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Given the controversy surrounding President Trump, the Mueller probe, Stormy Daniels, an unsigned settlement agreement, $130,000, and Michael Cohen, the recent FBI raid on Cohen's office seemed inevitable, or at least like one of the major plot turns in some low budget comedic mystery film that just keeps getting more and more unbelievable.

As reports explain, the raid occurred Monday morning at Cohen's offices and his hotel room. Business records, as well as emails and other documents were seized. And while many attorneys have suspected something like this was in the works, the invasion of the attorney-client privilege, even when it's related to the crime-fraud exception, just never sits well.

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Offered Free Legal Aid

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, no lawyers emerged as heroes.

It rarely happens when disasters strike anyway because most often attorneys arrive later to make a case. But there is no bleeding in the courtroom.

Sometimes, however, lawyers can help victims when their wounds are still fresh. It's time now, because many people need a hero in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

Should Lawyers Be Able to Sue Their Firm Anonymously?

In a $50 million sex discrimination lawsuit by a BigLaw partner against her firm, the judge is allowing the plaintiff to proceed as "Jane Doe."

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson granted the partner's motion to litigate anonymously, although the defendant law firm already knows her name. Even the press has outed her as the mostly likely one of two women partners at the Washington D.C. office of Proskauer Rose.

The case presents many questions about BigLaw life, particularly as similar gender discrimination lawsuits are pending against other large firms. But this is the first of them to present the question whether litigants should be able to proceed anonymously in such circumstances.

When it comes to line spacing, Judge Victor Marrero does not play around. The SDNY judge fined the boutique litigation firm of Susman Godfrey $1,048.09 last week for breaking with his court's line space rule.

The firm's crime? Using 24-point spacing, instead of the court's required double spacing.

The EPA and the National Endowment for the Arts aren't the only government programs facing massive cuts under President Trump's proposed budget. In the proposal released last Thursday, the President urged Congress to fully eliminate funding to the Legal Services Corporation.

Under the proposal, the nation's largest funder of legal aid wouldn't receive a single federal cent -- a move that has plenty in the legal community fuming.

A lawyer who made material misrepresentations in a lawsuit may be sued under New York's 'attorney deceit' statute, even if there was only a single act of misrepresentation.

The suit, brought by Canon, the camera and photocopier company, involves accusations that a New York attorney and his firm colluded with their clients during a dispute over a Canon dealership. Canon claims that the attorney knowingly filed false papers with the court during litigation over the dealer agreement, Bloomberg reports, in a story that comes to our attention by way of the ABA Journal.

Just in time for International Women's Day comes another suit alleging gender discrimination in the legal industry.

Two lawyers at Chadbourne & Parke filed a class action lawsuit against their firm, alleging that Chadbourne discriminates against female partners in its compensation system. And while the suit isn't new, having been filed last summer, a recent memorandum of law in support of class certification gives the suit's claims more force. In 2013, male partners at Chadbourne earned 40 percent more than their female counterparts, according to the filing.

Litigation Boutiques Continue Spinning Out of BigLaw

When a piece of an iceberg breaks off, it's doesn't mean sea levels will rise around the world. But if a polar cap starts to fracture, scientists will certainly take measurements.

Sedgwick LLP, which has lost 40 lawyers in the past two weeks, is somewhere in between. It started with two groups of partners splitting off and then another 25 attorneys breaking away.

It marks the most recent -- and maybe the biggest -- fracture at the firm, which lost more than 10 percent of its lawyers each year in recent years. With 343 attorneys in 2014, the firm now says it has 250 lawyers worldwide. Many of the departing lawyers are following an established trend for former BigLaw lawyers: starting litigation boutique firms.

Lawyer Seeks Immunity for Lying Clients. It Fails Badly

Pancy Lin, a partner at Lynberg & Watkins, stepped into harm's way when she arrived to defend Orange County social workers who had lied in a custody case to wrest custody from the plaintiff's mother. Based on their perjured testimony, the trial judge took custody of her children away from her.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, having read the social workers' argument that they were immune from liability in the civil rights action, was ready.

There's plenty of talk about law firm cyber security on legal blogs. Tales of hacked emails, ransomed documents, even hacked household devices.

But don't forget, not all threats are cyberthreats. Some thieves still prefer to practice their craft the old-fashioned way, by kicking in the door or crawling through the window, as a recent string of law firm robberies in West Virginia reminds us.