O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced Monday that it has adopted new technology it says will reduce implicit bias in its hiring process and improve diversity by making use of neuroscience and artificial intelligence to assess candidates “on their potential, not pedigree.”
Only 40.7 percent of those who took the California bar exam this summer passed, according to recently released data, continuing a decline that's vexed Golden State officials and hitting a low not seen since 1951.
Law firms are developing and implementing a wide range of legaltech solutions designed to boost the efficiency of internal processes and provide new legal services, but the surge in innovation is not necessarily being driven, or even noticed, by clients, according to a new report released on Monday.
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.
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.
A D.C. federal judge on Friday ordered the Department of Justice and lawyers for six Judiciary Committee senators suing to obtain Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s records from his time as a top adviser in the Bush administration to turn in a status report on resolving the conflict by Dec. 7.
Before Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s formal investiture Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle six different cases ranging from uranium mining in Virginia to the taxability of lost railroad wages during the last week of its November argument session.
Legal funders routinely give significant “haircuts” on repayments from clients who take advances on expected recoveries from their cases, according to new research on an industry getting increasing regulatory scrutiny.
The tension between state and federal cannabis laws was on display this week in Colorado, where a marijuana farm beat accusations that their otherwise legal business amounted to federal racketeering. To break down the case’s big implications for a budding industry, we’re joined on the Pro Say podcast by Denver court reporter Diana Novak Jones.
A California federal judge said Friday he'll likely award the state's Department of Fair Employment and Housing $400,000 in attorneys' fees after it won a contempt bid against the Law School Admission Council for failing to accommodate disabled LSAT test takers under a consent decree.
More than 50 corporate giants signed a statement against reported plans by President Donald Trump to roll back legal protections for transgender people, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission proposed further regulating the cryptocurrency industry, and new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission numbers on sexual harassment claims were higher than estimated. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
The legal services sector added just 600 jobs during the past month, a small uptick that doesn’t make up for an overall decline in jobs the industry has experienced over the past decade, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Just 13 law firm political action committees have reported contributing a quarter-million dollars or more to candidates for federal office and party committees this election cycle, an effort some say is a good way for firms to stand out from the crowd when dealing with lawmakers.
More than 50 major companies, including Amazon, Bank of America and Pepsi, as well as such large law firms as Hogan Lovells LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP, signed a statement issued Thursday against reported plans by President Donald Trump to roll back legal protections for transgender people.
With Broward Health still struggling to right the ship after three years under a corporate integrity agreement with the federal government, the South Florida hospital system's board fired its general counsel Wednesday following criticism of spending on outside attorneys, unfinished physician contracts, and a culture of "fear and intimidation."
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 third quarter of the year.
There is growing support among federal judges who oversee multidistrict litigations for a new rule to address the growing involvement of third-party case investors, members of a judicial rules committee said Thursday.
Burr & Forman LLP will dramatically expand its footprint in the southeastern U.S. by absorbing Carolinas-based McNair Law Firm PA in a tie-up that will become effective Jan. 1, the firms announced Thursday.
Colorado marijuana litigator Red Law LLC topped this week’s legal lions list after a federal jury sided with its cannabis cultivation business client in a first-of-its-kind Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, while New York attorney Richard Liebowitz ended up on the legal lambs list after a judge refused to alter a ruling that labeled him a “known copyright troll.”
Baker McKenzie has selected a Washington, D.C.-based tax practice veteran to serve as its North America regional chair and elevated a Dallas-based North America international commercial practice stalwart to its executive committee, the firm announced Tuesday.
The role magistrate judges play in federal district courts varies greatly from district to district, and analysts and legal scholars should dedicate more attention to the ways magistrates shape the district courts, according to a recent academic study.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP told a New York state judge Wednesday that the litigators who left to launch Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot renege on their obligation to arbitrate a contentious dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit a portion of fees to their old firm.
Polsinelli PC namesake James "Jim" Polsinelli on Wednesday announced his plans to retire, almost 50 years after founding the law firm in Kansas City, Missouri, as a 28-year-old lawyer.
Kirk Hancock spoke to Law360 about his new role as chief executive officer of Atlanta's Taylor English Duma LLP and why being a nonlawyer gives him a unique perspective on the challenges facing the legal industry.
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.
A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.
Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.
In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.
It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.
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.