Connecticut Pulse

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    As GC Compensation Increases, So Does Gender Pay Gap

    General counsel and chief legal officers around the world averaged 14% more cash pay in 2022 than in 2020, according to a new study, but the wage gap between male and female legal chiefs grew wider during that period.

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    New NY State Bar Diversity Co-Chair On Plans For The Role

    After being named co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's committee on diversity, equity and inclusion, Nihla Sikkander, an associate at Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, spoke to Law360 Pulse about her plans for the position, the role of the committee in the broader context of diversity in the New York legal community, and what events members should be on the lookout for.

  • Jury Hears $150M Damages Bid As Alex Jones Trial Begins

    Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems should pay $150 million in damages for lying about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting being a hoax in a crass attempt to drive up product sales, counsel for victims told a Texas jury during opening arguments Tuesday in the defamation case.

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    Over 30 US Firms Recognized For Female Atty Representation

    Over 30 U.S. law firms and five U.K. firms were recognized this year for the number of women represented in leadership roles, marking an increase in how many U.S. firms were certified, and a decrease in U.K. firms being certified, compared to last year.

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    As Billing Rates Rise, Now Could Be A Big Moment For AFAs

    We've all heard the mantra in legal innovation circles declaring the billable hour is dead. Those predictions have never come to pass, but alternative fee arrangements have gradually gained popularity over the last two decades, and it appears the stars are aligned for a surge.

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    Dobbs Inspires Some Law School Hopefuls To Head For Battle

    Where aspiring attorneys choose to apply to law school next year is already being affected by states' new abortion restrictions, but not necessarily how some might expect.

  • Day Pitney Expands Trusts And Estates Practice With RI Atty

    Day Pitney LLP has hired Cheryl L. Shaw to its trusts and estates practice based in the firm's office in Providence, Rhode Island.

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    How Law Firms Can Develop A Diversity Action Plan

    If your firm is still looking to put a diversity action plan in place, here are some tips from experts and firms that have made that happen.

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    What's Working For Mid-Law In Effort To Improve Diversity

    Law360 Pulse spoke with Mid-Law firms at the top of this year’s Diversity Snapshot rankings for midsize firms about how they approach diversity work, what’s working for their firm, and how they think the rest of the industry stacks up.

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    BigLaw Improves On Diversity, But Process Remains Slow

    Fueled by a year of busy recruiting, many BigLaw firms have outperformed smaller firms when it comes to increasing their proportion of lawyers from diverse backgrounds. But the process is still slow, diversity consultants and legal recruiters say, pointing out that many of them have been dedicating resources and money to the effort for years.

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    These Law Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    While law firms overall continue to take only modest steps toward achieving their long-standing diversity and inclusion goals, some firms are making significant strides and showing that progress is possible even in the uppermost ranks.

  • Conn. Justices Back Cell Evidence's Exclusion In Murder Case

    Connecticut's high court backed a lower court's decision to exclude testimony by the defense's expert witness on cellphone data during a murder trial, in a ruling on Monday.

  • Legal Recruiter Still A No-Show In Conn. Robinson & Cole Suit

    A South Dakota-based legal recruiting operation suing Robinson & Cole LLP for alleged breach of contract related to firm merger talks has yet to enter an appearance after the suit was moved to Connecticut, with the Connecticut judge on Monday ordering it to show cause why the case should not be dismissed.

  • Gartner Goes After Broker Over COVID Insurance Woes

    As a $340 million coverage suit filed by Gartner against its insurers drags on in New York, the research company has turned its attention to Aon, claiming in Connecticut court that the broker dropped the ball on event cancellation coverage leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    When A Resume Isn't Enough: Investigating Atty Applicants

    Promising a larger book of business than can be carried over; having boundary issues with co-workers; being overly aggressive — hiring managers fear the skeletons or omissions that attorneys under consideration for a lateral position could have in their backgrounds.

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    Nonpartners Hit Diversity Milestone, But Leadership Drags

    For the first time at U.S. law firms, more than one in four nonpartners are people of color, a Law360 survey has found — a milestone that shows some progress but underscores the profession's lack of diversity, particularly among firm leadership.

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    Law360's Diversity Snapshot: Representation in the Ranks

    Law360's latest Diversity Snapshot ranking provides a window into the demographic realities of law firms at the end of 2021, a year when many law firms were engaged in a historic hiring spree and looking for opportunities to grow and evolve. Here's a more detailed look at the representation of minority attorneys at the associate and at the partner level.

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    How Some BigLaw Firms Are Moving The Needle On Diversity

    Improving diversity among its attorneys proved to be a continuing challenge for BigLaw last year. Law360 spoke with diversity professionals at several of the firms making visible progress about what they're doing that's working and what lessons they've learned in the process.

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    Law360's Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    As many law firms have renewed their commitments to diversity, the task of the past year has been to bring new energy to the work and put those promises into action. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2021.

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    Law360's Diversity Snapshot: How Firms Stack Up

    Law firms have made incremental progress toward diversifying their attorney ranks, yet many firms are behind on their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. In this year’s Diversity Snapshot, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how diversity in law firms’ headcounts compares with what it could be based on the potential marketplace of new hires.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week in legal news, with BigLaw firms expanding their operations and more attorneys landing in hot water over their work for Donald Trump as the House select committee continued to reveal more about the former president’s actions during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Wiggin And Dana Minority Biz Effort Donates $1M In Services

    For the second year in a row, Wiggin and Dana LLP has donated $1 million in free legal services to minority-owned businesses nationwide through the firm's Wiggin Opportunity Initiative, the firm said Thursday.

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    Why Rocket Lawyer's CEO Wants Legal Help To Be Affordable

    Charley Moore, founder and CEO of legal technology company Rocket Lawyer, realized as a kid watching his dad operate a chain of Shell gas stations that the U.S. legal system was too expensive for small businesses and most individuals and families.

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    How Law Firms Measure Progress On Diversity And Inclusion

    Large law firms have publicly stated their commitment to diversity and inclusion and have implemented a number of programs and initiatives aimed at improving in the area. Here, diversity and inclusion leaders at five large law firms talk about how they ensure the action they take leads to measurable progress.

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    Law Firm Bias Cases To Watch In 2022's Home Stretch

    Buchalter APC recently joined the ranks of national law firms facing workplace discrimination lawsuits from within their ranks. Here are five discrimination cases against law firms to keep an eye on in the second half of 2022.

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Expert Analysis

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

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