New Jersey Pulse

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    Biden Taps 7 Nominees To Fill Out Sentencing Commission

    President Joe Biden nominated seven potential new members of the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Wednesday, hoping to round out a bipartisan body that has been without a quorum since 2019.

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    Littler Helps Diverse Attys Find Mentors With SOAR Program

    Navigating the first few months at a law firm can be arduous for any young associate, but it can present additional challenges for those of diverse backgrounds. Law360 recently spoke with the co-chairs of Littler Mendelson PC’s SOAR program, which helps address those challenges by connecting young diverse attorneys with experienced lawyers at the firm.

  • 4 Ways Legal Operations Can Advance Societal Initiatives

    Corporations can leverage their law departments and legal operations professionals to advance their societal initiatives like reducing environmental impact and increasing diversity. Here, corporate advisers share four ways businesses can use their legal professionals to drive their broader goals.

  • FordHarrison Adds Employment Law Atty As Partner In NJ

    FordHarrison LLP recently brought on a former plaintiffs lawyer as a partner in New Jersey to bolster the firm's employment law services for its clients in management.

  • Judge Salas Calls To Revive Stalled Judicial Protections Bill

    U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, whose son was killed in a shooting at her home, pushed Congress on Tuesday to also pass a stalled judicial protection bill, as the Senate fast-tracked police safeguards for U.S. Supreme Court justices' families in the wake of abortion protests at some of their houses.

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    3 Ways To Future-Proof Legal Operations

    Technology has changed the legal industry and made old ways of doing business obsolete. Here, legal operations veterans share three ways that law departments can brace their operations for the future.

  • BofA Seeks To End NJ Virus Benefit Recipient's Fraud Suit

    Bank of America has urged a New Jersey federal court to erase a proposed class action alleging it failed to provide adequate fraud protections for COVID-19 pandemic job loss benefits, saying most of the allegations were copied "nearly verbatim" from a California federal lawsuit in multidistrict litigation against the financial giant.

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    Greenspoon Marder Makes Newark Its New NJ Home

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has recently relocated its New Jersey office to Newark, nearly doubling its real estate footprint in the Garden State with the move.

  • NY DA's Paralegal Accused Of Unemployment Insurance Theft

    A paralegal for the Brooklyn prosecutor's office was indicted Monday on charges of receiving New Jersey unemployment insurance while holding a full-time job, according to New Jersey state prosecutors.

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    Norton Rose Latest To Match Cravath Associate Pay Scale

    Norton Rose Fulbright is the latest firm to match the Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP salary scale for associates and has also announced its year-end bonus plans, according to a Monday report.

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    In Their Words: 'When I Knew It Was Time To Retire'

    The U.S. is poised to see its largest retirement wave as the bulk of the baby-boom generation continues its advance past age 65. But for lawyers, sometimes 65 is just another number, in a profession where it's common to keep practicing up until 70 or 80. Here, Law360 speaks to some attorneys who made the decision to retire.

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    Keep It Short And Simple, Justices Advise Appellate Attys

    The U.S. Supreme Court's chief justice and its longest-serving justice say they're more likely to be impressed by attorneys who keep their arguments simple and their briefs concise, especially those who don't reach page limits.

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    Ex-Philly Prosecutor Disbarred In NJ After Meth Conviction

    A former Philadelphia prosecutor has been disbarred in New Jersey after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and misleading police after her arrest.

  • Judge Axes Benicar Fee Suit, Says Firm Didn't Overcharge

    Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC beat a suit Friday that claimed it overcharged its clients in multidistrict litigation over gastrointestinal injuries related to blood pressure drug Benicar and its generic Olmesartan after the New Jersey court found a state attorney fee rule did not apply to the MDL.

  • Rivkin Radler Brings On 2 New Real Estate Counsels In NJ, NY

    Long Island-based firm Rivkin Radler LLP recently brought on two attorneys as counsel, bolstering its real estate teams in New Jersey and New York.

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    Without Dissents, Dobbs Draft Is One-Sided Abortion Debate

    The leak of the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade means that the public lacks the benefit of other justices' dissents that may well reframe the case and offer a road map for possible future challenges, leaving Justice Samuel Alito for now as the Supreme Court's singular voice on the future of the constitutional right to an abortion.

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    Why Financial Penalties For Departing Lawyers May Dwindle

    As the war for talent has escalated in recent years, law firms have increasingly turned to financial penalties to discourage lateral departures. However, according to consultants and legal recruiters, such methods are not sustainable in retaining attorneys in the long run and courts are finding some of them illegal.

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    Ballard Spahr's Next Chair On Taking The Lead, Firm's Future

    Peter V. Michaud will be Ballard Spahr's next chair, the firm has announced. Michaud, who leads the business and transactions department, will take on his new role when Mark S. Stewart's term ends Dec. 31, 2023. Here, Michaud tells Law360 Pulse how he felt being elected chair and his vision for the firm.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler's representation of Johnson & Johnson in a suit over alleged counterfeit HIV drugs and Shutts & Bowen's work on a Florida office building sale lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from April 22 to May 6.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had a momentous week, with much of the spotlight fixed on the U.S. Supreme Court after the leak of a draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Legal Sector Breaks Through Hiring Slump To Add 4,700 Jobs

    After a slow start to 2022, the legal industry added 4,700 jobs in April, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • ABA Considers Letting Law Schools Drop Admissions Testing

    An American Bar Association review committee has recommended that the association's policymaking body on legal education vote to eliminate the requirement that aspiring lawyers take the Law School Admissions Test or other standardized test to get into law school.

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    1st Midsize Mansfield Rule Cohort Includes 26 Firms

    Diversity Lab announced Thursday it has awarded its first Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification, certifying a cohort of 26 firms that have 25 to 150 attorneys and have met the organization's diversity benchmarks.

  • Cognizant Must Hand Over Docs In Ex-Execs' Bribery Case

    A New Jersey federal judge has ordered Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. to hand over troves of documents from an internal corruption investigation to a pair of indicted former executives who are accused of arranging a $2 million bribe in exchange for a construction permit in India.

  • Ex-NJ Official Aims To Keep Staff In COVID Whistleblower Suit

    A former official with the New Jersey Department of Health recently told a state court that acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin and the governor's chief of staff, George Helmy, should not be dismissed from his whistleblower suit alleging he was fired for objecting to a request to collect COVID-19 samples from Helmy's relatives.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    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.

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