The Minority 40 Under 40: These lawyers were all born in the 1970s, a decade when law schools and law firms were just beginning to welcome minorities in significant numbers. Their thriving careers — at law firms and in government, academia and public interest — attest to the greater opportunities available to them, as well as to their talents.
Hips Will Be Huge Next Year: Plaintiffs attorneys are predicting that lawsuits related to a recalled metal hip replacement device will increase in the coming year. More than 3,500 suits have been filed and there are an estimated 93,000 patients worldwide who have had the device implanted. Amanda Bronstad reports.
DOJ Suffers Defeat in Rails-to-Trails Cases: The U.S. Department of Justice has suffered a string of recent defeats over compensating landowners for the conversion of old railways into public trails, potentially exposing the government to millions of dollars in liability. Mike Scarcella reports.
The Influence 50: The National Law Journal's annual lobbying report about the 50 highest-grossing lobbying practices. Collectively, firms brought in $1.1 billion in 2010. Hat tip to Andrew Ramonas.
In D.C., Judges' Backgrounds are Changing: Zoe Tillman reports on the judges confirmed under President Barack Obama who have worked for nonprofit civil service or with public defenders offices.