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    How Law Firms Learned To Like The Cloud

    Data security concerns kept law firms out of the cloud for many years, but more and more firms are leaving on-premises data centers and migrating their data and applications online.

  • Texas Bar Suspends 7 Attys, Reprimands 11

    Seven attorneys were suspended and 11 more were reprimanded in the last two months by the State Bar of Texas, according to a list of disciplinary actions released Monday by the bar.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Arnold & Porter Adds Ex-Chief Counsel To Calif. Rep Bass

    Arnold & Porter said Monday it has hired a top political counsel and strategist to work in the firm's legislative and public policy practice in Washington, D.C.

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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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    $2B In Storm Costs Forces Texas Electric Co-Op Into Ch. 11

    The oldest and largest electricity transmission cooperative in Texas hit Chapter 11 on Monday, two weeks after a rare winter storm event in the state smacked the company with $2.1 billion in generation costs as suppliers scrambled to meet demand in the aftermath of the storm.

  • WDTX Judge Albright Touts Revamped Courtroom Tech

    Western District of Texas Judge Alan D. Albright says he made huge upgrades to technology in his Waco courtroom ahead of the trial he's currently presiding over, a computer chip patent dispute between patent holder VLSI Technology LLC and Intel Corp.

  • Atty Accused Of Mishandling BP Spill Claim Gets Arbitration

    Texas attorney Brent W. Coon will be able to face accusations by a former client that he mishandled economic loss claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in arbitration, a state judge said.

  • Texas Justices To Hear Apache's Fight With Fired Paralegal

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to review Apache Corp.'s challenge of a Houston jury's finding that it retaliated against a paralegal after she complained of a hostile work environment, a finding the energy company argues isn't supported by the evidence.

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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.

  • Texas Justices To Decide If Atty Immunity Covers Deal Work

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review Haynes and Boone LLP's argument that attorney immunity isn't limited to litigation-related situations and can be the basis to defeat claims related to transactional work, including in a patent asset sale fight.

  • 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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    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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    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.

  • Texas Trade Name Shift Will Benefit Small, Specialized Firms

    Texas attorneys are currently voting on allowing firms in the state to practice under trade names, which would bring the Lone Star State in line with 48 other states and is expected to have the greatest benefit for smaller and niche firms that don't have long-established branding.

  • Texas Judge Suspended Over 2018 Election Fraud Charges

    A San Antonio-area justice of the peace has been suspended without pay after a state grand jury this month charged him with organized election fraud and other crimes related to unlawfully handling 17 ballots in his 2018 campaign.

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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.

  • Dallas Attys Of Color, Women Less Likely To Move Up

    Racial and gender disparities in the legal industry remain rampant in Texas, with representation of women and attorneys of color in partnership positions in Dallas 11% and 3% less than national figures, respectively.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • What Social Media Process Service May Look Like In Texas Author Photo

    The Texas Supreme Court's recently proposed rule change allowing substituted service through social media and email could take effect in December, and practitioners will need to know how to establish that the defendant received notice through a technological method, says Marcus Eason at McGinnis Lochridge.

  • Strategies For Associates Seeking Jobs Amid Hiring Slump Author Photo

    Law firms will be hiring conservatively well into 2021 and beyond, but associates eyeing a new firm or market can successfully make a move if they are pragmatic about their requirements, say Rebecca Glatzer and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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