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A California state bar judge who previously delayed disciplinary proceedings against Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira said Monday that she has "concerns" over the bar's latest attempt to suspend him, saying that the ongoing federal criminal case against Lira may raise Fifth Amendment due process issues.
The State Bar of California announced Monday that it has leveled a 22-count notice of disciplinary charges against a Northern California attorney who allegedly pocketed more than $630,000 by taking advantage of an incarcerated client.
A former Kirkland & Ellis LLP associate accusing the firm of sex discrimination has urged a California federal court to disregard its motion to dismiss, arguing that Kirkland has been rehashing already-rejected arguments and improperly tacking on new ones.
The National Association of Muslim Lawyers and the National Muslim Law Student Association said Monday that they were launching a project to connect senior attorneys with law students and new lawyers who have faced termination, withdrawn job offers or workplace mistreatment for expressing support for Palestinian human rights.
A new committee composed of state Supreme Court chief justices and others will examine why fewer attorneys are going into public interest law, as well as the state of legal education and bar admissions processes more generally, according to an announcement Monday.
Facebook and other social media platforms are facing massive multidistrict litigation accusing them of harming young people by purposely making their platforms addictive, and counsel for the suing school districts will have a seat at the leadership table, a California federal judge has ruled.
A California federal judge has turned down Slovakian software maker ESET's attorney fees request for $9.7 million that came after a jury held the company didn't infringe rival Finjan's anti-malware program patents, finding that Finjan's case was not baseless or unreasonable.
A Ninth Circuit panel reversed a California federal court's ruling that a group of tenants' appeal of a state court judgment regarding the cost-collection actions of the landlords' attorney was improper, calling the ruling flawed and sending the case back to the federal court.
Kaufman Dolowich co-managing partner Michael Kaufman discussed the firm's new name and renewed emphasis on private litigation, in addition to insurance work, in a conversation with Law360 Pulse.
An attorney who was recently cleared on ethics charges stemming from May 2020 tweets calling for Black Lives Matter demonstrators to be shot can't recoup $4,000 in attorney fees just yet, because the State Bar of California is appealing that decision.
The California Supreme Court approved updates this week to ethics rules about conflicts of interest for members of the state bar's board of trustees and judges in its internal ethics court system, capping a months-long process of crafting the first changes to the conflict of interest code since 1986.
Large law firm partners have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including what appears to be a nearly foolproof business model that is benefiting them even in a shaky economy.
Emerging court technologies must be supervised and controlled by the judiciary, a new paper from a group of professors argues, while also noting the potential benefits the justice system could glean from the tech.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has promoted 16 attorneys to partner — 11 of whom identify as members of historically underrepresented groups.
A Georgia federal judge on Monday cut a New York law firm from a lawsuit alleging it helped ex-Fugees rapper Prakazrel Samuel "Pras" Michel fraudulently sell his music catalog and warned the entire case may be dismissed if plaintiffs can't show it belongs in his courtroom.
A California federal court refused to reconsider its decision allowing a New York law firm to intervene in a coverage suit against Ozy Media Inc. and its CEO, holding that the firm is entitled to recover unpaid legal fees from the CEO under a charging lien.
A 42-year-old California man pled guilty Monday to bank fraud after he embezzled close to $1.2 million from the San Francisco-based law firm where he worked as office manager for more than 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Ninth Circuit refused Tuesday to revive a woman's sexual assault suit against soccer megastar Cristiano Ronaldo, finding that the lower court got it right in finding that the woman's counsel acted in bad faith by relying on privileged documents that were leaked after Ronaldo's former counsel's computers were hacked.
The American Bar Association is seeking to torpedo a proposed class action over a March data breach, saying allegations that the organization deceived its members are "fatally deficient and implausible," and the attorneys behind the suit can't show any damages stemmed from the breach.
Minnesota-based Best & Flanagan LLP can't transfer to the North Star State a malpractice lawsuit against it for allegedly bungling the $30 million sale of a digital company that specializes in custom packaging, a California federal judge has ruled.
The National Association of Muslim Lawyers called on the American Bar Association late Monday to resist pressure to change a previous statement on the Israel-Hamas war — which called the killing of Israeli and Palestinian civilians violations of international law — after NAML says it obtained messages showing pro-Israel legal professionals criticizing the ABA's response to the hostilities.
Employment law firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has added five attorneys, including one partner, to its offices in Boston; San Francisco; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Colorado state Judge Juan Villaseñor had been on the bench for only about a year when an attorney in a medical malpractice trial he was presiding over asked him to restrict when the jury could discuss the case.
The single biggest challenge facing the courts is their politicization, according to the president of the National Judicial College.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has tapped 24 attorneys across 10 of its global offices to step into new counsel and senior counsel roles in 2024, the firm announced Monday.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
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 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.
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.
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.
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.