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Business of Law

  • January 29, 2010

    Glass Ceiling Still Looms Over Judge's Bench: Study

    Women are still underrepresented on the nation’s federal and state judicial benches, holding only 22 percent of all federal judgeships and 26 percent of all state-level positions, according to a new study.

  • January 28, 2010

    Launching Your New Practice Group: 5, 4, 3...

    Whether expanding outright into a hot new area or repositioning an existing practice group to access new clients, forward-looking law firms are constantly looking for ways to grow. Law360 asked legal consultants and attorneys to help develop a guide to launching a successful and enduring practice group so that you know where to look before you leap.

  • January 27, 2010

    Obama, High Court Clash In Public

    In a rare moment of public tension between a U.S. President and the Supreme Court, President Obama scolded the Supreme Court in his State of the Union Wednesday night even as at least one justice shook his head in disagreement.

  • January 27, 2010

    Lawyers Urge High Court To Hear Work Product Case

    Reed Smith LLP, U.S. Steel Corp. and 10 other concerned parties have weighed in with the U.S. Supreme Court on a case that companies and law firms say could have far-reaching consequences on their ability to candidly assess their risk of being sued.

  • January 27, 2010

    House Committee Votes To Impeach Porteous

    The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve articles of impeachment against U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous on Wednesday, sending the matter for a vote in the full U.S. House of Representatives.

  • January 27, 2010

    Citizens United Weakens Court Independence: O'Connor

    Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has said the high court's recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a “threat to our judicial independence,” taking her former colleagues to task for allowing money to flow freely into judicial elections.

  • January 27, 2010

    Former White House Counsel Craig To Join Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has landed former White House counsel for President Barack Obama and high-profile litigator Gregory B. Craig, who is also known for defending former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial.

  • January 27, 2010

    5 Keys To Mending Your Wounded Partnership

    Some law firms resorted to Band-Aid solutions for their partner problems when survival became the name of the game, but now firms are looking for enduring remedies to their ongoing partnership headaches. Law360 lays out how to restructure a partnership for the long haul.

  • January 26, 2010

    22 Attys Are Cream Of The Crop For In-House Counsel

    Of the tens of thousands of attorneys nationwide that work with corporate clients, only 22 have been singled out by corporate counsel as having provided superb client services for two or more years in a row.

  • January 26, 2010

    Foley Dominates Corporate Counsel All-Star List

    Twelve firms are home to three or more attorneys singled out by corporate counsel for exceptional client services, and Foley & Lardner LLP leads the pack with five attorneys honored.

  • January 26, 2010

    Wilson Sonsini Offers Associate Bonuses Up To $50K

    On the heels of a decision to cut around 20 staff positions, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has announced bonuses of up to $49,000 for some associates, as well as revealed its pay scale for 2010.

  • January 25, 2010

    Life Post-Lockstep: Moving To Merit Pay Without A Map

    The new age of merit-based pay will challenge associates to work strategically rather than just rack up billable hours, while forcing firm leadership to dedicate time and energy to evaluate attorneys as objectively as possible, industry experts say.

  • January 22, 2010

    Latham & Watkins Associate Bonuses Up The Ante

    Latham & Watkins LLP has reportedly made some associates very happy as reports of the firm’s 2009 bonuses trickle in.

  • January 22, 2010

    Cooley Godward Unfreezes Salaries For 2010

    Second-year associates at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP will be receiving a pay increase this year, marking the end of a salary freeze announced by the firm last year.

  • January 22, 2010

    House Task Force Recommends Ousting Porteous

    The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will discuss the future of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous after the committee's impeachment task force voted unanimously to impeach him in light of allegations of bankruptcy fraud and the solicitation of cash from lawyers.

  • January 15, 2010

    Law Firms Open Their Wallets For Haiti

    As the world scrambles to come to Haiti's aid in the wake of Tuesday's devastating earthquake, law firms are stepping up in both traditional and novel ways. Over 80 firms responded to a Law360 query into what they are doing financially and otherwise to respond to the Haitian crisis.

  • January 21, 2010

    High Court Frees Cos., Unions To Fund Attack Ads

    In a groundbreaking opinion that sweeps away decades' worth of campaign finance restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday that there is no distinction between a corporation and an individual when it comes to protected political speech, paving the way for corporations and labor unions to spend freely on advertisements for political candidates.

  • January 21, 2010

    Clifford May Scrap Fired Partner Appeal Rights

    Management at Clifford Chance LLP reportedly has proposed changes to make it easier to fire lackluster partners and has plans to slim down its partnership council.

  • January 21, 2010

    Managing Partners Expect Profit Growth In 2010

    Confident that the recession is in the rearview mirror, managing partners at law firms are predicting revenue and profit growth this year, according to the latest report from Citi Private Bank.

  • January 21, 2010

    Allen & Overy Unveils Part-Time Partner Program

    Partners at Allen & Overy LLP will have the option to work four days a week or take advantage of other flexible schedule arrangements as part of a new initiative designed to retain more women partners, the firm announced Thursday.