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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
A New York federal judge on Thursday held a Sheehan and Associates attorney in contempt for filing a "meritless" false advertising lawsuit over the amount of potassium in a Starbucks coffee flavor, saying the case was just one in a string of similarly questionable lawsuits the lawyer had filed.
A Texas appellate court said Thursday that an attorney seeking admission to the state's bar without examination should get a second chance to file claims that the state board violated his constitutional rights by denying his application, writing that the man's pleadings don't demonstrate "incurable defects of jurisdiction."
An insurer asked an Illinois federal court to find that it need not defend or indemnify an attorney under two professional liability policies for two underlying complaints that allege the attorney used his accounting firm to embezzle from a number of trusts he managed at the expense of trustees.
An entertainment industry attorney and talent manager filed a $10 million malpractice suit against Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and one of its former attorneys, alleging the attorney's failure to perform caused her to surrender her rights to millions in compensation through a settlement agreement on later-dismissed ethics charges.
Second Circuit decisions "misapprehend" New York state appellate precedent on whether an insurer must cover the attorney fees its insured incurs when the insured prevails in coverage litigation, a New York trial judge found, in a dispute over whether a window company's insurers must indemnify underlying construction defect claims.
The Eleventh Circuit breathed new life Thursday into a Black dancer's suit claiming an Alabama strip club refused to hire her because of her race, finding that tossing her case was too harsh a punishment for two missed hearings.
Unsecured creditors of bankrupt Israel-based fintech business Vesttoo are asking a Delaware federal judge to deny the company's request to retain an Israeli law firm in its Chapter 11 case, saying it hasn't yet been explained what services the firm will provide.
A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday said attorneys and their firms must face a malpractice lawsuit from a previously incarcerated man who alleges they schemed to skim money he received from his mother's estate while he was in prison, saying the man's crime and restitution he owes don't take away his right to sue.
There's no reason to overturn a jury win for an anti-abortion former Southwest flight attendant who accused the airline of religious bias, or an order requiring Southwest's counsel to attend religious bias training, the ex-worker told the Fifth Circuit.
The firm representing a Connecticut attorney who sued an acquaintance for allegedly commissioning, paying for and disseminating a phony background report accusing the lawyer of criminal behavior now wants out of the suit, asking a state court judge to allow it to withdraw as counsel, citing an "irretrievably broken" attorney-client relationship.
The Supreme Court of Illinois on Thursday shot down a lawsuit brought by the client of a Chicago law firm who accused the firm of illegally disclosing his personal medical information when it publicized its victory in winning a $4.2 million malpractice verdict on his behalf.
Littler Mendelson PC and a former firm attorney have agreed to pause the firm's Texas state lawsuit alleging she stole confidential documents, with the reason for hitting the brakes on the hard-fought case unclear.
The New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts is seeking to have a suit from a former municipal judge alleging retaliatory firing tossed on the grounds that the judge has ignored repeated discovery requests.
A New York state judge refused to renegotiate Robins Kaplan LLP's $156,000 sanctions order over the law firm's access to an opposing party's Dropbox account in a litigation funding dispute, but agreed to stay the ruling pending appeal.
Locke Lord LLP on Thursday opposed the deposition of the firm's New York and Newark, New Jersey, leader for a malpractice case, calling it a "fishing expedition" because she had no involvement in the firm's representation at issue and saying it had not been provided with a deposition notice.
Litigation defense firm Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC has announced that longtime managing director Jeffrey T. Wiley declined to seek reelection after 26 years in the role and Pittsburgh managing director Christopher T. Lee was elected to the position.
Over 660 package delivery drivers and their employer urged a New Jersey federal judge to place the final stamp of approval on a $950,000 deal settling claims that the company misclassified drivers as independent contractors and docked wages, saying the generous payouts will benefit low-income class members.
The legal industry received a big jolt a year ago when, on Nov. 30, the large language model chatbot ChatGPT made its debut, bringing with it transformative potential and tremendous concern. Since then, law firms of all sizes have embraced ChatGPT, and some are even building their own versions.
Western Pennsylvania landowners cannot seek sanctions against a Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary's attorney amid their breach of contract suit against the oil company, a Pennsylvania federal judge determined, at least until claims are resolved in a related case filed in August.
A New Jersey law firm has been hit with a suit accusing it of bungling a real estate deal by errantly telling the buyer the property wasn't in a flood area, leaving said buyer with a piece of land it says it can't develop.
Vice Chancellor Nathan A. Cook is presiding over a derivative suit accusing the Walt Disney Co.'s brass of participating in a scheme to hide streaming platform struggles before poor subscriber growth and other troubles dragged down the company's stock price.
A midlevel New York appeals court on Thursday reinstated gag orders issued by the judge overseeing the civil fraud trial of Donald Trump and others, which prohibit the former president from speaking publicly about the judge's court staff.
Law360 reporters are providing live coverage from the courthouse as former President Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day 37.
A Woodsford Litigation Funding affiliate has filed a new suit against San Francisco law firm Hosie Rice LLP, claiming that the firm's founders owe it $1.8 million in proceeds from the upcoming sale of their multimillion-dollar property in the Bay Area.
While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.
Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.
Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.
OpinionNY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal
New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.
Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.
Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.
In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.
Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.
Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.
Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.
In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.
Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.
Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.
Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.
Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.