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After #MeToo, Firms Still Have Blind Spots Vetting Laterals

Law360 (August 10, 2018, 12:01 PM EDT) -- In the era of #MeToo, law firms are more conscious than they've ever been about the need to vet a potential new partner who may have a history of misconduct, but their options for screening attorneys are constrained by costs and other practical impediments, namely the need to maintain confidentiality in lateral jumps.

While firms are eager to avoid bringing into the partnership a threat to workplace safety or a public relations disaster, the swift departure of a recent Mayer Brown LLP lateral partner underscores that there is only so much firms can do to independently investigate if an attorney fails to...

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