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'We Can Move the Needle More if We Work Together': Firms, Businesses, Bar Groups and Law Schools Band Together in New DEI Effort

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:26

"We need to start reaching students in grade school," said Shawntal Mallory, executive director of the new Nebraska Legal Diversity Council. "Like when we were all asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'"


'I Was an Activist Judge': Judge LaDoris Cordell's Letters Home Inspired Book Revisiting Her Life on the Bench

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:17

In this week's episode, retired California Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell shares her definition of an "activist judge."


How I Got Into Law School: 'Keep an Open Mind About Where You Want to Apply and What You Want to Focus on,' Says Wiley Rein's Kathleen Scott

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:24

"In general, my advice for those in law school is to just do all you can to keep all of your doors open," said Kathleen Scott, partner at Wiley Rein.


If Data-Driven Lateral Recruiting Works, Why Aren't More Firms Doing It?

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:00

"Law firms are generally not designed to maximize profits or client satisfaction or even quality. They are designed to meet a partner's needs and demands," one consultant said.


Coronavirus Causes Property Damage? That's What a Hospital Argued in Fight With Insurer

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:14

The plaintiffs claimed property damage because the virus is "spread through droplets of different sizes, which can be deposited on surfaces or objects," which they said "physically altered and damaged" their facilities.


In Wake of Decisions Finding a Right to Sue, Actions Against Insurers Over COVID Test Coverage Set to Ramp Up

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:22

Congress' intent in passing the acts implied a private right of action to enforce the reimbursement requirement, a Texas federal judge ruled.


Lawsuit Alleging Banks Facilitated Allen Stanford Ponzi Scheme Cleared for Trial

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:07

A federal judge has denied summary judgment to several banks accused in a $4 billion lawsuit of providing banking services that supported the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.


Skilled in the Art With Scott Graham: Is the Albright Mandamus Case Law Going to Spill Over to the Eastern District? + Patterson Belknap Leads Gilead Sciences' Charge Against Alleged Pharma Counterfeits

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 00:37

The Federal Circuit cited two recent Western District of Texas cases in freeing Netflix from Judge Rodney Gilstrap's courtroom.
 Litigation Trendspotter: Federal Judge Recusals Could Soon Be on the Rise—But Requesting Them Remains Risky

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 00:17

just because a litigator can push for a judge's recusal, it doesn't necessarily mean they should.


Big Changes Coming with Biden Administration's M&A Review

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 22:36

Each week, the Barometer newsletter, powered by the ALM Global Newsroom and Legalweek brings you the trends, disruptions, and shifts our


Burnout Is Real. But It Still May Be Avoidable

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 17:34

A firm's commitment to well-being and attorneys' sense of "control" over their work have a significant impact on whether they're overwhelmed, according to new survey figures from the Institute for Well-Being In Law.


'This Case Is a Disaster': A Blistering Dissent as US Supreme Court Rebuffs Abortion Ban Challengers

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:50

"I will not stand by silently as a state continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee," the justice wrote.


Higher Law: Psychedelics & Big Law | A Cannabis Deal Lawyer's Role | Greenspoon Marder's Work to Unveil Illinois License Winners | A Senate Candidate's Pot-Smoking Point

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:40

"In law school, I became fascinated by this stuff.," Yetter Coleman partner Matt Zorn said of legal issues surrounding psychedelics. "I just don't think most establishment law firms were comfortable with it. That's changing."


Judge Orders Counseling for Attorney Accused of Feeding Client Answers in Zoom Deposition

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:06

Boston attorney Jeffrey Rosin, who was accused of providing answers to his client during a Zoom deposition last April, was referred by a federal judge to receive counseling for managing his emotions.


In Reversal, State Supreme Court Upholds 'Revenge Porn' Law as Constitutional

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:04

"Faced with the widespread and growing problem of nonconsensual pornography, the legislature acted within its authority to safeguard the health and safety of its citizens from this unique and serious crime by passing Indiana Code section 35-45-4-8," Justice Mark S. Massa wrote in the court's opinion Tuesday.


'Tenacious Grip of the Male Image in the Legal Profession': Judge Corrects Lawyer Who Assumed She Was a 'He'

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:03

"The appellate panel is known, and a quick look at our court's website would reveal that the movant has clearly used the wrong personal pronoun in referring to me," the judge said.


Wrong Pronoun: South Florida Judge's Dissent Corrects Lawyer Who Assumed She Was a 'He'

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:03

"We all need to be cognizant and remove from our thinking the male-centric image of lawyers and judges. It is not hard, but it requires raising one's consciousness of the issue," the judge said.


Milbank's Latest Associate Raise Is a 'Logical Next Step' in Salary Brinksmanship

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 16:01

As long as demand and deal work stay strong, the talent wars that defined 2021 will continue through 2022, industry observers say.


Yale Reappoints Gerken as Law Dean After Rocky Year

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 15:12

News of the reappointment arrives on the heels of several high-profile on-campus controversies at the law school.