Small Law

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    Chamber, ACLU Urge Justices To Limit IRS Summons Power

    The Internal Revenue Service infringed on the civil rights of taxpayers by expanding its summons power to obtain taxpayer records from third parties without warning, groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Civil Liberties Union said in amicus briefs filed at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Murtha Cullina Adds Business, Finance Counsel In Conn.

    Murtha Cullina LLP has hired an attorney for its Stamford, Connecticut, office as counsel for its business and finance department and the emerging companies group, the law firm said Tuesday.

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    Why Law School Clinics Must Better Secure Client Data

    As technology becomes an evermore present aspect of the legal profession, law schools have an obligation to both prepare students to use software in their practices and ensure data is secured with the same vigilance as a professional firm, argues University of the District of Columbia professor Andrew Budzinski.

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    Todd & Weld Partners Exiting To Launch Boston Boutique

    Two partners at Todd & Weld LLP are leaving the boutique firm to start their own education, business litigation and white collar defense firm in Boston.

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    McDonald's Row Sends Message To GCs On Using Audit Tools

    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision that both company officers and directors have oversight duties serves as an incentive to general counsel to ensure not only that their companies have robust internal reporting systems to identify problems, but also that they are actually put to use, legal experts said.

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    The X-Factor For Firms In Fighting Cyber Risks? Training

    With criminal networks targeting law firm computers and financial transactions with sophisticated deceptions, cyber experts say people are still the weak link in the defense against data breaches.

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    American Bar Foundation Names New Executive Director

    The American Bar Foundation has appointed a Brown University sociology professor to serve as its executive director, the legal research institute announced Tuesday.

  • Atty Takes $40M Ponzi Scheme Suit To Fed. Court

    An attorney accused of helping clients pull off a $40 million Ponzi scheme has moved a suit against him from Florida state court to federal court, citing the high dollar amount and multistate nature of the allegations, which involve people living in Florida, Illinois and Michigan.

  • Michigan Firm Pushes Judge To Ax Debt Collection Case

    A Michigan-based personal injury firm has urged a federal judge to toss a would-be class action over debt collection work it performed on behalf of a network of Detroit-area health care clinics and hospitals, arguing that the plaintiffs had failed to prove the firm's clients had done anything illegal in how they sought payments from clients.

  • Attorney Gets 30 Months For Swindling Mich. Tribe

    A Chicago lawyer will serve 30 months in prison for scamming the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians out of more than $1.1 million and using the tribe as a "piggy bank," a Michigan federal judge ruled Monday.

  • Hotel Chain Blames Ga. Atty, Others For Sex Trafficking

    A hotel chain said if a jury finds it was complicit in sex trafficking, then it must also distribute blame to more than three dozen nonparties to the suit, including social media companies, police departments, a strip club and an attorney for allowing an unnamed woman to be forced into commercial sex.

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    Forget The Future. Attorneys Are Using Generative AI Now

    Amid the speculation about how generative artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT will one day transform the legal profession, some attorneys are already regularly using this new technology in their practices.

  • Texas High Court Will Hear Law Firm Shareholder Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court has said it will review an intellectual property attorney's case over whether his former firm was allowed to redeem the entirety of his stock without compensating him when he was let go.

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    Cybersecurity, Implicit Bias Among New CLE Requirements

    Cybersecurity and eliminating bias are among the new topics that attorneys throughout the country will need to crack the books for as continuing legal education requirements evolve in 2023.

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    Corp. Legal Ops Face Flat Budgets, 'Burnout' For Year Ahead

    Corporate legal departments will have to fight through internal pressures like worker burnout and static budgets atop outside pressures to maintain successful operations, recent investigation by global research firm Gartner Inc. shows.

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    Regulatory Terrain For Remote Lawyering Continues To Shift

    The rules around lawyering in states in which the attorney is not licensed have long generated confusion in the profession. But with the embrace of "virtual" practice, experts say the time is right for change — and continuing vigilance as the profession's standards evolve. Here, Law360 offers an overview of the current rules, related statutes, and instructive case law.

  • Appellate Practices Need Workhorses And Show Ponies

    Appellate life isn't all sparring at the U.S. Supreme Court. The best appellate practices blend those moments of high drama with the mundane but necessary mechanics of litigation that deliver the best results for clients. Here, appellate lawyers talk to Law360 about building a practice that strikes the right balance.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry saw another action-packed week as January begins to wind down, with law firms snapping up new lateral partners, elevating attorneys to leadership and inking plans to merge. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Texas Commission Accuses 2 Of Illegally Repping Immigrants

    A Texas state bar committee accused two Houston residents of representing noncitizens in immigration proceedings, saying in a lawsuit that the pair are not licensed to practice law.

  • Girardi Victims' $6.3M Suit Against NY Firm Tossed, For Now

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit against a New York lawyer and his firm alleging they illegally received $6.3 million of a burn victim's settlement from Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi, finding the complaint contains allegations of fraud that must be pled with more particularity.

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    How ChatGPT Could Improve Lawyering In The Future

    Despite fears about artificial intelligence replacing lawyers, generative AI tools such as ChatGPT could actually help attorneys produce higher-quality work, according to a webinar on Thursday.

  • NJ Atty Claiming She Was Fired For Not Lying Will Get Trial

    Two law firm owners accused of retaliatory termination and failure to pay earned commissions have lost their bid to have the lawsuit in New Jersey state court tossed after previously telling Law360 the former employee, who accused them of directing her to lie in an affidavit, was "just making up a lot of stuff."

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    Calif. Boutique Firm Hires Hedge Fund Pro As First GC

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, a boutique firm based in San Francisco specializing in corporate and litigation matters, announced Wednesday it had hired a hedge fund veteran as its latest partner and first general counsel.

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    6th Circ. Revives Fired Lawyer's FMLA Suit

    The Sixth Circuit said a Michigan federal court was wrong to dismiss a suit claiming a law firm illegally fired an attorney for requesting unpaid leave because of her son's medical condition at the beginning of the pandemic, ruling Wednesday that her request itself is protected by federal law.

  • Personal Injury Atty Won't Pay Client's Medical Bill, Suit Says

    A Texas medical provider says it is owed north of $336,000 by a personal injury attorney and his client for procedures incurred based on promises of payment with the eventual settlement money, claiming in court that the lawyer reversed course by refusing to pay while profiting from the treatment provided.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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