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.
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.
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.
Democratic senators asked a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner at a hearing on Tuesday about his work for a Russian bank caught up in controversy around the presidential campaign, saying it will present a conflict if he is confirmed as head of the Department of Justice's criminal division.
While yet another U.K. law firm went public last week, U.S. regulators have continued to maintain their resistance to outside investment in the sector, a stance some say is pushing clients away as the existing capital structure fails to deliver the results they demand.
Young lawyers should take advantage of their own ignorance. When you are starting out, you can ask questions and seek explanations from more experienced attorneys without losing face, says Mike Stocker of Labaton Sucharow LLP.
Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.
While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.
In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.
As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.
U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.
A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the push for more scrutiny of litigation funders, a Massachusetts ruling that will make it harder for employers to fire medical marijuana users, and the latest legal woes of rapper DMX.
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.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dropped Uber Technologies Inc. as a client last fall because a fixed fee arrangement “no longer made financial sense,” according to an email disclosed Thursday in the California federal court intellectual property battle filed against Uber by the firm’s current client Waymo LLC.
President Donald Trump tapped six U.S. attorneys for regions of Wyoming, South Dakota, Georgia, Tennessee and Alaska Friday and his choices included litigators who have worked for Alston & Bird LLP and King & Spalding LLP, according to a statement from the White House.
Law firm lobbying revenues have risen for most major law firms since the beginning of the year, with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP raking in $9.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, far outpacing runners up Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
The world’s largest law firm is about to grow again; Dentons announced Friday that it’s set to combine with Scotland’s Maclay Murray & Spens, an approximately 250-lawyer firm that will bring the global legal giant’s U.K. headcount to around 800.
A new report surveys the law firms that legal departments love to work with the most, experts advise employers on how to navigate legal issues that can arise when a worker is suffering from a mental illness, and tech general counsel weigh in on how the male-dominated industry can combat "bro culture." These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.
Marc Kasowitz is no longer playing an active role in the representation of President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, according to multiple news reports Thursday night.
DLA Piper will swell its Southern California ranks by 60 attorneys through a merger with midsize boutique firm Liner LLP to form one of the 15 largest law practices in the Los Angeles market, the firms announced Thursday.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP snagged this week's top legal lion spot after a New York federal jury sided with the firm's client, GM, in the first of six planned ignition switch bellwether trials, while Williams & Connolly LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP were cast among the legal lambs after their client, Merck, was ordered to pay $14 million in attorneys' fees in a patent suit.
A former litigation associate at Dentons on Thursday pled not guilty to felony extortion charges stemming from threats he allegedly made to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a partner’s email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and handed over a piece of artwork.
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 way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.
After looking at all of the factual nuances associated with proving a constructive trust, I hit upon a strategy that I had never used before — namely, do nothing, say nothing and hope the IRS fails in its proof, recalls Mark Morris of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.
In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.
In his magnificent career, Larry Popofsky, who passed away last month, not only earned the well-deserved respect and devotion of innumerable clients, lawyers, colleagues and judges — he fundamentally changed the course of American antitrust law. That came when the U.S. Supreme Court confessed error in Schwinn, 10 years after he gave me my first legal research assignment, says Stephen Bomse of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.