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    Albright's Dimmed Power Upsets New Waco Patent Practices

    Even faster than U.S. District Judge Alan Albright threw open the doors of his Waco, Texas, courtroom to patent litigators, a new court policy to randomly assign patent cases across the Western District of Texas shut them, flummoxing attorneys and leaving some firms with new Waco offices rethinking their investments.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Orrick Real Estate Attorney

    Greenberg Traurig LLP continued to grow its San Francisco real estate practice with the addition of a shareholder who has more than a decade of experience advising clients on financing deals, the firm said this week.

  • Indiana Chief Justice Tapped For Top Roles In 2 Court Orgs

    The first female chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Loretta H. Rush, has accepted leadership positions in two related national court organizations, according to a statement Thursday.

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    Gains In Fed. Judicial Diversity May Slow After Midterms

    Partisanship and lawmakers' focus on the political leanings of federal court nominees undermine efforts to create a more diverse bench, a panel of judicial experts said Thursday.

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    Law Firm Profits Spike Amid Focus On Rates, Pricing

    More than a quarter of 74 law firms in a recent survey saw profit growth of more than 10% in the last three years, with the vast majority expressing satisfaction with those gains and a third saying they're focusing on rates and pricing, a report released Thursday found.

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    Philly Judge Remembered For Mentorship, Keen Legal Mind

    The Philadelphia legal community lost what friends and colleagues called a thoughtful and fair-minded jurist and mentor last week when U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley died at 63.

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    Class Of 2021 Law Grads See Record High Employment

    Fueled by talent competition among the largest law firms, the employment rate for the class of 2021 law school graduates climbed 3.5% compared with the previous year, according to data released Thursday, reaching historic peaks as the U.S. economy recovered from COVID-19-related disruptions.

  • Hogan Lovells Debuts German Foreign Investment Tool

    Hogan Lovells launched a new legal technology tool on Thursday to help companies identify whether an international mergers and acquisitions deal would trigger a German Foreign Direct Investment, or FDI, screening procedure.

  • Former Equity Partner Loses Claim Over Profit Distribution

    A London court ruled Thursday that a law firm was right when establishing that the profits distributable among partners must take into account a £129,000 ($155,000) debt owed by a former employee, ruling against a retired partner claiming he was not awarded the right amount.

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    Norton Rose DC Partner Named Global Energy Co-Leader

    Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of a Washington, D.C., partner as its global co-head of energy, infrastructure and resources.

  • Munck Wilson Mandala Expands IP Group In New Waco Office

    An intellectual property and sports law attorney has joined Munck Wilson Mandala LLP's respective industry practices as part of the firm's Waco, Texas, office, the firm said Monday.

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    The Slow Death Of New York's 'Brick And Mortar' Office Rule

    New York's "brick and mortar" office rule for out-of-state lawyers — long derided in the internet age as archaic, oblivious and generally unhelpful — may finally be ready to expire. But don't expect anyone to throw a parade.

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    Jenner & Block Launches Climate Solutions Practice

    Jenner & Block LLP launched an energy and climate solutions practice on Thursday, bringing in a former Duke University director to help lead the team.

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    Jones Day Adds Financial Markets Atty In DC

    Jones Day has added a Seward & Kissel LLP financial markets attorney to its practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

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    How Much Do Associates Like Their Jobs? Not Much

    Associates at many law firms don't sound very happy: Only about a quarter rank their job satisfaction as excellent, a mere 40% believe they are well mentored, and just 52% would recommend their current firm to a peer, a new report shows.

  • Justice Thomas Backs Out Of Teaching GWU Law Seminar

    Justice Clarence Thomas told George Washington University Law School that he is now "unavailable" to co-teach a constitutional law seminar in the fall, just a month after the university refused to fire him over his controversial concurrence in the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the right to abortion.

  • Ex-JPMorgan Atty's Firing Maybe Was Retaliation, Rakoff Says

    U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff has expanded on his recent decision to partially deny JPMorgan Bank NA's last-ditch bid to dismiss a suit from a former compliance attorney who claims she was fired for raising misconduct concerns, finding the bank can't definitively show her termination wasn't tied to her complaints.

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    Funding For Legal Tech Drops 40% As VCs Tap Brakes

    Funding for legal technology companies declined by about 40% in the first half of 2022, a sudden reversal from the record haul in 2021.

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    Polsinelli Lands Corporate Health Care Atty From Clark Hill

    Polsinelli PC continues to grow its business practice, adding a Clark Hill PLC corporate health care attorney as a shareholder in Los Angeles.

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    New M&A Partner Adds To O'Melveny's Texas Growth Spurt

    A new mergers and acquisitions partner has joined O'Melveny in Houston as the firm continues the rapid growth in Texas that began when it opened its first offices in the state last year, the firm said Wednesday.

  • Tax Expert Taps SRA Over Osborne Clarke Libel Letters

    The former head of Clifford Chance's tax practice has reached out to the Solicitors Regulation Authority requesting an update to its SLAPP guidance after he received a series of letters from international law firm Osborne Clarke regarding his blog posts on a powerful firm client.

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    As GC Compensation Increases, So Does Gender Pay Gap

    General counsel and chief legal officers around the world averaged 14% more cash pay in 2022 than in 2020, according to a new study, but the wage gap between male and female legal chiefs grew wider during that period.

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    Baker Botts Taps Dallas Atty As New IP Group Co-Chair

    Baker Botts LLP has elevated an attorney with nearly two decades of experience to co-chair of the firm's bustling intellectual property practice.

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    Jones Day Taps Litigator To Lead Irvine Office In Calif.

    Jones Day has appointed four partners in its California region to new leadership roles, including a litigator who will head up the Irvine office, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Squire Patton Boggs Hires Ex-Life Insurance Co. GC

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP announced the former general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary for Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Co. has joined the firm's financial services practice as of counsel with plans to focus on regulatory compliance and data security.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • 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.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.



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