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.
Pomerantz LLP’s Jeremy Lieberman led a $3 billion settlement for investors in a class action over Brazilian energy giant Petrobras’ corruption scandal, achieving a record sum and key legal ruling along the way to land him a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss the ethical boundaries of handling expert witnesses; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stepping down after abuse allegations; Jay-Z being ordered to give testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Dr. Dre attempting to block a medical doctor from registering a trademark for his similar-sounding name.
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.
Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors trying to prove that a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner’s shooting of his wife was no accident flooded the jury with painstaking detail from both eyewitnesses and the wealthy couple’s paper trail to establish that he had a financial motive to kill his wife, securing a murder conviction.
As sole lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's Elizabeth Cabraser helped drivers secure settlements totaling more than $15 billion and assurances that the polluting vehicles would be taken off the roads, earning her a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
Questions remain around who will permanently replace Eric Schneiderman as New York attorney general after he resigned in the wake of a news article detailing allegations of physical abuse by four women, new data show female in-house counsel earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts make on average, and Fox News hired a new general counsel amid a series of lawsuits alleging the network mistreated women and minority workers. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
Florida Coastal School of Law filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which recently determined the school had failed to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s enforcement actions have been inconsistent, its standards are vague and that the action against Florida Coastal was an “attack on diversity.”
For the first time since 1987, the California Supreme Court on Thursday approved major revisions to the rules of professional conduct for in-state attorneys, adding new guidelines that address advertising, conflicts of interest, sexual relations with clients, and a host of other concerns.
The new documentary "RBG" paints an entertaining portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her contributions to American law and society, even as the film suggests that some of her most important work happened decades before she joined the high court.
President Donald Trump’s choice for a Ninth Circuit vacancy sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support Thursday, putting one of the president’s picks for the high-profile court on the Senate floor for the first time.
Linklaters snagged the title of top legal lion this week, guiding Takeda in its $62.1 billion acquisition of rare disease-focused drugmaker Shire, while Arnold & Porter ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for filing frivolous motions on behalf of Boston Scientific in a patent infringement suit.
The Senate confirmed Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan to a post on the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, despite Democrats' complaints that the appointment violated traditional U.S. Senate deference to home-state senators.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dismissed a London partner without pay on Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of improper behavior brought by two staffers, the firm said in a statement.
Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has resigned from Greenberg Traurig LLP just weeks after he joined President Donald Trump’s legal team, the law firm confirmed on Thursday.
David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP enhanced his already prodigious reputation as a top-tier plaintiffs’ side attorney over the past year by working to resolve high-profile gender discrimination suits against Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Sedgwick LLP, earning him a place among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
President Donald Trump launched another bloc of court nominees Thursday, announcing picks for the Ninth Circuit and district courts in New York, Pennsylvania and Alabama, including a partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and veterans of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sidley Austin LLP.
The sudden downfall of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a frenzy of speculation as to who’s in the running to become the Empire State’s next top cop, and the answer could prove historic if it leads to the first woman or minority to be elected to the powerful post.
The recent explosion in legal technology was intended to expedite delivery of legal services and yet the gap in access to justice in America remains, a shortfall that a new report says may be because of a lack of diversity among the field’s leaders.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his controversial nomination of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Brian Benczkowski to lead the Department of Justice’s criminal division over his representation of a bank with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President Donald Trump's first nominee to the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday weathered criticisms about opinions he'd penned in college, as Democrats fumed over Republicans breaching the Senate Judiciary Committee's "blue slip" tradition to advance his nomination.
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.
Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.
Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.
In a conversation ranging from Wall Street lawyering to Howard Stern to the shape of the New York Court of Appeals, White and Williams LLP counsel Randy Maniloff sits down with former New York Gov. George Pataki at his office at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.