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    Jan. 6 Atty Says Ex-Prosecutor's Tweet Is 'Insidious Lie'

    Stefan Passantino, a former Trump administration attorney who represented former aide Cassidy Hutchinson during the House select committee's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, on Friday accused former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann of defamation for posting a tweet claiming Passantino coached Hutchinson to lie during her congressional testimony.

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    Access To Justice Cases To Watch This Term

    In the term beginning next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to return to some of the most hot-button issues concerning civil rights: guns, free speech, race discrimination, and potentially more.

  • Kagan Calls High Court Ethics Code A 'Good Idea'

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Friday lamented the public's souring perception of the high court, saying that in order to restore the court's image the justices must address "legitimate" concerns about ethics and stop upending long-standing precedent.

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    How Robins Kaplan Helped Protect Minn. Wilderness Area

    Attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP recently helped an environmental group defeat a suit brought by a mining company seeking to extract copper and nickel upstream from a massive, federally protected Minnesota wilderness area including some of the most pristine waterways in North America.

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    Stinson Adds Sports And Employment Investigations Atty In DC

    Stinson LLP has hired the former deputy general counsel and senior vice president of Varsity Brands to join its team in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Frost Brown Reelects Chairman, CEO For Another Term

    Frost Brown Todd LLC is betting on the same leadership to guide the firm over the next three years that in previous terms shepherded it through a pandemic, added offices, and sealed a merger that made its footprint national.

  • Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith To Retire

    Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims will be retiring at the end of the month.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Stone Hilton PLLC, The Buzbee Law Firm, Cogdell Law Firm and Scheef & Stone LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after they worked to unhook Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from impeachment allegations.

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    4 Ways Young Attorneys Can Find The Perfect Mentor

    Having a mentor can be a crucial boost to a young attorney’s career. Here are four tips on how new associates can go about finding the ideal mentor.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Pryor Cashman's work on a $440 million music catalog sale and Irell & Manella's patent suit against Samsung lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight on Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Sept. 8 to 22.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    Summer ended with another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and reach. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Beltway Moves: Orrick, Morgan Lewis, Manatt

    Energy and antitrust work drove some of the latest legal industry hires in the nation's capital, as federal legislation and regulatory scrutiny has boosted client demand in those areas for Washington, D.C., firms.

  • Newman's Push Against Suspension Called Probe 'Baseless'

    Before her colleagues voted Wednesday to suspend Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman amid an investigation of her mental fitness, her attorneys argued in a filing made public concurrently with the order that the probe has no basis and a suspension would flout the law.

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    NYC Bar Leader Takes On 'Epic' Challenge For Parkinson's

    New York City Bar Executive Director Bret Parker will be taking part this weekend in a 4x4x48 challenge — which involves running/walking four miles, every four hours, for 48 hours — to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's disease research. Here, Parker spoke to Law360 about his work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and his own experience with Parkinson's.

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    Pillsbury, Stroock Are In Talks For A Potential Tie-Up

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP on Thursday confirmed it has entered into a nonexclusive letter of intent with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as part of ongoing discussions regarding a potential merger of the two law firms. 

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    Covington Client Can Stay Anonymous During SEC Appeal

    A D.C. federal court ruled Thursday that a Covington & Burling LLP client can remain anonymous while appealing an order demanding the firm reveal to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission the names of some clients targeted in a 2020 cyberattack.

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    Coming Soon: The 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard Rankings

    What combination of attributes adds up to a firm that stands above the rest? On Tuesday, we will publish the first of our Leaderboard rankings, providing analysis and insights into what it means to be a successful law firm.

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    Schnader Harrison Defends Retainer Accounting Amid Closing

    The recently shuttered Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP on Thursday responded to questions over its apparent difficulty refunding client retainers, saying clients had given consent for some retainer funds to be deposited into the firm's operating account instead of a trust account.

  • Reed Smith Adds Wiley Gov't Contracts Partner In DC

    Reed Smith LLP has hired a new government contracts partner from Wiley Rein LLP who formerly worked as NASA's acting director of legislative research and analysis, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Why Law Firms Are Poaching So Many In-House Cyber Pros

    Large law firms have had a big appetite this spring and summer for cybersecurity and privacy experts, and one way they've met the demand for that talent is by hiring attorneys from in-house legal departments.

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    Arnold & Porter Adds Former Intel Corp. Atty in Washington

    A former associate general counsel at technology company Intel Corp. has joined Arnold & Porter's antitrust practice, the firm said on Thursday.

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    Outside GC Practices Are A Potential Mid-Law Opportunity

    As more Mid-Law firms create dedicated practice areas for their outside general counsel services, those in the industry see the area as a potential sweet spot for mid-size and regional firms.

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    Newman's Suspension Met With Concern And Questions

    Wednesday's suspension of Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman by her colleagues amid an investigation into her mental fitness is an unfortunate outcome in a difficult case, which raises questions about the acrimonious process and does not reflect well on the court, experts said.

  • Garland Testifies On Justices, Hunter Biden In 5-Hour Hearing

    Attorney General Merrick Garland faced tough questions from lawmakers in a marathon hearing Wednesday, with Democrats calling for an investigation into U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over gifts from political donors and Republicans probing whether Garland has interfered in any way with the Hunter Biden investigation.

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    Polsinelli Faces $20M Sex Harassment Suit From Ex-Firm Atty

    A former equity shareholder of Polsinelli PC has launched a $20 million lawsuit in Washington, D.C., Superior Court alleging sexual harassment and retaliation, painting a picture of nearly constant dinner and drink invitations and even one instance of an unwanted kiss in a hotel room.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.



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