Connecticut Pulse

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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    Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC and Andrews & Springer LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as Delaware's chancellor struck down Elon Musk's proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.

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    Small Firms Get Creative To Bridge Client Language Gaps

    For small firms and solo practitioners, language gaps with clients can be costly, and can often pose complicated ethical questions about attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. Here’s how some around the country are dealing with the challenges.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    By The Numbers: How Chief Legal Officers See Their World

    The chief legal officers at companies around the world seem to be losing a lot of sleep over privacy and cybersecurity issues, according to how the numbers add up in a survey released this week.

  • DLA Piper Should Face State Malpractice Suit, 2nd Circ. Told

    A Chinese technology company on Thursday told a Second Circuit panel during oral arguments that onetime lawyers at DLA Piper should face a malpractice lawsuit in state court, arguing that it timely filed its claims after it lost a securities lawsuit and that the feud involved no substantial federal questions.

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    Husch Blackwell's New Leaders Talk Firm Vision And Strategy

    Husch Blackwell's incoming executive board chair Joe Glynias and new CEO Jamie Lawless talk with Law360 Pulse about their strategic visions and goals for the firm.

  • Conn. Lawyer Wants Claim Cut From $450K Malpractice Suit

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a state court judge to cut a breach of contract claim from a $450,000 malpractice lawsuit against him, calling the claim a "mislabeled regurgitation" of his former client's negligence claim.

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    Ex-Whole Foods Supplier CLO Named To Pitney Bowes Board

    Shipping company Pitney Bowes announced that the former chief legal officer at Whole Foods Market's main supplier, United Natural Foods, is one of two recently appointed members of its board of directors.

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    How Attys Can Be Ethical When Using Gen AI In Litigation

    Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.

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    Conn. US Attorney's Office Collected Over $233M In 2023

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut collected more than $233 million in fiscal year 2023, with most of the funds coming from criminal actions.

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    Murtha Cullina Names Leader Of New Haven Office

    Murtha Cullina LLP has found a new leader for its New Haven, Connecticut, office in one of its experienced real estate attorneys.

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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

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    Jackson Lewis Names Man Group Exec As Chief Talent Officer

    An experienced human resources manager who most recently worked at investment management company Man Group PLC has joined nationwide labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis PC.

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    'Mind-Blowing' Spending On High Court Races Follows Dobbs

    Spending on state Supreme Court elections has been rising for years, but those courts' increased role in fights over issues like abortion and gerrymandering has pushed that spending to an unprecedented level, according to a new report.

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

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    What Are The AI Possibilities For Mid-Law?

    As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.

  • Kwok Trustee Can Probe Law Firm Pick & Zabicki, Car Dealers

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok received approval from a Connecticut bankruptcy judge to probe Pick & Zabicki LLP, a law firm paid $37,500 by Kwok's son, and two luxury car dealers in connection with its asset recovery operation.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

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Expert Analysis

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic Author Photo

    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

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