DADT Struck Down: A federal judge in California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional, saying the "don't ask, don't tell" policy violates the First Amendment and due process rights of lesbians and gay men, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyering the BP Report: The Wall Street Journal reports that BP's lawyers were allowed to "review" the internal Deepwater Horizon report before it was published, while also being "walled off from the rest of the company," a spokesman said.
Could Have Been Worse: Associate salaries stagnated last year at large law firms, according to data released on Thursday by the National Association for Law Placement, The National Law Journal reports.
Republican Hiring: The New York Times reports that some prominent lobbying shops, trade groups and contractors are moving to bring more Republicans on board to bolster their political fortunes ahead of expected GOP gains in Congress.
Fenty's Cheney?: The Washington Post profiles the relationship between D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Attorney General Peter Nickles, nurtured initially by Sugar Pops cereal.