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    Think Inflation Is Bad? BigLaw Rate Hikes Are Worse

    BigLaw firms are almost certainly looking to ward off drooping profits this year as demand slackens and expenses increase following a series of associate raises. How will they do it? More likely than not by increasing the cost of their services.

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    BigLaw's M&A Boom Drove Hourly Rates Up Last Year

    Law firm partner billing rates across the industry rose 3.4% on average last year relative to 2020, driven by an even steeper increase in rates among large law firms and mergers and acquisitions work, according to a report released Wednesday.

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    In-House Counsel Speak On Regulators' Changing Demands

    Ten years ago regulators' expectations of compliance programs were clear, but today those expectations are constantly changing, and in-house compliance programs must evolve with them, a panel of experts said Tuesday.

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    Fight Over Trans Youth Moving From Schools To Courts

    A 10-year-old transgender girl and her mother sued the Indianapolis public schools in May claiming that a new state law barring the girl from playing school sports violates their constitutional rights.

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    MoFo's New Chair On Firm's Future, Diversity Goals

    San Francisco-based corporate partner Eric McCrath will succeed Larren Nashelsky as the chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP on October 3. Here, McCrath talked with Law360 Pulse about the firm's growth, his goals for the firm, and how he plans to further the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Attorney Satisfaction Remains High 3 Years After Graduation

    About 82% of attorneys reported that they are satisfied with their overall legal careers three years after they graduated from law school, a tick down from last year's finding of 85%, according to a report released Monday from the National Association for Law Placement.

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    Few Anti-Bullying Rules For Attys Worldwide, IBA Finds

    Fewer than one of every five nations has regulations either on a government level or in their bar associations that include anti-bullying and anti-sexual harassment provisions to protect attorneys, according to two reports released Monday by the International Bar Association.

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    Why Attorney Bios Are A Cybersecurity Risk For Law Firms

    Online attorney biographies and similar marketing material pose "dangerous" cybersecurity risks to law firms and their clients by making phishing attacks, wire fraud and hacking easier, experts say.

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    GCs Wrangling With Tangled Fallout Of Roe's Demise

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to ban abortions — fraught with all the raw emotions attached to this issue — is also fraught with a multitude of legal risks for general counsel and their companies, ranging from possible criminal prosecution to civil suits to high-pressure proxy fights over political spending.

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    Firms Look To Cover Out-Of-State Abortion Care After Dobbs

    A growing number of law firms are offering to cover the costs of out-of-state reproductive care for their employees in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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    Dobbs Casts Shadow On Gay Rights, Birth Control

    As other conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices sought to blunt a political firestorm by emphasizing that their decision to overturn women's constitutional abortion rights on Friday was not an attack on other rights, like those protecting birth control and same-sex couples, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the door should be wide open.

  • Alex Jones Must Pay Sandy Hook Defamation Case Sanctions

    Conspiracy theorist podcaster Alex Jones lost his bid Friday to delay the payment of $1 million in sanctions ordered by a Texas state court judge in a defamation suit brought by families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting when the court said he is able to pay the fines and still continue defending himself in the proceedings.

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    Women Lawyers Look Past Men For Legal Heroines

    Delving into the sources of bias against women, several female legal chiefs explored how literature, myths and their own experiences have shaped their roles in the legal profession in a webinar on Thursday.

  • Ex-XFL Commissioner, League Founder Drop Termination Suit

    Former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck and the football league founder and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. CEO Vince McMahon have mutually agreed to drop a lawsuit over Luck's pay after his firing in 2020.

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    Kirkland Unlikely To Regret Split With Clement, Experts Say

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's decision to shun Second Amendment cases, and by extension famed appellate lawyer Paul Clement, appears to be the latest example of how client selection has become an increasingly important strategy for law firms when it comes to honing their brand.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The U.S. Supreme Court continued to rock the legal world this week, with rulings overturning the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, striking down a longtime New York gun law and more. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

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    51 Firms Named Among Best For Women In 2022

    Professional services and research firm Seramount announced on Thursday the results of its latest Best Law Firms for Women survey, touting the firms that earned spots on its 2022 list.

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    How BigLaw's IT Hiring Woes Have Worsened

    Amid a more challenging market for the recruitment of information technology talent, some BigLaw firms have found themselves at the short end of the stick.

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    Conn. Reappoints John Russotto As Deputy Chief State's Atty

    The Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission has reappointed John Russotto to serve as a deputy chief state's attorney amid its naming of two attorneys to the top prosecutorial roles in New Haven and New Britain's judicial districts.

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    LGBTQ Attys And Staff Talk Inclusivity In Mid-Law

    As the legal industry has placed increased focus on diversity in recent years, many firms have promoted not only efforts for more racial and ethnic diversity, but also diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation. This Pride Month, Law360 Pulse spoke to LGBTQ attorneys and staff at Mid-Law firms about how things stand regarding LGBTQ inclusion in this part of the industry.

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    Why Some Firms Are Not Moving Fully To The Cloud

    As law firms have come to embrace storing data in the cloud since the COVID-19 pandemic normalized remote working, some firms are choosing to continue keeping data on in-house office servers.

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    Public Interest Attorney Pay Growing Faster Since 2018

    Many attorneys in public service jobs have seen their median salaries rise faster in the past four years than in the preceding decade and a half, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

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    Law School Graduate Hiring Rebounds From Pandemic Slump

    Law firms are making up for the COVID-19-driven decline in law school graduate hiring, exceeding numbers in 2021 from the last pre-pandemic year, a report released Wednesday by legal services provider Leopard Solutions says.

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    Yale Law Adds Chicago Law Professor, Human Rights Head

    Yale Law School announced on Wednesday that a University of Chicago Law School professor will join its staff as a clinical professor of law in July.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

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