DIVERSITY - Major law firms have made slow but steady progress in advancing minority lawyers, especially considering firms’ sorry showing during the last recession. This year’s Diversity Scorecard published by Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer shows another modest step forward, but the global pandemic and the economic turmoil it has left in its wake threaten to reset progress yet again.

JUDGE’S LAWYER - Trial lawyer Beth Wilkinson is helping guide U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan as the D.C. Circuit questions his plan to probe the DOJ’s decision to dismiss the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn despite his admission he lied to the FBI. As Mike Scarcella and C. Ryan Barber report, Sullivan has turned to Wilkinson, a co-founder of the litigation boutique Wilkinson Walsh and former Paul Weiss partner, as the appeals court weighs whether he overstepped his authority.

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