An Abortion Rights Champion of the 1970s on Life Before and After Roe

Fifty years ago, Nancy Stearns, a lawyer, was on the front lines of the battle to secure legal access to terminations for American women.

#abortion, #law-and-legislation, #legal-profession, #new-york-state, #stearns-nancy, #womens-rights

Marked by the 2015 Paris Attacks, and Now Defending the Accused

Half the lawyers speaking for the 20 men charged with involvement in the massacre belong to a young generation in France scarred by a spate of terrorist acts.

#abdeslam-salah, #crime-and-criminals, #legal-profession, #paris-france, #paris-attacks-november-2015, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terrorism

Trump Lawyers Are Focus of Inquiry Into Alternate Electors Scheme

In recent subpoenas, federal prosecutors investigating alternate slates of pro-Trump electors sought information about Rudolph W. Giuliani, John Eastman and others.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #chesebro-kenneth, #eastman-john-c, #ellis-jenna-attorney, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #legal-profession, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Family Court Lawyers Flee Low-Paying Jobs. Parents and Children Suffer.

New York hasn’t raised the attorneys’ fees since 2004, creating a shortage that has denied the most vulnerable their constitutional right to a lawyer.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #labor-and-jobs, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #legal-profession, #manhattan-nyc

Alan J. Hruska, a Founder of Soho Press, Dies at 88

A litigator for 44 years, he was also a novelist; a writer, director and producer of plays and films; and helped establish the independent publishing house Soho Press.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cravath-swainemoore, #deaths-obituaries, #hruska-alan-playwright, #laugh-it-up-stare-it-down-play, #legal-profession, #soho-press, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Why Hundreds of New York City Prosecutors Are Leaving Their Jobs

New burdens, low pay and pandemic malaise prompted the resignations of a fifth of the legal work force in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

#bragg-alvin, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #clark-darcel-d, #crime-and-criminals, #district-attorneys, #hochul-kathleen-c, #legal-aid-society, #legal-profession, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #staten-island-nyc, #work-life-balance

Do Russian Oligarchs Have a Secret Weapon in London’s Libel Lawyers?

How a group of attorneys worked to keep negative stories about President Vladimir Putin’s allies out of the British media for decades.

#abramovich-roman-a, #belton-catherine-journalist, #freedom-of-the-press, #johnson-boris, #legal-profession, #libel-and-slander, #london-england, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #suits-and-litigation-civil

As Jackson Faces Senators, Her Criminal Defense Record Is a Target

Republicans have vilified Biden’s judicial nominees who have represented criminal suspects. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, for the Supreme Court, is the most prominent.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #legal-profession, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Client Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Lawyer, a Tiananmen Activist

Jim Li had fought for democracy in China and often worked pro bono. He died in his Queens office after an irate client stabbed him, the police said.

#beijing-university, #immigration-and-emigration, #legal-profession, #li-jim, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #queens-nyc, #tiananmen-square-beijing

How Western Firms Quietly Enabled Russian Oligarchs

Investment, law and lobbying firms have helped enmesh Kremlin-linked oligarchs into the Western financial and legal systems.

#abramovich-roman-a, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #concord-management-llc, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #legal-profession, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

How the Manhattan DA’s Investigation Into Donald Trump Unraveled

The criminal investigation into the former president crashed amid a disagreement about the merits of bringing a case. The debate pitted a new district attorney against two veteran prosecutors who had pursued a case against Mr. Trump for years.

#bragg-alvin, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #dunne-carey-r, #elections-district-attorneys, #frauds-and-swindling, #james-letitia, #legal-profession, #manhattan-nyc, #pomerantz-mark-f, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

As a Public Defender, Ketanji Brown Jackson Helped Clients Others Avoided

Ambitious lawyers usually become prosecutors. Ketanji Brown Jackson worked on behalf of criminal defendants and Guantánamo detainees.

#content-type-personal-profile, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #legal-profession, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-sentencing-commission

Walter Dellinger, Top Legal Official in Clinton White House, Dies at 80

He served as both the head of the Office of Legal Counsel and acting solicitor general, and he remained a leading figure in liberal legal battles.

#clinton-bill, #constitution-us, #deaths-obituaries, #dellinger-walter-e, #duke-university, #legal-profession, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #solicitors-general, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Is Right to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court must be an representative institution in touch with all of American life.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #bork-robert-h, #brennan-william-j, #conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #discrimination, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #law-schools, #legal-profession, #oconnor-sandra-day, #race-and-ethnicity, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #women-and-girls

Black Women in Law Feel Pride and Frustration Ahead of Court Nominee

As Biden prepares to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s highest court, members of this small, elite group are watching with complicated emotions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #breyer-stephen-g, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-schools, #legal-profession, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #united-states

‘Civil Rights Queen,’ the Story of a Brave and Brilliant Trailblazer

Tomiko Brown-Nagin’s book is the first major biography of Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to serve as a federal judge, among other achievements.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #brown-nagin-tomiko, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #civil-rights-queen-constance-baker-motley-and-the-struggle-for-equality-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #legal-profession, #motley-constance-baker, #new-york-state, #women-and-girls

They Need Legal Advice on Debts. Should It Have to Come From Lawyers?

A nonprofit has filed a lawsuit in New York, hoping to clear the way for volunteers to help people defend themselves against debt collection suits.

#consumer-protection, #credit-and-debt, #debt-collection, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #james-letitia, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #legal-profession, #new-york-state, #personal-finances, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #upsolve-inc

Cuomo Has $16 Million in Campaign Cash and No Campaign. What Now?

The former governor still has a big war chest even as he faces large legal bills.

#campaign-finance, #cuomo-andrew-m, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #glavin-rita-marie, #james-letitia, #legal-profession, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment

Lani Guinier, Legal Scholar at the Center of Controversy, Dies at 71

President Bill Clinton pulled her nomination as assistant attorney general in 1993 after she came under criticism for her views on voting rights.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #guinier-lani, #legal-profession

Lisa Brodyaga, Crusading Lawyer for Immigrants’ Rights, Dies at 81

She became a folk hero representing asylum seekers fleeing violence in Central America, setting up shop in the Rio Grande Valley and building a refuge camp.

#brodyaga-lisa-1940-2021, #central-america, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #immigration-and-emigration, #legal-profession, #rio-grande-valley-tex

Sherrilyn Ifill: ‘There Is No Guarantee We Make It Out of This Period as a Democracy’

After almost a decade at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Ifill explains why advocacy is an essential part of her legal work.

#audio-neutral-informative, #ifill-sherrilyn, #legal-profession, #naacp-legal-defense-and-education-fund, #rittenhouse-kyle, #second-amendment-us-constitution

He’s Prosecuted Pirates and Arms Dealers. Now He’ll Advise Eric Adams.

Brendan McGuire, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan who ran an anti-corruption unit, will be Mr. Adams’s chief counsel.

#adams-eric-l, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #content-type-personal-profile, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #mcguire-brendan-r-1976, #new-york-city, #strauber-jocelyn-e, #wilmer-cutler-pickering-hale-and-dorr-llp

Elizabeth Holmes Rests Her Case in Fraud Trial

Lawyers must now agree on a set of jury instructions before closing arguments begin on Dec. 16.

#computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #legal-profession, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

It’s Never Too Late to Go to College and Rewrite Your Story

Devon Simmons served 15 years in prison for crimes he committed as a teenager. Since then, he’s been on a mission to remake not just his own life, but the legal system itself.

#coxsackie-correctional-facility, #crime-and-criminals, #devon-simmons, #ex-convicts, #john-jay-college-of-criminal-justice, #legal-profession, #nevertoolate2021

Susan Rosenblatt, Who Took On Big Tobacco, Dies at 70

She was the quieter half of a law partnership with her husband that pursued a suit against cigarette companies on behalf of Florida smokers.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #deaths-obituaries, #engle-howard-a, #florida, #legal-profession, #rosenblatt-stanley, #rosenblatt-susan, #smoking-and-tobacco, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Cultivating Art, Not Argument, at a Los Angeles Law Office

Their office-tower studios could not be less bohemian, but the artists in residence at a law firm’s offices in California say the spaces spur creativity nonetheless.

#art, #casals-gonzalo, #creativity, #cultural-affairs-department, #legal-profession, #len-sto-artist, #los-angeles-calif, #new-york-city, #quinn-john-b-1951, #ramirez-edgar, #segal-molly-1983, #ukeles-mierle-laderman, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Lawyer for Man Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Draws Scrutiny

Kevin Gough argued that the Rev. Al Sharpton’s presence in court was intimidating to the jury. “We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here,” he said.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #gough-kevin, #legal-profession, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #sharpton-al

They Publicized Prosecutors’ Misconduct. The Blowback Was Swift.

Grievances against 21 Queens prosecutors shared publicly online prompted a rebuke from the city, and has led to a lawsuit that raises questions about accountability in the justice system.

#district-attorneys, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #queens-nyc

Can Brooklyn’s New U.S. Attorney Help Restore Faith in Law Enforcement?

Breon S. Peace, who went to high school in Crown Heights, is taking over as top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn at a precarious moment.

#brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #criminal-justice, #legal-profession, #peace-breon-s, #united-states-attorneys

Return to Office Makes a Big Difference for Budding Lawyers

The generational divide on returning to the office is not neatly drawn. For some young professionals, even in a pandemic, showing up is more than half the battle.

#careers-and-professions, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dickinson-wright, #legal-profession, #millennial-generation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Brooklyn Lawyers Plead Guilty in Firebomb Case

Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman expressed regret for the attack on a police car in May 2020. Each could face 10 years in prison.

#arson, #attacks-on-police, #brooklyn-nyc, #cogan-brian-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #legal-profession, #mattis-colinford-king, #police-department-nyc, #rahman-urooj

John Grisham on Judges, Innocence and the Judgments He Ignores

The best-selling author, whose new book, “The Judge’s List,” is about a murderous member of the bench, talks about the Supreme Court, wrongful convictions and what it means to be “review-proof.”

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #genre-books-thriller, #grisham-john, #innocence-project, #legal-profession, #writing-and-writers

Damian Williams, the First Black U.S. Attorney of the S.D.N.Y.

Damian Williams, an unassuming figure with stellar credentials, is now the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #legal-profession, #manhattan-nyc, #united-states-attorneys, #williams-damian-attorney

New Top Federal Prosecutors in Manhattan and Brooklyn Are Confirmed

One of the two, Damian Williams, will be the first Black person to lead the powerful U.S. attorney’s office for New York’s Southern District.

#attorneys-general, #justice-department, #legal-profession, #new-york-city, #peace-breon, #united-states-attorneys, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williams-damian-attorney

The ‘Murdaugh Murders’ in South Carolina: What to Know

The unsolved killings of a lawyer’s wife and son have brought new scrutiny to three other deaths in recent years.

#charleston-sc, #colleton-county-sc, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #embezzlement, #falls, #frauds-and-swindling, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hit-and-run-drivers, #insurance, #islandton-sc, #legal-profession, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #murdaugh-alex-1968, #murdaugh-paul-d-2021, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #smith-curtis-edward-1960, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Schemer or Naïf? The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes

The trial for the founder of Theranos, the once high-flying blood testing start-up, will cap a saga of Silicon Valley hubris, ambition and deception.

#balwani-sunny, #boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #legal-profession, #medical-devices, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

Michael Avenatti Is Granted a Mistrial in Federal Fraud Case

A U.S. District Court judge found that federal prosecutors had withheld financial data from Mr. Avenatti, the former lawyer for the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. He faces a retrial.

#accounting-and-accountants, #avenatti-michael, #california, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #extortion-and-blackmail, #legal-profession, #los-angeles-calif, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #santa-ana-calif, #tax-evasion, #trump-donald-j

We’re Kidding Ourselves That Workers Perform Well From Home

My office reopened at the height of the pandemic. We’ve thrived.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #legal-profession, #moderna-inc, #telecommuting

Erin Gilmer, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at 38

She fought for a more compassionate health care system, bringing an extensive knowledge of policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient.

#colorado, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #gilmer-erin-1982-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #legal-profession, #medicine-and-health

Frank Askin, Fierce Defender of Civil Liberties, Dies at 89

A late bloomer in law school, he founded a constitutional rights clinic to guard against government overreach and was a longtime general counsel at the A.C.L.U.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #askin-frank, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #legal-profession, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey

Trump’s ‘Team Kraken’ Lands in Hot Water

L. Lin Wood and other lawyers are now trying to minimize the roles they played after the 2020 election.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wood-l-lin

What Thurgood Marshall Taught Me

He became the first Black Supreme Court justice, and the stories he told his clerks — like me — revealed how he helped break down America’s color line.

#black-people, #legal-profession, #marshall-thurgood, #segregation-and-desegregation, #supreme-court-us

Boom Times for Lawyers as Washington Pursues Big Tech

Not since the government sued to break up Microsoft in the late 1990s has there been greater demand for people who know the ins and outs of corporate competition law.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freshfields-llp, #google-inc, #legal-profession, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Britney Spears’s Courtroom Plea Spurs Questions for Her Lawyer

The singer said she had not known she needed to petition the court to be released from her conservatorship, placing a focus on the court-appointed counsel who has represented her for 13 years.

#ingham-samuel-d-iii, #legal-profession, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Rudy Giuliani’s Law License Is Suspended in New York

The former mayor of New York, who was once the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, is now barred from practicing law in the state.

#giuliani-rudolph-w, #legal-profession, #trump-donald-j

The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide

English courtrooms have become a battleground — and a source of powerful weapons — in fierce disputes between the tycoons and the politicians of the post-Soviet world.

#ablyazov-mukhtar, #alfa-group-consortium, #assets-frozen, #bta-bank, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #deposit-insurance-agency-russia, #detectives-private, #diligence, #england, #hardman-chris, #hogan-lovells, #kazakhstan, #legal-profession, #politics-and-government, #pugachev-sergei, #russia, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Texas Attorney General Is Being Investigated by State Bar Association

Attorney General Ken Paxton is accused of filing a frivolous lawsuit when he challenged President Biden’s victory.

#attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #paxton-ken, #texas

Navalny’s Lawyer Finds Himself a Target of Putin’s Crackdown

For years, Ivan Pavlov jousted with Russia’s “leviathan” security state. Now, as the lawyer for the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, he is in danger of being swallowed by it.

#content-type-personal-profile, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #legal-profession, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pavlov-ivan-y, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

F. Lee Bailey, Lawyer for Patty Hearst and O.J. Simpson, Dies at 87

With theatrical courtroom flair, he was involved in a host of notorious criminal cases, including those of the Boston Strangler and a Vietnam War massacre.

#bailey-f-lee, #deaths-obituaries, #hearst-patricia, #legal-profession, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #simpson-o-j

Janine Brookner, Punished C.I.A. Officer Who Got Revenge, Dies at 80

She had been a successful operative and station chief when staffers made dubious allegations that forced her from the field. She sued the C.I.A. — and won.

#brookner-janine-1940-2021, #central-intelligence-agency, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls