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Covering History in the Making

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:13

U.S. Supreme Court reporter Marcia Coyle looks back at her 35 years of coverage here at The National Law Journal.


Three More Law Schools Join Exodus From US News Rankings

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 11:43

Prospective law students can easily find information about our performance in "without the muddy signaling that the U.S. News rank creates," Jennifer Gerarda Brown, dean and professor of Law at Quinnipiac Law, said, adding that "devoting precious administrative resources and sometimes catering to U.S. News ranking methodology distracts and detracts from our efforts."


Critical Mass With's Amanda Bronstad: Are Lawsuits Possible Over California's Mass Shootings? In Tesla Trial, Elon Musk Takes On Class Actions

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:08

Welcome to Class Actions: Critical Mass, a weekly briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys.


Legal Departments Say They're Headed in Right Direction on ESG, But It's Straining Their Resources

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 07:43

"For the first time ever, this year's General Counsel Report revealed 100% agreement about numerous factors that are placing increased strain on in-house legal teams," said Wendy King, senior managing director of FTI Consulting.


Republican AGs Broaden Anti-ESG Crusade by Targeting Proxy Advisory Firms

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 07:01

"The state AGs are going after everyone in the supply chain. Everyone should be ready for scrutiny," said Chris Carlson, an associate at Troutman Pepper.


Financial Regulation Is Big Law's Newest Battleground: The Morning Minute

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Layoffs With One Hand and Group Hires With the Other? Big Law May Get Used to It

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 05:00

Goodwin's dual moves this month will likely signal how the Am Law 200 will grow this year—forcing out lawyers in currently low-growth areas while prioritizing growth in other practices.


Elon Musk Takes Aim at Class Action Law Firms in Tesla Securities Trial Testimony

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 19:28

"I do not believe they actually represent the shareholders," Musk said of plaintiffs counsel at Levi & Korsinsky.


Elon Law Names Its Next Dean

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 18:26

"Universities are engines of opportunity, and I want to serve an institution that is committed to transforming students' lives," Zachary Kramer said in a statement. "Elon Law is the most innovative law school for experiential education and practical training. I'm excited to help lead the community in its next phase of growth."


'We Are Not Perfect': Prosecutors Acknowledge Unconscious Bias After 'Racially Coded Language' at Trial Leads to Vacated Convictions

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 18:12

"I would never want to secure a conviction with even a remote possibility of racial bias against a defendant," Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dan LeBeau said in a statement provided to "There was no intentional actions on my part yet I understand the court's ruling."


Taylor Swift-Inspired Senate Hearing Puts Antitrust Case Law at the Forefront

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 17:41

"Its dominance in markets up and down the live entertainment supply chain creates the incentive and the ability to limit competition to protect its market position," said the American Antitrust Institute's Kathleen Bradish on her view of Live Nation's control of the market.


State High Court Rejects Second Bar Recommendation to Amend Professional Rules to Include Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment Provisions

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 17:01

"While there is evidence that the resolution's drafters sought to curb discrimination and harassment identified in the survey conducted by the bar, such an intent cannot be used to justify the possible chilling of free speech," stated the opinion. "The resolution covers a substantial amount of protected speech."


Southwestern Law Adds Courses to Prepare Grads for 'Nuanced Practice Areas'

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 16:50

The courses add to "Southwestern's sophisticated curriculum, which is strategically designed to train profession-ready lawyers," according to a Southwestern Law spokesperson.


Fidelity's In-House Legal Department Recognized for DEI Efforts

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 16:04

"We have the opportunity to celebrate powerful advocates who work each day to make the Boston community more welcoming," said Lili Palacios-Baldwin, Beacon Award Committee Co-Chair.


DC-Licensed Attorney Agrees to Public Reprimand for Assisting Family Friend in Out-of-State, Unlicensed Matter

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 15:25

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board concluded that Overbey violated rules pertaining to disciplinary authority; unauthorized practice of law and multijurisdictional practice of law; and misconduct. Overbey agreed to a public reprimand with a two-year term that he will not engage in conduct that violates Rule 5.5 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.


Justice Department Accuses Google of Monopoly Over Digital Ads

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 15:22

Eight states joined the DOJ's lawsuit on Tuesday, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California, where Google is based.


Magistrate Judge: 'Intent to Deprive' Must Be Proven to Fully Grant Spoliation Sanctions

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:46

A federal magistrate judge stopped short of issuing the harshest requested sanctions in a dispute over the deletion of electronically stored information, finding that a failure to preserve the data did not equal an "intent to deprive" the plaintiffs of it.


Maine Reprimands Veteran New Hampshire Attorney for Conflict of Interest Over Office Space

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 11:52

The New Hampshire's court sanctioned Dewhurst with requiring six additional hours of continuing legal education classes in conflicts of interest and avoiding from any disciplinary actions for one year. As of December 2022, Thomas E. Dewhurt III has satisfied all terms of his public censure in New Hampshire, records show.


Legal Departments Frustrated SCOTUS Sidestepped Attorney-Client Privilege

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:37

"In-house counsel need clarity on how all courts will view their client communications so that they can provide the best possible legal advice while also fulfilling their role as a strategic business partner," said Susanna McDonald, chief legal officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel.


Hogan Lovells, Shearman Talks Progress With Management Meetings in London & New York

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:00

Both firms' top brass are said to have long been determined to secure a deal similar to the one currently being explored.