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    4 Firms Receive Accenture's First Diversity Awards

    Accenture on Thursday selected four law firms as the winners of its first Outside Counsel Diversity Awards, noting it was honoring the legal service providers for their efforts in 2020 to create a culture of equality in their workplaces and communities.

  • Ga. Chief Justice Looks To Reimpose Grand Jury Deadlines

    Georgia next month is planning to lift the pandemic-related suspension of grand jury deadlines in state courts, ensuring that detained adult defendants would have their cases heard by a grand jury within about three months, the state's chief justice announced Thursday.

  • Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Will Offer Special Bonuses

    Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright are the latest law firms to announce 2021 special bonuses, according to details provided to Law360 and a report in industry blog Above The Law.

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    Bonuses Aren't A Golden Ticket To Associate Retention

    A growing number of large law firms are distributing special bonuses to associates this year as competition for lateral talent has reached a frenzy, but recruiters say some firms may be shooting themselves in the foot relying too heavily on wads of cash to aid in recruiting and retention.

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    Barnes & Thornburg Hires Ex-Greenberg Media Leader

    Joel Katz, the founding chairman of Greenberg Traurig's entertainment and media practice who resigned last year following sexual harassment allegations, has joined Barnes & Thornburg as senior counsel, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

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    Fish & Richardson Joins Bonus Bandwagon

    Fish & Richardson PC on Wednesday confirmed to Law360 Pulse that it would be handing out spring and fall bonuses, matching the recent spate of BigLaw special bonuses for work during the pandemic.

  • Open Letter Encourages Lawyers To Protect Voting Rights

    Lawyers should use their powerful and influential platforms to advocate for the protection of the rule of law and to fight against voter suppression efforts in the United States, according to an open letter signed by Paul Weiss' chairman and hundreds of other attorneys.

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    Law Firm Merger Numbers Rally In First Quarter Of 2021

    Twenty-six U.S. law firm combinations were announced in the first three months of 2021, putting the industry on track to surpass last year's total by a wide margin, according to a report by consultancy Altman Weil.

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    2 More Firms Announce 2021 Special Bonuses

    Two more law firms have announced plans to hand out a pair of associate special bonuses this year, according to an internal memo obtained by Law360 Pulse and other reports on Tuesday.

  • Ga. Justices To Review Clerks' Immunity Over False Arrest

    The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to review whether two Atlanta municipal court clerks are protected by quasi-judicial immunity on claims they caused a woman's wrongful arrest by failing to pull a canceled warrant from a crime database.

  • Most Law Schools Let Students Self-Identify, LGBT Bar Finds

    A large majority of law schools in the United States provide students with counseling and therapy services, gender-inclusive bathrooms, and the ability to identify on applications and forms the names they actually use, the National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation has found.

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    Parker Hudson Adds Ex-Dickinson Wright Bankruptcy Atty

    Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP has lured a former Dickinson Wright PLLC of counsel who has advised companies in bankruptcy matters to its Atlanta office, strengthening the firm's restructuring offerings in the region.

  • Women Holding GC Role In Tech Sphere Jumps 26% In 2020

    Women are continuing to make strides in leading legal departments across the largest companies in Silicon Valley and within corporations on the S&P 100, but men still hold the majority of those roles, according to a report by Fenwick & West LLP.

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    5 More Firms Announce Spring And Fall Bonuses

    Five firms, including BigLaw firm Arnold & Porter and midsize trial firm McKool Smith PC, are among the latest to announce special spring and fall bonuses in tandem, according to reports on Monday and late Friday.

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    What Is Clubhouse And Why Are Solo Firms Flocking To It?

    In a remote working environment, lawyers are increasingly dependent on social media platforms to stay connected, network and develop business, and many recently have added a new tool to their kit: Clubhouse, an audio-only social app that has been gaining popularity among small and solo firm owners.

  • Proud Boys-Linked Atty Can't Escape Disbarment Bid In Ga.

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday rejected an attempt by a Texas attorney, who reportedly once worked as a lawyer for the Proud Boys, to dodge disbarment in Georgia over an out-of-state criminal conviction, one of four disciplinary matters decided by the state high court.

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    MidLaw Leaders Split On 2021 Summer Associate Plans

    Many law firms moved their summer associate programs completely online last year due to COVID-19. While the safety outlook for in-person work may seem to be improving, midsize firms gave Law360 Pulse widely varying responses on how they plan to implement summer programs this year.

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    Is A Never-Ending Bonus Season The New Norm For BigLaw?

    News of at least three more law firms awarding special bonuses rolled in on Friday, bringing the total to over 40. The associate bonuses build on others handed out last fall and winter, creating an extended bonus season that experts say is likely fleeting.

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    Ex-BlueLinx GC Rejoins Kilpatrick As Corporate Partner

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has brought on the former general counsel for BlueLinx Holdings Inc. as an Atlanta-based partner in the firm's securities and mergers and acquisitions practices, marking the partner's return after working for two companies as a legal leader.

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    'LegalEagle' Brings Big YouTube Audience Into World Of Law

    He began it on a whim to help students "get through the hell that is law school," but Devin J. Stone now stands as perhaps the most popular attorney on YouTube, where his weekly videos draw audiences in the millions eager to "think like a lawyer."

  • Legal Industry Registers Slight Decline In Jobs In March

    The legal industry registered a marginal decline in reported jobs in March after opening 2021 with strong gains in employment, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

  • Ex-Prof. Asks 11th Circ. To Rethink Tossing Age Bias Claims

    A former Georgia law professor who claims the now-closed Savannah Law School discriminated against her because of her age has urged the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider tossing her case, arguing that the school's dean demonstrated bias in his testimony.

  • Ga. Bill Permitting Gun Lawsuits Against Probate Judges Fails

    Georgia probate judges are relieved to have dodged legislation that would have exposed them to being personally sued for not timely processing weapons carry licenses, as proposed changes in a recently drafted bill failed to get final approval before Georgia's 2021 legislative session ended Wednesday.

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    Biden's Court Vacancies By The Numbers

    The sparsity of vacant judgeships President Joe Biden inherited will make it tough for him to reshape the courts after Donald Trump, but some key factors could help him make an impact. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at Biden's judicial vacancy numbers and what they mean.

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    Should Companies Get Involved In Voting Law Politics?

    As more companies join the Black executive-led stand against what they see as voter suppression laws, some legal experts disagree over whether getting involved in politics is a smart move for business.

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