Drilling for business: This special report explores how a boom in natural gas and oil production from shale deposits across the country could make for a business bonanza for energy law practices. Todd Ruger reports on how lawyers are preparing for the possibility of Congress making big moves on energy policy next year, while Leigh Jones explores how energy-related work in North Dakota may be outpacing the number of lawyers available to do it.
Same-sex marriage before the high court: Marcia Coyle reports on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to take on two constitutional challenges surrounding same-sex marriage, opening the door to a potentially historic step in the nation's gay rights movement.
Bill of Rights is set in stone: Tony Mauro reports on a comedian who convinced Arizona state lawmakers to support the construction of what's believed to be the first-ever monument to the Bill of Rights near the state capitol.
New SEC chair in the hot seat: In Elisse Walter's first public appearance since President Barack Obama tapped her to succeed Mary Schapiro as head of the SEC, Jenna Greene reports that she touched on a wide range of issues before the agency, including implementation of the Dodd-Frank and Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) acts, oversight of investment advisers, the agency's budget and its new whistleblower program.