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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a Second Circuit panel rejected what it characterized as a lower court's "new standard" for so-called patent monopolies.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began spring with a busy week of BigLaw moves as firms expanded practices and shifted headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    In 107K Pro Bono Hours: Hogan Lovells Tackles Racial Justice

    Hogan Lovells pledged to dedicate 65,000 pro bono hours to advancing racial justice in June 2020, and, according to a report out this week, the firm's personnel have exceeded that goal by dedicating approximately 107,000 hours through 2023 to causes across the globe aimed at advancing racial justice.

  • Beltway Moves: Goodwin, McDermott, Ropes & Gray

    Goodwin Procter LLP recruited a leader of Perkins Coie LLP's post-grant practice, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP made new hires in Washington, D.C., as it looks to grow in white collar litigation and government investigations, in some of the latest legal industry moves in the nation's capital.

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    Michael Best Strategies' Buckner On Her Path To Lobbying

    At the start of 2024, lobbying firm Michael Best Strategies elevated partner Tami Buckner to lead its federal government relations practice based out of Washington, D.C. Here, Buckner talks about her new role and the career path that led her to it.

  • Schumer Urges Texas District To Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday urged the chief judge of the Northern District of Texas to quickly implement the Judicial Conference of the United States' updated policy that looks to prevent litigants from judge shopping, arguing that the district's current practices are "dangerous."

  • Trump Misquotes Justices In Immunity Case's Opening Brief

    Former President Donald Trump invoked the writings of three sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices in a brief Tuesday to argue that former presidents are absolutely immune from criminal prosecution. Yet the cited opinions and papers actually express the opposite theories from what he claims — a miscue attorneys say could backfire on him.

  • Paul Hastings Guides 2024's Largest Sale Of DC Office Space

    PRP Real Estate Investment has purchased Washington, D.C.'s Market Square office complex in a $323 million acquisition advised by Paul Hastings LLP, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Trump's Mystery Docket: Inside NY's Secretive Filing System

    The first criminal indictment of a former American president may have arrived in 21st century New York, but it landed in a court system stuck in the past — where the official record is a disorganized and incomplete mass of paper with no accounting of what's inside.

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    Biden's Judicial Nominees Face New Barriers

    President Joe Biden is encountering new hurdles to placing his judicial nominees on the bench, particularly one who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge if confirmed.

  • Meet The Bar Vet And 'Good Listener' Picked For Mass. Bench

    With a resume that ranges from a stint as a public defender to work on a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme suit, the Biden administration's latest pick for the Massachusetts federal bench has impressed former colleagues with his experience and sound temperament — even his mathematical chops.

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    Reed Smith Ties Associate Raises To Billable Hours

    Reed Smith LLP is reportedly raising associate salaries in a range similar to those first announced by Milbank LLP last November, with an associate's place on the scale depending on their billable hours.

  • Lawmakers Eye Permanent Status For 10 Federal Judgeships

    A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has put forward bills in the Senate and House that would make 10 temporary district judgeships permanent in 10 states including Texas, Florida and California.

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    Davis Wright Adds Tech Attorney In DC From Perkins Coie

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has hired a former Perkins Coie LLP counsel who advises on complex technology transactions between market-leading companies, the firm announced.

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    McGlinchey Head Talks Firm's 50th Anniversary

    McGlinchey Stafford PLLC's managing member recently spoke to Law360 Pulse about the New Orleans-based firm's 50th anniversary, its plans for growth and how it tries to build and maintain a supportive culture.

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    Hinshaw AI Policy Embraces New Tech, With 'Guardrails'

    As generative AI platforms rapidly advance, law firms are hastening to develop policies that address ethical and legal concerns arising from the new technology — including the latest firm to jump into the fray, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Here, Law360 Pulse talks with general counsel Steven Puiszis about Hinshaw's new policy and how it took shape.

  • PACER Overcharge Attys Net $24M As Feds' $125M Deal OK'd

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval to the U.S. government's $125 million deal ending class action claims that the judiciary charges users excessive fees to run the federal courts' PACER records system, signing off on nearly $23.9 million in fees to the nonprofit plaintiffs' attorneys.

  • 7th Circuit Nominee Fends Off Complaints About Case Backlog

    U.S. District Judge Nancy Maldonado has one of the largest case backlogs among federal district judges, several Republican senators said Wednesday, insisting President Joe Biden made the wrong choice in nominating her to join the Seventh Circuit.

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    Biden Taps Judicial Nominees For 6th Circuit, SDNY

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a new slate of judicial nominations, including a current U.S. attorney tapped for a Sixth Circuit seat and another federal prosecutor up for a judgeship in the Southern District of New York.

  • DC Judicial Pick Faces GOP Scrutiny Over Jones Day Work

    Republican lawmakers Wednesday criticized the BigLaw track record of a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • Study Sees Promise For Gen AI Tools In Closing Justice Gap

    Widespread access to generative artificial intelligence tools could help increase access to justice for low-income Americans, according to a new study that found these tools largely boosted productivity for legal aid lawyers.

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    ABA Gives Advice To Avoid Atty Conflict Hitting Whole Firm

    An American Bar Association ethics opinion released Wednesday offers new guidance on when a lawyer's conflict of interest after meeting with a prospective client should be considered to impact the whole firm and how lawyers can try to avoid sparking that whole-firm conflict.

  • IRS Withholding Docs On Partnership Audits, Baker Atty Says

    The Internal Revenue Service has not responded to a request for documents pertaining to the agency's scrutiny of large partnerships and should be forced to disclose them, an attorney with Baker McKenzie told a D.C. federal court.

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    Former Rutgers GC Tapped As New President Of American U.

    A former top attorney for Rutgers University in New Jersey and onetime associate with Morgan Lewis has a new title elsewhere in the world of higher education — president of American University.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

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