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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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    Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC and Andrews & Springer LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as Delaware's chancellor struck down Elon Musk's proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.

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    Small Firms Get Creative To Bridge Client Language Gaps

    For small firms and solo practitioners, language gaps with clients can be costly, and can often pose complicated ethical questions about attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. Here’s how some around the country are dealing with the challenges.

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    Lewis Brisbois Adds To Exec Committee And Equity Partners

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has elected seven attorneys to its 2024 class of equity partners and appointed two new members to the firm's management committee.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    By The Numbers: How Chief Legal Officers See Their World

    The chief legal officers at companies around the world seem to be losing a lot of sleep over privacy and cybersecurity issues, according to how the numbers add up in a survey released this week.

  • Calif. Pledges $2B In MoFo-Led COVID Education Settlement

    California has agreed to allocate at least $2 billion for helping students who fell behind in school during the COVID-19 pandemic, part of a "historic" deal that's one of the biggest education-related settlements in U.S. history, Morrison Foerster LLP and Public Counsel announced Thursday.

  • SEC Official, Atty Spouse Say Google Led Them To 'Hell Run'

    An SEC regional director and her attorney spouse sued Google for negligence in California state court Wednesday, alleging they were violently attacked by gangs of robbers en route to Cape Town International Airport while being directed by Google Maps to travel through a dangerous corridor infamously dubbed "Hell Run."

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    Federal Courts See Uptick In Sexual Harassment Complaints

    Last year, there were six complaints of "unwanted, abusive or offensive sexual conduct" by federal judges, marking the most reported incidents since the judiciary began tracking harassment in the 2020 fiscal year.

  • Ellenoff Opens LA Office With Ex-Krieger Employment Team

    Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP said on Thursday that it has opened a new labor and employment-focused office in Los Angeles following the addition of an employment attorney team that joined the firm from Krieger & Krieger.

  • Goodwin Cuts Associates After Reviews Amid Bleak Market

    Goodwin Procter LLP has parted ways with some associates following its annual performance review process, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, amid a job market that has not been kind to the most junior lawyers.

  • Brownstein Hyatt Adds Veteran Strategist In Sacramento

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced that an experienced strategist with in-house experience in the energy industry and California state government joined the firm's state government relations practice as a senior policy adviser.

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    Husch Blackwell's New Leaders Talk Firm Vision And Strategy

    Husch Blackwell's incoming executive board chair Joe Glynias and new CEO Jamie Lawless talk with Law360 Pulse about their strategic visions and goals for the firm.

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    Girardi Son-In-Law Is Tom's Honest 'Antithesis,' Family Says

    Tom Girardi's adult children have said that his son-in-law and criminal co-defendant David Lira is kind, honest, and passionate about helping his clients — everything their father is not.

  • IP Firm Says Ex-Clerk Can't Ditch Latest Trade Secrets Claims

    A Texas boutique law firm pursuing a trade secrets suit against a former clerk is fighting the ex-employee's bid to sink the case in Texas federal court after a state court threw out a similar suit by the firm in July, arguing its complaint is adequately tied to Texas.

  • Workday Says Md.-Based Atty Can't Allege Calif. Bias Claims

    Workday has urged a California federal judge to toss a Black company attorney's suit claiming the business discriminated against him and harassed him with a police wellness check at his home, arguing that the Maryland-based employee can't keep his Golden State law claims in play.

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    How Attys Can Be Ethical When Using Gen AI In Litigation

    Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.

  • Class Counsel Seek $18.6M From Google Tracking Settlement

    Attorneys who represented a consolidated class of smartphone users who sued Google in Northern California, accusing the tech giant of illegally collecting and storing private location information, have asked for $18.6 million in legal fees plus expenses, citing the $62 million deal they helped ink.

  • Lawsuit Is What I Got: Sublime Band Members Sue Ex-Firm

    The surviving members of Sublime hit King Holmes Paterno & Soriano LLP with a malpractice suit in California state court, alleging their former attorneys "engaged in a pattern of self-dealing," including by pushing the rock band into a less favorable merchandising deal with one of the firm's other clients.

  • O'Melveny Can't SLAPP Bill-Padding Claims, Calif. Panel Says

    A California appellate panel refused to strike allegations that O'Melveny & Myers LLP padded its legal bills while investigating the alleged mismanagement of funds at an apartment cooperative, saying disputes related to a firm's billing practices don't arise from activity protected by the state's anti-SLAPP statute.

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    NY Litigation Boutique Expands To LA With GRSM50 Atty

    New York employment and litigation boutique Paduano & Weintraub LLP is going bicoastal, adding a partner from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP to lead a new office in Los Angeles, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

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    Gross Revenue, Expenses Increase For California Firms

    Gross revenue and gross expenses for California-based law firms grew by slightly more than the national average last year, according to a new report released Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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