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Ahead of the Curve: Why Some Law Schools Are Sticking With the US News Rankings

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:08

This week, we're continuing to analyze the law schools that have pulled out of the U.S. News education rankings—and looking at the reasons some have given for continuing to participate.


Rudy Giuliani Repeatedly Warned to Answer Questions During Heated Testimony in Ethics Probe

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:37

"I'm asking you what time it is and you're telling me how to make a watch," the bar disciplinary counsel told Giuliani in one exchange.


Court Likely to Stay Out of DA Krasner's Impeachment Fight, Experts Say

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:37

"The courts will be on the sidelines, will stay on the sidelines, will not leave the sidelines," said Craig Green, a professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law.


One Deeply Split Pa. Appeals Court, 2 Very Different Rulings in COVID-19 Business Interruption Cases

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:23

"This issue has made its way through many of our nation's federal and state courts, but it is an issue of first impression in Pennsylvania," Judge Victor P. Stabile wrote in both cases.


Washington Restaurant Pays $11K for Denying Customer Due to Service Animal

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:21

A restaurant in Kennewick, Washington, resolved its violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and will pay thousands in compensatory damages to the settle the dispute, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington announced.


University of Washington Law Pulls Out of US News Rankings

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:22

"Since its founding, our school has prided itself on preparing lawyers to work for the public good while expanding access to the legal profession and justice for underserved communities," UW Law Dean Tamara F. Lawson wrote, adding that the rankings undermine those efforts.


George Mason Law Becomes 5th School to Announce Plans to Continue with US News Rankings

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:17

"Having said that, the rankings system needs reform, especially the subjective reputational survey," Dean Ken Randall said.


Washburn Law Enters 3+3 Agreement With Pittsburgh State University to Address 'Critical Shortage of Attorneys'

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:02

"One of the things that Washburn University SOL takes very seriously is our commitment to the state of Kansas," Washburn Law School Interim Dean Jeffrey Jackson said in a statement. "We produce most of the lawyers in the state and we feel it important to bring good lawyers to areas that may be underserved."


KPMG Conquers Southeast Asia With 275 New Lawyers

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 15:35

The move is taking place at a time when many multinationals and large companies are turning their focus from China to Southeast Asia.


In Justices Sotomayor and Alito, Supreme Court Emerges Divided Over a Free Speech Claim

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 15:31

The two justices' questioning foreshadows a likely divide between the court's conservatives and liberals.


Polarization and Post-COVID Dynamics: How a Republican-Controlled House of Representatives Will Affect Legal Services

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 15:02

In 2023, WilmerHale's Alyssa DaCunha said her firm is preparing general counsel to advise on broader risk management issues in an uncertain political climate.


Supreme Court Won't Revive $2.75B Judgment Over Judge's Stock Ownership

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:58

The justices let stand a Federal Circuit ruling ordering a retrial before a new judge, notwithstanding Centripetal Networks' and Paul Clement's pleas that the amount involved was trivial and that the judge did the right thing by divesting to a blind trust.


How I Made Partner: 'Don't Dismiss Criticism,' Says Sara Alpert Lawson of Zuckerman Spaeder

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 11:30

"In some ways, making partner is like climbing Mount Everest: it's an upward journey that presents unique challenges for each person."


NYU Law Joins 14 Other Schools Not Participating in US News Rankings

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 10:10

"Prospective law students need accurate information as they consider which school best fits their goals in pursuing a legal education," Troy McKenzie, dean and Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law, wrote in a letter to the NYU Law community. "At one time, U.S. News may have provided information that could not be found elsewhere" but "[t]hat has changed."


Debevoise Injects Tech Expertise Into IP Litigation Practice With Kirkland Hire

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 08:00

Barbara Barath joined Debevoise as a leader of its tech litigation practice in Northern California, as the firm looks to bolster its intellectual property capabilities amid high demand.


'There Are Many, Many Pitfalls': How In-House Counsel Can Help Navigate Layoff Minefield

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 06:56

"You need to make sure you're treating people with dignity and with respect. They're not just cogs in a wheel," said Robert Foehl, a professor of law and business ethics at Ohio University.


Cooley's Layoffs Reveal Danger for Other Firms: The Morning Minute

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Call for Nominations: Professional Excellence

Sun, 12/04/2022 - 16:19

Our goal at ALM Media is to serve the entire legal community and, as part of that, we're adding new wrinkles to our annual Professional Excellence Awards to make sure we highlight the great work and achievements across the full breadth of the legal communities that our publications serve.


Pharmacies Appeal Ohio Opioid Verdict Claiming Award Would Cost $500B if Extended Nationwide

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 19:17

Walgreens, Walmart and CVS appealed an Ohio opioid verdict, insisting that the $650 million award, extrapolated, would cost them $500 billion nationwide.


New Trial Granted in Suit Accusing Attorney in Document-Forging Scheme

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 17:45

"It does not appear that the trial court had independently assessed the credibility of the witnesses, or that the trial court had 'independently weighed the evidence, had passed on the issues presented to the jury, and reached the same verdict as the jury did,'" Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Thomas R. Frierson noted.