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Ballard Spahr: David A. Schulz (First Amendment Law; Litigation – First Amendment; Media Law, 2009) served as co-counsel with the nonprofit Protect Democracy in a lawsuit against Donald Trump by the literary and human rights organization PEN America. PEN, which offers membership to writers and journalists, wrote in the suit that Trump’s actions have “violated the First Amendment and his oath to uphold the Constitution.” Evidence to support the literary organization’s claims
Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria: Herbert L. Greenman (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Criminal Defense: General Practice; Criminal Defense: White – Collar; DUI/DWI Defense, 1989) defended an 18-year-old charged with criminal possession of a weapon. The teenager was visiting New York from Idaho to attend a religious event when New York State troopers arrested him for carrying an unlicensed handgun. In Idaho, where the boy purchased the gun, no such permits are required. "This case is as close to a mistake as it can get," Greenman told the judge, according to the Buffalo News.
Loeb & Loeb: Jonathan Zavin (Copyright Law;
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo: Vito A. Cannavo (Personal Injury
Cahill Gordon & Reindel: Floyd Abrams (Appellate Practice; Communications Law; First Amendment Law;
Crowell & Moring: Paul W. Mourning (Health Care Law, 2018) is leading the firm’s recently launched New York health care practice, as one of nine new lawyers and litigators to join the firm. Mourning has 35 years of experience in the field and previously served as the co-chair to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s health care team. "These are the go-to lawyers for complex health care matters in New York," Philip T. Inglima, Crowell & Moring chair, said in a press statement. "We are thrilled to welcome them to the firm."
In the News Feature
Covington & Burling: Nancy Kestenbaum (Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2013) and Debevoise & Plimpton attorney Mary Jo White (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2006) were the two women to lead the probe of CBS Corp.’s CEO, Les Moonves.
Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct against six women in a New Yorker report by Ronan Farrow. The article’s allegations against Moonves include physical intimidation against women and threats that could undermine their careers. The actress Illeana Douglas told Farrow, “What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating.”
Kestenbaum and White have experience handling sexual abuse investigations within prominent institutions. In a probe of Choate Rosemary Hall, the Connecticut boarding school, Kestenbaum found that 12 former faculty members—and possibly more—had sexually abused students since the 1960s. White led the investigation of Ohio State University’s head football coach, Urban Meyer, leading to a three-game suspension. White also served as the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission under former President Obama.
Moonves stepped down from his position at CBS shortly after the New Yorker article was published. The results of the investigation over his actions
Kestenbaum and White are expected to complete their report by January 2019.