The 2018 law school commencement season is underway, and keynote speakers at academic institutions across the country have sought to impart lasting advice to new grads. Here, five high-profile lawyers, including Preet Bharara, Rod Rosenstein and Anita Hill, shared their advice for improving local communities and the world, guidance which even seasoned attorneys may be able to apply to their own careers.
Law firms currently lag behind much of the corporate world when it comes to using psychology to price the services they sell, and in doing so firms may be missing out on a good deal of potential revenue, according to a speaker at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago Tuesday.
A recent lawsuit against Morrison & Foerster alleging discrimination against women who have children illuminates a question looming over the legal industry: Are law firms truly welcoming to mothers, or are their parental leave policies merely lip service?
The American Bar Association on Friday released survey data on the nationwide population of lawyers indicating a 10-year trend of moderate year-to-year increases since 2008 that amount to a 15.2 percent increase over the last decade.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance railed against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision Tuesday to relieve him and assign a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation into domestic violence allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — a move that victims’ advocates had called for earlier in the day.
Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann on Tuesday called attention to the dearth of available counsel for immigrants facing court proceedings, arguing that immigration attorneys serve a critical purpose of promoting and realizing access to justice.
The American Bar Association has been accused of negligence related to its role in certifying the now-closed Charlotte School of Law, with a former professor and an alumnus adding the association to their suit against the for-profit school and its parent company.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC’s Steven Toll racked up a series of multimillion-dollar settlements in 2017, including a $175 million shareholder deal with BP over the Deepwater Horizon spill and $165 million in a mortgage-backed securities class action, landing him among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
A young Honduran man's six-year fight to remain in the United States ended recently with an Arlington, Virginia, immigration court ruling that he was a target for violent reprisal if he returned to his home country and granting him asylum, thanks partly to the pro bono advocacy of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his resignation late Monday night after The New Yorker reported that he’d subjected four previous romantic interests to “nonconsensual physical violence" including choking, hitting and threats to kill them if they broke up with him.
The Senate took a step toward confirming President Donald Trump's fourth judge on the Fifth Circuit on Monday, sending U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt through a procedural vote as part of a raft of judicial nominees this week.
A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means lots of well-deserved recognition within a firm and in the larger legal community. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the first quarter of the year.
A cancer-screening lab embroiled in a long-running data dispute with the Federal Trade Commission has claimed in New York federal court that a Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner directed a whistleblower to hide from the agency that he had hacked the lab's files with surveillance tools the partner had given to him before she joined the firm.
The co-chair of WilmerHale's futures and derivatives practice who was tapped for a spot in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a report with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics revealing he earned nearly $1.2 million at the law firm in 2017 and the first few months of this year.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP's Mark Lebovitch helped reach a settlement in shareholder litigation over sexual harassment claims at 21st Century Fox that created the first corporate watchdog council — all while negotiating a $290 million deal over Pershing Square's insider trading scandal, earning him a place among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
Kindel Elam is living her dream, both physically and metaphorically, as executive vice president and general counsel of Mattress Firm. After eight years at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Elam decided she wanted to go in-house at the retail company. Mattress Firm, which had been her client since 2007, went public in 2011 and was looking to hire a general counsel. Here, she shared what keeps her up at night — besides her dog — and her advice to lawyers hoping to make a similar in-house transition.
Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman PC's R. Brent Wisner helped score the first jury verdict holding a brand-name drugmaker liable for injuries caused by a generic version in a high-profile case involving an attorney's suicide while on generic Paxil, landing him among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.
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.
President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit, a conservative Oregon prosecutor, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, according to the Senate website, despite objections from Democratic senators.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we’re joined by Robert Weaver, one of the lawyers featured in Netflix’s binge-worthy docuseries “Wild Wild Country,” who tells us all about what it was really like to prosecute the leaders of a cult.
The Northern District of Illinois, one of the country's busiest courts, is dealing with a surge of judicial vacancies that is expected to grow over the next year, and with no current nominees to fill the spots, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, experts told Law360.
Class action defense spending is on the rise for the third consecutive year and has reached its highest level since 2010, according to a recent survey of more than 400 general counsel and chief legal officers.
When Graham Curtin PA founding partner Thomas R. Curtin closed the door of his Morristown, New Jersey, office and took virtually his entire team with him to McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP last month, the end of an era for one small shop marked the start of a productive new one for both firms.
As the #MeToo movement sweeps the nation, the legal industry is starting to respond: Law firms are reviewing sexual harassment policies, fostering more internal discussion, and, in some cases, getting rid of arbitration agreements that have gained a reputation for perpetuating the problem.
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.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.
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.