In steady pursuit: There's been no slowdown in corruption cases coming out of the U.S. Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, where more than two dozen lawyers investigate and prosecute allegations of government official malfeasance across the country. Mike Scarcella reports that Public Integrity last year charged 53 officials and private citizens, up from 39 in the previous year, according to the section's annual report to Congress.
Courts peer over the precipice: With the elections over, Todd Ruger reports that the federal courts are warning Congress and the public that major spending cuts triggered by the impending "fiscal cliff" would imperil the justice system by forcing layoffs of one court staffer in three, decimating court security and ending juror pay.
D.C. 25: In this year's feature on the top 25 highest-grossing D.C. firms, Matthew Huisman reports that top Washington law office revenues are on the rise, a reversal from two years earlier when the gross revenue of Washington-area law offices fell for the first time in more than a decade.
Drilling fight takes unexpected turn: In an unprecedented move, Jenna Greene reports that Royal Dutch Shell PLC has launched a pre-emptive legal strike against environmental groups hoping to halt Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
New hope for nominees: Todd Ruger explores how President Barack Obama's federal judicial nominees might navigate the confirmation process in his second term.