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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.
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.
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP said on Thursday that it has opened a new labor and employment-focused office in Los Angeles following the addition of an employment attorney team that joined the firm from Krieger & Krieger.
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.
Regional plaintiffs firm Stark & Stark has elevated two longtime shareholders to lead its personal injury practice from their offices in Philadelphia and South Jersey.
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired four government affairs principals to join the firm's Washington, D.C., office, most of whom worked in public service roles during Barack Obama's presidency, according to a Wednesday announcement.
Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.
FisherBroyles LLP has added an employment-focused corporate partner based in Detroit, who joins from local firm Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC.
Gibbons PC announced on Thursday that a longtime leader who shepherded the firm through a merger, expansions and a rebranding has departed after more than three decades with the firm, including the past 20 years in leadership posts.
A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive accused along with her husband of stealing $3.2 million from the law firm has demanded financial information about firm employees in her discrimination countersuit, shortly after a similar discovery request in a suit where she is the defendant was tossed.
Saul Ewing LLP has grown its office in the Philadelphia suburbs this week by adding an attorney formerly from Brach Eichler LLC who specializes in transaction and regulatory work in the healthcare industry.
Williams Mullen has hired an intellectual property partner to join the firm's office in Tysons Corner, Virginia, where he will focus on patent rights and other matters.
Adams and Reese LLP has added a litigator in Houston who rejoined the firm after serving in-house at the Hartford and Farmers Insurance.
Morris James LLP has added an attorney who previously worked at Higbee & Associates and a lawyer who recently completed a Maryland state court clerkship to bolster its bankruptcy practice.
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP announced that it hired a Delaware-based partner with over 25 years of experience working on a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters.
The widow of a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner who died last year of brain cancer says the firm has refused to pay an estimated $2 million in compensation and a bonus for his final year of work there, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court.
Rawle & Henderson LLP announced that a longtime McGivney Kluger Clark & Intoccia PC civil defense litigator joined the firm's Philadelphia office as a partner after more than 15 years with his former firm.
Foster Garvey PC has opened a new office in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, aimed at enhancing the firm's services for Native American tribes and tribal entities, the firm said Wednesday.
The Pennsylvania-based Chartwell Law Offices LLP has made its first steps into Texas with the recent opening of new offices in Austin and Dallas.
A 12-year veteran of Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has been tapped as firmwide managing principal, according to an announcement Tuesday.
The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.
As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.
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.
In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.
Mid-sized firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has expanded its litigation services in the Philadelphia suburbs with the recent addition of an attorney formerly from Kang Haggerty LLC who specializes in complex commercial cases.
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off?
David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role?
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.
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.
OpinionNY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.