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    How Racist Tropes Affect Legal DEI Efforts

    Racist imagery from more than 100 years ago has persisted as painful stereotypes that impact not only society as a whole but also diversity and inclusion efforts in the law, according to speakers at a recent talk organized by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    Schools Short On COVID Precautions Not Short On Lawsuits

    A growing number of parents are suing schools and states claiming that a lack of COVID-19 precautions — and even outright bans on some — are putting children with health issues at risk.

  • 10 NJ Attys' Misconduct Nets Clients $209K In 3rd Quarter

    Ten misbehaving attorneys in New Jersey cost the state's lawyers $209,352 in the third quarter of 2021 in payouts to clients for losses caused by the attorneys' misconduct.

  • Counsel Sanctioned In Newark Health Dept. Bias Suit

    An attorney representing a health inspector of Haitian descent in a national origin and retaliation bias suit against the Newark health department was ordered by a New Jersey federal judge on Thursday to reimburse the defendants for legal fees and costs incurred through the litigation.

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    BakerHostetler Latest To Target January Office Reopening

    BakerHostetler is planning to fully reopen its offices in January 2022, the firm told Law360 on Friday, joining a slew of BigLaw firms that have moved their official return dates to the next calendar year.

  • Pa. Atty Disbarred In NJ For Misusing Client Trust Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday stripped former Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba PC attorney Anthony S. Rachuba IV of his Garden State license following his disbarment in Pennsylvania for misappropriating funds from a client's living trust.

  • Vote On 1st Circ. Pick Tees Off Week's Action On Judges

    Democrats have teed up Senate floor and committee action on several judicial nominees the week of Oct. 18 as they seek to maintain the quick pace of confirmations for President Joe Biden's court picks.

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    Mutual Funds Could Salve Fed. Judiciary's Conflict Headaches

    The recent revelation that more than 130 federal judges didn't exit hundreds of cases involving companies in which they or a family member owned stock is triggering new interest in an elementary market solution: the mutual fund.

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    Amid C-Suite Boom, Partners Relinquish Control To Non-Attys

    At least 25 law firms have created new C-suite positions in 2021, continuing the hiring boom and creating a dynamic where law firm equity partners must take a step back in their firms' management and relinquish control to nonpartners, and even nonlawyers.

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    Lowenstein Atty, Gov.'s Aide Pulled Into NJ Virus 'Favor' Suit

    A Lowenstein Sandler LLP attorney and the outgoing chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy must face allegations they took part in firing a state health official for objecting to collecting COVID-19 test samples from the chief of staff's relatives, a state judge has ruled in the ex-official's whistleblower suit.

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    Lawyers On Air: Firms Find Their Voice With Podcasts

    Attorneys in major firms across the U.S. have been trying on a different professional hat in the last few years: podcast host.

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    Milbank Wants Junior Attys In Office More Post-Reopening

    Milbank LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it will reopen its offices in early November and let employees enjoy remote work during the holidays — but it's also calling on junior attorneys to put in extra time in the office, according to a Thursday report.

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    Dentons Taps Deloitte HR Director For Chief People Officer

    The global human resources managing director for tax accounting giant Deloitte is moving to legal goliath Dentons to be global chief people officer, the firm said Thursday, after losing its global chief talent officer to rival Baker McKenzie.

  • Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump DOJ Civil, Enviro Leader

    The U.S. House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena to the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil and environment divisions during the Trump administration in an effort to understand apparent attempts to overturn the 2020 election, the committee announced Wednesday.

  • Atty Disbarment Rule Needs Closer Look, NJ Justices Told

    An attorney at risk of losing her state law license urged the New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday to limit the application of the state's disbarment rule, arguing it should not encompass her mistake of using other clients' funds to cover a client's settlement payment before she received the money from him.

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    Many Legal Tech Cos. Never See Positive Investment Return

    Legal technology startups usually experience growth on the way to an acquisition, but some companies fail to achieve positive return on investment, according to data compiled by analytics company Legalcomplex and given exclusively to Law360 Pulse.

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    How Freshfields Shut Down Massive 3M Stock Drop Suit

    A team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP attorneys recently shut down a suit that claimed 3M Co. failed to warn its shareholders about the costs of underlying "forever chemical" pollution litigation, after securing an ultra-rare writ of mandamus from the Third Circuit that approved a venue change for the potentially multibillion-dollar suit.

  • NJ High Court Probes Ex-Judge's 'Sexual Innuendo' Remark

    The New Jersey Supreme Court Tuesday questioned an ex-municipal court judge's stance that he did not speak inappropriately to a criminal defendant about the conditions of her release, as the justices weighed an ethics panel's call to publicly reprimand him for a comment it said could reasonably be interpreted as "sexual innuendo."

  • NJ Atty Disbarred For Stealing From Family Member's Estate

    A Maplewood, New Jersey-based attorney was recently disbarred by the state's high court after disciplinary officials found he knowingly stole tens of thousands of dollars from the estate of a dead relative.

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    MCCA Launches Scorecard To Evaluate Law Firms' DEI Efforts

    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has launched a diversity scorecard aimed at showing law firms where they fall in terms of several diversity, equity and inclusion metrics and where they can improve.

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    Two BigLaw Firms Aim For November Office Returns

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP are the latest law firms to announce they will push back their planned office reopenings to early November, and both are giving employees more time at home for the holidays.

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    Chubb Moves Deputy GC To Head Of North America Claims

    Insurance giant Chubb recently elevated its global deputy general counsel to lead Chubb North America Claims, putting him in charge of the company's claims throughout North America.

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    Wiley Is Latest To Require Vaccination Ahead Of Office Return

    Wiley Rein LLP is requiring all employees and guests coming into its Washington, D.C., office to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the firm said Friday, making Wiley one of the latest firms to mandate vaccination among its employees.

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    Fragomen Hires Ex-Microsoft Director As Chief People Officer

    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP has hired a former director of human resources at Microsoft Corp. to serve as its chief people officer in New Jersey.

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    BigLaw Pay Hikes Reach Mid-Law With $30k 1st-Year Bump

    California-based midsize law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP is set to raise associate pay from a starting salary of $140,000 to $170,000 in 2022, a firm spokesperson said Friday.

Expert Analysis

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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