Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.
Litigation’s languishing, judges are burned out and attorneys are avoiding federal courts. While filings have increased 38 percent since 1990, the bench has grown by only 4 percent. How is the legal system coping?
The Judicial Conference of the United States has recommended Congress add 73 permanent federal district judgeships to 27 districts in 18 states. They include courts with high caseloads, stopgap judgeship positions and yearslong vacancies.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s move Wednesday to place co-chair Gordon Caplan on leave following his indictment in the now-infamous college admissions cheating scandal was to be expected, crisis managers say, but many believe the firm has not gone far enough in its response.
Senior Manhattan U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet, nominated to the bench by former President Jimmy Carter, has died at the age of 96, a court official said Sunday.
For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
The District of Columbia's head disciplinary counsel has apologized to a veteran lawyer and onetime Georgetown Law professor accused of taking money he didn't earn from a jailed client's family after the counsel discovered both witnesses in the conduct case had lied to squeeze a refund from the lawyer.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two significant cases of administrative law this week as it wraps up its March argument session, both asking whether courts are giving federal agencies too much leeway to interpret rules and laws.
Despite former clients' strong ownership claim over their files, lawyers can in some circumstances demand they sign a "hold harmless" release before complying with a call for file destruction, the New York state bar said Thursday.
Judicial vacancies are a problem, but a sheer lack of new judgeships is a deeper issue that’s stretching the federal judiciary to the breaking point. Reporter Cara Bayles joins us this week to explain the problem and how we got here.
Law firms Gibson Dunn, Perkins Coie and Lowenstein Sandler are out some $255,000 for legal advice they gave accused fraudster Anna Sorokin before word of her alleged scheme got out and she was busted by prosecutors, the Manhattan district attorney said in court papers filed shortly ahead of her trial.
The California federal judge dishing out tough talk in Monsanto's high-stakes Roundup litigation is a "brutally honest" jurist who "doesn't play games" and "very much takes attorneys to task" when he sees fit. And that's what his admirers say.
Fannie Mae has appointed an in-house veteran with real estate industry experience as its new general counsel, almost six months after its previous top attorney stepped down.
Fox Corp. has appointed a former General Motors Co. deputy general counsel who once served as a U.S. attorney to be its chief litigation counsel, the media company said Friday.
While many general counsel say they are open to experimenting with alternative fee arrangements, they simultaneously admit the standard practice of hourly billing won't go away anytime soon, largely because it's often the most feasible and there isn't a different universal option.
The Supreme Court decided firms that conduct nonjudicial foreclosures aren't generally considered debt collectors, and the FTC chairman said the agency will pursue with renewed force advertisers who make misleading claims about their products. These are some of the stories in legal news you may have missed in the past week.
Mayer Brown LLP has fired Chicago banking and finance partner Zac Barnett for "inappropriate personal conduct with a subordinate," the firm's chairman told attorneys in an email late Thursday.
Attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Dentons and Greenberg Traurig LLP have been added to the ranks of defense counsel in the college admissions fraud scheme federal prosecutors revealed last week.
A California federal judge has sanctioned an attorney for his “repugnant” request to hold a hearing to purportedly demonstrate a pattern of noncompliance with the American with Disabilities Act among hotel owners of East Indian descent.
The General Counsel's Office for the U.S. House of Representatives has added a former U.S. Department of Justice appellate attorney, another potential sign House Democrats are gearing up for legal battles with President Donald Trump.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.
With more judicial vacancies at the start of his term than any president in the past three decades, President Donald Trump has an unusual opportunity to reshape the federal judiciary. Here is Law360's comprehensive guide to the nominations.
Lenders and the law firms they hire to perform nonjudicial foreclosures can take some comfort in the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act doesn't broadly apply to these out-of-court proceedings, but the ruling still leaves some questions to sort out, experts told Law360.
Paul Weiss earned the title of top legal lion this week with a win at the U.S. Supreme Court for law firms that provide nonjudicial foreclosures, while Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz ended up among the lambs after a jury found Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller likely led to a man’s cancer.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2018 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.
You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.
My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.
Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.
Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.
More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.
Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.