Morning Docket: 01.08.19

* Judge Dabney Friedrich proves every stereotype about joyless judges by throwing a fit over Reed Smith’s practice of writing actually engaging briefs, prompting the firm to muse whether or not the judge is trying to get the firm’s almost certainly Putin-allied client to fire him right when we were about to learn the truth …

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Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Influence U.S. Politics

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina has changed her plea to guilty in federal court for conspiring to influence U.S. politics through her connections with the National Rifle Association (NRA). This comes as the first Russian national to be convicted of attempting to impact American politics around the same time as the 2016 presidential election. As …

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Morning Docket: 11.20.18

* ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights score win with court order proclaiming the obvious: No, you can’t blanket deny asylum seekers. [Associated Press via Huffington Post] * Cyrus Vance accuses someone of seeking publicity over justice. [Variety] * Are you suggesting that law firms and clients don’t listen to each other? [American Lawyer] * …

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Morning Docket: 11.06.18

* Apparently there’s some kind of election today? In any event, law firms are taking on a huge role as volunteers. [American Lawyer] * Flush with nearly $250 million in fundraising, Northwestern Law says it’s facing a “difficult time.” Time to cut back on those platinum casebooks. [Law.com] * Pressure mounts in the UK to …

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Morning Docket: 10.18.18

* Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the subject of no fewer than 14 separate corruption investigations. So he fired the inspector general managing the probes and replaced him with a political appointee. [Outside] * Meanwhile, a Treasury official who blew the whistle on actual criminal activity was arrested. Good to see we’ve got our priorities …

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Morning Docket: 10.16.18

* Valparaiso celebrated earlier in the week after reaching an agreement to send its beleaguered law school to Middle Tennessee. Tennessee’s education officials have killed the idea of hosting another middling law school with extreme prejudice. [Chicago Tribune] * Ninth Circuit judge displays deliberate ignorance in what appears to be a looming decision to keep …

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