Courts

  • 'Seriously, We Are Done': Judge Quits Trial, Says Atty Lied

    A California judge abruptly declared a mistrial in a sex trafficking case and recused himself after defense counsel complained that jurors may have seen the defendant's feet shackled, telling an attorney from the Federal Public Defender's Office that he is stepping down because he thinks "intentional misrepresentations" are being made.

  • Feds Want SEC And FTC Cases Coordinated At High Court

    The government asked the U.S. Supreme Court to coordinate briefing schedules for a pair of cases seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but it said the cases should be argued separately.

  • Can The Senate Keep Pace With Biden's Appellate Picks?

    Senate Democrats are continuing to approve most of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees at a rapid pace, but while trial court judges have moved swiftly this year, there have been fewer circuit court confirmations as they prove more challenging.

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    MyPillow CEO Sanctioned For Claims In Voting Machines Case

    A D.C. federal judge has sanctioned MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and dismissed his claims against Dominion and Smartmatic, the voting technology companies who are suing Lindell for defamation after he said on television that they had contributed to election fraud.

  • DC Circ. Probes Leaked Survey Alleging Judges' Misconduct

    D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan said court officials will launch an investigation to determine who recently leaked a confidential employee survey that reportedly alleged that some of the appellate court's judges subjected their staff to bullying and gender discrimination.

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    Ex-FBI GC Says Atty's Clinton Links Would've Been Concern

    While noting that the FBI investigates tips regardless of their origin, the bureau's former top lawyer told jurors on Friday that knowing more about former Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann's alleged work for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign would have influenced his handling of information Sussmann offered up about Donald Trump's potential links to Russia prior to the 2016 election.

  • Career DOJ Atty Joins Compliance Co. In Boston

    A veteran U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor has departed to join a Boston-based compliance firm, telling Law360 in an interview Friday that he'll use his two decades of government enforcement chops to help companies get ahead of potential violations.

  • Trump Pays $110K To NY AG For Not Complying In Biz Probe

    Former President Donald Trump has paid a $110,000 fine for his failure to comply with the New York attorney general's probe into his business practices and filed affidavits ahead of a Friday deadline to keep a court's contempt order lifted.

  • Kennedy Urges Courts To Maintain Independence After Leak

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy found a bright side to what he called the recent "cowardly" leak of an early draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, as he told a Pennsylvania judicial forum during pre-recorded remarks on Friday that it was also an opportunity for courts to reassert their independence.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    State High Courts See Modest Rise In Judicial Diversity

    The percentage of people of color and women on state high court benches nationwide ticked up slightly over the past year, but many courts around the nation still have a long way to go before they reflect the wider population, according to a report released Friday.

  • 'Lottery Lawyer' Again Pleads Not Guilty In 'Shifting' Case

    The "Lottery Lawyer" accused of plundering his clients' winnings once again proclaimed his innocence in a Brooklyn federal court on Friday as he pled not guilty to a superseding indictment that his new attorney argued showed prosecutors' shifting theory in the case.

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    Del. Adds 'Historic' 3rd Common Pleas Court Commissioner

    Delaware's Court of Common Pleas, which adjudicates misdemeanor cases, motor vehicle offenses and less serious civil disputes, now has a third commissioner to help handle its caseload for the first time.

  • NJ Chief Justice Urges Lawmakers To Fill High Court Seats

    New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner called on state lawmakers Friday to fill judicial vacancies that have reached as far as the state's highest court, citing the challenges posed by those empty seats during an address at the New Jersey State Bar Association's 2022 Annual Meeting and Convention.

  • GOP Sens. Push For Rare 2nd Hearing For NY Trial Court Pick

    Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee are calling for a second hearing for Nusrat Jahan Choudhury before her nomination to the Eastern District of New York moves forward, accusing her of having contradicted her own testimony and requesting the chance to question her again.

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    Slights Talks About Life On Del. Bench Before Leaving

    After 18 years serving as a judge in Delaware state courts, including a six-year stint on the First State's esteemed Chancery Court, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III is preparing to say goodbye to life on the bench.

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    Group Asks Texas Bar To Investigate Cruz Over 2020 Election

    A legal activism group filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with the State Bar of Texas, accusing the Lone Star State's former solicitor general of violating professional conduct rules by participating in legal challenges to the 2020 election and opposing certification of the election results.

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    Ohio Atty Hit With $250K Sanction Over Sue-And-Withdrawals

    After facing a long series of toxic tort and successor liability arguments, an Illinois chemical company scored an affirmative win against an Ohio plaintiffs lawyer who has repeatedly sued the company and then dismissed before a successor-liability theory could be tested.

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    New Stevens & Lee Leader On Serving With Ex-3rd Circ. Judge

    Karl S. Myers recently left the appellate practice he launched and led for more than 16 years at Stradley Ronon to practice alongside former Third Circuit Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie at Stevens & Lee. In a recent conversation with Law360 Pulse, Myers talks about the move and what comes next.

  • NJ Judge Doubts Prosecutors' Grip On Manual Sought By Atty

    A New Jersey state judge on Thursday blasted the state attorney general's office for not providing any factual basis to deny a criminal defense attorney's bid to access the state's guide for handling prosecutions and investigations.

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    Ex-FBI Atty Says Sussmann Said He Was Acting On His Own

    The FBI's former top lawyer told a D.C. federal jury on Thursday he is "100% confident" that ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann told him he was not representing any clients when he brought suspicions to him ahead of the 2016 election about a possible connection between then-candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank.

  • 5th Circ. Says Service Error Dooms Excessive Force Case

    The Fifth Circuit declined to revive a "gruesome" police brutality case brought by the family of Darrall Thomas, who was wrongly identified by police in a Texas suburb as a suspect in an ATM break-in and was "tased and brutalized" by police until he died, saying that a failure to properly serve the officer who committed the violence doomed the suit.

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    20 NYC Judges Test Positive For COVID-19 After Retreat

    A national spike in COVID-19 cases has involved a notable group of people in recent days: a large contingent of New York City judges.

  • Senate Confirms Biden's NY And Calif. Trial Court Judge Picks

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed three of President Joe Biden's trial court picks, backing two judges in California and one nominee in New York.

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    Ex-Clinton GC Says Campaign Didn't Send Sussmann To FBI

    A former top lawyer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign told jurors in the criminal trial of ex-Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann on Wednesday that he didn't recall anyone in the campaign directing Sussmann to go to investigators with allegations about a potential link between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct Author Photo

    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

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