In one of the latest legal battles over October bar exams affected by the ongoing pandemic, law school graduates are asking the California Supreme Court to drop its plans for a remote test due to concerns over technical glitches and are pushing for provisional licenses to be issued instead.
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners said Wednesday that ongoing trial runs of the bar exam using new ExamSoft software have been a success, but added that two backup plans will be in place for the Oct. 13 exam in case there are issues with the software.
Regina Jones, now in her sixth month as the chief legal officer of Baker Hughes Co., has found that her job in these uncertain times centers much more on leading than lawyering.
Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett has given a first-person account of her legal career in a 65-page Senate questionnaire that sets the stage for her U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 2020 term kicks off Monday. The team discusses what Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the high court would mean for some of the biggest cases on the docket, from the fate of the Affordable Care Act to the First Amendment.
Some BigLaw firms are feeling the pinch of multiyear compensation guarantees they promised laterals before the coronavirus pandemic hit, with many taking a step back and reevaluating their use of the hiring tool, especially as some long-time partners see their pay pared back.
Cannabis company Upper Street Marketing and its CEO have asked an Oklahoma federal judge to reject two shareholders' bid to disqualify their counsel from a derivative suit over alleged mismanagement.
A limited liability company for a cryptocurrency trading platform and its founder shorted lawyers at Allen & Overy LLP more than $900,000, the firm has alleged in New York state court.
In part one of a four-part series looking at the questions top college and university lawyers are facing as students start the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, California State University general counsel Andrew Jones speaks to Law360 about the university's decision early on to go remote for the entire year and the complex considerations related to flu vaccination.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill this week aimed at increasing the diversity of jury pools in the state by requiring county jury commissioners to include all income tax filers, not only registered voters and licensed drivers, when establishing jury pools.
Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 26, just over a week after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here, Law360 takes a look at Judge Barrett's background and the battle ahead.
Perkins Coie LLP on Wednesday was recognized by both Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. for coming out on top over other BigLaw firms on increasing the representation of women and historically underrepresented attorneys within its ranks and on client matters.
Albert E. Dotson Jr. took over as managing partner of 100-attorney, Miami-based law firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP almost two years ago.
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden jousted over the U.S. Supreme Court at their unruly first debate Tuesday, disagreeing over when to fill a vacant seat and whether Biden should address liberal proposals to add more justices.
Amid civil unrest over racial injustices in the U.S., top in-house lawyers from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and nine other global financial institutions have pledged to further their commitment to diversity efforts in the legal profession, outlining a list of goals for themselves and their peers in an open letter shared Tuesday with Law360.
As coronavirus levels stay high in Georgia, the federal district that includes Atlanta said Tuesday it will hold no jury trials before next year, including high-profile showdowns like the $400 million kickbacks case against two former Tenet Healthcare Corp. executives.
A technology company has dropped DLA Piper's Canadian arm and two individual attorneys from a malpractice suit over a patent application process that went sour, effectively ending the case in Florida federal court.
Sidley Austin LLP's West Coast head of the firm's appellate and supreme court group has moved to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, his new firm announced Tuesday.
In the deferred prosecution deal with JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced Tuesday, federal prosecutors made clear that they now expect companies and their in-house counsel to bring data analysis into corporate compliance.
A D.C. federal judge forced Michael Flynn's lead defense attorney to admit Tuesday she has personally discussed the former national security adviser's criminal case with President Donald Trump recently, just moments after she invoked executive privilege to avoid speaking about the nature of her conversations.
Democrats are understandably scared that Judge Amy Coney Barrett will vote to vaporize the Affordable Care Act if she joins the U.S. Supreme Court. But whether she'll actually do so, much less deliver a decisive fifth vote against the landmark law, is far from clear.
A New York state judge declined to seal a large cache of documents belonging to Jay-Z on Tuesday in a lawsuit that claims the rap icon didn't promote a perfume as promised, only letting him redact information like his phone number from a personal schedule.
Jones Day has told a D.C. federal judge to stick with his decision to toss a former associate's Equal Pay Act claim, insisting the attorney hasn't shown she tackled the same workload as her higher-paid male peers.
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign continued to lock horns with governors fighting the COVID-19 pandemic this week, with New Jersey defending lawsuits over the state's remote-voting plan and Pennsylvania seething over a crowded rally the president held there recently.
Legal department hires during September included high-profile appointments at Zoom, AAA and BroadwayHD. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.
The Ninth Circuit's certification order last week in Fast Trak v. Sax presents an important opportunity for the New York high court to affirm the consensus among courts — litigation finance transactions are not loans subject to usury laws, say Wendie Childress and William Marra at Validity Finance.
The white, male power structure has eased the path for lawyers like me for far too long, and we should now be responsible for dismantling this systemic bias within the legal industry, says Scott McLaughlin at Eversheds Sutherland.
As law firms continue to experience the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that they reduce reliance on just a few rainmakers and foster a culture that makes business development a way of life for everyone — from junior associates to senior partners, says Elise Holtzman at The Lawyer's Edge.
Mediation in recent years has largely devolved into a kind of arbitration without due process — where a mediator reads briefs, decides where the case should settle, and drives parties toward that single-minded result — but online mediation can be steered in a different direction, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.
The stigma of discussing mental health struggles during these tough times is especially profound for attorneys of racial and ethnic minorities, but law firms and in-house departments can change the narrative, says Patricia Silva at Lathrop.
The past few months of lockdown have given rise to some profound patterns — litigators are more cooperative and less adversarial — and as the activities of courts and tribunals resume, lawyers should consider continuing to devote more time and resources to resolving disputes instead of fighting them out, says Matthew Vafidis at Holland & Knight.
Law firms in today's financial crisis may be looking at nontraditional arrangements such as portfolio funding or factoring to provide liquidity and cash support, but firms must first consider lawsuits brought against Pierce Bainbridge and other recent developments, says Katherine Toomey at Lewis Baach.
Those seeking resolution in commercial disputes that are stuck in an unavoidable but lengthy court backlog due to the pandemic must consider the advantages of arbitration and mediation over court proceedings, says former U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin now at Stroock.
The Minnesota Supreme Court's Maslowski v. Prospect Funding Partners decision this week reaffirms that the doctrine of champerty is archaic, impedes important litigation finance activity, and should be abolished in the handful of states where it remains alive, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.
A significant challenge in practicing law remotely is the use and handling of documents without paper, because common digital tools such as email or even secure file transfer applications are problematic, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.
The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.
The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.
One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.
Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.
To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.