Wake Up Call: Alan Dershowitz Meets with President Trump

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• Alan Dershowitz dined with President Trump this week after arriving at the White House expecting to discuss the Middle East. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Dershowitz declined to disclose what was discussed, but offered some advice for Trump: “I would certainly advise him not to fire anybody,’’ he said of the Mueller probe. (Boston Globe)

• California’s Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday that California’s courts should disclose the names of judges who entered into settlements to resolve complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination. “I want to make sure there’s no ambiguity as to whether courts should be required to disclose those records now,” Cantil-Sakauye said in a written statement. (Los Angeles Times)

• The raid on President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sought details on Cohen’s efforts to suppress negative information about him and whether that violated campaign finance laws, sources told The New York Times. This included information tied to the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, in which Trump made vulgar comments about women. (NYT)

• Three women who have accused Bill Cosby of assaulting them in the 1980s, gave emotional testimony Wednesday in the entertainer’s retrial on charges he sexually assaulted an acquaintance in his home in 2004. (Wall Street Journal) (Deadline) (Vox)

• President Donald Trump intends to nominate Emin Toro — a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling — as U.S. Tax Court judge, according to a White House news release. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)



Legal Market

• The legal team challenging Harvard’s admissions policy as racially discriminatory will be comprised of four former law clerks to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the court’s only African-American member. (National Law Journal)

• A California federal judge dismissed a trademark law firm’s complaint that LegalZoom.com engages in the unauthorized practice of law, false advertising, and unfair competition, saying it failed to show it suffered an injury. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Chris Pucillo, chief executive officer at Solus Alternative Asset Management, discusses the company’s legal dispute with Blackstone’s GSO unit. (Bloomberg TV via BLB)

• Jennifer Rie, senior litigation analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, discusses a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. regulators have cleared Bayer’s $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto in a deal that has been nearly two years in the making. (Bloomberg Radio via BLB)

• Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California are suing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) over the state’s plan to keep the public, in particular the press, from viewing executions. The suit calls on the state to recognize the media and other witnesses’ First Amendment right to view the entire execution without interruption. The Los Angeles Times and KQED are co-plaintiffs and are separately represented by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  (Courthouse News)


Laterals and Moves

• JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services provider, said veteran in-house insurance attorney and executive Laura B. Frankel, joined its JAMS Chicago Resolution Center. (JAMSadr)

• Groups of attorneys from three Philadelphia, midsize law firms have spun off and combined to create Bardsley, Benedict + Cholden, a new firm with plans for offices across the region. (The Legal Intelligencer)




• Two Reed Smith attorneys filed notices of appearance Wednesday on behalf of one of the Russian companies accused by special counsel Robert Mueller of interfering in the 2016 elections. (National Law Journal)