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    How ChatGPT Could Improve Lawyering In The Future

    Despite fears about artificial intelligence replacing lawyers, generative AI tools such as ChatGPT could actually help attorneys produce higher-quality work, according to a webinar on Thursday.

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    Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later

    It's been more than 10 years since Crowell & Moring LLP launched its Sponsorship Initiative — one of the first of its kind in the legal industry — to help retain and advance the careers of women, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys of color at the firm.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

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    State Court Center Launches Courthouse Space Tool

    The National Center for State Courts has developed an online questionnaire to help reexamine building space and provide guidance on courthouse space planning, alongside a contest to help promote the best redesign of space, the group said in a news release Wednesday.

  • Conn. Probation Officers Ruled Free From Accountability Act

    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong released a formal legal opinion establishing that Connecticut Judicial Branch probation officers do not fall under the state's Police Accountability Act.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

  • Eckert Names New Human Resources, IT Heads

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has named its new chief human resources officer and chief information officer, according to an announcement by the firm.

  • ​​Atty Asks Full 2nd Circ. To Rehear Fraud, Bias Suit

    An attorney asked the full Second Circuit on Monday to consider reviving her claims that an esports startup used a false promise of an equity stake to lure her from her higher-paying job at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, arguing that the panel "eschewed analysis" of her wrongful termination cause of action and did not address alleged factual and legal errors in the lower court's opinion.

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    Orrick, Buckley Firm Heads Talk Merger Decision

    After announcing a merger last week, the heads of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and financial services, government enforcement and litigation firm Buckley LLP spoke with Law360 Pulse about how the merger came to be, the benefits that clients can expect, and what they are looking forward to in 2023.

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    Axiom Starts Arizona Law Firm, Names Managing Partner

    Legal staffing and legal services provider Axiom launched an Arizona-based law firm called Axiom Advice & Counsel, or AA&C, on Monday, months after securing an alternative business structure license from the state.

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    2nd Circ. Case Has Lessons For Attys About Digital Evidence

    The Second Circuit recently heard arguments in a sexual harassment plaintiff's challenge to sanctions levied over text message evidence that a trial judge concluded was fabricated, and experts say the case is a cautionary tale for litigators who don't carefully vet digital evidence.

  • Two Texas Firms Cleared To Rep Alex Jones In Ch. 11 Case

    Crowe & Dunlevy and Jordan & Ortiz PC can represent right-wing media figure Alex Jones in his Chapter 11 bankruptcy case after they disclosed that their six-figure retainers came from a trust fund, a judge in Houston ruled Friday.

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    EY Spinoff Will Open Up World Market To Its Law Leader

    Cornelius Grossmann, EY's global law leader, has been busy lately setting up the structure that his legal group will take once it has split away from the Big Four auditing firm. It is a vision that could change the shape of legal services around the world.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices heard arguments in three cases during the short week, weighing whether the U.S. government can criminally prosecute a Turkish bank, a deaf student can sue a school district, and a Guatemalan migrant can challenge an immigration decision in federal court. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal news keeps rolling in as the second half of January continues, with firms expanding their footprints through mergers and sizable group hires, and hiring prominent former government officials to strengthen their practice areas. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Evisort CEO On How Generative AI Will Change Legal Sector

    Generative artificial intelligence that produces text and images is getting a lot of buzz, but what impact will it have on the legal industry? Here, Evisort’s CEO talks about his company’s generative AI and how the technology will change the legal profession.

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    New ABF President On Zest For Pro Bono Work, Tribal Law

    Senior trial attorney Jimmy K. Goodman is winding down his practice at Crowe & Dunlevy, but he's keeping busy in his new role as president of the American Bar Foundation. Goodman talked to Law360 Pulse this week on his goals for the ABF.

  • Conn. Firm Sues To Halt Ex-Consultant From Using Its Data

    A law firm in Greenwich, Connecticut, is seeking a preliminary injunction against a former independent contractor in federal court, claiming he is still using proprietary information he allegedly stole for his competing legal consulting business to poach clients.

  • 2nd Circ. Backs Atty Suspension For Mishandling ADA Cases

    A New York appeals court has unsealed and upheld sanctions against a Long Island ADA attorney whose series of misleading and fabricated legal claims led to her license to practice in New York's Eastern District being suspended for six months.

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    Companies Say Economy, Talent Search Top Worries In 2023

    The majority of directors in a recent survey said they believe a recession is looming, and they rated inflation as a top business concern, coupled with the competition for talent.

  • NYC Mayor Defends Vax Mandate As 2nd Circ. Mulls Appeal

    New York City had a solid constitutional basis for treating theatergoers and worshipers differently under its former COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Mayor Eric Adams told the Second Circuit in urging the court to reject an appeal that alleges the policy harmed indoor entertainment venues.

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    Remote Proceedings Can Improve Justice In Rural Areas

    Courts should embrace remote proceedings to improve access to justice in rural communities because participants don't have to drive hours to a courthouse, take time off work or arrange child care, according to a virtual panel hosted by the National Center for State Courts.

  • SEC Wins Mixed Jury Verdict Against Penny Stock Co.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday touted a courtroom victory against the CEO of a penny stock company convicted of lying to investors, but the lead defense attorney told Law360 that the SEC dropped a crucial fraud claim against his client at the eleventh hour.

  • DOJ Names New Director For US Trustee Program

    The U.S. Department of Justice has selected a new director for its U.S. Trustee Program, the agency said in a news release Wednesday.

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    BigLaw's 2022 Diversity Gains Expected To Continue This Year

    Ethnic and gender diversity at the top 200 U.S. law firms ticked up in 2022, and that momentum is unlikely to slow despite the current economic uncertainty, with industry experts anticipating firms will pick up more diverse hires in 2023.

Expert Analysis

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

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