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The lawyers arguing the historic Wal-Mart Case

The largest employment discrimination case in U.S. history, involving more than a million women accusing Wal-Mart Stores of unfair pay and promotions, could face the Supreme Court nearly a decade after the suit was filed. This case of national significance for class action law is being handled on all sides by attorneys selected to Super Lawyers lists. Theodore Boutrous Jr. (Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005 to 2010) represents Wal-Mart. Joseph Sellers (Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2007 to 2010) and Brad Seligman (Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005 to 2009) are among the lawyers representing the plaintiffs. Wal-Mart is asking the Supreme Court to review whether the suit should have involved individual filings rather than proceeding as a class action lawsuit, which could cost the retail giant more than $1 billion in damages.

Barnett Lands Another Book

Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is now officially a DC power player: he has retained Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly to shop his autobiography. Barnett, whom we featured in the cover story of 2007 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, has successfully placed a number of political books on the best-seller lists, including offerings from Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy and Tony Blair. Barnett's legendary for geting huge advances for his clients -- he got Clinton around $10 million -- so expect Brown to end up with seven figures.  

A Good Deal for Everyone

 We are thrilled with the acquisition of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. The transaction is the ultimate validation of Super Lawyers as the leading lawyer rating system in the country. Both lawyers and consumers will benefit: With Thomson's extraordinary resources and capabilities, the attorneys named to Super Lawyers will be able to greatly expand their reach to new client and referral sources. And consumers will now have even better access to Super Lawyers knowing the integrity of the rating process will be preserved in keeping with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Seth Williams: Now The Man is the D.A.

Five years ago we placed Seth Williams on the cover of Pennsylvania Rising Stars with the headline "The Man Who Would Be D.A.." Well, he did it. On Jan. 5 he takes office as the Philadelphia district attorney, the first African-American DA in state history.

Super Lawyers News: Skadden Arps legend Joseph Flom

Malcom Gladwell, author of the The Tipping Point and Blink has a new book, Outliers: The Story Of Success. We particularly enjoyed the chapter, "The Three Lessons of Joe Flom." Flom, as many of you know, is the last living named partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and a perennial name on the New York Metro Super Lawyers list and has been a Top 100 honoree as well. His story is the stuff of legend and Gladwell does his typical expert job telling it.

Super Lawyers News: First Amendment Lawyer Martin Garbus Defends Authors

 WorldNetDaily reports that First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus (New York Metro Super Lawyers 2006-09) who has represented the likes of Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela and Andrei Sakharov, New York has agreed to defend the co-author of"Muslim Mafia" and his son in a lawsuit brought by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

What? Another Ranking?

 As I mentioned in my last post, Dean David Van Zandt of the Northwestern University School of Law came up with his own ranking of law schools based on the number of graduates named to Super Lawyers adjusted to reflect class size (using 1999 enrollment figures). 

Does Class Size Matter?

Above the Law reports that Dean Van Zandt of Northwestern Law School believes we should have taken class size into account when ranking law schools. Our rankings are based on a simple count of lawyers selected to 2009 Super Lawyers. The Dean ran his own numbers using a weighted average method based on enrollment in 1999. Using this approach, Northwestern rises from our ranking of 18th to 8th in the nation. 

Super Cum Laude: Our First Annual Law School Ranking

 Today Super Lawyers announces the release of our first annual ranking of U.S. law schools. The 2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings is unique in that it ranks law schools based on the number of graduates who are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers across the country. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to Super Lawyers lists (click here to see our selection process).