Partner Issues

Morning Docket: 02.28.19

* Uh-oh! In the wake of Michael Cohen’s testimony, Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings of the House Oversight Committee sent letters to President Trump’s tax attorney from Morgan Lewis and the Trump Organization’s outside counsel from Michael Best requesting their appearance for a “transcribed interview.” [National Law Journal]

* After widespread rebuke, the Florida Bar has officially opened an ethics investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged witness tampering of Michael Cohen via tweet prior to his testimony before the House Oversight Committee. [Daily Business Review]

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Morning Docket: 02.11.19

* “We take the allegations against Justin very seriously.” Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia who’s embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, has taken a leave of absence from Morrison & Foerster, where he’s a partner, as the firm itself conducts its own investigation into the allegations. [National Law Journal]

* High revenue and even higher demand resulted in law firms posting their best results since just before the recession, with Am Law 50 and niche/boutique firms outperforming the rest of their industry counterparts. Unfortunately, all of this good news could come to an end in 2020… [American Lawyer]

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Morning Docket: 02.06.19

* Only four Supreme Court justices attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last night. Chief Justice John Roberts was accompanied in the front row by Justices Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh — who still likes beer, but was unable to participate in any #SOTU drinking games. [USA Today]

* Biglaw partnership classes are getting smaller and smaller, which is making it that much harder for women and minorities to advance at their firms. In fact, it’s becoming a scenario where “at the end of the day, when they look around and look at who’s now reached the level of seniority to be considered, they’re left with a lot of white men.” [American Lawyer]

* “I wouldn’t be surprised if the next industry to see a #MeToo movement would be in the legal industry.” It’s already happening, but it seems that the mainstream media is just now discovering that the legal profession is a prestigious breeding ground for sexual harassment. [CBS News]

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Morning Docket: 12.10.18

* It’s official: 2018 has been the best year for law firms since the Great Recession. Per Wells Fargo’s Legal Specialty Group, the legal industry will soon see its “strongest annual performance in a decade.” Biglaw is back, baby! [American Lawyer]

* Now that federal prosecutors have linked President Trump to crimes committed during his 2016 campaign, the focus has shifted to the family business — but thus far, special counsel Robert Mueller hasn’t tipped his hand as to whether or how Trump’s family members will be involved in the case. [New York Times]

* The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a district court judge’s decision to put a stop to President Trump’s limitations on asylum, citing the fact that his new port-of-entry rule was “likely arbitrary and capricious” since it was based “on a criterion that has nothing to do with asylum itself.” Sounds about right. [Los Angeles Times]

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