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    Supreme Court Bar Baffled By 'Unusual' Delay In SG Selection

    President Joe Biden has yet to name his permanent choice to the position of solicitor general six months into his first year in office, leaving court watchers and U.S. Supreme Court practitioners to speculate what's causing the hold-up for one of the top posts in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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    Ex-Trump Adviser Released On $250M Bond In Lobbying Case

    Thomas Barrack, a onetime adviser to former President Donald Trump, was ordered Friday to be released from jail on an eye-popping $250 million bond, following his indictment on charges of acting as an undeclared agent of a foreign government by secretly lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

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    2 Paralympians Say Disabilities Make Them Better Lawyers

    As general counsel around the country joined a call Friday for legal departments to include more people with disabilities, Sidley Austin associate Matt Simpson was unknowingly helping to make their point — by preparing to represent the U.S. in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next month.

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    GCs, Compliance Chiefs Urge Action On Disability Inclusion

    Top attorneys from The Coca-Cola Co., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Unilever PLC and other large companies have banded together to call on other general counsel and chief compliance officers to improve the inclusion of those with disabilities in their departments.

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    Condo Collapse Litigation Leaders Talk Of Coming Challenges

    As leaders of the team representing victims of the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse, Harley Tropin of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton and Rachel Furst of Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen PA will have their hands full trying to maximize recovery for the victims and balancing what will sometimes be competing interests between those who lost their apartments and the 97 who lost their lives.

  • Black IP Atty Asks Justices To Rule Title VII Covers Partners

    A Black attorney who said she faced sexist and racist backlash after she complained about the way intellectual property firm Myers Bigel PA treated women is urging the nation's highest court to hold that Title VII — the cornerstone federal workplace discrimination law — can cover law firm shareholders.

  • UK Supreme Court Shines Light On LLP Oversight Loophole

    The U.K. Supreme Court on Friday issued a call to Parliament to close a loophole in legislation that gives Britain's courts an inherent supervisory role over solicitors but not incorporated law firms.

  • End Roe V. Wade, Justices Urged As Abortion Battle Begins

    Mississippi made the stakes crystal clear on Thursday in a new abortion case at the U.S. Supreme Court, not only defending its ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy but also urging the justices to overrule Roe v. Wade.

  • Gilead Must Foot $1.8M Bill For 'Egregious' Litigation Conduct

    The Delaware chancellor on Thursday chastised Gilead Sciences Inc. for "glaringly egregious" litigation conduct, ordering the company to pay nearly $1.76 million in attorney fees for shareholders who battled Gilead's "overly aggressive" efforts to shut down investigations into its potential malfeasance regarding its AIDS drug development.

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    'I Trusted Michael': Ex-Client Says Avenatti Never Paid Him

    One of Michael Avenatti's former clients, who says the suspended attorney helped him win a $4 million settlement after he was paralyzed in a Los Angeles jail, told the California federal jury in Avenatti's embezzlement trial Thursday that he never received his money from the attorney he "trusted with everything."

  • Judicial Nominees Advance As GOP Knocks 1st Circ. Pick

    Despite Republican opposition to the appellate candidate, three federal judicial nominees are one step closer to joining the First Circuit and district courts in Massachusetts and New Jersey after Senate committee votes Thursday.

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    DOJ Honcho Under Trump Joins New Civil Liberties Alliance

    The former head of the DOJ's civil and environmental divisions during the Trump administration, who has been accused of politicizing the department, is joining an organization that has fought pandemic restrictions and the federal eviction moratorium as its chief of litigation, the group has announced.

  • Ex-SFO Official Warned Dechert Of ENRC Criminal Case

    A former SFO official warned a Dechert attorney representing a Kazakh mining company in a fraud inquiry that some of his client's senior employees could face a criminal investigation without clearing the disclosure with the agency's top brass, it emerged at trial Thursday.

  • Avenatti Stole Client Funds To Buy Jet, Pay Bills, Jury Told

    Michael Avenatti violated his clients' trust — and broke federal law — when he stole millions from their settlements to buy a private jet, get his law firm out of bankruptcy and pay his personal bills, federal prosecutors told a California jury Wednesday during opening statements in his embezzlement trial.

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    The Return Of Conn.'s Preargument Settlement Conferences

    After being suspended during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts on Monday returned to holding preargument settlement conferences — a process whose importance was emphasized by the state's leading appellate judge and attorneys.

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    Snapshot: Pa. County Taps Troutman For Child Services Probe

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP was recently tapped to conduct an internal review of a Pennsylvania county's Children and Youth Services department after the former director was accused of discarding abuse reports. Here, Law360 looks at the allegations that prompted the investigation, the firm's hiring and what comes next.

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    AGs Unveil $26B Global Opioid Deal With J&J, Distributors

    The New York attorney general and six other state attorneys general on Wednesday formally announced a global opioid settlement worth $26 billion with Johnson & Johnson and the nation's three largest drug distributors.

  • Houston Judge Quits To Avoid Misconduct Discipline

    A Houston civil judge has resigned amid complaints of temperament issues, displayed bias toward certain litigants, among other pointed accusations, the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday.

  • House Dem Leaves Capitol Riot Suit Against Trump

    The House Democrat who initiated a civil rights lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and others over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has withdrawn from the case "to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest" as he leads a new committee investigating the attack.

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    'Bullied' Ex-SFO Official Plays Down Ties To Dechert Atty

    A former SFO senior official testified Wednesday that he told a Dechert partner that the anti-fraud agency was being mismanaged during an investigation into his client ENRC, but did not confide he was being "bullied" by senior managers because the two weren't close.

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    Biden Pulls Pick Of Harvard Atty To Lead DOJ's Civil Division

    President Joe Biden withdrew his nomination of Harvard University's deputy general counsel to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, the White House announced Tuesday, the same day a Morgan Lewis partner and former U.S. attorney won bipartisan Senate confirmation to lead the Criminal Division.

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    3rd Circ. Judge Bows Out Of NFL Concussion Deal Fight

    U.S. Circuit Judge Michael A. Chagares — one of three Third Circuit judges considering a retired NFL player's protest over the denial of his $1.5 million concussion settlement claim — has recused himself from the case, the court announced Tuesday.

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    State AGs Call For Bipartisan Support For Legal Aid Funding

    Government agencies and legal providers must join forces across state and party lines to expand legal services across the U.S. amid the pandemic and other overlapping crises, five bipartisan state attorneys general said at a Tuesday access to justice forum hosted by the Legal Services Corporation.

  • Morgan Lewis Atty Confirmed To Lead DOJ's Criminal Division

    Morgan Lewis partner and former U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite Jr. won bipartisan Senate confirmation Tuesday as President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Conn. District Removes Mask Mandates, With Conditions

    Noting the state's relative success in promoting COVID-19 vaccination, Connecticut's U.S. District Court on Monday issued a new order that officially opens federal courthouses to more people.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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