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  • SC Atty Charged In Jan. 6 Riot Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

    A South Carolina attorney facing legal ethics proceedings in his home state after being charged in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, has pled guilty to a misdemeanor.

  • Convicted Pol Can't Search Juror's Cellphone, 6th Circ. Says

    A former Cincinnati City Council member convicted of bribery and attempted extortion cannot conduct a forensic examination of the electronic devices belonging to a juror who posted about the trial on Facebook, the Sixth Circuit ruled Friday.

  • Ex-FBI Agent's Look At Restricted File Raised Flags, Jury Told

    An FBI agent testifying Friday in the bribery trial of former colleague Babak Broumand said that he became "incredibly suspicious" of Broumand after discovering he'd used a restricted law enforcement database to run the name of a federal agent under investigation over his relationship with an Armenian crime boss.

  • Jones Ends Trial Week With Wish Jurors Would Do Research

    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told media outside of a Connecticut courthouse Friday morning that if he could speak to jurors in his Sandy Hook defamation trial, he would tell them to "research history," prompting a strong jury instruction from the judge.

  • How Calif. Court Reporter Shift Will Impact Family Law Cases

    Legal experts say a decision by the country's largest unified trial court to no longer provide official court reporters in family law and probate cases as of Nov. 14 could harm California's most at-risk and disadvantaged litigants.

  • 10 States Back Sen. Graham's Stay Bid In Ga. Election Probe

    Ten states filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday supporting the bid by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for a stay of his testimony in a Georgia election fraud investigation until an appeal over the scope of his immunity is resolved.

  • Avenatti Must Pay Stormy Daniels $149K In Restitution

    A New York federal judge ordered celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti Thursday to pay $148,750 in restitution to adult film actress Stormy Daniels following his conviction for defrauding his former client out of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a book deal about her alleged affair with former President Donald Trump.

  • 6th Circ. Blames Attys For Parents' Loss Of Son's Suicide Suit

    Bad legal counsel cost two parents the chance to continue a suit accusing their son's school of contributing to his suicide by singling him out for disproportionate punishment, the Sixth Circuit said in a decision refusing to revive the litigation.

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    Philadelphia Settles Attorney's Disability Bias Suit

    The city of Philadelphia agreed to settle a Black former assistant solicitor's suit claiming she was fired for being hospitalized for a flare-up of sickle cell anemia after being subjected to increased scrutiny because of her race and gender, according to a filing in Pennsylvania federal court.

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    Calif. Expands Judicial Mentorship Program Statewide

    A mentorship program designed to help diversify California's judiciary system is expanding throughout the state after a successful launch in San Francisco a year ago, the state announced on Thursday.

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    Funders Eye Equity Stakes In UK Law Firms

    Private financiers are increasingly looking at taking equity stakes in law firms using alternative business structures, in a bid to deliver hefty returns for their investors.

  • Feds Want Up To 2 Years For Atty Who Threw Molotov Cocktail

    Federal prosecutors are requesting that a former Bronx attorney who pled guilty to throwing a Molotov cocktail at an empty NYPD cruiser during riots following George Floyd's murder by police receive a sentence of 18 to 24 months in prison.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    In the business of law realm this week, one large law firm eliminated its litigation secretary position, another ushered in a stricter in-office policy, and a third initiated a big leadership transition. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    NY Judge Who Pointed Gun At Black Litigant Faces Removal

    A New York judge accused of pointing a gun at an unarmed Black defendant in court and then bragging about the incident while describing the man as "built like a football player" should be removed from office, the state ethics watchdog announced Thursday in calling the action "unjustified."

  • Combative Jones Mostly Denies Harm In Newtown Testimony

    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones took the stand on Thursday in a damages trial over his false statements about the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, sparring with a lawyer for victims' families while at one point acknowledging it "could be" harmful to falsely call bereaved people actors.

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    Tom Girardi's Treasures Going Once, Twice, Sold At Auction

    It is often said that you can't judge a man before walking a mile in his shoes, and one lucky bidder can now do just that in disgraced attorney Tom Girardi's shaded brown crocodile Gucci Oxfords, thanks to an auction Wednesday of items from his Southern California mansion.

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    Jan. 6 Rioter Who Testified Before Congress Avoids Prison

    A D.C. federal judge sentenced an Ohio man who participated in the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol to probation Thursday, citing the defendant's July testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the riot as evidence of his remorse.

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    Former California Superior Court Judge Joins JAMS

    Retired California Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin has joined JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services organization.

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    Covington Welcomes Back Antitrust Pro After Stretch At DOJ

    A former Covington & Burling LLP associate is returning to the firm's Washington, D.C., office as a partner after spending nearly four years focused on matters related to competition and technology at the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Meet Tesla's New Senior Director Of Legal — Don't Call Her GC

    Despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's efforts to obfuscate the fact, Dinna Eskin has told a Delaware court that she is, indeed, the new head of Tesla's legal department.

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    Feds Drop Obstruction Case Against Mass. Judge

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday agreed to dismiss a politically charged criminal case against a Massachusetts state court judge accused of allowing an undocumented immigrant to evade custody when agents showed up to arrest him in the judge's courtroom.

  • IP Luminaries Launch Group To Promote, Defend Innovation

    Two former directors of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and two former Federal Circuit judges are leading a new group launched Thursday that aims to "change the narrative" around intellectual property, by informing policymakers and the public about how it drives innovation.

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    Meet The Lawyers On Deck In NY V. Trump Biz Fraud Case

    The New York attorney general's blockbuster fraud suit against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump organization will pit some of the family's fiercest defenders against a team of seasoned prosecutors.

  • Jones' Lies Devastated Sandy Hook Victims, Jury Hears

    Family members of three people killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting testified Wednesday about the effects on their lives of Alex Jones' smears, with one saying the resulting flood of hateful messages was "swallowing me whole."

  • Disbarred Atty Testifies He Bribed FBI Agent To Evade Probes

    A disbarred Beverly Hills attorney testifying in an ex-FBI agent's bribery trial told a California federal jury Wednesday that he paid the agent $10,000 per month in exchange for accessing restricted law enforcement information to see if he was being investigated for his illegal credit card schemes and marijuana growing operation.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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