Georgia Pulse

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    Alston & Bird Scoops Up McGuireWoods Real Estate Partner

    Alston & Bird has hired a former McGuireWoods LLP partner with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate for its real estate finance and investment group in Atlanta, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Ga. Judge Won't Punish Walmart For FordHarrison Mistake

    FordHarrison LLP is to blame for Walmart's untimely response to a transgender former employee's bias complaint, a Georgia federal judge has ruled, setting aside an entry of default against the retail giant.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of May

    Legal department hires last month included top appointments at Binance.US, Alphabet’s drone unit and major retailer Target. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from May.

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    How Women GCs Are Navigating The Political Landscape

    A panel of women general counsel, including GCs from NYU, a blockchain company and a software developer, met Wednesday night in New York City to talk about navigating the challenging political landscape of recent years.

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    Morris Manning Adds Ex-Taylor English Hospitality Chair

    The former chair of Taylor English Duma LLP's leisure and hospitality department has jumped to join Morris Manning & Martin LLP's flagship office in Atlanta, becoming one of more than 20 attorneys who have joined the firm's real estate practice so far this year.

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    New Nonprofit To Focus On Judicial Law Clerk Harassment

    A new nonprofit group looks to address the problems of harassment and discrimination against law clerks by judges and to provide support to those clerks who are ill-treated in chambers, one of the group's co-founders told Law360 on Thursday.

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    ABA Lauds 3 Firms, 2 Texas Attys As Pro Bono Standouts

    The American Bar Association this August will honor a lawyer from Baker Botts LLP, a partner from Holland & Knight LLP and the law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC for pro bono work ranging from tenant advocacy to refugee assistance, the organization announced Wednesday.

  • Ga. Judicial Circuit Wins Funding For Pandemic Case Backlog

    Georgia's Douglas Judicial Circuit has been awarded just under $250,000 in pandemic-related federal funds to add a prosecutor and an investigator to assist with a backlog of cases involving serious violent offenses, bringing the total federal funds the circuit has received to just under $1 million, a state committee has announced.

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    Should Judges Police The Legal Industry Pay Gap?

    As the pay gap between male and female attorneys persists despite industry pledges to do better, the power of judges to potentially bridge the divide is coming into sharper focus.

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    Here's How Attorneys Can Help Uvalde Victims

    Two Texas-based legal aid organizations have teamed up to help victims of last week's mass shooting in Uvalde, and they're asking for attorneys to volunteer their time in the coming weeks and months to sort out immigration and financial matters for grieving families.

  • 11th Circ. Upholds Toss Of Lin Wood's Psych Exam Suit

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Tuesday said prominent conservative attorney L. Lin Wood Jr. can't reinstate his case against the State Bar of Georgia's disciplinary board over its request that he undergo a mental health examination.

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    Ex-Hotel Group VP Joins Eversheds Sutherland In Atlanta

    Eversheds Sutherland has bolstered its global real estate and hospitality practices by adding an Atlanta-based attorney who previously served as vice president and legal counsel for the Americas for a worldwide luxury hotelier, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Billable Hour To Daily Mileage: This Atty Ran 50 Marathons

    For Boston corporate attorney Dan Janis, running began as a hobby to relieve stress during law school and developed into a 15-year endeavor to cross a marathon finish line in every state. He talked with Law360 Pulse about his goal, which he started as a 33-year-old lawyer in 2007 and accomplished a month ago at 48.

  • Law360 Names 2022's Top Attorneys Under 40

    Law360 is pleased to announce the Rising Stars of 2022, our list of 176 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

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    BakerHostetler Ups Starting Pay To $215K For Major Markets

    BakerHostetler has told its staff that starting salaries for associates in major markets will increase to $215,000 effective July 1, Law360 Pulse confirmed on Friday, making it the latest firm this year to boost its pay scale to compete in the competitive hiring market.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: DocuSign Gets New Execs

    A contract software company adding four executives tops this roundup of recent legal tech news.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry this week saw yet another law firm announce it was opening up a new office in Miami, and President Biden nominated three women to fill circuit court vacancies. Test how closely you've been reading Law360 Pulse's coverage of the week's biggest news in our five-question quiz, Voir Dire.

  • Ex-Alston & Bird Staffer Fights Firm's Arbitration Bid

    Alston & Bird can't force a former diversity and inclusion administrator to arbitrate claims of unpaid overtime and retaliation, the worker told a Georgia federal judge, saying the arbitration agreement he signed doesn't cover employment-related claims.

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    McDermott Adds NY, Atlanta Transactions Group Attorneys

    Three partners have joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP's transactions group in both Atlanta and New York and will assist the firm in fund formation, global mergers and acquisitions and other corporate governance work, the firm recently announced.

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    Taylor English Atty On Launching New Election Law Outfit

    As Taylor English Duma LLP partner Bryan P. Tyson launched a new election law boutique, he told Law360 Pulse in a recent interview that running his shop as an independent entity would help him and his team focus on a growing and often politically contentious area of the law.

  • Ga. Courts Plan To Keep Pandemic's Digital Innovations

    Georgia lawyers and judges are eager to see courts return to normalcy after the pandemic, yet plan to continue using many of the digital tools that streamlined more routine hearings to make lasting changes in the way Peach State litigators practice.

  • Ga. Judge Denies 'Close Call' Sanctions Bid Against Atty

    A Georgia state judge on Thursday denied a sanctions motion against an attorney who threw away years of notes and time records showing his work for an airport company, but said it was a "close call" and that he personally would have kept the documents.

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    'We Are Under Attack': Judge Warns Of Threats To Judiciary

    U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Thursday that he's endured threats and racist attacks while adjudicating cases involving the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, remarking that while that won't stop him from carrying out the law, he worries other jurists may be deterred.

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    Russian Disinformation Puts Courts' Legitimacy At Risk

    Disinformation created by Russian operatives and spread by an unsuspecting public threatens not just election integrity, but also trust in the court system, experts warned Thursday, during a National Judicial College symposium on the courts' role in preserving democracy.

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    Partisanship Endangers The Courts, Doug Jones Tells Judges

    The fallout from this week's massacre in a Texas elementary school, the contentious U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and political comments by Justice Clarence Thomas are evidence "our partisan politics have become so divisive, so threatening that it is infecting the judiciary," former Alabama U.S. Sen. Doug Jones told a room full of judges on Thursday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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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