Controversy Deepens Over Citizens United: In a special report, The National Law Journal examines the legal and political fallout from the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Tony Mauro reports on the history of presidents taking jabs at the U.S. Supreme Court and on the potential impact on state-level judicial elections. Marcia Coyle reports on the effects on ongoing litigation. And Mike Scarcella reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is now set to strike down more restrictions on campaign financing.
Pick Me, Pick Me: Government contracting was among the few bright spots for Washington law offices in 2009, Jeff Jeffrey and Jenna Greene report. Part of that is an increase in government spending, but there are other reasons, including a 20 percent jump in the number of protests filed over the government's award of contracts.
D.C. Judge Pick Stalled in Senate: A nomination to the District of Columbia Superior Court has stretched into the longest-running judicial fight of the Obama presidency, David Ingram reports. Marisa Demeo, a D.C. magistrate judge, faces opposition from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and others because of what DeMint calls a "history of very leftist activism."
Mixed Response to Lobbying Limits: President Barack Obama's sweeping State of the Union call for more restrictions on "the outsized influence of lobbyists" is drawing a mixed response from both lobbyists and good-government groups, Carrie Levine reports.