Business of Law

  • July 30, 2020

    'Money Talks': Breaking Barriers For Female Attys Of Color

    Female attorneys of color who spoke on a virtual panel at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Thursday want law firms to know that the best way to promote diversity and inclusion among their ranks is to put their money where their mouth is.

  • July 30, 2020

    McGuireWoods Chair Among 5 To Investigate Ft. Hood Culture

    After the killing of Spc. Vanessa Guillen raised concerns about pervasive sexual harassment at Fort Hood in Texas, the U.S. Army announced Thursday the appointment of five experts to conduct an independent review, including McGuireWoods LLP chair Jonathan Harmon and Chris Swecker of Swecker Law.

  • July 30, 2020

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher led this week's lions list by successfully reviving a sexual harassment claim against infamous former film producer Harvey Weinstein on behalf of actress Ashley Judd, while Haddon Morgan & Foreman PC and Cohen & Gresser LLP landed among the lambs after failing to keep documents under seal in a lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell.

  • July 30, 2020

    Parties Split As Sens. Advance Court Picks For Ill., Va., Mich.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced six district court nominees to the chamber's floor, teeing up final confirmation votes for a Virginia nominee, a Michigan pick and a negotiated bipartisan package of four Illinois selections that split both parties.

  • July 29, 2020

    Ginsburg Hospitalized For 'Minimally Invasive' Stent Revision

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in a New York City hospital after a "minimally invasive" procedure to fix a stent, according to a high court statement Wednesday that said the 87-year-old justice and liver cancer patient expects to be discharged by the weekend.

  • July 29, 2020

    Chicago Federal Court Limits New Jury Trials To 1 A Day

    The federal court in Chicago has set out a pandemic-era plan intended to limit the volume of jurors in the building, which includes allowing only one jury trial to begin per day, restricting the size of civil trial juries and barring attorneys from approaching the witness stand or pacing the courtroom. 

  • July 29, 2020

    Ogletree Attys Snag Hours-Based Bonuses Of $10K And Up

    Labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC is offering special bonuses starting at $10,000 to reward non-partner attorneys for working more hours during the pandemic, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

  • July 29, 2020

    Report Says Parties, Counsel Can Improve Arbitrator Diversity

    The greatest opportunity for improving gender diversity among international arbitrators lies with parties and counsel, according to a report published this week by a coalition of arbitral institutions, which also includes updated statistics and advice on the best way to address this longstanding issue.

  • July 29, 2020

    Courts Face Tough Calls As Delayed Trials Pile Up

    As they reopen physical courtrooms to clear case backlogs, courts face numerous challenges, including finding funds for health safety measures and selecting jurors during a pandemic that has many staying at home, a judicial leader said Wednesday. 

  • July 29, 2020

    Dems Press Kansas Judicial Pick On Solicitor General Work

    At a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday for five nominees to district courts in Ohio, Florida and Kansas — all but one with BigLaw experience — questions focused on the Kansas solicitor general, who has advocated the state's conservative position in cases on abortion, voting and guns.

  • July 29, 2020

    240 Law Firms Hold Summit To Address Systemic Racism

    A law firm anti-racism alliance formed last month has increased its ranks to 240 firms, including some abroad, as it holds its first summit this week and begins to tackle its goal of identifying and dismantling systemic racism in the judicial system.

  • July 29, 2020

    Littler Atty Among Those Charged In Portland Protests

    A labor and employment associate at Littler Mendelson PC was arrested during protests over police brutality outside Portland's federal courthouse and charged with creating a disturbance.

  • July 29, 2020

    Simpson Thacher Sues Landlord For $8M Rent Abatement

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has filed an $8 million suit against its New York City landlord, saying that the firm was entitled to rent abatement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the landlord had ignored the terms of the lease.

  • July 29, 2020

    Law Firm Leaders: Kobre & Kim's Michael Kim

    Michael Kim co-founded disputes and investigations boutique law firm Kobre & Kim in 2013 alongside partner Steven Kobre. The firm has since expanded to 13 offices across the globe. Here, Kim speaks with Law360 about his goals for the law firm over the next five years, his strategy when it comes to recruiting attorneys, and his dream of meeting Martin Lipton, a founding partner of Wachtell Lipton.

  • July 29, 2020

    Cadwalader, Baker Botts Walk Back Coronavirus Pay Cuts

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Baker Botts LLP confirmed Wednesday that they are taking steps to walk back the attorney and staff pay reductions they instituted in early spring, signaling financial stability amid the coronavirus crisis.

  • July 28, 2020

    Calif. Bar Exam Pass Score Must Drop Retroactively: Letter

    More than 400 lawyers, law professors and law students, including California Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Mark Stone, have urged the California Supreme Court to retroactively lower the Golden State's bar exam passing score for the February 2020 exam, according to a Monday letter to the court.

  • July 28, 2020

    NYC's 1st Pandemic Jury Trial: Masks, Murmurs, Wary Jurors

    The Bronx cold case murder trial on Tuesday featured a masked judge, jurors, attorneys, and spectators, all wrestling with an array of challenges caused by the panoply of precautions rolled out to help jumpstart jury trials stalled since March after the state court system largely shut down in-person proceedings.

  • July 28, 2020

    Federal Judge Axes Suit Over NY Courts Reopening Plan

    A federal judge in Manhattan tossed a lawsuit seeking to block New York's state court administrators from going forward with a recent return to in-person criminal proceedings in New York City, saying it wasn't the place of the federal judiciary to interfere in a state-level issue.

  • July 28, 2020

    Fennemore Craig Merges With Calif. Firm Dowling Aaron

    Arizona-based Fennemore Craig PC and California law firm Dowling Aaron voted to approve a merger between the two midsize firms, creating a 180-lawyer practice with 10 offices across the U.S., the firms announced Tuesday.

  • July 28, 2020

    AG Barr Fights Dems' Claims Of Political Interference At DOJ

    Attorney General William Barr engaged in a shouting match Tuesday while facing brutal questioning from House Democrats, denying claims he's politicizing the U.S. Department of Justice to boost President Donald Trump's reelection bid and allegations he gave special leniency to Trump allies charged in the Russia probe, which he called a "bogus 'Russiagate' scandal."

  • July 28, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Surges in COVID-19 cases intensified this past week, prompting the continuation of Philadelphia's indoor dining ban, a public health advisory in Florida ahead of the state's highest daily death toll and a $52 million aid influx for California's hard-hit Central Valley.

  • July 28, 2020

    US Atty Confirmed To Federal Bench In La.

    The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana is set to become a federal judge in the district after a Senate confirmation vote Tuesday that saw Republicans joined by just two Democrats after questions were raised about the nominee's statements on voter fraud, immigration and sentencing.

  • July 28, 2020

    Mich. Online Bar Exam Disrupted By Apparent Cyberattack

    Michigan's online bar exam, the first such test to go forward so far, experienced a cyberattack that caused a serious technical problem on Tuesday, the test's technology provider said, as test takers were initially unable to log in for the second part of the exam.

  • July 28, 2020

    Noted Atty Ripped By Judge For Interrupting, Blames Zoom

    Prominent white-collar defense attorney Abbe Lowell was chastised by a Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday for repeatedly interrupting her during a Zoom hearing, prompting the lawyer to apologize and blame delays caused by the videoconference platform.

  • July 28, 2020

    Post-Pandemic, Associate Training May Never Be The Same

    Associate training has long been an in-person task, with partners and other managers sharing their expertise in boardrooms, courtrooms, offices and over lunch. But law firms have overhauled their methods as the world has moved virtual, and many firm leaders say they have no plans to fully go back to the old way of doing things once the pandemic subsides.

Expert Analysis

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Fix New York's Notary Problem

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    Eliminating New York's notarized affidavit requirement for court submissions, or at least allowing remote notarization, would reduce the time and expense associated with securing a notary and minimize stress for lawyers and their clients, say Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman at Yankwitt.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Judge Should Not Change Role Of Amicus Curiae

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    As an appellate attorney who has authored numerous amicus briefs, I am deeply concerned about some fast-moving developments in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, where a D.C. federal judge is transforming amici curiae into 11th-hour prosecutorial intermeddlers, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Pillsbury's Amanda Halter

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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 Amanda Halter, managing partner of Pillsbury's Houston office and a member of the firm's environmental and natural resources practice.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • With Friends Like These: The Amicus Questions In Flynn Case

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    A D.C. federal judge's recent appointment of amicus curiae to address whether the Michael Flynn case can proceed is reminiscent of the judicial overreach that the U.S. Supreme Court criticized and reversed this month in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • 10 Tips For Virtual Hearings Before Regulatory Agencies

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    A virtual regulatory hearing may involve unfamiliar and glitchy technology — and without the benefit of interpersonal contact with the judge, commissioners or staff, it can feel like talking to an empty room. Tara Kaushik at Holland & Knight offers keys to better online hearings, culled from her own recent experience.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Duane Morris' Seth Goldberg

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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 Philadelphia-based Seth Goldberg, leader of the cannabis practice at Duane Morris.

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