In-House

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    This Former GC Went From The Super Bowl To The C-Suite

    Two of Blake Moore's fondest memories involve teamwork — playing pro football for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1982 Super Bowl, and helping put together a billion-dollar deal for his company after years as its general counsel.

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    Dentons Adds Ex-Hospitality Company Atty From Frost Brown

    Dentons has hired as a partner for its Louisville, Kentucky, office a former in-house attorney at Schulte Hospitality Group who also previously spent two stints at national firm Frost Brown Todd LLP.

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    Carlton Fields Adds Lincoln Financial Counsel As ERISA Atty

    Carlton Fields has hired an assistant vice president and senior counsel from Lincoln Financial, who joins the firm's national financial services regulatory practice as a shareholder in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Berkeley Law Says Antisemitism Suit Should Be Tossed

    The University of California, Berkeley School of Law pushed back this week against a Jewish advocacy organization's accusations that the school has fostered an antisemitic culture that has led to harassment of Jews on campus, arguing that the lawsuit should be dismissed since the university is acting under long-established constitutional principles that require it to protect student speech it does not necessarily endorse.

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    Data Privacy Co. TrustArc Names GC, Chief Privacy Officer

    Data privacy platform TrustArc says it has brought on a new general counsel and chief privacy officer alongside another executive appointment and amid record revenue.

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    Kellogg Foundation Names Ballard Spahr Atty As GC

    A former Ballard Spahr LLP attorney who led groups at the law firm, including one focused on environmental, social and governance issues, has transitioned in-house as general counsel at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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    Revlon Adds Former Toys R Us, Hudson's Bay Atty As GC

    Cosmetics and personal care company Revlon announced Tuesday that the former general counsel at retailer Hudson's Bay Co. and Toys R Us was named its new head lawyer in response to his predecessor's planned departure at the end of the month.

  • Black Atty Hits DC Judge With Race Bias, Retaliation Suit

    A Black attorney for the District of Columbia was yelled at and demeaned by the administrative law judge she worked for after she complained the judge was hostile to Black staffers, according to a suit filed in D.C. federal court.

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    Digital Privacy Vet Named GC At Security Platform Deepwatch

    Deepwatch said on Tuesday that it had brought on a new general counsel with a deep background in the cybersecurity industry nearly a year after it raised $180 million in investment funding.

  • ABA Prez Nominee Wants Organization To Lead On Diversity

    The American Bar Association's Nominating Committee on Monday named solo practitioner Michelle Behnke of Madison, Wisconsin, as its nominee to serve as president for the 2025-2026 term.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Women Say Events Like Legalweek Marred By Harassment

    A group of women who attended ALM's Legalweek conference last week have alleged that they experienced sexual harassment and assault while at a conference, leading more women to share that they have had similar experiences at other legal events.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

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    Musk Pay Ruling Highlights Missteps By Tesla GC, Board

    When a Delaware chancellor rescinded Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $56 billion pay package last week, her opinion cited a "deeply flawed" compensation process, marred by apparent conflicts of interest, and led by a former general counsel so beholden to Musk that the lawyer cried during his testimony.

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    Smithfield Foods Taps Ex-Michaels, Wrigley Compliance Head

    Smithfield Foods Inc. said Monday it has recruited an in-house lawyer who has worked at high-profile brands such as Michaels Stores, Chiquita and Wrigley to serve as chief ethics and compliance officer.

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    ​​​​​​​Prefab Home Co. Cavco Adds Hagerty Atty As GC

    Manufactured housing company Cavco has named a deputy general counsel for auto insurer Hagerty as its new top attorney and compliance chief, as the construction industry considers how to deal with increased costs related to new energy conservation standards.

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    Merck's Former CEO And GC Joins Harvard Board

    Kenneth Frazier, who rose in the ranks at Merck & Co. to become general counsel and eventual CEO and chair, will soon join the Harvard Corporation governing board, according to an announcement Sunday, as the Ivy League university continues to look for a new president.

  • McGlinchey Stafford Nabs Bankruptcy Veteran From PNC

    McGlinchey Stafford said it hired one of PNC Bank's senior legal counsel, a lawyer with more than 35 years of bankruptcy experience, to join its team in Cleveland.

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    Crowell & Moring Int'l Names Former Merck Senior VP As CEO

    Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate, announced Monday that a healthcare and public policy leader with diverse business, legal and government experience has joined as president and CEO.

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

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    Retired Circuit Judge Luttig Brings Democracy Work To UVA

    J. Michael Luttig, a respected legal scholar and former federal judge who has been an outspoken critic of efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election, is joining the University of Virginia to "shore up the guardrails of democracy and strengthen the rule of law" ahead of what is expected to be another highly contentious election.

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    ABA Honors 3 Who Made Law A Safer Place To Be LGBTQ

    All three lawyers set to receive the American Bar Association's Stonewall Award on Saturday began their careers in the closet at work, in a profession they say was not interested in actively embracing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers at the time. Each recipient has since spent decades fighting to make sure the same isn't true for the next generation.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of January

    Legal department hires during the first month of 2024 included high-profile appointments at Xerox and Kimberly-Clark. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at some of the top in-house announcements from January.

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    Neiman Marcus Makes Interim CLO Its Permanent Top Atty

    Neiman Marcus Group LLC has removed the interim title from its chief legal officer roughly a month after he stepped into the role following the departure of the company's previous top attorney for Chicago-based market research company Circana.

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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

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