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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.

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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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    UnitedHealth Counsel Joins NJ Boutique Health Care Firm

    The former chief compliance and ethics officer for UnitedHealth Group has made the switch to Frier Levitt LLC, a national boutique health care and life sciences law firm based in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

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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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    Law Student Activism Heats Up: Is BigLaw Listening?

    More than 200 law students have pledged to boycott Seward & Kissel LLP over what they called the "unethical private" prosecution of attorney Steven Donziger, the latest salvo in a growing movement from students and activists to place pressure on corporate law firms over their representation and internal policies.

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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.

  • NJ Firm Sued For Malpractice Over Atlantic City RE Deal

    A Las Vegas-based couple has lodged a lawsuit against New Jersey law firm Hankin Sandman Palladino and Weintrob and individual attorneys, claiming the firm and its lawyers engaged in legal malpractice when it represented them in buying properties and assets in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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    Pa. Energy Giant Promotes GC, 3 Other Execs

    PJM Interconnection, an energy company north of Philadelphia that operates the country's largest electricity grid, said Friday it had promoted four members of its executive team, including the company's general counsel to senior vice president.

  • BigLaw Firms On Fence About Mandatory Atty Vaccination

    When the time comes to head back to the office, law firms are still on the fence about whether to require attorneys to be vaccinated, according to honchos at Winston & Strawn LLP and DLA Piper LLP.

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    BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails

    Last year's racial justice movement translated into an outpouring of law firm commitments to advance diversity and more BigLaw recruiting at law schools at historically Black colleges and universities. But the new interest appears to have been limited, and increased recruiting activity did not always translate into jobs.

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

  • NJ Gov.'s Budget Would Increase Immigration Legal Funding

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy outlined an overall $44.8 billion spending proposal this week, which included a plan to increase to $8.2 million state funds allocated to attorneys representing immigrants facing detention or deportation.

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    Legal Honchos Join Call To Pass Biden's COVID-19 Stimulus

    Some of the big shots in New York's legal industry urged Congress in an open letter Wednesday to pass the Biden administration's coronavirus stimulus package, saying the country is "still struggling" to recover from the economic fallout the pandemic has caused.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

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    Judiciary Wants More Money For Security, Videoconferencing

    Enhanced security in the nation's courthouses and additional capacity for videoconferencing in the continued era of COVID-19 are some of the components in the judiciary's $8.1 billion budgetary request for the upcoming fiscal year, a proposed 5.2% increase.

  • 3rd Circ. Tosses Philly Attorney's City Tax Suit

    The Third Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a Philadelphia lawyer's suit claiming city officials violated federal law when they tried to collect more than $270,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties from him, finding that the court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction.

  • Dentons Promotes 42 North American Partners

    Dentons has promoted 42 attorneys to partner and three to counsel across its North American offices, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

    Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

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    Montgomery McCracken Expands IP Group In Pa. And NJ

    Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP made a pair of additions to its intellectual property practice, bringing in a partner and patent agent to bolster its ranks in the Philadelphia area, the firm has announced.

  • Future ABA Resolutions Must Stick To New Limits

    Future resolutions by the American Bar Association House of Delegates must advance at least one of the association's four primary goals, the policymaking body has decided, responding to criticism that some past resolutions lacked focus and were not directly related to the practice of law.

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    NJ Superior Court Judge, Former State Senator, Dies At 64

    New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter Barnes III, a former member of the state Senate and Assembly from Edison, has died at the age of 64.

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    Herrick Feinstein Announces New Nordic Practice

    Herrick Feinstein LLP has launched a new practice focused on legal services for Nordic companies and business interests that are pursuing business opportunities in the U.S., spearheaded by a partner fluent in Norwegian with contacts in the region.

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    Pandemic Worsens Career Barriers For Marginalized Attorneys

    The move to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has attorneys juggling their jobs and household tasks and family care, with an especially devastating effect on the careers of women, attorneys of color and those in other marginalized or minority groups.

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    PepsiCo, Others Make List Of 135 'Most Ethical' Companies

    Ethisphere Institute, a for-profit organization that recognizes companies that promote best practices in corporate ethics, on Tuesday released its 15th annual list of the World's 135 Most Ethical Companies, including PepsiCo, International Paper and four others that have made the list every year from the beginning.

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.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners Author Photo

    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.

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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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