Georgia Pulse

  • Ga. Panel Won't Hear Appeal In Probate Judge's HOA Case

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied an application for discretionary appeal filed by Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson, who in an unrelated case is facing dozens of ethics charges and who, in this case, sought to overturn a trial court's award of more than $39,000 in attorney fees to a homeowner's association. 

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    Radio Host Claims OpenAI Defamed Him With Bogus Suit

    A conservative talk-radio host has hit OpenAI with a defamation lawsuit in Georgia state court, accusing ChatGPT of "hallucinating" and generating a bogus legal complaint falsely accusing him of embezzlement when an editor used the artificial intelligence tool to research a legitimate Second Amendment case pending in Washington.

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    Mid-Law Lateral Associates Seek Balance And Advancement

    As the hiring market continues tilting in favor of midsize, regional and specialty firms, associate laterals choosing Mid-Law firms have a range of motivations, from work-life balance to more interesting work.

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    Nonlawyers Can Help Bridge Affordability Gap, Report Says

    The legal industry should embrace expanding those who can provide legal services beyond attorneys, to help address an affordability gap for many individuals in the United States, a legal institute said Tuesday.

  • Hall Booth Smith Unveils Regional Hiring Roles To Aid Growth

    Georgia-based Hall Booth Smith PC has named six of its attorneys across the country as regional hiring partners to aid in its expansion efforts, the firm said. 

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    Assistants Can Aid Intake, But Atty Must Be Available: ABA

    The American Bar Association released a formal opinion on Wednesday on what kinds of client intake tasks legal assistants can handle for an attorney, clarifying that assistants can handle a wide variety of responsibilities as long as a lawyer's prospective clients have access to the attorney for questions.

  • AI Practices Law 'At The Speed Of Machines.' Is It Worth It?

    Law firms across the globe are increasingly testing out artificial intelligence tools as a way to supercharge their work, entering a brave new world that's rife with potential pitfalls.

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    Most Law Firms Believe They Are Secure Despite Gaps

    The majority of law firms in a survey believe they are more or much more secure than their industry peers, despite "significant" security gaps across firms of all sizes, according to a report released Tuesday by Conversant Group and the International Legal Technology Association.

  • Georgia Public Defender Council Hit With Open Records Suit

    The Georgia Public Defender Council has repeatedly failed to comply with the state's Open Records Act, undermining efforts to advocate for hundreds of Georgians who have been left "languishing in jails for months or years without representation," the nonprofit Southern Center for Human Rights alleged in a lawsuit Monday.

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    Why In-House Counsel Are Taking Historic Rate Hikes In Stride

    As several law firms have significantly increased their rates over the past year amid a slowing economy, the relative silence from corporate clients has been deafening.

  • Mailed Service Negates Contempt For Ga. Doctor's Office

    The Georgia Court of Appeals said Monday that a doctor's office was never properly served discovery requests and a contempt motion in a woman's suit over automobile accident injuries, so a trial court was wrong to enter orders finding the practice in contempt and ordering it to respond.

  • Audiovisual Upgrades Remain Priority For Ga. Circuits

    A Judicial Council of Georgia committee has awarded $400,943 in federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds to Georgia's Macon Judicial Circuit, marking the 23rd circuit that has been allocated funding this year to upgrade their audiovisual equipment in existing courtrooms.

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    Squire Patton Foundation Accepts Largest Fellowship Class

    The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation announced on Monday that 30 law and public policy students have been accepted into its 2023 fellowship program, making it the largest fellowship class in its history.

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    Why Few Women Are In C-Suite Tech Roles In BigLaw

    At the largest U.S. law firms, few tech-focused C-suite positions — like chief information officer, chief innovation officer and chief knowledge officer — are held by women, a Law360 Pulse analysis found.

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    Looming Retirement Wave Puts Succession On Front Burner

    As the legal industry grapples with the impending wave of baby-boomer lawyer retirements, many law firms are coming face to face with a challenge that has bedeviled the profession for years: succession planning.

  • Search Of Ga. Atty's Laptop Halted In Young Thug Trial

    An Atlanta judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the seizure and search of a laptop belonging to a defense attorney in a racketeering trial against rapper Young Thug and others, forcing the laptop's return pending a hearing on the matter.

  • 22 Years On, Atty's Lack Of Remorse Dooms Readmission Bid

    More than 20 years after disbarring an attorney for his mishandling of a medical malpractice case, the Supreme Court of Georgia this week shot down the lawyer's bid to be reinstated to practice law for his lack of remorse and restitution in the intervening decades.

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    Legal Industry Job Growth Lags Behind The Wider Economy

    Even as the wider economy saw more robust job growth in May, the legal sector continued to post scant employment increases, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kelley Drye's work on multiple states' lawsuits over "forever chemicals" and Foley Hoag's work on a biotechnology deal lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 19 to June 2.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP leads this week's Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday limited the ability of shareholders to sue companies that go public via a direct listing.

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    Bradley Arant Adds 2 Alston & Bird Attys In New Atlanta Office

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is expanding its new Atlanta office, adding two longtime Alston & Bird LLP construction attorneys as partners.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    In the world of legal business, the last week of May brought an acquisition for one law firm, the launch of a new cannabis practice group at another and a new European office for a third. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Lin Wood Fined $5K Over Comments About Ex-Colleagues

    Prominent defamation attorney L. Lin Wood was held in contempt and fined $5,000 Thursday by a Georgia judge over comments he made in public social media posts about former colleagues, in violation of an order in the attorneys' fight over the breakup of their working relationship.

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    More Firms Roll The Dice On Ex-Judge Partners

    How'd you like to bring on a new firm partner in the back half of their career with zero clients and an uncertain capacity for schmoozing up new business? For an increasing number of law firm leaders, the answer is "yes" — as long as the incoming lateral is fresh off the bench.

  • Smith Gambrell Data Breach Suit Withdrawn In Georgia

    A woman has dropped her proposed class action against Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP over a 2021 data breach, according to a notice entered Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.



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