The Supreme Court's term has almost come to a close, and Marcia Coyle has a series of articles about the goings on at the high court this year. Citizens United v. FEC, more popularly known as the "Hillary: The Movie" lawsuit, remains on the SCOTUS docket, and it has the potential to become a major election law blockbuster. That case centers upon whether the justices will overrule the 1990 decision in Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which held that corporate spending on elections could be limited, consistent with the First Amendment. Those looking to see some new faces arguing before the Supreme Court this term might have been disappointed -- veterans dominated the arguments. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's Theodore Olson and Sidley Austin's Carter Phillips each argued six cases, and attorneys from just three firms and one law school clinic stood at the podium in nearly 35% of the term's 78 argued cases. The National Law Journal also has a transcript from Tony Mauro's annual Supreme Court Review, featuring four lawyers who argued some of the key cases of the 2008-2009 Supreme Court term.
Karen Sloan reports that double-digit tuition increases are coming for students at some of the country's top public law schools.
Jeff Jeffrey reports that Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is facing the second malpractice lawsuit in three years stemming from work handled by former Washington partner Louis Diamond. A jury in the first suit held the firm and Diamond jointly liable for nearly $860,000.
Government contractors working for Iraq are finding their bills going unpaid by the Iraqi government, reports Jordan Weissmann. One company, Monongahela, Pa.-based Wye Oak Technology Inc., is taking the Iraqi government to court, filing a $25 million breach-of-contract suit against the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
In Inadmissible, Leigh Jones takes a look at Chevron's new general counsel: Hunon & Williams' own R. Hewitt Pate. Mike Scarcella reports on the Federal Public Defender in Washington and the D.C. Public Defender Service weighing in on the drug trafficking conspiracy case against Zhenli Ye Gon. Carrie Levine discusses the lobbying behind that White House beer summit you might have heard about. And David Ingram's item says confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court might break a backlog of nominations for other top legal jobs.