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Whittier Law School Closing: The First of Many?

Whittier Law School Closing: The First of Many?

The Whittier College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it is closing its law school, making it one of, if not the first ABA accredited law school to shut its doors. But it likely won’t be the last, legal experts predict. “Once somebody does it, it becomes much more acceptable, psychologically and politically,” said Paul Campos, a professor


Wake Up Call: Big Law Widow Awarded $3M in GSK Case

• A Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of former Reed Smith corporate partner Stewart Dolin, finding GlaxoSmithKline plc responsible for Dolin’s 2010 suicide. Stewart’s widow argued that the pharmaceutical giant failed to warn her husband’s doctor of risks linked to paroxetine, the anti-depressant Stewart was taking when he stepped in front of a Chicago subway train. (Chicago Tribune)

Commentator Bill Reilly talks with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: O’Reilly Ouster Said to Be Influenced by Paul Weiss Report

• In deciding to give Fox News’ top-earning host the boot, Rupert Murdoch, chairman and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox Inc., and his sons, were said to be swayed by findings from Paul Weiss’ internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations targeting Bill O’Reilly. (Bloomberg) Accusations flew Wednesday between lawyers for O’Reilly and those representing women who made the

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Wake Up Call: Paul Weiss Investigates New Claims Against O’Reilly

• Prospects are dimming for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s return to the network after new sexual harassment allegations came out against him this week, though Fox has yet to make a final decision on his future. At the center of the drama is Paul, Weiss, which is investigating the allegations, and Marc Kasowitz, who is representing O’Reilly. (Bloomberg)

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Wake Up Call: Dentons Partners Reportedly ‘Forced Out’

• Global giant Dentons has pushed out as many as 20 or more U.S.-based partners since January, after the firm missed its 2016 budget targets, but the 7,600-lawyer firm says it is still adding attorneys. (Am Law Daily) • Only a week after being sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch took the bench next to

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Wake Up Call: Soros Hit by $10 Billion Defamation Suit

• Companies controlled by Israeli mining magnate Beny Steinmetz sued billionaire George Soros, claiming he cost them at least $10 billion through a defamation campaign that stripped them of rights to an iron ore deposit in Guinea and other business opportunities around the world. (Bloomberg) • UC Berkeley’s former law school dean Sujit Choudhry gets to keep

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Trump Crackdown Confronts California Sanctuaries in Court

by Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg News The Trump administration has embarked on a border patrol agent recruiting drive and begun aggressive stings to arrest undocumented immigrants amid the president’s call for upping deportations. Standing in its way are so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to detain some potential deportees. Those jurisdictions are fighting back, with two of

A man looks on from a viewing platform in front of residential buildings in Chongqing, China, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s ‘Trial of the Century’ Spotlights Changes in Legal Profession

Book Review   Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work   By Sida Liu and Terence C. Halliday   221 pages. Cambridge University Press.   In December 2009, Li Zhuang, a partner from an elite corporate law firm in Beijing, traveled to Chongqing in western China to meet with a local businessman facing a raft

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Wake Up Call: Convicted Bank Robber Becomes Law Professor

•  During his 10 years in federal prison, Shon Hopwood showed a knack for the law, and when he got out he won a spot at the University of Washington School of Law on a Gates scholarship. Hopwood just got hired as a professor by Georgetown University School of Law to teach criminal justice and prison law to first-year


An Interview with the First Black Woman Appointed to the Seventh Circuit

As Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made her way up in the federal judiciary, she couldn’t turn to anyone who looked like her for advice. As the first-ever black woman appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and later the first