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  • Earth & Water Law Adds Former EPA GC, Covington Partner

    The former assistant administrator and general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who most recently worked in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP, has joined Earth & Water Law as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    In War's Shadow, US Profs Teach Legal Skills To Ukrainians

    American law professors have mobilized to teach more than 70 overseas Ukrainian law students crucial legal skills as their country continues to endure the violence of the Russian invasion.

  • Ginni Thomas Tells Jan. 6 Panel Election Was Stolen

    Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, met with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, telling panel members she still believes the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, according to remarks from the committee's chair.

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    Phillips Lytle Hires Chief Operating Officer From Day Pitney

    Phillips Lytle LLP has hired a new chief operating officer from Day Pitney LLP, saying the addition is part of a strategy to better position the firm for growth.

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    Payments And Fintech Pro Joins Stinson In DC

    An attorney focusing on emerging technology in payments and financial services has joined Stinson LLP as a partner in its Washington office, the firm announced.

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    Reed Smith's Reciprocal Mentoring Program 4 Years In

    One diversity, equity and inclusion program that drew a lot of attention when it was launched in 2018 is Reed Smith LLP’s reciprocal mentoring program, in which junior, underrepresented attorneys mentor firm leaders. Here, the program’s lead shares takeaways and successes from the program’s first four years.

  • Freeman To Join 3rd Circ. After Prior Confirmation Misstep

    The Senate narrowly confirmed longtime public defender Arianna J. Freeman to the Third Circuit on Thursday a few weeks after an initial vote on her nomination failed because two Democrats were absent.

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    Duane Morris Atty To Lead Morgan Lewis IP Prosecution Team

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired a partner from Duane Morris LLP with experience helping Fortune 100 companies manage their domestic and foreign patent portfolios to lead a new technology-focused patent prosecution team from the firm's Silicon Valley office, the firm announced this week.

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    How Not To Pitch ESG Work To Clients

    As more corporations place an emphasis on their environmental, social and governance standards, law firms are increasingly trying to capture the associated legal work. But before making their pitch, firms should ensure they're not making several common mistakes.

  • Senate Panel Advances 3rd Circ., Pa. District Court Picks

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced six judicial picks Thursday, including two for the Third Circuit and four for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, adding to the growing number of President Joe Biden's nominees available for consideration in the full Senate.

  • Jan. 6 Defendant Gets 52 Months After Feds Botched Case

    A Texas man who pled guilty to one count of assaulting an officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was sentenced to 52 months in prison Wednesday, having avoided even more serious counts after prosecutors admitted they broke the law by missing a deadline to charge him.

  • Dominion Beats Pro-Trump Atty's Counterclaim In $1.3B Row

    A D.C. federal judge threw out pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell's abuse-of-process counterclaim in Dominion Voting System Corp.'s $1.3 billion defamation suit over statements she made about the 2020 election, ruling Wednesday that the lawyer had not pointed to any abuse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Want To Make Big Bucks As GC? Join A Big-Revenue Co.

    Attending a top law school, having a legal specialty like intellectual property, and working at a high-revenue company are the key drivers of in-house counsel pay, according to a new study released Wednesday. But even those attributes aren't earning raises that beat the inflation rate.

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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.

  • Ex-Senate Armed Services GC Joins Covington In DC

    The general counsel for the Senate Armed Services Committee has left Capitol Hill to join the Washington office of Covington & Burling LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Womble Bond Adds DC Partner Amid Patent Hiring Spree

    Womble Bond Dickinson has hired a veteran patent attorney who focuses on chemical-related technologies as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, continuing a string of additions to its intellectual property practice this year, according to a firm announcement.

  • 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.

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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.

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    Nixon Peabody's Marketing Chief On Client-Building

    Danielle Paige joined Nixon Peabody LLP as the firm’s chief marketing and growth officer in late 2019. Here, Paige talks to Law360 Pulse about how she helped navigate the firm’s marketing strategy through the pandemic, its client growth plans post-pandemic, and how the firm is preparing for a possible economic downturn.

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    BigLaw Expands In The Carolinas Amid Business Boom

    Where business goes, it's said, BigLaw follows. And it appears that's what's happening right now in North and South Carolina, where a number of large law firms have entered the market or expanded in recent months.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • 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.



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