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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
LIMBO - Hundreds of law students who were set to start government externships in D.C. this semester are at a loss amid the partial shutdown. Karen Sloan reportsthat many students come from schools outside the D.C. area with programs that require spending an entire semester in the nation’s capital. And students who need security clearances for their externships but who have yet to receive them face an even bigger problem. Even if the federal government fully reopens in the next week, those externs will have to deal with a backlog of clearance requests.
GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS - Women, minorities and LGBT lawyers made gains in overall representation at major U.S. law firms in 2018, but within the associate ranks, the number of African Americans remains below pre-recession numbers, according to the latest diversity report from NALP. Minority women continue to be the most dramatically underrepresented group at the partnership level, NALP’s numbers show.
G-RATED - Don’t expect F-bombs to fly when the SCOTUS justices hear the FUCT case this spring. The court last week granted review of the case involving streetwear designer Erik Brunetti’s clothing line that challenges the ban on registering “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks. As Tony Mauro reports, the utterance of the brand name during oral argument this spring is likely to cause agita among the justices, who have a history of banishing four-letter words in the name of civility.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
U.S. SLIPS - Magic Circle and other U.K. law firms dominated the U.K. mergers and acquisitions activity in 2018, outpacing U.S. firms roles for the first time since 2014, Hannah Roberts reports. Kirkland & Ellis, Davis Polk, and Skadden, which took the top three spots in league tables in 2017, all fell significantly, according to data compiled by Mergermarket. Kirkland sank to 12th, Davis Polk to seventh and Skadden to ninth.
WHAT YOU SAID
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