Weekly News Update

weekly-news *The news of Michael Brown’s death sent many Ferguson, MO residents into the streets to protest yet another police murder of an unarmed black man. The police’s reaction to the crowds on top of the fact that the name of the officer who shot the teen wasn’t released has led some to question whether the Ferguson police have violated the constitution. [ABA Journal]

*The long history of police avoiding the lens is bumping up against technology, as strapping cameras to officers themselves is increasingly considered good policing practice. [The Guardian]

*This week in a courtroom in Manhattan, about 30 children are scheduled to appear, one by one, before a judge. Most likely speak little or no English. They won’t necessarily have lawyers. They are there because of a surge in child migration. [NY Times]

*Three-time champ Tony Stewart is reviled—and beloved—for his take-no-prisoners, borderline-unhinged attitude. But we may never know whether he hit Kevin Ward deliberately. [The Daily Beast]

*In the days of yore, the partner track in Biglaw was oftentimes a reward for consistent competence and professionalism. In an era of PPP and RPL, most firms (other than the Cravath, Quinn, or Simpson Thacher types) are less likely to promote associates unless they see real revenue-generating potential. If you find yourself in your fifth to tenth year and are unsure whether you will make partner, here are four steps to help you steer your career… [Above the Law]

*Englewood, NJ will become the first in the state to raise the age to 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products, following a banning trend across the country and internationally. [Pix 11]

*Lowenstein Sandler, which has about 330 lawyers in the United States, opened its Washington D.C. office in Foggy Bottom this week with seven attorneys, including four from D.C. law firm Dickstein Shapiro. [Washington Post]

*Fabian G. Palomino, who advised Democratic governors of New York State from W. Averell Harriman to Andrew M. Cuomo and who was particularly influential in the administration of Mario M. Cuomo, a friend since law school, died last week in Manhattan. He was 90. [NY Times]