In-House

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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    When a Delaware chancellor rescinded Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $56 billion pay package last week, her opinion cited a "deeply flawed" compensation process, marred by apparent conflicts of interest,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.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Elon Musk, ticked off that the Delaware Chancery Court tossed out the Tesla CEO's proposed, multibillion-dollar pay package, wants to move Tesla's incorporation from Delaware to Texas. And a new study finds that nearly 28% of women general counsel and chief legal officers are people of color — double the diversity of men in those jobs. 

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    Mining Co. Taps Former W.Va. Chief Justice As New GC

    Ramaco Resources has hired the former chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, who also served as a U.S. congressman for the state, to serve as the mining company's new general counsel after its current general counsel resigned this week.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    By The Numbers: How Chief Legal Officers See Their World

    The chief legal officers at companies around the world seem to be losing a lot of sleep over privacy and cybersecurity issues, according to how the numbers add up in a survey released this week.

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    IBM's Longtime GC To Step Down By End Of Year

    After nearly a decade in the role, the top lawyer at technology giant IBM is set to retire by the end of 2024, according to a recent securities filing.

  • Brownstein Hyatt Adds Veteran Strategist In Sacramento

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced that an experienced strategist with in-house experience in the energy industry and California state government joined the firm's state government relations practice as a senior policy adviser.

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    MSG Entertainment Chooses Bumble Legal Chief As GC

    Former legacy CBS general counsel, who left the company in 2020 after nearly 26 years to join Bumble, is set to become the top lawyer at MSG Entertainment and Sphere Entertainment, according to a Thursday announcement.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

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