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    Americans' Confidence In The Judiciary Is In Steep Decline

    From state courts up to the top of the federal system, Americans' confidence in the judicial system is falling fast. That was the grim takeaway from a recent survey by the National Center for State Courts, an independent nonprofit that researches state court trends and supports administrators.

  • NYC Bar Says Justice Oing Not Qualified For DiFiore's Job

    In a departure from other lawyer groups, the New York City Bar Association has issued a "not well qualified" rating to First Appellate Division Justice Jeffrey Oing, one of seven candidates being considered to replace former Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

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    3 Ways Firms Can Be More Efficient In A Down Economy

    As the legal industry faces declining demand and the prospect of a recession, there are some strategic ways law firms can manage their profitability without slash-and-burn cuts, consultants at HBR Consulting told attendees during a recent webinar.

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    'Unfortunately' NYC Can't Nix Trump Golf Deal Post-Verdict

    A spokesperson for New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday the city had once more sought to extract itself from a golf course contract with the Trump Organization, but that even the recent tax fraud conviction had "unfortunately" not given it an easy out.

  • White & Case Likely To Get Court OK To Drop Russian Tycoon

    A Manhattan judge seemed likely Wednesday to allow White & Case LLP to stop representing Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg in a $2 billion energy dispute, despite concerns from opposing counsel that a lawyerless Vekselberg might try to delay the case.

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    86% Of Firms Expect Legal Tech Spending To Increase

    Eighty-six percent of law firms predict that spending on legal technology will increase in the next three years, according to a survey by legal network Meritas.

  • Virtual NY Supreme Court Civil Hearings Opened To Public

    Following threats of litigation from the New York Civil Liberties Union, the state's Office of Court Administration announced that the New York court system will launch a portal for members of the public to request access to virtual state supreme court civil proceedings.

  • Allen & Overy Granted $1M Default Win In Crypto Co. Fee Row

    A New York state judge has signed off on a nearly $1 million default judgment against a defunct cryptocurrency company that has been part of a fee fight with Allen & Overy LLP following a settlement with the company's founder.

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    Party City Attorney Picks Up General Counsel Role

    Party City has promoted one of its longtime in-house lawyers, a deputy general counsel, to be its lead lawyer and vice president, the attorney said in a recent online post.

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    Dechert Promotes 17 Attys To Partner In US, Europe And Asia

    Dechert LLP has promoted 17 attorneys who work in nine offices and in seven separate practice areas to partner level effective Jan. 1, 2023, the firm said Wednesday.

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    Winston & Strawn Names 19 New Partners

    International law firm Winston & Strawn LLP said Tuesday that it promoted 19 of its attorneys to partner in the U.S. and France.

  • NY Atty Group Rates DiFiore's Would-Be Successors

    The New York State Trial Lawyers Association on Tuesday released its ratings of seven candidates nominated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination to fill the chief judge vacancy on the state Court of Appeals.

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    Law Firms Still Struggle To Devise Remote Work Policies

    Nearly three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a seismic shift in the nature of work, the balance of remote and in-office work is still in flux for most firms, according to industry experts, who say many firms are still struggling to land on an approach that works for everyone.

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    As Demand Lags, Talent Growth Still On Firm Leaders' Minds

    Even as demand for law firms' services declined year-on-year during the first nine months of 2022, firm leaders grew attorney head count and revealed midyear plans to expand their associate ranks even further, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Arnold & Porter Punished For Opioid Lapses, Averts Contempt

    Arnold & Porter's "poor judgment" and "questionable practices" during opioid litigation discovery warrant monetary sanctions and attorney fees, but the BigLaw firm won't be held in contempt or forced to bankroll the New York attorney general's "patently unrealistic" billable hours, an Empire State judge ruled on Tuesday.

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    Wilson Sonsini Nabs Ex-Fed, Ripple Counsel As Partner

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has hired a senior Federal Reserve counsel who has also worked recently for the International Monetary Fund and cryptocurrency company Ripple, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • NY AG Agrees To Exclude Ivanka From Trump Org. Monitor

    New York Attorney General Letitia James has agreed to exclude Ivanka Trump from a court-ordered monitor of the Trump Organization amid an ongoing $250 million fraud lawsuit.

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    Meet The Attys Arguing Election Theory At The High Court

    In its last hearing of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday about whether state lawmakers have exclusive authority to craft election procedures and voter rules without the possibility of state court review.

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    Winstead Elects Dallas Atty As New Chair

    Business law firm Winstead PC elected Dallas-based real estate attorney Jeff Matthews as chairman and CEO, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • Mintz Moves Into Larger New York Office, Spurred By Growth

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC said that it has moved offices in New York to accommodate a number of new hires and a hybrid approach to working location.

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    Bonus Wave Continues As Firms Add Funds For Top Billers

    Bonus season continued Tuesday with several more BigLaw firms and boutiques matching the year-end bonus scales set by Baker McKenzie and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP. But top-billing associates at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP will be rewarded with a bigger check, the two firms confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • Immigration Lawyer Crafted 'Outrageous Lies,' NY Jury Hears

    A Staten Island lawyer and the head of an immigration company coached Russian clients to tell "outrageous lies" about overseas persecution to game the U.S. asylum system, a Manhattan federal prosecutor told jurors on the first day of a criminal fraud trial Tuesday.

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    Trump Org. Convicted Of Criminal Tax Fraud In NY Trial

    A Manhattan jury convicted two Trump Organization companies Tuesday of a $1.76 million tax fraud conspiracy involving their longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

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    Blank Rome Promotes 12 To Partner, 4 To Of Counsel

    Blank Rome LLP has announced the promotion of 12 attorneys to partner, along with four lawyers to of counsel roles, effective Jan. 1.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of November

    Legal department hires last month included high-profile appointments at Chobani, BuzzFeed and Oracle. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from November.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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