Signs of Trouble? The annual AmLaw 100 report on top-grossing law firms still shows big gains in many respects. But the much-anticipated survey showed some dark spots on the horizon, with the growth in head count outstripping revenue per lawyer for the first time since 2001. And all those pay increases for associates may be hard to sustain with the economy tightening.
Recusals or Slowdown? Also, via Law.com, there is this story about strange happenings in New York courts. Since Chief Judge Judith Kaye sued the state legislature earlier this month over judicial salaries, a smattering of judges have recused themselves in cases in which a party is represented by a lawyer who also happens to be a state legislator. Gov. David Paterson warned against a judicial slowdown that would harm litigants, but Kaye assured him that's not the case.
Virginia Execution: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding lethal injection procedures, Virginia is asking the justices to lift their stay of Christopher Scott Emmett's execution, according to this Washington Post story.
Indian Trust Case: In the long-running Indian trust case, U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson said this week he plans to set some kind of dollar figure soon to represent what the government must pay tribes, according to this report on the Jurist Web site. The plaintiffs offer this take on the judge's comments.
Set the TiVo: Antonin Scalia goes on "60 Minutes." Barack Obama sits down with Fox's Chris Wallace. Tonight, Hillary Clinton goes on the O'Reilly Factor. What's next? Howard Stern on Nickelodeon?