Weekly News Update

weekly-news *News came earlier this week that the mayors of the nation’s three largest cities—New York, Los Angeles and Chicago—plan to launch a new effort to increase citizenship among legal permanent residents titled “Cities for Citizenship.” [Wall Street Journal]

*Three lawyers are among the 21 people named this year’s MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive a no-strings-attached award of $625,000, to be paid out over five years by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. [Bloomberg]

*A state commission has submitted the names of seven attorneys and judges for the upcoming vacancy on New York’s highest court, including the Republican who holds the seat. [The Legislative Gazette]

*A federal appeals court set to wrestle with the legality of the National Security Agency’s massive collection of information on Americans’ phone calls will not do so in front of TV cameras, the court said in an order. [Politico]

*Can you fake caring? Should you? Will your clients be able to tell if you’re fake-caring? Those are some of the questions that may arise after reading an article on Law.com by an NYU Law School vice dean in which lawyers are advised to send nice notes to clients and share embarrassing stories. [Courthouse News Service]

*Two men who’ve spent more than 15 years in prison after being convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old Brooklyn girl saw their guilty verdicts overturned when a state appeals court ruled cops withheld evidence that might have cleared them and then lied about it. [NY Daily News]

*A bill introduced in the City Council designed to license and regulate the “costumed individuals” in Times Square who pose for tips will likely force many other street performers across the city to pay a $175 fee, register with the Department of Consumer Affairs, and face fines and jail time for noncompliance, much like the street vendors who sell purses and glass pipes. [Gothamist]

*Computer hackers are targeting top international law firms, including Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates, to steal intellectual property data and trade secrets, the Tribune-Review found. [Triblive News]

*A law professor has noticed that the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has copied and pasted an incorrect passage of law for inclusion in over twelve of its unpublished opinions. [JD Journal]