The daily grind: Andrew Ramonas pulls back the curtain on the day-to-day grind of being a Washington lobbyist. During July and August, he met with and trailed members of Drinker Biddle & Reath's dozen-person lobbying and advocacy team as they set about their business on Capitol Hill and in their K Street office.
Businesses fight Obama recess picks: In courts across the country, Mike Scarcella reports that lawyers for business advocacy groups and companies are challenging the validity of the recess appointments President Barack Obama made nearly a year ago to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
A possible head start for law students: Karen Sloan reports on a proposal before the Arizona Supreme Court to allow third-year law students to sit for the bar exam before graduation. If the court approves, Arizona would be the only state that allows students to take the bar exam midway through their final school year.
Judge Zinger: In 25 years on the bench, U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth has occasionally faced pushback from lawyers over his fiery language in opinions, most recently from the D.C. attorney general's office. The judge says he has an obligation to hold lawyers to a high standard and not mince words when they fall short. Zoe Tillman has the story.
No cert yet in marriage case, but busy week: Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro explore major developments before the U.S. Supreme Court last week and preview what might be coming up.