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    Paul Hastings' NY Finance Bench Gains Ex-Shearman Atty

    Paul Hastings LLP is continuing the international growth of its finance practice, saying Wednesday that it has added a former Shearman & Sterling LLP attorney to its New York office.

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    Ex-Wilmer Partner Among Biden's Latest District Court Picks

    President Joe Biden announced four judicial nominees on Wednesday morning to serve in district courts in New York, California and South Dakota.

  • Feds Say Mukasey Repping SBF, Mashinsky Possible Conflict

    Prosecutors alerted a New York federal judge Tuesday about a possible conflict stemming from Sam Bankman-Fried's recent hiring of Marc Mukasey, who also represents Celsius founder Alex Mashinsky in his criminal proceedings, noting Celsius lent money to Alameda Research, which repaid some of the loans using FTX's customer funds.

  • NY Court System Can't Duck Ex-Judicial Aide's Sex Abuse Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused to toss a court employee's suit accusing the court system of conspiring to protect a judge she claims raped her, adopting a magistrate judge's report finding her retaliation and discrimination claims stemming from being placed on unpaid leave could constitute adverse employment actions.

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

  • NY Judge Says Firm Can't Rep Debtor And Then Defendant

    A New York law firm cannot represent the former manager of a now-bankrupt Brooklyn hotel project in an adversary suit by the hotel's bankruptcy trustee, a federal judge determined, because the firm previously represented the hotel through its entire Chapter 11 case.

  • Feds Fight Sen. Menendez's Bids To Nix Charges, Split Trials

    Federal prosecutors have asked a New York federal court to reject requests from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to dismiss his corruption case and to sever his trial from his wife's, arguing that the senator made "premature" factual arguments and incorrectly claimed immunity from prosecution as a senator.

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    Retired NY Appellate Judge Joins Harris Beach In Buffalo

    Harris Beach PLLC has announced that a longtime New York State appellate judge joined the firm's Buffalo office as a partner following her decision to retire last summer.

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    Foley Hoag Promotes 4 To C-Suite, Names Assistant GC

    Boston-based Foley Hoag LLP has elevated four of its business professionals to chief officer status and named another as its assistant general counsel.

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    Polsinelli Adds 9 Cybersecurity Attys From Maynard Nexsen

    Polsinelli PC said Tuesday that it has expanded its cybersecurity and data privacy team with the addition of a nine-lawyer group from Maynard Nexsen PC, including four former practice leaders.

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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.

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    Giuliani's Chapter 11 Choice Will Help Him Keep Control

    When Rudy Giuliani filed for bankruptcy the day after two Georgia poll workers got a green light to immediately start collecting their $148 million defamation judgment against him, he chose a kind of filing — Chapter 11 — more commonly used by corporations than individuals for one reason: control.

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    Saul Ewing Minn. Partner Named Transactional Dept. Chair

    A former managing partner of Saul Ewing LLP's Minneapolis office will oversee more than 200 attorneys as the new chair of the Philadelphia-headquartered firm's transactional department.

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    Dechert Elevates Product Liability Leaders On Both Coasts

    Dechert LLP has appointed two partners in New York and Los Angeles to lead its product liability and mass torts practice, elevating Douglas Fleming and Jay Bhimani to co-chair roles.

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    Former FINRA Official Joins McGuireWoods In NY

    A former director in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's enforcement department has joined McGuireWoods LLP in its New York office.

  • Judge Denies Recusal From Ex-Trump Aide's Retaliation Case

    A New York federal judge will not step away from a pregnancy retaliation suit brought by a former campaign aide for Donald Trump, saying her past role as an employer-defense attorney for Proskauer Rose LLP does not amount to bias that would sway her handling of the case.

  • NY Judge Wants Info On Perjury Probe Of Trump Lieutenant

    A New York state judge weighing the evidence in Donald Trump's civil fraud trial demanded more information Tuesday about reports that a key trial witness, former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, is facing perjury charges for his testimony in the case.

  • Volta Investor Attys Denied Fees For 'Moot' Disclosure Case

    A New York federal judge has declined to award fees to lawyers who represented a Volta Inc. investor who sued the electric vehicle company over allegedly inadequate disclosures related to a potential acquisition, saying the disclosures the company later provided because of the suit didn't give the investing public any new or useful information.

  • NY Judge Floats Nixing Some AG Claims From NRA Trial

    A New York state judge on Monday raised the prospect of dismissing claims from the trial of the National Rifle Association and key executives, after the New York attorney general's office rested its case in chief alleging widespread corruption at the nonprofit gun rights organization.

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Space Pro From Sherman & Howard

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has hired former U.S. Air Force director of space law and chair of Sherman & Howard LLC's aerospace practice group Milton "Skip" Smith to head its space and satellite industry group.

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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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    L&E Vet To Build Corporate Advisory Board At Seyfarth

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Monday that it had tapped the former global head of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's employment litigation practice to build a corporate advisory board at the intersection of commercial litigation and labor and employment law, citing increased demand in both spaces. 

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    Leon Black Says Rape Accuser, Firm Can't Ax NY Suit

    Claims of sexual abuse and defamation leveled against former Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black were not a matter of public interest, Black told a New York judge, arguing his accuser and her counsel at the time cannot dispose of his malicious prosecution suit by claiming they were protected by the state's anti-SLAPP law.

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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.

  • Judicial Watchdog Flags $10K Gift To Menendez's Defense

    A $10,000 contribution to Sen. Robert Menendez's legal defense fund by a federal judge's wife should be returned and the judge and his wife should apologize and promise not to make political donations, a judicial watchdog said Monday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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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.

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