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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.

  • Pittsburgh's Carlson Lynch Splits Into 2 Affiliated Firms

    A plaintiffs firm based in Pittsburgh has reorganized its office and split into two separate firms that will remain affiliated with each other, according to a statement sent to Law360 Pulse on Friday.

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    Jury Axes Sexual Harassment Claims Against MyPhillyLawyer

    A Pennsylvania federal jury cleared personal injury firm MyPhillyLawyer on Friday of allegations from a former paralegal that she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment from attorneys and other co-workers during her brief tenure with the firm three years ago.

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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.

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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.

  • MyPhillyLawyer Boss Slams Ex-Staffer's Harassment Claims

    The managing partner of Philadelphia-based personal injury firm MyPhillyLawyer forcefully denied allegations during testimony on Thursday that he made an inappropriate comment to an ex-paralegal who's now pursuing a sexual harassment case against her erstwhile employer.

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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.

  • Chiropractor Sues State Farm Seeking Virus Coverage

    A Pennsylvania chiropractic clinic brought a proposed class action against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for coverage of pandemic-related losses, saying government restrictions caused the type of physical loss required for coverage under its "all-risk" policy.

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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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    Saxton & Stump Adds Atty To Senior Care Group In Harrisburg

    An attorney with nearly 20 years' experience handling matters involving long-term care facilities has joined Saxton & Stump LLC's Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office to grow her practice, the firm's second lateral hire in the last two weeks.

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    Pa. Debt Firm Gets Deferred Prosecution In Corruption Case

    A Pennsylvania debt collection company accused of trying to bribe Illinois officials for contracts will not face prosecution if it meets certain conditions over two years, federal officials announced Tuesday while also saying the company's ex-CEO pled guilty in a separate deal.

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    White And Williams' Newark Managing Partner On New Role

    White and Williams LLP has a new managing partner overseeing its Newark, New Jersey, office, and he is planning to use his role to help shepherd a return to more traditional in-person work, after the firm set Oct. 18 as its return-to-office date.

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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.

  • Pa. AG Shapiro Launches Bid For Governor

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Wednesday that he is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2022, seeking to replace term-limited Gov. Tom Wolf and touting his work as AG.

  • 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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    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.

  • Ex-Caesar Rivise Atty Sued Over Jewelry Trademark Work

    A former Caesar Rivise PC attorney has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging he left a jewelry wholesaler open to an infringement lawsuit after allowing the company to use a trademark that was substantially similar to one he'd already registered on behalf of another client.

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    Legal Sector Adds 4,300 Jobs For 2nd Month In Row

    The legal sector added 4,300 jobs for the second consecutive month in September, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, as the industry continues to rebound from economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    5 Takeaways From The Trump-DOJ Election Standoff Report

    A Senate Judiciary Committee report Thursday outlined the key role that a handful of top federal prosecutors and BigLaw alums played in defusing then-President Donald Trump's efforts to mobilize the U.S. Department of Justice to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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.

  • 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.

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