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  • Associates At 6 More Firms To Get Special Bonuses

    The tally of law firms handing out special bonuses this year continues to rise, with word Thursday of six more firms announcing cash infusions for attorneys, following 15 other firm announcements in the last three days.

  • Justices Say Florida Can't Blame Oyster Woes On Georgia

    The collapse of an important Florida oyster population was due more to the state's mismanagement than any alleged overconsumption of river water by its upstream neighbor, Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday.

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    Pandemic-Struck Law Reviews Face Loss Of Women, Diversity

    A surge in legal academic writing during COVID is straining law journal student-editors and authors alike, amid signs that women and younger professors shouldering the demands of remote teaching and caregiving are getting shut out of publishing their work.

  • Ga. Probate Judge Charged With Threatening To Shoot Worker

    A probate judge in southwest Georgia is facing criminal charges for allegedly threatening, in front of three witnesses, to shoot a county employee, according to an arrest warrant filed in a Georgia state court.

  • 9 More BigLaw Firms Plan Special Associate Bonuses

    Hundreds more BigLaw associates will get special bonuses up to $64,000 this year as nine firms joined a flurry of outfits handing out extra cash amid soaring profits across the industry, according to reports.

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    Has The Era Of AI In Law Firms Arrived?

    The use of artificial intelligence by law firms appears to have become widespread in 2021, especially in the area of legal research, but also contract review and negotiation, according to a recent survey by Law360 Pulse.

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    Cybersecurity Keeps Firm Tech Officers Up At Night

    Cybersecurity risks are keeping law firms' tech leaders up at night, and more firms are taking out cyber liability policies now that their employees are working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey by Law360 Pulse.

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    Top BigLaw Tech Leaders Earn Over $1M As Budgets Climb

    Some top law firm technology executives report earning in excess of $1 million a year, with law firm technology budgets mostly holding steady or on the rise over the past year, according to the results of a survey by Law360 Pulse.

  • Grads From Top Law Schools Are Shouldering The Most Debt

    Some of the most prestigious U.S. law schools, including those at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, are also putting out the most indebted graduates who owe more than $190,000 on average, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022 law school rankings published on Tuesday.

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    Here's How These Tech-Focused Law Firms Grew Last Year

    Riding high on the technology boom last year, a handful of tech-focused law firms have powered through the pandemic with continued revenue growth that gets them in shape for more client work in 2021.

  • 6 More BigLaw Firms Hand Out Special Bonuses

    The list of BigLaw firms offering a pair of special bonuses this year continues to grow, with six new firms announcing plans to match what has become the industry standard, Law360 learned Tuesday.

  • MAGA Attorney Lin Wood Wants Judge Off Psych Exam Case

    L. Lin Wood, the conspiracy-peddling Atlanta lawyer who aided former President Donald Trump's bid to contest the 2020 presidential election, wants a new judge overseeing his suit fighting a push for a psychiatric exam by the State Bar of Georgia, saying the presiding jurist will likely be called as a witness.

  • Two Sides To Floyd's Death At The Start Of Chauvin's Trial

    Attorneys for the defense and prosecution in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin painted very different pictures of the circumstances of George Floyd's death during opening statements Monday.

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    4 More BigLaw Firms Pay Another COVID-19 Bonus

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Linklaters LLP will be distributing spring and fall bonuses to their associates for work during the pandemic, the firms confirmed Monday.

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    Microsoft GC On How To Address Diversity Shortcomings

    Dev Stahlkopf has been an outspoken proponent of diversity and inclusion both internally at Microsoft and externally in the legal profession. She spoke with Law360 Pulse about how she thinks leaders should address diversity issues in the industry and the upcoming regulatory changes she expects the tech giant could encounter.

  • MAGA Atty Wood Sues Ga. Bar Over Psych Exam Demand

    L. Lin Wood, the MAGA-boosting Atlanta lawyer and conspiracy theorist, has sued attorney oversight officials in Georgia for what he called a "coercive" effort to get him to take a mental health exam by threatening his law license.

  • 5 Steps Cos. Should Take In An Era Of Political Scrutiny

    In the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, corporations should prepare to operate in an era of political polarization and intense scrutiny over their political spending, according to a new report from The Conference Board.

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    2021 Bonuses: What Law Firms Are Giving Out This Year

    UPDATED April 9, 2021 | Law firm associate bonuses are no longer relegated to the end of the year, with firms kicking off a bonus season in 2021 that will essentially last all year long. 

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    Female Judges On Closing The Legal Gender Gap

    Women have come a long way in the legal profession over the past half-century or so, but much more remains to be done before the infamously male-heavy arena is truly gender-balanced, a panel of seven barrier-breaking female judges said Friday.

  • Legal Aid Orgs Overcome Tech Barriers Amid Pandemic

    Legal aid organizations continue to represent low-income residents during the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting their clients with the technology they need to participate in virtual court hearings, organization leaders said at a Thursday briefing.

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    Lambda Legal's Top Lawyer Celebrates Transgender Vote

    For Sharon McGowan, legal director and chief strategy officer of Lambda Legal, the historic moment Wednesday when the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of transgender doctor Rachel Levine to serve as assistant secretary for health is likely to pave the way for other LGBTQ Americans.

  • Best Students Not Always Evident After Law School's 1st Year

    Many post-law school opportunities are based on the grades students receive in their first year, yet nearly a quarter of "exceptional" students may not be identifiable by that point, according to a recent paper prepared by several law school professors and an economist.

  • 11th Circ. Rips Chemical Co. Bid To Nix Atty Fees Via Email

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday shut down a Georgia chemical company's argument that it properly served by email notice of its motion to vacate an arbitration award for attorney fees, saying there's nothing in federal arbitration or civil procedure rules to support that.

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    Kilpatrick Snags Ex-Jones Day Bankruptcy Atty

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has added to its Atlanta office a former Jones Day associate who has represented corporate and municipal debtors in bankruptcy and complex bankruptcy litigation, strengthening the firm's growing bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice.

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    Why This VC Firm Is Diving Into Legal Tech, Litigation Funding

    Legal technology and litigation funding are popular targets for private equity firms in 2021, and Houston-based investment firm Siltstone Capital LLC is making moves toward both.

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