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By mid-November, federal judges’ 2022 financial disclosure forms should have been available on a public database, but only half the reports were up. Many courts that draw commercial litigation, from New Jersey to the Ninth Circuit, still had many judges missing, and a new type of report, meant to provide real-time snapshots of judges’ major windfalls, can take more than a year to be posted, flouting federal law.
A former Philadelphia assistant district attorney asked the Third Circuit on Wednesday to revive her employment discrimination lawsuit against city District Attorney Larry Krasner for denying her a religious exemption to his office's mandate that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
With Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's announcement Tuesday that it's raising associate salaries next year, a familiar game of follow-the-leader has begun. However, the new raises are likely to be more painful for some law firms than others and arrive amid a good deal of uncertainty in the industry.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has signed off Tuesday on the disbarment of a lawyer who was convicted in a Philadelphia public school embezzlement scheme involving the son of former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Dozens of in-house legal departments at high-profile companies have completed the most recent iteration of Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule certification process, which aims to boost the number of attorneys from historically underrepresented groups in leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities.
More law firms, including McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, have matched the associate salary scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Paul Weiss also introducing an extra tier for eighth-year associates.
Offit Kurman PA has promoted its chief operating officer to chief executive officer and hired a former COO for Foley & Lardner LLP to serve as its executive director.
Since the 2022 enactment of the Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, litigants can easily determine whether they think a judge should sit out a case on financial grounds. How this plays out in the courtroom, though, isn't always straightforward.
Judges on a Third Circuit panel were skeptical Wednesday of arguments from AbbVie Inc. that a lower court's ruling on discovery of attorney communications in a "sham" patent case would open the floodgates to privilege challenges any time a drug company files a suit that slows down a competitor.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court examined its own power to weigh in on impeachment proceedings Tuesday in a sprawling argument session over Republican lawmakers' efforts to reinstate their bid to remove Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner from office.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Paul Hastings are the latest to unveil their year-end bonuses and a new salary structure that aligns with the Milbank LLP scale for junior associates while offering even more lucrative pay packages for midlevel and senior associates.
Midsize law firm Saxton & Stump LLC has expanded its professional team with the recent addition of a digital marketing expert, who left a pest control products manufacturer after more than a decade to join the Pennsylvania-based firm.
Men are more likely than women to find out well in advance of an organization's intent to promote them to the general counsel position, according to new data focused on succession planning published Tuesday.
Major U.S. law firms are steadfast in their commitment to the pursuit of further growth despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Here’s what the leaders of four Leaderboard firms have to say about how the legal industry is preparing for next year.
Follow firms' litigation tracks through federal district courts across the country with our interactive map.
Presenting the 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard — the 100 firms that are besting their peers on measures of prestige, social responsibility and the reach of their legal practice.
These firms are being singled out for their stellar litigation footprint and transactions work. See who's leading the pack in the categories of variety of cases, range of jurisdictions, closing large merger and acquisition deals, and handling registered offerings.
Northeast regional firm Ward Greenberg announced that about half of its attorneys will join Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP, with the Rochester, New York, team making the move to Hodgson Russ LLP.
The Third Circuit has reinstated a lawsuit against Brach Eichler LLC, finding that a New Jersey federal court was wrong to conclude that a dry-solids handling company waited too long to file the action alleging that the firm and others illegally hacked into the business's computers.
A new committee composed of state Supreme Court chief justices and others will examine why fewer attorneys are going into public interest law, as well as the state of legal education and bar admissions processes more generally, according to an announcement Monday.
Two law firms embroiled in a dispute over how to divide some $1.8 million in attorney fees from a successful class action against DuPont have agreed to settle their claims for a six-figure sum before trial.
Kaufman Dolowich co-managing partner Michael Kaufman discussed the firm's new name and renewed emphasis on private litigation, in addition to insurance work, in a conversation with Law360 Pulse.
An Allegheny County attorney will serve a four-year suspension from practicing in the Keystone State after the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board found the attorney negligently represented clients in at least nine cases while under contract with Erie County to handle cases on behalf of indigent criminal defendants.
Large law firm partners have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including what appears to be a nearly foolproof business model that is benefiting them even in a shaky economy.
Emerging court technologies must be supervised and controlled by the judiciary, a new paper from a group of professors argues, while also noting the potential benefits the justice system could glean from the tech.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.
In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.
Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.