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    3 Factors Firms Must Consider Before Building Gen AI Apps

    Many legal tech companies have released generative artificial intelligence tools, but some law firms have decided the best way to leverage this technology is by creating their own tools. Law firm leaders and consultants spoke with Law360 Pulse about what firms should consider before building their own applications.

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    Flurry Of Moves Kicks Off 2024: BigLaw's January Shake-Ups

    During the first two weeks of January the legal industry was inundated with news of large group hires, law firm combinations and high profile lateral partner departures. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at the flurry of movement that kicked off 2024.

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    How Law Firms Can Build Engagement To Avoid Atty Burnout

    Former BigLaw professional development leader Tracy LaLonde founded the consultancy Joychiever in 2020 to help law firms deepen employee commitment, boost productivity and alleviate burnout.

  • US Judge Tosses Anti-Abortion Clinic Spat Over Subpoena

    A federal judge told a New Jersey faith-based pregnancy resource center Friday to take its case to state court as it fights the state attorney general's subpoena regarding its abortion pill reversal practices.

  • Ex-Exec Made Timely 'Bridgegate' Fee Request, 2nd Circ. Told

    A former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive and now-exonerated defendant in the notorious "Bridgegate" criminal case urged a three-judge Second Circuit panel to revive his suit pinning his $4 million legal defense bill on his former employer, arguing Tuesday that he gave the agency timely notice.

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    Ex-Morgan Stanley VP Named NJ Securities Chief

    New Jersey's attorney general has named a former Morgan Stanley vice president and federal prosecutor as the state's new chief of the Bureau of Securities.

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    Why Law Firms Are Dropping Names To Rebrand

    More and more law firms are dropping names from their brands to simply be referred to by a single name, as a number of firms have made the change over the past year.

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    Ex-NJ Comptroller To Head Lowenstein's White Collar Group

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP has promoted a corporate investigations and integrity specialist — who earlier in his career was New Jersey's first independent comptroller — to lead the firm's white collar criminal defense practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Sen. Menendez, Wife Ask For Own Trials In Bribery Case

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and his wife, Nadine, are requesting that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York sever their trials in their federal foreign bribery case to avoid a "Catch-22" in deciding whether each should testify against the other.

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    Hall Booth Smith Elevates 15 To Partnership

    Atlanta-based Hall Booth Smith LLP announced its largest partner promotion class over the last few years as the firm said it elevated 15 attorneys to partnership in a wide variety of practice groups and office locations.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kessler Topaz beating out two firms to become lead counsel in a proposed class action against Wells Fargo and Fredrikson & Byron's lobbying arm's new relationship with a cooperative business interest group lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 1 to 12.

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    Chiesa Shahinian Names Corporate, Securities Group Leader

    Chiesa Shahinian and Giantomasi PC has tapped a longtime mergers and acquisitions and commercial finance attorney at the firm, with clients including the American Dream mall in the Meadowlands, to be a chair of its corporate and securities practice group.

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    Holland & Knight Atty Named Legal Chief At NJ Energy Co.

    A former Philadelphia-based Holland & Knight LLP partner was named senior vice president and general counsel of energy company South Jersey Industries, bringing prior in-house experience and a background in complex commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

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    Researchers Find Legal Errors 'Pervasive' In Top AI Models

    Large language models regularly give incorrect responses when asked legal questions, making it crucial for this technology to be supervised when used in law practice, according to a recently published study by researchers at Stanford University's RegLab and Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after getting Google off the hook from facing a proposed class action alleging it raked in over $2 billion from unauthorized advertisements by trespassing on website owners' property.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms appointed new leaders and expanded their practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Ex-CEO Can't Sue Attys For Feds' Jewel Seizure, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former CEO of a Pennsylvania bottling company sentenced to 20 years in prison for a $660 million fraud scheme cannot pursue claims against his onetime legal counsel after federal prosecutors reneged on a deal to return precious gemstones, the Third Circuit has affirmed, refusing to revive the executive's contract suit.

  • NJ Attorneys Settle $250K Split Fee Dispute

    Starr Gern Davison & Rubin PC and attorney David S. Rochman have settled their contentious dispute over fees stemming from a $250,000 judgment obtained in a personal injury case they both worked on, according to a Thursday filing in Burlington County Superior Court.

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    Unified Atty Admission To All Fed. District Courts Unlikely

    A proposal being considered by the federal judiciary to do away with state bar admission requirements for U.S. district courts is likely to fail, just as similar efforts before it have, according to experts.

  • Law Firm Gets Ariz. Malpractice Suit Shipped To NJ

    An Arizona federal judge sided with Callagy Law on sending a former client's legal malpractice suit to the Garden State, ruling that when he signed an engagement agreement with the firm, the ex-client agreed to a forum selection clause that mandates litigation in the law firm's home state of New Jersey.

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    Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Says Records Will Nix Theft Claims

    A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive, accused alongside her husband of stealing more than $3.2 million from the firm, on Thursday defended subpoenas she sent to its payroll provider, arguing that the records would undercut the firm's claims that she took part in the alleged theft.

  • Judge Exits Congestion Pricing Cases After Pol Flags NJ Ties

    A new judge has been assigned to preside over two New Jersey lawsuits regarding New York's congestion pricing plan in the wake of an Empire State politician's concerns about the original jurist's close ties to the Garden State's governor, a staunch opponent of the plan.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Names Newell To Be New Chairman, CEO

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has started to transition its firm leadership this week with the announcement of a new CEO and chairman who will take the reins in the spring.

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    Path To Inclusion: BigLaw's Road To Embrace Neurodiversity

    With a number of large law firms only recently creating disability and neurodiversity affinity groups, the active embrace and inclusion of lawyers with neurological differences like autism, ADHD and dyslexia are still in their infancy for much of BigLaw.

  • 3rd Circ. Nixes Avco Corp.'s Suit Against Ex-Atty

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive a suit filed by aerospace manufacturer Avco Corp. against its former attorney accusing her of breaching her fiduciary duty when she represented parties that later brought product liability claims against it over a plane crash.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners Author Photo

    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.



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