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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionJudges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.