New Jersey Pulse

  • NJ Sends Warning On Sites Connecting Traffic Violators, Attys

    The New Jersey Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law reminded attorneys that they are not allowed to contract with online companies that refer them to clients looking for legal help, such as in traffic violation cases, according to a notice to the bar posted this week.

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    Emails Upend Barber Ranen, Backlash Hits Lewis Brisbois

    Recently leaked emails exposing offensive language and derogatory remarks exchanged between the founders of the now-defunct Barber Ranen during their time at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has caused fallout for both the new firm formed in the ashes of Barber Ranen and the BigLaw firm.

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    Rawle & Henderson Adds Insurance-Focused Trio In Pa.

    Rawle & Henderson LLP has hired a trio of attorneys to work across its Philadelphia-area offices, helping insurers on a range of liability and related matters.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Hogan Lovells and Elias Law Group top this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama redistricting maps violate the Voting Rights Act.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    As the legal industry was rocked by the leak of offensive and derogatory emails exchanged by the founders of a fledgling employment firm, this week also saw BigLaw firms hire partners and implement new policy. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Right To Counsel Measure Gains Traction In Jersey City

    Jersey City's recently introduced right-to-counsel legislation, which would create a city office to connect tenants to legal representation and rental support programs, has majority support on the city council, clearing the way for its passage, the city announced on Thursday.

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    Former NJ Prosecutor Joins Pietragallo Gordon In Philly

    A former Burlington County, New Jersey, prosecutor has moved his litigation practice from the Garden State to join Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP's Philadelphia office.

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    Arnold & Porter Hires New Top Business Development Officer

    Arnold & Porter has hired a new chief business development and marketing officer, who joins the firm with more than 20 years of experience developing marketing and business strategies for corporations, the firm announced Thursday.

  • NJ Atty Disbarred For Misappropriation Of Client Funds

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey has disbarred an attorney after finding he knowingly misused client funds in two instances, in one case not releasing a $10,000 deposit for a condominium purchase for more than two years.

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    Take A Seat: What Lawyers Can Bring To A Corporate Board

    Lawyers who sit on boards as independent members can add value with their experiences, knowledge and networks. But those positions also require attorneys to shift into an oversight role — rather than provide legal advice on running the business — which can be a tricky balance for some.

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    Public May Accept AI Courts, But Judges Not So Sure

    Litigants may be surprisingly willing to accept "robot judges" as long as certain guardrails are in place, according to research, but judges themselves are adamant that artificial intelligence should never replace human jurists' decision-making or fact-finding.

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    Mid-Law Lateral Associates Seek Balance And Advancement

    As the hiring market continues tilting in favor of midsize, regional and specialty firms, associate laterals choosing Mid-Law firms have a range of motivations, from work-life balance to more interesting work.

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    NJ Court Goes Remote Amid Wildfire Fueled Air Pollution

    The Middlesex County Superior Court courthouse closed to in-person operations Wednesday afternoon due to wildfire smoke in New Brunswick as well as within the courthouse facilities, switching to operating remotely for the remainder of the day.

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    Nonlawyers Can Help Bridge Affordability Gap, Report Says

    The legal industry should embrace expanding those who can provide legal services beyond attorneys, to help address an affordability gap for many individuals in the United States, a legal institute said Tuesday.

  • Alleged Threat Doesn't Fix Notice Flub In NJ Atty Fee Fight

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Wednesday declined to award an attorney fees for handling a couple's insurance dispute, rejecting her argument that her client's purported threat to shoot her excused her from informing him and his wife that they could request arbitration.

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    Assistants Can Aid Intake, But Atty Must Be Available: ABA

    The American Bar Association released a formal opinion on Wednesday on what kinds of client intake tasks legal assistants can handle for an attorney, clarifying that assistants can handle a wide variety of responsibilities as long as a lawyer's prospective clients have access to the attorney for questions.

  • NJ Atty For Fla. Firm Censured Over Staff's Legal Work

    A Virginia-based attorney serving as the New Jersey representative for an East Coast defense law firm has been censured over 15 separate violations of conduct rules, including allowing nonlawyers to perform legal services for Garden State clients.

  • AI Practices Law 'At The Speed Of Machines.' Is It Worth It?

    Law firms across the globe are increasingly testing out artificial intelligence tools as a way to supercharge their work, entering a brave new world that's rife with potential pitfalls.

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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.

  • NJ Suspends Atty Over Sale Of $1.6M Painting In Asset Fight

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed down a one-year suspension to a Hackensack attorney who attempted to evade the consequences of a civil judgment against him by smuggling a $1.6 million Impressionist painting out of his home and having it auctioned off in 2013.

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    Why In-House Counsel Are Taking Historic Rate Hikes In Stride

    As several law firms have significantly increased their rates over the past year amid a slowing economy, the relative silence from corporate clients has been deafening.

  • J&J Wants Review Of Talc Attys' Media Contact Subpoenas

    Johnson & Johnson asked a New Jersey federal court Friday for a second shot at subpoenaing several law firms' communications with media outlets around the company's talcum powder products, arguing a federal magistrate judge who previously quashed the subpoenas did so in error.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Elects Five To Exec Committee

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP announced Monday that five partners have been newly elected to its executive committee, and that the firm has also added a partner to its compensation committee.

  • NJ Atty Censured For Hacking Into Ex-Boss's Calendar

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has censured a Cherry Hill elder law attorney who used remote access software to spy on his former computer at a firm where he previously worked in order to monitor how much business his old firm was doing.

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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.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • 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.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • 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.



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