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  • Opioid Inquiry Faults Arnold & Porter But Rejects Some Relief

    Arnold & Porter engaged in sanctionable conduct by failing to divulge key documents from Endo Pharmaceuticals before and during a New York opioid trial, but certain requests for harsh discipline aren't warranted, a retired judge wrote in a court-commissioned report released Friday.

  • Jones Day Derides Paralegal's 'Excuses' On Serving Bias Suit

    A fired Jones Day paralegal's "feeble justifications" shouldn't win her a second chance to serve the international law firm with her discrimination and harassment suit, the firm told a Boston federal judge Friday.

  • Prosecutors Warn Calif. Court Order Is 'Dangerous Precedent'

    More than 70 current and former elected prosecutors on Friday urged a California appellate court to overturn a trial court's decision declining to allow the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to withdraw previously requested sentencing enhancements, saying the ruling sets a "dangerous precedent."

  • Clyde & Co Hit With £9M Negligence Suit By Nigerian Biz

    Two Nigerian maritime companies have sued Clyde & Co for almost £9 million ($12.4 million), saying the law firm made them settle a dispute over corporate ownership in the face of "blackmail" and "coercion."

  • Vote On 1st Circ. Pick Tees Off Week's Action On Judges

    Democrats have teed up Senate floor and committee action on several judicial nominees the week of Oct. 18 as they seek to maintain the quick pace of confirmations for President Joe Biden's court picks.

  • Court-Packing Brings 'Considerable' Risk, Biden Group Warns

    The commission created by President Joe Biden to study possible "reforms" to the U.S. Supreme Court issued a warning against one of the more extreme measures being pushed by some progressive and Democratic activists, saying that adding seats to the court to offset the current conservative majority is a strategy that brings "considerable" risks.

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    Lawmakers Demand Chief Justice Act On Recusal Report

    Two Democratic lawmakers have asked U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. for the judiciary's response to an explosive Wall Street Journal report documenting hundreds of cases in which federal judges failed to recuse themselves despite stock conflicts and questioned his role in the controversy as the head of the judicial branch.

  • Albright Gives Attys Carte Blanche To Seal Patent Filings

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas will no longer require attorneys in patent cases to get permission before filing sealed documents with confidential information so long as they follow up promptly with a public, redacted version, according to a recent order.

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    Fed. Judiciary Invites Probes Of Websites For Vulnerabilities

    The U.S. federal courts system has declared open season on its own websites, rolling out a new policy that allows cybersecurity researchers to test for vulnerabilities to strengthen defenses against malicious actors, a move that's part of a broader adoption of those tactics across the federal government.

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    Troubles Mount For Atty Murdaugh With $4M Theft Charges

    Embattled South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was arrested Thursday for allegedly swiping $4.3 million in settlement money from the sons of his former housekeeper, who died at his home.

  • Judicial Nominees Confirmed In Del., Including In Chancery

    Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the state Senate confirmed his recent nominees for judicial positions, as well as Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster's reappointment to the state's esteemed and nationally important Chancery Court.

  • Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump DOJ Civil, Enviro Leader

    The U.S. House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena to the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil and environment divisions during the Trump administration in an effort to understand apparent attempts to overturn the 2020 election, the committee announced Wednesday.

  • Atty Disbarment Rule Needs Closer Look, NJ Justices Told

    An attorney at risk of losing her state law license urged the New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday to limit the application of the state's disbarment rule, arguing it should not encompass her mistake of using other clients' funds to cover a client's settlement payment before she received the money from him.

  • Uber Has Itself To Blame For $91M Arbitration Bill, Judge Says

    A New York state judge ruled Wednesday that a deluge of arbitration claims against Uber — and the $91 million in "outrageous" fees the ride-sharing giant says it now faces — is a nightmare of the company's own making and that he would not grant an injunction to halt a multimillion-dollar payment.

  • Girardi Keese Trustee Wants To Investigate Legal Lenders

    Girardi Keese's bankruptcy trustee wants to investigate several litigation lenders who poured tens of millions of dollars into the firm in recent years, even as it appeared that founder Thomas V. Girardi was spending the money improperly, according to a document filed Wednesday in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

  • Ga.'s Busiest Courts Bear Brunt Of Pandemic-Created Backlog

    State court and district attorney staff in Georgia's most populated counties are working overtime and getting innovative with remote technology to catch up with a pandemic-induced backlog of cases, indictments and trials.

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    Rule To Strengthen Fla. Judges' Bar Complaints Worries Attys

    A proposed new Florida Bar rule that would give additional weight to attorney misconduct complaints from judges appears poised for approval by the Florida Supreme Court, despite concerns from bar defense counsel about lengthening the already arduous disciplinary process and the potential for abuse.

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    Pa. Debt Firm Gets Deferred Prosecution In Corruption Case

    A Pennsylvania debt collection company accused of trying to bribe Illinois officials for contracts will not face prosecution if it meets certain conditions over two years, federal officials announced Tuesday while also saying the company's ex-CEO pled guilty in a separate deal.

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    Burford Capital Earmarks $100M To Bolster Law Firm Diversity

    Litigation funder Burford Capital is earmarking an additional $100 million as part of the launch of the second phase of its initiative to use economic incentives to increase diversity in the legal profession, particularly in leadership and partnership positions.

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    Judge Jorge Solis Remembered As Humble, Caring Mentor

    Law clerks and colleagues of former U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis, who recently died, remembered him on Wednesday as a man committed to diversity and to helping the young attorneys who passed through his life long after they left his employment.

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    Stevens & Lee Atty Talks About New Role On Pa. Ethics Court

    Stevens & Lee PC partner James C. Schwartzman's election last week as president judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline is his latest achievement in nearly 40 years dedicated to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

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    Day Pitney Adds Ex-SDNY Atty To White Collar Practice In NY

    A former assistant U.S. attorney who worked for the Southern District of New York for nearly 14 years has reentered the private sector at Day Pitney LLP's government enforcement and white collar criminal defense practice in New York.

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    Justices Torn On Boston Bomber's Unfair-Trial Claim

    A seemingly divided U.S. Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing case should have been pressed about what they knew of the attack, with the court's liberal wing suggesting the perpetrator's death sentence may be tainted by pretrial publicity.  

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    O'Melveny Nabs Former DOJ Public Corruption Prosecutor

    Former senior U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor David V. Harbach II is headed to O'Melveny & Myers LLP's white collar defense and corporate investigations team after nearly two decades in public service, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    How Freshfields Shut Down Massive 3M Stock Drop Suit

    A team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP attorneys recently shut down a suit that claimed 3M Co. failed to warn its shareholders about the costs of underlying "forever chemical" pollution litigation, after securing an ultra-rare writ of mandamus from the Third Circuit that approved a venue change for the potentially multibillion-dollar suit.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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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