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    Baker Donelson Adds Ex-Holland & Knight Litigator In Atlanta

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC said Wednesday it has brought on a former Holland & Knight LLP litigator to serve as an of counsel in its Atlanta office.

  • Ga. Elections Director Says Paper Ballots Have Problems Too

    Georgia's elections director pushed back Wednesday on claims that hand-marked paper ballots would serve voters in the state more reliably than the ballot-marking devices currently used at the polls, explaining why the state will not upgrade its voting system until after the 2024 presidential election.

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    In the years since a groundbreaking 2016 study on lawyer well-being found alarming rates of mental health problems in the legal profession, state bars and supreme courts have amped up efforts to improve lawyer mental health. Well-being leaders in six states shared details of their work at the IWIL 2024 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday.

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Seyfarth Starts Restructuring Practice, Adds 3 BCLP Partners

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Wednesday that three former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partners have joined the firm, two of them to launch its restructuring and insolvency practice.

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    Nelson Mullins Names New Leaders Of Bankruptcy Group

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP tapped partners Shane Ramsey and Dylan Trache to co-chair the bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Troutman Pepper's New Atlanta Head Talks 'Sense Of Service'

    Troutman Pepper attorneys in the firm's Atlanta office have followed a "sense of service" in becoming involved with the greater Georgia community, a mentality that Charlie Peeler says he aims to continue in his new role as office managing partner.

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    King & Spalding Int'l Arbitration Pro Jumps To Smith Gambrell

    Following the relaunch of its international arbitration dispute resolution practice, announced last week, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP has added a former King & Spalding LLP attorney with deep experience in cross-border commercial and investment disputes to the group.

  • Judge Charles Wilson To Create 11th Circ. Vacancy For Biden

    U.S. Circuit Judge Charles Wilson of the Eleventh Circuit will take senior status upon confirmation of his successor, but no earlier than Dec. 31.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Chu On Pioneering Virtual Trials

    In the summer of 2020, Nick Chu, a young justice of the peace in Austin, Texas, made history by presiding over the nation's first virtual criminal jury trial.

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    More Law School Graduates Are Shouldering Loan Debt

    Most law graduates finance their graduate education through loans, and the proportion of law graduates borrowing for law school has increased, according to a Tuesday report from AccessLex Institute.

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    Why Client Service Is The Most Valued Firm Culture Trait

    When asked about the qualities that inspire positive feelings about their firms' cultures, lawyers pointed to a high priority on client service above all else in a recent survey by legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa and Law360 Pulse.

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    What Lawyers Really Think About Law Firm Culture

    Here are a few things lawyers had to say when asked to describe their firm’s culture and whether their firms were focusing on the most important cultural priorities.

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    Younger Attys Are Looking For More From Law Firm Culture

    Younger attorneys are looking for better policies around attorney well-being and work-life balance, more diversity, and more mentorship and training from their law firms, according to the results of a new survey.

  • Expert Says Election Tests May Not Uncover Vote Hacks In Ga.

    A cybersecurity expert testified Monday in a trial over the future of Georgia's election system that certain hacks that could be carried out on voting machines widely used in the state aren't detectable through tests typically used to ensure voting equipment is functioning properly.

  • Ga. Judge Stops Trump Prosecutor's Testimony In Divorce

    A Georgia judge on Monday scuttled an effort to force Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to sit for a deposition in the divorce case of Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor Willis appointed to the election interference case against former President Donald Trump.

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    Ex-Alston & Bird Diversity Staffer Drops Claims Against Firm

    A former diversity and inclusion administrator for Alston & Bird LLP has dropped his overtime and retaliation claims against the firm roughly a year after a Georgia federal judge sent the case to arbitration.

  • Tax Fraud Sentencing On Hold Amid Gov't Misconduct Claims

    An Atlanta man who was set to be sentenced Monday for running a $12 million tax refund fraud scheme scored a last-minute delay and asked a federal judge to throw out his conviction after obtaining testimony he said shows federal prosecutors concealed evidence minimizing his role in the alleged crime.

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    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • Ga. Atty In Trump Case Bought Flights For DA, Records Show

    Special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who was tapped by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to help bring the high-profile election interference case against former President Donald Trump, paid for flights for his and Willis' trips to San Francisco and Miami, according to records filed Friday in Georgia state court.

  • Trump Ally Pushes Bid To Obtain Election Records In Ga. Case

    The Georgia judge overseeing the election interference case supervised negotiations on Friday between local government agencies and a defendant in the state's case who wants election records he believes could show Trump won Georgia's 2020 election and free him from prosecution.

  • Ex-Fugees Rapper Denies Fraud Claims Over $6.5M Loan

    Ex-Fugees rapper Prakazrel Samuel "Pras" Michel has denied all wrongdoing to the Georgia federal court that is overseeing a lawsuit accusing him of fraudulently selling his music catalog while it was being held as collateral on a $6.5 million loan.

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    Giuliani Gets Ch. 11 OK To Seek Redo Of $148M Penalty

    Lawyers for Rudy Giuliani on Friday won a New York bankruptcy court's approval to pursue a new trial for $148 million in damages he was ordered to pay for defaming two Georgia poll workers.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Desmarais LLP and The Dacus Firm PC secured a $57 million trial verdict for genetic testing company Ravgen in a closely watched infringement trial, topping this week's list of Law360 Legal Lions.

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Expert Analysis

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.



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