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Diversity fetches top honors for Thompson & Knight

In an age when diversity finds equal prominence as top legal issues, one law firm has managed to keep its diversity banner flying high together with its clout in the legal arena. Texas-based international law firm Thompson & Knight, LLP, established in 1887, is one among the top 100 law firms for diversity.

The MultiCultural Law magazine, a diversity publication from L.P. Green & Partners, Inc., published its lists recently where the firm was also named among the Top 50 Law Firms for Partners, Top 100 Law Firms for Women, Top 25 Law Firms for Hispanics, and Top 25 Law Firms for Native Americans.

MultiCultural Law deals in diversity issues pertaining to the legal profession. It also covers diversity in the workplace and the role played by minorities and women in the business sector. Thompson & Knight's more than 420 attorneys' practice focuses on the energy sector, besides corporate and securities, litigation, tax, insolvency, and international energy matters.

Stinson and Blumenfeld combine forces in St. Louis
St. Louis-based Blumenfeld Kaplan & Sandweiss tied the knot with Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, on July 1. The union will see in a combined force of more than 65 lawyers, 13 paralegals, and 47 staff members in Stinson Morrison's St. Louis office. The new firm will be called Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP.

Stinson's 360 attorneys in nine offices throughout five states represent clients in a full range of corporate, transaction, and litigation matters. The firm, which started operations in 1878, deals in real estate law, mergers & acquisitions, labor & employment, business litigation, financial services, healthcare, sports law, and products liability. On the other hand, Blumenfeld, Kaplan & Sandweiss, founded in 1950, looks after real estate, tax, estate planning, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, immigration, labor and employment, intellectual property, and litigation for its clients. John Moticka, St. Louis co-managing partner stated the firms hope to leverage on "this strong foundation to help clients in St. Louis and throughout the country achieve their goals."


Bat virus name causes protests in Malaysia
Little did the Malaysian and Australian scientists know that their chosen name for a bat virus would be threatened to be changed. Having discovered a virus believed to be carried by bats, scientists named it the "Melaka virus," sounding similar to the Malaysian state of Malacca. State officials said it was an insult to name a virus after their state. According to them, Malacca is a popular tourist destination and the move may harm the tourism industry. The virus was detected last year when a bat entered a house located in the state of Malacca. The family staying in the house contracted the bat-borne virus and showed symptoms of fever and respiratory illness. Apparently, the state would rename the controversial virus moniker.

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