Defended: The U.S. Department of Justice is expected this morning to defend the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate in a dispute that reached the U.S. Supreme Court on New Year's Eve. Justice Sonia Sotomayor then granted a temporary injunction in the suit, brought by a group of nuns. She ordered the government to respond by 10 a.m. today.
Licensed: The Recorder reports: "In First for Nation, Undocumented Immigrant to Become Lawyer in California." The Los Angeles Times has coverage here and The New York Times here. The applicant, Sergio Garcia, wrote this op-ed in September for The National Law Journal.
Departed: The New York Times spotlights Gary Gensler's leadership of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "Even as Mr. Gensler’s aggressive streak thrust the once-backwater agency into the front lines of reform, it also maddened colleagues and complicated his legacy. And now that his tenure is ending on Friday, the agency has reached an inflection point, prompting Wall Street to hope for a friendlier regulator," The Times reported. Timothy Massad was nominated in November to replace Gensler as chairman.
Paid: The Washington Post reports: "Virginia taxpayers may continue to foot the bill for two private law firms representing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his staff in connection with state and federal criminal investigations, even after the governor leaves office Jan. 11." Lawyers from Jones Day and Holland & Knight have advocated for McDonnell.
Reviewed: "A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to hear new arguments about whether Arizona voters can legally deny bail to some people charged with crimes who are in the country illegally," the Arizona Daily Star reports. The Ninth Circuit panel decision is here.
Blocked: “Freedom of speech may be the most important right to protect in order to maintain our republic," a federal trial judge in Idaho said in blocking most of Boise's panhandling law. Read the opinion here.