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    Former NASA Atty Tapped As GC For Slingshot Aerospace

    Slingshot Aerospace has hired a former NASA Office of Inspector General attorney-adviser and Axiom Space associate general counsel to serve as its new general counsel, the space data and tracking company said Tuesday.

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    Most Law Firms Believe They Are Secure Despite Gaps

    The majority of law firms in a survey believe they are more or much more secure than their industry peers, despite "significant" security gaps across firms of all sizes, according to a report released Tuesday by Conversant Group and the International Legal Technology Association.

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    Why In-House Counsel Are Taking Historic Rate Hikes In Stride

    As several law firms have significantly increased their rates over the past year amid a slowing economy, the relative silence from corporate clients has been deafening.

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    Tech Co. Says Court 'Gutted' $30M Case Against Locke Lord

    Safety syringe technology company Retractable Technologies Inc. has asked a Texas appellate court to reverse a trial court order regarding allowable evidence it says runs contrary to Fifth Circuit precedent, arguing Friday the decision will prevent it from succeeding in a legal malpractice suit against Locke Lord LLP alleging Retractable spent millions pursuing "ill-fated claims" based on bad legal advice.

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    Non-Atty Parents May Represent Their Kids, 5th Circ. Says

    Parents who want to represent their children in court — even those without law degrees — may do so in some cases, according to a newly published Fifth Circuit opinion that overturns a previous district court ruling, which blocked a mother from representing her minor children when fighting against a mask mandate in the Dallas Independent School District.

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    Litigator Who Opened Bradley Arant's Dallas Office Goes Solo

    The litigator who Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP lured away from his own boutique firm to help open its Dallas office four years ago has departed to open another new firm.

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    Squire Patton Foundation Accepts Largest Fellowship Class

    The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation announced on Monday that 30 law and public policy students have been accepted into its 2023 fellowship program, making it the largest fellowship class in its history.

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    Why Few Women Are In C-Suite Tech Roles In BigLaw

    At the largest U.S. law firms, few tech-focused C-suite positions — like chief information officer, chief innovation officer and chief knowledge officer — are held by women, a Law360 Pulse analysis found.

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    Looming Retirement Wave Puts Succession On Front Burner

    As the legal industry grapples with the impending wave of baby-boomer lawyer retirements, many law firms are coming face to face with a challenge that has bedeviled the profession for years: succession planning.

  • Top Texas Court To Review Atty's Libel Suit Against Paper

    The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to consider if a former Polk County assistant district attorney's libel suit against a local newspaper for an article linking him to the prosecution of wrongly convicted murderer Michael Morton should be thrown out under the Lone Star State's anti-SLAPP law.

  • Winstead Maintains Effort To Nix Texas Malpractice Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday kept alive Winstead PC's bid to walk away from a legal malpractice case over the firm's work on securities filings for a wealth management company.

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    Meet The Texas Prosecutors In Paxton's Impeachment Trial

    To make its impeachment case against suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state House has turned to a pair of high-powered attorneys in Houston with a history of representing notable clients, from former politicians and athletes to the accounting firm in the Enron scandal and the cult leader at the Waco standoff.

  • DocJuris Launches Privacy-Focused AI Contract Review Tool

    Legal technology company DocJuris announced on Thursday the launching of its artificial intelligence-based contract review tool, which emphasizes customization and privacy to position itself away from competitors, according to the company.

  • Texas High Court Won't Hear Immigration Law Firm's Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review an immigration law firm's petition that asked it to find that a state free-speech law protected it from a former client's claims that the firm falsely stated an attorney's qualifications.

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    Legal Industry Job Growth Lags Behind The Wider Economy

    Even as the wider economy saw more robust job growth in May, the legal sector continued to post scant employment increases, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kelley Drye's work on multiple states' lawsuits over "forever chemicals" and Foley Hoag's work on a biotechnology deal lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 19 to June 2.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP leads this week's Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday limited the ability of shareholders to sue companies that go public via a direct listing.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    In the world of legal business, the last week of May brought an acquisition for one law firm, the launch of a new cannabis practice group at another and a new European office for a third. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Texas House Brings In Heavy Hitters To Prosecute Paxton

    The Texas House of Representatives has hired high-profile trial attorneys Russell "Rusty" Hardin and Dick DeGuerin as prosecutors in the impeachment trial before the state Senate against suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who's facing corruption allegations.

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    Reed Smith Unveils New Leadership Team Of COO And 6 Attys

    Reed Smith LLP on Thursday announced its new seven-member senior management team, which includes three longtime partners promoted to help lead the international firm in Houston, London and New York alongside the firm's first woman to serve as global managing partner.

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    More Firms Roll The Dice On Ex-Judge Partners

    How'd you like to bring on a new firm partner in the back half of their career with zero clients and an uncertain capacity for schmoozing up new business? For an increasing number of law firm leaders, the answer is "yes" — as long as the incoming lateral is fresh off the bench.

  • Texas Law Firm, Fired Attorney Wrap Up FMLA Dispute

    A Black attorney and a Texas law firm told a federal court that they have resolved her lawsuit alleging that the firm terminated her for taking medical leave after experiencing pregnancy complications despite allowing a non-Black attorney to work from home after giving birth.

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    Baker Botts Adds Energy Private Equity Pro In Houston

    Baker Botts LLP has added a specialist in private energy investment to the corporate department at its Houston headquarters, a move geared to expand the firm's equity funding clients and bolster its merger and acquisition work.

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    In-House Teams Continue To Emphasize BigLaw Experience

    While keynote speakers at law school commencements encourage graduates to avoid the obvious path and do the unexpected, for now at least, top school credentials and BigLaw experience still matter to those looking to hire in-house lawyers.

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    Ex-Texas Official Now AG Before Paxton Impeachment Trial

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday appointed former Texas Secretary of State John Scott to serve as the interim replacement for state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been suspended over corruption allegations after the state House voted to impeach him.

Expert Analysis

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

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    Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI Author Photo

    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 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.



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