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Racist imagery from more than 100 years ago has persisted as painful stereotypes that impact not only society as a whole but also diversity and inclusion efforts in the law, according to speakers at a recent talk organized by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.
A growing number of parents are suing schools and states claiming that a lack of COVID-19 precautions — and even outright bans on some — are putting children with health issues at risk.
Former Delaware Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, now a partner at Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, will be honored Monday by the University of Delaware's John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, an organization he has helped steer for years, the firm announced.
A former Bayard PA attorney is urging Delaware's Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision tossing a defamation suit he filed against another attorney he claims falsely branded him a racist and religious bigot.
BakerHostetler is planning to fully reopen its offices in January 2022, the firm told Law360 on Friday, joining a slew of BigLaw firms that have moved their official return dates to the next calendar year.
The recent revelation that more than 130 federal judges didn't exit hundreds of cases involving companies in which they or a family member owned stock is triggering new interest in an elementary market solution: the mutual fund.
Pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. narrowly avoided a shareholder's demand that it pay for driving up litigation costs in a Delaware Chancery books and records case, but its counsel Abrams & Bayliss LLP nevertheless left court Thursday with a stern warning that the firm was right "on the line" of breaking the rules.
At least 25 law firms have created new C-suite positions in 2021, continuing the hiring boom and creating a dynamic where law firm equity partners must take a step back in their firms' management and relinquish control to nonpartners, and even nonlawyers.
Attorneys in major firms across the U.S. have been trying on a different professional hat in the last few years: podcast host.
Milbank LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it will reopen its offices in early November and let employees enjoy remote work during the holidays — but it's also calling on junior attorneys to put in extra time in the office, according to a Thursday report.
Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the state Senate confirmed his recent nominees for judicial positions, as well as Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster's reappointment to the state's esteemed and nationally important Chancery Court.
Giving what he called "subtle, but not so subtle" advice, a Delaware vice chancellor on Wednesday urged counsel teams battling to lead stockholder litigation over the $1.8 billion sale of Emisphere Technologies Inc. to Novo Nordisk A/S to put aside differences and work together.
Litigation funder Burford Capital is earmarking an additional $100 million as part of the launch of the second phase of its initiative to use economic incentives to increase diversity in the legal profession, particularly in leadership and partnership positions.
Legal technology startups usually experience growth on the way to an acquisition, but some companies fail to achieve positive return on investment, according to data compiled by analytics company Legalcomplex and given exclusively to Law360 Pulse.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP countered accusations in a Delaware Chancery Court suit that they submitted problematic billing for a price adjustment dispute that followed the 2018 sale of Landmark Theatres.
A team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP attorneys recently shut down a suit that claimed 3M Co. failed to warn its shareholders about the costs of underlying "forever chemical" pollution litigation, after securing an ultra-rare writ of mandamus from the Third Circuit that approved a venue change for the potentially multibillion-dollar suit.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has launched a diversity scorecard aimed at showing law firms where they fall in terms of several diversity, equity and inclusion metrics and where they can improve.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP are the latest law firms to announce they will push back their planned office reopenings to early November, and both are giving employees more time at home for the holidays.
Three firms are seeking roughly $12 million in connection with a proposed $44.75 million deal to end a shareholder suit in Delaware Chancery Court alleging that Alon USA Energy Inc. violated stock sales restrictions related to a $545 million acquisition deal with Delek US Holdings Inc.
Wiley Rein LLP is requiring all employees and guests coming into its Washington, D.C., office to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the firm said Friday, making Wiley one of the latest firms to mandate vaccination among its employees.
California-based midsize law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP is set to raise associate pay from a starting salary of $140,000 to $170,000 in 2022, a firm spokesperson said Friday.
The legal sector added 4,300 jobs for the second consecutive month in September, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, as the industry continues to rebound from economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Companies that made racial and social justice commitments in 2020 are about to be asked by social activists to report back, predicts Michael Callahan, executive director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at the Stanford Law School.
The former White House counsel to President Donald Trump is launching a Washington, D.C., office for Los Angeles-based litigation boutique Browne George Ross O'Brien Annaguey & Ellis LLP with a group of Trump administration and BigLaw alums.
The Federal Trade Commission recently laid out an enforcement approach it says is designed to stop parties from circumventing a certain filing requirement for planned mergers, brewing uncertainty among some antitrust attorneys about how significant a change will hit a hot practice area.
OpinionLawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform
Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.
First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.
Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.
As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.
Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.
Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.
Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.
OpinionWe Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary
With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.
Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.
Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.
Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.
As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.
As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.
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.