Courts

  • Infowars Finance Czar Says Jones Called The Shots

    A Connecticut jury weighing damages against Alex Jones for his false claims about the Sandy Hook shooting saw video testimony Tuesday from his finance deputy at Infowars, who said the conspiracy theorist chose his show topics and product markup percentage and was kept closely apprised of sales.

  • Willkie Rehires Judge Who Oversaw Lehman Bankruptcy

    The former New York federal judge who oversaw the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy case and hundreds of other Chapter 11 matters will rejoin Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as a senior counsel, the firm announced Monday.

  • The High Court Cases Threatening Big Tech Immunity

    The tech world has been waiting with bated breath to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would reconsider the broad immunity currently enjoyed by internet giants like Google and Twitter under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. But now that the justices have decided to review the protections, the industry must wait to find out what that means for the companies and the millions who use them.

  • Trump Urges 2nd Circ. To Allow Challenge To NY AG Biz Probe

    Former President Donald Trump's challenge to New York Attorney General Letitia James' scrutiny of his business dealings should be permitted to proceed, Trump told the Second Circuit on Tuesday, arguing her bad faith probe warrants a federal court's intervention. 

  • 4th Circ. Judge Motz Moves To Senior Status

    Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the Fourth Circuit moved to senior status at the end of September, creating a vacancy on the court before President Joe Biden has named a nominee to succeed her.

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    Justice Jackson's Originalist Case For Voting Rights Act

    The Supreme Court was ablaze with debate Tuesday morning over whether the Voting Rights Act allows judges to consider race to remedy unequal representation, with newly confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson making an impassioned "originalist" case that the Reconstruction Amendments did not mandate "race-blind" laws.

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    National Politics Cast Long Shadow On State High Courts

    As the U.S. Supreme Court has punted hot-button issues like gerrymandering and abortion back to the states, formerly insular state supreme court elections are being turbocharged by national politics.

  • Trump Asks High Court To Intervene In Mar-A-Lago Docs Case

    Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and reverse an Eleventh Circuit order that allowed the U.S. Department of Justice to review classified documents seized from his Florida resort and residence, arguing that the appellate court lacks jurisdiction.

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    In State Court Elections, Few Step Up To Take On Incumbents

    After record cash was spent in state high court elections two years ago, contentious issues like COVID-19 health rules, state gun laws, and the right to abortion promise to keep public attention on dozens of seats up for grabs this November. But nationwide, a heavy advantage for sitting judges, sky-high campaign costs, and other factors discourage challengers, leaving voters without a choice in thousands of races.

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    Girardi Victims Hit NY Law Firm With $6.3M Conversion Suit

    Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi illegally gave $6.3 million from a burn victim's settlement to a New York lawyer who founded a litigation lending company, the victim's family says in a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.

  • Top Pa. Justice's Death Leaves 'Terrible Void,' Successor Says

    The unexpected death of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer over the weekend has left a "terrible void" in the state's judiciary, his successor said in remarks during a memorial service Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh.

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    State Supreme Court Races To Watch This Election

    State Supreme Court elections are more important than ever this year, thanks to the current redistricting cycle and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which gave state high courts the last word on abortion. Here, Law360 Pulse breaks down the four most closely watched state Supreme Court races ahead of November's midterm elections.

  • Jury Convicts Ex-FBI Agent Of Taking Bribes From Dirty Atty

    A California federal jury on Tuesday convicted retired FBI agent Babak Broumand of bribery for taking money and a $36,000 Ducati motorcycle from since-disbarred attorney Edgar Sargsyan in exchange for running searches on law enforcement databases that Sargsyan relied on to avoid detection by criminal investigators.

  • FedEx Trial Judge Requires Masks, Prefers Atty Diversity

    A California federal judge laid out the ground rules Monday for an upcoming jury trial over FedEx delivery drivers' claims the company violated Golden State labor laws, saying masks are still required and recommending each side have early-career, diverse attorneys give arguments.

  • The Onion Calls For Parody Protections In High Court Brief

    The Sixth Circuit put itself on the wrong side of Mark Twain by granting qualified immunity to police officers who arrested an Ohio man for creating a fake Facebook page that mocked his local police department, satirical newspaper The Onion said in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

  • Justices Let Prelogar Weigh In On Gay Wedding Website Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday the U.S. solicitor general can argue that anti-discrimination laws forcing a business to speak or stay silent do not violate the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

  • High Court Struggles With Unclear Clean Water Act Limits

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struggled to get a grip on the proper extent of the federal government's authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate certain wetlands, in a case where landowners have claimed to be victims of agency overreach.

  • Shipman & Goodwin Leader Named To Conn. Judicial Panel

    Shipman & Goodwin LLP's managing partner has a new leadership role as chair of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, a state body responsible for recommending candidates for judgeships to the governor.

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    The Changing Face Of State High Court Elections

    Across the country, more money than ever is flowing into elections for the judges who sit on states' highest courts. It's a trend that has been on an upward swing for years now finds itself supercharged by national politics. In this series, Law360 Pulse examines the present and future of state high court elections and how they impact some of the country's most important issues.

  • Ill. Federal Judge Tapped As Chief Justice Roberts' Counselor

    U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. of the Northern District of Illinois will be the next counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., tasked with serving as chief of staff, among other responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday.

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    Finnegan Atty Fights Disabled Veteran Precedent At Top Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that may open the door for U.S. military veterans to seek disability compensation through equitable tolling. Finnegan partner James Barney, a Navy veteran himself, will argue the case pro bono.

  • Calif. Restricts Use Of Rap Lyrics In Criminal Trials

    Prosecutors will no longer be able to use rap music lyrics as evidence to show criminal intent in trials in California, thanks to the passage of the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act.

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    Latham Adds White House Partner Duo In DC

    Two attorneys who recently served as White House deputy counsel under President Joe Biden have joined Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, D.C., as partners in the white collar defense and investigations practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • By The Numbers: Following The Money In High Court Races

    This year's state high court elections could see record spending by candidates, law firms and outside groups. Law360 Pulse looks at where the most money is being spent, who's spending it and who's on the receiving end.

  • Trellis Adds 5 States To Its State Court Search Platform

    Artificial intelligence-driven state court data and analytics platform Trellis Research Inc. announced on Friday an expansion for use in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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