The ongoing conflict in the Middle East has placed particular focus on lawyers’ and law students’ free speech rights. Last week, Trump-appointee U.S. DistrictJudge Lee Rudofsky asked his future clerks and internsif they had condoned the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel or acts of antisemitism or Islamophobia. Davis PolkandWinston & Strawnlast month rescinded job offers to law students who signed on to public statements supporting Palestine in the wake of Hamas’ deadly attacks in Israel.
The ABA is expected on Fridayto voteon newfree speech rulesfor law schools, which is an issue several prominent law schools have been grappling with over the past two years.
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An appeals court ruled that the Louisiana State Bar Associationviolated lawyers’ free speech rights … The State Bar of California’s new proposal to allow law school graduates to become licensed without taking the bar exam got a rocky public reception; meanwhile, the state’s bar pass rate dipped to 51.5% … Thecollapseof Stroock & Stroock & Lavanspelled opportunity for many of its competitors … The U.S. Supreme Courtunveiledits first formal ethics code of conduct … Allen & Overy suffered a “data incident” after social media posts suggested it had been hacked by a cybercrime gang … Jackson Walker said it was deceivedby its former partner who never disclosed she was living with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones who was handling the firm’s cases … Law students who used AI saw an improvement in legal writing speed but not in quality, according to a new study … A Florida lawyer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for defrauding NFL players… A British lawyer was found guilty of “tipping off” his client about a money laundering investigation.
In Washington, D.C. … Crowell & Moringre-hired former prosecutor Michael Shaheen, who left the firm to help lead a new False Claims Act practice at Quinn Emanuel … Bank regulatory lawyer Jarryd Anderson, who will work from D.C. and New York, has taken his practice to Paul Weiss after a stint at O’Melveny & Myers … Former senior FINRA attorney Russell Fecteau joinedthefinancial services practice at Davis Wright as of counsel … Investment Funds partner Matthew Howard joinedKirkland & Ellis from Fried Frank.
In New York …
Sidley Austinhired a quartet of private equity lawyers from Paul Weiss … Womble added partners Gregory Gulia and Vanessa Hew to its trademarks, copyrights and transactions practice from Cozen O’Connor … Willkie Farr private equity partner Nathan Swayermoved toMassumi + Consoli … Bryan Cave Leighton Paisnerexpanded its global tax practice with the addition of partner David Holmberg … DentonsaddedDaniel Goldberg to its venture technology and emerging growth practice as a partner … Leel Sinai joined Haynes and Boone’s finance practice as of counsel from White & Case.
In Los Angeles…
Munger Tolles addedcorporate partner Nikole Zoumberakis from Buchalter.
In Philadelphia … Reed SmithhiredKirkland private equity partner Daniel Connelly in its global corporate group.
In Houston … Mayer Brown picked up Peter Jordan from Huntsman Corporation,where he served as associate general counsel and head of global litigation,as a partner.
In Dallas … Black Romeadded a white-collar defense partner from Katten.
In Miami … Greenberg Traurig brought on Joshua Forman asof counselin its technology practice from Netrality Data Centers, where he served as senior vice president and general counsel.
In London … Kirkland addedtax lawyer James Morgan from Linklaters as a partner. In Hong Kong … Squire Patton Boggs addedpartner Ruaridh Guy from Ince & Co to its litigation practice, along with two associates. And finally … Gibson Dunnelected 35 lawyers to its partnership … Perkins Coie promoted 22 counsel and senior counsel to partner … Bryan Cave Leighton Paisnerelected a new class of 24 partners.
Wine tasting might be a fancy term for day drinking, but it’s also big business in Napa County, California, where Hoopes Vineyard proprietor Lindsay Hoopes, a former criminal prosecutor, is locked in a fierce battle with local officials. At issue: Can visitors to her 10-acre, family-owned vineyard continue to taste wine made on the premises, as they’ve done for decades past? Jenna Greene in her latest column looks at the fight, which has escalated to include allegations of constitutional violations and a call for a civil rights investigation.