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DAY 1 - Starting today, Law.com is embarking on Minds Over Matters: A Yearlong Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession. This major editorial endeavor will focus sharply on stress, depression, addiction and other mental health issues affecting the legal profession. The project, through news stories, columns, online conversations, podcasts, videos and more, aims to shine a light on mental health issues that have so long stigmatized those in the legal industry and to help forge a path toward positive change. Our Minds Over Matters coverage on Law.com and affiliate ALM publications will address mental health challenges among lawyers, students, judges, legal educators and other industry professionals working in the private and public sector. Over the course of the next 12 months, we’ll provide news, analysis, data, expert advice, personal stories of triumph, a resource center, and views from our esteemed mental health advisory board and much more. We look forward to your input and feedback.
REDACTION ACTION - U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in D.C., who is presiding over the obstruction and witness-tampering case against Trump ally Roger Stone, has asked the DOJ to turnover today unredacted portions of the Mueller report that Stone’s lawyers claim will help his defense. As Raychel Lean reports, if the government does oblige, the report will be for the judge’s eyes only while she decides whether or not it’s needed for Stone’s case.
ROUNDUP RETURNS - A jury in California returns today to continue deliberating in the third trial over Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Previous juries, also in California, have awarded $289 million and $80 million to individual plaintiffs claiming they got non-Hodgkin lymphoma from using Roundup. The jury in Alameda County Superior Court began deliberations on Thursday in the case brought by a California couple who allege they sprayed their property with Roundup for decades. The courtroom was dark on Friday.
ERRATA - An article referenced in an item in Friday’s Morning Minute about a group of lawyers leaving U.K.-based RPC Premier Law in Singapore contained errors. The number of lawyers leaving is eight, and the number of remaining lawyers in Singapore is seven.
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FAREWELL - U.K.-based Irwin Mitchell has cut as many as 10 partners following a review of its business, Rose Walker reports. The firm, which has 261 partners, attributes the trim to a “plan for continued profitable growth.” This time last year, the firm had 238 partners.
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