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Innocence Project recognizes Bob Hilliard and Brent Schafer

Bob Hilliard hadn't planned on spending his summer working to release Koua Fong Lee from a Minnesota prison. "I didn't have any interest or any calling to start freeing people from jail," he told Super Lawyers. "But the stars just aligned slowly, one at a time."

John S. Johnston speaks for 30,000 Missouri lawyers

Personal injury attorney John S. Johnston of Kansas City, Mo., is no stranger to being called Mr. Prez. In 1998 he was president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. In 2003, he took the top role at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation. And now he's gone statewide.

Sean Summers and the clash between free speech and basic human needs

When Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church picketed a U.S. Marine's funeral in Maryland in 2006, with signs reading, "You're going to hell," "Thank God for dead soldiers," and "America is doomed," it didn't take long for the story to spread across the nation. The father of the soldier, Albert Snyder, who lives in York, Pennsylvania, sued, and today arguments for Snyder v. Phelps will be presented in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is tasked with deciding whether Phelps can claim freedom of speech protections for his actions.

Dan Stormer takes privacy argument to Supreme Court

The first Monday of October marks the start of a new term for the U.S. Supreme Court, and on Tuesday, the court will hear arguments for NASA V. Nelson, which addresses an employee's constitutional right to informational privacy. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by 28 scientists and engineers who are contract workers at the NASA-owned Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Talent abounds among applicants for BP litigation steering committee

Last Monday was the deadline for lawyers to apply for a prized spot on the plaintiffs' steering committee that will lead the multidistrict litigation against BP over the oil spill. Deciding who will make it onto the panel won't be easy. So far, there have been over 300 lawsuits filed by more than 100 lawyers, many of whom have appeared regularly on a Super Lawyers or a Rising Stars list. These talented lawyers include:

  • Kurt Arnold: Arnold & Itkin, Texas Rising Stars (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Richard Arsenault: Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Dawn Barrios: Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Daniel E. Becnel: Jr., on behalf of his firm, Becnel Law Firm, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007, 2010)
  • Scott Bickford: Martzell & Bickford, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 -2010)
  • David Boies: New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2007-2010)
  • Anthony (Tony) Buzbee: The Buzbee Law Firm, Texas Rising Stars (2004), Texas Super Lawyers (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Elizabeth Cabraser: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Northern California Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Brent Coon: Brent Coon and Associates, Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Lewis "Mike" Eidson: Colson Hicks Eidson, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Calvin Faynard: Fayard & Honeycutt, Southern California Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Thomas Girardi: Girardi Keese Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2010)
  • Ervin Gonzalez: Colson Hicks Eidson, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Stuart Z Grossman: Grossman Roth, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Stephen Herman: Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Rhon Jones: Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, Alabama Super Lawyers (2009-2010)
  • Mark Lanier: The Lanier Law Firm, Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2010)
  • Walter Leger Jr.: Leger & Shaw, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Ronald Motley: Motley Rice, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • Mike Papantonio: Levin Papantonio, Florida Super Lawyers (2006 to 2010)
  • Ronnie Penton: Law Offices of Ronnie G. Penton, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • Joseph Rice: Motley Rice, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008 -2010)
  • James Roy, Domengeaux: Wright, Roy & Edwards, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 -2010)
  • Christian Searcy: Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Christopher Seeger: Seeger Weiss, New York Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Matthew Shaffer: Schechter McElwee Shaffer & Harris, Texas Super Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • James Singleton: Singleton Law Firm, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Scott Summy: Baron & Budd, Texas Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • K. Luan Tran: Lee Tran & Liang, Southern California Rising Stars (2005-2007)
  • Perry Weitz: Weitz & Luxenberg, New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2006-2010)
  • John Eddie Williams Jr.: Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, Texas Super Lawyers (2003 -2010)

James Lobsenz: the lawyer who won Margaret Witt's reinstatement

Lesbian flight nurse Margaret Witt, who was kicked out of the military in 2004 when it was discovered she was in a relationship with a civilian woman, was reinstated to the Air Force Reserve last week, thanks in large part to the work of James Lobsenz of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle.

Hollywood finds a friend in Thomas Dunlap

Seeing The Hurt Locker in the theater: $10. Buying The Hurt Locker on DVD: $25. Renting The Hurt Locker from Redbox: $1. Illegally downloading or sharing The Hurt Locker: up to $2,900--to settle with the Oscar-winning film's producer.