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    Meet The ABA's Honorees For Commitment To Diversity

    The American Bar Association has selected four history-making legal professionals to receive its 2023 Spirit of Excellence award, which recognizes commitment to ethnic and racial diversity in the legal profession.

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    Girardi Thefts A Tough Lift For Client Restitution Funds

    In recent years, the legal business has seen some ambitious liars, grifters and embezzlers — and the ripped-off victims left in their wake. But the scale of Los Angeles lawyer Thomas Girardi's alleged theft promises to surpass the financial limitations of client restitution funds.

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    Legal Industry Continued Job Growth In January

    Despite recession worries and law firm layoffs, employment in the legal industry is continuing to grow, with the sector adding 2,400 jobs in January, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Womble Bond Adds Loeb & Loeb Real Estate Partner In DC

    Womble Bond Dickinson has added a former Loeb & Loeb LLP partner to its real estate practice in Washington, D.C., whose practice focuses on a broad range of related transactional, financing and development issues, the firm recently announced.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February is off to a sobering start for the legal industry with new federal criminal charges against attorney Tom Girardi, more legal tech company layoffs and a report revealing that law firm profits were lower in 2022 than the previous year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Jury Can Hear Ex-EEOC Atty's Bias Suit

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Thursday gave the green light for trial in a former U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney's retaliation suit alleging she was targeted for filing bias complaints, but trimmed some legal theories that lacked legs.

  • Co-Defendant Confession Use Unconstitutional, Justices Hear

    A man convicted of murder for hire told the U.S. Supreme Court that the use of his co-defendant's supposedly anonymized confession at trial violated the Constitution by allowing the jury to glean the petitioner's identity even though he could not cross-examine the confessing co-defendant.  

  • Binance Hires Ice Miller For New Lobbying Efforts

    Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has tapped three members of Ice Miller LLP to lead its lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., including former Vice President Mike Pence's nephew, according to a recent lobbying disclosure, after it says multiple congressional offices asked its perspective on the recent collapse of crypto exchange FTX.

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    Kirkland Adds Tax Disputes Partner From Skadden

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP added a former Skadden tax partner and onetime U.S. Supreme Court clerk to the firm's Washington, D.C., office as a tax partner, the firm announced.

  • Minn. District Judge Taking Senior Status

    Judge John R. Tunheim of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota declared this week his intent to move to senior status, giving President Joe Biden another vacancy to fill on the court.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of January

    Legal department hires during the first month of the new year included high-profile appointments at Bayer AG, the U.S. House of Representatives and CVS, plus several professional sports teams.

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    Nixon Peabody Promotes 8 Attorneys To Partner

    Nixon Peabody LLP has promoted a class of eight attorneys to partner, effective Wednesday.

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    O'Melveny Adds Finnegan Practice Group Leader In DC

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has added an intellectual property trial lawyer who led the biotechnology and pharmaceutical practice group at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, the firm said Wednesday.

  • DC Court Orders Better Legal Access At Ariz. ICE Center

    A Washington, D.C., federal court ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to improve access to counsel at an Arizona detention facility, saying the facility appears to have completely blocked attorneys' access to detainees.

  • Senate Panel Approves 15 Judge Picks In 1st Votes Of Year

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved 15 judicial nominees Thursday, teeing up the first tranche of federal court picks available for confirmation votes this year by the newly expanded Democratic majority.

  • New Venue Retrials Unconstitutional, High Court Told

    An Alabama man who was tried for trade secrets theft and extortion in Florida told the U.S. Supreme Court that defendants who prove improper venue should be acquitted and not subject to retrial in other districts, in a case in which the justices will resolve a circuit split on the issue.

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    Law Firm COO On How AI Can Be Used In Divorce Cases

    Chatbots are creating buzz about robots replacing lawyers, but STG Divorce Law’s chief operating officer says that attorneys are not going to be supplanted yet. Here, he talks about using AI in divorce cases and when an attorney is needed.

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    Clyde & Co. Combines With Boston Insurance Boutique

    London-founded Clyde & Co. LLP has opened its 15th U.S. office by combining with boutique Hermes Netburn O'Connor & Spearing PC to establish a presence in the key Boston insurance market, the firms announced Thursday.

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    By The Numbers: Cos. Steering More Litigation Cash In-House

    Corporate legal departments are moving more spending in-house to address litigation in the coming year, which continues the trend of increasing sophistication for in-house teams and of their growing partnership with external lawyers to solve business problems, according to a recent survey of general counsel and in-house litigation leaders.

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    GCs Walk Privilege Tightrope When CEOs Are Charged

    Ryne Miller and Daniel Friedberg, the legal chiefs for FTX US and FTX International, respectively, have been walking the tightrope between protecting their client's attorney-client privilege while cooperating with federal investigators.

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    McDermott's DC Health Care Practice Rehires Atty

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has expanded its Washington, D.C.-based health care practice by rehiring a former partner from his in-house job with the nation's second-largest nonprofit health care system, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Clark Hill Combines With Philly-Based Conrad O'Brien

    Clark Hill PLC has continued its expansion in Philadelphia by joining forces with commercial litigation boutique Conrad O'Brien, adding 18 attorneys and doubling its overall headcount in the city since January, the international firm said Wednesday.

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    Dentons Adds Ex-Calif. Congressman For Public Policy Work

    Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., is shifting his public policy advocacy work in Washington, D.C., from K&L Gates LLP to Dentons, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    National Judicial College Chair Talks Bench Independence

    Miami trial attorney and former Florida Bar president Edward R. Blumberg hopes to reinforce a message for judges while leading the National Judicial College's board of trustees this year: An independent judiciary is critical for the nation's democracy.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 29 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging the government not to increase regulation of the legal profession over concerns that attorney-client privilege is being narrowed.

Expert Analysis

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • 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.

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