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    Quinn Emanuel Backs Ukraine But Sticks By Russia Over Stoli

    Quinn Emanuel has been among BigLaw's most vocal backers of Ukraine since the Russian invasion and pledged to put its legal prowess behind the besieged country. But amid those public positions, Quinn lawyers in New York continue to back a Kremlin-created entity in a drawn-out effort to wrestle back control of a storied vodka brand from a Putin foe.

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    PayPal Atty's Love Of Service Extends To Ukrainian Clinic

    Although he recognizes it might sound odd to some people, PayPal's Benjamin Adams often views his pro bono legal work as selfish, because of his own takeaways. Adams talked with Law360 Pulse about getting PayPal involved in a clinic helping Ukrainian refugees apply for temporary protected status in the U.S.

  • Emory Removes Pro-Slavery Ex-Justice's Name From Titles

    Emory University's president has removed the name of a pro-slavery Confederate officer and later U.S. Supreme Court justice from three law school professorships, following a committee's recommendation.

  • Squire Patton Brings On DEI Director From Baker Botts

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has hired Kathy Bowman-Williams as the firm's new global director of diversity, equity and inclusion, the firm said Friday, following up on the September launch of the firm's new Office of DEI.

  • Ga. Atty Says Client Fund Won't Pay Up After Settlement

    A Georgia attorney representing a private equity fund in a $1.6 million securities fraud suit says it is trying to dishonor their contingency fee agreement and cut him out of a recent settlement, which he wants paid into a federal court registry for safekeeping.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Disco, Fastcase

    A legal tech company expanding its leadership team tops this week's roundup of industry news.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    It was an action-packed week in legal news, with a court holding former President Donald Trump in contempt, a big payout for the former general counsel of Coca-Cola and a new presiding partner at one BigLaw firm. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Jeans And Pingpong: BigLaw Lures Attys Back To The Office

    From pingpong and happy hours to karaoke and jeans, some BigLaw firms are pulling out all the stops to lure attorneys back to the office two years into the pandemic.

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    Firms Are Reducing Office Space Amid Occupancy Shrinkage

    Three-quarters of firms across the world are decreasing their office space, and a large majority have occupancy rates of less than 50%, a new survey shows.

  • Litchfield Cavo Moves To New, Larger Atlanta Office

    Litchfield Cavo LLP is packing up its Atlanta office and moving to a new outpost a couple of miles away with plans to begin operating in its new location in May, the firm announced this week.

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    DLA Piper Promotes 74 Attys To Partner Across The Globe

    Global firm DLA Piper has promoted 74 attorneys to its partnership ranks across the world, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Law Firms Failing Clients On Specialized Talent, Tech

    There is strong demand from clients for specialized talent and legal technology, but some law firms are not prioritizing staffing and tech development, according to the results of a new survey Thursday.

  • Childs Has Easy Senate Hearing For DC Circuit Seat

    U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, who was considered a top contender for the Supreme Court, sailed through a Senate hearing Wednesday for her nomination to the D.C. Circuit, seemingly with strong bipartisan support for her confirmation.

  • Ga. Counties Ask 11th Circ. To Toss Ex-Judge's Sex Bias Suit

    Two Georgia counties accused by a former juvenile court chief judge of work-related sex bias and retaliation asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a lower court's dismissal of her pay disparity case, saying she was not their employee.

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    Lateral Hires May Be Cooling Down Despite Busy Start In '22

    The pace of law firm lateral recruitment picked up this year compared with the start of last year but fell short from the prior quarter as the hiring frenzy for associate talent begins to cool off, according to numbers provided by legal data company Firm Prospects LLC.

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    Holland & Knight Atty Goes Full Circle With Boutique Launch

    In what she calls a full-circle moment after having started her career in the 1980s at a boutique firm co-founded by her father, the longtime appellate chair of Holland & Knight LLP is striking out on her own to co-found her own boutique where she will work alongside her daughter.

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    Lateral Hires Aren't Creating A Big-City Brain Drain

    Much ink has been spilled about workers leaving expensive, coastal "superstar" cities to work remotely where the cost of living is cheaper. But new data from the law firm data tracking company Firm Prospects LLC suggests attorneys are somewhat insulated from the trend and mostly staying put in metropolitan regions, thanks to BigLaw pay, pandemic flexibility and the very nature of lawyering.

  • Associate Atty Hiring, Attrition Up Sharply In '21

    Associates left law firms in 2021 at a rate that reached a historic high, though firms also hired significantly more associates last year, according to an attrition report released Tuesday by the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education.

  • Ga. Judicial Investigator Urges Better Social Media Training

    Georgia judges need better education on appropriate social media use, an investigator with the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia said in a special concurrence to an order dismissing a case over a state trial court judge's Facebook post.

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    How Does Musk's Buying Twitter Affect Its Legal Department?

    Despite the uncertainty and shock for Twitter employees after the company announced its pending sale to multibillionaire Elon Musk, several important tasks lie ahead for the company's in-house lawyers and their leader, chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde.

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    B Corp Status Rare But Beneficial Among Mid-Law Firms

    As law firms and clients increasingly focus on environmental and social responsibility, some law firms that have been certified as B Corporations, which requires organizations to meet certain social and environmental standards, have found the designation comes with surprising benefits.

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    Davis Polk Unveils Hybrid Plan For May Office Return

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has announced its return-to-office policy, becoming the latest BigLaw firm to require attendance at the office for three days out of the week, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Tuesday.

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    First-Time Bar Passage Rate Dipped In 2021

    Nearly 80% of first-time test takers who sat for the bar exam in 2021 passed, a drop of about 3 percentage points from 2020, according to statistics released Tuesday by the American Bar Association.

  • Atlanta Firm Fights Ex-Client's Sanctions Bid In Billing Row

    An Atlanta law firm is urging a state court to toss a sanctions motion from a former client over missing records sought as part of a billing dispute, arguing the firm had deleted the records prior to filing suit based on assurances it received that the client would pay its legal fees.

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    Coke Shareholders Greenlight $11M Payout To Ex-GC

    Coca-Cola Co. shareholders during their annual meeting Tuesday narrowly approved the company's compensation plan for named executives — which includes a more than $11 million payout for its former general counsel who suddenly resigned a year ago and became a consultant to the CEO — despite an adviser's recommendation to reject the plan.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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