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A primary concern for large law firms for the next year is how to continue to get bigger, whether that's through lateral hiring or combinations, even as the geopolitical and macroeconomic environments remain volatile, according to a report released Wednesday.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declined Tuesday to pause construction of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, allowing work to continue on the natural gas pipeline while Virginia landowners challenge the constitutionality of land seizures related to the project.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday again criticized a procedural mechanism that obligates the justices to vacate lower court opinions and offered up an alternative analysis they could use to decide whether to vacate rulings by the lower courts.
After spending almost two full decades at Wiley Rein LLP, health law attorney Rachel A. Alexander is taking her talents to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, the firm announced Monday.
U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned a Washington couple's counsel about their challenge to the one-time repatriation tax during oral arguments Tuesday, with some suggesting that a ruling in the couple's favor would upend other parts of the federal tax code.
The wave of bonus announcements continued Tuesday as several more law firms followed suit in matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and 2024 associate salaries set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Ropes & Gray LLP topping the list by adding a tier for associates from the class of 2015 and earlier.
Diversity Lab, the company behind the Mansfield Rule certification — which aims to ensure more attorneys from historically underrepresented groups win leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities — is recommending 10 new actions that law firms and legal departments can take to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in the legal profession.
Rudy Giuliani's absence during a Tuesday pretrial conference "sets the tone ... for this whole case," a D.C. federal judge remarked as the former New York City mayor prepares to face trial to determine damages owed to two Georgia poll workers that Giuliani accused of committing ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
George Washington University Law School is launching an intellectual property and privacy and technology law center, focused on preparing future lawyers for careers in those industries through new courses and other opportunities, according to a Monday announcement.
A nonprofit electric grid trade organization named its 2024 leadership team on Tuesday, with the deputy general counsel of utility company PSEG set to serve as president.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has elevated six women and 14 men to partner from its attorney roster effective Feb. 1, marking a small uptick from last year.
The U.S. Senate voted 51-50 on Tuesday to confirm District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Loren L. AliKhan to the D.C. District after she took much heat from Republicans during her confirmation hearing.
Many of us have seen the recent headlines that law firm net income was up around 3% year-over-year through the first nine months of 2023, but what do those numbers mean when you really break them down at the high and low end?
The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Acheson Hotels LLC's Americans with Disabilities Act appeal against a self-appointed "tester" is moot, finding the disabled litigant voluntarily dismissed her suit against the company, though the court said the issue of standing to sue over accessibility information on businesses' websites is "very much alive."
Holland & Hart LLP has promoted 23 attorneys to its partnership in 2024, which includes naming nine lawyers with diverse practice backgrounds to the firm's equity partnership, the firm announced Monday.
Three months after Rudy Giuliani was held liable for defaming two Georgia poll workers he accused of committing ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Sunday that a jury will determine how much he owes the women in damages.
Northeast firm Goulston & Storrs PC announced Monday that longtime co-managing director Martin M. Fantozzi will step down from his role in 2024, with estate planning director Michelle Porter set to be his successor.
It was a quarter-century ago now when ESL teacher Jean Guyton and Holland & Hart LLP partner Sam Guyton decided to create a different type of law firm charitable organization, one with a more direct focus on community service.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Clifford Chance LLP are among the latest firms to release their year-end bonus and 2024 salary figures, matching the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
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.
A District of Columbia federal judge on Friday firmly rejected Donald Trump's argument that "presidential immunity" shields him from the criminal charges stemming from allegations of election interference in 2020, ruling that Trump doesn't enjoy a "lifelong 'get-out-of-jail-free' pass" just because he was president.
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.
Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court returns Monday for the last argument session of the calendar year to consider whether bankruptcy courts have the authority to sign off on third-party liability releases in Chapter 11 plans, whether Congress can tax unrealized foreign gains, and which standard should be used to determine the viability of employment discrimination claims.
Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.
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.