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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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    BrandSafway Hires New Chief Legal Officer

    Industrial services company BrandSafway has tapped the top attorney for CHC Helicopter Corp. to become its chief legal officer.

  • 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.

  • Ga. AG Appoints Sub Prosecutor In Rayshard Brooks Case

    Georgia's attorney general has appointed substitute prosecutors to handle two high-profile cases involving Atlanta police — including the officers involved in the 2020 shooting death of Rayshard Brooks — following the recusal of Fulton County's district attorney from the cases.

  • Ga. Appeals Court Oral Arguments Can Be In-Person In Sept.

    The Court of Appeals of Georgia will start offering parties the option to attend oral arguments in person starting in September, the court announced Thursday.

  • Ga. Justices To Review Google-Edible Arrangements Ad Fight

    The Georgia Supreme Court said it will take up an advertising dispute between Google and Edible Arrangements, which alleges that the tech giant violated its intellectual property rights by selling ads linked to the Edible Arrangements trade name.

  • Midyear Review: What GCs Need To Know About Data Privacy

    With the passage of a data privacy measure in Colorado, general counsel during the remaining months of 2021 should understand the privacy laws applicable to their company, consider hiring an in-house privacy specialist, and conduct reassessments on compliance because products and rules evolve.

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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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    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.

  • Ga. Appeals Court Judge Tapped To Fill Supreme Court Slot

    Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Verda Colvin will join the Georgia Supreme Court, filling an opening left by former Chief Justice Harold D. Melton, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday.

  • Frontline Managed Services Acquires NY Legal IT Co.

    Frontline Managed Services is augmenting its presence in the small and mid-size law firm market with its acquisition of New York-based information technology company Glasser Tech LLC, the legal industry outsourcing solutions provider announced Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Ga. Gov. Sent Shortlist For Trial Court Judgeship

    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was sent a shortlist in his search to replace a superior court judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit that has three jurists: an attorney who has served as a state senator and as a U.S. attorney, an experienced attorney who was previously a chief ADA and a path-blazing juvenile court judge.

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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.

  • Lin Wood's Boot From Case Was Proper, Del. Amicus Says

    A trial court judge did not act improperly in revoking controversial attorney L. Lin Wood's temporary admission in a First State defamation case, an attorney appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court to act as amicus curiae told the justices in a filing Friday.

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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