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Business of Law

  • February 8, 2010

    Judges' Race, Gender Can Affect Case Results: Reports

    A judge's race or gender can have a significant impact on the outcome of cases involving racial or sexual harassment allegations, two recent studies suggest, prompting questions from judges and scholars about exactly how those reports should be used and interpreted.

  • February 8, 2010

    Vinson Answers Complaints With New Bonus Payouts

    Following numerous internal complaints, Vinson & Elkins LLP has reportedly increased the size of its merit-based bonuses, particularly to associates outside of New York.

  • February 5, 2010

    5 Surefire Ways To Annoy A Judge

    Did you hear the one about the lawyer who asked the judge to postpone a trial so he could catch a football game? Or the one who read his brief, word for word, to the whole courtroom? How about the one where the lawyer dissed Cornell University Law School — only to discover it was the judge's alma mater?

  • February 5, 2010

    Legal Power Couple: Meryl Wiener & Barry Bryer

    This week, as Valentine's Day approaches, Law360 takes a look at five couples whose careers couldn't preempt the laws of attraction. Today's powerful pairing: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's Meryl Wiener and Latham & Watkins LLP's Barry Bryer.

  • February 4, 2010

    Obama Nominates 4 New Federal Judges

    President Barack Obama has nominated four people to serve as federal judges in four different district courts around the U.S.

  • February 4, 2010

    Legal Industry Diversity Takes Back Seat In Recession

    The economic recession is undoing the diversity gains the legal profession has made in past decades by drying up funds for diversity initiatives, according to a new report.

  • February 4, 2010

    10th Circ. Grants Mandamus In 'Novel' Jury Access Bid

    A federal appeals court has issued a limited writ of mandamus ordering a district court to explain why it denied a lawyers association's request to interview a jury that found Sunoco Inc. liable for employment discrimination in 2005.

  • February 4, 2010

    Poking Around Facebook Could Win Your Case

    As more and more courts rule that anything you say or do on Facebook can and will be used against you in a court of law, the social networking site is becoming a powerful game-changer for attorneys on both sides.

  • February 3, 2010

    Greenberg Traurig Opens San Francisco Office

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has joined the list of firms expanding their California operations with the opening of its San Francisco office, the firm's fifth office in the state.

  • February 3, 2010

    Howrey Shows Door To 100 Attys, Staffers

    Alluding to a drop in legal work, Howrey LLP reportedly has handed out pink slips to 100 attorneys and staffers in the firm’s U.S. offices.

  • February 3, 2010

    Mayer Brown, Pillsbury Disclose 2010 Pay Scales

    First-year associates' salaries at Mayer Brown LLP will hold steady at $160,000 across the firm's U.S. offices, while compensation for first-years at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's non-New York offices will dip to $145,000, according to firm memos.

  • February 2, 2010

    Tight Job Market Could Drive Legal Ed Reform

    For years, law schools have talked about the need to provide students with more practical skills. Now, with the associate market at U.S. law firms contracting and competition for starting positions fiercer than ever, experts predict schools will put their money with their mouths are.

  • February 1, 2010

    Lateral Market Heats Up In 2010

    Lateral movement in the legal industry skyrocketed in January, with Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP and K&L Gates LLP scoring the most new partners, of counsel and special counsel.

  • January 29, 2010

    5 Things You Should Never Say To A Client

    As a rule, attorneys should strive to communicate candidly with clients, but while honesty is generally the best policy, there are some things you might like to keep to yourself. Law360 gives you a crib sheet for what not to say.

  • January 29, 2010

    Kelley Drye Age Bias Suit Signals New Worry For Firms

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is the latest law firm to face a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit over its policy of forcing older partners off its equity ranks, but attorneys say any firm with mandatory retirement programs leaves itself open to charges of age discrimination.

  • January 29, 2010

    Vinson To Unfreeze Pay, Use Cravath Bonus Model

    Vinson & Elkins LLP has reportedly ended its salary freeze and outlined how it will dole out merit-based bonuses and raises to associates.

  • January 29, 2010

    Senate Advances 2 NC Judges For 4th Circ. Seats

    The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended Thursday that the Senate approve the nominations of two North Carolina judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • January 29, 2010

    Glass Ceiling Still Looms Over Judge's Bench: Study

    Women are still underrepresented on the nation’s federal and state judicial benches, holding only 22 percent of all federal judgeships and 26 percent of all state-level positions, according to a new study.

  • January 28, 2010

    Launching Your New Practice Group: 5, 4, 3...

    Whether expanding outright into a hot new area or repositioning an existing practice group to access new clients, forward-looking law firms are constantly looking for ways to grow. Law360 asked legal consultants and attorneys to help develop a guide to launching a successful and enduring practice group so that you know where to look before you leap.

  • January 27, 2010

    Obama, High Court Clash In Public

    In a rare moment of public tension between a U.S. President and the Supreme Court, President Obama scolded the Supreme Court in his State of the Union Wednesday night even as at least one justice shook his head in disagreement.