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  • Pittsburgh Judge Sued For Lack Of Virtual Court Access

    A civil rights watchdog group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against an Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, judge, claiming he has violated the Constitution by not allowing it virtual access to observe proceedings in his Pittsburgh courtroom despite directives from court administration to do as much as possible via phone and videoconference.

  • Apple, Epic To Face Off In Person In May Trial Despite Virus

    A California federal judge said Monday that a bench trial in Epic Games' antitrust suit over Apple's App Store fees will proceed in person on May 3 despite risks posed by the pandemic, saying "this case is so significant that it warrants the best the judiciary has to give, and the best is in person."

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    Judge Keenan's Exit Gives Biden 1st Opening On 4th Circ.

    Fourth Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan will take senior status in August after a decade in the position and a 40-year career as a judicial trailblazer, entering a form of semiretirement and giving President Joe Biden his first opening on the Richmond-based appeals court.

  • Garland AG Nomination Advances To Full Senate Vote

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to advance attorney general nominee Merrick Garland to a floor vote for confirmation, all but ensuring the D.C. Circuit judge will oversee the U.S. Department of Justice as it emerges from a turbulent four years.

  • High Court Will Take Up Case On Puerto Rican SSI Benefits

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would hear the government's appeal of a ruling extending Supplemental Security Income disability benefits to Puerto Rico residents, in a case that could have wide-ranging impacts on U.S. territorial inhabitants.

  • WDTX Judge Albright Touts Revamped Courtroom Tech

    Western District of Texas Judge Alan D. Albright says he made huge upgrades to technology in his Waco courtroom ahead of the trial he's currently presiding over, a computer chip patent dispute between patent holder VLSI Technology LLC and Intel Corp.

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    Retired Del. Judge Remembered For Work In And Out Of Court

    The Delaware legal community is mourning the death of retired Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young, a man court officials said was known off the bench for his "comedic song-writing abilities" that he often put to charitable use.

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    As Heard In NY Courts: A February Review

    February has been a busy month for New York courts, with federal judges overseeing a criminal case against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and a dispute over publicizing information in Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11. Here's a snapshot of what Law360 heard in New York court proceedings, virtual and in-person, this month.

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    Meet The Attys Arguing Arthrex At The High Court

    In one of the most eagerly anticipated cases of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will get into the Constitution's appointments clause in a three-way dispute between medical device companies and the U.S. government. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at the attorneys who will argue the case.

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    Meet The Attys Pressing The Ahmaud Arbery Case In Court

    The mother of an unarmed Black Georgia man who was killed last February while jogging sued former and current prosecutors and others over conspiracy and wrongful death claims. Here Law360 Pulse takes a look at the allegations and the attorneys who filed the suit.

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    3 Takeaways From Pa. High Court's Ruling On Consumer Law

    Pennsylvania consumers no longer have to prove intent when accusing a business of deceptive practices under the state's consumer protection law, according to a recent 4-3 opinion by the state's Supreme Court. Here are three takeaways from the decision.

  • 11th Circ. Rejects Law School Age Bias Claims By Fired Prof

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday rejected a former Georgia law professor's claims that she was discriminated against because of her age by the now-closed Savannah Law School, which argued she was the worst teacher it had ever had.

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    Retiring Calif. Federal Judge Phillips' Most Memorable Rulings

    U.S. Chief District Judge Virginia A. Phillips announced Monday she would be retiring from her role in the Central District of California next year, leaving room for President Joe Biden to appoint another new judge on the Golden State's federal bench. Phillips said she'll step down in February 2022, shortly after her 65th birthday.

  • Manhattan DA Gets Trump Tax Docs In Criminal Probe

    The Manhattan district attorney's office received copies of years of former President Donald Trump's tax and business records after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Trump's request to halt enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for the records.

  • Harvard Affirmative Action Case Appealed To High Court

    The anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard University over its race-conscious admissions policy asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to hear the case with the hope of ending the use of race in college admissions altogether.

  • Toyota Stamps Out Bid To Unseal Ex-WilmerHale Temp's Case

    A Florida state judge on Monday declined to unseal allegations of corruption leveled against Toyota by an ex-WilmerHale temp who worked on an internal document review project related to the automaker's operations in Thailand.

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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.

  • Ga. DA Accused Of Covering Up Black Man's Killing

    A current and a former district attorney in southern Georgia were hit with conspiracy and wrongful death claims on Tuesday a year after the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, with his family alleging the investigation favored those at fault, including a former police officer the prosecutors were friendly with.

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    The Biggest Decisions From Atlanta's Chief Judge Thrash

    The chief judge for the federal district that includes Atlanta will take senior status May 8 after serving in the role since 2014. Among his rulings are insurance cases related to the coronavirus pandemic and three separate settlements over Equifax's 2017 data breach. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at some of Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr.'s biggest rulings.

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    Duane Morris Trial Vet Remembered As A 'Wunderkind'

    Retired Duane Morris legal malpractice and trial partner Jim Krieg, remembered as a "true lawyer's lawyer" with a wicked sense of humor and wit, has died at age 70, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

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    Garland Aced His AG Audition. Next Comes The Hard Part.

    D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland appeared poised Tuesday for an easy confirmation as U.S. attorney general after two days of hearings that revealed an outline of his priorities, from fighting extremism to combating systemic racism, and a preview of policy fights to come.

  • New Judgeships A Tall Order Despite Lawmakers' Interest

    Top congressional Democrats want to add dozens of seats to federal courts across the country and will hold a hearing Wednesday to galvanize support, but experts say such legislation remains a long shot even with both chambers under unified Democratic control.

  • Ethics Panel Gives Calif. Jurists Guardrails For PAC Donations

    A California Supreme Court ethics committee advised state judges Tuesday that they can accept campaign contributions from political action committees that are indirectly funded by court employees, but only under specific circumstances.

  • Ex-Rep. Argues Faith-Led Juror Shouldn't Have Been Axed

    An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown urged the full Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to reverse the removal of a juror who believed the Holy Spirit told him the ex-Florida congresswoman was innocent of corruption charges, arguing that leaving the decision in place would set a precedent that would bar many religious citizens from sitting on juries.

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    What Attys Are Saying As Fla. Eyes Expanded Remote Trials

    With Florida recently giving the green light to remote trials for criminal cases, Law360 Pulse spoke with attorneys on the benefits and drawbacks of such proceedings.

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.

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