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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

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

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Associates Continue Raising Money, Look at Firms

A grassroots effort to empower law firm associates to be more charitable has gained some momentum, and some help. Last year, Corey Laplante, then an associate at Skadden Arps, launched The Associates’ Committee, a group that raised more than $200,000 from Big Law associates for legal aid groups and litigation non-profits for the homeless, veterans, survivors of

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Big Law Responds to Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

By Casey Sullivan and Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Big Law Business It’s a busy time to be a pro bono lawyer. After President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday to severely limit immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, lawyers across Big Law jumped in to help travelers, visa and green card holders, who faced uncertainty and deportation in

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Transgender People Need Pro Bono Lawyers After Trump Election

Late at night on Nov. 8, while “still in the denial phase” about the presidential election results, Riley H. saw a tweet urging “fellow trans Americans: apply for a passport NOW. You likely won’t be able to get one that recognizes your gender in 2017.” The transgender software engineer realized that thousands of other transgender people probably had

In 2009, New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (L) flanks a newly appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor (C), along with Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, at the New York County Courthouse. (Photo by Stuart Ramson-Pool/Getty Images)

Fordham Taps Retired Chief Judge to Lead Justice Initiative

Fordham Law School has tapped Jonathan Lippman, the retired New York state judge who is now at Latham & Watkins, to lead a newly formed initiative to research and help resolve the country’s access to justice problem. To launch the initiative, the school is hosting a panel discussion tonight, a pre-game of sorts for the last presidential

Homeless people gather underneath Interstate 10 where over 100 homeless people sleep each night December 16, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Affordable housing stocks have dwindled with rents rising 45 percent and homelessness has more than doubled to almost 12,000 individuals in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Associates: I’ll Take a Year of Pro Bono, Please

Jennifer Eldridge, a first year associate in DLA Piper’s Chicago office, has big aspirations for the next 12 months: She hopes to assist domestic violence victims, file asylum paperwork for refugees, and help some past offenders clear their juvenile criminal records. It’s a bit different than the standard associate workload because Eldridge is one of

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