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  • Study Sees Promise For Gen AI Tools In Closing Justice Gap

    Widespread access to generative artificial intelligence tools could help increase access to justice for low-income Americans, according to a new study that found these tools largely boosted productivity for legal aid lawyers.

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    ABA Gives Advice To Avoid Atty Conflict Hitting Whole Firm

    An American Bar Association ethics opinion released Wednesday offers new guidance on when a lawyer's conflict of interest after meeting with a prospective client should be considered to impact the whole firm and how lawyers can try to avoid sparking that whole-firm conflict.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

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    How BigLaw Vets Are Expanding Trial Boutique Dowd Bennett

    Law360 Pulse recently caught up with James Bennett, co-founder of boutique litigation firm Dowd Bennett LLP, to discuss the firm's expansion this year in Chicago and Dallas.

  • Schumer Scolds McConnell For Judge-Shopping Policy Rebuff

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday lauded the Judicial Conference's updated policy on random case assignments to prevent litigants from judge-shopping, saying that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against the policy since it'd make it tough for hard-right partisans "to hijack our courts for their purposes."

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    Faegre Drinker Adds Ex-DLA Piper Commodities Pro In Dallas

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has strengthened its finance and restructuring practice in Dallas with partner Deanna Reitman, an experienced commodities lawyer who previously worked at DLA Piper.

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    Kilpatrick Taps IP Leader As Next Firm Chair

    Kilpatrick is turning to the leader of its intellectual property department in Atlanta to succeed the firm's longtime chair when he steps down from the role later this year.

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    Legal Ops Pay Gap Has Widened For Women Since 2023

    Despite heavy representation in the legal operations field, women in this area continue to be underpaid compared to men, earning as much as 25% less total compensation than their peers, a new survey has found.

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    Kirkland Wants To Escape Suit Over Ex-Judge's Relationship

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP wants to bring down the hammer on a racketeering lawsuit claiming the firm "conspired" to profit from a Texas bankruptcy judge's secret romance scandal, saying the "flimsy" suit should be dismissed, and both the plaintiff and his attorneys at Bandas Law Firm PC should be sanctioned for filing it.

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    Rise In Civil Case Filings Mostly Driven By MDLs In 4 Districts

    The number of civil lawsuits filed in federal court grew significantly in 2023, but much of that growth was deceptive, as it was driven by a small number of mass torts in just a handful of individual districts.

  • 5th Circ. Revives Widows' Collections Suit Against Law Firm

    The Fifth Circuit has revived a proposed class action against Louisiana law firm Shows Cali & Walsh LLP regarding its efforts to recoup grant funds awarded in connection with Hurricane Katrina, saying a reasonable jury could find the law firm violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

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    Ex-Holland & Knight Atty To Lead Hilgers Graben Gov't Team

    A former securities defense leader at Holland & Knight LLP has moved to Hilgers Graben PLLC's Dallas office to lead the firm's government investigations and regulatory enforcement group.

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    How Small Law Firms Are Preparing To Embrace AI

    The promise of generative artificial intelligence remains outside the gates of many small law firms, but that hasn't stopped some from using this time to evaluate and test products before securing access to this new technology.

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    BCLP Axes 50 Jobs In US, UK Amid Headcount Declines

    Following years of declining lawyer headcount, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has confirmed that it is conducting a restructuring that will impact approximately 50 jobs in the U.S. and U.K., marking the second round of layoffs the firm has conducted in the past year.

  • Supreme Court Won't Review Dallas Strip Club Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case challenging a Dallas city ordinance requiring sexually oriented businesses to close during the early morning hours that was enacted in an attempt to reduce crime.

  • Judiciary Clarifies Judge Shopping Policy After Senator Letter

    The Judicial Conference of the United States said Friday that its updated policy aimed at preventing litigants from shopping for the judge of their choice is not intended to overstep judges' authority or discretion under the law, issuing guidance one day after Republican senators pushed back against the policy.

  • Texas Justices To Review Tossed $22M Malpractice Verdict

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a split appellate decision that tossed a real estate brokerage's $22 million malpractice award against a Dallas law firm after finding that improper jury instructions influenced the verdict.

  • Texas Tamale Beats Cross-State Rival In Trademark Fight

    Over three years of legal delays and a tortured case that was "actually arguing mere descriptiveness under the guise of genericness" somehow failed to persuade a judge in Houston to unseat a trademark owned by a small company on the phrase "Texas Tamale."

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    Vedder Price Adds Dorsey & Whitney Finance Pro In Dallas

    An experienced finance attorney has joined Vedder Price PC's Dallas office after spending seven years at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Houston Judge Who Lost Primary Drops Election Challenge

    A Texas state judge in Houston's Harris County who lost his Democratic primary election on March 5 has dropped his lawsuit challenging his opponent's eligibility to take the bench.

  • Legal Tech Co. CS Disco Authorizes $20M Stock Buyback

    To boost its deflating stock price, the legal technology company CS Disco Inc. is launching a share repurchase program.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Keker Van Nest's representation of Meta in a suit against a former executive and Morrison Cohen's work on behalf of a venture capital fund lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 1 to 15.

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    As BCLP Bleeds Attys, Leaders Say Firm Is 'Turning A Corner'

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen several high-profile partner departures in recent months, including multiple department and firm leaders. Despite hiring 206 lawyers globally since the start of 2023, the law firm's headcount contracted 6%, with former partners pointing to "balance sheet issues" and sluggish profitability as drivers.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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