Delaware Pulse

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    Schnader Harrison Defends Retainer Accounting Amid Closing

    The recently shuttered Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP on Thursday responded to questions over its apparent difficulty refunding client retainers, saying clients had given consent for some retainer funds to be deposited into the firm's operating account instead of a trust account.

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    Why Law Firms Are Poaching So Many In-House Cyber Pros

    Large law firms have had a big appetite this spring and summer for cybersecurity and privacy experts, and one way they've met the demand for that talent is by hiring attorneys from in-house legal departments.

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    Saul Ewing Adds Bankruptcy Pro From Bayard In Del.

    Saul Ewing LLP has hired an experienced bankruptcy partner in Delaware who previously worked at Wilmington-based Bayard PA for 14 years.

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    Meet The Vice Chancellor Overseeing Rocket Biz Investor Suit

    Delaware Vice Chancellor Lori W. Will is presiding over a shareholder suit accusing space launch company Astra Space Inc. of disclosure failures leading up to its $2.1 billion go-public merger.

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    General Counsel For Biopharma Biz Incyte Set To Retire

    Biopharmaceutical company Incyte's general counsel is set to retire Nov. 1, but may end her duties in the multiple roles she serves earlier, pending the appointment of her successor, according to a notice filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Outside GC Practices Are A Potential Mid-Law Opportunity

    As more Mid-Law firms create dedicated practice areas for their outside general counsel services, those in the industry see the area as a potential sweet spot for mid-size and regional firms.

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    Equal Justice Works CEO On Diversifying Public Interest Law

    Verna Williams of Equal Justice Works says she remains committed to diversifying public interest law, even as the legal industry deals with challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

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    After Closure, Schnader Harrison Attys, Staff Move On

    Six weeks after storied Pennsylvania firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP announced it would be shutting down, the majority of its attorneys and staff have moved to new firms — alone or with a group — retired or secured other employment, though not all have found new homes.

  • Firm's Privilege Row Among 'Strangest' For 3rd Circ. Judge

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday pondered what happens when state attorney-client privilege law intersects with federal judicial estoppel in the case of a gambling machine company that sued its former counsel, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, for representing a casino it considered adverse to its interests, with one judge placing it among the "strangest" matters he's ever mulled.

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    Klehr Harrison Names Two New Litigation Co-Chairs

    Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP has announced that it will expand the role of its litigation practice chair at the start of 2024 by naming two co-chairs to share the job with the incumbent, Jonathan Krause.

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    DLA Piper's Space Leader On Serving 'Crowded' Industry

    As head of DLA Piper's new space exploration and innovation practice, Christian Ford said he and fellow firm attorneys are gearing up to meet the needs of clients in what he expects will be a "crowded" commercial space industry.

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    Shaky Economy Spurs GCs To Seek Savings And Shift Costs

    On the heels of a June survey in which three in four general counsel or other top in-house lawyers predicted an increase in litigation over the next two years, Burford Capital has released a report with most respondents reporting delays and partial payments of litigation and arbitration judgments, necessitating cost-saving strategies.

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    At More Law Firms, GCs Have A Seat At The Leadership Table

    Business leaders across sectors are increasingly relying on their chief legal officers to serve as strategic advisers to the company. And general counsel at law firms are no exception to that, as they join the C-suite and discussions at the executive table.

  • Approach The Bench: Judge Young Boosts The 'Trial Model'

    It's been 20 years since Massachusetts U.S. District Judge William Young penned an open letter to his colleagues on the federal bench warning the American jury trial was "withering away," and that this signaled judges had "lost focus on our prime mission." But in a recent interview with Law360, he seemed optimistic about the future.

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    In-House Counsel Hiring Is Slow But On The Rise

    Companies are moving cautiously in these economic times, but a just-released report on in-house counsel still found a steady flow of hiring, with an increase especially in the life sciences and renewable energy sectors.

  • Convera Denies Western Union's Claims Of Atty Conflict

    Convera Bidco Ltd. is urging a Delaware vice chancellor to reject Western Union's attempt to block Convera's in-house attorneys and counsel from Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP from representing it in litigation over its purchase of Western Union's business-to-business global payments services, arguing the financial services giant hasn't shown there's a disqualifying conflict.

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    Courts Need To Brace Themselves For Deepfake Evidence

    Deepfakes — fabricated audio and visual recordings created with generative artificial intelligence tools — will continue to surface in courts and lengthen e-discovery, increase litigation costs and reduce the number of cases that go to trial, according to legal scholars and judges.

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    NextGen Bar Educators Talk What To Know About New Test

    The NextGen bar exam is set to debut in July 2026. Law360 Pulse spoke to two bar exam educators about what legal employers and law schools should know about the new exam.

  • Litigation Funder Wins Dispute With Firm Over $1.8M Award

    A Delaware federal judge has confirmed a $1.8 million arbitration award in favor of a British litigation funder in its battle with a San Francisco law firm over the earnings from a now-settled patent infringement lawsuit against Google.

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    Reed Smith Partner Named Global Chair Of DEI

    Reed Smith LLP has appointed a partner and a diversity, equity and inclusion leader based in its Houston, Texas, office as its new global chair of DEI.

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    Judges, Attys Must Pay Special Attention To Implicit Bias

    While everyone has implicit bias, judges, lawyers and court staff can be particularly susceptible to unconscious prejudices, and their biases can have a greater impact on the people they encounter, according to a webinar held Monday.

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    Today's Job Market Is Extra Bleak For Junior Lawyers

    The current job market is particularly challenging for associates to navigate, with law firms hiring less, taking longer to recruit for positions, and generally giving the most junior lawyers a cold shoulder when they do hire, recruiters tell Law360 Pulse.

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    Schnader Harrison Emails Show Struggle To Refund Clients

    Newly shuttered law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP has told its attorneys that it is unable to refund client retainers, pay compensation or retirement contributions, or provide malpractice insurance past the end of September, according to emails obtained by Law360 Pulse.

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    5 Disqualification Rulings To Know From 2023 (So Far)

    So far this year, there have been a wide array of disqualification battles, from Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  attorneys booted after a court improperly granted them access to protected files, to a "specter of impropriety" arising when an attorney hopped on a case presided over by his former legal partner, now a federal magistrate.

  • Musk's X Corp. Slams Ex-Twitter Exec's 'Egregious' Fee Bid

    Elon Musk's social media company X Corp. urged the Delaware Chancery Court to reject three former top Twitter executives' bid seeking reimbursement for more than $1 million in legal fees, arguing that former Chief Legal Officer Vijaya Gadde's demand, in particular, is "egregious and unreasonable."

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Expert Analysis

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • 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.



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