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Labor and employment boutique FordHarrison has launched a diversity, equity and inclusion audits taskforce to assess the legality of clients' diversity-related initiatives. Here, Consuela A. Pinto, the head of the task force, spoke to Law360 Pulse about the current legal landscape for employers and what she sees as the future for diversity-related audits.
The story of an Olympic gymnast-turned-lawyer illustrates the emotional and psychological challenges that trauma survivors can face, how these challenges can play out in litigation, and how people who have experienced trauma can bounce back.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
Large law firm associates are feeling the cheer this year with a round of both bonuses and base pay raises announced by market leaders starting in late November.
Covington & Burling LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Montana federal judge granted TikTok and its users' bid to block a new law that would ban the Chinese social media app within the state's borders.
A handful more law firms, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Baker Botts LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and O'Melveny & Myers LLP, have joined the bonus season as of Friday, matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and associate salary scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP has hired the former assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who joins the firm's government relations practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Thursday.
J. Philip Kirchner, a shareholder at Flaster Greenberg who founded the law firm's commercial litigation practice, recently died at the age of 74, the firm said this week.
Nutter's handling of an aviation industry acquisition and Robbins Geller and Grant & Eisenhofer's representation of unhappy SPAC investors lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight on Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC kicked off December on Friday by announcing new leadership at its offices in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
November ended amid another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and showered associates with bonuses and higher pay. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP are among the latest firms that have matched what is gearing up to be a prevailing scale of year-end bonuses and 2024 salaries for associates, according to memorandums reviewed Thursday by Law360 Pulse.
A New York state judge refused to renegotiate Robins Kaplan LLP's $156,000 sanctions order over the law firm's access to an opposing party's Dropbox account in a litigation funding dispute, but agreed to stay the ruling pending appeal.
The leaders of one of Loeb & Loeb LLP's largest departments will be taking over as firmwide co-chairs in February, with the firm announcing Thursday that it is elevating two of its corporate law veterans.
A Texas lawyer leaving a firm cannot be subject to an unreasonable notice requirement and should not be barred outright from copying client files, according to a wide-ranging proposed ethics opinion from the state bar on how to handle attorneys' departures.
The legal industry received a big jolt a year ago when, on Nov. 30, the large language model chatbot ChatGPT made its debut, bringing with it transformative potential and tremendous concern. Since then, law firms of all sizes have embraced ChatGPT, and some are even building their own versions.
Latham & Watkins LLP was deemed the most social media-savvy BigLaw firm in the U.S. this year by an annual analysis, released Thursday, of the top 200 U.S. firms' social media performance.
Brown Rudnick has added a partner to the firm's tax practice in Washington, D.C., who will specialize in tax planning in addition to mergers and acquisitions, according to the firm.
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has added a new attorney to its automotive dealership law group, the first member of the now nine-attorney team to be based in Maryland.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP has hired an environmental and health care regulatory partner who previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to join the firm's life sciences industry team in Atlanta, the firm announced Tuesday.
By mid-November, federal judges’ 2022 financial disclosure forms should have been available on a public database, but only half the reports were up. Many courts that draw commercial litigation, from New Jersey to the Ninth Circuit, still had many judges missing, and a new type of report, meant to provide real-time snapshots of judges’ major windfalls, can take more than a year to be posted, flouting federal law.
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced that a former real estate and corporate attorney rejoined the firm's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, office as of counsel after a stint working for a title and escrow company.
Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.
In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.