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.
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.
The 2017 Law360 Diversity Snapshot shows that law firms have stagnated in their drive to diversify their attorney workforce. At every level of a typical law firm, minority attorney representation grew by less than a percentage point from last year’s survey.
Managing partners at U.S. law firms became “sharply more pessimistic” in late 2007 about both the economy and its anticipated effects on the legal industry, according to a report released this week by the law firm group at Citi Private Bank.
A state appeals court has ruled a New Jersey law firm cannot pocket the referral fees owed a disbarred attorney who sent the firm scores of personal injury cases in the months before his license was suspended.
Reinforcing the power of e-mail as a medium for an enforceable settlement, a Massachusetts appeals court ruled in favor of Basis Technology Corp. in its case against Amazon.com Inc. regarding nonpayment for work done on the online retailer's Japanese Web site.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has settled a breach of contract case against an electronic-discovery vendor that allegedly missed deadlines and provided shoddy work, hindering the firm's ability to meet a discovery deadline.
Spurred by strong candidates and a perception that the Bush administration has overstepped the rule of law, attorneys have given record contributions to Democratic presidential candidates in this election at a rate of nearly 4-to-1 compared to Republicans.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC is reportedly in discussions to merge with struggling southeastern counterpart Powell Goldstein LLP.
New amendments to the Freedom of Information Act aim to put more pressure on government agencies to provide a timely response to requests for information. Federal agencies could now face financial consequences if they blow their FOIA deadlines.
With associates' salaries and billable-hour requirements on the rise, some law firms are shifting into damage control mode to address clients' concern for their pocketbooks — and attorneys' worries about quality of life.
In the wake of Thursday's revelation that Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will be handing pink slips to a slew of associates, lawyers across the nation were left wondering whether more law firms are set to suffer a similar fate.
The number of federal lawsuits filed in 2007 fell markedly from the year before, indicating a possible slump in litigation volume, our analysis of federal dockets shows.
Tort reform is no longer a political hot potato and probably won't have much impact on the Presidential election campaign, but the issue could gain some traction in congressional races, observers say.
Lawyers' salaries skyrocketed to unprecedented levels last year, a boost seen by some in the legal field as a justifiable necessity in the face of stiffening competition. But the pay hikes left others with a bitter taste in their mouths, heating up the debate over how far firms should go to attract and retain talented professionals.
With the economy seemingly on the brink of a downturn, some lawyers are starting to wonder how their industry will fare in a much tougher climate.
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China, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Japan and the European Union. Law firms broke new ground or bulked up existing offices in these countries or regions in 2007. The firms followed clients in industries such as energy, financial services and technology as they chased new business opportunities abroad.
Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to modify rules that cover the discovery process for attorney-client communications and attorney work product.
Paving the way for a fresh start for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and Hughes & Luce LLP, the two firms’ partners have signed off on a proposal to join forces in the new year.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP said Wednesday that merger talks with U.K.-based Watson Farley & Williams LLP had collapsed amid disputes over several aspects of the proposed deal.
The country's largest companies are spending more than ever on legal fees, but the increase in legal expenditures is due just as much to the jump in attorney salaries as it is to a spike in litigation, according to a new survey.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh in on the rate at which paralegals' fees may be assessed against the U.S. government in adversarial and administrative proceedings, and more broadly to provide guidelines on how much plaintiffs can recover for the costs of paralegals' services.