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    NY Federal Judge To Take Senior Status Next Year

    U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccett­­i will take senior status next spring after more than a decade in the Southern District of New York, opening up another seat for President Joe Biden to fill.

  • Roche Freedman Asks 11th Circ. To Nix DQ Bid In Crypto Suit

    Roche Freedman LLP says it should not be disqualified from an appeal over a strained partnership with the self-professed inventor of bitcoin, despite remarks its partner Kyle Roche made in secretly recorded videos calling jurors "idiots" while he was allegedly intoxicated.  

  • Perkins Coie Atty Tells Jury Plane Parts Exec Skipped Depos

    The co-chair of Perkins Coie's white collar practice took the stand Friday in a Belgian aircraft parts reseller's $15 million criminal fraud trial, telling Manhattan federal jurors that the defendant missed four depositions in related civil litigation the attorney worked on while at a previous firm.

  • 5th Circ. Revives Airport Injury Suit Over Calendar Mistake

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday revived a suit blaming Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Spirit Airlines for causing a woman's slip-and-fall injuries, saying the plaintiff's failure to timely file a required document was due to a legal assistant's scheduling error, which didn't warrant dismissal.

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    What Gilbride's EEOC Nomination Means To Disabled Workers

    The historic nomination of Karla Gilbride, a civil rights attorney believed to be the first blind lawyer to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, to serve as U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission general counsel marks a win for the representation of disabled employees in the workforce.

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    Fight Over Lawyer Harassment Rules Heats Up In 3rd Circ.

    A yearslong debate over controversial lawyer conduct rules banning discrimination and harassment is now coming to a head. A federal court of appeals will decide whether a rule the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's disciplinary board sought to adopt violates the First Amendment — and possibly set the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court fight.

  • Williams & Connolly Partner, Wife Owe $7M In Taxes, Feds Say

    A partner at the D.C. litigation firm Williams & Connolly LLP and his wife are accused of owing nearly $7 million in unpaid income tax liabilities going back more than two decades, according to a complaint by the U.S. government.

  • Convicted Ex-GC Can't Return To Bar, Conn. Panel Rules

    A one-time general counsel convicted of obstruction of justice lost his bid to be reinstated to the state bar when a Connecticut appellate court rejected his arguments that a disciplinary panel had erred in finding he lacked remorse and candor for his past conduct.

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    Departing Mich. Chief Justice Calls For More Diverse Bench

    Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, set to lead a major arbitration group next year, called Friday for younger and more diverse appointments to the Michigan Supreme Court as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decides whom she will select as her replacement.

  • Indicted Ex-Ga. Judge Wants Prosecuting Agency Off Case

    A former Georgia state court judge accused of using a private investigator to hack county computers has challenged the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia's representation of the state in the case against her because her previous prosecutor worked with the agency after disqualifying himself due to a conflict of interest.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    It was another headline-grabbing September week for the legal industry, as famed attorney Ken Starr died, BigLaw opened new offices and attorneys swapped firms. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • 7 Questions With Squire Patton Boggs' Hannah Laming

    Law360 speaks to Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Hannah Laming about applying prosecutorial experience in private practice, the need to better fund law enforcement agencies and why she's hoping her new job won't involve hunting through documents in shipping containers.

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    SC Watchdog Can Dispute State's $75M Fee To 2 Law Firms

    A South Carolina government watchdog does have the right to challenge a $75 million contingency fee two Columbia law firms received after negotiating a $600 million settlement on behalf of the state, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

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    Pillsbury Partner Among 3 New US Atty Picks In Fla., ND

    President Joe Biden tapped three nominees for U.S. Attorney in Florida and North Dakota on Thursday, including a Miami-based partner from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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    Conn. Court Staff Shortages, Virtual Cases Fuel Merger

    After over two years of consolidating cases from Connecticut's Norwalk Superior Court to Stamford Superior Court, the Connecticut Judicial Branch has decided to permanently merge the two courts, citing staffing shortages and the increase in virtual proceedings.

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    Senate Confirms District Judge Merriam To 2nd Circ.

    The Senate voted to confirm U.S. District Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam to the Second Circuit on Thursday, elevating her to the appellate court less than a year after senators approved her nomination to the District of Connecticut.

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    DOJ Money Laundering Chief Joins MoFo In DC

    A top attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's division focused on prosecuting money laundering crime, violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and other financial violations has joined Morrison Foerster LLP in its D.C. office, the firm announced Thursday.

  • CVS Tells 9th Circ. Objector Can't Challenge $10M Wage Deal

    An objector isn't a party in a wage suit settled with a $10.4 million deal between CVS Pharmacy Inc. and a class of workers, CVS argued, saying she can't appeal a lower court's decision to approve the settlement to the Ninth Circuit.

  • Fla. Atty May Skirt Prison For $5M Crypto Scam Due To Health

    A disbarred Florida attorney who admitted to his role in defrauding bitcoin investors out of $5 million should not be imprisoned because he is 78 and in poor health, Manhattan federal prosecutors said.

  • Toyota's $272M Thai Tax Bill Upheld Amid Bribery Probe

    The Supreme Court of Thailand on Thursday found that Toyota failed to pay import taxes on its Prius car parts, upholding a $272 million judgment against the global corporation's Thai subsidiary as it faces related judicial bribery investigations.

  • Senate Panel Advances DC, 5th Circ. Picks

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced President Joe Biden's nominees for the Fifth Circuit and D.C. Circuit on Thursday, adding to the number of judges available for votes in the full Senate as Democrats race to confirm as many nominees as possible before the midterm elections.

  • Del. Judge Sets Hearings About Patent Funding Info Concerns

    Delaware federal Judge Colm Connolly has ordered the owners of six companies that have filed 14 patent cases, nearly all of which have been voluntarily dismissed, to appear in person to address his concerns that they are not complying with standing orders requiring disclosure of their litigation funding and ownership information.

  • Justices Told Cisco Patent Judgment Wrongly Sunk By Stocks

    Centripetal Networks has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Federal Circuit wrongly negated a nearly $3 billion patent award it won against Cisco due to stock holdings by the judge's wife, saying any conflict was resolved by placing the shares in a blind trust.

  • Infowars Hid Sandy Hook Evidence From Witness, Jury Told

    Counsel for the families of Sandy Hook victims told Connecticut state jurors on Wednesday that Infowars purposely withheld key details from its corporate witness to keep her from drawing a link between Alex Jones' lies about the deadly school shooting and his website's profits.

  • 8th Circ. Rejects Appeal From Suspended Attorney

    The Eighth Circuit affirmed on Tuesday a district court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a Missouri attorney after the Missouri Supreme Court suspended his law license, agreeing with the lower court that it lacks jurisdiction over state court judgments.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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