Expert Perspectives on Biggest Court Cases



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Screenshot of  Catharine Du Bois, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Brooklyn Law School, from a NITA webcast on legal writing this morning. Screenshot of Catharine Du Bois, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Brooklyn Law School, from a NITA webcast on legal writing this morning.

Catharine Du Bois who teaches legal writing at Brooklyn Law School says there are some conscious deliberate steps lawyers can take to become more persuasive writers.

March 01, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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Habits are powerful things. And they can be quite positive. 

Take the following example. 

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US seeks reform of war crimes law amid ‘shocking crimes’ by Russia in Ukraine -official

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The US Justice Department on Wednesday urged Congress to close legal gaps that make it hard for the United States to prosecute non-US citizens for war crimes, saying such changes could pave the way for the prosecution of Russian human rights crimes in Ukraine.

Eli Rosenbaum, the department’s counselor for war crimes accountability, pitched the legal changes during a hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, telling lawmakers that the four primary federal agencies involved in war crimes policy issues have already agreed on “technical solutions” to close what he described as major gaps in war crimes statutes.

“Given the shocking crimes being perpetrated by Russia during its unprovoked war against Ukraine, this hearing could not possibly be held at a more appropriate, urgent, or, frankly, terrifying time,” he said in prepared testimony.

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“The Justice Department is committed to holding the perpetrators of such grave crimes fully accountable.”

A United Nations-mandated commission found last week that war crimes including rape, torture, executions and confinement of children were committed by Russia in areas it occupied in Ukraine. Russia denied the allegations.

The law allows war crimes prosecution only when a victim or perpetrator is a US citizen or resident, so it does not apply to most of the war criminals who have come to the United States, Rosenbaum said. The US torture statute does not allow criminal prosecution unless the perpetrator is a US citizen or in the country, he said.

The third gap involves lack of a statute criminalizing crimes against humanity including mass murder or a widespread attack on a civilian population, Rosenbaum said. “War crimes and genocide statutes alone are simply not sufficient to address the full and tragic array of large-scale atrocity crimes

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Ginni Thomas and the Supreme Court’s crisis of legitimacy

(Reuters) – From antitrust to zoning, I’ve written about most areas of the law – but I steer clear of immigration.

That’s because I’m married to an immigration judge.

If I wrote a column calling for immediate full citizenship for all undocumented immigrants — or for all undocumented immigrants to be immediately put in jail – I’d be concerned my opinion, fairly or not, could reflect on my spouse.

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Better to stay out of his lane.

Maybe that’s part of why I find Virginia (Ginni) Thomas’ alleged conduct related to the 2020 presidential election so off-putting.

Last week, my Reuters colleagues confirmed that Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, agreed to be interviewed by the US congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Her lawyer Mark Paoletta told Reuters that she “is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election.”

The committee obtained emails between her and former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman, who pushed the theory that then-Vice President Mike Pence could block Congress from certifying Trump’s 2020 election loss, the Washington Post previously reported.

The Post also reported that she texted Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, and emailed lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin, urging them to assist in overturning the election of Joe Biden as president.

Paoletta did not respond to a request for comment from his client, nor did Ginni Thomas’ firm, Liberty Consulting. A Supreme Court spokesperson also did not respond to a request for comment from Clarence Thomas or his wife.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting Ginni Thomas, who has a JD from Creighton University School of Law, should limit

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August 23, 2022 at 07:25 PM

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The nomination period is now open for Legaltech News and Law.com’s annual Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards, which aim to honor the many ways the industry is leveraging technology and innovation to improve the way legal services are delivered.

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Monte dei Paschi enlists more banks for cash call, fights legal challenge

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  • Sets aside more money after 1.8 bln euros in new claims
  • Says new claims unsubstantiated
  • Agrees 900 mln euro disposal to cut bad loans

MILAN, Aug 5 (Reuters) – State-owned Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) (BMPS.MI) said four more banks had agreed to back its upcoming 2.5 billion euro ($2.6 billion) cash call, as it moves to fend off a fresh legal challenge.

The Tuscan bank needs more cash five years after an 8 billion euro bailout that handed the state a 64% stake.

Weighed down by a mountain of legal risks following decades of mismanagement, MPS had appeared on course to draw a line under its legal woes after an Italian appeals court in May acquitted all defendants in a major derivatives case, bodiing well for other pending lawsuits that could feed claims. read more

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A year ago MPS had also reached a landmark accord with its former top shareholder that rid it of some 4 billion euros in extra-judicial claims.

However, the bank on Friday said it had received further judicial claims worth 1.8 billion euros between June and August from a consultancy firm, relating to allegedly incorrect financial information from the bank, leading to 78 million euros in provisions against legal risks in the first half .

The consultancy, which a person with knowledge of the matter identified as Martingale Risk, is acting for various institutional investors. Martingale Risk, whose services include supporting investors seeking to recover losses, did not reply to requests

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Ex-NY Governor Cuomo wants state to foot legal bill for harassment claim defense

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  • Cuomo sued NY attorney general after she rejected his request for legal counsel in an ongoing case against him
  • Cuomo, top aids sued in February by a New York state trooper

(Reuters) – Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking to complete the state to pay for his legal defense in a sexual harassment case brought against him earlier this year.

Cuomo filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court on Wednesday evening against New York Attorney General Letitia James after she declined his request to provide counsel or pay for private lawyers to defend him in the litigation brought by an unnamed state trooper.

Cuomo argued he’s entitled under state law to have his defense paid for because the alleged misconduct occurred while he was acting “within the scope of his public employment or duties.”

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“Sexually harassing young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description,” a spokesperson for the New York Attorney General’s office said in a Thursday statement in response to the complaint.

“Taxpayers should not have to pony up for legal bills that could reach millions of dollars so Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer can attack survivors of his abuse,” the statement said.

Rita Glavin, a lawyer representing Cuomo, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Glavin and Theresa Trzaskoma, who are both listed on the complaint, also represent Cuomo in the underlying lawsuit brought by the state trooper, whose name is not disclosed in court documents, in February.

Cuomo, a Democrat, resigned from office on Aug. 10, 2021, a week after James released the results of the five-month independent investigation that concluded he

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Number of US legal jobs now exceeds pre-Great Recession record high

  • The legal sector added 3,000 jobs in June, reaching 1,185,600 jobs, according to US Labor Department
  • Law firm corporate practice hiring has slowed, but litigation, real estate are busy, recruiters said

(Reuters) – The US legal services sector now has more total jobs than it had when the count hit its previous high point in 2007 shortly before the Great Recession, according to US Labor Department data released Friday.

The legal sector added 3,000 jobs in June, reaching a total of 1,185,600, the preliminary seasonally adjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed. This exceeds the historic high of 1,179,500 jobs the sector reached in May 2007, according to BLS data.

The legal services job count includes lawyers, paralegals and other legal professionals. BLS legal sector jobs data is available stretching back to 1990.

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Newly revised data for May 2022 also shows the sector cracked its previous 2007 record that month, with a total of 1,182,600 legal sector jobs.

The May 2022 data was revised up from 1,178,800. BLS jobs numbers are subject to adjustments in months after they are first released.

Overall US job growth beat expectations in June, and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%.

Legal recruitment leaders said demand for lawyers remains high in certain practice areas. However, the practice groups for which firms are hiring have shifted, they said.

In 2021, law firms battled for talent amid a surge in client demand and shortage of lawyers to handle the work.

There has been a slowdown in law firm hiring for capital markets and mergers and acquisitions attorneys, said Katherine Loanzon, a managing director at legal recruitment agency Kinney Recruiting.

Global M&A activity dipped 21% in the first half of 2022 over the same period in 2021,

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