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Former Dentons Associate Arrested on Extortion Charges

Former Dentons Associate Arrested on Extortion Charges

A former Dentons litigation associate was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday on charges that he tried to extort the firm for $210,000 and a piece of artwork from the office. Michael Potere, 32, accessed one of his partner’s email accounts, downloaded sensitive documents, and then threatened to leak them to Above the Law if the

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Are Systemic Legal Problems Like Public Health Problems? (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author is the Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. By Bruce A. Green, Fordham Law School Taking a page from the medical profession, the American Bar Association recommends that we all periodically get “legal checkups” to see whether we have legal

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Wake Up Call: Uber Fires 20 After Perkins Coie Probe

• Uber Technologies Inc. fired more than 20 people after a Perkins Coie’s company-wide investigation into harassment claims and it hired at least two high-profile senior executives whose jobs will include setting strategy and a rethink of branding. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, of Covington Burling, is conducting a separate investigation for which a summary could be made

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Wake Up Call: Associate Pay Stagnates, Despite Cravath Bump

• Last year’s Cravath-inspired wave of Big Law firms hiking junior lawyer pay to $180,000 does not appear to have benefited first-year associate pay at smaller firms. First-year wages stagnated at a median of $135,000 at firms nationwide, according to new data. ( • An accountant who tipped off the IRS to alleged tax evasion by Caterpillar Inc. stands to make $600

Robert S. Mueller, Director of the FBI, speaks at the US Embassy while on a visit to Tokyo, Japan, 23 April 2003. Charles Pertwee/ Bloomberg News

Wake Up Call: Mueller Exits WilmerHale, Has Wide Latitude for Probe

• The Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller special counsel to lead the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. The appointment comes as the White House is reeling from President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9. (Bloomberg via BLB) • In order to take the

Erwin Chemerinsky on September 21, 2016.

Berkeley Law Names Constitutional Scholar as Next Dean

The University of California’s Berkeley School of Law on Wednesday named Constitutional Law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as its next dean, opening a new chapter after its last permanent dean exited in March 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations. Since 2009, Chemerinsky has served as the founding dean of U.C. Irvine School of Law, which has earned national

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Wake Up Call: Proskauer Latest Firm Hit by Gender Bias Suit

• On Friday, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a $50 million gender discrimination suit on behalf of an unnamed partner in Proskauer’s Washington, D.C., office, which among other things accuses Proskauer chairman Joseph Leccese of harassment. Sanford is the same firm representing former female partners suing Chadbourne & Parke for gender bias. (Am Law Daily) • The dozen-plus candidates

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Are Law Schools with Low Bar Pass Rates at Risk of Closing?  

The University of La Verne College of Law enrolls over 100 students each year, and if past history is any indication, only slightly more than half, 54 percent, will likely pass the bar on their first try after graduation. Should that affect whether it stays open? The disconnect between a school’s low bar passage rate, relative to other schools in the