Crunch Time: All eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court this morning, for the second day in a row. The justices elevated the suspense at the end of their term on Monday, handing down five opinions but leaving the big ones possibly for today: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and the same-sex marriages cases about Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Yesterday, the court ruled on a closely watched affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, The National Law Journal reports.
Big Firms, Big Cuts: Weil, Gotshal & Manges slashes 60 associates and 110 staffers, The AmLaw Daily reported. On the same day, 17 partners confirmed they are leaving Patton Boggs, Legal Times reported.
Is This Thing On?: Defense lawyer Don West started his opening statements on behalf of George Zimmerman with a knock-knock joke that fell flat before the stone-faced jurors, Fox News reports on the Florida trial of the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin. "Who's there?" West said. "George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Okay, good. You're on the jury." Groan.
Cell Trap?: Law firms are loaded with mobile technology but is it steering them toward trouble? A survey reveals a surprising lack of consensus on policies for using those devices, Corporate Counsel reported.
Supreme Insult? "At this point, [Justice Samuel] Alito pursed his lips, rolled his eyes to the ceiling, and shook his head 'no.' He looked for all the world like Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, signaling to the homies his contempt for Ray Walston as the bothersome history teacher, Mr. Hand," The Atlantic reported.