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    Edelson, Ex-Girardi Attys Can Post Separate Financial Charts

    An Illinois federal judge probing contempt liability over Thomas V. Girardi's misappropriation of $2 million said Thursday that he'll accept separate charts reflecting certain Girardi & Keese accounts' cash flow, after learning a dispute arose over how to present the information to the court.

  • Meadows On Shaky Legal Ground With Privilege Claim

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week rejecting former President Donald Trump's bid to block certain White House documents from the House select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack will make it more difficult for his allies, such as his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, to keep documents or conversations they had with Trump pertaining to the attack private.

  • Trump Spokesman Fights To Keep Jan. 6 Bank Docs Private

    A lawyer representing a spokesman for former President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that he plans to revise a lawsuit against the House select committee investigating last year's U.S. Capitol riot to block Chase Bank from handing over more of his client's private financial records to the panel.

  • 'Lottery Lawyer' Says Feds Have 'Pattern' Of Misconduct

    The "Lottery Lawyer" charged with bilking his clients' winnings has accused prosecutors in New York's Southern and Eastern districts of a "pattern" of misconduct, urging a judge to force them to finally turn over potentially exculpatory material. 

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    Biden Nominates 6 US Attys, From New England To Alaska

    President Joe Biden has announced the nomination of four current prosecutors and two former ones to lead U.S. attorney's offices in the districts of New Hampshire, Alaska, Utah, Connecticut, Montana and New Mexico.

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    New NY Rule Forces Settlement Talks Before Trial

    With a rule approved this month, New York courts now require parties in commercial disputes to attend a court-ordered settlement conference after discovery has concluded and before the beginning of a trial. The aim is to avoid parties' reluctance to request a settlement hearing.

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    Mid-Law Mergers Could Pick Up Amid Interest On All Sides

    Amid a small wave of Mid-Law merger announcements in late December and early January, industry observers say 2022 could bring a long-awaited resurgence of merger activity, with Mid-Law firms particularly likely to be involved in tie-ups.

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    Biden At His Side, Justice Breyer Announces Retirement

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer joined President Joe Biden at the White House Thursday to formally announce his retirement, kicking off a rush among Democrats to confirm a new member of the court to replace the oldest serving justice.

  • 1st Circ. Chief Judge Steps Back, Giving Biden Another Pick

    First Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard, a George W. Bush appointee, will take senior status, opening up a second seat for President Joe Biden to fill on the nation's smallest federal appellate court.

  • Democrats Plan Swift Confirmation Of Breyer Successor

    The U.S. Senate's Democratic leaders pledged Wednesday to move swiftly to confirm a successor for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is expected to formally announce his retirement Thursday.

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    Fed. Circ. Pushes Judicial Conference Back 5 Months

    The Federal Circuit is pushing back its biennial judicial conference from April to September as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, causing hospitalizations and deaths to skyrocket.

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    Indicted Ex-K&L Gates Atty Can't Remove Ankle Monitor

    An indicted former K&L Gates LLP partner can't get his ankle monitor removed, a New York federal judge decided on Wednesday, agreeing with a doctor that the device likely did not cause the fired attorney to develop a hernia as he'd claimed.

  • Ex-CIA Coder Can't Get New Legal Help For Espionage Retrial

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday refused to replace the standby counsel helping former CIA programmer Joshua Schulte prepare to represent himself at an upcoming espionage retrial, despite a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

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    Calif. Bar's New Top Prosecutor On Building Back Trust

    The State Bar of California’s credibility plummeted over the past year, thanks to a combination of new problems emerging and old ones coming to light. Under pressure from legislators to hire a new chief prosecutor to lead its lawyer disciplinary system, the bar chose former acting U.S. Attorney George Cardona. He recently spoke with Law360 about his experience and goals.

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    Legal Tech Smashed Investment Records In 2021

    Legal technology had a record year of investments in 2021, with at least $9.1 billion through funding or through mergers and acquisitions involving companies in the industry, according to a Law360 Pulse analysis.

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    Nonprofit Challenges NY Rules On Free Non-Atty Legal Advice

    Legal tech nonprofit Upsolve Inc. and a South Bronx pastor have hit New York Attorney General Letitia James with a federal lawsuit that challenges the state's ban on free legal advice from non-attorneys as unconstitutional.

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    'Just Do Your Job': Justice Breyer's Legacy Of Pragmatism

    With the coming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court loses not only a core member of its liberal bloc, but also a judicial thinker who cares deeply about making the law work on a practical level, those who worked with him said.

  • Girardi Used Client Cash On Diamonds For Wife, Trustee Says

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must surrender $750,000 diamond earrings that her husband, former trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought with money he embezzled from his injured clients, a bankruptcy trustee told a Los Angeles judge this week.

  • Ex-Clinton Atty Elias Testified To Sussmann Grand Jury

    Former Perkins Coie attorney and Hillary Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias testified to a grand jury as part of the special counsel's case accusing fellow ex-firm partner Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to Tuesday court filings.

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    Justice Breyer To Retire From High Court

    Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the longest-serving liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, will resign his post after more than 27 years on the bench.

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    Omni CIOs On How Litigation Finance Will Mature in 2022

    With every year that passes, litigation funding increasingly becomes an accepted part of the legal industry, says Matthew Harrison, co-chief investment officer of Omni Bridgeway's U.S. operations.

  • NY Court Reporters Challenge Courthouse Vax Mandate

    The New York State Unified Court System "disparaged and rejected" the religious beliefs of court employees when it denied their exemption requests from the system's COVID-19 vaccination requirement, a group of court reporters alleged Tuesday in a federal lawsuit. 

  • Dominion Sees No 'Realistic Possibility' Of Libel Settlement

    Dominion Voting Systems Corp. told a D.C. federal court that it does not believe there's any "realistic possibility" of settling its $1.3 billion lawsuits against former Trump lawyers Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell over election rigging claims.

  • Billionaire Calls Wigdor LLP Sanctions Bid 'Baseless'

    Billionaire Leon Black fired back at a bid for sanctions from a law firm he accused of extorting him by representing a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her, dropping racketeering claims against Wigdor LLP but saying his lawsuit was a sensible reaction to the accusations.

  • Biden Gets New District Court Vacancies In Calif., Mo.

    President Joe Biden will have new district court vacancies opening this year in Missouri and California, as two judges have announced their intent to take senior status, according to the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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.

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