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In Rare Move, DC Circuit to Livestream Arguments in Immigrant Abortion Case

Posted By Administration, 21 hours ago
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will broadcast oral arguments Friday for the first time since 2001 in a case that considers whether the government should allow an undocumented teenage immigrant to obtain an abortion.
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Kate Adams, Apple's Incoming General Counsel, Was 'Peacemaker' as SCOTUS Clerk

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 19, 2017
When Katherine Adams settles in as Apple Inc.'s new general counsel, a small part of her legal tool kit will include skills she nurtured at the U.S. Supreme Court years ago as a clerk to then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Former clerks recall Adams as a "peacemaker" at the court.
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Outside Counsel Diversity Initiatives Force Companies to Confront Norms

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Leading in-house counsel, speaking at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Washington, open up about their experiences and observations in pushing for outside counsel programs that encourage law firms to embrace diversity. The latest diversity scorecard from The American Lawyer showed diversity numbers at the country's largest firms remained nearly flat between 2015 and 2016.
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October 17 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

At High Court, Just One IP Case That Matters

The 2017 term at the U.S. Supreme Court looks to be a quiet one for intellectual property. But with one potential bang in the middle.
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Columbia Law, Embracing GRE for Fall 2018, Is Latest School to Join Wave

Harvard Law School's decision in March to allow applicants to submit either an LSAT or GRE score was predicted to prompt followers.
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Hawaii Judge Blocks Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction against the third iteration of President Donald Trump's travel ban Tuesday.
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October 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 16, 2017

Judge Mulls Limits to Search Warrants for Anti-Trump Protesters' Facebooks

The ACLU asked the court to block or, at least, narrow a government search warrant for three Facebook accounts in connection with an investigation into criminal rioting on Inauguration Day.
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SCOTUS Takes Up Microsoft Case on Email Privacy

In a case closely watched by the tech industry, the justices could unwind a Second Circuit decision that held data stored overseas is beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement.
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Sally Yates: White House Has Violated 'Important Norms'

In an hourlong conversation at National Association of Women Judges in Atlanta, Yates ardently defended the historic independence of the DOJ, and called on judges to ensure that it remain so.
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October 13 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 13, 2017

Shon Hopwood's Amazing Legal Journey to be Featured on '60 Minutes'

Shon Hopwood, who broke the law in Nebraska, learned the law in Washington state, and now teaches law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., will be featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday October 15.
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Cooley, Boies Schiller, Kaplan Sue White Supremacists Over Charlottesville

Lawyers including Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn sued white supremacy groups for conspiracy in connection with the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11 and 12.
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Veteran DC Whistleblower Lawyer Says She Reps 'Good Guy' in Weinstein Scandal

As Harvey Weinstein became engulfed in scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, Washington-based whistleblower lawyer Debra Katz found herself representing a longtime executive who reportedly had confronted the influential Hollywood producer about his alleged misconduct.
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Trump's Regulatory Repeals Endanger Another Case in the Supreme Court

A U.S. Supreme Court case that raises a technical, but critical issue about a Clean Water Act rule may disappear from the docket as the justices grapple with the fallout from the Trump administration’s effort to repeal Obama-era regulations.
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Santa Clara Superior Court Implements Electronic Search Warrants

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Santa Clara County Bar Association Elects 2018 Officers and Trustees

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

 
 
 

 

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October 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

76 Companies Urge Supreme Court to Support LGBT Workplace Protections

Major U.S. companies and organizations, including tech giants, financial institutions and sports teams, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to create uniform federal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees.
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David Boies to Stay the Course for Longtime Client Weinstein

The Boies Schiller Flexner chairman has adopted a conciliatory tone about Weinstein's negotiations with the film studio that bears his name.
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SCOTUS Finally Faces Issue of Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to reckon with a question that global businesses and human rights groups want answered.
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Donald Verrilli Returns to SCOTUS in New Gay Rights Challenge

Former Obama administration U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is returning to the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time since leaving government last year, advocating on behalf of the challengers to a Mississippi law that allows religious objectors to refuse services to gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.
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October 10 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apple's Bruce Sewell: 'I'm Done With Being a GC'

Sewell, whose departure from Apple was announced last week, reflected on the company's evolving legal department, iPhone privacy controversies and "The Cellphone Wars."
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Can Arbitration Solve Tech Sector's Litigation Cost Concerns?

A recent report identifies budgeting and time as major concerns for tech companies during litigation. Arbitration is an answer, says the report, but pros and cons exist for both dispute resolution mechanisms.
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Morning Coats and First Arguments: Female SCOTUS Lawyers on Breaking Barriers

Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Supreme Court and appellate practice, Judge Patricia Millett of the D.C. Circuit and Sarah Harrington of Goldstein & Russell reflect on the evolution of the Solicitor General's Office, and women arguing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over New Contraception Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its decision to drop a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers offer employees free contraception.
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How Companies Are Reacting to Overtime Rule Uncertainty

Companies have open questions about the fate of the Obama-era overtime regulations, despite a Texas federal court ruling nixing rules that would have doubled the salary threshold for workers eligible for time and half pay and extended greater pay to millions of more workers.
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Women Leaders in Tech Law: Hillary Smith, Square

Smith, general counsel and corporate secretary of the mobile payment company, led legal and regulatory efforts in Square's offering of convertible notes resulting in almost $390 million in net proceeds to the company.
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