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    How State Courts Are Improving Virtual Hearings

    State courts are improving virtual hearings by leveraging new technology, redesigning courtrooms, offering technical training to staff and improving case practices through the National Center for State Courts' Hybrid Hearings Improvement Initiative, according to a report it released this week.

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    Davis Wright's Revenue Grows, Partners Reach $1M Mark

    As the firm expands beyond its Seattle roots, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has continued a decade-long streak of income growth with a 9% increase in revenue last year.

  • Florida Inmate Indicted For Threatening To Kill Federal Judge

    An inmate serving time in a Florida state prison for violent crimes has been indicted for allegedly sending letters on three dates last year that threatened to kill a U.S. district judge, prosecutors announced this week.

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    Fla. Ex-Municipal Atty Alleges LGBTQ Discrimination

    A gay former town attorney for Pembroke Park, Florida, has launched a state lawsuit alleging that she was unlawfully fired as a result of "a campaign of discrimination and harassment" against her from a town commissioner on account of her sexual orientation.

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    The Lessons Baker McKenzie Is Learning From Its AI Practice

    Baker McKenzie officially launched its artificial intelligence transformation and machine learning group, called BakerML, in 2021, predating most other BigLaw firms that established their AI practices nearly two years later.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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    Kirkland & Ellis Trial Pro Jumps To Gunster In Florida

    Florida law firm Gunster added a new shareholder and litigator to its Naples office who specializes in pharmaceutical and life sciences cases and who joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Saul Ewing Taps Over A Dozen New Practice, Dept. Leads

    Saul Ewing LLP unveiled its newest slate of leadership appointments on Tuesday, spanning two departments and seven practices.

  • Fla. Judge Says Campaign Speech Didn't Violate Ethics Rules

    A Florida state court judge charged with ethics violations is attempting to stop a disciplinary panel from presenting evidence that a speech she made during a campaign against a rival in 2022 violated the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct, saying that it's protected by the First Amendment.

  • Trump Wants NY Trial Paused As Justices Weigh Immunity

    Donald Trump asked a New York judge to pause his hush-money case to await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate case on whether he is shielded from criminal charges by presidential immunity.

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    DLA Piper Adds Cooley Atty To Co-Lead Capital Markets Team

    DLA Piper announced Monday it has added a former Cooley LLP partner with deep experience working with life sciences clients and in cross-border transactions to co-lead the firm's capital markets and public company advisory practice group.

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    Another UMiami Law Dean To Depart After Less Than 2 Years

    The University of Miami said Monday that its law school dean is stepping down in April less than two years after he assumed the position as the school confronts a period of turnaround in recent years.

  • Fla. Tax Law Firm Fights Class Cert. In Wisconsin Fraud Row

    A Florida-based tax law firm has asked a Wisconsin federal judge to trim a proposed class action fraud suit launched by former customers claiming the firm solicited fees without performing work.

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    Hughes Hubbard Splits Leadership Role As Firm Head Retires

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP elected Neil Oxford and Robb Patryk to succeed current chair and managing partner Ted Mayer, splitting the leadership role as the head of the firm retires this year.

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    With Rising State AG Action, BigLaw Responds By Beefing Up

    This year Covington & Burling LLP formalized its government litigation practice group, following others in what appears to be a race by large law firms to formalize, market and grow their state attorney general practices as the nature of the office has shifted in recent years.

  • Feds Slam Trump's Immunity Bid In Classified Docs Case

    The Special Counsel's Office has taken aim at former President Donald Trump's various attempts to dodge criminal allegations in Florida that he mishandled classified documents, in particular criticizing his "frivolous" presidential immunity argument as nothing more than a delay tactic.

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    After COVID Office Cuts, Firms Will Do 'More With Less'

    Things are settling back into place in the legal office space market after the great upheavals caused by COVID-19, with most law firms now focused on making the best use of their existing space after a round of pandemic-era downsizing, according to a new survey.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Mitchell Law PLLC, Gessler Blue LLC and Dhillon Law Group Inc. lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that states can't bar former president Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision.

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    Fla. Atty Suspended Over Bogus Cases After Possible AI Use

    A Florida federal judge on Friday suspended an attorney from practicing law in the Middle District of Florida for one year after he fabricated cases listed on court documents, saying they may have resulted from his use of artificial intelligence.

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    Legal Industry Adds 2,700 Jobs In February

    Employment in the U.S. legal sector rebounded in February, showing a slight increase following a decline at the beginning of the year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Latitude Legal Expands To Tampa With Ex-Bradley Arant Atty

    Legal staffing company Latitude Legal is growing in Florida with a new Tampa office led by a former Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP attorney.

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    By The Numbers: Why Associates Stay At Their Firms

    After a flood of associates left their firms in search of greener pastures as part of the "talent wars" of the early 2020s, the National Association for Law Placement wanted to know what made other early-career attorneys decide instead to stay put. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how compensation, work-life balance, and a dozen other factors helped play a role.

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    Cybersecurity Co. Promotes Attys To GC, Chief People Officer

    Florida-based cybersecurity company ReliaQuest announced it has promoted two of its in-house attorneys to general counsel and chief people officer.

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Expert Analysis

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

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