The American Bar Association's call to extend limited practice privileges to law school graduates facing a delayed bar exam due to COVID-19 has prompted concerns that social distancing will sabotage the very initiative it prompted, given the intense supervision required as part of the plan.
Ahead of its planned merger with Pepper Hamilton LLP in July, Troutman Sanders announced Friday that it will implement compensation reductions for attorneys and staff beginning June 1 that will continue for an unspecified period of time.
DLA Piper partner Jamila Justine Willis knows well the knot of worry that has become a permanent fixture over the last few months for law students in the Class of 2020.
A Georgia bankruptcy law firm is suing Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., alleging that it wrongfully denied coverage for business income losses resulting from state-mandated shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A year after joining Clifford Chance to co-lead the firm's global antitrust practice, former Justice Department antitrust chief Sharis Pozen has been appointed for a two-year term on the firm's global leadership team.
Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady has ordered the creation of a pilot program on holding state civil jury trials via remote technology and has also set up a new four-phase process for reopening state courts following the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The United Kingdom launched a project to spur innovation in the legal sector, and the National Labor Relations Board's top lawyer said businesses closed during the pandemic that settle cases alleging labor law violations don't have to post remedial notices until after they reopen. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
Amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.K. government-backed initiative said Thursday that it was pushing forward a new project, LawTech Sandbox, to accelerate the digital transformation of the legal sector.
He's quiet, conservative and controversial. But what do we really know about Justice Clarence Thomas? This week, the team discusses a new documentary on the enigmatic justice that features interviews with the man himself.
The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Florida federal court's decision to dismiss a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a state judicial nominating commission, affirming the lower court's determination that the commission was not a federal agency.
Washington state's highest court has asked the Washington State Bar Association to update it on concerns by the organization's staff that its leadership fostered a "hostile work environment" by bungling a probe into allegations that a board member sexually harassed a staffer.
White & Case LLP and Akerman LLP confirmed changes to their summer associate programs Thursday, becoming the latest firms to adjust their offerings to budding lawyers as the novel coronavirus impacts the legal industry.
The D.C. Circuit has given U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan 10 days to respond to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's accusations that the judge is "biased" for not allowing the government to drop charges against him.
The BigLaw bill for legal malpractice insurance, already riding an upward trend in commercial coverage rates, is expected to head even higher amid an expected onslaught of pandemic-era disputes with attorneys.
A new Yale Law Women report ranking firms on issues related to gender equity found that while some firms, including Jenner & Block LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, are excelling in areas like hiring and LGBTQ+ representation, all firms still have room for improvement.
A Boston law firm targeted by an email scam can't hold First Republic Bank responsible for processing a $337,000 counterfeit check and subsequent wire transfers because the bank was simply following the firm's directions, the Massachusetts intermediate-level appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Latham & Watkins LLP is among this week's legal lions with a win for Facebook in litigation over unwanted text messages, while Brafman & Associates PC ended up among the legal lambs after a judge rejected client Martin Shkreli's bid for release from prison.
The head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Thursday that he's stepping down, an expected departure that comes one day after he released a major rewrite of community lending regulations and paves the way for a former top lawyer for Coinbase to take the reins of the agency.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has decided that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen won't have to serve the rest of his three-year prison sentence behind bars due to concerns related to COVID-19, according to multiple media reports Wednesday.
Democratic senators on Wednesday assailed a former Mississippi Republican lawmaker tapped for the Fifth Circuit over his strident attacks on the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the coronavirus pandemic made his nomination inappropriate, as the chamber also confirmed district court picks for Alabama and Oklahoma.
Women justices participating in the U.S. Supreme Court's first-ever teleconference hearings were interrupted significantly more often than their male colleagues and were given less overall speaking time, according to a report published Tuesday.
Law firms Leon Cosgrove LLP and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP told the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday that a lower court erred by approving a prohibition against their pursuing payment from an insurance company when it signed off on a settlement agreement in an SEC fraud suit against their former client.
Magna Legal Services LLC said it will drop a suit against Hartford Fire Insurance Co. alleging it wrongfully denied coverage for business losses because of state-mandated closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
FirstEnergy Corp. announced Tuesday that it is promoting general counsel Robert Reffner to the role of senior chief legal officer and is moving two other top members of its in-house legal team into new positions.
Zoom and WebEx are the online platforms of choice for judges throughout the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Judicial College's polling of hundreds of judges.
The formula for making decisions at BigLaw firms has historically been rooted in IQ-based factors, but with the ongoing pandemic, lawyers and firm leaders are increasingly dealing with issues that require emotional intelligence — from establishing effective virtual offices to retaining firm morale and client confidence, say Jolie Balido and Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.
With self-isolation and social distancing now the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from New Orleans-based Judy Perry Martinez, president of the American Bar Association.
Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.
While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.
With self-isolation and social distancing now the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Patrick Harder, a Los Angeles-based partner at Nossaman and chairman of the firm’s infrastructure group.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Miami-based Elizabeth Ortega, principal of legal industry consulting firm ECO Strategic Communications.
Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.
In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.
Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from William "Robbie" Poplin, an Atlanta-based partner on Kilpatrick's construction and infrastructure team.
When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Houston-based Marredia Crawford, North America manager of diversity and inclusion at Baker McKenzie.
As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.
Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from South Florida-based Andrew Zaron, a partner at Leon Cosgrove specializing in bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial litigation.