Small Law

  • Legal Aid Funder Awards $5M For Pro Bono Services

    The Legal Services Corporation announced this week it will award more than $5 million in grants to 17 legal organizations around the U.S. in an effort to expand and improve pro bono legal services across the country.

  • Ex-Aide Wants Suit Against Sister's NJ Firm In State Court

    A former aide at her sister's New Jersey law firm has urged a federal judge to move her lawsuit against the practice back to New Jersey state court and grant her attorney fees, arguing the federal court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over her anticipatory breach of contract and retaliation claims.

  • 'Overzealous' Fla. Atty Gets Discipline For Criticizing Judge

    A Florida attorney received an admonishment and must attend ethics school after he "crossed the line" by unintentionally impugning a judge, an action in violation of Florida Bar rules, court records show.

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    Former Judge, Ex-Wells Fargo Exec Join JAMS In Calif.

    Alternative dispute resolution provider JAMS made two new additions to its panel in California, including a retired Sonoma County Superior Court judge and a former Wells Fargo vice president and senior counsel.

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    Here's An Analogy For AI Legal Ethics: Outsourcing

    Speakers at a Federal Bar Association panel Friday offered a metaphor to describe the use of new artificial intelligence tools in legal work — it's much like outsourcing legal work to humans.

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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.

  • Ex-NC Candidate Says She Settled Atty's Defamation Row

    A former Democratic candidate for the North Carolina Senate says she has resolved claims she defamed her Republican opponent, a real estate attorney with the firm Lee Kaess PLLC, with a false campaign ad, admitting in a social media post that the "accusations were not based on actual facts."

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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.

  • 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.

  • Ill. Justices Weigh Privacy Claim After Firm Touted $4M Verdict

    The Supreme Court of Illinois on Thursday cast doubt over whether a medical malpractice plaintiff, a former corporate lawyer who won a $4.2 million verdict, can sue his former counsel for improperly disclosing his personal mental health information in a public statement and in a Chicago newspaper article.

  • Mich. Health System, Law Firm Escape Debt Collection Suit

    Mistakenly paid Medicaid benefits did not release the family of an injured crash victim from the responsibility of her medical bills, a Michigan federal judge said Thursday in tossing a putative class action alleging a Detroit-area health care system and personal injury law firm violated debt collection laws.

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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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    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.

  • NC Bar, Attorney File Dueling Appeals Of 5-Year Suspension

    After a multiyear investigation into a North Carolina attorney accused of an array of misconduct resulted in his earning a five-year suspension from practicing law earlier this year, his — and the state bar's — mutual dissatisfaction with the decision has led them both to file appeals.

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    Ex-Gartner GC Joins RPCK To Lead Social Enterprise Group

    RPCK Rastegar Panchal LLP, an international boutique firm that represents impact investors and entrepreneurs, announced Tuesday the hiring of the former executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Gartner Inc., a business management consultant and research group.

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    Equal Justice Works CEO On Diversifying Public Interest Law

    Verna Williams of Equal Justice Works says she remains committed to diversifying public interest law, even as the legal industry deals with challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

  • Pulse Shooting Survivor Says NJ Firm Won't Pay Settlement

    A survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting has asked a New Jersey judge to enforce a settlement he reached in July with a law office and its manager, who was accused of soliciting the survivor for sex in exchange for legal services.

  • Proud Boys Attys Except One Beat Research Co.'s Billing Suit

    A jury research firm claiming that several Proud Boys' defense attorneys used one of its reports during their clients' Jan. 6 insurrection criminal case without paying for the work had its copyright infringement case mostly thrown out in D.C. federal court this week.

  • Miami Law Firm Fights For Coverage Of Overbilling Claims

    A Miami law firm's insurer cannot rely on an "ambiguous" fee dispute exclusion to totally avoid defending overbilling claims, the law firm told a Florida federal court, arguing that even if the exclusion applies, the underlying lawsuit it faces involves broader legal malpractice claims.

  • Pa. Law Firm, Ex-Atty Settle Sexual Orientation Bias Suit

    Stern & Eisenberg PC has agreed to end a former attorney's suit alleging she was laid off after asking to work from home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic because she was a 60-year-old lesbian with hypertension, according to a Tuesday filing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • Approach The Bench: Judge Young Boosts The 'Trial Model'

    It's been 20 years since Massachusetts U.S. District Judge William Young penned an open letter to his colleagues on the federal bench warning the American jury trial was "withering away," and that this signaled judges had "lost focus on our prime mission." But in a recent interview with Law360, he seemed optimistic about the future.

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    NextGen Bar Educators Talk What To Know About New Test

    The NextGen bar exam is set to debut in July 2026. Law360 Pulse spoke to two bar exam educators about what legal employers and law schools should know about the new exam.

  • Litigation Funder Wins Dispute With Firm Over $1.8M Award

    A Delaware federal judge has confirmed a $1.8 million arbitration award in favor of a British litigation funder in its battle with a San Francisco law firm over the earnings from a now-settled patent infringement lawsuit against Google.

  • $1.7B Verdict Winners Fight Ford's Bid To Halt Atty Fees

    A family that secured a $1.7 billion verdict against Ford Motor Co. in a fatal truck rollover case last year told a Georgia judge Monday the court should reject Ford's efforts to halt the allocation of attorney fees, arguing the company's purported intent to appeal isn't enough to stop the proceedings.

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    Lin Wood's Contempt Costs $42K In Atty Fees On Top Of Fine

    Retired defamation attorney Lin Wood must pay three of his former colleagues $42,445 in attorney fees in relation to his social media posts about them, for which he was held in contempt and fined $5,000.

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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