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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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    Ga. Judge Says Lin Wood Did Defame Ex-Colleagues

    A Georgia federal judge handed a win to former colleagues of former attorney L. Lin Wood in their defamation suit on Tuesday, ruling that Wood falsely accused them of criminal extortion.

  • Ga. Attys Face Sanctions Bid Over 'Factually Impossible' Suit

    Companies operating vessels in a Georgia port have fired off a request to sanction a Peach State law firm that pursued claims that the businesses failed to protect a worker against COVID-19, saying the attorneys brought a "factually impossible" suit that was dismissed by a federal court last month.

  • Ga. Panel Finds $43M Trust Not On Hook For Legal Fees

    The Georgia Court of Appeals rejected a request from beneficiaries of a $43 million furniture fortune, finding on Monday that the trust's ex-trustees should not be saddled with attorney fees and litigation costs while the trust's beneficiaries sued them for allegedly mishandling the trust and overpaying themselves.

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    PulteGroup GC's Comp Fell For 2nd Straight Year To $2.6M

    The top legal leader for Atlanta-based PulteGroup saw his overall compensation decrease 15% last year, earning $2.6 million in 2023 compared to $3.1 million in 2022, as the homebuilder saw record home sales amid higher building costs and interest rates for buyers, according to a recent securities filing.

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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.

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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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    Nelson Mullins Grows In Atlanta With New Corporate Partners

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has expanded its Atlanta office, adding two seasoned corporate attorneys, one from Thompson Hine LLP and the other from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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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.

  • Greenberg Traurig Settles ADA Claims From Ex-Legal Aide

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has reached a settlement to end disability discrimination claims from a former legal assistant who alleged she was fired after she needed to work remotely to manage chronic pancreatitis, according to an order filed in the Georgia federal lawsuit.

  • Greenberg Traurig, Attys Face Music Exec's Malpractice Suit

    A music producer has alleged in a Georgia malpractice suit that his former legal team — Greenberg Traurig LLP and a now-Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney — actively worked against him, causing him to lose a $2.1 million deal with Warner Music Group Corp.

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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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    Scientific Games Makes Changes As CLO Set To Retire

    Scientific Games will soon say goodbye to its retiring chief legal officer amid moves by the lottery technology business to consolidate its legal and public policy departments, according to a company announcement.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

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    Norton Rose AI Leader Talks Mixed Terrain For 'Evolving' Tech

    As head of Norton Rose Fulbright's new artificial intelligence practice team in the U.S., Chuck Hollis said he and other firm attorneys are aiming to guide corporate clients through their use of the "constantly evolving" technology amid differing regulations across the globe.

  • Jurors In NY Trump Trial Will Be Anonymous Except To Parties

    A New York state judge ruled Thursday that jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush-money case will remain anonymous to the public, but said the former president, the Manhattan district attorney and their counsel and consultants would know the jurors' names and addresses.

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    Bradley Arant Adds Insurance Atty From Barnes & Thornburg

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has strengthened its policyholder insurance coverage team by adding a former Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner based in Atlanta and Tampa, Florida, who has recovered more than $500 million for clients over the past three years, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    And The Oscars' Legal Questions Go To ... John Quinn

    When he was the general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Quinn Emanuel founding partner John Quinn attended the Oscars dozens of times, and he did so with a copy of the broadcast network contract tucked into his tuxedo pocket.

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    Equity Concerns Follow Mass Torts' March Into Bankruptcy

    After decades of suffering and waiting, a group of more than 82,000 childhood sexual abuse survivors recently reached a $2.5 billion bankruptcy settlement with the Boy Scouts of America and related groups. Yet the survivors may once again be in suspense.

  • Latham Passes Skadden As Busiest Securities Defense Firm

    Despite a downward trend in securities case filings over the past three years, Latham & Watkins LLP has remained one of the most active law firms on the defense side, taking over the top spot from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, according to reports released by Lex Machina.

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    Possible Willis DQ Could End Ga. Trump Election Case

    Weeks of salacious arguments over a district attorney's romantic relationship with a prosecutor has the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump on the ropes, and experts say the prosecutor's potential disqualification could effectively end the case.

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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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