Modern Lawyer

  • ABA Clears 4 Law Schools That Had Low Bar Passage Rates

    An American Bar Association council has cleared four law schools it put on notice last year after fewer than 75% of graduates from the institutions had passed the bar exam within the previous two years.

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    DOJ Official Who Led Google Antitrust Probe Joins Shearman

    The U.S. Department of Justice official who led a landmark enforcement action accusing Google of stifling competition in order to maintain a monopoly in search and search advertising is joining Shearman & Sterling LLP as an antitrust partner.

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    DLA Piper Hires Ex-QIA Atty, Eyes Gulf-Area Opportunities

    DLA Piper LLP's corporate practice in New York has snagged a long-time legal counsel to the Qatar Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, in a move to capitalize on the rising economic power center that is the Persian Gulf region, the firm has confirmed.

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    Orrick Boosts Capital Market Practice With 3rd Hiring Of 2021

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has brought on Marsha Mogilevich, bolstering its capital market practice with its third hire of the year, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Dykema's Recruiting Chief On Lateral Hiring, Texas Market

    Dykema Gossett PLLC recently appointed Christopher D. Kratovil, the head of their Dallas office and an appellate litigator, as national recruiting partner. Here, Kratovil discusses the firm's lateral hiring approach and the state of the Texas legal market.

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    Simpson Thacher Hiring Spree Continues With Blackstone GC

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is bringing on Blackstone's Europe, Middle East and Africa general counsel as a partner in its London office, the firm announced Tuesday, the latest high-profile addition in a string of transactional hires the firm has made in recent months.

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    Climate May Dominate Cross-Border Work Under Biden

    Law firms dealing in cross-border transaction work in Latin America should expect to see President Joe Biden focus on climate change and infrastructure as the new administration engages with the region, several experts say.

  • Cuomo Hires Elkan Abramowitz For Nursing Home Probe

    Experienced white-collar attorney Elkan Abramowitz and his firm Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC have been tapped to represent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration related to claims that the state Health Department undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

  • FTC Competition Bureau Chief Joins Latham & Watkins

    Former Federal Trade Commission Competition Bureau chief Ian Conner joined Latham & Watkins LLP on Monday in the firm's most high-profile hiring in several years of a recent antitrust agency senior official, as the bar gears up for a potentially major realignment of U.S. enforcement.

  • Ex-Boies Schiller Attys' New Firm Sues 'Bullying' Co-Founder

    Roche Cyrulnik Freedman LLP, which was formed last year by former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP attorneys, has sued in New York federal court to oust one of the new firm's founding partners, whom it called "erratic," "bullying," "combative" and verbally abusive.

  • Fired King & Spalding Atty Gets Tentative June Trial Date

    A former King & Spalding LLP attorney who claims he was fired for raising ethical concerns could bring his case before a Manhattan federal jury as early as June, a judge said Monday, though coronavirus restrictions could further delay the case.

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    Has Lathrop Merged Its Way Into BigLaw?

    Following the merger of two Midwestern Mid-Law firms in 2020, industry observers appear divided about whether the combined firm, Lathrop GPM, will break into the BigLaw space when it comes to profitability, client profile and ability to attract talent.

  • Entry-Level, Lateral Associate Hiring Lagged Partners In 2020

    Hiring among entry-level and lateral associates took longer than lateral partner hiring to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a forthcoming report by legal industry data provider Leopard Solutions.

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    Meet The Podcaster Trying To Show Lawyers' Human Side

    In a podcast launched this week by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, a young BigLaw attorney wants to tell listeners all about what lawyers go through — ambition, success, yes, but also anxiety, exhaustion and depression. Here, she talks with Law360 Pulse about the project.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

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    UK Firm Osborne Clarke Appoints US Managing Partner

    London-based Osborne Clarke has appointed its first United States managing partner in its 20-year history of operating on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the firm announced Monday.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

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    Arnold & Porter Adds Ex-Chief Counsel To Calif. Rep Bass

    Arnold & Porter said Monday it has hired a top political counsel and strategist to work in the firm's legislative and public policy practice in Washington, D.C.

  • Quinn Emanuel Lands Boies Schiller Disputes Pro In London

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has snagged a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner experienced in international litigation and arbitration, with strong expertise in the natural resources and energy sectors, for its London office.

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    Allen & Overy Adds Akin Gump Team, Expands In LA

    Allen & Overy LLP is expanding its footprint to Los Angeles and bolstering its renewables and project finance practice after snapping up a 19-lawyer team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, including six partners, the firm announced Monday.

  • 9th Circ. Revives Claims In Ore. Bar Membership Fee Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday partially revived lawsuits brought by attorneys challenging the Oregon State Bar's membership fee requirements, finding that neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor the circuit itself has yet addressed if the First Amendment tolerates mandatory bar memberships.

  • Clients Likely To Grill Law Firms After Vendor Data Breaches

    Revelations that hackers may have stolen documents from Jones Day and Goodwin Procter LLP during cyberattacks on third-party vendors underscore how essential it is to be upfront about data security events with clients — or risk losing them.

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    GC On Why Diversely Staffing $1.5B Deal Wasn't 'Courageous'

    The decision to staff a team entirely with African American and women corporate lawyers to advise Adtalem Global Education Inc. on its recent $1.5 billion acquisition of Walden University was not "courageous" but rather a result of seeking excellent representation, the company's general counsel said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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