Oakland’s Big Bet on License Plate Readers: Safety Boost or Surveillance Overload?

Oakland, Calif. – Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a plan to bolster public safety in Oakland by deploying nearly 300 new license plate readers throughout the city, a significant escalation from the current arsenal of nonfunctional devices. Funded by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), these sophisticated cameras are designed to capture and analyze vehicle license plates, identifying those associated with serious crimes. This expansion aligns with broader state efforts to address organized crime and rampant roadway violence, yet it does not include a corresponding increase in the number of police officers, presenting operational challenges for … Read more

The Future of Big Law: Kirkland & Ellis Dominates Revenue Rankings, Raises the Stakes for Competitors

New York City, NY – Kirkland & Ellis has emerged as the leading law firm in terms of revenue, leaving its competitors trailing far behind. With over $6.5 billion in gross revenue, Kirkland dominates the rankings, with Latham & Watkins being the closest contender at around 80% of its revenue. Only two other firms, DLA Piper and Baker McKenzie, can even reach half of Kirkland’s size in terms of revenue. This exceptional growth has prompted the industry to dub it “The Great Growth Race,” according to Fairfax Advisors, a law firm consultancy. The implications of … Read more

Filmstiftung-supported Productions Win Big at 74th Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin, Germany – Three Filmstiftung-backed productions received accolades at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday evening. Presided over by jury president Lupita Nyong’o, the awards ceremony celebrated the outstanding talents in the film industry. Matthias Glasner was awarded the prestigious Silver Bear for Best Screenplay for his film “Dying”, while Martin Gschlacht received the Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution for his work as the director of photography on “The Devil’s Bath”. Juliana Rojas also received recognition as Best Director in the Encounters competition for her film “Cidade; Campo”.

The Untold Story of Big Law Associates: High Salaries Mask the Stress and Layoffs

NEW YORK – Big Law associates in 2023 enjoyed high salaries despite billing fewer hours than in previous years, according to a recent analysis. However, a closer examination reveals that the situation is not as rosy as it may seem on the surface. While it is true that average hours billed by associates in 2023 decreased by nearly 8% compared to 2021, it is important to understand the reasons behind this decline. Associates in 2021 were already working unhealthy and unsustainable hours, with some even experiencing serious health issues. One associate reportedly suffered a heart … Read more