Connecticut Pulse

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    Conn. Law Firm Finn Dixon & Herling Elects 2 To Partner

    Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, a law firm based in Stamford, Connecticut, has elected two of its attorneys to the firm's partnership.

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    Day Pitney Selects New Leaders For Cannabis Practice Group

    Day Pitney LLP has picked two Parsippany, New Jersey-based attorneys, one a labor and employment partner and the other a counsel practicing land use and zoning law, to lead the firm's cannabis practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Willkie Partner's Critique Doesn't Back Claim, Atty Says

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a federal judge to toss a Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner's lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating a negative news story in retaliation for an attempt to disqualify him from handling a lease lawsuit, arguing he did nothing wrong while representing the BigLaw partner's landlord.

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    3 Factors Firms Must Consider Before Building Gen AI Apps

    Many legal tech companies have released generative artificial intelligence tools, but some law firms have decided the best way to leverage this technology is by creating their own tools. Law firm leaders and consultants spoke with Law360 Pulse about what firms should consider before building their own applications.

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    Flurry Of Moves Kicks Off 2024: BigLaw's January Shake-Ups

    During the first two weeks of January the legal industry was inundated with news of large group hires, law firm combinations and high profile lateral partner departures. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at the flurry of movement that kicked off 2024.

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    How Law Firms Can Build Engagement To Avoid Atty Burnout

    Former BigLaw professional development leader Tracy LaLonde founded the consultancy Joychiever in 2020 to help law firms deepen employee commitment, boost productivity and alleviate burnout.

  • No 2nd Circ. Redo For Doc In Jackson Lewis Defamation Row

    The Second Circuit has refused to rehear a doctor's defamation lawsuit against Jackson Lewis PC after the law firm sent a report detailing an internal sexual assault investigation at a Connecticut hospital to key employees at the facility, leaving intact a three-judge panel's decision freeing the firm from the claims.

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    Holland & Knight Adds Biz Development Pro From Goodwin

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Tuesday that it had brought on a client development director who previously advised at Goodwin Proctor LLP and Cooley LLP.

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    Why Law Firms Are Dropping Names To Rebrand

    More and more law firms are dropping names from their brands to simply be referred to by a single name, as a number of firms have made the change over the past year.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kessler Topaz beating out two firms to become lead counsel in a proposed class action against Wells Fargo and Fredrikson & Byron's lobbying arm's new relationship with a cooperative business interest group lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 1 to 12.

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    Researchers Find Legal Errors 'Pervasive' In Top AI Models

    Large language models regularly give incorrect responses when asked legal questions, making it crucial for this technology to be supervised when used in law practice, according to a recently published study by researchers at Stanford University's RegLab and Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after getting Google off the hook from facing a proposed class action alleging it raked in over $2 billion from unauthorized advertisements by trespassing on website owners' property.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms appointed new leaders and expanded their practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Unified Atty Admission To All Fed. District Courts Unlikely

    A proposal being considered by the federal judiciary to do away with state bar admission requirements for U.S. district courts is likely to fail, just as similar efforts before it have, according to experts.

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    Now At Pullman, Ret. Conn. Judge Knows Importance Of ADR

    Retired Judge John D. Moore's long legal career — particularly a case involving a probate judge who died in the 1980s after being accused of committing a Ponzi scheme — helped lead him to his new role at Pullman & Comley LLC by showing him the power of mediation and arbitration.

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    Out Of A Job? Ex-GCs Talk About Landing A New Gig

    Develop a personal marketing plan. Keep a strong, up-to-date LinkedIn profile. Get to know the top legal recruiters. These are a few pieces of advice from legal industry insiders to out-of-work general counsel.

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    Path To Inclusion: BigLaw's Road To Embrace Neurodiversity

    With a number of large law firms only recently creating disability and neurodiversity affinity groups, the active embrace and inclusion of lawyers with neurological differences like autism, ADHD and dyslexia are still in their infancy for much of BigLaw.

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    After 2023 Dive, Legal Tech Funding Aims For 2024 Rebound

    Funding for legal technology companies nosedived in 2023, but experts are surprisingly upbeat about potential investments in the industry for 2024.

  • Littler Names New Office Leader For Conn. Location

    Littler Mendelson PC's office in New Haven, Connecticut, has a new leader after its longtime leader decided to step down.

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    Carmody Torrance Elects New Partners And Counsel

    Connecticut law firm Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP announced it has elected two of its attorneys to the firm's partnership and three to counsel.

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    Bridgeport Finds New City Atty In Conn. Municipal Law Expert

    An experienced municipal attorney who previously worked for the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has been appointed by Mayor Joseph Ganim to serve as the city's next top attorney.

  • Kwok Daughter Should Cover Discovery Fee, Trustee Says

    The court-appointed trustee of exiled Chinese billionaire Ho Wan Kwok's Chapter 11 estate has asked a Connecticut bankruptcy court to require Kwok's daughter to reimburse $58,343 in attorney fees for discovery and deposition after providing "substantially incomplete" documents regarding the shell companies Kwok allegedly used to hide his assets.

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    Here's Who Wants To Be GC, And What They're Doing About It

    Some 42% of corporate managing counsel — those in-house lawyers who have other attorneys reporting to them — said in a survey that they have been identified by management as a potential successor to the sitting general counsel.

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    Women Associates Outnumber Men For First Time

    The number of women and people of color among lawyers reached new all-time highs in 2023, but they remain significantly underrepresented in the partnership ranks, according to a report released Tuesday.

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    Law Vets Say Prospective Hires Increasingly Ask About DEI

    Newly minted lawyers and lawyers looking to change employers are increasingly asking about diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, so firms should be prepared to answer detailed questions about DEI efforts, a Jackson Lewis PC attorney said during a Quinnipiac University School of Law symposium in Connecticut on Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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