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  • Justices Told Enron Law's History Bars Use For Capitol Riot

    A defendant accused of participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to rein in the U.S. Department of Justice's broad reading of a statute enacted in the wake of the 2001 Enron scandal, a law that has become one of the government's most powerful tools against defendants facing similar charges.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

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    DOT Veteran Named Regulatory Policy Head Of Airline Group

    The Cargo Airline Association has appointed a longtime U.S. Department of Transportation attorney as its managing director of safety and regulatory policy, the group said Monday.

  • Gilbert LLP Debuts Legal Tech Co. Tesseract Data Services

    Gilbert LLP, a litigation firm based in Washington, D.C., announced on Tuesday the launch of Tesseract Data Services, a legal technology subsidiary that will both assist with matters at the firm and independently advise clients.

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    Compensation Shakeup Is Pushing Some Partners To Leave

    As large law firms reportedly consider historic changes to their partnership structures and compensation systems, and the industry looks back at another mostly flat year for profits, the lateral partner job market has been thrown into flux, with many BigLaw partners wondering, "Can I find better elsewhere?"

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    Balch & Bingham Hires Williams Mullen Environmental Partner

    Balch & Bingham LLP announced it has hired a Williams Mullen attorney to join the firm as a partner in its environmental and natural resources practice in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • Ex-Circuit Court Judge Backs DQ Of Trump From Colo. Ballot

    Retired Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig and a slew of other officials who worked for Republican administrations urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold the Colorado high court's decision disqualifying Donald Trump from the state's ballots, saying they were defending "the peaceful transfer of power."

  • Justices To Hear Abortion Drug Case Arguments In March

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider live arguments in a case that could determine the future availability of a widely used abortion medication, advancing a matter some regard as the most significant battle over abortion since the justices overruled Roe v. Wade.

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    Ogletree Elects Veteran Litigator As 1st Female Leader Of Firm

    Employers' side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday it has tapped a longtime litigator as its new managing shareholder. She is the sixth person, and the first woman, to serve in that role.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

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    Kirkland Adds Antitrust Pros From King & Spalding, Cravath

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is bolstering its antitrust and competition team with the addition of a Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP partner and the co-chair of King & Spalding LLP's practice, the firm announced Monday.

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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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    Eckert Seamans Names Former DLA Piper Exec As Firm COO

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has added a chief operating officer who was previously in a senior business position at DLA Piper, the firm announced on Monday.

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    Gibson Dunn Hires HHS Deputy General Counsel In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired Katlin McKelvie, the former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as a partner in the firm's healthcare-focused practice group in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

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    V&E Atty Joins Debevoise As National Security Co-Leader

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has hired an attorney with over 30 years of experience working in government and private practice to co-lead the firm's national security practice in Washington, D.C., according to a Monday announcement.

  • Justices Asked To Bar West Point From Considering Race

    Students for Fair Admissions Inc. is back at the U.S. Supreme Court, this time asking the justices to prohibit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from using race in admission decisions while a legal challenge is pending.

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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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    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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    Judge Reyes Talks Big Trials, Preparation And Dogs At Work

    Less than a year after U.S. District Judge Ana C. Reyes took the bench in February 2023, the longtime Williams & Connolly LLP litigation partner has already handled several Jan. 6 trials and the Assa Abloy merger trial, a case she took on a scant month after her Senate confirmation.

  • Beltway Moves: Torridon, Covington, Latham

    Washington, D.C., firms added a number of former White House lawyers over the past few weeks in some of the latest legal industry moves in the nation's capital. 

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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.

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    Former In-House Counsel, M&A Lawyer Rejoins Womble Bond

    Rajan Singh has left his position as vice president and associate general counsel of FiscalNote to rejoin Womble Bond Dickinson LLP's corporate and securities group as of counsel in Tysons, Virginia, the firm announced Friday.

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