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A former New Jersey Superior Court judge will soon get internal affairs records for the Woodbridge Police Department officers she has accused of racial bias, false arrest and malicious prosecution, as a federal magistrate judge has ruled that case law supports her bid for the files.
The New York State Liquor Authority has the right to review Madison Square Garden's liquor licenses over its policy of banning lawyers suing the company and its owner from entering its venues in New York City, a state appeals panel ruled this week.
The U.S. Supreme Court seemed dubious Tuesday that a Georgia law allowing for the re-prosecution of all criminal charges in certain cases with contradictory jury verdicts, including partial acquittals, passes constitutional muster, bombarding the state's solicitor general with questions on how the law fits into the nation's tradition of respecting jury verdicts.
The Fourth Circuit said Tuesday it won't interfere with the trial schedule in a former public defender's sexual harassment case against the federal judiciary, rejecting the attorney's arguments that the district court has moved too slowly on her preliminary injunction request.
The government asked a New York federal judge this week to allow a former real estate attorney, who admitted to participating in a money laundering scheme to help a Russian oligarch evade U.S. sanctions, to receive no prison time, despite the guidelines calling for 37 to 46 months.
Texas-based firm Sorrels Law announced Tuesday that it has hired a former Harris County state court judge as a trial attorney within its team of personal injury lawyers.
Disgraced lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison by a South Carolina state judge for stealing $12.4 million from his law partners and clients and evading taxes, a white collar punishment that prosecutors said was "more than Enron, more than WorldCom."
The Senate voted 49-46 on Tuesday to confirm Margaret M. Garnett, special counsel to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to serve on the district's bench.
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A retired California judge who is participating in the state's temporary assigned judges program should not accept a job as the government affairs director for another state's attorney general, an ethics panel has decided, because the role would constitute impermissible "practice of law."
The Senate voted 49-46 on Tuesday to confirm Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan to the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, where he'll be the first Hispanic person to serve as a lifetime judge on that bench.
A North Carolina Supreme Court justice, who said her high court colleagues' conduct on the bench is sometimes influenced by gender and race biases in a news interview, filed an emergency motion on Monday to stop a formal investigation into her statements, which she said threatens her seat on the court and violates her First Amendment rights.
Delaware Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster has called out as "profoundly misguided" published comments by former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr criticizing the state's top corporate law courts for "flirtation" with environmental, social and governance principles.
An attorney convicted in a marijuana licensing bribery scheme faces a potentially stiff sentence after a Boston federal judge on Monday rejected the defendant's math, showing he only gained $15,000 from the crime, but stopped short of adopting prosecutors' calculations pegging the gain at $100,000 or more.
The U.S. Supreme Court pointedly challenged the government Monday on its interpretation of a law that sets up a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for people convicted of repeated serious drug offenses who are later caught with firearms.
A California state bar judge who previously delayed disciplinary proceedings against Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira said Monday that she has "concerns" over the bar's latest attempt to suspend him, saying that the ongoing federal criminal case against Lira may raise Fifth Amendment due process issues.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland vowed Monday to make full use of the Justice Department's resources to help American hostages of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, underscoring the importance of strong partnerships during a stop in New Jersey to visit with federal and state law enforcement officials.
The Third Circuit has reinstated a lawsuit against Brach Eichler LLC, finding that a New Jersey federal court was wrong to conclude that a dry-solids handling company waited too long to file the action alleging that the firm and others illegally hacked into the business's computers.
A music publisher said Monday the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn a lower court ruling that held an artist is not time-barred from recovering additional damages in a copyright suit over recorded songs.
A Georgia prosecutor is contesting an attorney fee request related to her being sanctioned by a federal court in October for abusing the scheduling of a criminal trial she was prosecuting in order to avoid a deposition in a sex discrimination suit against her.
A New Jersey appellate court panel revived on Monday two money laundering charges against a Hazlet attorney accused of misappropriating nearly $1.2 million from hundreds of clients, some $588,000 of which he allegedly used for his own enrichment.
A Kentucky public defender's office violated federal labor law by refusing to bargain with an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local over a move to outsource the legal representation of psychiatric ward patients, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.
In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.
Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.