Lawyers favor Biden in individual donations; Cities file complaint for “anarchist” label

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Afternoon Briefs: Lawyers Favor Biden in Individual Donations; Cities file complaint for “anarchist” label

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Lawyers favor Biden campaign in individual donations

Presidential campaign donations by individual lawyers strongly favor Joe Biden, according to a Reuters analysis. Individual lawyers have donated $ 29 million to Biden’s campaign and just under $ 1.75 million to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Biden’s predilection includes lawyers for Jones Day, who has earned millions of dollars as an outside lawyer for Trump’s re-election campaign. Jones Day lawyers donated nearly $ 90,000 to Biden’s presidential campaign, but only $ 50 to the Trump campaign. (Reuters)

New York joins lawsuit against “anarchist” label

New York City has joined the cities of Seattle and Portland, Oregon in a lawsuit that challenges their label “anarchist” by President Donald Trump. The lawsuit challenges Trump’s stated plans to withhold federal money from cities. (The New York Times, NPR, the trial)

Jenner & Block pledges $ 250 million in pro bono work

Jenner & Block has pledged to provide $ 250 million in free legal services over the next five years to those in need of access to justice. The annual total of $ 50 million per year represents more than 10% of the company’s annual gross sales. “We are doubling down on our commitment by defining clear and definable metrics,” Randy Mehrberg, co-managing partner, told Law.com. “It’s our way of raising the bar. “(Law.com, Law360)

Law firms and internal executives invited to make commitments on diversity

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity calls on its more than 300 members to make public commitments on diversity. Board members include executives from law firms and in-house legal departments. Most of the promises to date involve commitments to sponsor or mentor various lawyers. The initiative is called “Leaders at the Front”. (Law.com, Bloomberg Law)

Reed Smith, Loeb and Loeb restore wages

Reed Smith and Loeb & Loeb restored wages that had been cut during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two law firms had already partially restored salaries. Loeb & Loeb plan to restore wages fully retroactively to October 1, while Reed Smith will restore full wages on November 1. (Above the Law here and here, Bloomberg Law, Law360)


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