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    House Dems Want More District Judges, Too — 203 Of Them

    A group of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposal to create 203 new federal judgeships, introducing legislation a day after a bipartisan pair of senators proposed adding 77 federal district court seats in the coming years.

  • Fed. Circuit Courts Masking Up Again As Delta Variant Surges

    New COVID-19 guidance from the federal government triggered by the surge in delta variant cases has prompted at least three federal circuit courts as of Friday to reinstate mask mandates for everyone regardless of their vaccination status to help contain the virus.

  • Chamberlain Hrdlicka Adds 5 New Attys In Houston

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka has added five attorneys in its Houston office in recent months, bolstering the firm's commercial litigation, securities, tax planning and transactional practice groups.

  • 5th Circ. Judge Assails Disparate Impact In Race Bias Case

    A Trump-appointed Fifth Circuit judge took aim at the idea that "neutral policies" with a disproportionate negative impact on minorities violate federal discrimination law, likening the notion to critical race theory and arguing both can engender racial bias.

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    How Independent Law Firms Are Adapting To COVID

    Most independent law firms in a recent poll are allowing staff members to work remotely and plan a range of health protocols as the industry continues to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    More Law Firms Require COVID-19 Vax To Return To Office

    Hogan Lovells, Dickinson Wright PLLC and Lowenstein Sandler LLP will require workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter their offices, Law360 learned Friday, with the trio becoming the latest law firms to implement vaccine mandates as the U.S. sees a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP's representation of Beverly Hills in a $4 billion development deal and Wiggin and Dana's representation of two officers called to testify before the Jan. 6 congressional commission lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from July 17 to 30.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of July

    Legal department hires during July included high-profile appointments at Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co. and Univision Holdings Inc. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

  • Dallas IP Firm Opens First Office Outside Texas

    Dallas-based Carstens & Cahoon LLP has chosen Denver as the location of its first-ever office outside of Texas, hoping to serve the intellectual property needs of the city's growing tech and cannabis industries.

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    Denver Gaining Shine As Market For Law Firms

    As the population in Colorado grows, law firm activity in the region shows it’s becoming increasingly attractive for national full-service firms and smaller shops alike. Three firms opened Denver offices in July alone, in what attorneys say is a response to an expanding economy in areas like real estate and technology.

  • Judge Says Zoom Formal Attire Optional, But Clothing A Must

    A Texas federal magistrate judge on Wednesday told attorneys representing parties in litigation over the Keystone XL Pipeline that they're not required to wear formal attire when they appear before him in an upcoming virtual hearing on Zoom, but offered a friendly reminder that some form of clothing is required.

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    Bipartisan Sens. Propose 77 New Fed. Judgeships Nationwide

    A bipartisan pair of senators on Thursday proposed adding 77 federal district court seats across the country, matching the judiciary's recommendations — except for omitted appellate seats — and splitting the new judgeships between 2025 and 2029 to sidestep partisan concerns.

  • Texas Court Denies Atty New Trial Over $6M Litigation Loan

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday agreed with a trial court that a lawyer trying to undo a $6 million default judgment in favor of his litigation funder is not entitled to a new trial.

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    3 Key Takeaways From The ABA 2021 Legal Profession Report

    The American Bar Association released a report Thursday that provides a data snapshot on multiple areas of the legal industry including law school enrollment, diversity at law firms, job salaries and attorney mental health. Here are three key takeaways from the report.

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    Remote Work Isn't Going Anywhere, Legal Leaders Say

    While there are immense benefits to in-person work and collaboration, law firms risk limiting themselves both from a client services and recruiting standpoint if they move back to a pre-pandemic work environment, experts said Thursday during an American Bar Association panel discussion.

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    Davis Wright Bumps Associate Pay, Billable Hour Targets

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to raise associate and counsel pay — and it's also hiking billable hour requirements, Law360 Pulse has learned.

  • Texas Justices Urged To Nix DQ In Rackspace Exec's Divorce

    The wife of cloud computing company Rackspace Technology Inc. founder Graham Weston is asking the Texas Supreme Court to review a trial court's disqualification of her attorney in a contentious divorce case, which has spawned a separate $2.9 million suit accusing the lawyer of betrayal.

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    Baker Donelson Adds Energy Pro In Houston

    The attorney who led the oil and gas practice at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder in Houston.

  • Atty Being Sued By Rackspace Founder Seeks Sanctions

    A Texas lawyer has urged a state court to sanction the founder of cloud computing company Rackspace Technology Inc. for baselessly accusing the attorney of betraying him by representing his wife in a contentious divorce, saying the suit is an attempt to bully the wife into silence.

  • Do Virtual Courts Have A Harmful Effect On Litigant Empathy?

    Courthouses and other legal bodies have had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic in a similar fashion to many other institutions, by substituting most, if not all of their in-house proceedings with virtual ones typically done over Zoom. But do these virtual courts have a hidden side effect that puts litigants at a disadvantage?

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    A Look At The BigLaw Dash For Biden Administration Roles

    The flow of attorneys from law firms to the federal government is in full swing this summer. Here is a rundown of which firms President Joe Biden has tapped into for appointments so far.

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    Career Coach On Lessons Learned From Young Atty Training

    Grover Cleveland, a former law firm partner, develops training programs for young attorneys and law firms across the country. Here, Cleveland talks about why he wanted to do associate coaching as his career, challenges he has heard from young associates, and his advice for law firms on training.

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    Law Firms Cash In On Client-Facing Apps

    Law firms are successfully monetizing client-facing software developed by their own technology companies, providing them with a new revenue stream independent of the traditional billable hours model.

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    Can Law Firms Compete With Corporations For Tech Talent?

    As law firms become ever more reliant on technology to get business done, they've begun to look to the wider corporate world for in-demand technology professionals. Still, one question remains: Can they compete for that talent, or are they falling short on perks, pay and panache?

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    Even Non-Adopters Say E-Discovery Will Go To The Cloud

    Nearly every legal professional feels that cloud-based e-discovery will become the standard in the future, including those who don't plan to use the technology, according to a new survey.

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.

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    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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