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    From Refugee To Shareholder: A Call For Inclusive Law Firms

    A Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC shareholder recently shared her experiences advancing as a woman at a law firm, and why businesses must create an inclusive workplace culture.

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    Justice Gorsuch Calls Colleagues 'Best Writers' In History

    Justice Neil Gorsuch recently sat down for a keynote conversation during the 25th annual Burton Awards in Washington, D.C., where he reflected on his approach to writing opinions, his originalist method to interpreting the Constitution and the civility that exists between his fellow justices.

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    Paul Hastings Adds 11-Partner King & Spalding Finance Team

    Continuing its hiring in the finance and restructuring space, Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it is bringing on a team of 11 partners from King & Spalding LLP, including the co-head of the global finance and restructuring practice.

  • Orrick's $8M Deal To End Data Breach Claims Nears Prelim OK

    A California federal judge indicated Friday that she'll preliminarily approve Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's $8 million deal to end putative class claims over a 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed personal information for 638,000 individuals, but said the "very broad" scope of the settlement's release "raised my eyebrows."

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    Polsinelli's Medical Device Team Gains Ex-Lerner David IP Trio

    Polsinelli PC is continuing to grow its intellectual property bench, saying Thursday that it has brought on three attorneys from the boutique Lerner David LLP who focus on intellectual property strategy and protection.

  • Lambda Legal To Expand With $180M Campaign

    Lambda Legal, a national nonprofit focused on the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and those living with HIV, announced on Friday a $180 million fundraising campaign, along with an organizational strategy that aims to expand its legal team significantly by 2026.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued three more rulings this week, including a unanimous one concerning the National Rifle Association's free speech rights and a split one ending a convicted murderer's long-running efforts to undo his death sentence. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Snell & Wilmer Hires 2 Armstrong Teasdale Attys In Denver

    Snell & Wilmer announced Friday it expanded its team in Denver with the addition of a pair of lawyers from Armstrong Teasdale LLP, one a litigator and the other a corporate attorney.

  • Taft Stettinius Adds 6 Ice Miller Public Infrastructure Attys

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has added six public infrastructure attorneys, the firm announced Thursday, touting the new team's experience with public-private partnerships, public finance, broadband telecommunications and utilities.

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    Orrick Leads List Of Top Law Firms For Women, Diversity

    Talent strategies firm Seramount released its latest list of the 45 best law firms for women and diversity this week, with the 2024 cohort of winners showing strides over previous years in representation, advancement and benefits for lawyers who are women or from other underrepresented groups.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Brewer Attorneys & Counselors, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and attorneys Eugene Volokh and Alan Morrison lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the National Rifle Association can proceed with certain claims in the gun rights group's lawsuit against a former New York state official.

  • Don't Fear AI Hallucinations, Embrace Them, Scholar Says

    When it comes to artificial intelligence, most early adopters fear the so-called hallucinations that the systems can produce. However, one scholar says the creativity those hallucinations represent is a valuable feature lawyers should embrace.

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    Why So Many GCs Are Jumping To Law Firm Partnerships

    What started as a trickle of general counsel retiring and then finishing out their careers at law firms has expanded into a growing number of senior in-house counsel leaving their companies for private practice. And not only in part-time, of counsel positions, but often as full partners.

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    Nepal's Female Attys Get A Boost From DLA Piper's Nonprofit

    At a resort by the Himalayas outside Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu last December, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate and its collaborators were supporting more than 30 women trying to navigate life as one of the nation's approximately 2,200 female attorneys.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of May marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms made headlines and Donald Trump became the first former U.S. president convicted of a felony. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    How Law Firms Can Bolster Neurodivergent Attys' Well-Being

    As law firms seek to address mental health and well-being among lawyers, one area that has traditionally received less attention is the mental health challenges faced by many neurodivergent lawyers, a topic addressed by panelists at a virtual mental health summit on Thursday hosted by Reed Smith LLP.

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    Regulator Says Attys Hit For AI Use Have Themselves To Blame

    An attorney for Colorado's ethics watchdog said Thursday that recent disciplinary action against lawyers for filing briefs with fake case citations generated by ChatGPT indicates a "lawyer problem" rather than issues with the technology.

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    NYU Law Review Beats Bias Claims Over Diversity Efforts

    A New York federal court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from a self-described straight white male, first-year law student at New York University claiming the NYU Law Review is discriminatory.

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    Alston & Bird Adds IP Litigator From BakerHostetler In LA

    Alston & Bird LLP is boosting its intellectual property team, bringing in a BakerHostetler IP litigator as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

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    Ballard Spahr Faces Claim It Fired Worker Over Sick Husband

    A former legal assistant at Ballard Spahr LLP claims the firm fired her in retaliation for using the Family and Medical Leave Act to take time away from work to care for her cancer-stricken husband, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

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    King & Spalding Adds Litigation Co-Lead From V&E

    King & Spalding LLP has hired Vinson & Elkins LLP's former commercial litigation group co-lead to join the firm in New York as a partner, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Phillips Lytle Adds Ex-New York Life Exec As Special Counsel

    Phillips Lytle LLP recently hired an attorney who previously worked at New York Life Insurance Co. and Nationwide Insurance to help bolster its regulatory management services.

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    DLA Piper Adds K&L Gates Real Estate Trio In NY, DC

    DLA Piper announced on Wednesday three new additions to its real estate team on the East Coast, touting the former K&L Gates LLP's attorneys' experience with deals both at nationally and internationally.

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    Ex-Fox Rothschild Corporate Chief Accuses Firm Of Age Bias

    The former head of Fox Rothschild LLP's corporate department sued the firm for age discrimination Wednesday in New Jersey state court, saying it slashed his pay to below that of a first-year associate and then forced him out after nearly 30 years of employment there.

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    Polsinelli Keeps Up Miami Growth With Boutique Litigator

    A commercial and real estate litigator from boutique law firm Mark Migdal & Hayden has jumped to Polsinelli PC to become Polsinelli's fourth shareholder addition in its Miami office this year alone.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

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    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Roundup

    Ask A Mentor Author Photo

    Experts answer questions on career and workplace conundrums in this Law360 Pulse guest column series.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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