Lawyers spend about 30 percent of their day on billable hours, according to a surprising new report from practice management software Clio, with most of the rest of the day eaten up by billing, administrative tasks and looking for new clients.
In-house legal departments are continuing to snag young, talented attorneys from BigLaw firms in spite of a pay gap accentuated by a recent spate of associate raises, with nonmonetary perks luring associates away from law firms and into corporations. Here, three nonmonetary perks that lure associates away from law firms and into corporations.
Gaining prestige may be one of the more challenging tasks that law firms take on, but there are a number of tactics firms can use that hold the potential to transform their image from ordinary to elite. Here, experts highlight four ways law firms can pump up their prestige.
Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.
After disciplining a judge for allegedly sexually harassing a prosecutor, Chicago's court system this month is set to hold its first-ever training on sexual harassment for all of its nearly 400 judges, part of a growing trend in state courts as they grapple with #MeToo.
Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney LLP on Tuesday named Bill Stoeri, a trial lawyer who has worked at the law firm for more than 30 years, as its new managing partner starting next year.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh got off to a quick start at the U.S. Supreme Court following a rocky confirmation battle over sexual misconduct claims that divided the nation, asking numerous questions Tuesday at his first pair of oral arguments just days after he was sworn in as President Donald Trump’s second appointee to the high court.
The former head of legal for Bayer U.S. has been appointed general counsel of Adidas AG, the Germany-based sportswear manufacturer said Tuesday.
The law reviews at Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Law discriminate against white men when selecting their members and which articles they will publish, according to a pair of suits filed in Massachusetts and New York federal courts.
General counsel of the Americas for Barilla Group, Talita Erickson, recently spoke to Law360 about what she looks for in outside counsel, what she thinks about the billable hour, and the recent regulations that have had the most impact on her business.
D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, following a bitter, three-month nomination fight. Here, Law360 takes a look his road to confirmation.
The Senate confirmed D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court by a two-vote margin Saturday, following a bruising nomination battle for President Donald Trump’s controversial choice to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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.
When Judge Brett Kavanaugh angrily told senators that sexual assault allegations against him were a “political hit” by Democrats sore about the 2016 election and seeking “revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” he waded into the murky waters of politics unlike any U.S. Supreme Court nominee in modern history, experts say.
Authorities on Friday formally charged a disbarred South Carolina lawyer with killing a police officer and wounding six other law officers during a shooting two days earlier, Richland County officials said.
The American Bar Association on Friday sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying it has reopened its evaluation of the fitness of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court in light of his temperament during a hearing last week.
A study underway in California about whether to make lawyer malpractice insurance compulsory across the nation's largest attorney population has some Golden State experts scratching their heads over whether such a plan is feasible — or even needed.
The U.S. Supreme Court's fall term has officially kicked off and former acting U.S. Solicitor General and the current head of Jenner & Block LLP's appellate practice Ian Gershengorn joins Law360's Pro Say podcast to break it all down.
A recently settled nonpayment suit between a legal recruiter and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP drew attention to the importance for in-house law firm counsel of delineating between administrative and legal functions, and the Big Four accounting firms staked a top position in a survey as the most well-known alternative legal service brands. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
After two continuous months of job loss, the legal sector turned a corner and saw modest gains on the employment front, adding 1,400 jobs in September, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation may have been secured Friday after he won majority support in a bitterly divided Senate from previously undecided senators.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens reportedly said Thursday that D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the high court following his emotional Senate Judiciary Committee testimony last week.
Delaware Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. said Thursday that uneven post-recovery gains and the separation of individual stockholders from key decisions about the use and voting of their securities threatens to fuel broader discontent with the nation's economic system and corporate structures.
A California bankruptcy judge on Thursday noted the “astonishing amount” of work Sedgwick LLP did prior to its Chapter 11 filing, after an attorney for the now-defunct firm touted it as a bankruptcy “success story” — all its employees have been paid and found new jobs since the firm shuttered in January.
The law firms on Law360’s 2018 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across eight states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The 2018 Law360 Diversity Snapshot shows only incremental progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce. At every level of a typical law firm, minority attorney representation increased by less than a percentage point from last year’s survey.
Women have made up over 40 percent of law school students for more than three decades, and they now make up more than half. But our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms shows that women continue to be underrepresented at all levels.
Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.
As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be — feminist icon, brilliant jurist, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend. Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.
Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.
One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.
As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.
U.S. District Judge Manish Shah of the Northern District of Illinois recently said he will consider lead firms’ willingness to put young and diverse attorneys in positions to take substantive roles in the multidistrict litigation he is overseeing. This is an improper use of judicial power, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.
A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.
In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.