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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.
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.
Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade and his estranged wife temporarily settled their divorce case Tuesday, weeks after allegations arose that Wade was engaging in a "clandestine" personal relationship with Fani Willis, the district attorney overseeing the Georgia election interference case.
Sparks flew Tuesday in federal court as attorneys debated whether the executive director of a nonprofit suing the state should be allowed to testify about a hack allegedly carried out by co-defendants of former President Donald Trump in the Georgia election interference case.
Georgia lawmakers inched closer this week to passing legislation that would empower a prosecutorial oversight commission at a time when Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis is under fire over her allegedly improper romantic relationship with a special prosecutor in the election interference case against Donald Trump and others.
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.
Lloyd & McDaniel PLC has been hit with a Fair Debt Collection Practices suit in Georgia state court from a former client of Cooling & Winter LLC alleging that firm improperly sought to collect a debt she had already paid.
As large law firms reportedly consider historic changes to their partnership structures and compensation systems, and the industry looks back at another mostly flat year for profits, the lateral partner job market has been thrown into flux, with many BigLaw partners wondering, "Can I find better elsewhere?"
Another defendant in the Georgia election interference case wants Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis, her office and the special prosecution team disqualified from the case, alleging Willis improperly hired all of the special district attorneys working the case and engaged in an improper romantic relationship with one of them.
Employers' side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday it has tapped a longtime litigator as its new managing shareholder. She is the sixth person, and the first woman, to serve in that role.
Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.
Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.
A Georgia attorney accusing the state's bar organization of using an "apartheid disciplinary process" to discriminate against Black lawyers has asked the Eleventh Circuit to intervene after a federal judge cut the bar loose from the lawsuit earlier this month.
Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday that it has added the former managing director of professional development at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to its leadership team, hiring the veteran legal talent professional to become its next chief legal talent officer.
An Akerman LLP partner with more than three decades of life sciences experience under his belt has joined Carlton Fields in Atlanta, the firm announced Monday.
Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.
Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.
Wiggin and Dana handling a $1.8 billion aerospace acquisition and Morgan & Morgan winning an interim lead counsel battle lead off this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 12 to 26.
Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.
Republican Georgia State Rep. Charlice Byrd introduced a resolution to impeach Fani T. Willis on Friday, one day after Donald Trump joined a motion to disqualify the Fulton County district attorney from the sweeping racketeering case she is pursuing against the former president and more than a dozen others in connection with the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants an en banc panel of the Eleventh Circuit to rehear a recent decision to revive ousted state prosecutor Andrew Warren's bid for reinstatement, arguing the three-judge panel's ruling transformed "the First Amendment from a shield against government oppression into a sword against a governor's disciplinary decisions."
Former Fisher Phillips partner Claud "Tex" McIver was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges tied to the 2016 shooting of his wife.
Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.
The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review?
Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.
In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.
Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices?
Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.
Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.
Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.
The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.
OpinionLawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform
Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work?
First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.
Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.
As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work?
Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.
Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.
Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.