Pro Bono Inc.: The National Law Journal's annual Pro Bono Hot List honors 10 legal organizations who went above and beyond in 2012. In a first, this year's list includes a corporate legal department, a sign that more in-house counsel are getting involved in pro bono work.
Courts and the mentally ill: As mental health service providers grapple with limited resources, judges point to mental health courts as a success story of the past decade. Zoe Tillman explores how the programs got started and why a growing number of courts are adopting them.
ATF regs in the cross hairs: As lawmakers on Capitol Hill revive talk of gun control following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Mike Scarcella reports that a federal appeals court in Washington this week will take a look at the propriety of new firearm regulations that target the sale of semi-automatic rifles.
Law firms in 2012: In a year when few lawyers expected soaring profits, given the still-sluggish economy, Jenna Greene and Matthew Huisman report that D.C. firms generally mustered decent showings, according to interviews with firm leaders and legal consultants.