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  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry is ending October with another action-packed week, as a law firm dropped a client over antisemitic comments, the Supreme Court waded into a probe over 2020 election meddling and BigLaw hired and elevated dozens of attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Ascension Employee Benefits Atty Joins Crowell & Moring

    A senior attorney at Ascension Health Alliance, one of the largest private health care systems in the U.S., has joined Crowell & Moring LLP's team in Washington, D.C.

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    Gibson Dunn Adds Ex-European Human Rights Court Judge

    The former president of the European Court of Human Rights will join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's London office next year, the firm said Thursday.

  • Judges Call For Loyalty From Law Clerks After Dobbs Leak

    Judges expect law clerks to be loyal and keep court decisions confidential until they are publicly released, a judicial panel said Friday at Relativity Fest in Chicago, addressing the leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion earlier this year.

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    ​​​​​​​Shearman Adds Ex-NY Federal Prosecutor To Litigation Team

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has announced that it has brought a former New York federal prosecutor onto its litigation practice.

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    Why BigLaw Could See A Slower Rate Increase In 2023

    As U.S. inflation climbs, experts anticipate that many law firm leaders will continue to raise their lawyers' hourly rates next year to keep up with peers and rising expenses. However, they think the growth would likely be more moderate this time with plenty of economic challenges weighing on firms.

  • Compliance And Regs Driving Up VC, PE Legal Expenses

    In-house lawyers for private equity and venture capital firms say legal spending at their companies has gone up this year and they expect that trend to continue, according to a recent survey commissioned by legal spending analytics platform Apperio.

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    ABA Calls On Lawyers, Law Students Ahead Of Elections

    The American Bar Association said Thursday that it has launched an initiative matching lawyers and law students with organizations that need voting rights assistance ahead of the midterm elections.

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    Black Attorneys Still Feel Stigma Of Natural Hair

    Even as more attorneys of color wear braids, locs and other natural hairstyles at work, many say they're still fighting pressure to conform to racist standards of beauty and professionalism in the legal industry.

  • LeClairRyan Trustee Turning To Deal With Malpractice Claims

    Counsel for LeClairRyan's Chapter 7 trustee told a Virginia bankruptcy judge Thursday that the trustee is turning to focus on dealing with the claims against the defunct law firm, including malpractice suits seeking more than $626 million in damages.

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    Global Cannabis Company GC Rejoins Dentons In Oakland

    The first-ever U.S. general counsel for global cannabis company Canopy Growth Corp. and former co-chair of Dentons' U.S. cannabis group has rejoined the firm as a partner in Oakland, California.

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    How A BCLP Stroke Survivor Returned To The Law

    When John Kindschuh returned to his job as an environmental attorney at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP after a stroke had kept him away for five and a half years, he was apprehensive.

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    Metaverse Observers Expect 'Huge Wave Of Litigation'

    The metaverse touches on many legal issues that are going to lead to a "huge wave of litigation" in the areas of intellectual property and data privacy, speakers at Relativity Fest in Chicago said.

  • Md. Man Pleads No Contest To Threatening Fla. Federal Judge

    A 37-year-old Maryland man on Thursday pleaded no contest to federal charges of threatening to kill officials, including a U.S. magistrate judge, in a phone call to a Florida federal courthouse in 2021.

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    Perkins Coie Managing Partner To Serve Second Term

    Perkins Coie LLP said Thursday that its managing partner, William Malley, has been appointed to serve a second term.

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    Littler Adds Trade Secrets, Employee Shareholders In Chicago

    Littler Mendelson PC continues its hiring spree in the second half of the year, announcing the hiring of two shareholders in its Chicago office for its trade secrets practice and employment law matters.

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    How Hunton's Summers Are Helping Advance DEI

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP implemented a "hackathon" for summer associates in 2020, tapping them for insight into how the law firm could better attract diverse talent. Now in its third year, the program has evolved to continue capturing ideas from law students on the firm's approach to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • How Slow Are The Courts On Diversity? 120 Years Behind

    Women and ethnic minorities are so underrepresented in the English judiciary that it could take 120 years before the bench properly matches the general population, the Law Society warned on Thursday.

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    Ex-SEC Policy Counsel, Private Funds Atty Joins Paul Weiss

    A veteran attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who most recently worked as a policy counsel for the agency, has joined Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Ex-Dentons Atty Fights To Keep Firing Suit Out Of Arbitration

    A former Dentons LLP partner urged a California appellate panel Wednesday to change its tentative finding that suggests he must arbitrate his claims alleging he was unjustly fired over a disputed $34 million contingency fee, arguing the finding wrongfully expands the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act.

  • Cadwalader Drops Ye Following Antisemitic Remarks

    Following similar moves involving name brand companies like Adidas and Gap, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft on Wednesday said it had cut ties with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

  • Legal Travel Agency Hotels For Trial Works With Aquipt

    Hotels for Trial, a division of luxury boutique travel agency Spear Travel Group, said Tuesday it is gaining the services of legal technology provider Aquipt Inc.

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    Perkins Coie Lands Ex-Assistant To Solicitor General In DC

    A former assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice is joining Perkins Coie LLP as a partner in Washington, D.C., to help lead its appellate practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • 9th Circ. Urged To Revive Tesla Row Over Judge's Conflicts

    A short-seller has urged the Ninth Circuit to revive his securities fraud and copyright case involving automaker Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk, arguing that a California federal judge who tossed the matter in May should have recused himself in part because he once worked for a predecessor to Cooley LLP, according to court documents.

  • Jones Day Promotes 45 Attorneys To Partner

    More than 40 attorneys in Jones Day's national and international offices will start next year as partners, the firm announced this week.

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