Executive Branch

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court to consider president’s power to appoint high-level officials in acting capacity

Trials and Litigation

Law grad sues Department of Education over its guidance on campus sexual-misconduct investigations

Elder Law

Feds announce $2M in grants for elder crime victims

Trials & Litigation

FTC sues 2 law firms over claimed mortgage-rescue scheme that cost clients $15M in 2014

Legal Ethics

Judge who required ethics training for possibly 3,000 DOJ lawyers stays his order

Criminal Justice

Obama announces 42 new sentence commutations, bringing his total to 348

Consumer Law

CFPB announces proposed rule to curb ‘payday debt trap’ lending to consumers

Education Law

Law prof sees Title IX ‘collision course’ in federal directives on bathrooms and sexual violence

Civil Rights

11 states sue feds over new guidelines for restroom and locker room use by transgender individuals

Government Law

State Department lawyers weren’t asked to review Clinton’s use of private server, report says

Civil Rights

US to seek death penalty in hate-crimes case against accused Charleston church shooter, Dylann Roof

Trials & Litigation

Federal judge imposes sweeping sanctions on DOJ, requires ethics classes for litigators in 26 states

Cybersecurity

New Senate bill would block SCOTUS-approved rule change expanding DOJ’s surveillance powers

Labor and Employment

New overtime pay rules expected to affect millions of workers

Sentencing / Post-Conviction

Clemency Project 2014 has submitted more than 1,000 petitions to the White House

Corporate Law

Obama signs trade-secrets law authorizing federal civil suits, seizure of property

Constitutional Law

Judge rules for US House GOP in Affordable Care Act funding dispute; White House appeal is expected

Constitutional Law

Lawyers say feds bugged grounds of three California courthouses without warrants

Criminal Justice

Fertilizer plant explosion and fire that killed 15 in Texas in 2013 was intentional, feds say

Corporate Law

New Treasury Dept. rule requires banks to identify owners of shell companies that open accounts