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    Former Federal Prosecutor Returns To McDermott In Chicago

    Nearly two decades after he began his legal career at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a former assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has returned to the firm.

  • Fani Willis' DQ From Trump Case 'Possible,' Ga. Judge Says

    The Georgia state judge presiding over the election interference case against former President Donald Trump said Monday that "it's possible" Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis' admitted relationship with a top prosecutor on the case could end in her disqualification, and is allowing a hearing on the issue planned for this week to go forward.

  • Colo. Public Defender's Office Hit By Computer Hack

    The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender said Monday it has shut down its computer network following a cybersecurity breach.

  • Prosecutors Say Paxton Can't Alter History To 'Dodge' Fraud Case

    Prosecutors have urged a Texas state court to reject a bid from state Attorney General Ken Paxton to dismiss a 2015 securities fraud case against him on speedy trial grounds, saying he is attempting to rewrite history and use delays he helped create to "dodge prosecution."

  • Discord Stock Traders Say Prosecutors' Evidence Is Faulty

    A group of men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump scheme on Discord and other social media asked a Texas federal judge to sanction the government, saying that prosecutors had cherry-picked evidence to create exhibits that are misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.

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    Trump Turns To Supreme Court In DC Criminal Case

    Former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to stay a D.C. Circuit panel's ruling that he is not immune from federal charges of interfering in the 2020 presidential election, arguing the D.C. Circuit needs more time to properly review his bid to escape prosecution.

  • Lotto Scammer Impersonated SDNY Criminal Chief, Feds Say

    A Costa Rican national was charged with impersonating law enforcement officials, including the chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, as part of a scheme to trick elderly victims into wiring him millions under the false pretense that they'd won a lottery prize.

  • Court Reporters Deemed Exempt Contractors In Benefits Case

    A New Jersey appellate court on Monday partially undid orders requiring two legal transcription services companies to reimburse the state for unpaid unemployment and disability benefits, ruling that court reporters are exempt independent contractors under state law.

  • Judicial Innovations Acquired By PE-Backed Gov. Tech Firm

    The state and local government technology company Avenu Insights & Analytics acquired Judicial Innovations, a provider of cloud-based court and payment tools, on Monday.

  • Pa. Courts Get Beyond Cyberattack But Remain Vigilant

    All functions on Pennsylvania courts' website have been restored following a cyberattack last week that disrupted use of several services including electronic document filings and payments.

  • NJ State Judges Confirmed After 2nd Trio Is Tapped For Seats

    The New Jersey Senate on Monday gave the final approval to three new judges for the Superior Court, a week after Gov. Phil Murphy notified it that he intended to nominate three more attorneys for the state court bench.

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    Retired NJ Judge On What Makes The Jury System 'Incredible'

    Joseph Quinn, the former presiding judge of Monmouth County Superior Court's Chancery Division, joined Law360 Pulse to discuss his reflections on 23 years as a judge and his plans for heading the new mediation practice at Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC.

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    Fla. High Court Pulled Into Depo Fight Between State Judges

    A Florida state appellate judge is asking the Sunshine State's high court to review a disciplinary panel's decision requiring him to sit for a deposition in an ethics case against a former campaign rival, saying it would do him "irreparable" harm and set a dangerous precedent for other judges.

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    Illinois Supreme Court Forms Generative AI Task Force

    The Illinois Supreme Court launched a task force investigating uses of generative artificial intelligence, with a roster that includes judges, administrators and attorneys, a spokesperson at the courts has confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • Fla. Atty Wants $300K COVID Relief Fraud Conviction Axed

    A Florida attorney convicted of conspiring to defraud a U.S. coronavirus pandemic relief program has asked a Georgia federal judge to vacate the jury's guilty verdict and either acquit her or order a new trial, arguing the government violated her due process rights by not submitting sufficient evidence to prove her guilt.

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    Newman Cleared To Fight Law In DC, But Not Suspension

    U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman may challenge the law she has been suspended under, but she cannot get an injunction that would allow her to hear cases on the Federal Circuit again, nor fight how the law has been directly applied to her, a D.C. federal judge said Monday.

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    Trump Co-Defendant Says DA Lied About Romance Timeline

    Former President Donald Trump's co-defendant in the Georgia election interference case who first accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis of having a romantic relationship with the special prosecutor she hired to lead the case on Friday accused her of lying about when the now-confirmed romance began.

  • Authors Say OpenAI Is Playing 2 Courts Against Each Other

    A group of writers suing OpenAI over copyright infringement allegations is accusing the Microsoft-backed startup of "forum shopping for the most favorable schedule," and is asking a federal judge in California to stop the company from trying to litigate a similar suit in New York federal court just because its lawyers made some deals to get a better timetable there. 

  • 'Emergency' Judge Tapped In Ex-Hawaii DA Bribery Case

    An "emergency" magistrate judge has been appointed in the corruption case against former Hawaii prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and five others set for trial next month after other magistrates recused themselves, according to court papers.

  • NJ Won't Restrict Ch. 11 Cases To Certain Judges, Group Told

    A creditors advocacy group concerned about "judge-shopping" in major bankruptcy cases has said the chief judge of New Jersey's increasingly popular bankruptcy court has assured the group he will not limit such cases to particular jurists.

  • FCRA Immunity Waiver Ruling Tees Up Compliance Frenzy

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Fair Credit Reporting Act waives federal agencies' immunity from lawsuits will not only open the door to more litigation against government lenders but may also trigger housecleaning to ensure that debts are correctly reported, experts told Law360.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings this week, but both were overshadowed by the week's only oral argument, over whether or not former President Donald Trump is eligible to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • NY Appeals Court OKs Court System's Vax Exemption Denial

    A New York appeals court tossed a lawsuit that challenged the state court system's denial of more than two dozen religious exemption applications related to a COVID-19 vaccination mandate, stating Thursday that the state agency's "blind review" of the application procedure was aboveboard and fair.

  • NJ Courts Reject Liability In Ex-Judge's Harassment Suit

    The New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts asked a state court to remove it as a defendant from a municipal court administrator's sexual harassment suit against a former municipal judge, saying the parties were not employees of the AOC.

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    Inquiry Of Georgia DA No 'Witch Hunt,' State Committee Says

    The chairman of a Georgia Senate special committee investigating the district attorney overseeing the election interference case against former President Donald Trump said during the committee's first meeting Friday that the investigation would be a "quest for the truth," not a "political witch hunt."

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

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