Thursday, April 16, 2009

Links Roundup

  • Former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer weighs in on the 7th Circuit Jones v. Harris case. That case was first mentioned on this blog in early March. Chicago-Kent Professor William Birdthistle, who authored a brief of amici curiae with several other law professors for the Jones v Harris case, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal commenting on a similar case from the 8th Circuit, Gallus et al. v Ameriprise Financial Inc., which makes reference to both the Posner and Easterbrook opinions in Jones.
  • “Accountability Lies with All of Us” - Tom Wilson, CEO of Allstate, wrote this Op-Ed in yesterday’s NY Times, advocating that “we must all accept responsibility for our current situation, and work together to broaden the scope of federal regulation to protect both consumers and financial markets.”
  • Hot on the heels of Northwestern’s offer to graduating students to extend their University-sponsored health care coverage, UCLA has announced that it is establishing a new LLM program for the 2009-2010 school year – the “Transition to Practice” program, which will “focus on enhancing the practical skills and development of the new lawyer.” Ironically, we have heard this idea somewhere before … for further debate on whether an apprenticeship should simply be part of the J.D. curriculum, you can click here, here, or here.
  • OMG, GGP – As Jon mentioned below, General Growth Properties filed for bankruptcy this morning. They are represented in bankruptcy by Marcia Goldstein of Weil Gotshal and James Sprayregen of Kirkland & Ellis. See extended coverage from Crain’s Chicago Business and the Trib.