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Business of Law

  • August 3, 2012

    Justice Ginsburg Talks Opera And Dissenting Opinions

    A roomful of lawyers experienced a special blend of legal intellect and classic art on Friday, when live opera performances sparked comments on both music and law from Supreme Court Justice — and opera aficionado — Ruth Bader Ginsburg at an American Bar Association panel in Chicago.

  • August 3, 2012

    NY Judges Push Back Against Court Streamlining Effort

    A powerful group of judges pushed back Friday against an effort to streamline New York's court system, disputing a claim that merging 11 trial courts into a two-tier system would save $440 million annually and arguing such a move could see them serving as "widgets" — as opposed to experienced jurists.

  • August 2, 2012

    DOJ Says Illegal Immigrants Can't Get Law Licenses

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday objected to an illegal immigrant’s effort to be admitted to the California State Bar as a licensed attorney and argued that U.S. law prevents illegal immigrants' licensure to practice law.

  • August 2, 2012

    Senate Confirms Mich. Judge In Contested Vote

    In a close 55-41 vote Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gershwin A. Drain as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, despite the objections of Republicans who took issue with statements Drain had made years before regarding gun rights and the death penalty.

  • August 2, 2012

    Fish & Richardson Cuts 14 Support Staff

    Boston-based Fish & Richardson PC has laid off 14 staff members, including paralegals and litigation support positions, across several of its offices, the firm confirmed Thursday.

  • August 2, 2012

    Husch Blackwell Hikes 1st-Year Salaries In 8 Cities

    Missouri-based litigation and business law firm Husch Blackwell LLP will raise salaries for first-year associates at eight of its 15 offices effective Sept. 1, the international firm announced Wednesday, saying new associates at its Chicago office will start at $160,000 per year.

  • August 2, 2012

    Judge Won't Bow Out Of Alma Mater's Postgrad Job Row

    A New York judge who graduated from Brooklyn Law School declined on Wednesday to recuse himself from a proposed class action accusing the school of recruiting applicants through fraudulently inflated post-graduation employment data.

  • August 2, 2012

    Cooley Set To Relocate, Expand DC Office In Warner Building

    International law firm Cooley LLP has inked a lease for 75,000 square feet at the Warner Theater building in downtown Washington and plans to relocate from its current, smaller offices early next year, the firm told Law360 on Thursday.

  • August 2, 2012

    Law Firms, Schools Should Look Out For Bias: ABA Panel

    Implicit biases and stereotypes can prevent young lawyers from advancing in the workplace, and players from the legal world's educational and professional sides should work to address those issues, panelists at the American Bar Association's annual meeting said Thursday in Chicago.

  • August 1, 2012

    Lavish Dewey Payouts May Turn Creditors Against $90M Deal

    Revelations that Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP paid out millions to select partners in the months before its collapse may raise the ire of creditors and force the firm to ask partners for far more than the $90 million that has been proposed to resolve potential clawback litigation, experts say.

  • August 1, 2012

    Traub Lieberman Expands To LA With Insurance, PL Team

    Insurance law firm Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP has opened a new office in Los Angeles to focus on construction defect litigation and coverage, as well as environmental and bad faith litigation, it said Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2012

    Dewey UK Unit's Administrators Recommend Liquidation

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's U.K. unit should be moved from administration to liquidation, and will be on Aug. 6 unless its creditors call a meeting before then, its joint administrators said in a regulatory filing Friday.

  • August 1, 2012

    Pa. High Court Justice Sheds 2 Charges In Corruption Case

    Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin notched a victory Tuesday as a state court judge dismissed two out of nine criminal charges lodged against her for allegedly ordering her publicly funded staff to work on her 2003 and 2009 political campaigns.

  • August 1, 2012

    Ill. Attys, Banking Firm Team Up To Offer Financial Advice

    Four Illinois attorneys have formed Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro LLP, a law firm providing complex financial assistance to small- and mid-sized companies that will offer services collaboratively with private investment banking firm S-K Partners Ltd., the attorneys announced Wednesday.

  • July 31, 2012

    Dewey Floated 2-Week Cash Lifeline To Aid Ex-Partner Deal

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday granted Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP a cash lifeline to sustain the cratered law firm for two more weeks as it attempts to cobble together a critical settlement with former partners.

  • July 31, 2012

    Greenberg Atty Hired At NJ Turnpike After Failed High Court Bid

    A Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney and recently rejected nominee for the New Jersey Supreme Court was approved Tuesday for a new post — general counsel of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

  • July 31, 2012

    Spencer Fane Set To Merge With Grimshaw & Harring

    Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP will absorb Grimshaw & Harring PC, giving the Kansas City, Mo.-based firm a Denver office that specializes in working with special districts and municipalities in Colorado, the firms announced Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2012

    Ex-Perkins Coie Atty's Pay Claims Sent To Arbitration

    A California federal judge on Monday threw out a putative class action brought by a former Perkins Coie LLP attorney over paycheck deductions, ordering the parties to enter arbitration as called for in a partnership agreement.

  • July 30, 2012

    Senate Won't End Debate Over 10th Circ. Judicial Nomination

    The U.S. Senate blocked a bid Monday to end debate over the nomination of an Oklahoma federal judge to serve on the Tenth Circuit, following Republican opposition to appointing judicial nominees in the months leading up to November's presidential election.

  • July 30, 2012

    Ky. Bar Violated Atty's Free Speech Rights, 6th Circ. Rules

    The Sixth Circuit found Friday that the Kentucky Bar Association violated an attorney’s First Amendment rights when it threatened enforcement action in response to the lawyer's public criticism of a commission’s conduct during an ethics investigation.