New Recruits: A National Association for Law Placement (NALP) commission on recruiting summer associates will release preliminary recommendations in January, and will likely suggest major changes, The Am Law Daily reports, including setting a date before which firms cannot make offers.
ACORN Update: The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concludes ACORN didn't break the law in its report on the beleaguered nonprofit. Politico's story is here.
Try Googling It: The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Trade Commission is asking Google for more information on a planned acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob Inc., which could delay the closing of the deal. Meanwhile, lawyers for Google executives charged with violating privacy laws in Italy rested their case yesterday, after arguing that the company can't be responsible for removing material from its site if it doesn't know it's there, The New York Times reports.
Merit Selection:The New York Times has a story about the efforts of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is leading a push to eliminate direct election of judges. The National Law Journal wrote about O'Connor's advocacy earlier this month.
Custody Fight: ABC News reports that a boy who has been the subject of an international custody fight has been reunited with his American father at the American consulate in Rio de Janeiro. A Brazilian Supreme Court ruling ordered that Sean Goldman be returned to his American father, ending a battle that strained the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil.
Big Bonuses: The Federal Housing Finance Agency has approved multimillion dollar pay packages for top Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives, which will be officially announced today, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Wrongful Billing? A former convict exonerated by DNA evidence is suing his lawyers, arguing that the $650,000 in fees they are charging for work on his case is excessive, The Associated Press reports.