Georgia Pulse

  • Ga. Top Court Takes Up ACLU's Bid To End Atty's Libel Suit

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a bid by the American Civil Liberties Union Inc. to dismiss a Peach State attorney's defamation suit against the nonprofit organization.

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    Federal Judiciary Seeks 79 New Judgeships Nationwide

    The federal judiciary on Tuesday urged Congress to create 77 new district judgeships and two new circuit judgeships to handle heavy caseloads that have surged since the last comprehensive expansion of the judiciary in 1990.

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    SPAC Boom Sparks Run On Capital Markets Associates

    Many large law firms' capital market practices are busy right now, in part due to an increase in special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, transactions, and that frenetic pace of work has resulted in a headlong rush among firms for capital markets associates, recruiters say.

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    Non-Lawyer-Owned Firm Set To Launch Out Of Utah 'Sandbox'

    A company specializing in registered agent and corporate filing services said Monday that it is set to launch a law firm in Utah this month as the state experiments with a novel program permitting non-lawyer-owned entities to offer legal services.

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    Legal Leaders Are Hesitating Over Vaccinations, Office Return

    Half of legal leaders who responded to a recent poll by Morrison & Foerster LLP said their organizations would not require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office, while 40% were unsure and the remaining 10% plan to require a shot, according to results released on Monday.

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    15K COVID-19 Vaccines Earmarked For Ga. Court Staff

    Georgia court staff will be allocated about 15,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced in a meeting of the Georgia Judicial Council on Monday afternoon.

  • GA Justices OK Funding For Pro Bono Defense Costs

    Poor defendants in Georgia who retain pro bono counsel may seek for the state to pay for experts in their cases, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case involving a man accused of murder.

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    Hawkins Parnell Reels In Ex-Moran Reeves Shareholder

    Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP has added a partner in Atlanta who is a former Moran Reeves & Conn PC shareholder with more than two decades of maritime law experience.

  • Lin Wood Gets Time To Find Help In Ex-Colleague Pay Fight

    A Georgia state court judge has granted embattled defamation lawyer L. Lin Wood time to find new counsel in a contract breach suit brought against him by former colleagues, after he dropped Alston & Bird LLP from the case.

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    In Their Own Words: 4 Women On Their Journeys As Attys

    As they continue to try to clear long-standing barriers in the profession, women in different parts of the legal industry recently weighed in on achievements and challenges to mark Women's History Month. Law360 Pulse spoke with four lawyers about how far they've come in their careers and what motivates them.

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    Gas South Adds Infinite Energy's GC As Chief Legal Officer

    Gas South has hired a new chief legal and people officer, bringing over Infinite Energy's general counsel, three months after acquiring the retail and wholesale energy provider.

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    Legal Tech Expands As Remote Work Settles In

    As companies went remote in 2020 amid the pandemic, law firms and legal departments supported the changing work environment with new investments in technology.

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    Chamberlain Hrdlicka Promotes 5 Across US Offices

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka has announced five promotions across its offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio, promotions the firm says reflect its growth in areas that include labor and employment, tax controversies and civil litigation.

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    Pandemic Driving More Atlanta Lateral Movement

    Atlanta legal recruiters say the coronavirus pandemic is driving demand among attorneys for jobs in the Peach State capital, particularly at the associate level, where base salaries are starting to match those offered by top firms in the country's largest cities.

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    Morgan Lewis Chair Pictures Permanent Changes Post-COVID

    The past year made clear that a fancy office space should be the least of a BigLaw firm's concerns and that lawyers should be ready for a post-pandemic future that continues to include remote work and fewer in-person meetings, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP chair Jami McKeon said Thursday.

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    6 Visions Of Firm Ownership If Law Got A Do-Over

    What would law firm ownership look like if attorney regulations were wiped from the books tomorrow and the industry had the opportunity to start over from scratch? Law360 Pulse gets six very different perspectives from six thought leaders.

  • Ga. Judge Allows Pregnancy Bias Claims Against DA's Office

    A Georgia federal judge has kept alive sex discrimination and retaliation claims brought against the former Fulton County District Attorney and his Atlanta office over the firing of a top aide allegedly due to her pregnancy.

  • FordHarrison Elevates Immigration Atty To Partner In Atlanta

    FordHarrison LLP announced on Tuesday the promotion of one of its attorneys to partner after she has increased the firm's work in employment-based immigration since she joined as senior associate in 2016.

  • MoFo Explains How To Be A Successful General Counsel

    General counsel looking to be successful should seek to exhibit humility, empathy and respect for the personal circumstances of those they work with, according to a study released on Wednesday by Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • ABA Issues Ethics Guidelines For Remote Working

    Attorneys can conduct practice virtually, but those doing so must ensure that they adhere to ethical obligations under the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including competence, confidentiality and supervision, an ABA committee said Wednesday.

  • Northern District Of Ga. Plans To Resume Jury Trials In May

    The federal district including Atlanta said Tuesday it's extending a suspension of jury trials until May, when it expects to be able to resume them if the current downward trend of COVID-19 infection rates continues along with more vaccines being distributed.

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    Smith Gambrell Adds Ex-Balch & Bingham E-Discovery Chair

    Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP has added to its Atlanta office the firm's first e-discovery director, naming a former Balch & Bingham LLP partner who has worked on e-discovery matters for the state of Mississippi and a branch of government in Georgia.

  • Ga. Probate Judges Want Relief After Year Of COVID Havoc

    Georgia probate court judges and clerks, hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic of any group in the state's legal community, feel mounting frustration over the lack of protections they've gotten from the state in the last year.

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    Warding Off 'Work Creep' And Burnout Calls For Boundaries

    Without a commute and without a set time to log off and leave the office over the past year, many attorneys have fallen into the trap of the never-ending workday, with home life and work life blurring together into a single stew — "a recipe for burnout," experts say.

  • Contract Startups Dominate Legal Tech Pitch Competition

    At least eight of the 15 legal tech startups that went head-to-head in a pitch competition at the 2021 American Bar Association TechShow on Monday focused entirely or partially on elements of contract review and legal document automation.

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