Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.
The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.
While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.
Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.
For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.
Fitbit Inc. abused its own arbitration clause to avoid ever facing claims from consumers about problems with its heart-monitoring watches, the consumers’ attorneys told a California federal judge Friday, saying the company refused to participate in the arbitration it had requested for two years.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday dismissed Albanian soccer club Klubi Sportiv Skenderbeu's request for a stay of the Union of European Football Association's decision barring the team from club competitions for 10 years and imposing a fine of €1 million ($1.2 million) for various match-fixing activities.
International Game Technology PLC is gambling on the new sports-betting market in New Jersey through a venture with an MGM Resorts International casino, marking the latest deal sparked by the legalization of sports gambling in the Garden State.
Volleyball players and their parents who accuse elite coach Rick Butler of hiding past sexual abuse allegations from them blasted what they called his “run-of-the-mill” attempt to escape their proposed class action, saying Thursday he had presented nothing to show their claims are false.
A California federal judge Thursday said she may allow the NCAA to put on an expert, after all, to rebut a challenge to an association rule capping compensation for college athletes.
A Florida federal judge on Friday gave a former National Football League player a win in his suit against the league’s benefits program, ruling the decision to deny him disability benefits for failing to show up to medical examinations was unreasonable.
The NCAA and the widow of a former University of Texas defensive lineman alleging the organization could and should have prevented her late husband’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy reached a settlement Friday, days into the first-ever trial about the NCAA’s responsibility for a football player’s CTE.
A grand jury indicted one current and five former employees of Fitbit in a California federal court Thursday for stealing trade secrets from their previous employer, a now-defunct technology company specializing in wearable devices.
CrossFit Inc. has accused Reebok of robbing it of at least $4.8 million in royalties by secretly changing the way it calculated its sales of the fitness style’s branded apparel, according to a suit filed in California federal court Thursday.
The National Rifle Association said Thursday that it wants to depose New York’s top financial services regulator to help it prepare its bid for a preliminary injunction in its suit accusing her of working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to squash the gun rights advocacy organization by cutting it off from financial services.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday handed PepsiCo Inc. a quick win in a trademark suit brought by sports nutrition consulting firm SportFuel Inc., saying that Gatorade Co.'s slogan "Gatorade The Sports Fuel Company" is clearly fair use.
An expert on college sports and former college athletic director told a Dallas jury Thursday that the NCAA has, since its founding, put its own profits ahead of the safety of the athletes it promised to protect, during the first-ever trial concerning the NCAA’s alleged responsibility for a football player’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday asked a federal judge in Massachusetts to ban a California attorney from dabbling in penny stocks or leading a public company after a jury convicted him of securities fraud in 2016 and he lost the parallel civil case last month.
Scandal-plagued Chuhak & Tecson PC may be off the hook in one proposed class action by a group of former NFL players and others over a tax credit scheme that sent a partner to prison, after a Florida federal court tossed some claims because they conflicted with a federal statute and said it may dismiss the rest as unripe.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday adopted a magistrate's recommendation to deny Wilson Sporting Goods Co. the fees and costs of defending itself against part of SportStar Athletics Inc.'s patent infringement suit over football helmet chin straps, saying the recommendation was well-founded.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
While each state is now free to enact new laws legalizing sports betting, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA does not displace a framework of federal gambling laws that were never intended to apply to a world where state-authorized sports betting is commonplace, say Scott Rader and Kelly Frey of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Established case law holds that a sports participant has no claim against another participant for injuries sustained during play, unless the co-participant intentionally or recklessly injured the other. In the context of concussion-based litigation, courts have grappled with how to apply that standard to entities far removed from the field of play, say Amy Crouch and Kerensa Cassis of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
With the World Cup about to hit our screens, the temptation for some businesses that lack the badge of "official sponsor" to promote their global brand will be great. But, however tempting, the stakes for those so-called ambush marketers are high, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
The International Association of Athletics Federations recently released new rules for "athletes with differences of sex development," and there is ample basis to attack them as unjustified measures that discriminate against women based on natural characteristics, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.