This week's edition of The National Law Journal has all kinds of fun stories to keep your mind off the record breaking heat wave sweeping the country.
Karen Sloan reports on the growing number of educators at the middle school level who reframing curricula to focus on law. Some teachers see a law-oriented lesson plan as a way to help students develop the critical-thinking skills they will need to be successful in college. Some educators believe that exposing students to the law — particularly minority and at-risk kids — is key to diversifying the legal profession.
For the first time The National Law Journal has partnered with ProPublica the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, to bring you news of judges rejecting evidence in Gitmo cases. The government has lost eight of 15 cases in which Guantánamo inmates have said they or witnesses against them were forcibly interrogated, according to ProPublica's review of 31 published decisions that resolve lawsuits filed by 52 captives who said they've been wrongfully detained. More than 50 such lawsuits are still pending.
The National Law Journal also brings you a special report on intellectual property law, featuring a story by Sheri Qualters on the claims of inequitable conduct levied at patent holders and their lawyers.
In Washington news, David Ingram reports that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, tasked in May 2009 with digging into the recent financial havoc, has the ability to fuel litigation against Wall Street. The commission's early findings are spilling over into courtrooms, and it's happening as the commission has become a political target — with critics speculating that the presence of plaintiffs' lawyers on the commission's staff could keep it from conducting an even-handed investigation.
In Inadmissible, no more extensions for the USDA; Ivy League Kagan clerks; decade doubles spending; Chamber of Commerce to rethink endorsements post-Kagan; Sen. Ted Stevens' legacy in question; Steptoe & Johnson still wants to hold the burgers; and former ABA President Carolyn Lamm is back at White & Case.