California Pulse

  • 9th Circ. Rejects Objections To $23M Monsanto Roundup Deal

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's approval of a $23 million MDL settlement to resolve claims that Monsanto failed to warn buyers of the carcinogens in its Roundup weed killer, finding there was no indication of collusion as argued by Missouri-based objectors.

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    Once A Standard, US News Rankings Now 'Entirely Irrelevant'

    Once "the bellwether of the legal academy," the annual law school rankings published by U.S. News & World Report don't matter to today's prospective law students, a pair of law professors say in a new study.

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    Atkinson Andelson MP Talks Goals For Second Term

    As he prepares for a second term at the helm of California firm Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo PLC, James Baca told Law360 Pulse Wednesday that he looks forward to continuing to work to balance the firm's growth, finances and employee needs to best serve its clients.

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    Efforts To Improve Diversity On State High Courts Stagnating

    A lack of publicly available data is hampering efforts to make state Supreme Courts more representative of the populations they serve and diversity pushes appear to have stalled out, according to a recent report.

  • Ex-Calif. Atty Cops To Role In $9.5M Crypto Ponzi Scheme

    A disbarred California attorney has pled guilty in federal court to his role in promoting a $9.5 million cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

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    Elon Musk AI Startup Taps Legal Chief Who Knows Aerospace

    Elon Musk has hired an aerospace-experienced legal chief for xAI Corp. in San Francisco, his artificial intelligence startup that is competing with OpenAI.

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    Loeb Entertainment And Music Pro Joins Pierson Ferdinand

    Recently founded Pierson Ferdinand LLP is expanding its media team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Loeb & Loeb LLP music and entertainment expert as a partner based in its Nashville and Los Angeles offices.

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    Glaser Weil Grows IP Team In LA With Wolf Rifkin Atty

    California law firm Glaser Weil added a lawyer from Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP to its Los Angeles office, strengthening its transactional practice.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds IP Atty From Eversheds Sutherland

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has bolstered its California bench of attorneys with an Eversheds Sutherland lawyer who has years of experience advising digital health and medical device companies on intellectual property issues.

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    4 Ways Young Attys Can Balance Pro Bono And Billable Hours

    Pro Bono work is an ideal way for young associates to learn new skills while helping others. Here, Law360 Pulse asks experts the best practices on how lawyers can commit to meaningful volunteer work while keeping up with their regular responsibilities.

  • Immigration Programs' Survival Justifies $3.7M Fee, Attys Say

    The attorneys who challenged Trump-era orders ending immigration protections for people from countries in crisis are seeking a $3.7 million fee award, telling a California federal judge that the Biden administration's rescission of the orders showed their lawsuit was successful.

  • Calif. Judge Cops To Ethics Charges, Agrees To Step Down

    A California judge censured and barred for multiple ethics violations, including drug use, inappropriate personal relationships with attorneys and making inappropriate comments, including antisemitic remarks, about litigants and attorneys, has resigned as of Monday.

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    Reed Smith Gets Digital Music Pro From Calif. Boutique Firm

    Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday it has hired a music and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles who worked at boutique entertainment law firm Granderson Des Rochers LLP, Universal Music Publishing Group and Google.

  • Justices Won't Hear Avenatti Appeal Of Nike Conviction

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Michael Avenatti challenging his conviction for trying to extort millions from Nike, with the high court's rejection ending the disbarred attorney's chances at overturning one of his three criminal convictions.

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    Law Firms Split On Tech Offerings For Business Dissolution

    While some law firms refer clients to new tools that help founders wind down their companies, other law firms remain steadfast in their traditional approach to handling business dissolution services.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Humetewa Talks Tribal Relations

    Before she joined the federal bench in Arizona, Judge Diane Humetewa worked as a jurist on a relatively young court, where she regularly set new legal precedent.

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    Fennemore Craig Continues Growth With Santa Barbara Office

    Fennemore Craig PC has continued its year of growth and expansion with the addition of a new office in Santa Barbara, California, marking its 10th location in the Golden State.

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    Calif. Judge Gets 2nd Reprimand After Calling Atty 'Snake Oil'

    For the second time in his judicial career, a California state judge has been publicly admonished for misconduct on the bench, most recently for referring to a public defender as "snake oil" in a criminal case and for "usurping the role of prosecutor" in another trial that was later overturned because of the judge's conduct.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Berger Montague's work on a suit over fallout from a $1.8 billion SPAC transaction and Benesch's representation of a North American joint venture with ABB lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 10 to 24.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    It was a week of mammoth wins for petite law firms, with two intellectual property boutiques — Lex Lumina PLLC and Irwin IP LLP — leading off this week's Law360 Legal Lions list with an explosive win at the Federal Circuit throwing out "rigid" tests for design patents.

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    Nixon Peabody Adds Littler Duo As OSHA Practice Chairs

    Nixon Peabody LLP has brought on a pair of Littler Mendelson PC attorneys who previously worked in California's Occupational Safety & Health division as practice co-chairs.

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    Squire Patton's Insurance Disputes Head Has Eye On Growth

    As she begins steering Squire Patton Boggs LLP's new insurance disputes and counseling practice, Elizabeth Ahlstrand is setting her sights on growth both across the country and abroad.

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    Sidley Atty Helps 'Carry The Load' For Vets In National Relay

    Sidley Austin LLP partner Aaron Rigby has helped nonprofit Carry The Load expand its reach to include a national relay covering thousands of miles that will culminate this Memorial Day weekend with a flagship march in Dallas to honor military service members and their families.

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    DLA Piper Adds Corporate Ace From Goodwin In Calif.

    A finance lawyer with deep expertise has joined DLA Piper from Goodwin Procter LLP in its Palo Alto shop, strengthening its offerings in the Golden State.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The upcoming holiday weekend didn't stop the legal industry from making this another action-packed week as BigLaw expanded and adjusted practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job Author Photo

    Not every law degree leads to a law practice. In this Law360 Pulse series, former practicing attorneys share the stories of how they went from practicing corporate law to using their knowledge and background to carve out a nontraditional career path in the legal industry.

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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.

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