Courts

  • Eastman Drops Suit To Keep Cell Records From Jan. 6 Panel

    Embattled former Trump attorney John Eastman has dropped his lawsuit seeking to block the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection from obtaining his cellphone records.

  • Breyer To Officially Step Down Thursday At Noon

    Justice Stephen Breyer, a key member of the Supreme Court's liberal bloc since he joined in 1994, will officially retire from the high court at noon on Thursday, making way for the addition of Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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    IT Pro Was 'Stupid' To Obey Jones Day Atty's 'Burn' Order

    An IT manager testified at a trial on Wednesday that he was "stupid" to comply with instructions from a senior Jones Day lawyer to destroy a secure messaging system in an alleged attempt to conceal evidence of corporate espionage from supermarket group Ocado.

  • Justices Say Texas Not Immune To Military Discrimination Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state employers do not have sovereign immunity to a military anti-discrimination law, reviving a former Texas state trooper's allegations that he was unlawfully forced out of his job due to injuries from his Army service.

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    High Court Says States Can Handle Some Reservation Crimes

    A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Oklahoma and other states aren't barred by federal law from prosecuting non-Indians for crimes against Indians on reservations, handing Oklahoma a win in its bid to exert more authority on tribal land following the high court's landmark 2020 McGirt decision.

  • Erika Girardi Ordered To Turn Over Pricey Diamond Earrings

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must turn over to a bankruptcy trustee a pair of diamond earrings that her estranged husband, the disbarred attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought in 2007 for $750,000, a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge said Tuesday, finding that it was clear that stolen funds were used to buy them. 

  • Calif. Panel Won't Disqualify Law Firm In Pipe Maker's Fight

    A California appellate panel upheld on Tuesday a lower court's refusal to disqualify Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP from representing Victaulic Co. in its multimillion dollar coverage fight with three AIG units, rejecting arguments that the firm's attorneys obtained relevant confidential information on AIG while at a previous firm.

  • LeClairRyan Trustee Approved For $21M UnitedLex Settlement

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge approved a $21 million settlement between the Chapter 7 trustee for defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC and the legal services provider she accused of bleeding the firm of millions and driving it into liquidation.

  • Fed. Circ. Wipes $11K Fee Ruling Over Confidential Emails

    A Federal Circuit panel splintered Tuesday in rejecting a lower court decision to hit a California patent lawyer and his client with $11,000 in fines and legal fees over allegedly emailing confidential materials to a partner attorney in a joint defense agreement, who used them in another case.

  • Trump Was Bent On Joining Capitol Mob, Meadows Aide Says

    Despite warnings about people carrying weapons near the White House on Jan. 6, 2021, former President Donald Trump was so furious over what he saw as too few people in a secured area at his "Stop the Steal" rally that he urged the Secret Service to remove magnetic screening machines.

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    Paul Weiss, MoFo, 22 Other Firms Staff NY Abortion Hotline

    Two dozen BigLaw firms, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, have signed on to help with an abortion hotline, offering legal guidance to anyone seeking access to or seeking to provide abortions in New York.

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    Center For Reproductive Rights Promotes Attorney To GC

    The Center for Reproductive Rights Inc. has elevated one of its attorneys to become its new general counsel as the organization deals with the reverberations of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week ending constitutional protection for abortion.

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    Justice Alito's Former NJ Home Barraged With Hate Mail

    Justice Samuel Alito's former New Jersey home is being targeted by hate mail in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, which struck down the constitutional right to abortion.

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    Texas Judge Freezes Enforcement Of Pre-Roe Abortion Ban

    A Texas judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a nearly century-old ban on abortion that was deemed unconstitutional in the now-overturned Roe v. Wade decision.

  • Attorney Satisfaction Remains High 3 Years After Graduation

    About 82% of attorneys reported that they are satisfied with their overall legal careers three years after they graduated from law school, a tick down from last year's finding of 85%, according to a report released Monday from the National Association for Law Placement.

  • Trump Adviser Eastman Says Feds Seized His IPhone

    Former Donald Trump legal adviser John Eastman, who is embroiled in a House select committee's investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said in a Monday lawsuit that federal agents have seized his iPhone 12 using what he described as an overly broad search warrant.

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    Seyfarth, Yeshiva U. Accused Of Covering Up Student's Rape

    A female Yeshiva University student who says she was raped by a player on the men's basketball team sued the school and Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Monday in New York federal court, saying they conspired to conduct a "sham" investigation to cover up her claims.

  • Ditching Live Testimony For Declarations Is Risky, Attys Say

    U.S. courts should move cautiously before embracing written statements at bench trials in lieu of live direct examination testimony, lawyers tell Law360, cautioning that their recent use in a high-stakes opioid trial doesn't mean the practice — which is standard in the U.K. — should be widely adopted at home.

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    GCs Wrangling With Tangled Fallout Of Roe's Demise

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to ban abortions — fraught with all the raw emotions attached to this issue — is also fraught with a multitude of legal risks for general counsel and their companies, ranging from possible criminal prosecution to civil suits to high-pressure proxy fights over political spending.

  • Justices Say Courts Must Consider Rehab In Resentencing

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that district courts must look at defendants' rehabilitation and updated sentencing guidelines when considering a reduction of their sentences. 

  • Fla. Atty In Ethics Row Says Court Criticisms Are Free Speech

    A Miami-based foreclosure defense attorney facing disciplinary charges over disparaging comments leveled against various courts and judges has urged the Florida Supreme Court to find that his statements are protected under the First Amendment.

  • Miffed By Briefing, Judge Leaves Most Of DA Bias Case Intact

    A California federal judge on Friday chided a group of prosecutor-plaintiffs and the defense in an employment discrimination case against the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, ordering more briefing and threatening to toss any insufficient arguments moving forward.

  • Ex-Atty Denies Fraud In Claims Against UK Soldiers In Iraq

    Former British human rights lawyer Philip Shiner on Monday pled not guilty to three fraud charges relating to claims made against British Army personnel who served in Iraq.

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    Firms Look To Cover Out-Of-State Abortion Care After Dobbs

    A growing number of law firms are offering to cover the costs of out-of-state reproductive care for their employees in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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    Ex-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Atty Joins Orrick

    A former senior policy and strategy counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Enforcement has moved to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP after a brief stint with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct Author Photo

    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

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