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    Georgetown Law Program Will Embed Technologists In Courts

    Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday announced the launch of a new fellowship that will embed technologists and software designers in state, local and tribal courts in order to develop tech-based solutions to improve access to the judicial system.

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    Katten Mentorship Pro Talks Strategies, Successes

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP recognized partner Becky Lindahl, the head of its Charlotte, North Carolina, litigation practice, as the first recipient of its John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award. Lindahl, who has been with Katten since 2007, discussed her approach to good mentorship with Law360 Pulse.

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    Former White House Atty To Join Legal Defense Fund

    Civil rights law nonprofit Legal Defense Fund has named a former Biden administration attorney as its new associate director-counsel.

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    Cravath, Boies Schiller Reveal Year-End Associate Bonuses

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP are the latest BigLaw firms to announce year-end bonuses, with Boies Schiller promising to reward as high as $165,000 for top billers who exceed certain hour thresholds.

  • Herbert Smith Partner To Co-Lead Global Corporate Practice

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP announced Tuesday that it has chosen one of its longtime corporate attorneys, who leads the firm's U.K. equity capital markets team, to become a joint managing partner for its global corporate practice and the U.K./U.S. regional head of practice.

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    Mintz Adds Ex-K&L Gates Atty As Head Of Sports Practice

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has added a former K&L Gates LLP transactional attorney who specializes in sports matters as the chair of its sports and entertainment practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Quinn Emanuel Atty Preps For Judgeship, Hopes More Follow

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP litigator and co-managing partner of the firm's Chicago office Stephen Swedlow will leave his firm at the end of the week following his election to the Cook County bench and is urging other BigLaw attorneys to consider making a jump into the judiciary.

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    Ashurst Enters South Korean Market With New Joint Venture

    Global law firm Ashurst LLP announced Tuesday that it has established a joint venture with South Korean law firm HwaHyun, continuing its planned expansion in the Asian legal market.

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    Shearman Adds Former Top Commerce Attorney In DC

    Shearman & Sterling LLP on Monday added to its Washington, D.C., office a former top trade attorney in the Trump-era U.S. Department of Commerce, in a move intended to boost its advisory and transaction clearance offerings.

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    Venable Names Brian Schwalb's Successor To Lead DC Office

    Jennifer Bruton, a longtime real estate partner with Venable LLP, has been tapped as its next Washington, D.C., office leader, following the election of Brian Schwalb as the District of Columbia's attorney general, the firm announced Monday.

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    Ex-Kirkland PE Partner Joins Ropes & Gray In New York

    Ropes & Gray LLP has picked up Kirkland & Ellis LLP private equity partner Jessica Murray, the firm announced Monday.

  • BigLaw Firms Help Create Term Sheet Template For Startups

    Three BigLaw firms were part of a broad coalition that worked to put together a "representative" template for life sciences startups to cut costs and provide general guidance when organizing a financial deal that includes a term sheet.

  • MoFo Adds 3 IP Attys In London From Brown Rudnick

    Morrison Foerster LLP has added three attorneys from Brown Rudnick LLP to its intellectual property team in London to strengthen its IP practice in the United Kingdom and Europe, the firm announced Monday.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds Citibank, Davis Polk Attys As Partners

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the former assistant general counsel and senior vice president for Citibank and a former Federal Reserve counsel to its New York and Washington, D.C. offices, the firm announced Monday.

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    Akerman Names 22 New Partners

    Akerman LLP has promoted 22 of its associates to partner, the firm announced Monday.

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    When Diversity Starts At The Top For Law Firms

    Law360 Pulse recently spoke with the leaders of several firms to learn what strategies they followed to ensure that their management or executive committees are diverse, and how they feel this helped the firms meet their social responsibility goals.

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    How Law Firms Are Focusing Their Pro Bono Efforts

    When lawyers work pro bono, what services are they offering and what areas of the law are they focusing on? Here, Law360 Pulse looks at firms' pro bono priorities.

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    The 2022 Pro Bono Ranking: How Firms Stack Up

    Pro bono work is among the most effective ways that law firms can make a positive impact, and these efforts are often central to firms' social responsibility portfolios. See which firms are leading the pack.

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    These Firms Are The 2022 Social Impact Leaders

    Firms are under pressure to embrace both the obligations and opportunities of responsible business practices. Check out this year's list of the law firms that stand out for their social responsibility efforts and commitments to this work.

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    How Firms Are Getting The Most Out Of Their Pro Bono Work

    From BigLaw to boutiques, each law firm has its own way of integrating pro bono. Some make their pro bono commitment public. Others choose to fly under the radar, forgoing the public relations value pro bono can bring. But overall, the goal is the same: making an impact while developing a strong firm culture.

  • CBS Investors Rip Report Over Redstone-Cleary Email

    Investors want the Delaware Chancery Court to reject a report recommending the court deny a bid to force Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP to turn over a 2019 email sent by media mogul Shari E. Redstone seeking legal advice on CBS' $30 billion merger with Viacom.

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    Amplified Lawmaker Scrutiny Drives Hiring At Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP has been busy building its team that helps clients navigate congressional investigations and other intense public scrutiny, recently turning to attorneys with experience in high-profile government probes.

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    Legal Sector Left Waiting For Industry Cloud Platforms

    Industry-specific cloud platforms appear to be bypassing the legal industry, which may underscore a lack of uniform technical needs among would-be users in the market and a smaller pool of such users in general compared to other sectors.

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    Incoming Faegre Drinker Chair On Where The Firm Is Headed

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP recently announced that Gina M. Kastel, who has been with the firm since joining as a summer associate more than two decades ago, will be the next chair of the firm effective April 2023.

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    Honigman Announces Corporate Partner In Chicago

    A business attorney with experience in industries including technology, cannabis and real estate has joined Honigman LLP as partner.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

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