Connecticut Pulse

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    Day Pitney's New Institutional Finance Chair On Role, Goals

    Creating an atmosphere where attorneys can share information and work together to their clients' benefit is important to Michael W. Kaufman, the new chair of Day Pitney LLP's institutional finance and commercial lending group. During a conversation with Law360 Pulse on Tuesday, Kaufman shared his goals for the practice group and more.

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    ALSPs Are Growing But Still Lack Market Share

    Alternative legal service providers, or ALSPs, are used by most corporate legal departments yet still make up a very small dollar portion of the overall legal market, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Alex Jones Damages Trial Can Continue Despite Ch. 11 Filing

    A Texas bankruptcy judge ruled Monday that the Chapter 11 filing of the parent company of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' InfoWars website would not halt the ongoing state court damages trial that followed a default judgment finding him liable for defaming the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.

  • Hartford Atty Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Tax Fraud

    A Hartford-based attorney who prosecutors said spent over $2.5 million on building a luxury home and cars, boats and motorcycles while not paying taxes for years has been sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge.

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    Littler To Hand Attys Summer Special Bonuses

    Despite looming recession fears, Littler Mendelson PC is offering special award bonuses to associates, counsel and first-level shareholders who were on a 2,100-hour pace at the end of June.

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    What's Really Behind The Lack Of Diversity At Law Firms?

    A new survey to be released on Tuesday contains numbers and insights about the lack of law firm diversity that one executive calls "eye-popping" and "a game changer."

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    Conn. Names New Chief Administrative Judge Of Civil Matters

    Judge Barbara N. Bellis of Connecticut Superior Court has been chosen to serve as chief administrative judge of civil matters starting Sept. 6, Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III announced Monday.

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    The 2022 Regional Powerhouses

    The law firms on Law360's list of 2022 Regional Powerhouses are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across nine states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.

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    Judge Cautions Alex Jones' Atty About Courtroom Conduct

    The attorney representing Alex Jones in the first of three Sandy Hook defamation suits in Texas has been warned by the judge to dial down his behavior toward plaintiffs' counsel and was scolded after forgetting to tell Jones and another defendant not to discuss the case.

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    Bar Exam Alternatives Gain Traction Amid Pandemic

    Some in the legal industry have long sought to develop alternatives that would allow individuals to earn their law licenses without taking a traditional bar exam. But a newfound momentum for the efforts can be attributed to one development: COVID-19.

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    Why More Firms Should Allow Dogs In The Office

    The shift from office to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed many lawyers to adopt dogs as their companions. But now, with more firms demanding in-office attendance, these new pet parents are struggling with leaving their beloved pups behind.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Pryor Cashman's work on two suits against Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. and Foley Hoag assisting in obtaining a permit for what promises to be New York's largest solar project lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from July 15-29.

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    These Are The Top States For New Law Offices So Far In 2022

    California and North Carolina lead the states with the most office openings for top 200 firms in the first half of 2022, according to legal industry data provider Leopard Solutions' mid-year review.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week in legal news, with a report from Law360 Pulse on law firm diversity, information released on the latest slate of U.S. Supreme Court clerks and word of J. Crew hiring a new chief legal officer. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Day Pitney Names New Institutional Finance Chair In Conn.

    Day Pitney LLP has named Michael W. Kaufman as chair of the firm's institutional finance and commercial lending group, the firm said.

  • Biden Nominates Abortion Rights Atty For 1st Circ.

    President Joe Biden said Friday that he is nominating Julie Rikelman, an attorney who represented the Mississippi abortion clinic at the center of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion, to a vacancy on the First Circuit.

  • 2nd Circ. Says NY Workers Not Owed Fixed Benefit Rates

    A Second Circuit panel said the state of New York did not violate the law when it increased the amount of money retired government employees had to pay into their health insurance plans, finding that the workers' collective bargaining agreements don't prohibit a price hike.

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    Gains In Fed. Judicial Diversity May Slow After Midterms

    Partisanship and lawmakers' focus on the political leanings of federal court nominees undermine efforts to create a more diverse bench, a panel of judicial experts said Thursday.

  • 2nd Circ. Tosses Jackson Pollock Art Row Back To Fed. Court

    The Second Circuit vacated a lower court's ruling that had dismissed a suit filed by a California man against his sister and her husband over a $175,000 Jackson Pollock collage he said the pair refuses to return to him.

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    Law Firm Profits Spike Amid Focus On Rates, Pricing

    More than a quarter of 74 law firms in a recent survey saw profit growth of more than 10% in the last three years, with the vast majority expressing satisfaction with those gains and a third saying they're focusing on rates and pricing, a report released Thursday found.

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    Class Of 2021 Law Grads See Record High Employment

    Fueled by talent competition among the largest law firms, the employment rate for the class of 2021 law school graduates climbed 3.5% compared with the previous year, according to data released Thursday, reaching historic peaks as the U.S. economy recovered from COVID-19-related disruptions.

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    The Slow Death Of New York's 'Brick And Mortar' Office Rule

    New York's "brick and mortar" office rule for out-of-state lawyers — long derided in the internet age as archaic, oblivious and generally unhelpful — may finally be ready to expire. But don't expect anyone to throw a parade.

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    How Much Do Associates Like Their Jobs? Not Much

    Associates at many law firms don't sound very happy: Only about a quarter rank their job satisfaction as excellent, a mere 40% believe they are well mentored, and just 52% would recommend their current firm to a peer, a new report shows.

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    Funding For Legal Tech Drops 40% As VCs Tap Brakes

    Funding for legal technology companies declined by about 40% in the first half of 2022, a sudden reversal from the record haul in 2021.

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    Connecticut's Chief State's Atty Names Ethics Office Director

    Connecticut's chief state's attorney, Patrick J. Griffin, has appointed an executive assistant state's attorney who will serve as the director of the newly created Office of Ethics and Professional Standards in the Division of Criminal Justice, the office announced.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

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