DC Pulse

  • We're Not All Textualists Now, Kagan Warns In Climate Dissent

    U.S. Supreme Court conservatives pulverized climate rules and their own credibility by conveniently abandoning "textualist" principles and deploying a new doctrine that threatens myriad regulations, Justice Elena Kagan warned Thursday.

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    DOJ, House Jan. 6 Probes Put The Squeeze On Trump Attys

    Federal investigators probing the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have turned up the heat on former lawyers and legal advisers to former President Donald Trump, with bold investigative steps and explosive congressional testimony revealing the extent of their legal exposure.

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    What Gun Rights Attorneys Are Focused On Post-Bruen

    Attorneys at the law firm of Katz & Phillips PA in Florida take their work home with them like most lawyers — they just happen to be armed with more than briefs.

  • Justices To Hear NC Bid To Curb Court Review Of Elections

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to entertain oral arguments by a top North Carolina Republican lawmaker seeking to curtail state judicial oversight of federal elections, a move that would give the state's GOP-led legislature significant control over election procedures, including what North Carolina's congressional map will look like.

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    Steve Bannon Seeks Delay Of July Trial, Cites Jan. 6 Hearings

    Former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon has asked a D.C. federal judge to push back his July contempt trial for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 House select committee, claiming the committee's recent hearings have generated an "unprecedented level of prejudicial pretrial publicity." 

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    Ex-SDNY Prosecutors Say Charges Against Trump Are Viable

    Former Southern District of New York prosecutors say evidence produced by Congress so far regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including this week’s explosive testimony, is enough to charge former President Donald Trump with conspiracy to overturn the results of the election.

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    Baker McKenzie Promotes Class Of 75 To Partner

    Baker McKenzie LLP has promoted 75 attorneys to partner over the past 12 months, making for an 11% bigger partner class than the previous year, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Verrill Dana's New Leader On Firm Strategy, Goals

    Law360 Pulse spoke to Verrill Dana LLP’s new managing partner, Scott Anderson, about what brought him to the role, the firm's business goals and growth, and the firm's diversity efforts.

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    Recession Fears Force Firms To Reevaluate Associate Needs

    The hot job market for associates is cooling down, legal recruiters say, and while none have seen layoffs, they are noticing that law firms are making adjustments as they prepare for a potential recession.

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    Shumaker Advisors Lands Ex-UAE Embassy Director In DC

    Shumaker Advisors announced Thursday the hiring of a former legislative, political and military section director with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates as its new senior vice president of federal affairs.

  • Holland & Knight Adds Attorney With LNG Background In DC

    Holland & Knight LLP has added an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the liquefied natural gas space to its Washington office, the firm recently announced.

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    Reed Smith CIO On Making Innovation Choices

    Reed Smith LLP is set to launch a new innovation lab. Law360 Pulse chatted with the firm’s first chief innovation officer, David Cunningham, about the goals of the project, how it came about and how it can ease work for partners.

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    Norton Rose Fulbright Names New Employment, Tax Heads

    Norton Rose Fulbright has reshuffled the leadership of its employment and tax practices, respectively promoting the head of the firm's Houston office and its head of tax for Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the top roles.

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    Justice Jackson Sworn In As 1st Black Woman On High Court

    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday became the U.S. Supreme Court's newest justice, a historic move that makes her the first Black woman to serve on the high court in its 232-year history.

  • Justices To Mull Limits Of Fraud In NY 'Buffalo Billion' Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider whether private citizens who influence government decision-making can be convicted of honest-services fraud, taking up a case involving alleged bid-rigging by an aide to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state-funded "Buffalo Billion" projects.

  • High Court Rules Biden Can End 'Remain In Mexico'

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Joe Biden can end the so-called Remain in Mexico program, which requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims for protection are being processed.

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    High Court Pares Down EPA's Clean Air Act Power

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday restricted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, finding that the Obama administration exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act when it allowed states to issue regulations aimed at increasing the use of cleaner sources of electricity generation.

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    Dobbs To Heap Painful Choices On Military Women, Families

    For nearly 30 years, U.S. Air Force veteran Rachel VanLandingham kept secret the unusual order given to her by her commander at the remote Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. The lieutenant was to drive a female colleague to Seoul, several hours away by dangerous roads, and see her through an illegal abortion procedure.

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    Biden Taps Del. High Court Trailblazer For 3rd Circ.

    President Joe Biden nominated Delaware Supreme Court Justice Tamika Renee Montgomery-Reeves to a seat on the Third Circuit on Wednesday.

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    13 Ballard Spahr Attorneys Make Partner This Week

    More than a dozen attorneys at Ballard Spahr LLP will be promoted to partner effective Friday, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    BB&K Adds Veteran Telecom Partner In DC

    California-based Best Best & Krieger LLP has hired an attorney with over 35 years of experience representing local governments in telecommunications matters as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office.

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    Spotlight Grows On Cipollone's Absence From Jan. 6 Hearings

    A firsthand account of intense anxiety among White House lawyers about criminal charges stemming from former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally has put the spotlight on who isn't testifying before the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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    Mintz Managing Partner On Prepping For A Weaker Economy

    While the legal industry had a banner year in 2021 in terms of profits and hires, many firms are looking at 2022 and beyond with a wearier eye, concerned about a potential economic downturn and the effect it may have on their bottom lines.

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    Brownstein Adds Ex-Senate Aide To Lobbying Practice In DC

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP has added a former Capitol Hill staffer to its lobbying practice in Washington, the firm announced this week.

  • 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.

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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