Wall Street's new cop: Jenna Greene reports that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has put the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission - an obscure regulatory backwater whose lawyers historically brought a few dozen enforcement actions a year - on the map. In the past year, enforcement efforts by agency lawyers have kicked into high gear.
Looking for 'critical mass': Marcia Coyle takes a look at the major issues before the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the affirmative action case the justices heard arguments on last week.
Representing corporate America: This annual survey examines the lawyers who represent the largest companies in the United States, and how the financial crisis has affected the client-firm relationship.
A legal ethics 'black hole': How lawyers should handle potential clients where there are questions about their mental capacity to make legal decisions has been called the "black hole" of legal ethics. Zoe Tillman reports that a case moving through the District of Columbia's attorney discipline system is grappling with those issues.
New Hill leadership: As Congress gears up for its biennial scrum over committee and subcommittee chairmanships, Todd Ruger reports that law firms are looking at how the fallout could affect intellectual property and antitrust issues.