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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.

  • 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.

  • Shearman & Sterling To Require In-Office Work 3 Days A Week

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has laid out a remote work policy for its global workforce, with attorneys required to work in the office three days a week starting Sept. 13, according to the firm.

  • Hoguet Newman Adds Ex-Schlam Stone Insurance Atty In NY

    Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP is beefing up its insurance recovery practice with the addition of a longtime insurance attorney from Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP, the firm said.

  • Kossoff Can't Plead The 5th As Bankrupt Law Firm Rep

    New York City real estate attorney Mitchell Kossoff cannot assert the Fifth Amendment in his capacity as representative of his defunct law firm Kossoff PLLC, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday.

  • Judicial Nominees Advance As GOP Knocks 1st Circ. Pick

    Despite Republican opposition to the appellate candidate, three federal judicial nominees are one step closer to joining the First Circuit and district courts in Massachusetts and New Jersey after Senate committee votes Thursday.

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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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    Katten Won't Set Return-To-Office Mandate

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP will not require its attorneys and staff to work in the office for a set number of days once the firm reopens its offices in the fall, according to an internal memo shared with Law360 Pulse.

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    3 BigLaw Firms Named Best Workplaces For Millennials

    Perkins Coie LLP, Alston & Bird LLP and Cooley LLP are among the 100 best workplaces in the U.S. for millennials, according to an annual list released Wednesday by Fortune magazine.

  • 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.

  • Faegre Drinker To Embrace Flexible Work This Fall

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP will phase in a hybrid workplace model in the fall, requiring employees to spend about half their time in the office, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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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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    Seyfarth Labs Co-Head On Rising Need For In-House Tech

    Over the last five years, Seyfarth Shaw LLP's technology development team, Seyfarth Labs, has grown from around four team members to 15. Here, co-leader J. Stephen Poor talks to Law360 Pulse about how the pandemic accelerated that growth.

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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.

  • 3 More BigLaw Firms Raise Associate Pay

    Eversheds Sutherland, Duane Morris LLP and Blank Rome LLP are the latest firms to offer associate raises, falling into step with other BigLaw firms that have upped salaries in a bid to retain associates, Law360 confirmed 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.

  • Racing Boat Biz Takes $5M TM Loss To 2nd Circ.

    Racing sailboat maker LaserPerformance has asked the Second Circuit for a new trial after a jury found it infringed an Olympic sailor's trademark for a Laser dinghy design and it was ordered to pay more than $5 million.

  • 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.

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    Drug Distributors Strike $1.1B Opioid Deal, Exit NY Trial

    As part of an upcoming nationwide settlement, the nation's three largest drug distributors on Tuesday struck a $1.1 billion opioid deal with New York's attorney general and exited a closely watched jury trial.

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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