Georgia Pulse

  • Ga. Law Firms Get New Chance To Fight Unpaid Rent Suit

    The Court of Appeals of Georgia on Monday said two law firms shouldn't have been barred from a rent payment dispute with a company that subleased them office space, saying Atlanta Life Financial Group Inc.'s practice of accepting reduced or no payments complicates the facts.

  • Georgia To Resume Jury Trials In State Courts

    Georgia's top judge announced during a Monday meeting of state jurists that he will lift the current suspension of jury trials in state courts on March 9, under his latest judicial emergency order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Ga. Justices Disbar Atty For Mishandling Clients' Cases

    The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred an Atlanta-area attorney on Monday for mishandling clients' civil and criminal cases, including failing to disburse a settlement to a client and failing to appear on a contempt notice, which led to the attorney serving a five-week jail sentence.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

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    Judge Keenan's Exit Gives Biden 1st Opening On 4th Circ.

    Fourth Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan will take senior status in August after a decade in the position and a 40-year career as a judicial trailblazer, entering a form of semiretirement and giving President Joe Biden his first opening on the Richmond-based appeals court.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

  • Ga. Judge To Review Biz Court Rule In Mortgage Rates Row

    A Georgia state court judge has decided to reconsider denying the transfer of a mortgage rates dispute to the Georgia State-wide Business Court based on the plaintiffs' opposition, which had set a precedent for the new court to reject other cases lacking mutual party consent.

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    Law Student Activism Heats Up: Is BigLaw Listening?

    More than 200 law students have pledged to boycott Seward & Kissel LLP over what they called the "unethical private" prosecution of attorney Steven Donziger, the latest salvo in a growing movement from students and activists to place pressure on corporate law firms over their representation and internal policies.

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

  • BigLaw Firms On Fence About Mandatory Atty Vaccination

    When the time comes to head back to the office, law firms are still on the fence about whether to require attorneys to be vaccinated, according to honchos at Winston & Strawn LLP and DLA Piper LLP.

  • Ga. Law Firms' Trade Secrets Row Sent Back To State Court

    A trade secrets fight between two Atlanta-area law firms was kicked back to a Georgia state court Thursday by a federal judge who said an attempt to bring it to federal court came months too late.

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    BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails

    Last year's racial justice movement translated into an outpouring of law firm commitments to advance diversity and more BigLaw recruiting at law schools at historically Black colleges and universities. But the new interest appears to have been limited, and increased recruiting activity did not always translate into jobs.

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

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    Legal Honchos Join Call To Pass Biden's COVID-19 Stimulus

    Some of the big shots in New York's legal industry urged Congress in an open letter Wednesday to pass the Biden administration's coronavirus stimulus package, saying the country is "still struggling" to recover from the economic fallout the pandemic has caused.

  • 11th Circ. Rejects Law School Age Bias Claims By Fired Prof

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday rejected a former Georgia law professor's claims that she was discriminated against because of her age by the now-closed Savannah Law School, which argued she was the worst teacher it had ever had.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

  • Dentons Promotes 42 North American Partners

    Dentons has promoted 42 attorneys to partner and three to counsel across its North American offices, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Ga. DA Accused Of Covering Up Black Man's Killing

    A current and a former district attorney in southern Georgia were hit with conspiracy and wrongful death claims on Tuesday a year after the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, with his family alleging the investigation favored those at fault, including a former police officer the prosecutors were friendly with.

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    The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

    Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

  • Future ABA Resolutions Must Stick To New Limits

    Future resolutions by the American Bar Association House of Delegates must advance at least one of the association's four primary goals, the policymaking body has decided, responding to criticism that some past resolutions lacked focus and were not directly related to the practice of law.

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    Pandemic Worsens Career Barriers For Marginalized Attorneys

    The move to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has attorneys juggling their jobs and household tasks and family care, with an especially devastating effect on the careers of women, attorneys of color and those in other marginalized or minority groups.

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    Jackson Lewis Nabs Employee Benefits Partner In Atlanta

    Jackson Lewis PC has nabbed an employee benefits veteran from Taylor English Duma LLP to launch and lead the practice area in its Atlanta office.

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    PepsiCo, Others Make List Of 135 'Most Ethical' Companies

    Ethisphere Institute, a for-profit organization that recognizes companies that promote best practices in corporate ethics, on Tuesday released its 15th annual list of the World's 135 Most Ethical Companies, including PepsiCo, International Paper and four others that have made the list every year from the beginning.

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    Legal Tech Cos. Tackle Diversity Gaps

    As some legal technology companies address diversity and inclusion, experts say there's still more work to be done.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era Author Photo

    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions Author Photo

    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

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