Author Archives: Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin at Big Law Business Summit

Judge Scheindlin on Women’s Absence in Courts

Judge Scheindlin on Women’s Absence in Courts

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA Judge Shira A. Scheindlin developed some tricks over the years for getting women some time at the lectern when they were the experts on a case. Scheindlin experienced numerous occasions when a male attorney would be arguing a motion but needed to take a moment to confer with a female

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, right, smiles during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Photographer: Alex Wong/Pool via Bloomberg

Clerks Laud Gorsuch Despite Red Ink Spilled on Drafts

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA Former clerks of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch describe a painstaking craftsman of opinions, but also an open-hearted and open-minded man who doesn’t forget to save time for family and fun. President Donald Trump announced yesterday evening that Tenth Circuit Judge Gorsuch was his pick to succeed

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Federal Appeals Court Reversal Rates Show Disparities

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA The chances of winning a reversal in federal appeals court in 2015 were 8.6 percent, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The data was featured on the AO’s “Just the Facts” website Dec. 20, a new feature that consolidates data from the Judiciary Data and Analysis

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Spy Law Could Be Government Tool to Prosecute Press

A century-old spy law could be used to prosecute reporters who possess leaked information, sources told Bloomberg BNA. No reporter has ever been prosecuted under the Espionage Act, but “there’s a danger that a sufficiently overzealous Justice Department could try to use the Espionage Act” in the future, Stephen I. Vladeck told Bloomberg BNA. The 1917 Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C.


What Associates Want: At One Big Firm, It’s Not Making Partner

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA, and Casey Sullivan, Big Law Business Do most associates even want to make partner anymore? “We have found that that is not the case,” said Paul Hastings Greg Nitzkowski at Big Law Business’s Summit in Los Angeles last week. Nitzkowski responded to comments made by Andrei Iancu, managing partner

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The Cases You Didn’t Know Paul Clement Worked On

Former U.S. Solicitor General and U.S. Supreme Court advocate Paul D. Clement, along with the other 16 attorneys at his appellate litigation boutique, Bancroft PLLC, decamped for Kirkland & Ellis this week. Clement has worked on many famous cases at the high court and appellate courts but there are a host of cases — some