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    Ex-DLA Piper Atty Accuses Firm Of Pregnancy Bias

    A former intellectual property associate is accusing DLA Piper of firing her just days after she formally requested maternity leave, saying in a New York federal court filing Tuesday that the firm fabricated performance issues in order to oust her.

  • UC Law Can't Toss Name Change Suit With Anti-SLAPP Law

    The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco — recently changed from UC Hastings, over the namesake's purported financing of murderous anti-Native American raids — can't use an anti-SLAPP statute to bat away a lawsuit that seeks to undo the name change, a California appeals court has ruled.

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    Most Law Firms Believe They Are Secure Despite Gaps

    The majority of law firms in a survey believe they are more or much more secure than their industry peers, despite "significant" security gaps across firms of all sizes, according to a report released Tuesday by Conversant Group and the International Legal Technology Association.

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    Holland & Knight Adds Ex-DOE Deputy Chief Counsel In DC

    Holland & Knight LLP has expanded its public policy and regulation group in Washington, D.C., with an attorney who formerly worked as deputy chief counsel of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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    Recently Retired 9th Circ. Judge Joins Wilson Sonsini In LA

    Judge Paul J. Watford, who stepped down from the Ninth Circuit bench at the end of last month, has joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC in Los Angeles, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Polsinelli Shareholder Named Managing Partner In St. Louis

    Polsinelli PC has appointed a longtime shareholder as its new office managing partner in St. Louis.

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    Barber Ranen Leaders Resign Over Racist, Sexist Emails

    The two name partners of Barber Ranen, who spearheaded a massive exodus from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP last month, resigned on Monday after a series of emails that showed the lawyers using offensive and derogatory language while at their former firm.

  • Ex-WSJ Reporter Says Dechert Hacking Suit Isn't Too Late

    A former Wall Street Journal reporter hit back in D.C. federal court at several motions to dismiss his suit accusing Dechert LLP, its partners and several others of hacking into his email account and leaking his inappropriate communications with a source, saying his claims are not time-barred because he thought he was hacked by sovereign government entities, which are shielded from litigation in the U.S. in most circumstances. 

  • Davis Wright Among ABA's 2023 Pro Bono Honorees

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and four individuals are set to receive honors from the American Bar Association later this year for their pro bono efforts in areas such as gender-based violence and Social Security disability fraud, the ABA announced Monday.

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    Clifford Chance Unveils 3rd US Shop In Houston With 10 Attys

    Amid the pressure on the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms to grow in the U.S. market, international law firm Clifford Chance said Monday it is opening up shop in Houston with three existing partners and seven new hires who will boost its global energy and infrastructure practice.

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    3 IP Attys Join Cooley From Fish & Richardson

    Cooley LLP announced Monday that it has hired three intellectual property attorneys from Fish & Richardson PC.

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    Seyfarth Adds Pryor Cashman Real Estate Partner In NY

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has added the former zoning and land use practice chairman from Pryor Cashman LLP, who will continue his practice focused on real estate matters as well as land use and zoning issues, the firm recently announced.

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    Squire Patton Foundation Accepts Largest Fellowship Class

    The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation announced on Monday that 30 law and public policy students have been accepted into its 2023 fellowship program, making it the largest fellowship class in its history.

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    Why Few Women Are In C-Suite Tech Roles In BigLaw

    At the largest U.S. law firms, few tech-focused C-suite positions — like chief information officer, chief innovation officer and chief knowledge officer — are held by women, a Law360 Pulse analysis found.

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    Day Pitney Adds 4 Ex-Burns & Levinson Attys In Boston

    Day Pitney LLP has expanded its private client department with four attorneys who formerly worked at Burns & Levinson LLP, the firm recently announced.

  • Investor Attys Nab $5.5M In SEC $170M Ponzi Suit

    A Florida federal judge has awarded $5.5 million in attorney fees to counsel representing investors in a $170 million Ponzi scheme suit lodged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against a Florida real estate company.

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    Ex-Public Atty's Harassment Claims 'In Her Mind,' Gov't Says

    An investigation into an ex-public defender's allegations that a supervisor sexually harassed her found it happened "in her mind," the government told a North Carolina federal court in calling for a dismissal of the attorney's lawsuit.

  • Attys, Nonprofits Condemn NC Bar's Drag Show Cancellation

    The nonprofit organization Southern Coalition for Social Justice announced that it and over 100 organizations and individuals sent a letter to the North Carolina Bar Association in criticism of its decision to cancel a planned drag trivia event celebrating Pride due to "political" reasons.

  • Chicago Taps Ex-Mayer Brown Partner As Top City Atty

    Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has appointed a new city corporation counsel, who previously spent 14 years as a Mayer Brown LLP partner working on commercial and government relations matters.

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    Skadden Promotes 32 Attys To Counsel Globally

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP announced that it has promoted 32 attorneys to counsel worldwide, including 23 at its offices in California, Delaware, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.

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    Former Deloitte Executive Rejoins As Global Head Of Legal

    Richard Punt, who left his post as Deloitte LLP's managing partner of clients and markets nine years ago, has rejoined the organization as the new global leader for Deloitte Legal.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP leads this week's Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday limited the ability of shareholders to sue companies that go public via a direct listing.

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    Allen & Overy Adds CMS Atty To Energy And Infrastructure Team

    Allen & Overy LLP announced Friday that it is adding a mergers and acquisitions specialist  from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP to its energy and infrastructure practice.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds Life Sciences Atty From Goodwin Procter

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Friday that it is adding a former Goodwin Procter LLP partner to its life sciences corporate practice.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    In the world of legal business, the last week of May brought an acquisition for one law firm, the launch of a new cannabis practice group at another and a new European office for a third. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

Expert Analysis

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 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.



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