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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
STILL GOING - Closing arguments are scheduled today in the case brought by Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard alleging that the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants in its admissions process. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Boston is presiding over the bench trial, and many speculate the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Lee at Wilmer Cutler represents Harvard, and John Hughes and Adam Mortara at Bartlit Beck represent the SFFA. The trial ended in November, but Burroughs scheduled final arguments today.
FORTHCOMING - The candid essay from Reed Smith lawyer Mark Goldstein about his struggles with severe depression, OCD and anxiety sparks hope that more lawyers with mental health disabilities will get the help they need and support from their firms, as Goldstein says he did. His bold move to reveal how he felt “scared,” “ashamed” and “crippled” by his symptoms may be a step in helping other lawyers overcome the stigma of mental health challenges.
HEADS UP - A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling is providing fodder for plaintiffs lawyers in their challenges to the mandatory arbitration agreements that gig-economy companies such as Uber and Lyft require their drivers to sign, Erin Mulvaney reports. The ink on New Prime v. Oliveira was barely dry when workers’ advocates started alerting judges to the unanimous decision, a rare check against arbitration.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
LATHAM LATERAL - Jones Day London-based private equity partner Neil Ferguson has resigned from the law firm to join Latham & Watkins, Rose Walker reports. Ferguson, whose clients have included Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital Credit, is the second lateral pickup for Latham’s London office this year. In January, it brought aboard Cadwalader finance partner Jeremiah Wagner.
WHAT YOU SAID
“It is indisputable that you were a greedy and deceitful person.”
— ELEANOR ROSS, U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE IN GEORGIA, IN SENTENCING ATLANTA LAWYER AND CONVICTED EMBEZZLER NATHAN HARDWICK IV TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON.
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