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.
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.
Legal industry employment has reached its high water mark for the year with the addition of 800 new jobs in April, a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
A London research firm named Pinsent Masons LLP as the strongest United Kingdom legal brand, new data showed overall legal spending is on the rise, and a newly published survey found that many employers continue to struggle with a rapidly changing patchwork of state and local workplace laws that include measures aimed at closing pay gaps between men and women. Here are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
The Texas Supreme Court’s proposed changes to attorney disciplinary rules have earned the ire of dozens of lawyers who say the rules would subject them to overly broad subpoenas, cut them out of investigatory hearings and unjustly penalize them for advocating for their innocence when accused of misconduct.
Female lawyers need to advocate for themselves in pursuing greater roles in the courtroom and within their firms, prominent women attorneys said Thursday at a New Jersey panel discussion.
Lawyers with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Morrison & Foerster LLP are leading an army of attorneys that head this week's lions list for their work on a recently announced tie-up between T-Mobile and Sprint, while the lambs list kicks off with an attorney whose Instagram posting led to a $10,000 sanction.
Many BigLaw firms expect more technical expertise and business development skills from newly minted associates than they once did as practices strive to get ahead in a legal market in which clients are tightening their belts.
A former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP legal secretary has dropped a suit alleging a supervisor made various racist and homophobic comments about him and other African-American colleagues behind the scenes of an Apple v. Samsung patent trial, according to a New York federal court filing Tuesday.
The dispute between New York City and a coalition of New Jersey Muslims alleging the New York City Police Department illegally spied on them for years ended in a settlement in April, bringing to a close six years of litigation supported by the pro bono work of Gibbons PC.
Pinsent Masons LLP for the first time stole the top spot as the United Kingdom's most distinct legal brand in a survey of corporate legal department leaders published on Wednesday by London research firm Acritas.
A Williams & Connolly LLP partner who served as an attorney to Bill Clinton during his impeachment is in line to replace Ty Cobb, the lead attorney for the president on the Russia investigation, as Cobb plans to retire at the end of the month, according to statements Wednesday from the White House and the firm.
A split Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday affirmed a federal court's judgment in sentencing a 27-year-old man who tried to kill a Florida federal judge to 343 years imprisonment, with one dissenting judge arguing the man’s mental health problems should have set aside a sentencing enhancement.
Schiff Hardin LLP said Tuesday it has implemented a new benefits plan for employees that will help them transition into parental leave and return to work by reducing the hours requirement by 20 percent for one month before childbirth and one month after returning to work.
After years of cuts, overall legal spending is on the rise, with nearly half of the law department decision makers who participated in a recent study expecting their total in-house budget to increase this year and most anticipating their outside investments to drop, according to data released on Tuesday.
As a number of prominent partners leave BigLaw and join boutiques — or form their own — some high-paying and sought-after work is being funneled away from the global giants to more modestly sized law firms.
A New Jersey federal judge has imposed a $10,000 sanction on a lawyer whose excuse for missing a court filing deadline in an employment suit was later refuted by photos on her Instagram account, writing that she deliberately misled the court and other attorneys about a trip she took to Mexico.
A worker in Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Manhattan office sued the firm in New York state court Monday, alleging it and outsourcing company Williams Lea Inc. tried to push her out because of her age and let another worker sexually harass her despite her many complaints.
Among the notable legal department hires during the first month of spring were new general counsel at Microsoft Corp., GoPro Inc. and the United States Steel Corp., as well as an acting principal associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant general counsel at global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
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.
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.
Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.
Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.
I had not expected to be in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 22, 2016. To me, our opponent's petition seemed quite like a long shot. But clearly I had underestimated the appeal of their argument, says Matthew McGill of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.
Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.