Author Archives: Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Federal Judge Richard Posner poses in his chambers in Chicago July 2, 2012. The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple Inc's smartphone technology battle thinks policymakers should examine whether patents should cover software at all. (Photo by John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images)

Retired Judge Posner Seeks to Help Pro Se Litigant

Retired Judge Posner Seeks to Help Pro Se Litigant

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA Retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner took steps Oct. 18 to follow through on his stated desire to help pro se litigants. Pro se petitioner William C. Bond asked the Fourth Circuit to allow Posner to represent him as advisory counsel in the Fourth Circuit. Posner provided an

A demonstrator displays a placard in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters while protesting the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

Travel Bans Spur Growth for Refugee Aid Group

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA The International Refugee Assistance Project hoped there would be an outcry and support for its mission when the humanitarian and legal aid group found out about President Donald Trump’s first travel ban in January. After getting a leaked draft of the executive order prohibiting travelers from seven mostly-Muslim countries

A bird flies past the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) building in Washington, D.C. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

McDermott Lawyers Help Uncover Hoover-Era ‘Sex Deviate’ Files

Government documents related to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s purge of gay and lesbian federal government employees will be released after McDermott Will & Emery attorneys scored a pro bono win. The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., sought documents relating to an executive order, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, that allegedly

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin at Big Law Business Summit

Judge Scheindlin on Women’s Absence in Courts

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA Judge Shira A. Scheindlin developed some tricks over the years for getting women some time at the lectern when they were the experts on a case. Scheindlin experienced numerous occasions when a male attorney would be arguing a motion but needed to take a moment to confer with a female

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, right, smiles during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Photographer: Alex Wong/Pool via Bloomberg

Clerks Laud Gorsuch Despite Red Ink Spilled on Drafts

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA Former clerks of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch describe a painstaking craftsman of opinions, but also an open-hearted and open-minded man who doesn’t forget to save time for family and fun. President Donald Trump announced yesterday evening that Tenth Circuit Judge Gorsuch was his pick to succeed

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Federal Appeals Court Reversal Rates Show Disparities

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA The chances of winning a reversal in federal appeals court in 2015 were 8.6 percent, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The data was featured on the AO’s “Just the Facts” website Dec. 20, a new feature that consolidates data from the Judiciary Data and Analysis

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Spy Law Could Be Government Tool to Prosecute Press

A century-old spy law could be used to prosecute reporters who possess leaked information, sources told Bloomberg BNA. No reporter has ever been prosecuted under the Espionage Act, but “there’s a danger that a sufficiently overzealous Justice Department could try to use the Espionage Act” in the future, Stephen I. Vladeck told Bloomberg BNA. The 1917 Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C.


What Associates Want: At One Big Firm, It’s Not Making Partner

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA, and Casey Sullivan, Big Law Business Do most associates even want to make partner anymore? “We have found that that is not the case,” said Paul Hastings Greg Nitzkowski at Big Law Business’s Summit in Los Angeles last week. Nitzkowski responded to comments made by Andrei Iancu, managing partner

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The Cases You Didn’t Know Paul Clement Worked On

Former U.S. Solicitor General and U.S. Supreme Court advocate Paul D. Clement, along with the other 16 attorneys at his appellate litigation boutique, Bancroft PLLC, decamped for Kirkland & Ellis this week. Clement has worked on many famous cases at the high court and appellate courts but there are a host of cases — some