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    How Law Firms Learned To Like The Cloud

    Data security concerns kept law firms out of the cloud for many years, but more and more firms are leaving on-premises data centers and migrating their data and applications online.

  • Apple Posts Detailed Compliance And Ethics Policies Online

    Apple Inc. has launched a compliance and ethics website with links to detailed company policies that it hopes will guide employees' and business partners' conduct — and, for the most part, compliance experts are pleased.

  • Rimôn Opens Santa Barbara Office With Fell Marking Attys

    Fast-growing international firm Rimôn PC announced Tuesday that it has opened a new office in Santa Barbara, adding four new partners from California boutique Fell Marking.

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    Ex-Hong Kong Agency CEO Joins Wilson Sonsini

    A Hong Kong Agency CEO and ex-U.S. Department of Justice antitrust official has joined Wilson Sonsini's San Francisco office, the firm announced Monday.

  • FTC Competition Bureau Chief Joins Latham & Watkins

    Former Federal Trade Commission Competition Bureau chief Ian Conner joined Latham & Watkins LLP on Monday in the firm's most high-profile hiring in several years of a recent antitrust agency senior official, as the bar gears up for a potentially major realignment of U.S. enforcement.

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    Has Lathrop Merged Its Way Into BigLaw?

    Following the merger of two Midwestern Mid-Law firms in 2020, industry observers appear divided about whether the combined firm, Lathrop GPM, will break into the BigLaw space when it comes to profitability, client profile and ability to attract talent.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

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    UK Firm Osborne Clarke Appoints US Managing Partner

    London-based Osborne Clarke has appointed its first United States managing partner in its 20-year history of operating on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the firm announced Monday.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

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    Law Student Activism Heats Up: Is BigLaw Listening?

    More than 200 law students have pledged to boycott Seward & Kissel LLP over what they called the "unethical private" prosecution of attorney Steven Donziger, the latest salvo in a growing movement from students and activists to place pressure on corporate law firms over their representation and internal policies.

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    Squire Patton Boggs Nabs BakerHostetler Data Privacy Pro

    Squire Patton Boggs has broadened its already diverse data privacy and cybersecurity capabilities by picking up the chair of BakerHostetler's U.S. consumer privacy practice, who's spent nearly three decades advising clients on emerging regulatory and compliance issues, including the implementation of California's cutting-edge consumer privacy rules. 

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

  • BigLaw Firms On Fence About Mandatory Atty Vaccination

    When the time comes to head back to the office, law firms are still on the fence about whether to require attorneys to be vaccinated, according to honchos at Winston & Strawn LLP and DLA Piper LLP.

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    BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails

    Last year's racial justice movement translated into an outpouring of law firm commitments to advance diversity and more BigLaw recruiting at law schools at historically Black colleges and universities. But the new interest appears to have been limited, and increased recruiting activity did not always translate into jobs.

  • Fox Rothschild, DLA Piper To Face Ponzi Claims In State Court

    A California federal court has approved the voluntary dismissal of a suit accusing a former DLA Piper and Fox Rothschild LLP attorney and the firms of involvement in a $170 million real estate Ponzi scheme, allowing the plaintiff — a receiver appointed to represent investors — to pursue the claims in state court instead.

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

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    Legal Honchos Join Call To Pass Biden's COVID-19 Stimulus

    Some of the big shots in New York's legal industry urged Congress in an open letter Wednesday to pass the Biden administration's coronavirus stimulus package, saying the country is "still struggling" to recover from the economic fallout the pandemic has caused.

  • Sheppard Mullin Adds Ex-Winston & Strawn Corporate Atty

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has added a corporate attorney previously with Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in its Los Angeles office, the firm has announced.

  • Latham & Watkins Elects 19 New Partners

    Latham & Watkins LLP elevated 19 counsel in nine cities across the world to partner, the firm announced this week.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

  • Calif. Bar Officially Begins Expanded Temporary Licensing

    The State Bar of California on Wednesday began accepting applications for its expanded provisional licensure program permitting bar exam applicants who would've passed the test under the state's recently lowered pass score to practice law.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

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    Disney Atty Rides Track To Top Gov't Relations Spot

    The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it has promoted one of its longtime in-house attorneys to senior vice president of government relations reporting directly to the general counsel.

  • Dentons Promotes 42 North American Partners

    Dentons has promoted 42 attorneys to partner and three to counsel across its North American offices, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

    Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

Expert Analysis

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims Author Photo

    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • What I Learned As A Virtual Summer Associate Author Photo

    It is necessary in a virtual law firm summer program to think twice about asking questions you may be able to answer on your own, but this independence and other aspects of a remote internship may help to instill habits that would be useful for future full-time associates, says law student Kelley Sheehan, who interned at Patterson & Sheridan this summer.

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