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  • Justices To Weigh Stark Split In Views Of ATF Bump Stock Ban

    A firearms instructor who claims the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives doesn't have the authority to ban bump stocks may have a slight edge when the case is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next week, attorneys told Law360.

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    Justices Offer Conflicting Clues In Copyright Damages Fight

    U.S. Supreme Court justices hearing a case over damages in copyright disputes gave conflicting hints Wednesday about where they stand on the discovery rule, a judicially created doctrine that allows claims to accrue when plaintiffs learn of alleged infringement.

  • Justices Squabble Over Emergency Review Of EPA Smog Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing denounced during oral argument Wednesday their colleagues' decision to consider the merits of four related emergency requests to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing a plan to reduce cross-state pollution without first getting lower court input.

  • Tully Rinckey's Employment Terms Violated Rules, Panel Says

    The founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC should be suspended for 90 days for placing improper employment restrictions on people who worked in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, an attorney ethics committee has recommended.

  • Sen. Whitehouse Slams Supreme Court Fact-Finding

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee's federal courts subpanel, blasted in a new law review article the U.S. Supreme Court's "improper" fact-finding under Chief Justice John Roberts.

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    Rapid Response Team Releases AI Guidance For State Courts

    An artificial intelligence rapid response team created by state judiciary leaders has released interim guidance and resources to help state courts navigate AI technologies, the National Center for State Courts said Wednesday.

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    Carlton Fields Names New Leaders Of 3 Practice Groups

    Carlton Fields PA announced that three Florida-based attorneys were named leaders of the firm's business transactions, cybersecurity and privacy and intellectual property practice groups.

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    EDF's 1st CLO Is Moving To American Chemical Society As GC

    A lawyer whose in-house experience includes holding senior roles at the Environmental Defense Fund and Under Armour plans to join the American Chemical Society as general counsel next month, the nonprofit said Wednesday.

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    Boies Schiller Hires White & Case Int'l Arbitration Atty In DC

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a longtime White & Case LLP partner to its international arbitration group in Washington, D.C.

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    How Trump's Hush Money Trial Helps Or Hurts Jack Smith

    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's porn star hush money case against Donald Trump is set to be the first criminal trial of a former president in U.S. history, a development that carries potential risks and benefits for special counsel Jack Smith, especially as one expert characterized the New York case as "legally and factually weak."

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    Giuliani Seeks New Trial, Will Appeal $148M Defamation Award

    Rudy Giuliani is urging a Washington, D.C., federal judge to rethink a jury verdict directing him to pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers he was found liable for defaming as he tees up an appeal of the jury award to the D.C. Circuit.

  • Judge Threatens Ex-Trump Aide With Contempt Over Records

    A D.C. federal judge threatened to hold a Trump-era White House aide in contempt for his continuing failure to turn over all the records covered by the Presidential Records Act to the U.S. government.

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    King & Spalding Trade Expert Jumps To Jenner & Block In DC

    Jenner & Block announced on Wednesday it had hired an international trade partner and six-year King & Spalding LLP veteran to join the firm's national security and crisis practice in Washington, D.C.

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    Thompson Hine Taps Former OSU Basketball Star As Next MP

    Thompson Hine LLP announced Wednesday that it is transitioning its leadership from one of the first women to lead a large firm to one of a handful of African Americans currently in the top role of a BigLaw outfit.

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    Justices Back Choice-Of-Law In Marine Insurance Suit

    An insurer can enforce choice-of-law provisions in a marine insurance policy it issued to the owner of a yacht that ran aground, the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday in a decision upholding long-standing maritime law principles of uniformity and certainty.

  • Justices Reject Ga.'s Bid To Retry Man Acquitted Of Murder

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked Georgia's attempt to again prosecute an accused murderer whose trial ended in contradictory verdicts, finding that "an acquittal is an acquittal" regardless of a simultaneous guilty verdict for the same offense.

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    Lawyer's Email To Stranger Opened His Path To Be GC

    In 1999, a young law firm associate in Wichita wrote an off-the-cuff email to a fellow law school alumnus he didn't know, but who had become general counsel of a golf company in Arizona.

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    Miner Barnhill Vet Among Biden's Latest Judicial Picks

    President Joe Biden announced five judicial nominees on Wednesday to serve on the Seventh Circuit as well as on district courts in Illinois, Arizona and the District of Columbia.

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    Liberal Justices Hint Chevron Deference Hanging By A Thread

    In the U.S. Supreme Court's latest battle royal over administrative powers, left-leaning justices at oral arguments Tuesday openly suggested that the landmark legal doctrine underpinning modern rulemaking might soon shrivel up, clearing the way for industry-led challenges to regulations on the books for decades.

  • Giuliani Can Contest $148M Fine But Not With His Own Money

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday allowed Rudy Giuliani to seek a new trial for $148 million in damages he was ordered to pay for defaming two Georgia poll workers, but said the former mayor can't use money from his bankruptcy estate to pay his legal bills.

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    Akin Hires Top BIS Commerce Department Counsel In DC

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired the former U.S. Department of Commerce's chief counsel for the Bureau of Industry and Security, who has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Fox Rothschild AI Chief Talks 'Terrifying' Deepfakes, Biased AI

    Mark McCreary, the chief artificial intelligence and information security officer at Fox Rothschild, leads his firm's internal AI strategy and provides counsel to other law firms trying to bushwhack their path through the often murky AI legal landscape, rife with hallucinated case law citations and disturbingly real deepfakes.

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    Simpson Thacher Adds 5 Skadden Financial Institutions Attys

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is adding a team of five former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP attorneys as partners to its financial institutions practice in New York and Washington, D.C., including the onetime co-leader of Skadden's financial institutions group, the firm confirmed on Tuesday.

  • Justices Give Feds Time In Texas, Fla. Social Media Law Fights

    The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside time for the federal government to weigh in on looming oral arguments in cases to determine the constitutionality of controversial Texas and Florida laws that restrict social media companies' ability to curb users' speech.

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    Kirkland & Ellis Brings On Weil Tax Pros In NY, DC

    Kirkland & Ellis has recruited a pair of real estate tax partners from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLC who advised clients on a wide range of complex transactions, Kirkland announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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