New York City Police Department stop-and-frisk practices violate the U.S. Constitution because they disproportionately target blacks and Hispanics, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin held last week. Scheindlin issued a preliminary injunction against the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, ordered reforms of NYPD policies and appointed Peter Zimroth of Arnold & Porter, a former city corporation counsel and New York prosecutor, to monitor the NYPD.
ENTRY-LEVEL HIRING SAGS
The entry-level law job market isn't going to rebound anytime soon, and large law firms' stingy hiring practices are largely to blame. That's the gist of a draft paper by University of North Carolina law professor Bernard Burk, who analyzed lawyer-hiring trends over the past 30 years. Firms of 100 or more attorneys have slowed most in entry-level hiring. "Over half of all the full-time, long-term…jobs that were lost between the class of 2007 and the class of 2011 were lost out of BigLaw alone," Burk wrote.
COOL RECEPTION FOR SUMMERS
Law students seeking coveted positions as summer associates at large firms had slightly fewer job openings available to them in 2013 than they did last year, according to NLJ affiliate The American Lawyer's most recent Summer Hiring Survey. Among the 116 firms that responded to the relevant questions in the survey, the average summer class size was down 3.4 percent from last year. Heads of recruiting at several firms attributed the dip to what they call the unpredictability built into the summer hiring routine most large law firms rely on. That process typically requires firms to estimate their employment needs two years down the road.
FEDS SUE BANK OF AMERICA
The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Bank of America Corp. and its affiliates, accusing them of lying to investors about the riskiness of residential mortgage-backed securities. In a parallel action, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued over similar allegations. The DOJ complaint accused Bank of America of lying or failing to include information in materials given to investors and filed with the SEC about the quality of mortgages underpinning securities sold in 2008. Reed Smith represents the bank in the SEC case. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom represents the bank in the DOJ suit.
O'MELVENY HIT WITH FEE SUIT
Former students who settled a lawsuit alleging a prestigious private school in Brooklyn, N.Y., covered up a football coach's years of sexual abuse are now suing the school's outside counsel at O'Melveny & Myers for allegedly trying to "deceive" the court with "fraudulent evidence" and "materially false and fraudulent statements." The suit, filed on August 11, demands that O'Melveny reimburse the plaintiffs for $2 million in legal fees. In addition, the plaintiffs are seeking that all fees paid to O'Melveny by Poly Prep Country Day School be turned over to the plaintiffs. O'Melveny scoffed at the claims. "These claims are completely baseless and without merit," the firm said in a statement.
NEW DIGITAL OFFERING AT ALM
ALM, the parent company of The National Law Journal, has launched a new service designed to help legal professionals access crucial news and information quickly and easily. Effective August 23, the company will offer digital memberships to streamline professionals' access to legal industry content. Once aboard, users can explore ALM's offerings and access five news stories for free every 30 days from all ALM legal publications — which also include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Law Technology News and regional legal newspapers across the country.
FINALE FOR PROP 8 FIGHT?
The California Supreme Court has rejected what could be the last attempt by Proposition 8 supporters to stop same-sex marriages in California. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye issued a one-sentence order denying a writ of mandate requested by pro-Prop 8 group ProtectMarriage. The group sought to bar California counties from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.