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More Asian Americans on the federal bench; progress lacking at Big Law

  • New report highlights career movement for Asian American lawyers
  • Social and political issues are increasingly more important

(Reuters) – A new study has found that Asian American attorneys continue to be underrepresented in the top echelons of the legal profession, but are making progress in federal courts, in-house legal departments and law school enrollment.

A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law 2.0 — a collaboration between the American Bar Foundation, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and several law schools, with California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu among the authors — is a follow-up to an influential 2017 reports on Asian Americans in the law. That study identified the hurdles of Asian Americans face in the legal profession, including stereotypes and a lack of mentorship.

“In terms of representation, I think we’ve seen some interesting progress,” Liu said Monday during an online presentation on the new study. “But across

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Hunton Andrews Kurth Special Counsel Thomas Griffith Elected to American Law Institute

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that Judge Thomas B. Griffithspecial counsel to the firm and former judge on the DC Circuit, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an independent organization that works to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve US law.

Griffith is among 31 lawyers, legal scholars and judges elected to ALI in December 2022 based on professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. He joins 13 other Hunton Andrews Kurth colleagues who are ALI members.

A retired judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Griffith has been active in efforts to preserve the rule of law in the United States and other nations. He was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States and frequently speaks and writes about the importance of preserving civics education and defending the

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As Pro-Union Sentiment Reaches a Fifty-Year High, U.S. Law Remains Pro-Management

On a Monday in late November, I had breakfast with Nick Wurst, a conductor on the CSX railroad, at a diner in his home town of Worcester, Massachusetts. We met before dawn, and Wurst, a bearded twenty-six-year-old, was wearing a reflective Carhartt shirt and a knit hat for his 7:30 AM shift at the freight terminal in Framingham, about thirty miles away. his union, SMART-TD, which represented railway conductors and engineers, had just voted down a proposed contract meant to resolve a three-year-long standoff over wages, scheduling, and benefits. The agreement had been drafted not in the usual course of collective bargaining between the twelve rail unions and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee but by fiat, at the best of President Biden. The Administration had impanneled an emergency board, which whipped up a contract in less than a month to prevent a strike.

Each union had a chance to

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Is This the End of the U.S. News & World Report Rankings?

each year, the US News & World Reports‘s rankings of top colleges, law schools, and medical schools land to a chorus of groans and cheers. The rankings began in 1983, and were originally drawn solely from peer reviews of institutions. Did the provost at Brown think better of the University of Virginia than the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill? Since then, the publication has tinkered with the rankings several times—taking into account factors such as how many students an institution rejects each year, how much it costs to attend, and the student-to-faculty ratio—to give more rigor to its methodology.

College leaders have mixed feelings about the listing. They criticize the formula for the things it doesn’t count—such as aid for low-income students and graduation rates—while simultaneously lauding their institution’s own position on the leaderboard, at least for those at the top.

But in recent months, even some

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ALI Elects New Members | American Law Institute

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ALI Elects New Members

ALI Elects New Members

The American Law Institute has elected new members who will bring their expertise to ALI’s work of clarifying the law through Restatements, Principles, and Model Codes.

“As 2022 comes to a close, I am pleased to welcome our final group of new ALI members,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “In 2023, ALI will celebrate its 100th anniversary. We are moving into our second century at a time when the United States is divided on many issues and many Americans are skeptical of all institutions, including our courts and legal system. This makes our work all the more important, and our new members are essential to that work. It is only through the efforts of our talented, diverse and dedicated membership body that we can continue our work protecting and preserving the rule of law. I look forward to our new members joining us in

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