From the President. Council President Vilia B. Hayes discusses some recent Council events and highlights some of what is happening this fall.
From the Editor. Editor-in-Chief Bennette D. Kramer examines three recent opinions in which district judges of the Eastern District of New York imposed sentences below the sentencing guidelines or expunged convictions because of the collateral consequences of conviction.
Developments. As Editor-in-Chief Bennette D. Kramer reports, the Council held its annual Law Day Dinner on May 3, at which the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence was presented to Second Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch.
In the Courts. Stephen L. Ratner and Steven H. Holinstat tell us about the new chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York: Chief Judge Colleen McMahon
FBC News. The Council’s Public Service Committee and the offices of the U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York held a program at which young lawyers explored how to become Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Jennifer K. Brown discusses the event.
FBC News. The Southern District has a “limited scope” pro bono program, highlighted here by Christopher J. Cariello.
Legal History. C. Evan Stewart explores another awful decision by the U.S. Supreme Court: Plessy v. Ferguson, where the Court expressly approved of racial segregation!
Regulatory Update. Will a new “fiduciary” rule adopted by the Department of Labor have significant consequences for our federal courts? Charles C. Platt examines that possibility.
And more. Robert B.G. Horowitz updates us on the key elements of the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (p. 18); Steven M. Edwards explains how the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly dodged a bullet in its affirmative action decision in Fisher v. University of Texas (p. 20); and Pete Eikenberry helps celebrate the remarkable career of Judge Motley (p. 22).