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  • Perkins Coie Inks Prelim. Deal In Cryptocurrency Class Action

    Perkins Coie LLP and a proposed class that sued the BigLaw firm for allegedly misappropriating $10 million in cryptocurrency reached a preliminary settlement to end the case for $4.5 million, according to a filing made in Washington state federal court on Monday. 

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    Veteran Project Finance Partner Joins Kilpatrick From Stroock

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP announced Monday that it hired an experienced project finance partner from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP who's spent over 30 years working on a wide range of energy projects both domestically and abroad.

  • Ex-Kirkland Atty Says BigLaw Firm Can't Escape Sex Bias Suit

    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.

  • Groups Aid Rising Attys Under Fire For Palestine Support

    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they were launching a project to connect senior attorneys with law students and new lawyers who have faced termination, withdrawn job offers or workplace mistreatment for expressing support for Palestinian human rights.

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    Willkie Adds Ex-Google Regulatory, Litigation Atty In Calif.

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is expanding its litigation team, announcing Monday that it is bringing in a former Google regulatory and litigation counsel as a partner in its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

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    Top State Judges To Tackle Public Interest 'Lawyer Deserts'

    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.

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    Goodwin Procter Gets Ex-SEC Atty From Morrison Foerster

    Goodwin Procter LLP has hired the former chief counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of corporation finance and the past co-chair of one of Morrison Foerster LLP's practice groups to lead its public company advisory practice.

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    Quinn Emanuel's NY Office Moving To 'Cool' NoMad Digs

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced Monday that it will leave its longtime Madison Avenue home for the trendy NoMad neighborhood in what the firm calls the biggest Midtown South relocation of 2023.

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    Paul Hastings Hires NY Investment Funds Atty From Skadden

    Paul Hastings LLP has continued its investment funds and private capital practice growth by adding an investment funds partner in New York from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

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    American Law Firms Are Coming Of Age In London

    Top American law firms in London are looking to tap the market for the best available talent from homegrown outfits and, increasingly, from their U.S. peers. Here, Law360 looks at the effect on U.K. firms from across the Atlantic.

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    Meet The Attys Facing Off In Alston & Bird COVID Vaccine Suit

    A discrimination lawsuit against Alston & Bird LLP over a former aide's refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine has pitted a solo practitioner with a history of pursuing similar claims against two firm attorneys whose clients have included the likes of famed ex-lawyer L. Lin Wood and NASCAR.

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    5th Circ. Eyes Barring AI Use, Mandating Accuracy Check

    Attorneys before the Fifth Circuit may soon have to inform the federal appeals court that their documents were not written using generative artificial intelligence programs and, if they were, that they were reviewed by humans for accuracy.

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    AI Shows Promise In Speeding Up Legal Tasks Without Harm

    Generative artificial intelligence changes little to the overall quality of legal analysis, yet the speed at which tasks such as contract drafting can be completed increases significantly with AI assistance, a new study from the University of Minnesota Law School found.

  • James Madison U. Punts On Legal Action In Fight With NCAA

    James Madison University will not follow through on its threat to take the NCAA to court to make its football team eligible for a postseason bowl, a decision made along with its recently hired legal counsel and Virginia's attorney general after its quest for an undefeated season ended.

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    Calif.'s Top Judge Approves Changes To Bar's Conflict Rules

    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.

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    Dinsmore Opens In Miami With 11-Atty Lewis Brisbois Team

    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has continued its growth in the Sunshine State with an 11-attorney team from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP that joined a new downtown Miami office.

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    'Hope' Award Honors Enviro Atty For Mental Health Work

    New York state environmental attorney David Keehn was honored with the Ray of Hope Award for his advocacy for lawyer well-being after more than a decade uplifting others struggling with substance misuse and other mental health concerns.

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    Immigration Partner From Ogletree Joins Nelson Mullins In SC

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has hired an immigration attorney from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC who will join the firm as a partner in Nelson Mullins' business immigration practice, the firm has said.

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    WilmerHale Group Co-Leader On Helping Clients In Crisis

    As Alyssa DaCunha takes over as a leader of WilmerHale's crisis management and strategic response group, she credits her mentors at the firm for demonstrating how to get the best results for clients in an increasingly polarized political environment.

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    Ex-Paul Weiss Partner Picked As SDNY Magistrate Judge

    The Board of Judges of the Southern District of New York has selected a former Paul Weiss partner and current director of a pro se legal clinic to serve an eight-year term as a magistrate judge.

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    How Rule Of Law Is Key To Integrating Tech In Court

    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.

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    Weil Grows Partnership Class To 16 With Focus On Diversity

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has promoted 16 attorneys to partner — 11 of whom identify as members of historically underrepresented groups.

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    Simmons & Simmons Partner On Rise Of The Knowledge Atty

    To efficiently manage its information and resources for supporting both lawyers and clients, the international law firm Simmons & Simmons brought in Katja Ullrich-North as a partner and its first director of knowledge management in October.

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    ABA Wants 'Implausible' Data Breach Class Action Dropped

    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.

  • Ex-BigLaw Atty Pans Theory Behind Campaign Fraud Verdict

    Counsel for a former BigLaw attorney found guilty of violating campaign finance laws told a Boston federal judge Tuesday the government is trying "to have it both ways" by seeking to uphold his excessive-donation conviction while deeming the withdrawal of those funds a misuse of the election account.

Expert Analysis

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    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.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    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.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    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.

  • 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.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • 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.



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