Despite the justice system’s sensitivity about grand jury secrecy, a leak sprung by Jones Day lawyers this week in a badly redacted federal filing avoids courts’ usual sore spots and isn’t likely to draw a sanction — as long as the firm can explain how the blunder occurred.
Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett talks about his new role in “middle management” after 12 years as a Texas Supreme Court justice, how to become an effective textualist and leaving behind the “cesspool” of social media in a Twitter-style Q&A.
Twenty years ago, few people had heard of the Federalist Society. Now it’s brokering President Donald Trump’s judicial picks and shaping the future of the federal bench. Law360 talked to an expert about what comes next.
President Donald Trump's nominee for the Second Circuit, Steven J. Menashi, drew fire from both parties at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday, as he refused to answer most questions about his work in the Trump administration.
Law students in Georgia may soon be able to rack up more courtroom experience with the state high court this week deciding to let those attorney hopefuls participate in supervised oral arguments, with approval of the court.
Retired U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who ruled on several landmark cases, including one concerning military trials at Guantanamo Bay and another on transgender rights, died Saturday at age 81, the D.C. Bar has announced.
A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday raised the specter of sanctions for Jones Day after the firm accidentally publicized details about grand jury proceedings in a criminal opioid case with multibillion-dollar stakes.
Arent Fox managing partner Cristina Carvalho is one of just a handful of women leading top U.S. law firms and may be the only Latina at the helm of one of the nation’s 200 largest firms. Here, she discusses her goals for Arent Fox for the next five years and her thoughts on how to improve diversity in the legal profession.
Jones Day inadvertently disclosed details about grand jury proceedings by failing to properly redact a court filing this week that accused the U.S. Department of Justice of serious misconduct in a criminal opioid case against Indivior PLC.
The former FBI chief of staff who recently returned to King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., as a partner told Law360 that his latest government stint showed him just how deeply national security issues are affecting every aspect of global commerce.
Second Circuit nominee Steven J. Menashi can expect Democratic interrogation about his controversial writings, including a 2010 article praising "ethnonationalism" in democracies, at his confirmation hearing Wednesday morning.
A former chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois and 25-year veteran of the federal bench is stepping down at the end of the month and will join Akerman LLP as a litigation partner and head of its moot-court program, the firm confirmed Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Justice can move forward with claims that a staffing company discriminated against foreign and dual citizens while helping Clifford Chance LLP staff up a project in 2017, according to a decision made public Tuesday.
President Donald Trump is looking to fill district court vacancies ahead of the 2020 elections, many of them in politically unfriendly districts. In this data-driven analysis, Law360 shows you where he’s gaining ground — and what obstacles lie ahead.
Progressives are culling judicial hopefuls for the federal bench in case a Democrat wins the White House in 2020. What are they looking for in a candidate? An unusual resume. Here, Law360 looks at the liberal side of the battle for the judiciary.
A Florida federal court has thrown out several decisions made by a bankruptcy judge accused of favoring a firm that hired his fiance during a case, saying the uncomfortable episode fits all too well with the "long history of concerns of favoritism in the bankruptcy bar."
Attorneys practicing in North Carolina can now opt not to appear in court for 12 weeks after they become new parents, the state's judicial branch announced Tuesday.
When Harlem high school student Kimberly Allotey first stepped into the New York City office of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC this summer as an intern, she was surprised by how friendly and approachable the atmosphere was there.
A female lawyer who claims Morrison & Foerster LLP sabotaged her efforts to find work after she accused the firm of putting pregnant women on a "mommy track" says MoFo's "wildly overbroad" subpoena for employment records from her new firm is a fishing expedition.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is encouraging its incoming and third-year associates to learn the business skills they will need to become successful attorneys by setting them up with a training program by Columbia Business School, the firm said Monday.
The country must cut through a period of sharp political divide and stop vetting U.S. Supreme Court candidates by trying to predict how they'll vote on hot-button cases, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said while receiving an award in Chicago on Monday.
Two attorneys have urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court's tossing of their claims that a requirement that they belong to the Oregon State Bar so they can practice law in the state violates their First and 14th Amendment rights.
The U.S. legal industry experienced some improvements during the first half of 2019, even as the wider economy was battered by market volatility, predictions of an economic downturn, trade disputes and other geopolitical headwinds, according to a report out Monday by Wells Fargo.
The 43 judges President Donald Trump has put on the nation’s circuit courts are young, conservative and ready to make their mark. Here, Law360 examines how this freshman class of lifetime appointees is already changing American law.
A majority of law firm staff members are not only stressed out in their roles, but they also feel undervalued by attorneys, according to a new report by a legal marketing consulting firm in Canada.
As the European and global economies continue to change, any legal department that does not want to get outflanked by faster, more agile competitors should consider the value that legal operations teams have to offer, says Hans Albers, president of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe.
Paul Manafort's attorneys recently filed a court document containing incompletely redacted information, highlighting the need for attorneys to become competent at redaction — or at least at verifying that redaction has been performed correctly. Failure to do either could be construed as legal malpractice, says Byeongsook Seo of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Even as a child in war-torn Iran, I began to develop a sense of justice and a desire for equality and the rule of law. These instincts ultimately guided me to become a federal prosecutor, and now a partner in private practice, says Raymond Aghaian of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Determining whether and to what extent your legal team should invite a PR agent into privileged communications requires weighing many factors — including the unsettled and evolving case law on whether such involvement destroys privilege protection and creates discoverable, usable evidence, says Jeffrey Schomig of WilmerHale.
Companies faced with high-profile litigation often turn to public relations firms to help defend their reputations and maintain shareholder confidence. But recent cases are a reminder that internal PR firm documents face uncertain privilege protection, even when those documents are generated in support of a broader legal strategy, says Jeffrey Schomig of WilmerHale.
Lawyer burnout has been called a “romantic disorder” because it is characteristic of a work ethic admired in the legal culture. But the negative impacts of burnout are real and lawyers need to recognize the signs and solutions, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Medical centers and their faculty matter to the practice of medicine. Law schools and their faculty do not matter to the practice of law, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton PC.
Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.
Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.
Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.
Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.
Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.
Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.