Appellate Hot List: The U.S. Supreme Court arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act figure prominently in the 2012 Appellate Hot List. This year's list spotlights 16 firms with impressive track records before the high court, as well as in state and federal appellate courts nationwide.
Prolonging judicial vacancies: Todd Ruger explores how senators have been exercising their long-held power to block judicial nominees in their home states, and what this means for courts, especially those facing "judicial emergencies."
Failing grade for law schools: In a new book, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law professor Brian Tamanaha offers a critique of American law schools and the declining value of law degrees. Karen Sloan has the story.
Facing the heat: Mike Scarcella and Todd Ruger report that Congress turned up the heat on Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. this month in a power struggle that pits the politics of congressional oversight authority against the U.S. Department of Justice's effort to investigate major intelligence leaks and control how much information the government is willing to provide to lawmakers.
After merger, keeping focus: Matthew Huisman takes a look at what February's merger with Seattle's GordonDerr will mean for Washington-based firm Van Ness Feldman, which historically spurned merger offers and focused on a slow-growth strategy with an emphasis on its core energy and environmental practices.