Mid-Law

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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.

  • Burr & Forman Adds 2 Attys To Commercial Litigation Practice

    Southeast regional firm Burr & Forman LLP has added a partner and an of counsel from Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC to its commercial litigation practice group.

  • Schiff Hardin Boosts Associate Pay

    Schiff Hardin LLP is the latest law firm to offer associates raises as BigLaw shops scramble to retain talent in a competitive market for junior attorneys, leadership there confirmed Friday.

  • Timothy D’Arduini

    Quarles Atty On Building Immigration Group In Evolving Field

    For labor and employment attorney Timothy D’Arduini, the last five years have made clear that businesses can longer view immigration as a simple administrative task. D’Arduini, who is building out Quarles & Brady LLP’s immigration group, talks to Law360 Pulse about how the practice has evolved in recent years, the impact of COVID-19 and more.

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    Robins Kaplan Promotes 2 To Lead Operations, Talent Division

    Robins Kaplan LLP has named a new chief operating officer and chief talent and administrative officer, the firm has announced.

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    Charges Against Ex-LeClairRyan GC An Outlier For Trustees

    The guilty plea Thursday of an ex-BigLaw general counsel who embezzled some $4 million as a court-appointed trustee is a rarity among criminal actions triggered by bankruptcy cases and will likely raise scrutiny on other lawyers in the sensitive role.

  • Peggy Holm

    Tyson & Mendes Adds New Health Care Group Head, 2 Attys

    Insurance-focused litigation firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has appointed a recent recruit based in California as the new head of its health care group, and expanded the group with two Washington state partners.

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    Ex-CME Group Atty Joins Murphy & McGonigle In Chicago

    Murphy & McGonigle PC continued its growth in 2021 by adding a former CME Group senior enforcement counsel as a partner in its Chicago office, the firm announced.

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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.

  • Phillip Philbin, Jamie McDole, and Michael Karson

    Winstead Adds Ex-Thompson & Knight IP Trio In Dallas

    Winstead PC recently hired a group of three intellectual property attorneys formerly with Thompson & Knight LLP for its Dallas office.

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    White And Williams Expands Into Conn. With Stamford Office

    White and Williams LLP will open its first office in Connecticut on Aug. 1, with seven attorneys in Stamford, a regional hub of financial services and real estate activity where the law firm seeks to capitalize.

  • Kaufman Borgeest Snags NY-Based Employment Vet

    Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP added an experienced attorney with nearly three decades of experience working on a variety of employment litigation matters as a partner in its New York office, the firm announced.

  • 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.

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    Wiley Adds Experienced EPA Official To Enviro Practice

    Washington, D.C.-based Wiley Rein LLP added a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official who spent nearly a quarter century at the agency to its environment and product regulation practice group as a senior policy adviser, the firm announced.

  • Athena Warlen

    GrayRobinson Adds Estate Planning Atty In Florida

    GrayRobinson PA announced the addition of a new member in its elder law and estate planning teams at its Lakeland, Florida, office.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Best Lobbying Arm Adds Two To Health Care Group

    The lobbying arm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has added two principals, including a medical doctor, to its group focused on health care-related advocacy, the firm said 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.

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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