New Jersey Pulse

  • NJ Justices Censure Judge For Presiding While Ineligible

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has publicly censured a municipal court judge for sitting on the bench for months while she was administratively ineligible to practice law, sanctioning her in a judicial capacity less than two years after disciplining her for misconduct as an attorney.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    State High Courts See Modest Rise In Judicial Diversity

    The percentage of people of color and women on state high court benches nationwide ticked up slightly over the past year, but many courts around the nation still have a long way to go before they reflect the wider population, according to a report released Friday.

  • NJ Chief Justice Urges Lawmakers To Fill High Court Seats

    New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner called on state lawmakers Friday to fill judicial vacancies that have reached as far as the state's highest court, citing the challenges posed by those empty seats during an address at the New Jersey State Bar Association's 2022 Annual Meeting and Convention.

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    Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA securing the lead counsel role in an investor suit against Peloton and Pryor Cashman LLP representing an organization owned by Kevin Durant in a soccer team investment lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 6 to 20.

  • Foley & Lardner Announces Associate Pay Raises

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced pay raises for associates effective in August, with its new salaries differing somewhat from the prevailing scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in late February, Law360 Pulse learned on Thursday.

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    How Clark Hill Makes Use Of Technology To Market Itself

    Asana, SharePoint, Wufoo, Sprout Social, Google Docs, SQL database and PowerBI are all fairly typical technologies for law firms to use in their marketing and business development efforts, but Detroit-based Clark Hill has leveraged those ordinary technologies for some interesting uses, earning it a recent international award.

  • NJ Judge Doubts Prosecutors' Grip On Manual Sought By Atty

    A New Jersey state judge on Thursday blasted the state attorney general's office for not providing any factual basis to deny a criminal defense attorney's bid to access the state's guide for handling prosecutions and investigations.

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    Littler Picks Shareholder To Be First Chief Data Officer

    Littler Mendelson PC said Thursday that it has picked a shareholder from its Miami office who founded Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand to be its first chief data officer.

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    Legal Malpractice Payouts More Costly In Hot Lateral Market

    Firms are facing higher payouts on legal malpractice insurance claims this year because of an increasingly active lateral recruitment market and rapidly changing laws, according to a new report by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

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    States Evolve On Mental Health As A Question Of 'Fitness'

    Mental health questions on character and fitness questionnaires are meant to safeguard the future clients of would-be attorneys, but they’ve also drawn criticism for being invasive and irrelevant. Could the pandemic usher in a sea change as it alters attitudes toward mental illness?

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    Mid-Law's Run Of Small Mergers In '22 Hints At More To Come

    Since the beginning of 2022, more than a dozen Mid-Law firms have announced mergers, all of them with smaller firms with fewer than 50 attorneys, with experts saying they expect many more tie-ups to come to fruition this year.

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    Why Attys Must Embrace 'Cultural Competence' As Key Skill

    Attorneys and judges need to embrace cultural changes to avoid implicit bias and best serve those going through the legal system, several speakers at a New Jersey State Bar Association event said Wednesday.

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    In Their Words: BigLaw Leaders On Why They Merged

    Law firm combinations have begun to tick back up after a slowdown early on in the pandemic. Here, leaders of some of the biggest recent law firm mergers talk with Law360 Pulse about why they decided to move ahead with a merger, what they looked for in a merger partner and how they handled challenges along the way.

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    NJ Gov. Nominates Prosecutors For 3 Counties

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week nominated two attorneys to serve as the next county prosecutors in Atlantic and Burlington counties and renominated the Cumberland County prosecutor to a third term.

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    Gfeller Laurie's First Managing Partner On Firm's Road Ahead

    Gfeller Laurie LLP selected litigation partner Melicent Thompson last week to become its first managing partner. She recently spoke to Law360 Pulse about how to best develop young attorneys, the economy's impact on the firm, and the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on her practice work.

  • NJ Atty Barred From Suing Judge Over Misconduct Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of an attorney's complaint against state Superior Court Judge Robert C. Wilson over his conduct in three underlying matters, finding that such claims were barred by the judicial immunity defense doctrine.

  • Insurer Must Face NJ Coverage Suit Over Malpractice Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court Tuesday revived a lawsuit alleging Colony Insurance Co. improperly refused to cover a legal malpractice action against a now-deceased attorney, finding that the state's direct action statute provided a path for the lawyer's onetime client to pursue the coverage claims.

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    BigLaw May Regret Its Retreat From Remote Hiring

    A year ago in the height of the pandemic, a number of law firms expressed interest in hiring attorneys to work remotely in far-flung locations, but today recruiters say BigLaw is largely shunning remote hiring, even as the appetite for such jobs among talent is high.

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    Quinn Emanuel's Co-Managing Partners On Their New Roles

    Last week, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP named two new co-managing partners as co-founder John Quinn stepped into a new chairman role. Here, Law360 Pulse speaks with the new leaders about how they will run the law firm alongside Quinn and what lies ahead.

  • Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1

    A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means a slew of new responsibilities and also lots of well-deserved recognition. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to legal excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the first quarter of the year.

  • 3rd Circ. Backs Asylum Seeker's Ineffective Counsel Claim

    The Third Circuit on Monday revived a Haitian man's fight against deportation after his first attorney failed to provide readily available evidence that the man's affiliation with a political group was threatening his life, ruling that the Board of Immigration Appeals erred in rejecting his ineffective assistance of counsel claim.

  • 3rd Circ. COVID Slowdown Created Help For District Courts

    Chief Judge Michael Chagares of the Third Circuit is well aware of the problems the COVID-19 pandemic wrought on the judicial system — but the recently installed leader said the appellate court's lighter docket has freed up the judges to help out in the region's overburdened district courts.

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    Attrition Rates Higher For Diverse Attys, ABA Finds

    About two of every 10 Black or Asian attorneys left their law firms in 2020, with incremental increases in diversity figures for the legal workforce coming up against the challenge of retaining attorneys after they are hired, according to an American Bar Association study released Monday.

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    Seton Hall Kicks Off 3-Day Gaming Law Bootcamp

    Seton Hall University School of Law's third annual gaming law "bootcamp" kicked off on Monday, beginning the three-day event aimed at teaching best practices to sports betting and gaming industry professionals and offering networking opportunities.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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