DC Pulse

  • DC Circ. Judge Tatel Moves To Senior Status

    D.C. Circuit Judge David S. Tatel moved to senior status Monday, more than a year after announcing his intent to enter judicial semi-retirement and ahead of the confirmation of U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, President Joe Biden's nominee to fill the seat he's leaving.

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    Gov't Targets 'Privilege' Of Clinton-Linked Atty In Trial Opener

    Ex-Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann's criminal trial kicked off Tuesday with federal prosecutors painting the former attorney to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as a well-heeled Washington, D.C., insider with the "privilege" to try to use the FBI as a political tool during the 2016 campaign.

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    Kirkland Lands 6-Atty Finance Group From Proskauer

    Six attorneys who focus on registered funds, business development company investment and other financial law have left Proskauer Rose LLP to join Kirkland & Ellis LLP's investment funds group in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

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    Mintz Boosts Diversity Group In Committee Structure

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has restructured how its diversity, equity and inclusion committee fits within the firm's larger hierarchy, naming a slate of partners who will report directly to the firm's top decision-making committee, it said Tuesday.

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    Norton Rose Adds Atty To Expand Enviro Group In DC, LA

    Norton Rose Fulbright has added an attorney with more than a decade of legal experience focused on environmental regulatory law, energy and natural resource transactions and other issues, the firm announced Monday.

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    BigLaw May Regret Its Retreat From Remote Hiring

    A year ago in the height of the pandemic, a number of law firms expressed interest in hiring attorneys to work remotely in far-flung locations, but today recruiters say BigLaw is largely shunning remote hiring, even as the appetite for such jobs among talent is high.

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    Quinn Emanuel's Co-Managing Partners On Their New Roles

    Last week, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP named two new co-managing partners as co-founder John Quinn stepped into a new chairman role. Here, Law360 Pulse speaks with the new leaders about how they will run the law firm alongside Quinn and what lies ahead.

  • VA Top Lawyer Moves To White House Ahead Of Midterms

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' general counsel, who previously held a leadership position at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, is set to leave his post after just a handful of months to begin serving as special counsel to President Joe Biden, administration officials have confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

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    Attrition Rates Higher For Diverse Attys, ABA Finds

    About two of every 10 Black or Asian attorneys left their law firms in 2020, with incremental increases in diversity figures for the legal workforce coming up against the challenge of retaining attorneys after they are hired, according to an American Bar Association study released Monday.

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    Fed. Prosecutors See 'Staggering' Range Of Telework Policies

    A survey of federal prosecutors released Monday found a "staggering" variety in approaches to telework at U.S. attorney's offices across the country.

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    Steptoe Adds Ex-Association Of American Railroads GC In DC

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has expanded its transportation practice in Washington, D.C., with the former associate general counsel of the Association of American Railroads, a global institution that researches and advocates to improve the productivity of U.S. railroads, the firm recently announced.

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    These Firms Are Where Summers Want To Work

    Shifting sentiments around what law students value in summer associate programs are driving changes in which law firms win out in today’s competitive environment for talent, with a new Law360 Pulse survey highlighting the value of factors like remote work options, diversity and work-life balance.

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    All You Need To Know About How Summers Pick Their Firms

    Where do law students dream of working this summer? What practice areas are they looking to specialize in? What are your firm's top schools for summer associateships? Explore the ins and outs of the summer associate bidding and firm selection process with our interactive graphic.

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    Fat Salaries Are Nice But Don't Drive Summer Associates

    For most law students, paychecks for summer programs are widely seen as at least adequate; for some, they're transformative. Law360 Pulse dives into how much firms are paying their summer associates and what a big paycheck can mean to the cohort.

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    Firms Eye Return To Normal With Flexible Summer Programs

    Both law firms and law students are embracing summer associate programs' return to in-person formats, though firms are also offering associates more flexibility as the industry increasingly becomes accustomed to hybrid work more than two years into the pandemic, Law360 Pulse has found.

  • What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    Law360 Pulse asked prospective summer associates about how their top-choice firms distinguished themselves and what backup plans they have in place. Here's what they said.

  • Justices Side With Ted Cruz Over Candidate Loan Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and struck down part of a campaign finance law that imposes restrictions on a campaign's ability to repay a loan from a candidate, finding that the provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act "burdens core political speech without proper justification."

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    Mayer Brown Chair On Why Law Leaders Need To Listen More

    Law firms that expect to succeed in the coming years should prepare to listen to their attorneys and staffers about the best ways to move forward, rather than imposing directives from above, Mayer Brown LLP's chair said Friday.

  • Ex-Jones Day Lawyers Can't Fix Complaint Thrice, Court Says

    Two married former Jones Day associates who are suing the firm over its parental leave policy can't change their charges against their former employer because of the amount of time that passed between the court dismissing the couple's original allegations in 2019 and their new filing, a D.C. federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • 3 Ways To Transform Your Company's Legal Operations

    Nearly 2,500 attendees gathered at CLOC Global Institute’s annual conference in Las Vegas to gain insight from industry leaders on how to improve their legal departments and operations. Here are three takeaways from the three-day event.

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    SEC's Grewal Calls Out Defense Attys For Undue Delays

    The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement department says defense counsel are "too often" to blame for investigatory delays, suggesting that the attorneys, including agency alumni, sometimes purposely blow deadlines or furnish unnecessary paperwork.

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    Wiggin And Dana Extends 150 Billable Hours To DEI Work

    Wiggin and Dana LLP has implemented a new policy to extend billable hour credit for diversity, equity and inclusion work, joining a host of other BigLaw and midsize law firms that have moved to count the work toward attorneys' billable hour quotas.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had a busy week, from a law firm merger to a substantial funding infusion for a legal tech company to new associate raises. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Covington Names New Lobbying Practice Leaders

    Covington & Burling LLP has named two new leaders for its lobbying practice, the firm has announced.

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    How To Create Work-Life Balance As A Busy Litigator

    With demanding court deadlines and the immense responsibility of having a client's welfare in their hands, how can litigators find time to relax, unwind and reconnect with the people they care about? Here, six successful litigators share their advice with Law360 Pulse on achieving work-life balance.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

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