Connecticut Pulse

  • Conn. Judiciary Reinstates Suspended Filing, Related Rules

    Connecticut's judicial branch recently implemented a series of administrative rules and deadlines for non-criminal matters that had been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Conn. Gov. Lamont Picks Ex-Prosecutor As General Counsel

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has picked a former prosecutor from the state's U.S. Attorney's Office who was deeply involved in a probe into the origins of an investigation into Russia election meddling as his new general counsel.

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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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    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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    Arnold & Porter Adds Ex-Chief Counsel To Calif. Rep Bass

    Arnold & Porter said Monday it has hired a top political counsel and strategist to work in the firm's legislative and public policy practice in Washington, D.C.

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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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    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.

  • Conn. Gov. Lamont No-Show At Judiciary Hearing On Pot Bill

    Connecticut judiciary committee members expressed frustration on Friday that Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Conn., didn't show up to a virtual hearing on his proposed cannabis legalization bill and questioned his staff about employee licensing and allowing for homegrown plants.

  • 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.

  • Legal Services Co. Must Hand Over Docs In Contract Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has ordered legal services firm Huseby LLC to hand over documents to its competitor Brandon Legal Tech LLC in a dispute over whether a former Huseby employee violated his noncompete and nondisclosure agreements.

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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.

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Future ABA Resolutions Must Stick To New Limits

    Future resolutions by the American Bar Association House of Delegates must advance at least one of the association's four primary goals, the policymaking body has decided, responding to criticism that some past resolutions lacked focus and were not directly related to the practice of law.

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    Pandemic Worsens Career Barriers For Marginalized Attorneys

    The move to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has attorneys juggling their jobs and household tasks and family care, with an especially devastating effect on the careers of women, attorneys of color and those in other marginalized or minority groups.

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    PepsiCo, Others Make List Of 135 'Most Ethical' Companies

    Ethisphere Institute, a for-profit organization that recognizes companies that promote best practices in corporate ethics, on Tuesday released its 15th annual list of the World's 135 Most Ethical Companies, including PepsiCo, International Paper and four others that have made the list every year from the beginning.

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    Legal Tech Cos. Tackle Diversity Gaps

    As some legal technology companies address diversity and inclusion, experts say there's still more work to be done.

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    Mid-Law Tech Leaders Share Their Legal Tech 'Wish Lists'

    As the pandemic accelerates the integration of legal technology at firms of all sizes, technology heads at mid-size and mid-market firms shared with Law360 Pulse what they are looking for from technology products — be it the user experience, function or price — and what is currently on their wish lists.

  • Justices To Review Immigrant Wealth Test Again

    The Trump-era public charge rule returned to the high court on Monday, with justices agreeing to review an order barring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from subjecting immigrants in New York, Connecticut and Vermont to the wealth test.

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    BigLaw Puts Brawn Behind Pro Bono Black Business Efforts

    As the nation celebrates Black History Month this February, more BigLaw firms have joined the movement to combat racism and inequality by helping Black business owners in their community.

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    New Haven Legal Aid Leader Patricia Kaplan Dies At 81

    A pillar of New Haven, Connecticut's legal aid community, Patricia Kaplan, has passed away at 81 from complications from Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a Thursday obituary.

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.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic Author Photo

    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

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