Go-To Law Schools: The National Law Journal this week in a special report ranks the top 50 law schools by the percentage of 2011 juris doctor graduates who took jobs at NLJ 250 firms. Karen Sloan reports the percentage of 2011 law grads at the country's top firms has continued a decline that began two years ago. Also included in the report, the NLJ's interviews with hiring partners at four NLJ 250 firms about their summer associate hiring outlook.
Wrestling with Free Speech: U.S. Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro examines the high court's scrutiny of the law that makes it a crime to lie about winning a military honor. Mauro reports the Court seemed at first inclined to strike down the Stolen Valor Act of 2006. But Justice Anthony Kennedy soon seemed to offer support to the law.
Call of Duty: D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Rigsby just doesn't serve the residents of the Washington. Rigsby, the focus of a profile by Zoe Tillman, has spent nine years as a military judge in the U.S. Army Reserve's 150th Legal Support Organization Judge Advocate General Detachment. "Hopefully, being a military judge makes me a better civilian judge, and being a civilian judge makes me a better military judge," Rigsby said.
Stung: A federal trial judge last week dismissed a high-profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case in Washington. The NLJ talks with Kobre & Kim partners Eric Bruce and Matthew Menchel about their role in the case and how they approached trial strategy. The Justice Department abandoned the prosecution, rooted in a lengthy undercover sting, after two earlier mistrials.
Inadmissible: Senior NLJ Washington correspondent Marcia Coyle writes about wordsmith Justice Antonin Scalia's disdain for the dictionary Webster's Third. Tony Mauro provides an update on the recusal flap involving Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan over the upcoming health care hearing.