Take a look inside the world of Robert Bennett, the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner and consummate Washington spinmaster. Last week all of Bennett's considerable skill was on display, showing why he is the go-to-guy for the scandal-plagued, writes Attila Berry. What started as a book tour for his new offering, In the Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer, soon became a tour de force as Bennett spent his time trying to save John McCain's presidential campaign amid reports of an inappropriate relationship with a D.C. lobbyist.
Tony Mauro says that for 80 minutes last Wednesday, spectators at the Supreme Court saw the Roberts Court displaying the look and feel of a new institution, complete with different priorities and dynamics. After being in office for more than two years, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. looked like he was heading in a new direction.
Joe Palazzolo takes a look at new developments in patent law. After a decade of disagreement over the precedent's bearing on American innovation, the Federal Circuit decided Feb. 15 to revisit State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group Inc. through the lens of another case, In re Bilski, which lifts State Street's holding on business methods and attempts to carry it further.
Influence reporter Carrie Levine finds that lobby shops are investing resources into new offerings as they look for different ways to grow. "I think the world of ‘lobbying,’ quote unquote, is dramatically changing," says former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.). "Nowadays, to be a full-service operation, you have to be involved with strategic advice."
And in Points of View, David L. Ponet, director of research at Public Insight in New York, and Ethan J. Leib, a professor of constitutional law and legislation at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, explain how Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have it wrong about superdelegates.