Connecticut Pulse

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    Conn. US Atty On The Value Of Corporate Self-Disclosure

    As a former litigation attorney in private practice, U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery understands the value of a new U.S. Department of Justice carrot-and-stick approach that rewards corporations for confessing their legal sins with a measure of leniency, she told Law360 in a recent wide-ranging interview.

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    Most Law Firms Believe They Are Secure Despite Gaps

    The majority of law firms in a survey believe they are more or much more secure than their industry peers, despite "significant" security gaps across firms of all sizes, according to a report released Tuesday by Conversant Group and the International Legal Technology Association.

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    ConnectiCare Names General Counsel Next President

    ConnectiCare, an EmblemHealth-affiliated health care plan in Connecticut, has found its new president in its general counsel.

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    Why In-House Counsel Are Taking Historic Rate Hikes In Stride

    As several law firms have significantly increased their rates over the past year amid a slowing economy, the relative silence from corporate clients has been deafening.

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    Why Few Women Are In C-Suite Tech Roles In BigLaw

    At the largest U.S. law firms, few tech-focused C-suite positions — like chief information officer, chief innovation officer and chief knowledge officer — are held by women, a Law360 Pulse analysis found.

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    Looming Retirement Wave Puts Succession On Front Burner

    As the legal industry grapples with the impending wave of baby-boomer lawyer retirements, many law firms are coming face to face with a challenge that has bedeviled the profession for years: succession planning.

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    Silver Golub & Teitell Adds Counsel To Class Action Team

    An attorney with a decade of experience in litigation and class actions has joined Connecticut law firm Silver Golub & Teitell LLP's class action and complex civil litigation practices, the firm said on Monday.

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    Conn. Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Judge

    A Connecticut man accused of sending over 100 letters with hateful statements and violent threats to judges, Connecticut state representatives, journalists and more pled guilty to one count of threatening a judge, prosecutors said.

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    Legal Industry Job Growth Lags Behind The Wider Economy

    Even as the wider economy saw more robust job growth in May, the legal sector continued to post scant employment increases, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kelley Drye's work on multiple states' lawsuits over "forever chemicals" and Foley Hoag's work on a biotechnology deal lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 19 to June 2.

  • 2nd Circ. OKs Union Boss's Bribe Verdict Despite Atty's Injury

    The Second Circuit let stand former United Brotherhood of Carpenters president Salvatore Tagliaferro's bribery conviction Friday, ruling that a district judge did not abuse his discretion by refusing a further trial delay when the labor boss's lead counsel was hospitalized.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP leads this week's Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday limited the ability of shareholders to sue companies that go public via a direct listing.

  • Conn. Atty Settles Name Suit With Ex-Partner

    A conflict between a Connecticut attorney and his former partner over their firm's name — which included three suits in both state and federal court — has come to an end after the group reached a settlement.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    In the world of legal business, the last week of May brought an acquisition for one law firm, the launch of a new cannabis practice group at another and a new European office for a third. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    More Firms Roll The Dice On Ex-Judge Partners

    How'd you like to bring on a new firm partner in the back half of their career with zero clients and an uncertain capacity for schmoozing up new business? For an increasing number of law firm leaders, the answer is "yes" — as long as the incoming lateral is fresh off the bench.

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    In-House Teams Continue To Emphasize BigLaw Experience

    While keynote speakers at law school commencements encourage graduates to avoid the obvious path and do the unexpected, for now at least, top school credentials and BigLaw experience still matter to those looking to hire in-house lawyers.

  • Fired Legal Assistant Fights To Keep Discrimination Suit Alive

    A onetime legal assistant who sued her former firm in Connecticut state court alleging discrimination and retaliation after she was let go in July 2020 is now fighting to keep her suit alive after the firm moved for summary judgment, arguing she was fired not for requesting COVID-19 accommodations, but for performance issues.

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    Meet The Disbarred Atty Behind Collapsed Calif. Debt Firm

    The leader of a now-bankrupt California law firm accused of luring tens of thousands of clients into signing up for worthless credit repair services is a disbarred former Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP attorney residing in an Orange County mansion recently listed for sale at $15 million.

  • Conn. Bill To Boost Oversight Of Prosecutors Heads To Gov.

    The Connecticut House of Representatives sent a bill Wednesday to Gov. Ned Lamont that will require the 13 state's attorneys to appear once a year before the state's Criminal Justice Commission to testify on data collected from their districts, a proposal that some critics worry could contribute to a skewed view of how those prosecutors are performing.

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    Texas Judge's AI Order Not Unreasonable, And Not The Last

    A Texas federal judge is being reasonable in requiring attorneys appearing before him to certify that they did not use generative artificial intelligence to write their briefs, or that they checked those filings if they did, judges and experts told Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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    Stress Is No Badge Of Honor When It Comes To Atty Wellness

    Former practicing attorney, psychologist and Yale School of Medicine assistant clinical professor Traci Cipriano knows every attorney has unique struggles when it comes to work-life balance, stress, bills, family life — the list goes on — and her new book is designed to help lawyers find ways to grow from these challenges and thrive.

  • Prosecutor's Use Of Word 'Victim' Can't Upend Conviction

    The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld the assault conviction of a man who argued that he was deprived of a fair trial because the prosecutor used the term "victim" during the trial, finding that the use was not "sufficiently excessive."

  • Paul Hastings' $12M Kwok Ch. 11 Fee Bill 'Only The Beginning'

    Calling it one of the most "complex and challenging" individual Chapter 11 cases ever filed, Paul Hastings LLP asked a Connecticut bankruptcy judge on Tuesday for $12.3 million in attorney fees covering eight months of work on exiled Chinese billionaire Ho Wan Kwok's case, adding the request is "only the beginning."

  • Reed Smith Says 50 Cent Appeal Violates Court Rules

    Reed Smith LLP, the former law firm of rap artist Curtis Jackson — better known as 50 Cent — has accused its former client of violating local court rules by filing a bankruptcy appeal without referencing an earlier connected action in the District of Connecticut.

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    Firms Linking Associates' In-Office Attendance To Bonuses

    As return-to-office initiatives are proving less successful than hoped, some law firms are explicitly connecting associates' eligibility for year-end bonuses with their in-person attendance, several legal industry experts tell Law360 Pulse.

Expert Analysis

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 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.



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