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    Justices Back On Bench, But Hearings Still Getting Longer

    For decades, the U.S. Supreme Court was famous for enforcing time limits on oral arguments. That changed during the pandemic due to the challenge of telephonic hearings. But despite the justices' return to the bench a year ago, arguments have only gotten longer.

  • Law Professors Say High Court Power Grab Must Be Reined In

    The U.S. Supreme Court is carrying out a power grab, elevating its own authority above other branches of government and imperiling its legitimacy in the process, several law professors have said in recent publications, including a Harvard Law Review essay that calls for an overhaul of the "Imperial Supreme Court."

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    Experts Say Overcommunication Is Key In Remote Hearings

    Overcommunicating before, during and after a remote hearing is key to ensuring participants gain the most from these more frequently occurring proceedings, according to panelists featured in a webinar hosted by the National Center for State Courts.

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    7 Most Important E-Discovery Cases Of 2022

    Spoliation of evidence, lost video footage and search terms headline some of the biggest e-discovery moments in cases in 2022, experts said Thursday.

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    Del. Stands Out Among States In Curbing 'Unjust' Fines, Fees

    The national outlook for doing away with "unjust" judicial fines and fees remains grim, but Delaware showed significant strides by making key reforms during the past year, an access to justice watchdog said in a report released Thursday.

  • SF Judge Sends Edelson's $100M Suit Against Girardi To LA

    A California Northern District judge agreed Thursday to send Edelson's lawsuit alleging the now-defunct Girardi Keese law firm stole over $100 million to California's Central District despite arguments that Edelson will struggle to find local counsel, noting "we're talking about Los Angeles, where there are probably more lawyers than teachers."

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    DA Can Argue Donald Trump Knew Of Tax Fraud, Judge Says

    Manhattan prosecutors won permission from a judge Thursday to argue at the Trump Organization's tax crimes trial that former President Donald Trump knew about the alleged fraud at his company.

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    Supreme Court To Consider Biden Student Debt Relief Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether Republican states can challenge President Joe Biden's student debt plan this February, the court said Thursday, agreeing to hear the Biden administration's appeal of a lower court order blocking the plan.

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    Senate Panel Ties On 1st Circ. Pick, OKs 11 Others For Bench

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced 11 circuit and district court nominees Thursday, but deadlocked on the nomination of abortion rights attorney Julie Rikelman, who is President Joe Biden's pick for a vacancy on the First Circuit.

  • FIFA Prosecutors Fight Bid To Subpoena PwC, Perkins Coie

    Federal prosecutors have asked a court to reject requests by two former Fox Sports executives embroiled in the FIFA corruption scandal to subpoena PwC and Perkins Coie LLP in search of a client's documents, saying that the last-minute motions would delay their upcoming bribery trial in Brooklyn.

  • Philadelphia Attorney Dodged Taxes On $8 Million In Income

    A Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyer has pled guilty to not paying income tax for three straight years, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced, during which he generated more than $8 million in revenue at his one-man firm, according to his indictment.

  • Riding Circuit: December's Notable Appellate Arguments

    As the year winds down, circuit courts will hear argument on the kinds of crimes Jan. 6 rioters can be charged with, whether federal law unconstitutionally delegates power to a private entity, and whether a class can be certified even if some class members weren't actually injured.

  • NY's Ex-Chief Judge Kept State-Funded Perks After Resigning

    For months after her resignation, former New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has benefited from state-funded court officers working as her personal chauffeurs and protection detail — services that previous chiefs did not receive after they left office.

  • 9th Circ. Tells Uber Objectors Settlement Isn't A Coupon Deal

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed Uber Technologies Inc.'s $32.5 million deal and class counsel's $5.7 million fee award in litigation over the ride-hailing service's deceptive "safe rides" fee, rejecting objectors' arguments that the settlement amounts to a coupon deal with "de minimis" individual payouts.

  • Atty's 'Innocent' Comment On Race May Doom $2.8M Verdict

    The Texas Supreme Court mulled Wednesday whether a family's attorney's comment about preferring Black female jurors indicates there was unfair racial and gender bias in the jury selection in a wrongful death case that resulted in a $2.8 million verdict, with one justice saying the judgment may not stand.

  • Attys Must Choose Between Clients In Ga. Election Probe

    A pair of lawyers representing 11 Republicans implicated in a Georgia district attorney's probe into possible criminal interference in the state's 2020 presidential election must drop one or 10 of their clients in the case, the judge overseeing the matter ruled Wednesday.

  • LeClairRyan Gets OK On Deal Over $28M Malpractice Claim

    The liquidating trustee overseeing the Chapter 7 case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC has received bankruptcy court approval for a settlement that resolves a $28 million malpractice suit in which a former client sued the firm for its work on an insurance dispute.

  • Senate Approves Judicial Picks For NY And Puerto Rico

    The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner Anne M. Nardacci to the Northern District of New York and U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille L. Vélez-Rivé to the District of Puerto Rico.

  • NY Bar Suit Seeks Raise For Attys Repping Indigent Clients

    The New York State Bar Association is suing to double the pay of lawyers who represent indigent defendants across the state to $158 an hour, the same increase their colleagues in New York City recently won in a landmark ruling addressing the statewide "assigned counsel crisis" that's been simmering for years.

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    Former Queens DA Joins Clayman As Partner

    Clayman Rosenberg Kirshner & Linder LLP has hired a former Queens assistant district attorney who specializes in white-collar criminal defense matters and commercial litigation as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Abortion Rights Atty, 1st Circ. Nom Reports $7.4M Net Worth

    A veteran abortion-rights attorney who has faced extensive questioning from Republicans during her nomination process to the First Circuit has a net worth of almost $7.5 million, she disclosed to Congress in advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote Thursday.

  • Fla. Justices Suspend Atty In 1st Hurricane Ian-Related Case

    The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a Gauthier Murphy & Houghtaling LLC attorney following accusations that she helped try to solicit clients following Hurricane Ian this fall out of a vehicle deceptively designed to look as if it were operated by federal emergency responders or insurance agents.

  • Tax Pros Face Feb. Trial On Charges Of Hiding $1B From IRS

    A Texas accounting firm whose two owners and tax manager are accused of helping a Dallas lawyer hide $1 billion for wealthy clients will face a jury trial in February now that all four men have pled not guilty.

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    Conn. Judge Retires And Announces Run For Hartford Mayor

    Just one day after the mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, Luke Bronin, announced that he would not seek a third term, state Superior Court Judge Eric Coleman announced Wednesday that he would make a bid for the office in next year's election.

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    Gov't Plan For Solicitor Legal Aid Fees Draws Criticism

    The government laid out plans Wednesday to increase legal aid funding, but the Law Society promptly argued the move would effectively reduce legal aid rates for criminal solicitors by only offering an 11% increase after years of stagnation amid double-digit inflation.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

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