The Abortion Docket: Senior Washington correspondent Marcia Coyle reports: "In the past two years, anti-abortion groups have seeded state laws with abortion restrictions. Challengers to court rulings for and against those laws now are knocking on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court."
Targets: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking on lawyers, filing more suits against attorneys almost more than any other group, Jenna Greene reports this week. "When the consumer agency opened its doors in July 2011, banks, mortgage companies and other lenders braced for lawsuits — and loudly complained about the new agency's powers. But lawyers were quiet, seemingly unaware that they, too, could find themselves in the CFPB's cross hairs," Greene writes.
The Bureau: Former FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann talks with Andrew Ramonas about the experience as one of the top government lawyers in the country. Weissmann, who's now teaching at New York University School of Law, discusses the challenges of building financial crimes cases, and he talks about surveillance and privacy.
Hands-On Training: Zoe Tillman reports: "As law students nationwide clamor for more hands-on training, the District of Columbia's six law schools have joined forces to push for the first major overhaul of rules governing student practice in D.C. in decades." The D.C. Court of Appeals is seeking feedback on proposed rules changes that would expand the scope of work performed by students enrolled in law school clinics.
Sealed: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is weighing whether to shed light on a dispute between consumer advocates and an anonymous manufacturer, Company Doe, that blocked the Consumer Product Safety Commission from publicly disclosing a safety report. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represents Company Doe. Public Citizen argued in the appeals court for greater access to information in the case. Listen to the argument here.
Regulatory Summit: The NLJ 2013 Regulatory Summit is Nov. 13 in Washington. Panelists and speakers -- including former Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement director Robert Khuzami and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) -- will look at issues that include securities law, labor and employment and the environment. A managing partner roundtable features top lawyers from Dechert, Dentons, McKenna Long & Aldridge and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. More details here. Admission is free.