Georgia Pulse

  • Jordan Calls Fulton DA's Reply To House Probe 'Hostile'

    House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan blasted Georgia prosecutor Fani T. Willis for her "hostile response" to his request for documents related to her investigation of election interference in the state, saying it reinforces concerns about her motivation for prosecuting former President Donald Trump and his allies.

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    GCs Must Utilize Outside Counsel As They Test Generative AI

    Law firms testing out shiny new generative artificial intelligence tools should initiate conversations with clients regarding the use of this technology within the firm's operations, even as experts say that general counsel and heads of legal operations have been mum on the issue.

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    Why Rates Are Top Of Mind For Some Lateral Partners

    Large law firms have implemented unprecedented rate increases over the last few years, a change that has begun driving some partners to seek refuge at medium-size law firms and other firms where there's more flexibility around what rates lawyers charge their clients.

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    Barnes & Thornburg Adds Morris Manning Real Estate Duo

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has brought in a team of two Morris Manning & Martin LLP real estate experts as partners in its Atlanta office.

  • Music Co. Fights Firm's Bid To End Ex-Fugees Rapper's Suit

    A Georgia entertainment company asked a federal judge to reject New York-based Davis Shapiro Lewit & Grabel LLP's bid to free itself from claims that it fraudulently helped a member of the hip-hop group the Fugees sell music catalog assets that served as security on an unpaid $6.5 million loan.

  • Ga. Asks 11th Circ. To Back Meadows Election Case Remand

    The battle over whether former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows should be tried in federal or state court for his alleged involvement in a Georgia election interference conspiracy continued Monday, with prosecutors urging the Eleventh Circuit to uphold an order sending Meadows' case back to state court.

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    Law Firm Experience Often Boosts Pay For In-House Attys

    In-house lawyers who work at law firms before joining corporations tend to earn more money than those who don't, but the number of grads who still choose to go directly in-house surprised one expert involved with a survey report which was released Tuesday.

  • Info Management Co. Continues Shopping Spree With 4th Buy

    Information management and digital business process services provider Docufree announced on Tuesday it has purchased document management company Advanced Imaging Systems, marking its fourth acquisition over the past year.

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    How AI Could Transform Law Firm ESG Goals

    Artificial intelligence is all the rage – how far will it go in helping firms support and develop their sustainable business goals? Law360 Pulse spoke with experts about AI’s promise, and the risks that may stand in the way.

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    These Firms Are The 2023 Social Impact Leaders

    Businesses from all sectors are under increasing pressure to enhance their social responsibility efforts and law firms are no exception. Check out our annual assessment of firms’ social responsibility efforts and how their commitments are measuring up to workplace realities.

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    How Law Firms Are Focusing Their Pro Bono Efforts

    Law firms reported greater breadth in pro bono activities in 2022 compared to the year prior, with nonprofit operations, civil rights and immigration as the top three areas where firms have invested their resources. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at firms' pro bono priorities.

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    The 2023 Pro Bono Ranking: How Firms Stack Up

    Pro bono work is among the most effective ways that firms can positively affect their communities, and these efforts are often central to their social responsibility portfolios. See which firms are leading the pack.

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    Why Law Firm ESG Is Likely Here To Stay

    As backlash to institutional efforts around environmental, social and corporate governance spreads in the U.S., experts say law firms are likely to take a long-term view and continue focusing on ESG principles, even if some of the wording and messaging around those efforts may change.

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    Why Many Law Schools Are Failing To Address Misconduct

    A recent scandal in which a former George Mason University law school professor was accused of sexually harassing students is unfortunately not isolated; many university Title IX policies are outdated and the federal government fails to properly enforce the law, according to ASK LLP partner Judie Saunders.

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    Ga. Judge Says Juror Identities In Election Case Will Be Secret

    The identities of jurors in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump and 18 others will be kept under wraps, the presiding judge ordered Monday.

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    Trial Set In Ex-Ga. Insurance Chief's Fraud, Kickbacks Case

    Georgia's former insurance commissioner is set to face trial in April on criminal health care fraud and money laundering charges alleging that he participated in a $2.5 million kickbacks case involving unnecessary medical testing.

  • OpenAI Has 'One Last Chance' To Keep Suit In Federal Court

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday gave OpenAI LLC "one last chance" to show that a talk radio show host's defamation suit over ChatGPT's "hallucinations" about him should play out in federal court, saying the artificial intelligence company's latest attempts to do so were insufficient.

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    Equity (The Typeface) Coming To Georgia Appellate Opinions

    For the first time in two decades, the Court of Appeals of Georgia will switch the typeface it uses to write opinions from the staid Times New Roman to a style specifically designed for the legal industry.

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    You Don't Have To Play Golf, And Other Tips For Young Attys

    Don't play golf for networking — unless you have a genuine interest in the game. That was one of the recommendations lawyers shared for early-career success during a recent Federal Bar Association panel.

  • Ex-Walmart Worker Drops Harassment Suit After Firm's Flub

    A transgender Georgia woman has resolved her workplace harassment and wrongful termination suit against Walmart, following a blunder by FordHarrison LLP that led the retail giant to change counsel.

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    Williams Industrial Services' GC Resigns After Sale

    The general counsel at Williams Industrial Services Group is among the executives who resigned Friday following the power plant and industrial support company's sale to Energy Solutions, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Jackson Lewis Chair: It's A Good Time For Workplace Law

    Even as the wider legal industry experiences a period of declining demand, the needs of clients in workplace law matters have remained robust, leading national workplace law firm Jackson Lewis PC to experience substantial growth, according to firm chair Kevin Lauri.

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    Microsoft Tightens Grip On Law Firms With Generative AI

    Microsoft, which has software used extensively in law firm operations, is expanding its dominance in the legal field with a slate of generative artificial intelligence solutions.

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    Giuliani Ordered To Cough Up $237K In Ga. Poll Workers' Suit

    Rudy Giuliani owes roughly $237,000 stemming from unpaid sanctions and legal fees in a suit brought by Georgia poll workers who say he accused them of ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election, according to an order issued Friday.

  • Ga. Libel Litigants Face Essay Style Sanctions

    A Georgia federal judge ordered both sides of a defamation lawsuit to read moderate conservative cultural commentator David Brooks' column entitled "How Did America Get So Mean?" as a sanction in the libel suit that the judge said "devolved into a particular form of meanness — social media harassment," while also handing defendants a win.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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.



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