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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
HOLDING PATTERN - We’re on the verge of the longest U.S. government shutdown on record. Lawsuits are mounting from federal employees and from unions representing government workers, law schools are scrambling to help students whose externships are busted, and federal courts have “limited funds” that will dry up by Jan. 18. The absence of a deal between Trump and Congress means that federal workers will not receive their paychecks today.
GAINING - The appointment of two African-American women to law school deanships in the span of two weeks—Kimberly Mutcherson as co-dean at Rutgers and Renée McDonald Hutchins at University of the District of Columbia—is less of an anomaly than in the past. Karen Sloan reports that women occupy the dean’s office at 35 percent of law schools, and minority women are more visible than ever in leadership positions. But it’s not by accident. The rising numbers are partially the result of concerted efforts by women and minority faculty to encourage diverse candidates to enter the legal academy.
BUZZ-KILL - Legalizing pot is all fun and games until somebody gets behind the wheel. With the possibility of recreational marijuana use becoming closer to reality in New York, lawmakers are finding themselves facing problems that other states like California and Oregon have grappled with over detecting marijuana in a driver’s system, Dan M. Clark reports. The key may be saliva.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
BY THE NUMBERS - Among the top 10 legal advisers for Asia Pacific mergers and acquisitions in 2018, King & Wood Mallesons; Herbert Smith Freehills; and Allens took the top three spots, John Kang reports. On the list compiled by MergerMarket, which excludes Japan, only two U.S. firms ranked in the top 10: Sullivan & Cromwell, at sixth, and Davis Polk at 10th.
WHAT YOU SAID
“I call myself an accidental librettist.”
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