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    3 Ex-Shearman Practice Leads Join Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP on Monday announced the hiring of three former Shearman & Sterling LLP partners and practice leads for its infrastructure and energy group out of New York.

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    Survey Finds Big Range In Fed. Prosecutor Telework Policies

    A survey of federal prosecutors released Monday found a "staggering" variety in approaches to telework at U.S. attorney's offices across the country.

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    These Firms Are Where Summers Want To Work

    Shifting sentiments around what law students value in summer associate programs are driving changes in which law firms win out in today’s competitive environment for talent, with a new Law360 Pulse survey highlighting the value of factors like remote work options, diversity and work-life balance.

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    All You Need To Know About How Summers Pick Their Firms

    Where do law students dream of working this summer? What practice areas are they looking to specialize in? What are your firm's top schools for summer associateships? Explore the ins and outs of the summer associate bidding and firm selection process with our interactive graphic.

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    Fat Salaries Are Nice But Don't Drive Summer Associates

    For most law students, paychecks for summer programs are widely seen as at least adequate; for some, they're transformative. Law360 Pulse dives into how much firms are paying their summers and what a big paycheck can mean to the cohort.

  • What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    Law360 Pulse asked prospective summer associates about how their top-choice firms distinguished themselves and what backup plans they have in place. Here's what they said.

  • Soccer Promoter Blasts Gibson Dunn's $300K Fee Request

    A co-founder of the soccer promotion company run by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross urged a New York federal judge on Friday to deny Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's "outrageous" bid to recoup more than $300,000 in attorney fees in an ongoing employment row.

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    Mayer Brown Chair On Why Law Leaders Need To Listen More

    Law firms that expect to succeed in the coming years should prepare to listen to their attorneys and staffers about the best ways to move forward, rather than imposing directives from above, Mayer Brown LLP's chair said Friday.

  • 3 Ways To Transform Your Company's Legal Operations

    Nearly 2,500 attendees gathered at CLOC Global Institute’s annual conference in Las Vegas to gain insight from industry leaders on how to improve their legal departments and operations. Here are three takeaways from the three-day event.

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    FisherBroyles Adds Experienced Corporate Atty In NY

    Virtual law firm FisherBroyles LLP announced the hiring of a New York-based partner to its corporate and mergers and acquisitions practices with over 20 years of experience working with investment banks and other financial advisers.

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    Legal Aid Taps 1st Black Woman, 1st Asian American Leader

    The Legal Aid Society of New York has appointed its first Black woman and first Asian American in its 145-year history to serve as its leader and top attorney, the nonprofit said Friday.

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    Wiggin And Dana Extends 150 Billable Hours To DEI Work

    Wiggin and Dana LLP has implemented a new policy to extend billable hour credit for diversity, equity and inclusion work, joining a host of other BigLaw and midsize law firms that have moved to count the work toward attorneys' billable hour quotas.

  • Jenner & Block Elevates 7 Partners To Leadership Roles

    Jenner & Block LLP has added seven partners to the leadership of its data privacy and cybersecurity, corporate and professional responsibility practices, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had a busy week, from a law firm merger to a substantial funding infusion for a legal tech company to new associate raises. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    How To Create Work-Life Balance As A Busy Litigator

    With demanding court deadlines and the immense responsibility of having a client's welfare in their hands, how can litigators find time to relax, unwind and reconnect with the people they care about? Here, six successful litigators share their advice with Law360 Pulse on achieving work-life balance.

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    State Courts Learning A Lot In Push For Federal COVID Funds

    Many state courts have had surprising success accessing federal pandemic relief funds to help reduce case backlogs, court leaders say, but with none of that money earmarked for judiciaries, courts have had to be assertive about asking for it.

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    'Measly' Opioid Fine Invites BigLaw Defiance, NY AG Warns

    Arnold & Porter is blaming former client Endo Pharmaceuticals for "staggering misconduct" during discovery in opioid litigation, and it is seeking slap-on-the-wrist remedies that would let BigLaw firms disregard ethics rules with impunity, the New York Attorney General's Office warned in a new court filing.

  • Feds Want Up To 2 Years In Prison For NYC Molotov Attys

    Two attorneys accused of firebombing an unoccupied New York Police Department car during racial injustice protests last year have reached a new plea deal with the government, the parties told the court this week, adding that the government plans to seek prison sentences of 18 to 24 months.

  • Major Lindsey Must Face Trimmed Suit Over Pillsbury Atty Fee

    Major Lindsey & Africa largely lost its bid to end a legal recruiting boutique's suit over a $375,000 placement fee for a partner who landed at Pillsbury when a Manhattan federal judge said Thursday the boutique's declaration bid should have targeted Pillsbury while allowing its tortious interference claim to proceed.

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    Supreme Court Ethics Bill Faces Tough Path In Congress

    A push to reform U.S. Supreme Court ethics and recusal standards earned a significant win Wednesday as the House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would require the justices to adopt an ethics code, but opposition from Republicans suggests the bill faces a steep climb through Congress.

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    Gfeller Laurie Elects Litigation Partner As First Firm Leader

    Gfeller Laurie LLP, a Northeast-based litigation law firm, has selected its litigation partner Melicent Thompson to become its first managing partner.

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    Seward & Kissel Adds Former Federal Prosecutor In New York

    New York-based Seward & Kissel LLP announced that it has hired a former Southern District of New York federal prosecutor as a litigation partner and co-head of the firm's government enforcement and internal investigations group.

  • Insurance-Focused Fintech Co. Names CLO, Deputy CLO

    Startup Vesttoo, a fintech platform for insurance-linked investments, said Thursday it has hired a chief legal officer and deputy CLO and both will remain based in New York.

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    Almost Half Of New Fortune 500 GCs In 2021 Were Women

    Although more men than women continue to lead the legal departments at Fortune 500 companies, those organizations hired almost the same number of women and men as general counsel in 2021, according to a report released this week.

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    Mintz Hires Ex-MoFo Human Resources Chief As COO

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has announced the appointment of a former Morrison Foerster LLP executive as its newest chief operating officer, effective May 9.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 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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