Law360 asked three Black lawyers who left BigLaw about how firms could better serve attorneys of color. Here's what they had to say to the firms and the attorneys who are choosing to stay.
In this video, five Black law firm leaders share their memories of breaking into BigLaw and their thoughts on creating a more diverse workplace.
The American Bar Association's fiscal year ended Monday, and while the organization's final results are not yet available, a report on the first three quarters of the year points to some harsh realities for the organization as it faces the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Kentucky federal judge has compared the state's bar admission system to a "cartel," predicting that a law student will die one day over not obtaining mental health care out of fear state officials would use the treatment against the student.
Georgia will likely resume jury trials in October once courts develop and submit plans to the state for in-person proceedings amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton said Monday.
Courts in Pennsylvania's Fifth Judicial District, which includes Pittsburgh, will extend their COVID-19 emergency through the end of 2020 and won't resume civil or criminal jury trials for the time being, according to a court order issued Monday.
Legal department hires during the last full month of summer included high-profile appointments at Google, the FBI and Libra Association. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.
Reed Smith LLP will let its U.S. employees continue to work from home through January, it announced Monday, joining a growing number of firms in prolonging flexible work options due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Olefson, who has thrived in highly technical and regulated industries, has been named a Burton Awards Legend in Law, a distinction reserved for the top general counsel in the nation.
Goldberg Segalla announced Monday that it has restored partner draws and senior administrative leaders' salaries to pre-pandemic levels, making it the latest firm to roll back its COVID-19 cuts.
A divided D.C. Circuit panel on Monday rejected an attempt by the House Judiciary Committee to enforce a subpoena issued to former White House counsel Donald McGahn, finding Congress lacks the authority to bring such a suit.
As some classes are underway in-person at Kentucky State University, general counsel Lisa Lang is expecting everyone there to realize how much is at stake during the pandemic — especially as some colleges already have sent students home for remote learning just days after welcoming them back to campus. Here, she explains more about the university's plan.
A D.C. federal judge on Monday temporarily barred the government from allowing border agents, rather than asylum officers, to conduct initial screenings for asylum-seekers, dismissing the government's contention that agents are qualified for this as "poppycock."
A year after signing on to the first in-house version of the Mansfield Rule, legal teams are finding they deliberately consider more diverse attorneys and other staff for significant leadership roles internally and for outside counsel representation.
A global pandemic, economic uncertainty and a national reckoning on racial injustice have pushed the legal industry to ask hard questions about how they’re supporting their talent. Law360’s look at a snapshot of statistics from before the pandemic began highlights just how much room the industry has for improvement.
The legal industry has long struggled to change a difficult reality: The profession remains one of the least diverse. Law360's 2020 Diversity Snapshot looks to shed light on where firms are now and where they aim to be.
This year could be a transformative one for law firms as many step up their efforts to recruit and empower diversity professionals despite financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
New York law firm Dontzin Nagy & Fleissig LLP urged a New York state court Friday to order the former company of ex-client Philip Falcone to cough up stock as well as a Picasso and other fine art hanging in its office, saying the hedge fund boss owes it $13.9 million.
A Black former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP associate suing the firm for racial discrimination and retaliation has to pay $2,500 in attorney fees for failing to comply with the discovery schedule in the case, a Manhattan federal judge said Thursday.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is the latest firm to begin unwinding pay cuts that went into effect during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the firm confirming Friday that staff and attorney compensation will return to pre-pandemic levels on Sept. 1.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of working parents to care for homebound children, employers are struggling to understand new legal obligations designed to give employees more flexibility.
In public, Jason Kurland was the go-to attorney for lottery winners. But prosecutors say there was an underside to his trappings of luxury cars and country club memberships: They were bankrolled with money that Kurland's clients thought was being smartly invested. Kurland allegedly got away with the scheme for two years — until his luck ran out.
To move forward successfully, law firm leaders need to understand and accept the new business model shaped by the ongoing pandemic, according to speakers at a virtual technology conference Friday.
Arizona is the first U.S. state to officially allow nonlawyer ownership of law firms in a move aimed at improving access to justice, as the state's Supreme Court voted to permit nonlawyers to give "limited" legal advice and eliminate the rule prohibiting fee sharing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Austin-based Catherine Casey, chief innovation officer at e-discovery software provider DISCO.
Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Bryant Gardner, a partner at Winston & Strawn specializing in the shipping and maritime industry.
Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.
Courts continue to define where information shared with independent contractors and specialists fits for purposes of the attorney-client privilege, and recent decisions show that jurisdictions vary in their application of the third-party waiver exception, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Jennifer Breen, a partner at Morgan Lewis focusing on tax controversy and planning matters.
Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.
Soon lawyers may find an unrecognizable competitive landscape in which most firms will be vulnerable — if they don't rapidly start upgrading their client development tactics to ones like those used by female rainmakers, says marketing consultant Craig Levinson, who recently interviewed Jennifer Trock, Desiree Moore and Debra Fischer about their secrets to success.
An opinion issued last week by the American Bar Association's ethics committee makes clear that lawyers who engage in willful blindness — ignoring facts that a client may be using their services to advance fraudulent conduct — are on a collision course with numerous ABA rules, says Kevin Shepherd at Venable.