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    2 Paralympians Say Disabilities Make Them Better Lawyers

    As general counsel around the country joined a call Friday for legal departments to include more people with disabilities, Sidley Austin associate Matt Simpson was unknowingly helping to make their point — by preparing to represent the U.S. in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next month.

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    Firms Vie For CFIUS Attys As 'Black Box' Panel Extends Reach

    An interagency government committee that conducts national security reviews of foreign investments has played an increasingly active role in recent years, fueling a battle among top Washington, D.C., practices for attorneys versed in working with the panel, which has a reputation for operating in a "black box."

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    GCs, Compliance Chiefs Urge Action On Disability Inclusion

    Top attorneys from The Coca-Cola Co., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Unilever PLC and other large companies have banded together to call on other general counsel and chief compliance officers to improve the inclusion of those with disabilities in their departments.

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    Condo Collapse Litigation Leaders Talk Of Coming Challenges

    As leaders of the team representing victims of the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse, Harley Tropin of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton and Rachel Furst of Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen PA will have their hands full trying to maximize recovery for the victims and balancing what will sometimes be competing interests between those who lost their apartments and the 97 who lost their lives.

  • Shearman & Sterling To Require In-Office Work 3 Days A Week

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has laid out a remote work policy for its global workforce, with attorneys required to work in the office three days a week starting Sept. 13, according to the firm.

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    Katten Won't Set Return-To-Office Mandate

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP will not require its attorneys and staff to work in the office for a set number of days once the firm reopens its offices in the fall, according to an internal memo shared with Law360 Pulse.

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    Drop In Summer Associates To Reverberate In Firm Talent War

    Even as law firms raise pay in a scramble to attract and retain associates, recruiting for summer associates has fallen off in recent years, according to a new report. Here is a look at the choices law firms face as they search for first-year associates.

  • Fla. Law School Accuses DOE Of 'Agenda' Against For-Profits

    Florida Coastal School of Law filed a federal suit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Department of Education's cancellation of its Title IV participation, saying the move violated the Administrative Procedure Act and appears to be part of a "political agenda" against for-profit education.

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    3 BigLaw Firms Named Best Workplaces For Millennials

    Perkins Coie LLP, Alston & Bird LLP and Cooley LLP are among the 100 best workplaces in the U.S. for millennials, according to an annual list released Wednesday by Fortune magazine.

  • These Are The 11 Firms GCs Most Recommend In 2021

    Fueled by their exceptional client services during the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 law firms have been spotlighted by general counsel and other in-house leaders as the most recommended outside counsel for their peers, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Faegre Drinker To Embrace Flexible Work This Fall

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP will phase in a hybrid workplace model in the fall, requiring employees to spend about half their time in the office, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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    Day Pitney Atty Joins Enfinity Global As GC

    Renewable energy company Enfinity Global has tapped a partner at Day Pitney LLP to become its new general counsel.

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    Law Firm Summer Associate Recruiting For 2021 Slumped

    Fewer law firms participated in on-campus recruiting for summer associate programs this year and the median number of offers extended to second- and third-year students to participate in the programs declined compared to 2020, according to a new report out Wednesday.

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    State AGs Call For Bipartisan Support For Legal Aid Funding

    Government agencies and legal providers must join forces across state and party lines to expand legal services across the U.S. amid the pandemic and other overlapping crises, five bipartisan state attorneys general said at a Tuesday access to justice forum hosted by the Legal Services Corporation.

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    Law Firms Report Substantial Profit Increases In 2020

    Nearly half of 65 law firms responding to a recent survey saw profit growth of more than 5% last year, and just under 20% of respondents saw their profits increase by more than 10% year over year, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • 3 More BigLaw Firms Raise Associate Pay

    Eversheds Sutherland, Duane Morris LLP and Blank Rome LLP are the latest firms to offer associate raises, falling into step with other BigLaw firms that have upped salaries in a bid to retain associates, Law360 confirmed Tuesday.

  • Pandemic Upended Attys' Retirement Plans, Child Care

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had some older attorneys rethinking their retirement plans and many female practitioners taking on more child care responsibilities, among other impacts on the legal industry, according to findings revealed Tuesday from a forthcoming American Bar Association report.

  • Ex-Boies Schiller Legal Assistant Takes Appeal Off The Table

    A former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP legal assistant said Tuesday she won't appeal after her suit alleging she was fired due to her age and disability was cut down last month when a Florida federal judge found she didn't prove her disability bias claim and made procedural missteps.

  • Cooley To Let Flex Work Policies Stay In Place In 2021

    Silicon Valley-based firm Cooley LLP will allow all employees whose jobs permit remote work to continue to choose between a virtual or in-office environment for the rest of 2021, according to an internal memo shared with Law360 Pulse.

  • Judiciary Seeks $1.54B For Renovations, Better Security

    The U.S. federal court system has asked Congress for $1.54 billion to beef up security, renovate aging courthouses and overhaul inadequate IT systems, as lawmakers contemplate a massive, multitrillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

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    Mastercard Top Atty To Join Univision-Televisa As GC

    Univision, which will merge with Mexican media company Televisa later this year, has tapped Mastercard Inc.'s North America top attorney to serve as the new general counsel for the company set to become the largest Spanish language media business in the world.

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    Ransomware Attacks Rock Law Firm, Legal Cloud Co.

    A top litigation boutique and a legal cloud services provider have both recently disclosed ransomware attacks, underscoring the need for the legal industry to strengthen cybersecurity defenses.

  • Congress Revives Push To Codify DOJ Access To Justice Unit

    A powerful, bipartisan group in Congress is reviving a proposal to permanently restore the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Access To Justice, in a bid to codify the unit dedicated to legal representation for the poor that was shuttered by the Trump administration.

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    Most Big Banks Not Pushing Outside Attys To Return To Office

    Several of Wall Street's largest banks are not following the lead of Morgan Stanley Chief Legal Officer Eric Grossman, who is pushing outside counsel to stop working remotely or risk losing some business.

  • Fla. AG Appoints Former DOJ Atty As Solicitor General

    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Friday the appointment of a former assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice as her office's newest solicitor general.

Expert Analysis

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    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.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    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.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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