Business of Law

  • September 16, 2020

    NJ High Court Eyes Anti-Bias Training Requirement For Attys

    The New Jersey Supreme Court is weighing a change to the state's continuing legal education requirements that would require trainings on inclusion, diversity, and the elimination of bias, a move that has previously been endorsed by the state bar association.

  • September 16, 2020

    K&L Gates' Name Partner Bill Gates Sr. Dies At 94

    William H. Gates Sr., father of tech titan Bill Gates and a name partner at K&L Gates LLP, has died, the firm and Gates Jr. announced Wednesday.

  • September 16, 2020

    Supreme Court To Start New Term Via Telephone

    The U.S. Supreme Court will continue to hold oral arguments by telephone for the start of the new term in October in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.

  • September 15, 2020

    AT&T Says Ex-Atty Agreed To Sell Privileged Info In FCA Suit

    A whistleblower and his counsel conspired with AT&T's former in-house attorney to obtain privileged information in exchange for up to half of the proceeds from the whistleblower's False Claims Act suit against AT&T, the telecom told a D.C. federal court Tuesday in a bid for dismissal sanctions.

  • September 15, 2020

    Top DC Court Says It May Allow Law Grads To Skip Bar Exam

    Washington, D.C.'s highest court will expand provisions allowing law school graduates to temporarily practice under supervision and potentially grant emergency exam-waiver admission to the D.C. bar "for qualifying applicants" by the end of the month, according to an order issued Tuesday.

  • September 15, 2020

    House Panel Advances Bill To Make PACER Free

    The House Judiciary Committee easily approved a bipartisan proposal Tuesday to end all public user fees for federal court records accessed through the PACER system.

  • September 15, 2020

    This BigLaw Firm Remains Best-To-Work Favorite

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP was called the best law firm to work for Tuesday, topping Vault.com's list for the third year in a row and winning categories like associate-partner relationships, firm culture and summer associate program, with associates describing colleagues as "friendly, smart and funny" and "reasonable in their expectations."

  • September 15, 2020

    Judiciary Wants $500M From Congress To Boost Safety

    The Judicial Conference of the United States is asking Congress to enact a package of safety measures and to allocate more than $500 million for security upgrades at federal courthouses and judges' homes after a deadly attack in New Jersey.

  • September 15, 2020

    Calif. State Bar Sued Over Exam Accommodations

    Three prospective bar exam-takers with disabilities sued the State Bar of California this week, alleging the agency is discriminating against them by refusing to allow accommodations like screen-readers and bathroom breaks for remote test-takers, pushing them to risk traveling during the coronavirus pandemic to take the October exam in person.

  • September 15, 2020

    Senate Approves First New Calif. Federal Judges Since 2015

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday easily confirmed three BigLaw veterans to become judges in the Central District of California, giving the Golden State its first new federal jurists in five years and easing what the Los Angeles-based district's chief judge called "a crisis of unprecedented magnitude."

  • September 15, 2020

    Baker Donelson Keeps Pay Cut But Lets Attys Earn It Back

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has "partially" reversed salary reductions for attorneys and staff, the firm told Law360 Tuesday, and confirmed a measure that will allow associates to earn back their previous salaries through extra workload and hours.

  • September 15, 2020

    100 Law Firms Clear Mansfield Bar With Diversity Efforts

    One hundred law firms have reached certain benchmarks for considering underrepresented lawyers for leadership roles and promotions through Diversity Lab's ongoing Mansfield Rule certification program, the organization said Tuesday, while also announcing plans for a new pilot focused on midsize firms.

  • September 15, 2020

    Mass. Top Court Faces Identity Crisis Amid Vacancies

    With the sudden death of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and the impending retirement of Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk, attorneys who practice before the state's top court will now have to reacquaint themselves with a panel that has already undergone significant turnover in recent years.

  • September 15, 2020

    Davis Polk To Hand Associates Up To $40K In Bonuses

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's senior leadership team on Tuesday told its U.S. associates they will receive bonuses ranging from $7,500 to $40,000 in recognition of their work during the "unprecedented" challenges that have presented themselves so far this year.

  • September 15, 2020

    Texas Judge Needs Safety Plan For In-Person Deposition

    A Texas appellate court ruled Tuesday that a trial court needs to spell out exactly what coronavirus safety procedures will be in place for an in-person deposition of a corporate representative traveling from Florida to Dallas as part of a suit over a fatal truck crash.

  • September 15, 2020

    Squire Patton, Duane Morris Roll Back COVID-19 Salary Cuts

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP and Duane Morris LLP are rolling back salary reductions for both lawyers and staff, the firms confirmed Tuesday, joining a growing list of BigLaw firms to cut back on austerity measures enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • September 14, 2020

    Donziger Atty Asks Judge To Recuse Herself For Bias

    An attorney for Chevron Corp. foe Steven Donziger on Monday accused the judge overseeing Donziger's criminal contempt case of "flagrant bias" and potential misconduct while requesting she recuse herself from the case.

  • September 14, 2020

    Vedder Price Denied Quick Win In $800K Legal Bills Suit

    A New York federal court has declined to grant a quick win to Vedder Price PC in a dispute with an investment bank client over $800,000 in allegedly unpaid fees, saying that the firm failed to account for the bank's counterclaims for fraud in their arguments.

  • September 14, 2020

    Calif. Law Deans Push For Open-Book Bar Exam In October

    A group of 15 law school deans from around California on Monday urged the state Supreme Court to shift the upcoming bar exam to an open-book test, saying students are grappling with a slew of unprecedented challenges caused by wildfires, COVID-19 and racism.

  • September 14, 2020

    Ex-Ogletree Atty Opens Equal Pay Firm After Sex Bias Suit

    Dawn Knepper, a longtime labor and employment attorney who earlier this year dropped her case accusing Ogletree of sex discrimination, on Friday opened her own law firm in California to represent plaintiffs, with a plan to focus on equal pay issues.

  • September 14, 2020

    South Dakota AG Kills Pedestrian In Saturday-Night Collision

    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reported striking a deer while driving his car late Saturday night, but the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Monday that he hit and killed a pedestrian.

  • September 14, 2020

    Winston & Strawn Cuts Staff Amid COVID-19 Restructuring

    Winston & Strawn LLP confirmed Monday that it had downsized its workforce as part of an "innovative" restructuring in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, eliminating an undisclosed number of staff positions.

  • September 14, 2020

    Cooley Paying Attys Bonuses For Work During Pandemic

    Cooley LLP is reportedly offering bonus payments to many of its attorneys for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to traditional year-end bonus payments.

  • September 14, 2020

    Jones Day Insists Sex Bias Suit Should Be Pared

    Jones Day has urged a D.C. federal judge to narrow a gender bias suit against the legal powerhouse, claiming three female former associates are misrepresenting data and making a "mockery" of federal law.

  • September 14, 2020

    'A Devastating Loss': Mass. Legal Community Mourns Gants

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants was remembered as a "giant" of the Bay State legal community and a "champion for access to justice," as attorneys and public officials reacted with shock Monday following the respected jurist's sudden death.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Keys To Drafting Effective Legal Briefs

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    Bo Pearl at Paul Hastings explains how eliminating clunky transitions, mixing in short sentences, and making a few other tweaks can increase the persuasive power of legal briefs.

  • Weighing The Virtual Courtroom Option In Civil Cases

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    Lawyers can look to federal district courts' recent virtual proceedings to evaluate whether remote appearances would further their clients' interests in civil lawsuits or if they would impose unfairness and inefficiency, say Christopher Green and Sara Fish at Fish & Richardson.

  • Attys Shouldn't Overlook Obligations To Potential Clients

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion addressing the types of new-client consultations that could lead to disqualification is a reminder that lawyers indeed owe prospective clients certain duties, which call for attention to three best practices, say Sarah Sweeney and Thomas Wilkinson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Strategies For Associates Seeking Jobs Amid Hiring Slump

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    Law firms will be hiring conservatively well into 2021 and beyond, but associates eyeing a new firm or market can successfully make a move if they are pragmatic about their requirements, say Rebecca Glatzer and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Safeguards Against Legal Malpractice Liability As Claims Rise

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    History suggests that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a surge in legal malpractice claims, but proper documentation, regular conflict checks and a few other steps can help minimize exposure, say attorneys at Munger Tolles.

  • 3 Ways Law Firms Can Guard Diversity Gains During Crisis

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    Law firm managing partners must institute comprehensive, firmwide policies to ensure tenuous progress made in recruiting and retaining more women and attorneys of color is not lost due to pandemic-related layoffs and budget cuts, says Debra Pickett at Page 2 Communications.

  • What I Learned As A Virtual Summer Associate

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    It is necessary in a virtual law firm summer program to think twice about asking questions you may be able to answer on your own, but this independence and other aspects of a remote internship may help to instill habits that would be useful for future full-time associates, says law student Kelley Sheehan, who interned at Patterson & Sheridan this summer.

  • Lesser-Known Litigation Funding Best Practices For Attorneys

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent publication of third-party litigation funding guidance, Jiamie Chen and Dai Wai Chin Feman at Parabellum Capital outline some additional considerations, including the ethical limitations on single-case funding and the futility of economic prenegotiations between attorneys and their clients.

  • Opinion

    ADA Protects Lawyers With Disabilities, But We Must Do More

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    As an attorney with cerebral palsy, Danielle Liebl at Reed Smith says that while the 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act has protected her against discrimination, the legal industry must do more to accommodate lawyers with disabilities and make them more comfortable in self-identifying.

  • Perspectives

    Legal Deserts Threaten Justice In Rural America

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    Many small towns and rural counties have few lawyers or none at all, which threatens the notion of justice for all Americans and demands creative solutions from legislators, bar associations and law schools, says Patricia Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Analyzing Upward And Downward Trends In Legal Tech

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    Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Eckert Seamans' Karen Elliott

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Richmond-based Karen Elliott, a member at Eckert Seamans focused on labor and employment law and commercial litigation matters.

  • Opinion

    ABA's New Guidance On Litigation Funding Misses The Mark

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    The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • What Firms Should Ask Before Hiring Attorneys From Gov't

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    In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • The Ethics Of Using Chatbots For Legal Services

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    Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

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