California Pulse

  • Calif. Bill Seeks To Regulate AI-Generated Products, Evidence

    A California bill introduced in the state Senate on Thursday would prohibit the use of artificial intelligence to falsify someone's identity or use their likeness without consent and establish standards for identifying duped evidence in court proceedings.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Fish & Richardson Adds Talent Leader From Faegre Drinker

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday that it has added the former managing director of professional development at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to its leadership team, hiring the veteran legal talent professional to become its next chief legal talent officer.

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    Imperative Care Names O'Melveny Deals Partner As CLO

    Silicon Valley's Imperative Care announced Monday that an O'Melveny deals partner will take over as chief legal officer, joining a revamped leadership team at the medical tech company.

  • Nasdaq Private Market Elevates Veteran Atty To Legal Chief

    Nasdaq Private Market announced Monday that an experienced legal counsel with over 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry has been promoted to the roles of chief legal officer and general counsel.

  • Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

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    FisherBroyles Expands IP Capabilities With Kilpatrick Duo

    Virtual law firm FisherBroyles LLP announced Friday that it hired a pair of Los Angeles-based intellectual property partners from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Wiggin and Dana handling a $1.8 billion aerospace acquisition and Morgan & Morgan winning an interim lead counsel battle lead off this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 12 to 26.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    Ex-DaVita, Radiology Partners Atty Named Sutter Health GC

    California not-for-profit healthcare system Sutter Health has announced it will soon take on a new general counsel, naming an attorney with more than two decades of in-house healthcare industry experience with DaVita Inc. and Radiology Partners as its top lawyer beginning in February.

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    Procopio Cory Managing Partner Elected To 3rd Leadership Term

    Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP's managing partner since 2018 has been reelected to his third term as the firm's leader.

  • Judge Overseeing NFL Case To Take Senior Status

    Chief Judge Philip Gutierrez of the Central District of California will take senior status on Oct. 15, according to a recent update from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    How To Climb From Acting To Permanent GC

    Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • 9th Circ. Forms AI Panel With Bradley Arant Atty As A Member

    The Ninth Circuit is forming a committee to guide the court on artificial intelligence issues, according to a Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner and member of the committee who spoke to Law360 about judicial efforts to address the emerging technology.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

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    1 in 4 Cos. Ban Generative AI Over Privacy, Data Risks

    Privacy has become a critical element of customer trust, with 94% of organizations saying their customers would not buy from them if they did not protect data properly, according to a new study released Thursday.

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    Kronos Bio Eliminates CLO Amid New Leadership Structure

    In an effort to "streamline" its leadership and save costs, biopharmaceutical company Kronos Bio Inc. announced Thursday it would be cutting three top executive officers, including chief operations officer and general counsel Barbara Kosacz, who joined the company in 2020 following a successful career in private practice.

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    Kraken Picks Ex-Coinbase GC To Lead Global Regs Strategy

    Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken said on Thursday that it had hired a former Coinbase general counsel to be its global head of regulatory strategy as the company fights the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a lawsuit over alleged securities laws violations and the crypto industry at large grapples with increased regulatory scrutiny.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.

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    LA Superior Court, Stanford Pair Up To Increase Court Access

    Amid a nationwide surge in "high-stakes but small-scale" civil litigation, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and Stanford Law School's Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession and Legal Design Lab announced they are partnering with the goal of identifying and dismantling barriers that block individuals from accessing justice services.

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    MoFo Launches Support Network For Parents, Caregivers

    When Robert May joined Morrison Foerster LLP in 2014, the attorney recalls not knowing any co-workers in his work area who had school-age children. Nearly 10 years later, he says his co-workers on his San Francisco office floor alone are raising more than 20 young kids.

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Expert Analysis

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    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.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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