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7 min ago | Post-gazette.com

Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments over electronic voting machines

The state Supreme Court is considering arguments as to whether electronic voting machines that do not produce simultaneous paper records of each vote cast violate the Pennsylvania Election Code. The 24 petitioners in the matter, whose case was argued by Michael Daly of Drinker Biddle & Reath, are seeking a declaratory judgment that would direct Carol Aichele, secretary of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to decertify the direct-recording electronic voting systems.

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Related Topix: US News, Drinker Biddle and Reath

2 hrs ago | JD Journal

Summer Associates Rank Choate Hall & Stewart and Foley Hoag Number One

Summary : The American Lawyer's 2014 Summer Associates satisfaction survey reports that Choate Hall & Stewart received nearly perfect scores on all assessments by summer associates, and that Foley Hoag tied with Choate Hall for the Number 1 spot. Choate Hall & Stewart made its summer associates a happy group this year.

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3 hrs ago | Bloomberg

Ropes & Gray Hires New York Prosecutor for Hong Kong

Ropes & Gray LLP hired U.S. federal prosecutor Patrick Sinclair as a partner for its Hong Kong office, as banks and other companies in Asia face increased scrutiny over graft and other misconduct. Sinclair, who was deputy chief of the general crimes section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York , joined the Boston-based law firm on Sept.

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7 hrs ago | Daily Kos

Republicans (and a few Democrats) get their way: Adegbile withdraws nomination for civil rights post

Shot down in March by a Senate vote that included seven Democrats, Debo Adegbile announced Monday that he has withdrawn his nomination for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the chief of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and returned to the private sector. He is joining the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

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Related Topix: US News, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison, IGN Entertainment, Fox Interactive Media

10 hrs ago | Minnesota Lawyer

Up & Coming: Aaron Fahrenkrog

Aaron Fahrenkrog is a wannabe chemical engineer-turned-trial attorney who is gaining notice for his patent trial work at the Minneapolis firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. "An engineer working on patent cases is not unique," said Christopher Larus, Fahrenkrog's supervisor at Robins Kaplan.

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Related Topix: Robins Kaplan Miller and Ciresi, University of Iowa, Advanced Micro Devices, Startups

12 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Detroit bankruptcy trial resumes after settlement

A judge refused to extend a timeout Monday in Detroit's bankruptcy trial after a deal with a major creditor removed another opponent from the city's plan to exit the largest bankruptcy case in U.S. history. A bond insurer, Financial Guaranty Insurance, said it needs more time to craft trial strategy after another insurer ironed out a settlement with Detroit.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy, Kirkland and Ellis

12 hrs ago | Crain's New York Business

Alibaba shares need much magic

The amount Alibaba is paying lawyers for help on its IPO this week. The China-based company has hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for advice on federal and New York state securities laws.

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14 hrs ago | CFO

On the IPO On-Ramp

It's been a little more than two years since Congress passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, a law intended to make it easier for smaller companies to obtain access to capital. Title 1 of the act created the so-called IPO on-ramp, consisting of provisions that make it simpler and less costly for emerging growth companies-defined as those with less than $1 billion of annual gross revenue-to go public.

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Related Topix: Securities and Exchange Commission, Corporate / Securities Law, Law, Latham & Watkins, Latham and Watkins, Corporate Governance

14 hrs ago | Business Journal

Dechert hires longtime Akin Gump exec as new COO

Dechert said Monday that James Leary , who spent 14 years as executive director at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld , LLP in Washington, has joined the firm as chief operating officer. He will oversee all business aspects of the firm including finance, human resources, marketing, technology and operations.

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Related Topix: Dechert, Marketing

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The News-Star

Do endorsements help candidates?

Candidates for public office often seek out endorsements from political or civic groups or even individuals viewed as having influence in a community. But whether those endorsements affect voter outcome depends on the race, the candidates involved and how voters were leaning in the first place, observers of politics say.

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Related Topix: The Data Company, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, US Politics, Mary Landrieu, US Senate, Democrat, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, Barack Obama

Schools Matter

Legal Rights of Linguistic Minorities

"We therefore live in a period where the prevailing Zeitgeist is at least receptive to the notion that we do not have to be identical ethnically or linguistically." - Dr. Fernand de Varennes In an era where right-wing millionaires use their obscene wealth to finance arch-reactionary legal firms like Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to craft deceptive causes of action to destroy academic freedom , students' access to experienced instructors, and workers' rights in the shape of the horrific Vergara decision , it's somewhat hard to recall that occasionally the law is used to help, rather than harm, the remaining institutions of public education.

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Related Topix: Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Education Etc.

Marine News

Oil Refiner Bound to Goldman, Deutsche Fee Agreements - NY Judge

CVR Energy Inc is bound by agreements to pay Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Deutsche Bank AG more than $36 million in fees and expenses stemming from billionaire investor Carl Icahn's 2012 tender offer for the oil refiner, a New York state judge has ruled. The banks had each sued CVR in 2012, claiming CVR had hired them to provide financial advice on Icahn's ultimately successful tender offer for its stock, and agreed to the fees based on the size of the transaction.

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Related Topix: Goldman Sachs, Financial Services, Investment Services, Banking, Deutsche Bank AG, Sugar Land, TX, Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Daily Kos

SPLC: League of the South Forming Paramilitary Unit

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the League of the South is forming a uniformed paramilitary unit. More below the orange puff of burnt gunpowder.

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ABA Journal

Ex-BigLaw partner gets 13 months in tax case, admits he owes $924K to US

A former partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Miami has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for failing to file multiple tax returns. Steven Siff, 56, was taken into custody immediately after his sentencing in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, reports the Sun-Sentinel .

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Related Topix: McDermott Will and Emery, Federal Prisons, Prison

UConn Advance

The Public's Perception of the Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has been called a major health crisis and a national epidemic. Health authorities, including prominent spokespeople like Michelle Obama and the Surgeon General, have sounded the alarm, and the media have responded with a bombardment of stories about the state of the nation's waistline.

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Related Topix: Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Michelle Obama, The Data Company, Kids, Heart Attack, Heart Disease

Marin Independent Journal

Marin Voice: Being good neighbors means working together

Should it require a lawsuit to get Golden Gate National Recreation Area managers to finally sit down to talk about the environment, to be more "neighborly" as a recent IJ editorial suggests? If the Morrison & Foerster law firm had not quickly stepped in pro bono to ask GGNRA to follow the law, contractors would be breaking ground today on land that does not belong to them, but to Green Gulch Zen Center. The property is a conservation zone at a salmon spawning ground.

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Related Topix: US National Parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Morrison and Foerster, Environmental Law, Law, Muir Woods National Monument

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Business Journal

Need venture capital funding? It's time to get personal

Helen Quick, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, left, and Al Berkeley, an angel investor and former chairman of the NASDAQ. Every entrepreneur knows that getting funded is not an easy task.

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Related Topix: Venture Capital, Emerging Technology, Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough

Medical News Today

Improved survival of ovarian cancer patients receiving treatment...

Data from an ovarian cancer registry presented at the European Society for Gynaecological Oncology annual meeting reinforce comprehensive tumour profiling as a 'game changer' for oncologists. The preliminary report from the Caris RegistryTM demonstrated significantly longer post-profiling survival in patients with ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who were given treatments that their tumour profile showed were likely to benefit them compared with patients who were treated with drugs that profiling suggested would be less effective.

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Related Topix: Ovarian Cancer, Health, The Data Company, Oncology, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mail & Guardian

'Busy' Mbete drops bribery beef

ANC chairperson and parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete has withdrawn her complaint to the press ombud that an amaBhungane article in July 2013 about her was defamatory and unfair. The article, published in the Mail & Guardian , described the finding by investigators from a prominent New York law firm that a R26-million share allocation to her constituted bribery by the mining house Gold Fields.

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Related Topix: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison

ABA Journal

Former White House lawyer gets 15-year sentence for attempted murder; wife tells of past abuse

Former White House lawyer John Michael Farren was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison for the attempted murder of his then-wife, a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Judge Richard Comerford of Stamford, Connecticut, sentenced Farren and ordered him held without bond pending appeal, report the Stamford Advocate and the Connecticut Law Tribune .

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Related Topix: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, Stamford, CT

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