Recent law school graduates were more likely to spend time after graduation in career limbo and had a much bleaker opinion of the value of their degree than their older counterparts, according to a new report released on Tuesday.
Law firm managers say the first half of 2018 is looking just slightly rosier than the six months that preceded it, despite a marginal dip in confidence that the U.S. economy will improve, according to a new survey released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank.
Being a litigator requires organization, discipline and efficiency, and even the most revered litigators admit there are challenges to staying organized and progressing on projects. Here, Law360 looks at seven daily habits litigators have adopted to help them manage busy schedules and stay on task to attain success.
Client demands and market forces have created a shortage of oral arguments opportunities for developing new appellate lawyers. In a series of interviews with Law360, firms explain how they are dealing with the problem.
K&L Gates responded Thursday to allegations in a putative New York federal racketeering class action that claimed the firm helped cover up Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, noting the firm is not named as a defendant and denying any links to an alleged Weinstein cover-up.
The California Supreme Court dove deep into the financial rights of law firms on Thursday when the trustee of dissolved firm Heller Ehrman LLP argued it’s entitled to the hourly profits of ex-partners for cases they continue at new firms like Jones Day and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Attorneys from Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, Jones Day, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP take the lead in this week's list of legal lions for their role in overturning an $84 million award against their clients, while the legal lambs list is rounded out by a number of attorneys in hot water.
Slater and Gordon Ltd. shareholders on Wednesday voted in favor of a recapitalization plan to give control of the publicly traded Australian law firm to hedge funds, at its annual general meeting in Melbourne.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of Fifth Circuit nominees, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James Ho, along with Eighth Circuit nominee L. Steven Grasz of Husch Blackwell LLP over objections from Democrats.
From local judges to U.S. Supreme Court justices, it’s not unusual for jurists to write and publish books — but judges looking to see their names in print need to make certain they are aware of the judicial ethics rules that cover both the writing and the marketing of books.
Some law firms are feeling a squeeze on the cash they have available for investments in the future as demand for firms' services remains sluggish and partners continue to expect ever-rising profit payouts.
The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments.
Counsel for an attorney who is aiming to use a Texas free speech law as grounds to dismiss fraud claims brought against him by a former court opponent told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that the conduct at the heart of the complaint “arose from a judicial proceeding,” and therefore the suit must be tossed under the law.
A federal magistrate judge ruled Wednesday in favor of a Delaware man who argued that the state’s requirement for political party balance on its judicial benches violated the U.S. Constitution, finding that judges don’t fall under policymaker exceptions to prohibitions against political tests for government employment.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP argued in a filing docketed Tuesday that a former client suing the firm in Pennsylvania state court for $30 million over an alleged betrayal had twice waived any conflicts stemming from the firm’s representation of potential adversaries.
Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Monday sent the names of four potential nominees — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for the three vacancies on the Middle District of Florida bench.
Chinese hackers tried to spy on attorneys and snatch secret files from three multinational law firms by luring lawyers with phishing emails citing the uproar over Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, cybersecurity researchers said Tuesday.
As the House and Senate prepare to reconcile their vastly different proposals for taxing pass-through enterprises, practitioners anticipate that the more complex House plan, favoring capital-intensive businesses and passive investors, ultimately will get ditched for the more labor-friendly Senate version.
A pair of litigation boutiques have revealed that their associates would receive year-end bonuses that either matched or exceeded the market scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard among many BigLaw firms.
Morrison & Foerster LLP helped abortion clinics and providers reach a pro bono victory in late November when a U.S. district judge ruled that a Texas law restricting the most common second-trimester abortion practice in the country is unconstitutional.
A Fox Rothschild LLP labor and employment partner and a Duane Morris LLP litigation partner were among 19 attorneys tapped by Gov. Chris Christie for New Jersey judgeships, according to a Monday announcement from the governor’s office of appointments filed with the Secretary of State.
In a rush to pass its $1.4 trillion tax cut bill early Saturday, the Senate made several last-minute changes to major provisions to win over holdouts, but it also included less-publicized changes affecting the tax treatment of Ninth Circuit lawyers, sports leagues and universities. Here are details on four under-the-radar changes that were made to the Senate tax bill.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP have each revealed that they will award year-end bonuses to U.S. associates with slight variations to the scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has largely held sway over BigLaw firms since it was announced Nov. 28.
McGuireWoods LLP on Monday said litigator Jonathan P. Harmon will take over as chairman of the firm, succeeding a man who held the position for more than a decade and becoming the first African-American to hold the post in firm history.
Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.
There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.
If you had asked me whether I was nervous the morning that I gave my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the answer would have been — to my own surprise — not at all, says Michael Kimberly of Mayer Brown LLP.
Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.
While the cybersecurity attestation framework from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is still in its adoption phase, it likely will open new ways for law firms across the U.S. to deal with cybersecurity questions, says Christian Leitner of OUM & Co. LLP.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.