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  • 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.

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    Pietragallo's Florida Leader On Firm's State Expansion

    While the Pennsylvania-based Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP recently joined the ranks of the law firms either launching or expanding their presence in Florida, the firm chose a road somewhat less traveled as it picked a location for its new outpost.

  • 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.

  • Robbins Geller Starts Fellowship For Diverse 2L Students

    Securities-focused plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced its plans to start a fellowship program dedicated to diverse second-year law students starting in 2023, with the firm selecting two participants as summer associates.

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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.

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    Head Of Leech Tishman Talks Merger, Growth In NYC

    Following Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC's announcement this week that it has merged with 24-attorney New York City firm Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC, Leech Tishman managing partner Pete Fuscaldo spoke to Law360 Pulse about the merger, the firm's plans and why it was important to grow its New York presence. 

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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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    Reed Smith Promises 20% Carbon Reduction By 2024

    Reed Smith LLP announced a two-year plan on Wednesday that promised a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2024 and that would provide its attorneys with billable hour credits to work on sustainability initiatives.

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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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    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.

  • Leech Tishman Absorbs 24-Attorney NYC Business Firm

    Pittsburgh-based firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC has added New York business law firm Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC, expanding its existing New York City presence by adding 24 attorneys. 

  • IP Attorney Reunites With Colleagues At CRK In Philly

    An intellectual property attorney specializing in patent law has left BakerHostetler's Philadelphia office after eight years to reunite with his former colleagues at boutique firm Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP.

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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.

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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. 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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    Fed. Prosecutors See 'Staggering' Range Of 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 summer associates and what a big paycheck can mean to the cohort.

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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