Gillian Lester ()
The next dean of Columbia Law School will be Gillian Lester, now acting dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she has taught since 2006. Lester will assume Columbia’s deanship on Jan. 1, 2015, Columbia University ­administrators announced on April 23. David Schizer will step down from the post at the end of the academic year after a decade in the job. Professor Robert Scott will serve as interim dean until Lester’s arrival.
Law enforcement officers fatally shot a criminal defendant standing trial in Utah’s new federal courthouse on April 21 after he allegedly tried to attack a cooperating witness. Siale Angilau “rushed a witness on the witness stand in an aggressive, threatening manner,” the FBI said. He was shot in the chest and died after being ­transported to a local hospital. Angilau faced racketeering charges in connection with his alleged involvement with the Tongan Crips Gang, a group prosecutors claimed was responsible for a series of ­violent crimes.
DRONE MEMO RULING
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on April 21 ordered the government to release a document on legal guidance for the targeted killing of American citizens by drone aircraft. The court took note of public statements by government officials acknowledging lethal force in counterterrorism operations, and also that the Justice Department had released part of a white paper on the subject that had been leaked to reporters. The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union filed separate requests for the document. “Whatever protection the legal analysis might once have had has been lost,” Judge Jon Newman wrote.
DEWEY TRIAL PLANS
The trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders will take more than four months and one likely witness is John Altorelli, a former Dewey executive committee member who now is a partner at DLA Piper, prosecutors said. Former chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine, former chief financial officer Joel Sanders and ex-client relations manager Zachary Warren have pleaded not guilty in a state trial court in New York City to taking part in a scheme to defraud and steal from the firm’s lenders, investors and others.
SENATOR FIGHTS SUBPOENA
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn., is fighting a subpoena that would force him to give deposition testimony and turn over documents in a labor dispute between health care management companies and unions. Blumenthal isn’t directly involved in the dispute but, according to court papers he filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, he has publicly supported the unions. The companies accused the unions of providing misleading information to influence public officials, and subpoenaed Blumenthal to find out what he was told.
FORD CLAIMS REINSTATED
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on April 22 reinstated the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims that Ford Motor Co. discriminated against a disabled employee by refusing to let her work regularly from home, and then fired her after she accused Ford of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. The majority rejected Ford’s arguments that her job required a physical presence in the workplace, and blamed the employee’s performance problems when she did work remotely on Ford’s failure to accommodate her illness.
KIRKLAND ARRIVES IN HOUSTON
Kirkland & Ellis will open a Houston office with the hire of corporate partner Andrew Calder from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm said on April 22. Kirkland has guaranteed Calder $5 million in annual compensation over the next 3 1/2 years, according to a source with knowledge of his agreement. Large national firms including Latham & Watkins, Paul Hastings, Reed Smith and Sidley Austin have entered the Houston market to take advantage of the area’s energy boom.