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  • NALP Says Pandemic Hasn't Hindered 2020 Law Grads

    Despite entering the workforce during a pandemic, most 2020 law school graduates are thriving, with high rates of employment and a dip in educational debt, but some still feel negative effects on their mental health, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement Inc.

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    In Uncertain Economy, GCs' Cash Compensation Takes Rare Dip

    Despite their expanded duties, pay for corporate general counsel and chief legal officers has fallen — by 4% — for the first time in at least 12 years, according to the latest survey from legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.

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    Baker McKenzie Promotes 2 Attys In Leadership Shake-Up

    Baker McKenzie announced Wednesday that it has promoted the head of its California offices to be the new chair of its North American employment and compensation practice, and elevated a tax attorney to take over as head of its three California offices.

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    Holland & Knight Media, Privacy Atty Joins Ballard Spahr

    A former Holland & Knight LLP litigator and onetime NBCUniversal chief privacy officer is bringing her diverse practice spanning data privacy and media law to Ballard Spahr LLP's New York office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Cullen And Dykman Grows Higher Ed Team With University GC

    An experienced in-house counsel for a private university in upstate New York has joined Cullen and Dykman LLP as a partner in the firm's higher education practice group, based in the firm's Albany office.

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    Fried Frank Hires 5th Ex-Goodwin Partner, This Time In NY

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP has hired another Goodwin Procter LLP attorney, who joins the firm in New York to continue her work with asset management and other financial industry clients, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Dentons Brings On Former Big 4 Exec As New Global CEO

    Global law firm Dentons, which has made a name for itself by aggressive growth through combinations, has tapped a new global chief executive officer with leadership experience at accounting giant EY, the firm's first change at the top in over a decade.

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    US Market Fuels Clifford Chance Revenue Growth

    Clifford Chance LLP said Wednesday that revenue has climbed by 9% to £2.3 billion ($3 billion) in the financial year to April 30, fueled by a 28% growth in the U.S., where the firm enjoyed its best performance yet in the world's largest legal market.

  • JetBlue Upgrades Former Deputy To General Counsel Seat

    JetBlue Airways Corp. announced Tuesday that it has tapped a former member of its legal leadership team as the company's next general counsel and corporate secretary.

  • Hogan Lovells Wants Afghanistan Atty Fee Award Enforced

    Hogan Lovells US LLP has asked a New York federal court to enforce a more than $1.2 million award it secured against Afghanistan in arbitration over fees it says it's owed for the firm's work representing the country in various legal matters, including litigation over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • Bannon To Face Border Wall Trial After Release From Prison

    Steve Bannon's New York trial on charges that he stole donor money earmarked for a wall along the southern U.S. border will begin on Dec. 9, a month and a half after the former Donald Trump adviser is released from prison on a separate contempt of Congress conviction.

  • No Victims, No Fraud, Trump Says In $465M Judgment Appeal

    Donald Trump has appealed the $465 million judgment against him, arguing that the New York attorney general exceeded her authority in her civil fraud suit against the former president because the statute in question does not apply to victimless transactions.

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    NY Judge OKs Public Disclosure In Atty Misconduct Cases

    A New York federal judge ruled Monday that the First Amendment does allow those who filed grievances against attorneys to access disciplinary hearings before the Appellate Division's Second Judicial Department, records related to those hearings and some of the grievance committee's final dispositions.

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    Ford Foundation President To Step Down In 2025

    Former corporate attorney and longtime Ford Foundation President Darren Walker will step down from the role by the end of next year, according to a recent announcement.

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    Phillips Lytle Grows In NY With 3 Corporate, Litigation Attys

    Phillips Lytle LLP has expanded its corporate and litigation offerings in New York with the addition of three attorneys, including one from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and another from HSBC Bank.

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    Ex-Tenants Atty Brings Enviro Skills To NYLPI's Leadership

    An attorney who joined New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from Mobilization for Justice earlier this year has been appointed director of environmental justice for the organization.

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    Pryor Cashman Hires Ex-Warshaw Burstein Real Estate Atty

    Pryor Cashman LLP announced Tuesday the hiring of a former partner and litigation co-chair at Warshaw Burstein LLP as the latest addition to its real estate litigation practice.

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    Brennan Center Gets $30M For High Court Reform Unit

    The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law announced Tuesday that philanthropist and businessman Jim Kohlberg has committed $30 million for the establishment of a new unit focused on U.S. Supreme Court reform.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds McDermott Atty As Philanthropy Lead

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner to chair its tax-exempt organizations and philanthropy practice, the firm said Monday.

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    How Much Do Law Firms Pay For Acquisition Targets?

    It's a story law firm merger consultants say they've encountered time and time again: The founding partner of a small law firm nears retirement and approaches them to ask, "How much can I get for my law firm?"

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    McGuireWoods Taps Consulting Director As Innovation Lead

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Monday that the director of its in-house consulting group, MWAccel, will additionally take on the role of chief innovation and artificial intelligence officer at the firm.

  • Law Firm Recruiter Ambition Opening 1st US Office In NYC

    Australian-headquartered law firm recruiter Ambition announced Monday that it is opening its first U.S. location in New York City, citing demand from U.K. clients to use its services for their U.S. offices.

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    Law Librarians Using Generative AI To Tackle 'Pain Points'

    Law librarians are using generative artificial intelligence to reduce the amount of time they spend on repetitive tasks like summarizing and rewriting content, according to a panel Monday at the American Association of Law Libraries' annual conference.

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    After Kindred Case, Questions Linger About Clerk Safeguards

    When Alaska federal Judge Joshua Kindred resigned, it was the culmination of an 18-month inquiry into a hostile and inappropriate work environment he'd fostered in chambers. During that investigation, it seems he continued to supervise law clerks. Experts say that may signal a gap in protections for clerks.

  • Santos Can't Duck Charges Ahead Of Trial, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Friday refused to throw out identity theft and theft of public money charges against former U.S. Rep. George Santos, rejecting his arguments that the charges were too vague to survive.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.



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