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  • Forster Garbus On Hook For Seizing Funds From Wrong Party

    A trio of debt collection companies owe an undetermined amount of damages for allegedly garnishing the bank account of a consumer whose name is similar to the name of their intended target, a federal judge in New Jersey said Thursday.

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    Survey Says New ESG Risks Add To Pressures On Law Depts.

    In a new survey, the majority of corporate legal departments say they are facing rising challenges over environmental, social and governance, or ESG, issues, but they are without clear guidance from regulators and lack the expertise, resources and support from the C-suite to handle the risks.

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    BigLaw At Forefront Of Legal Sector's Sustainable Office Push

    With environmental concerns on the rise in the legal sector, many large U.S. law firms are leading the drive for sustainable and energy-efficient office space, a Thursday report by property brokerage firm Savills Inc. said, suggesting the number will continue to grow as firms reevaluate their real estate needs.

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    Economic Incentives Key To Law Firm DEI Efforts

    Law firms need to make themselves more accountable to diversity and inclusion progress within the industry through economic mandates and outside pressure, according to a group of experts who spoke at a recent panel.

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    Fox Rothschild Adds Cannabis Law Expert In NJ

    Fox Rothschild LLP has brought on an attorney to bolster its cannabis law practice in New Jersey who had a hands-on role in crafting the state's recreational cannabis law during his time working with state Senate Democrats.

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    Baseball Caps & Unmade Beds: Judges Talk Virtual Decorum

    A trio of federal judges warned lawyers at an American Bar Association conference in Austin, Texas, on Thursday to be aware of the ethical challenges and professional pitfalls caused by an uptick in virtual hearings and social media use in the courtroom.

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    NJ Senate Democratic Majority's GC Tapped As Exec Director

    New Jersey Senate President Nicholas Scutari on Wednesday tapped Alison Accettola to serve as the new executive director of the Senate Democratic Majority Office, a former public defender who plans to use her background to help her in the new role.

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    Senate Confirms Jackson As 1st Black Woman On High Court

    The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th U.S. Supreme Court justice and the first Black woman and former public defender ever to serve on the court.

  • Jenner & Block Matches Cravath Scale For Associate Pay

    Jenner & Block LLP is among the latest law firms to have matched the Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP scale for associate salaries, according to a memo published Wednesday.

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    BigLaw Leaders Glimpse Opportunity In Secondary Markets

    Over the past year, large law firms have set up offices in at least 45 new cities that were long thought of as secondary legal markets, spreading their footprint away from the coasts and toward cities like Cleveland, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boulder, Colorado.

  • AI-Based Contract Tools Struggling To Gain In-House Traction

    For all the hype about artificial intelligence-based contract lifecycle management, or CLM, most organizations are not using CLM tools, and even fewer are using AI tools, according to a new survey released on Wednesday.

  • Pa. Atty Suspended In NJ For Botching Immigration Cases

    A Philadelphia-based immigration attorney was recently suspended from practicing law in New Jersey for two years after his lack of diligence led to deportation orders for several of his clients wishing to stay in the United States.

  • 3rd Circ. Denies Ex-Atty A Retrial In Plots To Kill Witnesses

    A former New Jersey criminal defense attorney serving multiple terms of life in prison came up short Wednesday in seeking a new trial on murder conspiracy and related charges, with the Third Circuit finding that what he presented as newly discovered evidence likely would not lead to acquittal.

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    These Judges Are Putting Court Back In Courtship

    The two top Texas jurists tying the knot this weekend are just some of the judges defying the expectation that there's no "court" in courtship.

  • Hill Wallack Hit With Putative Class Suit Over Debt Collection

    Hill Wallack LLP has been slammed with a proposed class action over purported Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations from a Garden State resident alleging the law firm demanded extra legal fees after he paid what it claimed was the total amount owed to a condominium association.

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    Meet NJ's New District Court Judge Georgette Castner

    The District of New Jersey recently gained a new district court judge who joined the bench after handling complex commercial litigation and white collar matters at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP for nearly 15 years.

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    Maron Marvel's New Leader Reflects On 'Milestone' Moment

    Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC's Catherine Pyune McEldowney, the first woman and first Korean American attorney to helm the national firm, told Law360 on Tuesday that she aims to lead by example and help empower others.

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    For Firms Donating To Ukraine, Due Diligence Is Key

    When Russia invaded Ukraine and began raining missiles onto the country's major cities, law firms, like much of the rest of the world, looked for ways to help.

  • 2 More Law Firms Match Cravath Associate Raises

    Seward & Kissel LLP and McKool Smith LLP are the latest firms to match the Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP scale for associate salaries, according to news reports.

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    Veris Residential Hires GC To Lead Rebranding Transition

    Veris Residential Inc., formerly known as Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, recently named Taryn Fielder as its new general counsel, who will be joining the company from Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.

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    Improv Could Make Attys Better Listeners And Storytellers

    Many of the skills learned in improvisation classes, like communication, collaboration and creativity, are also central to successfully practicing law, improv teachers for attorneys say.

  • Senate Panel Advances 4 Judicial Noms, Deadlocks On 5th

    After voting on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee also voted Monday to advance one of President Joe Biden's nominees to the Sixth Circuit and three district court picks while deadlocking on his Third Circuit nominee.

  • Sanofi GC Will Sit On 'First-In-Pharma' Diversity Board

    The general counsel at Sanofi SA is among the members of a new diversity, equity and inclusion board, which the company said Monday is the "first-in-pharma" of its kind to feature outside advisers.

  • NJ Divorce Lawyer Beats Malpractice Suit Over Atty's Plane

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Friday struck down an attorney's legal malpractice suit accusing his ex-wife's divorce lawyer of misrepresenting his private plane as a marital asset, ruling in an interlocutory appeal that the statements related to the plane were protected by litigation privilege.

  • Lowenstein Sandler Adds DLA Piper Tech Atty To DC Office

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP said Monday that it had brought on a DLA Piper tech and venture capital attorney as a partner in its Washington office, as the New Jersey-based firm continues to expand its presence in the nation's capital.

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