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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
CAUTIONARY TALE? What’s gone awry at CKR Law, the global firm that grew rapidly and is now struggling to pay partners and taking steps to right-size? The firm, founded five years ago in New York, says speedy expansion is not the culprit, but as Christine Simmons reports, CKR, which lists about 200 lawyers on its website and boasts at least 50 locations on five continents, announced the addition of about 58 lawyers in 2018 alone.
DOUBLE TROUBLE - State lawmakers in New York are expected to give final passage to a bill today that would allow state prosecutors, including NY Attorney General Letitia James, to bring charges against those pardoned by President Trump. The measure then will head to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has previously signaled support for the legislation.
DON GONE - Former Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn is expected to be a no-show today on Capitol Hill despite a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee, which wants him to testify about President Trump’s reported attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation. On Monday, Trump told McGahn, now back at Jones Day, to defy the congressional subpoena. The administration’s moves came as the U.S. Justice Department issued a new legal memo that contends Congress cannot compel the president’s senior advisers to testify about their official duties.
SOUTH OF THE BORDER - Quinn Emanuel partner Chris Landau’s nomination hearing to become U.S. ambassador to Mexico is set for today. The longtime ex-Kirkland & Ellis partner jumped to Quinn Emanuel last year, and he’s now the Trump administration’s pick for a post that will face intense scrutiny amid trade and immigration tensions between the two countries. Democrats have raised questions about Landau’s relative lack of diplomatic experience. As we reported, Landau made a tidy $11 million from Kirkland and its international subsidiary in 2017 and about $3 million at Quinn Emanuel after that. He’s scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
NO WITNESS - A former Paul Weiss female lawyer may not call a witness to back up her claims of gender discrimination against the law firm after a judge let stand an employment tribunal’s decision. Hannah Roberts reports that Anna Christie, who is pursuing a claim of about $1.7 million against the firm, cannot call the witness to support her claims of a culture of discrimination and a hostile environment for women at the firm’s London office.
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