* Five years after 9/11, the nation reflects on the tragic events of that day and mourns the thousands of lives that were lost. Former Solicitor General Ted Olson — whose wife Barbara Olson, the prominent conservative commentator and lawyer, was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon — turns 66 today. [Legal Times; New York Times]
* Counterterrorism officers at the CIA are signing up for an insurance plan that would cover their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged criminally with wrongdoing. [Washington Post]
* A sex offender in Virginia, who had sex with his 14-year-old sister, is suing the state to keep his name and address off the internet (as part of Virginia’s online sex offender registry). The Virginia AG’s spokesperson: “Do you let the feelings of a convicted sex offender outweigh the safety of Virginia citizens?” [Washington Post]
* Guess what, kids? It’s clerkship application season! [WSJ Law Blog]
* Judge Edward H. Johnstone (W.D. Kentucky) is stepping down from the bench, after 30 years of judicial service. [Louisville Courier-Journal via How Appealing]
* Judge James deAnda (S.D. Tex.), who as a lawyer litigated Hernandez v. Texas, the Supreme Court case holding that the equal protection clause prohibits courts from keeping Hispanics off juries, passed away at the age of 81. [New York Times]
* Not sure if this counts as news, but Milberg Weiss continues to hemorrhage key partners. It’s throwing money at people to try and get them to stay. [Wall Street Journal via WSJ Law Blog]


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