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    Ariz. Law Firm Slammed Over 'Legal Assistant/Child Care' Job

    An Arizona family law boutique came under fire on social media this week when the firm's job listing for a legal assistant and child care position surfaced, prompting many attorneys to question the ethics of asking an employee to both assist an attorney with her caseload and pick up her kids from school.

  • Cozen O'Connor Adds Director Of Canadian Operations

    Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor has continued its expansion in the Great White North by bringing on the former chief operating officer at two major Canadian law firms as its new director of Canadian operations.

  • Eastman Hit With Ethics Charges In Calif. Over 2020 Election

    Controversial Trump attorney John Eastman has been charged with multiple ethics violations that could result in his disbarment, the State Bar of California announced Thursday.

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    7 Things To Know About Reed Smith's New Managing Partner

    Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday that it is appointing its global head of legal personnel to become the firm's global managing partner, making her the first woman in its history to hold that position.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

  • Cannabis Group Of The Year: Cozen O'Connor

    Cozen O'Connor aided cannabis company Planet 13 Holdings Inc. in registering as a domestic issuer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and helped technology company Dutchie roll out its online cannabis payment platform, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • Hospitality Group Of The Year: Greenspoon Marder

    Greenspoon Marder LLP logged a banner year advising food industry and hospitality businesses, helping its clients obtain more than 100 liquor licenses and notching a favorable ruling that, if upheld, would require Miami officials to permit alcohol service at a new restaurant, earning the firm a spot among the 2022 Law360 Hospitality Groups of the Year.

  • Benefits Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP found success defending corporations' right to deny or award workers severance benefits and helping administer their benefit plans, creating "ripple effects" across corporate America that earned the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Benefits Groups of the Year.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP won at trial for a water engineering client in the first bellwether case for victims of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, beat back a challenge to field burning by a Florida sugar producer and brought a case against California's voter-approved pork farming rules to the U.S. Supreme Court, earning it a place among Law360's 2022 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • Construction Group Of The Year: Troutman Pepper

    Troutman Pepper is representing the Carlyle Group and a group of private investors for the reconstruction of Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, a $7 billion project and one of the largest infrastructure projects in U.S. history, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Construction Groups of the Year.

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    BCLP Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Diversity Leader As I&D Head

    The former North American manager of diversity recruiting strategies at Baker McKenzie has joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as its U.S. head of inclusion and diversity.

  • Watchstone Accuses PwC Of Leaking Info At £63M Trial

    Watchstone Group PLC accused PwC of leaking confidential information that gave law firm Slater and Gordon the upper hand during sale negotiations for a part of the insurance and technology provider's business as a trial got underway in London on Thursday.

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    Ex-Alston & Bird Staffer Must Arbitrate OT, Retaliation Claims

    Alston & Bird LLP on Wednesday successfully compelled into arbitration unpaid overtime and retaliation claims brought by a former diversity and inclusion administrator in Georgia federal court, with a judge ruling the employment agreement the administrator signed forces arbitration.

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    DoNotPay CEO Cancels 'Robot Lawyer' Court Use

    The chief executive of DoNotPay, a chatbot that's been dubbed a "robot lawyer" by its creators, tweeted on Wednesday that the company has canceled its plans to use artificial intelligence in a physical courtroom, instead focusing on consumer rights.

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    SEC Senior Enforcement Counsel Joins WilmerHale

    A former senior counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement has joined WilmerHale as special counsel in New York.

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    Polsinelli's New Labor Head Shares Vision For Global Practice

    Harry D. Jones is preparing to lead Polsinelli PC's international labor and employment group with a philosophy that helping companies navigate work-related issues around the globe means connecting them to specialist attorneys with a nuanced understanding of how the law, business and culture intersect in different nations.

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    Dentons Brings On Eckert Seamans Atty In Pittsburgh

    An attorney specializing in commercial litigation has left Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC after more than 17 years to bring her practice to the larger, global platform available at Dentons' Pittsburgh office, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    NY AG Questions Madison Square Garden's Adverse Atty Ban

    Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.'s alleged policy of using facial recognition technology to prohibit attorneys whose firms are engaged in litigation against the company from entering its venues may be illegal and discriminatory, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a letter to the company made public Wednesday.

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    Goodwin's Philly Co-Chairs On Splashy Hirings

    As co-chairs of Goodwin Procter LLP's new Philadelphia office, Barbara Shander and Rachael Bushey have been tasked with both growing the office's reputation and expanding its roster of talent and client services.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

  • Hospitality Group Of The Year: Cadwalader

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP has played a vital role in helping to reshape an industry hit hard by the pandemic, including through its recent representation of lenders in both a $1.5 billion acquisition financing for CorePoint Lodging and a nearly $1.2 billion acquisition financing of 111 WoodSpring Suites properties, earning it a place among Law360's 2022 Hospitality Groups of the Year.

  • Cannabis Group Of The Year: Duane Morris

    In a field rife with rapid regulatory changes and legal uncertainty, Duane Morris LLP's experience advising multimillion-dollar acquisition and tax settlement deals has placed it in the forefront of major industry developments, earning it a spot on Law360's 2022 Cannabis Groups of the Year.

  • Construction Group Of The Year: Tarter Krinsky

    Tarter Krinsky & Drogin worked on several major projects in the past year, including a 300,000-square-foot charter school in New York's Bronx borough, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Construction Groups of the Year.

  • Benefits Group Of The Year: Cohen Milstein

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC finalized several multimillion-dollar settlements in federal benefits lawsuits last year and defeated an Illinois casino's bid to escape a suit from workers alleging mismanagement of their employee stock ownership plan, earning the firm a repeat selection as one of Law360's 2022 Benefits Groups of the Year.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Shearman

    Shearman & Sterling LLP attorneys secured one of the most significant green hydrogen distribution deals by routing the promising renewable energy source to Europe, and slashed Belize's debt burden in exchange for the country's commitment to protect its ocean, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2022 Environmental Groups of the Year.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

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