Finally, some good news for the legal industry—after two months of decline, 1,500 legal jobs were added in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More positive signs: demand for legal services increased by 2.1 percent from 2010 levels during this year's first quarter, according to the Peer Monitor Index Report.
The aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death has a lot of lawyers discussing whether the U.S. military operation was legal. The Pakistani government, which has been under fire from lawmakers, has retained Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell to lobby Congress to continue providing billions of dollars in aid to the country.
Fordham University has named a new dean, Michael Martin.
It was another big week for the world's largest law firm. DLA Piper hired former Delaware governor and Congressman Michael Castle as a partner in its government affairs practice. The Republican was a two-term governor and nine-term member of the House of Representatives. Matthew Yoon has joined the firm in New York as a partner in its government affairs practice. Yoon formerly worked with SNR Denton. Two DLA Piper partners, John Haley and Carlos Loumiet, were named top dealmakers of the year in public finance by Daily Business Review.
Four ex-Howrey partners in Europe have found new firms, according to American Lawyer. Marc F-X Groebl will join Jones Day, Reed Smith has hired two intellectual property lawyers in Paris, and O'Melveny & Myers hired Marc Reysen in Brussels.
Jones Day has hired energy transactions lawyers Gerald Farano and Danielle Varnell in Washington, D.C. Both worked at Winston & Strawn.