A Beijing murder trial in March is thought to mark the first time in China a court has used virtual reality during a criminal trial. As the technology's costs come down and its familiarity goes up, it likely won't be long before U.S. courtrooms follow suit.
Junior associates riding high on their new BigLaw paychecks may be tempted to spend money now and think about the future later, but doing so could set them up for major financial hardship down the road. Here, five big money mistakes to avoid as a young attorney.
Large law firms are often slow to embrace change and lawyers are notoriously risk-averse, but with the right measures in place firms can create an environment where innovation can flourish. Here are four ways law firms can further groundbreaking ideas.
Layoffs have hit the American Bar Association following years of declining membership rates, with approximately 4 percent of its workforce expected to get a pink slip or accept a voluntary buyout by mid-April as major organizational changes are implemented.
The federal judiciary's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on Tuesday approved rule changes designed to quell discovery disputes and time-wasting over depositions of corporate representatives.
While the legal profession has trailed other fields in its adoption of artificial intelligence tools, that is certain to change within the next few years and the implications for both legal departments and law firms will be profound, a panel of experts told legal marketers at a conference in New Orleans on Tuesday.
The career of onetime Third Circuit judicial clerk Paul B. Matey, who has since made his mark on New Jersey’s legal scene as former Gov. Chris Christie's counsel and a hospital executive, is coming full circle with his nomination to the federal appellate bench Tuesday.
The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for a dual post to two Kentucky judicial districts on Tuesday, marking the 29th judge to be confirmed since the start of his presidency.
The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at eight recent developments.
President Donald Trump announced his latest wave of judicial nominees Tuesday, choosing a lawyer with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for the Third Circuit, a Georgia Supreme Court judge for the 11th Circuit and a partner at Covington & Burling LLP to the U.S. Tax Court.
A Texas state jury sentenced a San Antonio attorney to 80 years in prison for pressuring clients to have sex with him in exchange for legal services, a Bexar County district attorney spokesperson told Law360 on Monday.
Federal investigators searched attorney Michael Cohen's office, seizing records related to payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and possibly communications between Cohen and his longtime client President Donald Trump, according to reports on Monday.
The Senate moved toward a final vote Monday on President Donald Trump’s latest judicial confirmation, a joint nominee for two districts in Kentucky.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has staked out a position in the court’s far right camp, but the junior justice has yet to face the most controversial decisions. Here, Law360 pores over the Trump appointee’s record on the court so far.
After nearly two decades at The Cheesecake Factory, Debby Zurzolo is set to retire on Thursday. Here, the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary thinks back on what the company has done to remain relevant in the evolving restaurant industry, and looks forward to her upcoming post-retirement plans.
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.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss a major case headed to trial over whether college athletes should be paid; a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on overtime pay; a judge saying courts improperly used the fees from PACER; and an Iowa man who was threatened with lawsuits when he said his town smelled like “rancid dog food.”
An analysis found that women earn less than men in nearly every occupation across all wage levels, Facebook now estimates the data of roughly 87 million users — not the previously believed 50 million — was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, and a survey revealed that general counsels would prefer to bring additional talent in-house rather than rely on outside counsel. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
Despite a gain of 400 jobs in March, the legal services sector has struggled to pick back up after job losses recorded at the beginning of the year, finishing the first quarter with more than 1,000 fewer jobs than at the end of 2017, according to a report on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The law firm behind a series of lawsuits against online trademark registration services was hit with a bid for sanctions Wednesday after using a job candidate’s interview statements in a complaint and then accusing the candidate’s mentor of witness tampering, according to a motion filed in California federal court.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP snagged this week's top legal lions spot after it helped secure the reversal of a $35 million malpractice verdict against Holland & Knight LLP, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP ended up a legal lamb after a jury slammed client Johnson & Johnson with $37 million in damages over claims its talcum powder contained asbestos.
The regulator for solicitors in England and Wales issued a second warning to the legal industry on Thursday over the fees firms charge for payment protection insurance claims, cautioning that it might take action if it thought solicitors were acting unfairly.
Many law firms that simply offer legal services may be missing out on the opportunity to grow larger faster, and bring in more revenue with less manpower, by failing to turn at least some of their expertise and knowledge into products.
Law firms aren’t quelling their merger mania just yet, according to a Wednesday Altman Weil Inc. report, with 30 law firm mergers announced in 2018’s first quarter, beating out the previous record first quarter and on pace to beat the record-breaking year that was 2017.
The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge amid a sexual misconduct scandal investigated by Law360 showcases how personal behavior can become a professional liability for attorneys, but experts say it falls well short of a #MeToo reckoning for BigLaw.
The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins Chair Bill Voge was the culmination of a monthslong association with a woman unconnected to the firm that began last September, when Voge volunteered to broker a "Christian reconciliation" between her and a member of a nonprofit where Voge sat on the board.
Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.
Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit.
As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.
Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.
Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.
While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.
Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.
In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.
Each time I've argued before the U.S. Supreme Court it has been just as much of a thrill as the first, but my first argument was distinct because it involved a certain amount of fortuity on the way to the podium, says Elaine Goldenberg of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.