New Jersey Pulse

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    How To Climb From Acting To Permanent GC

    Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

  • NJ Atty Escapes Disbarment After Bank Fraud Conviction

    New Jersey real estate attorney Martin D. Eagan, who pleaded guilty in 2021 to bank fraud for his role in a reverse mortgage scheme defrauding elderly homeowners, will not lose his law license despite the conviction, according to a New Jersey Supreme Court order.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.

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    NJ Courts AI Committee Flags 'Fake Case Law' Among Pitfalls

    The New Jersey Supreme Court spelled out preliminary guidelines Thursday for the use of artificial intelligence in the practice of law, cautioning attorneys to avoid such pitfalls as "fake case law" as they implement the emerging technology.

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    Why Firms Should Add Age Diversity To Larger DEI Discussion

    With members of five generations jockeying for space and a voice in New Jersey's law firms and other workplaces — the Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials and Generation Z — the points of friction are clear to many: work from home, use of technology, work-life balance and more. 

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    In the years since a groundbreaking 2016 study on lawyer well-being found alarming rates of mental health problems in the legal profession, state bars and supreme courts have amped up efforts to improve lawyer mental health. Well-being leaders in six states shared details of their work at the IWIL 2024 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday.

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Pashman Stein Says Atty Owes Fees For Firm Breakup Case

    Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC has sued the firm of a New Jersey intellectual property attorney who was a former client of the firm for failing to pay a nearly $90,000 legal bill that he allegedly ran up in litigation against his former law partners.

  • Wilson Elser Accused Of Botching Service In Shoe Biz Dispute

    A New Jersey-based shoe industry executive filed suit against Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker and one of the firm's partners in state court this week alleging they mishandled serving a complaint on a Chinese shoe company and spoiled its chances of collecting over $1 million in damages from the company.

  • Litigation Funder Accuses Law Firm Of Fraudulent Home Sale

    Arguing for an early win on a claim of fraudulent transfer amid a $3 million fee suit against a New Jersey law firm, litigation funder Balanced Bridge Funding LLC is alleging Mitnick Law Office purchased, then sold a beach house at a discounted rate to principal Craig Mitnick during the firm's supposed insolvency in 2018.

  • Sherwin-Williams Loses Bid To Block NJ's Pollution Claims

    A New Jersey state court judge denied Sherwin-Williams Co.'s move to block state regulators from arguing or presenting evidence that the paint maker's former plant in Camden County damaged natural water and soil resources.

  • Disbarred NJ Atty Accused Of Repping Client Despite Conflict

    The estate of a deceased New Jersey businessman has accused the man's longtime attorney of negligently advising him to pay $350,000 to settle a suit brought by a former business partner, despite the attorney allegedly having a conflict of interest and being disbarred at the time.

  • NJ Casino Workers Want $1.1M Overtime Settlement OK'd

    Roughly 200 Atlantic City casino workers urged a New Jersey federal court to sign off on a roughly $1.1 million settlement of claims that they were underpaid for their overtime hours, arguing the deal would make them whole and erase the potential of total defeat.

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    Ballard Spahr Privacy Team Co-Leader Jumps To Blank Rome

    Blank Rome LLP announced Tuesday it had hired the co-leader of Ballard Spahr LLP's privacy and data security group to take on a similar leadership role in its Philadelphia office. 

  • Ex-Cognizant Exec Says 2nd Bribe Evidence Essential To Defense

    The former legal chief of Cognizant Technology Solutions urged a New Jersey federal judge on Monday to allow evidence of a second alleged bribe of an Indian government official, saying it could help exonerate him and a co-defendant at a trial scheduled this spring.

  • Sen. Menendez Wants To Nix Gold Bars From Bribery Case

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has asked a New York federal court to nix gold bars and other evidence federal prosecutors uncovered pursuing their second corruption case against him, suggesting the government weaponized unconstitutionally broad warrants to avenge a failed first attempt to convict the New Jersey Democrat.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Chu On Pioneering Virtual Trials

    In the summer of 2020, Nick Chu, a young justice of the peace in Austin, Texas, made history by presiding over the nation's first virtual criminal jury trial.

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    More Law School Graduates Are Shouldering Loan Debt

    Most law graduates finance their graduate education through loans, and the proportion of law graduates borrowing for law school has increased, according to a Tuesday report from AccessLex Institute.

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    Why Client Service Is The Most Valued Firm Culture Trait

    When asked about the qualities that inspire positive feelings about their firms' cultures, lawyers pointed to a high priority on client service above all else in a recent survey by legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa and Law360 Pulse.

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    What Lawyers Really Think About Law Firm Culture

    Here are a few things lawyers had to say when asked to describe their firm’s culture and whether their firms were focusing on the most important cultural priorities.

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    Younger Attys Are Looking For More From Law Firm Culture

    Younger attorneys are looking for better policies around attorney well-being and work-life balance, more diversity, and more mentorship and training from their law firms, according to the results of a new survey.

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    NJ Biopharma Names New Legal Chief From Demant

    Biopharmaceutical company Tris Pharma said Monday that it would bring on an attorney with in-house experience in the medical industry as its new general counsel as it continues to develop drugs that treat ADHD and other neurological conditions.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

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