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    How GCs Can Thwart Funding For Bribery Schemes

    In most corporate bribery schemes, employees use their knowledge of the company's finance and other systems to procure funds, according to two experts who described details of recent funding schemes on Thursday to show in-house counsel and compliance professionals how to better manage the risks.

  • Ga. Judge's Bank Stock Prompts Recusal In Loan Default Row

    After revealing that he owns stock in Truist Bank, a Georgia federal judge has recused himself from presiding over a recently filed lawsuit by the bank seeking more than $1.9 million from a concrete construction company.

  • Suspended Ga. Judge Wants Interview Struck In Ethics Case

    A suspended chief magistrate judge in middle Georgia has asked the state's highest court to strike from an ethics case against him evidence and associated testimony related to a "damaging" interview in which he was not represented by counsel.

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    GOP-Picked Jurists Less Likely To Require Masks, Study Says

    Republican-appointed judges were less likely to implement mask mandates during the height of the pandemic, but they were also more likely to shut down in-person trials, a recent study has found.

  • Ga. Judge Immune In Suit Over His Denial Of Gun License

    A Georgia probate judge is protected by judicial immunity in a suit alleging that he improperly denied a state license to carry weapons to a man who had previously been convicted of misdemeanor assault, a state appellate court found on Tuesday.

  • Lin Wood Insurer Wants Attys' Libel Case Stayed

    An insurer of prominent conservative attorney L. Lin Wood Jr. has asked a Georgia federal judge to pause a defamation case brought against him by three lawyers he used to work with while it pursues a court order that it's not liable to cover the litigation.

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    Survey Shows In-House Counsel Pay Jumped 21% In 2021

    Calling 2021 "an unprecedented year in recruiting and retaining talent," a new survey of in-house counsel released Wednesday shows that in-house lawyers' median compensation increased 21% from 2020 for all industries and across all positions.

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    Meet The Ex-Federal Judge Who May Testify In Jan. 6 Hearings

    As the House of Representatives' Jan. 6 committee begins public hearings this week, some in the legal community are focusing particular attention on one potential witness — a highly respected, conservative former federal judge who advised then-Vice President Mike Pence in the days before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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    Up Next For FisherBroyles: Breaking Into The Top 100

    Distributed law firm FisherBroyles posted more revenue growth in 2021 than any other large law firm, just one year after the firm entered the ranks of the 200 largest in the U.S. by revenue. Co-founder Kevin Broyles tells Law360 Pulse the firm has set its sights even higher.

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    When Asking A Lawyer To Retire Becomes Illegal

    For many law firms, how to deal with aging partners is the elephant in the room.

  • Maynard Cooper Attains DEI Goals Ahead Of Schedule

    Alabama-based Maynard Cooper & Gale PC announced in its annual diversity, equity and inclusion report that the firm has already reached its five-year DEI goals set back in 2019.

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    Lewis Brisbois Adds Ex-Prosecutor As White Collar Co-Leader

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has added a former assistant U.S. attorney in Savannah, Georgia, to its Atlanta office to serve as vice chair of the firm's government investigations and white collar defense practice.

  • Giuliani Seeks Ax Of Ga. Poll Workers' Defamation Claims

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to toss a defamation claim filed by two Georgia election poll workers, saying his statements accusing them of ballot fraud are opinions protected by the First Amendment.

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    Wiley Matches Cravath Associate Salary Floor

    Wiley Rein LLP has matched the first-year associate starting salary at BigLaw pay trendsetter Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Tuesday.

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    Attorneys Happiest When Valued For Their Talent, Humanity

    Lawyers who feel valued for their professional talent or overall human worth by their employer exhibit the best mental and physical health within the legal profession, though overall health of lawyers falls below that of the general population regardless of how firms treat them, according to a new peer-reviewed study.

  • Lin Wood Urges Dismissal Of Ex-Colleagues' Defamation Suit

    Controversial conservative litigator L. Lin Wood has asked a Georgia federal judge to find that several of his former colleagues waited too long to file suit alleging he defamed them in social media posts as they were embroiled in a 2020 lawsuit over client fees.

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    Merchant & Gould Launches Business Consulting Group

    Intellectual property boutique Merchant & Gould PC announced Monday it has launched a new business consulting group focused on protecting client brands online, including in emerging arenas such as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.

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    Cipriani & Werner Founders Step Back Amid Firm Changes

    The founders of Pittsburgh-based Cipriani & Werner PC will take a reduced role starting next month as part of a strategic succession plan, the firm announced Monday on its website.

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    Court Watchers Fight To Keep Remote Access

    Some volunteer court watchers had to fight to observe criminal justice proceedings remotely during the pandemic. With courts beginning to shut down that remote public access, now they're fighting to keep it.

  • Ex-Georgia Clerk Gets 12 Years For Stealing Over $6M

    A former employee who lead a scheme to drain over $6 million in cash from a Georgia county clerk's office was sentenced to about 12 years in prison Thursday, along with five others involved in the conspiracy.

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    Why Many Women Lawyers Leave BigLaw For Good

    Many women lawyers have no wish to return to the industry's largest law firms after having quit one in the first place, according to a recent survey from legal service provider Leopard Solutions, finding that a lack of flexibility, work and life balance, and job satisfaction are some of the key reasons that contributed to their departures. 

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This week saw a big verdict in the felony trial of a former Perkins Coie LLP partner and the disbarment of famed personal injury lawyer Thomas Girardi. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Legal Sector Job Growth Continues To Slowly Climb In May

    Employment in the legal industry continued to ever so slowly inch up in May, with the sector adding just 600 jobs, marking the third consecutive month of job growth since March, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kelley Drye's efforts on a suit against 13 chemical makers and Pryor Cahsman's work on a New York sandwich chain's international expansion lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 20 to June 3.

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    Fisher Phillips Names New Chair In Westward Shift

    Fisher Phillips LLP has named its first California-based firm chair in a sign it's turning toward the West Coast.

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Expert Analysis

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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