Courts

  • 3rd Circ. Questions How Pandemic Orders Trigger Coverage

    A group of businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania faced sharp questioning Wednesday from Third Circuit judges over how they could be eligible for insurance coverage for losses from COVID-19 shutdown orders. 

  • DOJ's Criminal Antitrust Deputy Joins Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP said Wednesday that Richard A. Powers, who had been serving as the deputy assistant attorney general for criminal antitrust enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined the firm as a partner in New York.

  • Pro-Choice Advocates Say Paxton Subpoena Saga Is His Fault

    Abortion rights advocates asked a Texas federal judge to reconsider his decision to let Lone Star State Attorney General Ken Paxton out of a subpoena, arguing his own personal statements on prosecuting those who facilitate out-of-state travel for abortions should put him under the legal microscope.

  • ABA Issues Communication Rules For Pro Se Attys

    The American Bar Association's ethics committee clarified Wednesday that lawyers representing themselves generally cannot communicate with another represented person in the matter but must instead go through the individual's lawyer.

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    Why GCs Shouldn't Ignore The DOJ's New Corp. Crime Memo

    General counsel would be wise to pay attention to and proactively act on the U.S. Department of Justice's new corporate crime posture, including using the agency's enforcement strategy as a chance to educate business stakeholders about the importance of investing in the compliance function, experts say.

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    High Court Welcomes Back Public, Will Continue Live Audio

    Despite allowing the public back into the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in person for the first time in over two years, the court said on Wednesday that it will also continue its pandemic practice of livestreaming audio of arguments.

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    ABA Survey Shows Most Lawyers Want Remote Work Options

    Most lawyers want the option to work from home, including the opportunity to attend many court hearings, meetings, conferences and legal training sessions remotely, according to an American Bar Association survey released Wednesday.

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    Trump Claims NY Is Judge-Shopping $250M Fraud Case

    Former President Donald Trump sought on Wednesday to have New York state's $250 million fraud lawsuit against him assigned to a judge different from the one who held him in contempt in a subpoena enforcement proceeding, rejecting the idea the cases were related.

  • Senate Panel Advances 7 DC Court Picks

    A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday advanced seven of President Joe Biden's judicial picks for the local court system in Washington, D.C., including the nomination of Vijay Shanker to the D.C. Court of Appeals.

  • Ex-Pa. Rep. Gets 30-Month Sentence For Ballot Stuffing

    A former U.S. congressman will spend more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to bribing a Philadelphia election official as part of a scheme to stuff ballot boxes in favor of Democratic candidates for judicial offices.

  • Feds Expand K&L Gates Stalking Case As Atty's Trial Nears

    Federal prosecutors are asking for further evidence to be admitted in a criminal case accusing a former K&L Gates partner of cyberstalking colleagues, saying the attorney also physically stalked and intimidated victims after he was banned from the firm's New York office.

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    How Calif.'s Political Gauntlet Crushed Legal Industry Reforms

    The State Bar of California was poised to join Utah, Arizona and other states in developing regulatory sandboxes to drive down legal costs for those who can’t afford lawyers. Here’s how the idea surfaced – and how plaintiffs attorneys and politicians brought it down.

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    In Utah, This Experimental Firm Helps Convicts Move Forward

    Other states are watching Utah closely as it experiments with a regulatory program that would allow trained nonlawyers to offer limited legal advice and services to meet the needs of unrepresented litigants, whose numbers are soaring. So far in the Beehive State, at least one niche company promises to broaden access to justice.

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    Inside The ABA's Debate On Legal Innovation

    The American Bar Association’s policymaking body recently reaffirmed a policy against nonlawyer fee sharing and law firm ownership. Here’s a look at the debate that went on behind the scenes before the resolution was adopted and the aftermath.

  • Alex Jones Acolyte Harassed Sandy Hook Plaintiff, Jury Hears

    A sibling of the first-grade teacher slain in the Sandy Hook school shooting said Tuesday in the defamation trial against Alex Jones that a man with ties to the conspiracy theorist was arrested for confronting her after the attack.

  • Few Courts Remain Open As Hurricane Ian Barrels Toward Fla.

    The impending arrival of Hurricane Ian on Wednesday closed courthouses across Florida as residents on both coasts of the peninsula prepared to feel effects from what has strengthened into a major storm.

  • Fastest AG In The West? Paxton Slips Service In Abortion Row

    Ken Paxton dodged a subpoena — literally and legally — this week when a federal judge ruled he shouldn't have to testify in an abortion rights case a day after the Texas attorney general ran away from a process server attempting to hand him subpoenas in the litigation.

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    NJ Attys OK To Use Pot, Enter Cannabis Industry, Panel Says

    New Jersey lawyers can consume cannabis and participate in the legal cannabis trade without fear of a professional ethics inquiry, an advisory committee for the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled in an opinion published Tuesday.

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    Four Years Later, Kavanaugh Probe Still Raising Questions

    As the FBI finished its inquiry into U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, the bureau drew ire for shuttling credible sources to a tip line it seemed to ignore. Even now, the investigation remains shrouded in secrecy, leaving some U.S. senators concerned about the integrity of future nominations.

  • 2nd Circ. Opens Door To End Trump's Rape Defamation Suit

    The Second Circuit handed former President Donald Trump a partial win Tuesday, ruling the 45th president was a U.S. employee — potentially entitling him to immunity from a writer's defamation lawsuit — and asked the D.C. Court of Appeals to analyze whether Trump's controversial statements were made within the scope of his employment.

  • Dozens Of Orgs Urge House To Pass High Court Ethics Bill

    The American Federation of Teachers and Greenpeace are among the nearly 60 organizations that have co-signed a letter calling on Congress to pass an ethics bill that would create new recusal and disclosure standards for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Regulatory Reforms Driving Legal Innovation Without Harm

    Regulatory reforms implemented by the top courts in Utah and Arizona are driving "substantial innovation" without appearing to pose harm to consumers, according to a study released Tuesday by Stanford Law School's Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession.

  • Agency Says DC Circ. Can't Save Immigration Judges Union

    The Federal Labor Relations Authority urged the D.C. Circuit to deny a request from immigration judges seeking review of the FLRA's 2020 decision barring their unionization, saying the decision was not a final agency action that falls under the court's jurisdiction.

  • Atty's Challenge To Del. Bench Balance Rule Moves Forward

    A Delaware federal judge on Friday refused to toss an attorney's second challenge of the state's requirement that its three top courts have a balance between major political parties on their benches, saying the political independent has standing because he's shown a "tangible" and "sincere" interest in pursuing a judgeship.

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    'Inventing Anna' Faux Socialite At Odds With Her Ex-Attorney

    Convicted New York scammer Anna Sorokin is seeking a special court proceeding to punish her former attorney for allegedly refusing to turn over files and personal property to her new lawyers.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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