COLLEGE DAYS - The spotlight is on Willkie Farr & Gallagher to see how it will manage the mess involving firm leader Gordon Caplan. The top dealmaker, arrested Tuesday, is one of at least 50 people charged in what prosecutors say is a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and admitting students to elite universities as purported athletes. As Christine Simmons reports, prosecutors say Caplan paid $75,000 to have his daughter’s standardized test scores corrected and then submitted. “I’m not worried about the moral issue here,” Caplan said, according to a wiretap transcript cited by federal prosecutors. In the meantime, Sue Reisinger reports that general counsel at the eight universities named should be on high alert for civil suits.
FLIPPED - Following Tuesday’s confirmation of Paul Matey to the Third Circuit—marking the first court of appeals in the nation to see its composition switch to a majority of Republican appointees under President Trump—the Senate is now poised to confirm Neomi Rao for a seat on the D.C. Circuit. The vote will come after several days of scrutiny during the confirmation process into her stance on abortion.
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