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December 28, 2011 4:22 PM

Jenner Helps Win Reversal for Man Convicted of Murder Despite DNA Evidence of His Innocence

An Illinois appeals court ruling in favor of Juan Rivera is a major pro bono win for Jenner & Block in a case that has drawn national attention to the reliability of confessions and the lengths to which some prosecutors will go to attack exculpatory DNA evidence.

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12/28/11 Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

December 27, 2011 10:50 AM

Asian Buyers Keep Firms Busy Through the Holidays

As 2011 came to a close, corporate lawyers from Am Law 100 firms had their hands full advising China Three Gorges, Yahoo, and Yanzhou Coal Mining on transactional work connected to Asia.

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12/27/11 Posted by Brian Baxter

December 23, 2011 3:00 PM

Report: Williams & Connolly Partner in Talks to Become Next News Corp. GC

Gerson Zweifach, a partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., is reportedly in line to become the next general counsel for News Corporation. The media giant's former general counsel, Lawrence Jacobs, stepped down in June.

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12/23/11 Posted by Brian Baxter

The Global Lawyer: The Global Lawyer of the Year

It's not every arbitration that reorders the economic and geopolitical map. David Kavanagh of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom not only stopped a $16 billion share swap between BP and Rosneft in its tracks, but he also paved the way for Exxon to exploit vast oil reserves in the Russian Arctic.

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12/23/11 Posted by Michael D. Goldhaber

A Cozen Associate Reflects on a Year in the Prosecutorial Trenches

Firm leaders at Cozen O'Connor picked Lisa Myers to initiate a new program under which firm associates  spend a year working as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia's municipal court system while collecting a full law firm salary. By all accounts, she was the perfect choice.

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12/23/11 Posted by Sara Randazzo

Seyfarth Lawyer Helps Secure Citizenship for Former Suburban Slave

Shyima Hall was 9 years old when her parents sold her to an Egyptian couple who later moved to California and treated her as their personal slave. Now 22, Hall is free to live her own life in the United States thanks to her status as a newly minted U.S. citizen. 

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12/23/11 Posted by Sara Randazzo

December 22, 2011 7:18 PM

Orrick Takes the Wheel in Sale of Troubled California Toll Road

Nearly a decade after advising a group of European banks on the financing of a public-private partnership's construction of the South Bay Expressway near San Diego, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe attorneys helped the consortium unload the ten-mile toll road.

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12/22/11 Posted by Sara Randazzo

Ireland's A&L Goodbody Opens Office in Silicon Valley

A&L Goodbody, an Irish law firm that helps U.S. companies cut their tax rates by moving profits overseas, is opening an office in Palo Alto.

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12/22/11 Posted by Brian Baxter

Firms Bulk Up on Bank of Ireland, HSBC Asset Sales

Goodwin Procter and British firms Ashurst, Nabarro, and Norton Rose have landed roles advising on the sale of HSBC's Japanese private banking business to Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo's acquisition of the Bank of Ireland's Burdale Financial.

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12/22/11 Posted by Brian Baxter

The Careerist: She Really Said That?

Some memorable quotes from super lawyer Joe Jamail to Tina Fey.

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12/22/11 Posted by Vivia Chen

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