California Pulse

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    As Debt Rises, New Grads More Likely To Pick Law Firm Jobs

    More than half of recent law school graduates are choosing jobs at law firms, an uptick from recent years, and some students and administrators say there’s a simple reason: mounting student loan debt.

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    Sullivan & Cromwell Latest Firm To Launch Global AI Practice

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP announced Thursday that it has launched an artificial intelligence practice to help clients address complicated legal questions surrounding the new technology and its adoption in the workplace, naming partners based on both U.S. coasts and in London as its new practice leaders.

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    Judicate West Adds Former California Federal Judge

    The alternative dispute resolution service Judicate West is expanding its roster of neutrals, bringing in a recently retired Southern District of California federal judge to act as a mediator.

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    ABA Directs Attys To Avoid Sharing Client Info On Listservs

    It is in the best interest of clients for their legal counsel to avoid sharing information related to representation while seeking advice in an online listserv forum, if the comments or questions could be connected to a client's identity, according to American Bar Association guidance published Wednesday.

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    ABA Will Study Rape Questions' Necessity For Bar Applicants

    An American Bar Association commission will issue a report and recommendations by August on the practice of requiring would-be lawyers to disclose and discuss their experiences of sexual violence during the attorney licensure process.

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    Skadden Taps SoFi Bank, Shearman Attys For Co-Lead Roles

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has hired two new co-leaders of its financial institutions regulatory group to advise banks, financial institutions and other market participants on regulatory and legislative developments, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    DLA Piper Taps Danske Bank Officer For New AI Leader Role

    Global law firm DLA Piper has brought on the former group chief data officer for Danske Bank A/S — Denmark's largest bank — as its inaugural chief data and artificial intelligence officer, making it the latest BigLaw firm to have created an AI-related leader role to focus on the emerging technology.

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    These Law Schools Are The Tops For BigLaw

    The law schools at Georgetown, Harvard and Columbia are renowned for effectively serving as training grounds for BigLaw. But while they may consistently send the most graduates, other law schools are sending a higher percentage of their grads to larger firms.

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    Top Law Schools For Legal Industry Careers: By The Numbers

    Despite a growing interest in alternative career paths, most law students still gravitate towards joining private law firms, according to the American Bar Association's latest data. Find out which schools came out on top for job placements in BigLaw, federal and state court clerkships, public interest and more.

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    The Law School Legal Industry Job Tracker: Class Of 2023

    Want to know which schools are sending the highest percentage of graduates to BigLaw? How big a slice are landing those prized clerkships in federal or state courts? Explore the ins and outs of law school graduate placement in our interactive graphic.

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    How In-House Leaders Are Deploying Generative AI

    Corporate legal department leaders are using and planning to use generative artificial intelligence to automate legal tasks, manage contracts and eliminate duplicate data, panelists said at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's annual conference in Las Vegas.

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    Atty's GC Role Helps Her Fulfill Her Childhood Dream

    At the age of 9, Hazel-Ann Mayers decided she would become a lawyer because she wanted to help people — and she never thought about any other career. She shared with Law360 Pulse how she has lived out her childhood dream, most recently as general counsel at the education technology company Turnitin.

  • Nossaman Gains 2 Benefits Partners In Los Angeles, Texas

    Nossaman LLP is expanding its pensions team, bringing in a Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP benefits expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office and a Texas Municipal Retirement System pension pro as a partner in its Austin, Texas, office.

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    Steptoe Adds SEC Enforcement Head From Miller & Chevalier

    Steptoe LLP has hired a former Miller & Chevalier Chtd. member, who joins the firm to lead its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practice in the firm's Washington and New York offices.

  • Calif. Panel Says Court Could Undo Order Disqualifying Attys

    A California trial court correctly reconsidered its earlier ruling on a truck body manufacturer's bid to disqualify a workers' side firm from a wage and hour suit, a state appellate panel said, ruling that a temporary missing document led the court in the wrong direction.

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    Reed Smith Hires Epiq Exec As 1st Director Of Applied AI

    Reed Smith LLP has hired legal technology company Epiq's managing director of applied artificial intelligence to serve as its first director of applied AI, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Ferguson Braswell Adds 4 Attys In Calif.

    Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC, which now goes by the name FBFK Law Firm, is expanding its West Coast team, announcing Tuesday it is bringing in four new attorneys — three of whom come from Hall Griffin LLP — to join its Orange County office.

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    FordHarrison Taps Longtime Atty As New General Counsel

    FordHarrison LLP tapped an Atlanta partner who has spent her entire career at the management-side labor and employment law firm to serve as its next general counsel.

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    Why BigLaw Is Gutting Midsize Firms' Transaction Practices

    Midsize law firms have been getting pummeled lately as large law firms position themselves to take on transactional work in a warming mergers and acquisitions market, in some cases hiring away groups that make up 10% or more of the lawyers at their previous firms.

  • Amazon Blasts Writer's Ownership Claim Over New 'Road House'

    Amazon Studios and others involved in the 2024 remake of 1989's "Road House" movie told a California federal court that the writer behind the original film who is suing for copyright infringement does not own the rights to the script for the original.

  • Elevate Services Acquires Language Support Co. CJK Group

    The software-powered legal services company Elevate Services Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired the CJK Group, a discovery service for non-English-language environments.

  • Docusign Agrees To $165M Lexion Deal To Bolster AI Potential

    Docusign has agreed to acquire the artificial intelligence-powered contract and agreement management software company DocuSmart Inc., better known as Lexion, for $165 million in cash.

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    Sidley Brings On Wilson Sonsini Employment Pro In Palo Alto

    Sidley Austin LLP has boosted its labor and employment practice with a partner joining from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC who boasts more than a decade of experience handling employment-related matters in Silicon Valley.

  • Workday Defeats In-House Atty's Bias Suit, For Now

    A California magistrate judge on Monday dismissed, for now, a lawsuit by a Workday Inc. in-house attorney who accused the company of discriminatory and retaliatory behavior, which included pay inequities and calling the police to conduct an unnecessary wellness check at his house when he was hospitalized. 

  • Berkeley Law Faces Claims Over Anti-Israel Student Protests

    A group of Jewish advocacy organizations suing the University of California, Berkeley, and its law school since November for purportedly tolerating antisemitism on campus have amended their complaint to add allegations stemming from recent campus protests, including an allegedly antisemitic campaign against the law school's dean.

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Expert Analysis

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

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