For the American Bar Association’s 2017 annual meeting this weekend — its first in New York City in almost a decade — the organization will for the first time ever open up its legal education programs to nonmembers, an initiative meant to give attendants a taste of some of the benefits that come with participation in the ABA, the organization’s president told Law360.
Sedgwick LLP has seen 78 attorneys exit the firm, at least 29 of whom were partners, since the start of the year, precipitating the shuttering or downsizing of a number of the San Francisco-based firm's offices.
Law firms often fail to consistently deliver the services that in-house legal departments depend on, with a single attorney or group sometimes exceeding expectations only to watch as others disappoint. Here, experts offer five ways firms can become more consistent and better serve their clients.
Women make up half of all law school graduates and have done so for over two decades — but they’re still woefully underrepresented when it comes to appearing and speaking in court, a problem experts say can stymie their careers and prevent professional advancement. Here, Law360 looks at some things that are being done by law firms, judges and clients to help close the gender gap in litigation.
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.
Attorneys who travel abroad with privileged or confidential information on their portable devices must understand what their ethical duties are when pressed by U.S. border agents to search their phones, tablets and computers, according to a panel of experts Friday at a continuing legal education session in New York.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts fixed a vulnerability with its online PACER/ECF system that could have granted unlimited access to website owners whose visitors were logged in to PACER, the Free Law Project said Wednesday.
A D.C. Circuit decision could have far-reaching implications for the SEC's oversight of self-regulatory organizations, lawmakers have urged the DOJ to walk back its stance on gay rights protections in the workplace, and the National Labor Relations Board chairman confirmed his intention to leave the agency this year. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.
Attorneys considering entering the relatively new and volatile world of marijuana law need to educate themselves about the ethical rules and regulatory minefields surrounding the nascent industry, according to experts speaking Friday morning at a continuing legal education panel in New York City.
The Hollywood Police Department said investigators have determined that an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida found dead on a Hollywood, Florida, beach earlier this year took his own life, according to Thursday news reports.
In a rare pro bono victory at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Atlanta office, a Troutman Sanders LLP attorney working on behalf of the legal resource organization Kids in Need of Defense secured asylum for a teenage boy who faced violent retaliation for refusing to join a gang and sell drugs in his home country of Guatemala.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP on Thursday asked a California federal judge to send a suit alleging it underpays female attorneys to arbitration, saying that the former associate who brought the claims had signed agreements on two separate occasions to arbitrate any disputes she would have with the firm.
State Bar of California Executive Director Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker announced Wednesday she will be stepping down from her role in September, citing a desire to return to the East Coast to be with a new grandchild.
Green attorneys and ignorance of local rules are more pressing threats to the legal system than lawyers who intentionally disregard their ethical obligations, a panel of New York state and federal judges said Thursday.
Shortly after his home was raided by the FBI in an investigation into Russian election meddling, Paul Manafort has dropped his attorneys from WilmerHale and is retaining counsel from Miller & Chevalier Chtd., a spokesman confirmed Thursday.
Participating in the popular legal referral service Avvo Legal Services is unethical for lawyers in New York, the state bar association has found in one of two opinions discussing lead-generation sites.
Nearly two years after then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memo that instructed government prosecutors to pursue individual actors in probes into corporate misconduct, a Thursday afternoon panel of experts at the American Bar Association annual meeting in New York agreed that the memo has probably had more impact on the companies being investigated than on the officials investigating them.
Attorneys considering a move in-house need to hone their soft skills and should cultivate a familiarity with finance, business and office politics if they are going to succeed and thrive in their new roles, according to panel of experts speaking at a continuing legal education session in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.
Covington & Burling and Ward Smith & Hill topped this week’s legal lions list after a jury awarded their client $21.1 million in damages in an infringement suit over broadband patents used at offshore drilling sites, while Kobre & Kim and Dentons landed on the legal lambs list after the Seventh Circuit decided against their client, upholding the first-ever conviction for a market manipulation tactic known as spoofing.
Polsinelli will have new leadership in 16 months, and the firm's incoming chair, a real estate lawyer, has a vision of continuing to seek out work in the burgeoning field of health care real estate, he told Law360 in a recent interview.
The long roster of lawyers involved in the Trump-Russia morass may prove to be a boon for ethics scholars eager for fresh material, but don’t expect the investigation to turn on a legal conflict with the man spearheading the probe, New York legal ethics expert Stephen Gillers said Wednesday.
Robert S. Mueller III made over $3.4 million in 2016 and 2017 as a partner at WilmerHale prior to his appointment in May as special counsel overseeing the probe into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, according to a financial disclosure form made public Tuesday.
A Williams & Connolly LLP partner picked by President Donald Trump to act as a deputy U.S. trade representative earned $833,238 from his partnership share this year, according to a financial disclosure form publicized on Tuesday.
Citibank NA filed suit in D.C. federal court Tuesday looking to recover $3.2 million it says is owed on a $10 million loan issued to defunct intellectual property firm Novak Druce Connelly Bove & Quigg LLP, naming a pair of former partners as defendants who are now with Polsinelli PC.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.
Every time there is a Republican president and a Republican Congress the same bad idea arises to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It is all about judicial gerrymandering, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.
In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.
While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.
When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.
When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.