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Uncertainty Plagues 3M Combat Earplug Global Settlement as Judge Declares 'Impasse'

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 17:35

A federal judge in the multidistrict litigation scrapped mediation talks this week, while, in bankruptcy court, 16 plaintiffs firms opposed a request for more time to come up with a Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

       

Why Lawyers Should Dig Deep With Their Mentees

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 17:30

In this week's episode, Natasha Cortes of Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen shares how to prioritize mentorship, even with mounting workloads and pressures from economic uncertainty.

       

The Upheaval in Big Law Will Make History

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:46

Now that some practice areas have slowed down, and now that there's more pressure on law firms' bottom line, firms and partners are considering options they have put off for years or hadn't considered at all.

       

More Law Schools Launch Hybrid JD Programs

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:42

"For many of our students, a law degree is only possible if they are able to pursue that dream while working and supporting families," Karen E. Bravo, dean of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Gerald L. Bepko professor of law, said in a statement.

       

'This Is the Future': New Marketing Agency Aims to Reach Attorneys, Law Students Through 'Legal Influencers'

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:25

The newly launched Legal Influencer Marketing Agency, or LIMA, represents online influencers who can help connect legal tech companies, universities and nonprofits to lawyers and law students through social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

       

Higher Law: California's Supreme Court Considers a Preemption Debate Over Cannabis Enforcement

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:00

"If, as petitioner contends, cities and counties cannot enforce their cannabis regulations in criminal court proceedings, then the ability of amici's members to protect public health and safety is significantly impaired," lawyers for California cities and counties told the state Supreme Court.

       

Two More Law Schools—and a Medical School—Boycott US News Rankings

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 15:36

Michael F. Barry, president and dean of South Texas Law Houston, said that in two open letters to law school deans, U.S. News has acknowledged law schools' concerns and has promised that it will make significant changes in the calculations, but he criticized the news agency for not disclosing the proposed changes.

       

SCOTUS Investigation Fails to Identify Leaker of Abortion Opinion Draft

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 15:22

In a statement and report released Thursday, the high court said the investigation, handled by the U.S. Marshals Service, included interviews with nearly 100 court employees and analysis of forensic evidence but the effort came up short.

       

'You've Got to Move Quickly': Companies Seeking Leniency for Self-Reporting Crimes Can't Lollygag

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 15:16

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. said the new Department of Justice policy "is sending an undeniable message: Come forward, cooperate and remediate."

       

Inside Track: HR's Embrace of AI Will Keep Legal Departments Busy

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 13:58

"Ensuring responsible use of AI is a team sport requiring engagement from the business, marketing, security, privacy, legal, compliance, and human resources departments," Morgan Lewis said in a client briefing.

       

3 Days in the Office Is the New Normal at Am Law 100 Firms

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:16

A total of 34% of the firms mandate attendance firmwide three days a week and another 33% encourage it, according to a new return-to-office survey by Savills Legal Tenant Practice Group.

       

As Productivity Drops, Will AFAs Rise?: The Morning Minute

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.

       

Lawyers Bracing for Litigation Surge as GOP House Takes Up Sharpened Investigatory Sword

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 00:56

"As congressional norms are challenged by those holding power, the people squeezed in the collapse of those congressional norms will go to court to seek help," said Paul Hastings investigation partner Matt Herrington.

       

Seattle School District Files Suit Against Social Media Companies Over Youth Mental Health Concerns

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 00:22

"Students in the Seattle Public Schools, like students around the country, are struggling with anxiety, depression, thoughts of self-harm, and suicidal ideation, which led King County to join the U.S. Surgeon General last year in recognizing the youth mental health crisis in this community," the Keller Rohrback law firm, which is handling the case, said in a statement. "According to the Surgeon General, one in five children aged 13 to 17 now suffer from a mental health disorder."

       

Philadelphia 'Heavy Hitters' Exit Troutman Pepper, Casting Doubts on Merger Success

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 00:20

Thomas Gallagher, who chaired Pepper Hamilton until its 2020 combination with Troutman Sanders, is leaving for Goodwin Procter alongside two practice chairs. A total of 40 attorneys could make the move.

       

Live Litigation and Out-of-Court Resolutions: Yale Law Interns Experience Both in Records Dispute With HUD

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 00:08

"I think it was critical because these kinds of opportunities are harder and harder to find in private practice and for people who are relatively fresh out of law school," said Jeffrey Gentes, a George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the managing attorney at the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.

       

Judge Steps Down From Cisco Systems Case—Making Him Second Jurist to Bow Out

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 20:52

Administrative Patent Judge Steven Amundson wrote that Centripetal Networks' claim of bias 'lacks merit,' but that he was withdrawing to simplify the issues and give a replacement judge more time to get up to speed. It's the latest move in a tit-for-tat fight between Centripetal and Cisco over judicial recusals.

       

'Twitter Haikus Don't Move the Market': Trial Begins Over Elon Musk's Tesla Tweets

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 17:17

In opening statements on Wednesday, a lawyer for Tesla shareholders insisted that Elon Musk's 2018 tweets were lies that caused investor losses. Musk's lawyer said the statements weren't fraudulent.

       

Conservative Group Sends Mobile Billboards to Harass Berkeley Law Students Accused of Antisemitism

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 16:53

"It is despicable behavior to target and harass students in this way," Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said.

       

As Productivity Drops, Will More Law Firms Move Away From Billable Hour?

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 16:14

Law firm pricing that emphasizes value instead of time may follow the drop in productivity.

       

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