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BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
Tough questions from conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices suggest that administrative hearings by agencies like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be ruled unconstitutional. And a new study links increased long-term growth in companies to their having more racial diversity in management.
CNX Resources Corp. announced Friday that an attorney with experience handling legal and intellectual property matters at Visa and Johnson & Johnson will be joining the natural gas company as its general counsel.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
Weight Watchers has announced the imminent departure of its general counsel and secretary of nearly a decade, amid an evolution at the company including the acquisition of a telehealth company in an effort to expand its services into prescription drug offerings.
Technology and software company Emerson Electric Co. said this week that it will appoint a new chief legal officer with nearly two decades of in-house experience at Agilent Technologies after its current top attorney retires at the end of the year.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
November ended amid another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and showered associates with bonuses and higher pay. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
There's no reason to overturn a jury win for an anti-abortion former Southwest flight attendant who accused the airline of religious bias, or an order requiring Southwest's counsel to attend religious bias training, the ex-worker told the Fifth Circuit.
A new study found that companies with more racial diversity in their management ranks are more likely to show increases in average long-term financial growth and income after tax.
A former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP asset management attorney has rejoined the firm's San Francisco office as of counsel following a stint as deputy general counsel with private equity firm TPG.
The legal industry received a big jolt a year ago when, on Nov. 30, the large language model chatbot ChatGPT made its debut, bringing with it transformative potential and tremendous concern. Since then, law firms of all sizes have embraced ChatGPT, and some are even building their own versions.
Latham & Watkins LLP was deemed the most social media-savvy BigLaw firm in the U.S. this year by an annual analysis, released Thursday, of the top 200 U.S. firms' social media performance.
National firm McCarter & English LLP has added an experienced attorney who spent nearly a decade with mall developer Washington Prime Group Inc., most of that time as the company's general counsel, to its real estate practice group.
Republican attorneys general from 19 states have backed two conservative groups' bid for another shot at overturning a Nasdaq Stock Market requirement that makes exchange-listed companies publicly disclose board diversity data, arguing the rule violates the Constitution's equal protection clause.
U.K.-based Poolbeg Pharma PLC has named a former executive of Amryt Pharma PLC as its new senior vice president and chief legal officer, who is tasked with helping guide the company in its ambitions to expand.
Pharmaceutical services platform Petauri Health has named an experienced mergers and acquisitions attorney from Benesch Law as its new vice president and general counsel, according to an announcement made Wednesday.
By mid-November, federal judges’ 2022 financial disclosure forms should have been available on a public database, but only half the reports were up. Many courts that draw commercial litigation, from New Jersey to the Ninth Circuit, still had many judges missing, and a new type of report, meant to provide real-time snapshots of judges’ major windfalls, can take more than a year to be posted, flouting federal law.
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced that a former real estate and corporate attorney rejoined the firm's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, office as of counsel after a stint working for a title and escrow company.
A court-appointed special master has recommended that the U.S. Department of Justice release potentially millions of confidential Volkswagen documents that were part of a Jones Day investigation into the automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal, saying the secrecy of grand jury proceedings doesn't shield all documents from public disclosure.
U-Haul's longtime general counsel has left to form his own dispute resolution firm, which he told Law360 Pulse on Wednesday was the culmination of a successful in-house career.
Dozens of in-house legal departments at high-profile companies have completed the most recent iteration of Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule certification process, which aims to boost the number of attorneys from historically underrepresented groups in leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities.
Stockholm-based Scandinavian Airlines System Inc. on Tuesday announced an executive board reorganization highlighted by the retirement of its chief of staff, establishment of a chief people officer position and the elevation of its general counsel to chief legal officer.
Since the 2022 enactment of the Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, litigants can easily determine whether they think a judge should sit out a case on financial grounds. How this plays out in the courtroom, though, isn't always straightforward.
Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.