Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.
We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.
The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.
The Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council alleged on Monday that 100 mines in Ohio are operating in violation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act because of inadequate reclamation bonding and urged the federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement to do something about it.
The California Department of Conservation released new regulations Monday targeting older gas pipelines located near homes and schools, after a 2014 natural gas leak in the southern part of the state resulted in the evacuation of nearby families.
Former State University of New York President Alain Kaloyeros denied scheming with developers in a fraudulent end-run around the contracting process in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" revitalization effort, telling a Manhattan federal jury Monday his goal was to move nimbly on three projects worth $600 million.
Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.
Canadian oil producer Baytex Energy Corp. on Monday said it's agreed to buy driller Raging River Exploration Inc. in a CA$2.8 billion ($2.1 billion) all-stock deal that will enlarge Baytex's development footprint in oil-rich shale regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Industrial transportation company Mammoet USA North Inc. is seeking $2.8 million in damages from a construction joint venture that allegedly stiffed it on subcontracting agreements related to two power plants in New Jersey and Connecticut, according to a filing Friday in New York state court.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Total Gas & Power North America Inc.'s effort to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the company's challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's power to use the Natural Gas Act to impose fines was not ripe.
Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.
The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.
While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.
Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.
For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.
A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday that it would not reconsider its approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC's controversial $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline, with the five commissioners once again split along partisan lines over the agency's obligations to consider the climate change impacts of pipeline projects.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday sided against Duke Energy Corp. and Old Dominion Electric Coop., deciding in two cases that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not improperly block their efforts to recoup millions in losses suffered during the 2014 polar vortex.
The SIerra Club and three groups including Navajo and Hopi tribe members asked an Arizona federal court Thursday to order the U.S. Department of the Interior to figure out how to clean up a coal mine that feeds the Navajo Generating Station, saying it violated federal law by failing to do so in anticipation of the plant’s closure late next year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently said it is considering altering its approach to regulatory cost-benefit analyses to reflect industry groups' concerns that the process is weighted against them, something experts say would be tough to implement as a one-size-fits-all rule and would surely invite legal challenges from environmental and other public interest groups.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved closer on Friday to officially proposing a replacement for a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act's reach.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
In the matter of Golan v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the U.S. Tax Court sustained the taxpayer's energy credit and bonus depreciation deductions. In this unusual case where the IRS had the burden of proof, attorneys from Mayer Brown LLP discuss five interesting takeaways.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
With its recent decision in Hughes v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court has passed on an opportunity to shed light on its prior rulings on the statutory reach of the federal Clean Water Act, long a source of confusion for lower courts and litigants alike, say Andrea Driggs and Christopher Thomas of Perkins Coie LLP.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.
The opportunity zone program is an exciting new tax incentive offering substantial benefits for its participants. However, many questions about the program remain outstanding, most of which need to be resolved in order for opportunity funds to succeed as expected, says Marc Schultz of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Durable reform of existing regulations requires hard work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed revisions of a core Obama administration midnight rule — the Risk Management Plan program for certain chemical, refining and general manufacturing facilities — demonstrate how this work is done, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.