His critics called him a "liberal activist." His fans? A "liberal icon." But those who worked for Justice John Paul Stevens remember a common law judge who took things one case at a time.
U.S. law firms have long touted their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But those goals still seem far from being realized. Law360’s annual Diversity Snapshot indicates only marginal progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce from year to year, even as demands grow from clients expecting more diverse legal teams.
Democratic presidential hopefuls are backing radical reforms that could change the size of the U.S. Supreme Court or subject the justices to term limits. Will they gain traction? Law360 takes a look at the odds.
In a Law360 original video, two BigLaw attorneys reflect on being mothers while trying to make partner in a culture that has made slow progress towards increasing female representation in the highest ranks.
Attorney hopefuls must undergo a “moral character” screening that is supposed to protect the public from unscrupulous lawyers, but a new report from Stanford has found that the way bar examiners evaluate criminal records often has little to do with that purpose.
For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
The inside story of how an avaricious lawyer, an ex-con and an unlicensed doctor preyed on NFL players in hopes of getting rich off the league's landmark concussion settlement.
Ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig indicated Friday he didn’t want to introduce at his upcoming trial a Ukraine-focused report authored by lawyers at the former firm of the D.C. federal judge overseeing his criminal case.
Since being sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice in 2017, Justice Neil Gorsuch has already penned several significant opinions for the high court. But on Thursday, a very different piece of his writing drew the attention of thousands online — a letter he sent to a law student who had asked for his advice.
John Paul Stevens, a liberal icon who spent more than three decades as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died July 16 at the age of 99. On this week’s show, Supreme Court reporter Jimmy Hoover breaks down the life and legal legacy of the late justice.
U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle, a former chief of New Jersey's federal bench who championed one of the nation's busiest courts amid its ongoing judicial vacancy crisis, has died at 70 after a battle with liver cancer, the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and a longtime colleague said Friday.
The U.S. House of Representatives teed up a battle over minimum wage with the U.S. Senate, and groups of state attorneys general pushed for more federal guidance on cannabis as well as competition in labor markets. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
Corporations are moving more work in-house and have increased their reliance on alternative legal service providers, and that trend is expected to continue, according to the results of a survey released Thursday.
Some lawyers take the rare step of simultaneously holding roles at law firms and corporate legal departments. It can mean balancing time commitments and watching out for conflicts, but also richer portfolios of experience for those lawyers — and cost-effective options for companies.
Justice Elena Kagan said Thursday there's something "a little bit immodest" about the willingness of her U.S. Supreme Court colleagues to overturn precedent as she discussed her battles this term to save settled law.
The late U.S. District Judge William H. Walls broke new ground as the first African American man on New Jersey's federal bench and made his mark with wit-spiced wisdom that could leave new lawyers awestruck and seasoned counsel rattled.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he plans to tap Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Eugene Scalia to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, replacing the outgoing Labor chief Alexander Acosta.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed a nominee for Tennessee’s Eastern District, shortly after the Judiciary Committee sent four more of President Donald Trump’s trial court picks to the floor for a final vote.
Following the exit of a partner who filed hundreds of cases over pornography, BigLaw giant Fox Rothschild LLP is no longer the most litigious copyright firm in the country, replaced by a New York attorney who was once labeled a "troll" by a federal judge.
More legal employers are instituting flexible scheduling and telecommuting policies to help lawyers improve work-life balance, according to a survey from Robert Half Legal released on Thursday.
A Minnesota federal judge has tossed a suit filed by trustees of a multiemployer fringe benefit plan seeking reimbursement for medical expenses from a plan participant and his legal counsel Robins Kaplan LLP, saying the suit was short on details.
Two California litigation boutiques snagged this week’s top legal lions spot with a nearly $50 million intellectual property verdict for global communications company Viasat, while Arnold & Porter ended up on the legal lambs list after client Oracle’s protest over a $10 billion government contract it missed out on was rejected.
Plaintiffs attorneys in securities class actions may be tempted to inflate their billable hours with unnecessary work to justify large fee awards, according to a new report published Tuesday by three law professors.
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens died Tuesday at age 99. Here Law360 looks at the former U.S. Supreme Court justice’s legacy — not just through his legal work, but in his mentoring of clerks and friendships with peers.
Former clerks and attorneys remember Justice John Paul Stevens, who died Tuesday night at the age of 99, for his trenchant mind and his unending civility. Does his passing mark an end to an era of collegiality on the bench?
Over his 34 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, the late Justice John Paul Stevens often took employee-friendly positions in cases involving hot-button issues like discrimination and arbitration agreements. Here, Law360 looks at three notable employment cases in which Justice Stevens left his mark.
Justice John Paul Stevens' landmark decision in Chevron USA Inc. v. NRDC shaped the course of administrative law, and his legacy, for decades. But a recent wave of criticism shared by members of the current court threatens to erase a doctrine that has long bolstered federal regulators' sway over corporate America.
Washington, D.C.-based patent prosecution firm Bookoff McAndrews LLP is this year’s best midsize law firm to work for, according to Vault.com’s annual rankings released Wednesday.
A day after retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died at the age of 99, his colleagues paid tribute to the third-longest-serving member of the high court, cherishing his devotion to public service, his kindness and his unwavering commitment to justice.
Our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms again shines a light on the lack of parity for female attorneys in private practice. Though women now make up more than half of law school students, the Glass Ceiling Report shows they continue to be underrepresented at all levels of a typical law firm and that their numbers dwindle as they move up the ranks.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has redefined what it means to be the biggest of BigLaw — weighing in at 2,116 attorneys by year end 2018 and becoming the first firm since Law360 began tracking law firm head counts to top 2,000 U.S.-based attorneys.
They’re global managing partners, lecturers in law, parents and former state prosecutors whose work in large-scale litigation has led to landmark victories and record-breaking deals. Law360 is honoring 10 influential plaintiffs lawyers who are champions in the courtroom and leaders in and outside their firms.
After last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Bensiek, holding that partisan gerrymandering claims present a political question outside the reach of federal courts, state courts will likely see increased litigation attempting to strike down gerrymandered districts, say Junaid Odubeko and Mike Stephens of Bradley Arant.
Rothschild Barry's John Coffey, who joined Justice John Paul Stevens' law firm in 1965, shares what it was like to watch Justice Stevens practice law, mentor younger lawyers and land a malfunctioning plane.
While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.
The administrative record is very important to federal agency litigation — as showcased in last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census — yet there is no set of consistent principles to guide agencies in compiling these official records, say attorneys at WilmerHale.
Since 32 of the 67 decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during its October term cite dictionaries, it’s worth reviewing the opinions to learn which dictionaries the justices consulted and how they used them, say Bruce Wessel and Brian Weissenberg of Irell & Manella.
Although the rate of employment for law school graduates — which had been falling steadily — saw a small increase over the last year, other factors, such as fewer graduates overall and potential future job growth stagnation, temper the good news for those pursuing law degrees, say Tiffane Cochran and Tyler Grimm of AccessLex Institute.
Leveraging the collective strengths of a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it’s a strategic imperative for any successful firm or business, says Louise Pentland, executive vice president and chief business affairs and legal officer of PayPal.
A seismic shift is occurring in the demographics of the U.S. patent bar — the average patent practitioner is aging — which, in combination with other market forces, is already precipitating a number of fundamental changes in how patent practices must operate to remain profitable, says Ian Schick of Specifio.
Science is at the foundation of mass tort lawsuits involving drugs or medical devices. Critical to a virtual law team in these cases, the "science and expert team" does more than get into the weeds of scientific issues and retain experts, say attorneys at FaegreBD, Peabody & Arnold and Shook Hardy.
When a lawyer complains about some workflow inefficiency they are having, the knee-jerk reaction of many firms is to look for a technology-based workaround. This overlooks the importance of human psychology and behavior, which may be the root of the problem, says Ryan Steadman of Zero.
Legal writing often falls flat not because it’s unorganized, but because it’s technically unsound and riddled with gaffes that cheapen and degrade it. Avoiding the most common mistakes will keep judges interested and, most importantly, make them trust you, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
In the final installment of this monthly series, legal recruiting expert Carlos Pauling from Major Lindsey & Africa talks with Virginia Essandoh about the trends and challenges she sees as chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.
In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.
When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.
Though multiple worker classification questions still swirl around the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision, many have wondered what it means for white collar independent contractors. The law is still murky on this point, but there are several steps that might help hiring companies rebut a misclassification claim, say Raymond Bertrand and James de Haan at Paul Hastings.