Modern Lawyer

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    What Attorneys Really Think About Their Profession

    Law360 Pulse asked respondents to our Lawyer Satisfaction Survey for their thoughts on misconceptions about being a lawyer, what the best parts of the job are and what they would tell newer lawyers. Here's what they said.

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    Are Attorneys Happy On The Job?

    The legal industry is notoriously high-pressure and competitive. But most attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction, even with pervasive stress in the profession, according to a new survey.

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    Attys Aren't Loving Their Firms' Tech. AI Aims To Change That.

    Lawyers' satisfaction with their firms' investment in technology has declined over the past year, a new Law360 Pulse survey shows, but new artificial intelligence tools could provide a solution.

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    Collegiality Is Now The Norm At Law Firms

    In books, television shows, and perhaps a few news articles, law firms are dens of treachery — places where, as one California federal judge recently put it, "partners stab each other in the back every day and move on to the next one." But reality for most lawyers does not reflect that cynical view, Law360 Pulse's new survey shows.

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    Wilson Elser Hires 2 McElroy Deutsch Partners In Denver

    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP has hired four attorneys from McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, including two insurance coverage and defense litigation partners, for its Denver office.

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    Is A Hyperfocus On Profits Hurting Some BigLaw Firms?

    The story has become all too familiar: A large law firm wants to improve its profitability ranking and so pushes out partners at lower billing rates and makes equity partnership increasingly elusive for associates.

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    Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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    Validity Finance Trio Launches Litigation Funding Firm

    Validity Finance co-founder David Kerstein is joining forces with two colleagues from the commercial litigation finance company to launch a New York-based litigation funding firm whose deals they expect to run mostly in the $2 million to $25 million range, the team announced Tuesday.

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    Paul Hastings Continues Texas Growth With V&E Trial Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Tuesday that it has continued its rapid Lone Star State expansion with the addition of a trial and regulatory enforcement partner in Dallas who came aboard after 15 years with Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • NYC Bar Blasts Judges' Columbia Boycott Letter

    The New York City Bar Association on Monday questioned the impartiality of 13 federal judges who issued a letter last month publicly refusing to hire students from Columbia Law School as clerks because of campus political protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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    Dykema Adds Texas Insurance Trio From Chasnoff Valkenaar

    Dykema Gossett PLLC announced that it has hired three Texas-based insurance attorneys from Chasnoff Valkenaar & Stribling LLP in some of the state's biggest markets.

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    BigLaw Partner Tours With Punk Band Something Corporate

    Two decades after parting ways with his pop-punk band Something Corporate, Snell & Wilmer commercial finance partner Joshua Partington is going back on the road for the piano rock ensemble’s “Out of Office” reunion tour.

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    Gibson Dunn Adds Foley Hoag Energy Pro In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced Monday that it has expanded its energy practice with the addition of a Foley Hoag LLP partner who boasts nearly 15 years of experience in federal energy regulatory matters, including practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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    Structured Finance Pros Rejoin King & Spalding From Milbank

    Two attorneys from Milbank LLP are returning to King & Spalding LLP in New York just over a year after they departed the firm.

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    UnitedLex CEO Focuses On Organic Growth, Not Acquisitions

    UnitedLex CEO James Schellhase recently joined the legal services company after serving as the top executive at data management consulting firm Breakwater Solutions. He spoke with Law360 Pulse about his plans for the company.

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    Lambda Legal Calls For More LGBTQ+ Judges

    President Joe Biden has made a historic increase in the diversity of judicial appointees, but a major LGBTQ+ legal organization is hoping for more progress with LGBTQ+ judges and says the clock is ticking.

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    Quinn Emanuel Adds Another Ex-Federal Prosecutor In NY

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said Friday that it has added another former federal prosecutor to its ranks — this time an of counsel who joined from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in May.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds NY Private Funds Atty From Schulte Roth

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP said Monday that it is strengthening its global private investment funds practice by hiring a partner from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Hunter Biden Axes Data Privacy Suit Against Giuliani, For Now

    Hunter Biden has tentatively agreed to drop a federal computer fraud and digital privacy suit against Rudy Giuliani and various other defendants relating to alleged data theft from his infamous laptop, after the case was partially stalled due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings Giuliani commenced in December.

  • McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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    Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

    Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued six rulings this week, including in high-profile cases over access to the abortion pill mifepristone and the government's ban on bump stocks, as well as in another case concerning the power of the National Labor Relations Board to block employers' labor practices. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Sidley Taps Cooley Atty To Lead VC Fund Formation Team

    Sidley Austin LLP has announced the hiring of a former Cooley LLP partner in Palo Alto, California, to lead its newly formalized venture capital fund formation practice as the firm looks to expand its existing bench in that area.

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    Anatomy Of A Remote BigLaw Office: Lessons From The Link

    Four years since it launched in 2020, Husch Blackwell LLP's remote office, called The Link, has grown from 50 attorneys and business professionals to more than 700, with around a quarter of the law firm's attorneys practicing as part of the office.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners Author Photo

    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.

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