NLJ Billing Survey: Karen Sloan reports, "As recently as five years ago, law partners charging $1,000 an hour were outliers. Today, four-figure hourly rates for in-demand partners at the most prestigious firms don't raise eyebrows—and a few top earners are closing in on $2,000 an hour."
Recess Appointments: The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this morning in a challenge to President Barack Obama's recess appointments. Marcia Coyle has this preview.
The Juror Flinched: Sheri Qualters reports on a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacating a criminal conviction after the trial judge kept a juror on the panel who said he couldn't look at evidence in a child pornography case.
Testing the First Amendment: Tony Mauro takes a look at a First Amendment dispute coming before the U.S. Supreme Court this week involving the right to protest outside reproductive health clinics.
Conflict Minerals: Jenna Greene reports, "One of the most controversial—and costly—rules in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission history is under scrutiny by a panel of federal appellate judges, who questioned whether the requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the use of certain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo violates the First Amendment."