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    Survey Finds Big Range In Fed. Prosecutor Telework Policies

    A survey of federal prosecutors released Monday found a "staggering" variety in approaches to telework at U.S. attorney's offices across the country.

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    These Firms Are Where Summers Want To Work

    Shifting sentiments around what law students value in summer associate programs are driving changes in which law firms win out in today’s competitive environment for talent, with a new Law360 Pulse survey highlighting the value of factors like remote work options, diversity and work-life balance.

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    All You Need To Know About How Summers Pick Their Firms

    Where do law students dream of working this summer? What practice areas are they looking to specialize in? What are your firm's top schools for summer associateships? Explore the ins and outs of the summer associate bidding and firm selection process with our interactive graphic.

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    Fat Salaries Are Nice But Don't Drive Summer Associates

    For most law students, paychecks for summer programs are widely seen as at least adequate; for some, they're transformative. Law360 Pulse dives into how much firms are paying their summers and what a big paycheck can mean to the cohort.

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    Firms Eye Return To Normal With Flexible Summer Programs

    Both law firms and law students are embracing summer associate programs' return to in-person formats, though firms are also offering associates more flexibility as the industry increasingly becomes accustomed to hybrid work more than two years into the pandemic, Law360 Pulse has found.

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    What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    Law360 Pulse asked prospective summer associates about how their top-choice firms distinguished themselves and what backup plans they have in place. Here's what they said.

  • Justices Won't Hear Carter Page Defamation Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a defamation suit filed by onetime Trump administration adviser Carter Page over articles in Yahoo News and TheHuffingtonPost.com that mentioned him in connection with a federal investigation into former President Donald Trump's pre-election contacts with Russia.

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    Mayer Brown Chair On Why Law Leaders Need To Listen More

    Law firms that expect to succeed in the coming years should prepare to listen to their attorneys and staffers about the best ways to move forward, rather than imposing directives from above, Mayer Brown LLP's chair said Friday.

  • 3 Ways To Transform Your Company's Legal Operations

    Nearly 2,500 attendees gathered at CLOC Global Institute’s annual conference in Las Vegas to gain insight from industry leaders on how to improve their legal departments and operations. Here are three takeaways from the three-day event.

  • 11th Circ. Orders New Look At $6M Atty Fee In Man's Death

    The Eleventh Circuit has vacated a $6 million attorney fee awarded as part of a $21 million jury verdict over the death of a Georgia pedestrian who was hit by a truck, ordering the trial court to reconsider its reasonableness.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had a busy week, from a law firm merger to a substantial funding infusion for a legal tech company to new associate raises. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    How To Create Work-Life Balance As A Busy Litigator

    With demanding court deadlines and the immense responsibility of having a client's welfare in their hands, how can litigators find time to relax, unwind and reconnect with the people they care about? Here, six successful litigators share their advice with Law360 Pulse on achieving work-life balance.

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    Taylor English Adds Ward Damon Litigator In Fla.

    Taylor English Duma LLP has added a longtime Ward Damon PL attorney as a partner in Florida.

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    Supreme Court Ethics Bill Faces Tough Path In Congress

    A push to reform U.S. Supreme Court ethics and recusal standards earned a significant win Wednesday as the House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would require the justices to adopt an ethics code, but opposition from Republicans suggests the bill faces a steep climb through Congress.

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    Taylor English Attys Launch Election Law Outfit

    An Atlanta-based partner with Taylor English Duma LLP has launched a new outfit to advise governments and individuals in election law, campaign finance requirements and redistricting.

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    Almost Half Of New Fortune 500 GCs In 2021 Were Women

    Although more men than women continue to lead the legal departments at Fortune 500 companies, those organizations hired almost the same number of women and men as general counsel in 2021, according to a report released this week.

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    Seyfarth Names New Pro Bono And Philanthropy Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Thursday it had named a former employment lawyer as its new pro bono and philanthropy partner, succeeding Allegra Nethery, who helped create the position and has been in charge of the program for 15 years.

  • Ga. Judge Says Alcohol, Stress Drove Gun Incident

    A suspended chief magistrate judge in northeast Georgia says he can't remember much of an October incident in which he allegedly aimed a loaded rifle at a sheriff's lieutenant during a fight with his wife at their home, blaming alcohol abuse, stress and suicidal thoughts for his incapacitated state.

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    In Their Words: Trailblazing Arab American Women In Law

    For attorneys of Arab, Middle Eastern and North African heritage, the legal industry has seen a shakeup in the past 20 years. While their numbers are still low, new faces are streaming into the profession and slowly but surely building community together, attorneys tell Law360.

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    House Judiciary Panel Advances Supreme Court Ethics Bill

    A House panel has advanced legislation that would require the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a binding ethics code and creates new recusal and disclosure standards for the nine justices amid increased scrutiny in the wake of recent high-profile revelations.

  • BigLaw Asks Ga. Justices To End Proskauer Malpractice Case

    BigLaw firms including DLA Piper, Alston & Bird and King & Spalding have urged the Georgia Supreme Court to toss a malpractice case against Proskauer Rose over its 20-year-old advice that investors claimed validated a criminal tax shelter scheme.

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    Could The Dobbs Leak Change Supreme Court Clerkships?

    The air of suspicion that hangs over the U.S. Supreme Court after the Dobbs draft leak could affect the work of the court's corps of 36 law clerks, and their relationships to the justices and to one another.

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    Biden Taps 7 Nominees To Fill Out Sentencing Commission

    President Joe Biden nominated seven potential new members of the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Wednesday, hoping to round out a bipartisan body that has been without a quorum since 2019.

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    Ex-Hawkins Parnell Atty Joins Lewis Brisbois' Toxic Tort Team

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has added a former Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP senior partner who has advised companies in toxic tort cases for decades and previously served as litigation and environmental counsel at CSX Transportation Inc.

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    Littler Helps Diverse Attys Find Mentors With SOAR Program

    Navigating the first few months at a law firm can be arduous for any young associate, but it can present additional challenges for those of diverse backgrounds. Law360 recently spoke with the co-chairs of Littler Mendelson PC’s SOAR program, which helps address those challenges by connecting young diverse attorneys with experienced lawyers at the firm.

Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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