Connecticut Pulse

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Covington & Burling LLP secured the top spot on this week's list of Legal Lions after a New York federal judge permanently tossed a proposed class action Tuesday against its client over a Tide laundry detergent label.

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    Legal Industry Added 4,500 Jobs In December

    The U.S. legal services sector continued to trend positive in the area of job growth, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

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    Avenatti Jury Pushed To 'Rat Out' Holdout Juror, Atty Says

    The trial judge who presided over disbarred lawyer Michael Avenatti's conviction for pilfering money from his then-client, porn star Stormy Daniels, improperly prodded jurors to "rat out" a holdout who didn't want to convict, Avenatti's lawyer told the Second Circuit Friday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    Legal industry news started off with a bang in 2024, with a mass partner departure, more law firm raise and bonus announcements, and a law firm combination, all in the first week of the year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Legal Industry Rings In 2024 With A Wave Of New Leaders

    As the calendar turns to a new year, the legal industry welcomes a wave of fresh leaders who are ready to steer their law firms into an era of change.

  • 2nd Circ. Won't Let Trump Pause Defamation Fight

    The Second Circuit declined to delay the trial in writer E. Jean Carroll's suit against former President Donald J. Trump while he seeks a rehearing for its panel decision that he is not immune from her defamation claims, after he allegedly sexually assaulted her and then lied about her publicly.

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    Wiggin And Dana Adds Hartford Health GC Amid Atty Promos

    Wiggin and Dana LLP has brought on an in-house attorney from Hartford Healthcare, and also promoted one lawyer to partner and another three to counsel, the firm announced. 

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    Hunton Latest Firm To Announce Raises, Bonuses

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has reportedly fallen in line with the scale Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP set for both bonuses and salary increases.

  • Conn. Lawyer's Discovery Dodge Cost Client $450K, Suit Says

    A Connecticut lawyer whose alleged refusal to respond to discovery requests led to a default judgment against his client in a federal fraud suit is now facing malpractice claims in state court.

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    Shipman Elects Partners To Management, Makes 2024 Promos

    Connecticut-based law firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP has begun 2024 by electing two partners to the firm's management committee and promoting five attorneys to partner.

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    Law Schools Adjusting Applications After Harvard Ruling

    Law schools have overhauled their application processes in the aftermath of this summer's U.S. Supreme Court decisions that terminated race-based affirmative action in college admissions, adding essay questions and more in-person interviews, legal education experts tell Law360 Pulse.

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    4 Priorities For Conn. Firm Leaders In 2024

    Making predictions about the future of the legal industry in Connecticut, or any state or country, risks assuming that 2023 trends offer guidance on what the next year will hold for law firms. Here, three leaders of Connecticut-based firms share with Law360 Pulse what they're most keeping an eye on in 2024.

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    King & Spalding Offers Up Cravath-Sized Pay Raises

    King & Spalding LLP is the latest law firm to join more than 70 other law firms to dole out base pay increases for associates in line with those implemented by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in November.

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    White And Williams Real Estate Atty Named Managing Partner

    White and Williams LLP is beginning the new year with a new managing partner at the helm, the law firm said Wednesday.

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    How Firms Weigh Privacy Concerns When Publicizing Wins

    Small litigation firms and solo practitioners, particularly on the plaintiffs side, rely heavily on their successful trial verdicts and big settlements as marketing tools for getting their name out to clients. But lawyers need to weigh this brand-building opportunity with protecting their client’s privacy and fostering trust.

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    The 6 Biggest Law Firm Combinations Of 2023

    The amount of large U.S. law firm combinations increased substantially in 2023 compared to the previous three years, with six tie-ups announced where the smaller partner was made up of 100 or more lawyers.

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    Xerox Taps One Of Its Own For CLO Spot Amid Reorganization

    Xerox has filled its open chief legal officer position with a lawyer who has been in-house there for almost 25 years, amid a reorganization and new operating model that the company made public on Wednesday.

  • Michael Cohen Can't Revive Trump Payback Suit In 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday rejected a bid by Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump's onetime attorney and fixer, to revive a suit alleging Trump had him locked up in retaliation for his plans to publish a book painting Trump in a negative light.

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    Latham Matching Cravath Salary Scale For Associates

    Latham & Watkins LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it will meet the Cravath scale for associate salary increases this year, according to published reports.

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    FordHarrison Taps Atlanta Atty As New Managing Partner

    FordHarrison LLP announced Tuesday that it has elected a new managing partner who has been with the firm since completing a summer internship there more than three decades ago.

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    Law Firm Mergers Fell In 2023, Even As Big Deals Ticked Up

    What looked like the beginning of a recovery to pre-pandemic levels of law firm combinations in 2022 was followed up in 2023 with less impressive overall numbers, as the frequency of small and medium-sized mergers and acquisitions declined year-over-year, according to data collected by Law360 Pulse.

  • Ex-Anderson Kill CFO Rips DQ Bid As 'Litigation Tactic'

    A former chief financial officer for insurance recovery firm Anderson Kill PC who claims he was illegally fired after seeking disability accommodations has blasted a bid to disqualify his counsel and partially dismiss the suit, saying the filing was meant "to distract from clear factual and legal issues that ought to proceed quickly to trial."

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    Law Firm DEI Efforts At Crossroads Amid '24 Litigation Threat

    The year ahead will be an inflection point for a legal industry that's still struggling to diversify its ranks, experts say, because the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling nixing affirmative action will require law firms to rethink their diversity efforts, even as those efforts face a "broad-based attack" from determined conservative organizations.

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    8 Bold Legal Technology Predictions For 2024

    What could be bigger than the rise of generative artificial intelligence in 2023? How about the next iteration of AI in the legal field in 2024?

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    What's Keeping Small Firm And Solo Attys Up At Night In '24

    As 2024 approaches and the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic recedes further into the past, many of the big issues affecting small and solo law firms remain in flux, including office space, the role of remote work and remote hearings, and the proper role of AI.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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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