Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Pittsburgh Judge Sued For Lack Of Virtual Court Access

    A civil rights watchdog group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against an Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, judge, claiming he has violated the Constitution by not allowing it virtual access to observe proceedings in his Pittsburgh courtroom despite directives from court administration to do as much as possible via phone and videoconference.

  • Top Pa. Justice Announces Succession Plan

    Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor will hand the reins of the state's highest court to Justice Max Baer in April, as Justice Saylor will have reached the mandatory retirement age by the end of the year, he announced Monday.

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    Has Lathrop Merged Its Way Into BigLaw?

    Following the merger of two Midwestern Mid-Law firms in 2020, industry observers appear divided about whether the combined firm, Lathrop GPM, will break into the BigLaw space when it comes to profitability, client profile and ability to attract talent.

  • Marshall Dennehey Shareholder Returns To Firm In Pa.

    An attorney specializing in asbestos litigation has recently returned to Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Pittsburgh office after three years with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

  • Ex-Chief Harrisburg Public Defender Has License Suspended

    The former chief public defender in Harrisburg agreed last week to give up his law license until May, nearly a year after pleading guilty to directing office employees to work on political campaigns.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

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    Law Student Activism Heats Up: Is BigLaw Listening?

    More than 200 law students have pledged to boycott Seward & Kissel LLP over what they called the "unethical private" prosecution of attorney Steven Donziger, the latest salvo in a growing movement from students and activists to place pressure on corporate law firms over their representation and internal policies.

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

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    Consumer Protection Partner Joins Ahdoot & Wolfson In Philly

    Ahdoot & Wolfson PC has added a seasoned class action and consumer protection lawyer to its East Coast team, the firm announced Thursday.

  • BigLaw Firms On Fence About Mandatory Atty Vaccination

    When the time comes to head back to the office, law firms are still on the fence about whether to require attorneys to be vaccinated, according to honchos at Winston & Strawn LLP and DLA Piper LLP.

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    BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails

    Last year's racial justice movement translated into an outpouring of law firm commitments to advance diversity and more BigLaw recruiting at law schools at historically Black colleges and universities. But the new interest appears to have been limited, and increased recruiting activity did not always translate into jobs.

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

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    NJ Litigation Boutique Team Joins Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

    New Jersey-based Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA announced that a litigation boutique with deep experience in personal injury and complex litigation has joined the firm.

  • Ex-Elliott Greenleaf Attys Facing Exit Suit Tap Horn Williamson

    Horn Williamson LLC has signed on to represent four attorneys and a paralegal currently with Armstrong Teasdale LLP who Elliott Greenleaf PC contends poached files and furniture on their way out the door from the firm's office in Wilmington, Delaware.

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    Legal Honchos Join Call To Pass Biden's COVID-19 Stimulus

    Some of the big shots in New York's legal industry urged Congress in an open letter Wednesday to pass the Biden administration's coronavirus stimulus package, saying the country is "still struggling" to recover from the economic fallout the pandemic has caused.

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    Hard Rock Atlantic City Books Ex-Empire Resorts Atty As GC

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City said that it has tapped a veteran gaming attorney, who worked in-house at a New York gaming property and as a regulator in Pennsylvania, as general counsel.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

  • 3rd Circ. Tosses Philly Attorney's City Tax Suit

    The Third Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a Philadelphia lawyer's suit claiming city officials violated federal law when they tried to collect more than $270,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties from him, finding that the court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction.

  • Dentons Promotes 42 North American Partners

    Dentons has promoted 42 attorneys to partner and three to counsel across its North American offices, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

    Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

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    Montgomery McCracken Expands IP Group In Pa. And NJ

    Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP made a pair of additions to its intellectual property practice, bringing in a partner and patent agent to bolster its ranks in the Philadelphia area, the firm has announced.

  • Future ABA Resolutions Must Stick To New Limits

    Future resolutions by the American Bar Association House of Delegates must advance at least one of the association's four primary goals, the policymaking body has decided, responding to criticism that some past resolutions lacked focus and were not directly related to the practice of law.

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    Pandemic Worsens Career Barriers For Marginalized Attorneys

    The move to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has attorneys juggling their jobs and household tasks and family care, with an especially devastating effect on the careers of women, attorneys of color and those in other marginalized or minority groups.

Expert Analysis

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • What Hiring Law Firms Should Consider Instead Of Grades Author Photo

    With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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