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  • Carter's Legal Affairs Manager Claims Age, Sex Bias

    The parent company of Carter's and OshKosh B'Gosh children's clothing failed to promote its manager of legal and corporate affairs because of her age and gender, the employee contends in a newly filed lawsuit in Georgia federal court.

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    Publicity, Politics, Race Pervade Chauvin Jury Selection

    For two weeks, a Minnesota state court vetted 76 people to sit on the jury that will decide whether or not to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Here are some of the biggest issues that cropped up during voir dire in an unusual case with national significance.

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    Ga. Pol Leaves Fisher Phillips Over Support For Election Bills

    A Georgia state senator has had to resign as the chief information officer of Fisher Phillips after he was publicly criticized in tweets from the Lincoln Project for backing legislation the group says is targeted at suppressing minority votes, the senator confirmed Wednesday to Law360 Pulse.

  • Ga. High Court Goes Remote Again For Summer Bar Exam

    The Supreme Court of Georgia has moved the state's summer bar exam online due to the pandemic, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton said Wednesday, also announcing a new task force to assess bar exam alternatives and how the state evaluates licensed attorneys.

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    In-House Leaders Rank Top Firms In Client Service In 2020

    During a year when COVID-19 transformed the legal work environment, BigLaw firms including Jones Day, DLA Piper and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP stood out as leaders when it came to serving large corporate clients, according to a report released Wednesday by the BTI Consulting Group.

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    Why Some Law Firms Saw Big Revenue Spikes In 2020

    Strong lateral hiring, transaction-focused practices, and long-held client relationships in the technology, health care and life sciences sectors were among the factors that allowed a few large law firms to outperform the crowd and hit double-digit top-line revenue growth last year.

  • Fenwick Enters 'Special' Spring-Fall Bonus Push

    Silicon Valley's own Fenwick & West LLP jumped on the midyear bonus bandwagon Tuesday, reportedly announcing that associates will get checks totaling from $4,500 to $64,000.

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    Hall Booth Taps Former Axiom Atty For Patent Team

    Hall Booth Smith PC has added an Atlanta-based former Axiom Law in-house counsel to its intellectual property team who brings more than a decade of legal experience, including in patent law, after working as an engineer for Lockheed Martin, General Motors and NASA, the firm has announced.

  • Ga. Family Resurrects Fraud Suit Against US Troop Loan Biz

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday revived a lawsuit by a family who invested $600,000 in a company that makes high-interest loans to active military personnel, saying there are questions about whether the owner of General Finance Inc. misrepresented the company's financial situation.

  • Should Experienced Attorneys Have To Retake The Bar?

    At a time when the usefulness of the bar exam is hotly debated, with some calling it an antiquated hurdle for new lawyers, one law professor is contending that the industry would benefit from making practicing lawyers retake the bar midcareer.

  • Atty Search Site Accused Of Reneging On Exclusivity Deal

    The owner of the popular attorney search site Martindale.com is being sued in Georgia, accused of reneging on a deal to provide exclusive leads to a law firm and refusing to refund payments.

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    Cohen Ziffer Chair On Leaving BigLaw To Start A Boutique

    Robin Cohen led McKool Smith LLP's insurance recovery group before spinning that practice off into a standalone firm, Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP. Here, she talks to Law360 Pulse about what it was like to start a new firm amid a pandemic and a new wave of women leaving BigLaw to start boutiques.

  • Justices Tap Atty Suing Harvard As Amicus In Criminal Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday asked Adam Mortara, one of the lead lawyers in the anti-affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard, to step in as amicus counsel in a case over sentence reductions for offenses involving crack — his third time filling such a role at the court.

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    Despite Firms' Efforts, Associates Struggle With Remote Work

    A year into COVID-19, associates at both BigLaw and Mid-Law firms told Law360 Pulse that firms have made good efforts to ensure that associates have the same career and mentoring opportunities they would have had in person, but the pandemic has still been rough for many younger lawyers.

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    Cox Enterprises Shifts Atty To VP Of Corporate Law

    Cox Enterprises has shifted an associate general counsel from its corporate and strategic transactions sector to leading the conglomerate's new Center of Excellence for corporate law, the company has announced.

  • First Ariz. Nonlawyer-Owned Firms Get Greenlight To Launch

    Two Arizona firms partially owned by nonlawyers got the greenlight Wednesday to offer legal services, making them the first nonlawyer-owned businesses in the state to benefit from a rule change that went into effect this year.

  • Why Legal, Communications Should Work As A Team

    Companies should strive to have their in-house counsel and communications teams work together on their communication strategies, according to a survey released by the Georgia chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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    Elaine Spector On Improving Diversity In The Patent Bar

    Few areas of the law are more white and more male than the patent bar, says Harrity & Harrity's Elaine Spector, who spoke with Law360 Pulse about the need for patent law to be more diverse and what can be done to make that happen.

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    BigLaw Had A Banner Year. Are Raises On The Horizon?

    Law firm profits soared in 2020, many firms report they are the busiest they've ever been, and competition for associate talent is at an all-time high, according to recruiters. The industry could very well be in for another round of associate raises.

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    Georgia's New Dem Sens. Signal Shift In Judicial Picks

    Georgia's recently elected Democratic U.S. senators have picked a diverse and left-leaning group to vet candidates for federal district judge and U.S. attorney, underlining how the Peach State could see a major shift in nominations after 15 years with two Republican senators.

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    Speed Separating Top Firms From Pack During COVID-19

    The corporate law firms that have distinguished themselves amid the coronavirus pandemic have done so by eliminating red tape and quickly moving to answer client questions with detailed, pointed advice, according to a new analysis published Wednesday from the BTI Consulting Group.

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    Atlanta Housing Taps Affordable Housing Advocate As GC

    Atlanta Housing Authority said it has tapped a seasoned real estate executive and affordable housing advocate as its next general counsel.

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    Biden Appointments, BigLaw Hires Signal Hot Antitrust Scene

    Recruiting efforts both inside the federal government and among major corporate defense firms are beginning to provide a snapshot of what the antitrust space could look like during President Joe Biden's tenure in the White House.

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    Mid-Law Advised To Mind Its Metrics To Keep Up With BigLaw

    From diversity data to staffing ratios to productivity levels, law firms are tracking and relying on more and more data than in years past, but industry experts say that Mid-Law may not be keeping up with larger firms.

  • Fed. Courts Faced Bigger Issues In 2020 Than Filing Spike

    The federal judiciary last year saw a nearly 60% jump in civil case filings, but the narrow reasons for that spike were small potatoes for the courts compared to the global pandemic and security issues, according to a report published Tuesday.

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