New Jersey Pulse

  • Immigration Attys Say No Deal In Remote Hearing Row

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association's New Jersey chapter asked a federal judge to enforce a stipulation requiring immigration judges to allow remote hearings by request in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing Thursday that the government's proposed settlement is not enough.

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    How ChatGPT Could Improve Lawyering In The Future

    Despite fears about artificial intelligence replacing lawyers, generative AI tools such as ChatGPT could actually help attorneys produce higher-quality work, according to a webinar on Thursday.

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    Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later

    It's been more than 10 years since Crowell & Moring LLP launched its Sponsorship Initiative — one of the first of its kind in the legal industry — to help retain and advance the careers of women, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys of color at the firm.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

  • NJ Atty Claiming She Was Fired For Not Lying Will Get Trial

    Two law firm owners accused of retaliatory termination and failure to pay earned commissions have lost their bid to have the lawsuit in New Jersey state court tossed after previously telling Law360 the former employee, who accused them of directing her to lie in an affidavit, was "just making up a lot of stuff."

  • Lawmakers Hear From Rare Biden Red State Trial Court Pick

    Senate Democrats restarted their judicial confirmation efforts Wednesday with a hearing featuring five district court picks who were announced last year, including just the second trial court nominee from President Joe Biden in a red state to appear before lawmakers.

  • NJ Atty's Gun In Court Draws Censure But Splits Board

    A New Jersey attorney was censured recently for bringing a loaded gun without a permit to the Middlesex County courthouse in 2019, a case that left the state's Disciplinary Review Board torn about the appropriate punishment and how to discourage what it sees as a growing trend of lawyers acting carelessly with firearms.

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    State Court Center Launches Courthouse Space Tool

    The National Center for State Courts has developed an online questionnaire to help reexamine building space and provide guidance on courthouse space planning, alongside a contest to help promote the best redesign of space, the group said in a news release Wednesday.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

  • NJ State Bar, Black Staffer Agree To End Race Bias Suit

    A Black staff member for the New Jersey State Bar Association who alleged she was passed over for a salary hike and promotion in favor of a less qualified white candidate has agreed to end her claims, according to a joint stipulation of dismissal filed in New Jersey state court.

  • Freeman Mathis Partner Accused Of Accosting Opposing Atty

    The chair of Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP's Newark, New Jersey, office was physically aggressive toward an opposing attorney during a settlement conference in a suit over a mortgage agreement, that attorney told a New Jersey federal magistrate judge.

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    Bressler Amery Adds 8 Attys Across 3 States

    Bressler Amery & Ross PC has added a labor and employment litigation partner in Birmingham, as well as seven other attorneys in Alabama, New Jersey and Florida and a new managing director of operations.

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    Reed Smith Leader Moves To Nonprofit For Migrant Children

    Reed Smith LLP's longtime managing partner is leaving the firm to become the top lawyer for Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit that represents children who are unaccompanied migrants or separated from their families, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Eckert Names New Human Resources, IT Heads

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has named its new chief human resources officer and chief information officer, according to an announcement by the firm.

  • Ex-New Jersey AG Tapped To Lead County Election Probe

    A former New Jersey attorney general and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP partner will lead an investigation into voting machine problems in Monmouth County that appear to have caused miscounts in six local elections in November 2022, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

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    Class Action Partner Is Latest Hire At NJ's Shub Law

    New Jersey consumer class action firm Shub Law has announced the hiring of a new partner, a litigator with more than a decade of experience in a range of class action areas, from data breaches to defective products.

  • Confidentiality Covers Calcagni & Kanefsky Client For Now

    New Jersey firm Calcagni & Kanefsky LLP will not have to identify a client facing defamation charges for blowing the whistle on allegedly illegal operations by a Swedish gambling company without a more thorough review of the allegations, the New Jersey Appellate Court ruled, reversing a lower court's earlier decision.

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    Axiom Starts Arizona Law Firm, Names Managing Partner

    Legal staffing and legal services provider Axiom launched an Arizona-based law firm called Axiom Advice & Counsel, or AA&C, on Monday, months after securing an alternative business structure license from the state.

  • Ex-Condo Group Trustee Can Get Fees For Suing Peers

    A former trustee for an Atlantic City real estate nonprofit can recover legal fees from suing his fellow board members thanks to bylaws that don't disallow indemnification for such suits, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Friday.

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    EY Spinoff Will Open Up World Market To Its Law Leader

    Cornelius Grossmann, EY's global law leader, has been busy lately setting up the structure that his legal group will take once it has split away from the Big Four auditing firm. It is a vision that could change the shape of legal services around the world.

  • Ex-Inmate Says NJ Atty Ghosted Her On Sex Abuse Claim

    Suspended New Jersey attorney Edward Harrington Heyburn infrequently communicated with a former inmate he represented and never actually filed her complaint claiming a corrections officer sexually assaulted her, according to the now-released woman's new case against him and prison officials.

  • Defense Wants 'Rule-Breaking' Plaintiffs' Attys Off Wage Case

    The defense attorneys in a wage class action in California and New Jersey want the plaintiffs' attorneys removed from the suit, accusing them of systematically abusing pro hac vice status to build a wage-and-hour practice in California despite being based in Florida.

  • NJ Judge Signs Off On $1.3M Atty Fee In Immunomedics Suit

    The attorneys who represented investors in a class action against a New Jersey pharmaceutical company have won a $1.33 million fee award for the suit, which was based on allegedly broken promises the company made about how it would present new information about a drug.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal news keeps rolling in as the second half of January continues, with firms expanding their footprints through mergers and sizable group hires, and hiring prominent former government officials to strengthen their practice areas. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    New ABF President On Zest For Pro Bono Work, Tribal Law

    Senior trial attorney Jimmy K. Goodman is winding down his practice at Crowe & Dunlevy, but he's keeping busy in his new role as president of the American Bar Foundation. Goodman talked to Law360 Pulse this week on his goals for the ABF.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • 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.

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