Justice, delayed: In light of the Justice Department's recent blockbuster deals with British banks, Mike Scarcella reports on the debate over whether deferred-prosecution agreements — rather than criminal indictments — are sufficient to punish corporate wrongdoing and to serve as a deterrent against future malfeasance.
Living on hold: Todd Ruger takes a look at what life has been like over the past year for federal court nominees, many of whom have been caught up in political gridlock. The short version: they've gotten good at waiting.
Billing survey: The National Law Journal's annual survey of billing rates nationwide explores the continuing tug-of-war between law firms and their corporate clients over hourly billing rates, and how the slow economic recovery plays a role.
Courts brace for cuts: Zoe Tillman takes a look back at changes on the bench and behind the scenes in D.C.'s local courts system in 2012 and what's on the horizon for 2013, most notably preparation for mandated federal spending cuts that would axe 8.2 percent of the court system's budget.
ABA chief Q&A: Matthew Huisman sat down with American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows, who spoke about the tough job market facing newly-minted lawyers, among other things.