PTAB Appeals | National Law Journal

ICYMI: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears more than 150 appeals a year from America Invents Act proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Yesterday #SCOTUS made sure that number isn’t going to grow even higher. http://ow.ly/u0ic50uJovC

The justices turned away two cases Monday that would have let more petitioners appeal unsuccessful validity challenges at the United States Patent...

ICYMI: #SCOTUS vacated the lower court ruling and sent the case Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries back to the...
06/23/2019
Justices Dodge New Case Defending Denial of Service to LGBT Couple | National Law Journal

ICYMI: #SCOTUS vacated the lower court ruling and sent the case Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries back to the Oregon Court of Appeals for further consideration in light of the high court’s #MasterpieceCakeshop decision last term. http://ow.ly/JIPW50uJotr

The justices vacated the lower court ruling and sent the case Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries back to the Oregon Court of Appeals for...

ICYMI: Kacsmaryk, deputy general counsel for the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based religious rights nonprofit law f...
06/22/2019
Senate Confirms Texas Federal Judge Amid Controversy Over His Alleged Anti-LGBTQ Bias | National Law Journal

ICYMI: Kacsmaryk, deputy general counsel for the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based religious rights nonprofit law firm, was criticized for past derogatory comments about transgender people, same-sex marriage and women’s reproductive rights. http://ow.ly/xjPC50uJos9

Matthew Kacsmaryk rose to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, amid criticism, after a vote Wednesday. “[Sen. Mitch]...

ICYMI: Dreeben, a deputy U.S. solicitor general and career civil servant, will not return to the DOJ’s solicitor gener...
06/22/2019
Michael Dreeben, Deputy Solicitor and Top Mueller Lawyer, Ends DOJ Career | National Law Journal

ICYMI: Dreeben, a deputy U.S. solicitor general and career civil servant, will not return to the DOJ’s solicitor general office, where he had worked for 30 years and earned a reputation as the Justice Department’s preeminent expert on criminal law. http://ow.ly/uRmQ50uJorL

Dreeben, who argued his 100th Supreme Court case in 2016, had earned a reputation as the U.S. Justice Department’s preeminent expert on criminal law.

ICYMI: Writing the majority opinion, Justice Kavanaugh stressed that “the Free Speech Clause prohibits only government...
06/22/2019
SCOTUS Ruling Could Let Tech Platforms Avoid First Amendment Constraints | National Law Journal

ICYMI: Writing the majority opinion, Justice Kavanaugh stressed that “the Free Speech Clause prohibits only governmental abridgment of speech. The Free Speech Clause does not prohibit private abridgment of speech.” http://ow.ly/CqLA50uJnSb

The Internet Association, whose members include Facebook, Twitter and Google, filed a brief in the case urging a narrow definition of a state actor.

ICYMI: A two-year pilot program put together by four chief circuit court judges is underway, with the goal of reining in...
06/22/2019
'Order in the Court!' New Federal Clerk Hiring Plan Is Off to Busy Start | National Law Journal

ICYMI: A two-year pilot program put together by four chief circuit court judges is underway, with the goal of reining in the current Wild West atmosphere around federal clerk hiring that has prevailed since the previous hiring plan fell apart in 2014. http://ow.ly/HHXK50uJnQj

This week marks the beginning of a two-year pilot Federal Clerk Hiring Plan, under which participating judges will wait until June after a...

“We are delighted to welcome Jeannie, who brings unrivaled experience as one of the nation’s leading white-collar an...
06/21/2019
Jeannie Rhee, Mueller Prosecutor and Ex-Wilmer Partner, Joins Paul Weiss | National Law Journal

“We are delighted to welcome Jeannie, who brings unrivaled experience as one of the nation’s leading white-collar and regulatory defense lawyers and as a first-chair trial lawyer,” Paul Weiss chairman Brad Karp said in a statement. “Jeannie’s years of government service—as a senior Justice Department prosecutor, a member of the Mueller investigative team and an advisor to the U.S. Attorney General and to the White House—will be an invaluable asset to our clients.” https://trib.al/wUnQXyy

Rhee is the latest big-name to land at Paul Weiss in recent months. In an interview, Rhee said she is eager to go back to representing clients. It's something that I've done for a really long time.

On this Legal Speak podcast, Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro breaks down the term with Kannon Shanmugam, ...
06/21/2019
Talking SCOTUS With Paul Weiss Partner Kannon Shanmugam. What to Watch as 2018-19 Term Wraps Up | National Law Journal

On this Legal Speak podcast, Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro breaks down the term with Kannon Shanmugam, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. https://trib.al/ySq6GNh

Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro talks with Kannon Shanmugam about his lateral move to Paul Weiss, what it's like to argue before Justice Kavanaugh, and why it's been a 'meat and potatoes' term.

Kagan: "Under cover of overruling ‘only’ a single decision, today’s opinion smashes a hundred-plus years of legal ...
06/21/2019
Kagan Sounds New Alarm as Supreme Court Scraps Another Precedent | National Law Journal

Kagan: "Under cover of overruling ‘only’ a single decision, today’s opinion smashes a hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens. ... Its consequence is to channel a mass of quintessentially local cases involving complex state-law issues into federal courts." https://trib.al/L9b0jOG

“Under cover of overruling ‘only’ a single decision, today’s opinion smashes a hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens, Kagan wrote in her dissent. Chief Justice Roberts accused the dissent of making extreme assertions.

“The numbers speak loudly. Over the course of the first four trials, there were 36 black prospective jurors against wh...
06/21/2019
Kavanaugh Leads Majority Ruling for Mississippi Death Row Inmate | National Law Journal

“The numbers speak loudly. Over the course of the first four trials, there were 36 black prospective jurors against whom the state could have exercised a peremptory strike. The state tried to strike all 36. The state used its available peremptory strikes to attempt to strike every single black prospective juror that it could have struck.” https://trib.al/msb62IU

The state used its available peremptory strikes to attempt to strike every single black prospective juror that it could have struck, Kavanaugh wrote.

ICYMI: Justice Gorsuch: "The Constitution promises that only the people’s elected representatives may adopt new federa...
06/21/2019
Scrambled SCOTUS Lineup in 'Gundy' Ruling Upholds Executive Power | National Law Journal

ICYMI: Justice Gorsuch: "The Constitution promises that only the people’s elected representatives may adopt new federal laws restricting liberty. Yet the statute before us scrambles that design." https://trib.al/2srOng5

Indeed, if SORNA’s delegation is unconstitutional, then most of government is unconstitutional, Justice Elena Kagan said in the plurality ruling. Justice Samuel Alito Jr., joining the court's liberal wing, concurred in the judgment but expressed his desire to take a second look in a future case.

ICYMI: “If confirmed, I would offer continued support for Romania’s noteworthy anti-corruption efforts. Fighting cor...
06/21/2019
Seyfarth Shaw's Zuckerman, Trump Ambassador Nominee, Testifies at Senate Hearing | National Law Journal

ICYMI: “If confirmed, I would offer continued support for Romania’s noteworthy anti-corruption efforts. Fighting corruption and support[ing] judicial independence are vital to Romania’s long-term prosperity and security.” https://trib.al/a9VqFuH

Adrian Zuckerman pledged to fight corruption in Romania if confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the country. Senators didn't question Zuckerman about claims of harassment by a legal secretary that he settled while at a prior firm.

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