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    Fight Over Trans Youth Moving From Schools To Courts

    A 10-year-old transgender girl and her mother sued the Indianapolis public schools in May claiming that a new state law barring the girl from playing school sports violates their constitutional rights.

  • Tech Co. Assembly Legal Changes Name After Busy Year

    Case management software provider Assembly Legal announced on Tuesday a name change to Assembly Software, following recent expansion at the legal technology company.

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    MoFo's New Chair On Firm's Future, Diversity Goals

    San Francisco-based corporate partner Eric McCrath will succeed Larren Nashelsky as the chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP on October 3. Here, McCrath talked with Law360 Pulse about the firm's growth, his goals for the firm, and how he plans to further the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Fla. Legal Services Co. Says Ex-Partner Stole Trade Secrets

    Legal services company Veritas Legal Plan Inc. has accused a former business partner in a Florida federal court of illegally using its training, documents and customer list to become a competitor.

  • Attorney Satisfaction Remains High 3 Years After Graduation

    About 82% of attorneys reported that they are satisfied with their overall legal careers three years after they graduated from law school, a tick down from last year's finding of 85%, according to a report released Monday from the National Association for Law Placement.

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    Few Anti-Bullying Rules For Attys Worldwide, IBA Finds

    Fewer than one of every five nations has regulations either on a government level or in their bar associations that include anti-bullying and anti-sexual harassment provisions to protect attorneys, according to two reports released Monday by the International Bar Association.

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    Why Attorney Bios Are A Cybersecurity Risk For Law Firms

    Online attorney biographies and similar marketing material pose "dangerous" cybersecurity risks to law firms and their clients by making phishing attacks, wire fraud and hacking easier, experts say.

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    GCs Wrangling With Tangled Fallout Of Roe's Demise

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to ban abortions — fraught with all the raw emotions attached to this issue — is also fraught with a multitude of legal risks for general counsel and their companies, ranging from possible criminal prosecution to civil suits to high-pressure proxy fights over political spending.

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    Quarles & Brady Taps New Naples, Fla., Managing Partner

    Quarles & Brady LLP has named a litigation partner to lead its office in Naples, Florida, the firm announced Monday.

  • Fla. Atty In Ethics Row Says Court Criticisms Are Free Speech

    A Miami-based foreclosure defense attorney facing disciplinary charges over disparaging comments leveled against various courts and judges has urged the Florida Supreme Court to find that his statements are protected under the First Amendment.

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    Firms Look To Cover Out-Of-State Abortion Care After Dobbs

    A growing number of law firms are offering to cover the costs of out-of-state reproductive care for their employees in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

  • Toys R Us Wins $1.6M Atty Fees In Failed Toy Pencil IP Suit

    Toys R Us has won more than $1.6 million in attorney fees after beating litigation in Florida federal court that a toy chalk holder sold in its stores violated intellectual property owned by Lanard Toys Ltd.

  • Fla. Family Says Nelson Mullins Atty's Moves Cost Up To $62M

    The wealthy Florida family accusing a Nelson Mullins attorney of improperly setting up trusts to benefit one son over their other children put their damages expert on the stand Friday, telling jurors that the attorney's actions cost them $27 million to $62 million.

  • Jailed NY Atty Kossoff Urged To Settle $4.5M Escrow Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday encouraged disbarred and incarcerated New York City real estate attorney Mitchell Kossoff to settle a former client's $4.5 million escrow theft suit after pleading guilty to the same allegations in a related criminal case.

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    Dobbs Casts Shadow On Gay Rights, Birth Control

    As other conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices sought to blunt a political firestorm by emphasizing that their decision to overturn women's constitutional abortion rights on Friday was not an attack on other rights, like those protecting birth control and same-sex couples, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the door should be wide open.

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    Women Lawyers Look Past Men For Legal Heroines

    Delving into the sources of bias against women, several female legal chiefs explored how literature, myths and their own experiences have shaped their roles in the legal profession in a webinar on Thursday.

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    Rimon's New Orlando Atty On Firm's Remote-First Approach

    Rimon PC's reputation for providing attorneys with flexible working arrangements recently helped the firm attract a new life sciences partner from a more traditional firm to open up an Orlando office, making the Central Florida city its 46th location around the world.

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    Kirkland Unlikely To Regret Split With Clement, Experts Say

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's decision to shun Second Amendment cases, and by extension famed appellate lawyer Paul Clement, appears to be the latest example of how client selection has become an increasingly important strategy for law firms when it comes to honing their brand.

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    Gunster Adds 3 Attys In Business Litigation And Immigration

    Gunster is continuing its growth spurt that included more than 40 attorneys in the last year with the addition of three new associates in its Tampa and Miami offices.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The U.S. Supreme Court continued to rock the legal world this week, with rulings overturning the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, striking down a longtime New York gun law and more. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

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    Florida Atty Selected To Lead Pa. Legal Aid Network

    The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network recently ended its nationwide search for a new executive director when it selected a Florida-based attorney who spent nearly her entire career providing underserved communities with access to justice.

  • Family Knew Of Trust Moves By Nelson Mullins Atty, Jury Told

    Counsel for a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP estate planning attorney sued for malpractice by a wealthy Florida family grilled the family patriarch on Thursday, producing emails, meeting notes and documents showing the client knew and signed off on trusts and estate planning moves made by the attorney.

  • Judge Approves $1B Surfside Deal, Holds Off On Fee Request

    The judge overseeing the consolidated litigation over the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, approved a $1.02 billion global settlement on Thursday, but said he would not rule on a $100 million fee request from class counsel until after he had completed the claims process with victims.

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    51 Firms Named Among Best For Women In 2022

    Professional services and research firm Seramount announced on Thursday the results of its latest Best Law Firms for Women survey, touting the firms that earned spots on its 2022 list.

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Expert Analysis

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

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