Matt Simpson and Elizabeth Hardcastle

2 Paralympians Say Disabilities Make Them Better Lawyers

By Sue Reisinger

As general counsel around the country joined a call Friday for legal departments to include more people with disabilities, Sidley Austin associate Matt Simpson was unknowingly helping to make their point — by preparing to represent the U.S. in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next month.

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    McSwain 'Partisan Disgrace' Letter Puts Firm In Awkward Spot

    While Duane Morris LLP has sought to distance itself from comments made by firm partner and former U.S. attorney William McSwain calling Pennsylvania's presidential election a "partisan disgrace," the firm's ongoing work fighting claims of election irregularities in the state raises questions about possible conflicts, experts say.

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    President Joe Biden has yet to name his permanent choice to the position of solicitor general six months into his first year in office, leaving court watchers and U.S. Supreme Court practitioners to speculate what's causing the hold-up for one of the top posts in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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    Departing NJ AG's Top 5 Accomplishments

    Gurbir S. Grewal departed the office of the New Jersey attorney general on July 16 to take up the job as the top enforcement officer at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a position he will assume on Monday.

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    Connecticut Pulse

    Conn. AG Tong On Opioid Settlement, Why 'Critics Are Wrong'

    Make no mistake: William Tong is well aware of the criticisms directed at his handling of Wednesday's $26 billion settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors. Several detractors said that the historic settlement, which the Connecticut attorney general helped negotiate alongside counterparts from New York and several other states, neither properly addresses the opioid crisis' full devastation nor holds companies like Johnson & Johnson sufficiently accountable.

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    Modern Lawyer

    GCs, Compliance Chiefs Urge Action On Disability Inclusion

    Top attorneys from The Coca-Cola Co., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Unilever PLC and other large companies have banded together to call on other general counsel and chief compliance officers to improve the inclusion of those with disabilities in their departments.

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    Black IP Atty Asks Justices To Rule Title VII Covers Partners

    A Black attorney who said she faced sexist and racist backlash after she complained about the way intellectual property firm Myers Bigel PA treated women is urging the nation's highest court to hold that Title VII — the cornerstone federal workplace discrimination law — can cover law firm shareholders.

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    Schiff Hardin Boosts Associate Pay

    Schiff Hardin LLP is the latest law firm to offer associates raises as BigLaw shops scramble to retain talent in a competitive market for junior attorneys, leadership there confirmed Friday.

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    Shearman & Sterling To Require In-Office Work 3 Days A Week

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    Legal Tech Roundup: Big Names Join Corporate Boards

    A pair of high-profile influencers in the legal industry joining corporate boards leads this weekly roundup of legal technology news.

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    Kramer Levin Accused Of Malpractice After $850M Deal Flops

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's inability to hammer out a proper agreement among warring owners of a family diamond company turned one man's life into a "nightmare" and tanked a proposed $850 million sale offer, according to a malpractice suit filed in New York state court Wednesday.

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