Modern Lawyer

  • Law School Deans Fight ABA's 'Unnecessary' New Standards

    More than 70 law school deans have criticized the American Bar Association's latest proposal to standardize law school course curricula, calling many of the changes "unnecessary" and counterproductive to legal education goals and part of a larger trend by the ABA council to exercise greater regulatory control over schools.

  • Tully Rinckey Fights Suspension Bid In Atty Contract Dust-Up

    An attorney for Tully Rinckey PLLC's two founders told a D.C. legal ethics board on Thursday that a proposal to suspend his clients over restrictions the firm placed on departing lawyers was "a totally disproportionate response" to the allegations against them.

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    Former NetApp, Xerox Lawyer Joins McGuireWoods In NY

    McGuireWoods LLP has hired the former in-house counsel of two Fortune 500 tech companies as a corporate technology and outsourcing team partner in New York, the firm said Thursday.

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    Morgan Lewis Continues DC Growth With Ex-Covington Atty

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired a career Covington & Burling LLP attorney, who joins the firm just days after a trio of Crowell & Moring LLP attorneys made the jump to the firm, two of whom are also based in Washington, D.C.

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    Shook Hardy Lands Bicoastal Trial Team From Carlton Fields

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP announced Thursday that it has brought on a highly experienced, four-attorney complex litigation team from Carlton Fields that is based in Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta.

  • A&O Taps Dubai M&A Head To Run META Region Post-Merger

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP said on Thursday that they have appointed a corporate partner based in Dubai as regional managing partner for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, ahead of their planned merger.

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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Can't Get Stalking Injunction Against Influencer

    A Florida state judge on Wednesday denied a former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner's request for a cyberstalking injunction against a social media influencer, saying the petitioner did not show enough evidence to justify it.

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    Crowell & Moring Adds Corporate Partners From Neal Gerber

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added two longtime partners and practice group leaders from Chicago-based firm Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP to help bolster its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets services and expand its services in the Windy City.

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    Cooley Adds Senior Capitol Hill Atty To Investigations Team

    Cooley LLP has hired a senior Capitol Hill attorney who has spent the majority of her career helping lawmakers and the American public understand complex congressional and national investigations, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Mintz Sues Parking Meter Co. Over $4.3M IP Legal Bill

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC sued parking meter provider Duncan Parking Technologies Inc. and its parent company, CivicSmart Inc., in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday, accusing its former clients of owing $4.3 million in unpaid legal fees and interest for representing CivicSmart in a since-settled patent litigation.

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    This Atty Spent Decades In BigLaw. Now He's A GC.

    Not even six months into leading the legal department at LegalBillReview.com, Brian Arbetter now understands misconceptions that law firm lawyers have about in-house counsel, and vice versa.

  • Longtime Nossaman Infrastructure Pro Joins Norton Rose

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced that it has hired an experienced attorney who has spent the last 20 years with Nossaman LLP as the firm's new co-head of its U.S. and North American infrastructure teams.

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    Paul Hastings Raids White & Case For 2 More Attys In DC

    Just a month after a longtime White & Case LLP practice leader jumped to Paul Hastings LLP for a leadership role, two more attorneys have made that journey to Paul Hastings' Washington, D.C., office.

  • Lewis Brisbois Adds Employment Pro From Fisher Phillips

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced Wednesday it has brought aboard a new partner to lead the Denver branch of its national labor and employment practice who has more than 10 years of law firm experience, most recently at Fisher Phillips.

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    Acclaimed Legal Scholar Earns ABA Ethics Award

    The American Bar Association on Wednesday announced that this year's recipient of its Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award will be Susan Fortney, a Texas A&M University School of Law professor and ethics expert whose research has earned her international recognition.

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    Akerman Taps Longtime Fla. Partner As Bankruptcy Co-Chair

    Akerman LLP has named a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, partner with nearly three decades and a long history of leadership at the firm to co-chair its bankruptcy and reorganization group.

  • Loeb & Loeb Adds 2 Corporate Partners From Morrison Cohen

    Loeb & Loeb LLP has announced the latest in a string of corporate hires from Morrison Cohen LLP's ranks, touting two new partners with domestic and international experience with strategic transactions.

  • Fisher Phillips Adds Longtime Littler Atty In Ohio

    A longtime Littler Mendelson PC attorney has joined international labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips as a partner in its Cleveland office.

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    Withers Adds Ex-Debevoise Middle East Arbitration Pro In NY

    Withers has hired a former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP counsel as a senior equity partner in its New York office.

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    Freshfields Promotes 23 New Partners In Reduced Round

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced Wednesday that it had promoted 23 lawyers to its partnership, with around a quarter coming from its London office, as it looks to continue taking its global business forward with a future generation of rising stars.

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    Goodwin Brings On Cooley Litigator In San Francisco

    Goodwin Procter LLP has expanded its litigation team, announcing Tuesday it brought in a longtime Cooley LLP trial attorney as a partner in its San Francisco office.

  • Ex-Calif. Bar Exec Denies Expensing Trip As Ethics Trial Starts

    Former California State Bar executive Joseph Dunn took the stand Tuesday on the first day of his disciplinary trial over claims he lied about bar funds used for a trip to Mongolia in 2014, maintaining he never sought reimbursement for expenses incurred in Mongolia other than his phones' roaming charges. 

  • Winston & Strawn Settles Brief-Plagiarizing Allegations

    A Tuesday filing indicated that Winston & Strawn LLP has managed to settle copyright infringement allegations coming from a boutique intellectual property firm that went to a federal court in Manhattan to accuse the BigLaw firm of copying a motion-to-dismiss filing "nearly verbatim."

  • Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Fenwick

    Defending Novo Nordisk's patents for diabetes drug Ozempic and guiding Dice Therapeutics through its $2.4 billion acquisition by Eli Lilly & Co. are among the achievements that put Fenwick & West LLP among Law360's 2023 Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

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    Florida Grads Improve By Almost 6% On February Bar Exam

    First-time test takers who attended accredited Florida law schools passed the February bar exam at a rate of 54% this year, topping last year's rate by 5.7% and almost catching back up with all first-time bar exam takers.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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