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Kenneth Frazier, who rose in the ranks at Merck & Co. to become general counsel and eventual CEO and chair, will soon join the Harvard Corporation governing board, according to an announcement Sunday, as the Ivy League university continues to look for a new president.
McGlinchey Stafford said it hired one of PNC Bank's senior legal counsel, a lawyer with more than 35 years of bankruptcy experience, to join its team in Cleveland.
Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate, announced Monday that a healthcare and public policy leader with diverse business, legal and government experience has joined as president and CEO.
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.
J. Michael Luttig, a respected legal scholar and former federal judge who has been an outspoken critic of efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election, is joining the University of Virginia to "shore up the guardrails of democracy and strengthen the rule of law" ahead of what is expected to be another highly contentious election.
All three lawyers set to receive the American Bar Association's Stonewall Award on Saturday began their careers in the closet at work, in a profession they say was not interested in actively embracing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers at the time. Each recipient has since spent decades fighting to make sure the same isn't true for the next generation.
Legal department hires during the first month of 2024 included high-profile appointments at Xerox and Kimberly-Clark. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at some of the top in-house announcements from January.
Neiman Marcus Group LLC has removed the interim title from its chief legal officer roughly a month after he stepped into the role following the departure of the company's previous top attorney for Chicago-based market research company Circana.
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.
Elon Musk, ticked off that the Delaware Chancery Court tossed out the Tesla CEO's proposed, multibillion-dollar pay package, wants to move Tesla's incorporation from Delaware to Texas. And a new study finds that nearly 28% of women general counsel and chief legal officers are people of color — double the diversity of men in those jobs.
Ramaco Resources has hired the former chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, who also served as a U.S. congressman for the state, to serve as the mining company's new general counsel after its current general counsel resigned this week.
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.
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.
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.
After nearly a decade in the role, the top lawyer at technology giant IBM is set to retire by the end of 2024, according to a recent securities filing.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced that an experienced strategist with in-house experience in the energy industry and California state government joined the firm's state government relations practice as a senior policy adviser.
Former legacy CBS general counsel, who left the company in 2020 after nearly 26 years to join Bumble, is set to become the top lawyer at MSG Entertainment and Sphere Entertainment, according to a Thursday announcement.
Workday has urged a California federal judge to toss a Black company attorney's suit claiming the business discriminated against him and harassed him with a police wellness check at his home, arguing that the Maryland-based employee can't keep his Golden State law claims in play.
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.
Dallas-based boutique Murchison Law Firm PLLC has hired a former in-house attorney from Koch Industries Inc. to help bolster its efforts to service pipeline industry clients.
PCF Insurance Services said Thursday that it is bringing on a new general counsel who used to serve in-house at AIG, amid a wider leadership shift as the company aims to expand following two multimillion-dollar investments last year.
Law360 Pulse recently sat down with Stephanie Craig, president of Austin-based crisis communications agency Kith, to discuss how it prepares companies to respond to crises "appropriately and with great speed."
From Hilton to Tupperware to American Express, Bruce Brown has worked at several household-name brands throughout his career. Now at entertainment venue developer and operator Falcon's Beyond, he reflects on the importance of a general counsel being invested in the business.
Tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. announced Thursday that its general counsel, an attorney who was formerly a senior partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, is set to retire in April.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has hired the former sole Republican commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, Christine Wilson, who resigned last year after saying the agency's chair had disregarded due process and the rule of law.
Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.
In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.
Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.
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.