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A group that aims to provide access to justice for low-income Texans this week proposed a pilot program that would allow non-attorney ownership of entities providing legal representation and permit licensed paraprofessionals to offer limited legal services.
A New Jersey Senate panel on Thursday advanced 11 nominations to the state court bench, including the managing partner of Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP's New Jersey office, an insurance litigator with Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni, an attorney at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group and a host of municipal judges and former prosecutors.
Robinson & Cole LLP has hired six lawyers and as many professional staffers from Kearbey Pirulli & Evatt LLC, a firm in Bethesda, Maryland, whose attorneys work with institutional lenders and other housing market participants on affordable housing matters, Robinson & Cole announced Wednesday.
After years practicing as colleagues and co-workers, Frank Emmerich and Amy Snyder are excited to become true partners as the new co-members-in-charge of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC's Philadelphia office.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP announced the hire of two experienced mergers and acquisitions attorneys from Stroock Stroock & Lavan LLP as New York-based partners in the firm's M&A and corporate advisory practice group.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and boutique private equity firm Massumi & Consoli LLP announced 2024 salary figures on Thursday that are in line with the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
Alabama's secretary of commerce is stepping down to join Southeast regional firm Burr & Forman after 12 years in the role.
Civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has added a former solo practitioner and longtime Wicker Smith attorney as a shareholder in Orlando, Florida.
Commercial contracts litigation has slowed down considerably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with new case filings reaching their lowest level in a decade last year before beginning to rebound in 2023, following a brief but dramatic spike in 2020, according to a new report Thursday.
Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP is expanding its intellectual property team, announcing Wednesday it has hired two patent attorneys in its Atlanta office.
The number of law firms offering their associates year-end bonuses and 2024 raises in line with or exceeding those put forward by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month has continued to tick upward, with at least three more joining in as of Wednesday.
Spencer Fane LLP announced on Wednesday that it will merge with Utah law firm Snow Christensen and Martineau next year — Spencer Fane's second merger in recent months as it expands its presence in the Western United States.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is expanding its bench of employment and labor attorneys with the addition of a former Novack & Macey LLP and Armstrong Teasdale LLP partner in its Chicago office, the firm announced Wednesday.
Two attorneys specializing in representing nonprofit organizations recently shuttered their Philadelphia-based boutique to join Archer & Greiner PC and gain access to the firm's wider reach and deeper resources.
McCarter & English LLP announced that an experienced intellectual property partner from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP who focuses on transactional matters joined the firm's New York office following the recent decision of his former firm to cease operations.
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP wants to erase subpoenas from a former executive accused of stealing from the firm, telling a New Jersey court that the requested information about the firm's tax returns, employee salaries and employees' credit card use is "irrelevant" and overly intrusive.
Top corporate lawyers are spending more on outside counsel, and many think they will increase that amount further in 2024 because of their various legal needs, from new matters to regulatory headwinds to employee activism, according to a report released Wednesday.
Post & Schell PC has hired a commercial litigator from Walsh Barnes PC, who joins the firm's Pittsburgh office as a principal.
A primary concern for large law firms for the next year is how to continue to get bigger, whether that's through lateral hiring or combinations, even as the geopolitical and macroeconomic environments remain volatile, according to a report released Wednesday.
Epstein Becker Green is expanding its labor practice, bringing on an employment expert who is the former managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a member in its Los Angeles office.
The wave of bonus announcements continued Tuesday as several more law firms followed suit in matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and 2024 associate salaries set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Ropes & Gray LLP topping the list by adding a tier for associates from the class of 2015 and earlier.
Diversity Lab, the company behind the Mansfield Rule certification — which aims to ensure more attorneys from historically underrepresented groups win leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities — is recommending 10 new actions that law firms and legal departments can take to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in the legal profession.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP on Tuesday named two former Stroock partners to its real estate, energy, land use and environmental practice as the firm looks to continue growing in that area.
The Florida Bar's board of governors has scrapped a proposed advisory opinion that would have allowed Sunshine State attorneys to passively invest in out-of-state law firms using alternative business structures under certain conditions, dropping the tentative decision after receiving negative feedback from past bar presidents.
Wiley Rein LLP has selected to co-lead its insurance practice a longtime partner known for representing commercial property insurers in some of the first coverage disputes related to business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Monday announcement.
Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.
Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.