Islands apart.

Writing and reporting from New York and Taiwan.

Far from home, far from school (with video)

More than 16,000 children currently live in New York City’s shelters. Many of them are placed in shelters far from their schools, and school attendance among homeless children lags behind the city average. Janee Cherry of Brooklyn spends 20 hours a week commuting to her middle school.


The dishonor of violence

Few nonfiction books take the reader on a journey of discovery in which the audience, the author and the subject all seem not to know where it will lead. Fox Butterfield’s ‘All God’s Children’ is a family history of violence that neither the author nor his young subject, convicted of double murder, understood when the journalist began his reporting


Soaring to new peaks in Denver and Boulder

Big law firms are beefing up their intellectual property practices in the Denver-Boulder area, where a thriving tech industry is fueling demand. With the recession over, companies are spending more on IP protection. Now Denver has been picked for a satellite patent office, too


Pro bono stories, 2012: The ISSF pushes for sustainable skipjack

More than 160 fisheries worldwide carry the certification of the Marine Stewardship Council. But last year, when one of the world’s largest tuna fisheries was about to be certified, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation objected


Pro bono stories, 2012: Civil rights suit over mental institution

Armstrong Teasdale and the Eastern Missouri ACLU are pursuing a class action lawsuit against a state-run mental institution in Missouri over what the lawyers say is a failure to treat sex offenders who are confined there against their will


Kirkland & Ellis and Davis Polk help in Sunquest sale

Lawyers at the two firms advised on the sale of laboratory software developer Sunquest Information Systems to Roper Industries for $1.4 billion. Roper expects the purchase from Vista Equity Partners will be complete within a month, pending antitrust approvals


Ropes & Gray, Mayer Brown help seal Fresenius Kabi deal

Fresenius Kabi, a European supplier of medical equipment used in intravenous therapy, is expanding its U.S. presence by acquiring Illinois-based Fenwal Holdings, Inc., a manufacturer of blood-collection equipment


Glass ceiling? Not at Fragomen Del Rey

Data collected by The National Law Journal from the country’s top 250 firms show that immigration law firm Fragomen Del Rey has the highest percentage of women equity partners, and of the firm’s 306 lawyers, 200 are women.


Energy lawyers see winds shifting for offshore turbines

Though offshore wind farms are common in Europe, wind developers in the US have failed for more than a decade to clear regulatory and financial hurdles. Now, though, they are optimistic that things are finally going their way.


Women general counsel networking their way to the top

The importance of professional networking, both to advance one’s own career and to further equality between the sexes at top companies, was a key theme on Monday at a panel discussion on the rise of women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies.


Wachtell Lipton partner leaves for investment bank Greenhill

After 20 years at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, corporate partner Gavin Solotar is leaving the top-ranked Am Law 100 firm to become a managing director and the general counsel of New York–based boutique investment bank Greenhill & Co.


Baker Botts advises on Linn asset buy, IPO

Linn Energy announced that it would buy natural gas properties in southwest Wyoming from British oil giant BP for $1 billion. The same day, the company announced a planned IPO for subsidiary LinnCo.


‘Far from home’ on Alternet

Alternet republishes my story with Ankita Rao on Janee Cherry, one of thousands of homeless students in New York’s public schools. Twelve-year-old Janee spends 20 hours a week commuting from her shelter in Queens to her middle school in Brooklyn on public transportation.


A&O, Freshfields and Jones Day advise in London bourse deal

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing said Friday that is has agreed to buy the London Metal Exchange for roughly $2.17 billion (about £1.39 billion). At about $168.4 per ordinary London Metal Exchange share, the purchase price was higher than expected.


Three firms advise as Apax, JMI land software maker

Private equity firms Apax Partners and JMI Equity announced Monday that they would acquire software maker Paradigm Ltd for $1 billion in cash. Skadden, Kirkland and Goodwin Procter are advising on the deal.


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