Mid-Law

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    Inside The ABA's Debate On Legal Innovation

    The American Bar Association’s policymaking body recently reaffirmed a policy against nonlawyer fee sharing and law firm ownership. Here’s a look at the debate that went on behind the scenes before the resolution was adopted and the aftermath.

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    BigLaw Expands In The Carolinas Amid Business Boom

    Where business goes, it's said, BigLaw follows. And it appears that's what's happening right now in North and South Carolina, where a number of large law firms have entered the market or expanded in recent months.

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    Four Years Later, Kavanaugh Probe Still Raising Questions

    As the FBI finished its inquiry into U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, the bureau drew ire for shuttling credible sources to a tip line it seemed to ignore. Even now, the investigation remains shrouded in secrecy, leaving some U.S. senators concerned about the integrity of future nominations.

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    Law Firm Diversity Ticked Upward In 2022, Report Finds

    Eighteen percent of attorneys at the top 200 law firms were ethnically diverse in 2022, a full percentage point higher than last year and coming after a long stretch of stasis, according to a report released Tuesday by legal industry research and consulting organization Leopard Solutions.

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    Miller Canfield Names Business Development, Marketing Head

    Detroit-based Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC announced that it hired an experienced marketing professional with over a decade spent working with major law firms as its new director of business development and marketing.

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    Gunster Adds Genovese Joblove Real Estate Pro

    Florida business law firm Gunster has added a veteran real estate attorney and licensed real estate broker from Genovese Joblove & Battista PA in Miami.

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    4 Questions With Bond Schoeneck's West Palm Beach Leader

    Just seven years into her legal career and already having made partner, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC's Audrey L. Faw was recently selected deputy managing member of the firm's new West Palm Beach, Florida, office.

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    BigLaw Diversity Push Lacks Inclusion For Disabled Attys

    Despite the year-over-year progress, the legal profession still has room for improvement when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, according to a new Diversity Lab report that finds a lack of inclusion for lawyers with disabilities.

  • Kean Miller Must Face File Clerk's Pro Se Discrimination Suit

    A federal judge in Louisiana on Monday shot down arguments from Kean Miller LLP that a former file clerk had waited too long to file a suit alleging she was subjected to racial discrimination during her tenure with the firm.

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    M&A Duo Join McDonald Hopkins In Baltimore

    McDonald Hopkins LLC has added two Baltimore attorneys as members to its mergers and acquisitions practice.

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    Dallas' Munck Wilson Opens South Florida Office

    The Dallas-based technology firm Munck Wilson Mandala LLP announced Monday that it launched a South Florida office meant to serve as the easternmost hub for global business services.

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    Offit Kurman Launches Enviro Practice With NJ-Based Atty

    Offit Kurman announced Monday that it has launched a new environmental and sustainability practice group, spearheaded by the hire of practice chair Matthew Karmel, a principal who joined the firm's East Hanover, New Jersey, office earlier this month from Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.

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    Bressler Amery Managing Partner Touts 9-Attorney Haul

    Bressler Amery & Ross PC has announced its fall associate class, which consists of nine attorneys, including a number of participants in its summer program, across the firm's offices in New Jersey, Florida and Alabama.

  • Adams and Reese Launches New Team Focused On HBCUs

    Building on its four decades of representing educational institutions, Adams and Reese LLP has created a new practice to serve historically Black colleges and universities and other higher education institutions that serve minorities, and has named an Atlanta-based special counsel as the group's leader.

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    Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Foley Hoag's representation of the American Civil Liberties Union in a suit seeking records from Donald Trump's declassification order and Bernstein Litowitz's appointment as lead counsel in a $2.5 billion Santander investor suit lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Sept. 9 to 23.

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    With Layoffs Possibly Coming, Who Will Firms Let Go First?

    Since Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs reported cutting several hundred jobs this month, attorneys concerned about job security have prompted several discussions on social media, asking whether layoffs are coming.

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    Alcohol Industry Specialist Joins Foster Garvey In DC

    An attorney who specializes in the alcoholic beverage industry with experience counseling a range of clients in licensing, labeling and compliance has joined Foster Garvey PC's Washington, D.C., office.

  • Varnum Forms New Practice Team As NIL Landscape Evolves

    Varnum LLP announced on Thursday that it has assembled a group of attorneys to form a name, image and likeness practice team in Michigan as the world of college athletics navigates an evolving legal landscape.

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    Barclay Damon Keeps Growing With Conn. Litigation Partner

    Barclay Damon LLP is continuing its hiring run in the Northeast, bringing on board commercial litigation attorney Brian Rich as a partner in its New Haven, Connecticut, office, Rich confirmed to Law360 on Friday.

  • Feds Want Up To 2 Years For Atty Who Threw Molotov Cocktail

    Federal prosecutors are requesting that a former Bronx attorney who pled guilty to throwing a Molotov cocktail at an empty NYPD cruiser during riots following George Floyd's murder by police receive a sentence of 18 to 24 months in prison.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    In the business of law realm this week, one large law firm eliminated its litigation secretary position, another ushered in a stricter in-office policy, and a third initiated a big leadership transition. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Int'l Young Lawyers Rep Sees The World As Her Network

    After being named as the representative from the United States to the International Association for Young Lawyers, Katja Garvey of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP spoke with Law360 Pulse about how she first got involved with the organization, the benefits it provides to young attorneys, and her plans for the role.

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    Jaffe Founder Comes Out Of Retirement To Join Honigman

    A founder of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss will join Detroit-based Honigman LLP, just a year after retiring from the firm he launched more than 50 years ago, bolstering Honigman's efforts to bring new high net-worth clients to the firm.

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    Firms Developing ESG Goals Should Be Flexible, Panel Says

    Law firms facing varying regional environmental goals depending on where their offices are located should not feel obligated to choose one target or another, but rather can opt for a strategy that allows for multiple goals, according to panelists during a recent Legal Marketing Association seminar on ESG and the legal industry.

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    ABA's New Biz Chair Aims To Reverse Sagging Membership

    Shipman & Goodwin LLP partner James C. Schulwolf, who joined the ABA's business law section in 1991, was elected as the section's chair at last week's annual meeting. His main goal is to focus on increasing membership, something he said has been challenging over the past few years.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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