Connecticut Pulse

  • Conn. Justices Suspect Sleepy Juror Will Wake Up Murder Case

    The Connecticut Supreme Court was skeptical Wednesday of the state prosecutor's position that a judge was entirely blameless for apparently allowing a juror in a murder trial to sleep for more than an hour, and then letting the case proceed to a conviction after taking little action on the matter.

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    AI Use Among 'New Criteria' Differentiating Outside Counsel

    While top corporate lawyers have a keen interest in how outside counsel will use generative artificial intelligence, many are in the dark about their law firms' views and strategies on the technology, according to a new report.

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    How Associates Can Handle Romance At The Office

    Perhaps he maintained eye contact during the boring meeting for a bit longer than expected. Or maybe when other lawyers rolled their eyes at the corny joke, she actually laughed.

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    Conn. Judge Nom Blames Order Gaffe On 'Very Bad Moment'

    Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday grilled a judge about an admonishment he received for berating a man over disobeying a nonexistent court order — a lapse the jurist attributed to a "very bad moment" — and also questioned his respect for the state high court's precedent.

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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    Troutman Pepper Faces One Of Kwok Trustee's Clawbacks

    The trustee overseeing Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Chapter 11 case has filed an adversary complaint against Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP in a Connecticut bankruptcy court, saying Kwok transferred almost $2 million in prepetition funds and more than $80,000 in post-petition funds to the firm through his shell companies.

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

  • Ex-McCarter & English Client Can Pursue $20M Loan Claims

    A Connecticut state court judge has denied a bid by McCarter & English LLP and a former partner for an early win in an insurance company's multimillion-dollar malpractice suit, ruling that the continuing representation doctrine allowed the plaintiff to toll the statute of limitations and continue to press its case.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    These Cos. Are In The Hot Seat As Proxy Season Approaches

    At least four high-profile corporations and their general counsel are gearing up for a tougher-than-usual 2024 proxy season — those three months in the spring when most companies hold their annual meetings.

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

  • Conn. Justices Asked To Rule On McCarter Damages Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has granted McCarter & English LLP more than $680,000 in prejudgment interest after the firm's victory on claims a former client refused to pay legal fees in an underlying suit.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Trial and appeals boutique Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP topped this week's list of Legal Lions, with a victory for client FedEx at the Fifth Circuit that slashed a $366 million verdict to $250,000.

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    Yale Law School's Liman Center Names Executive Director

    A longtime public defender in Southern California and Yale Law School alumna has been named the next executive director of the school's Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law.

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    Meet The Attys In Marriott Sewer Lien Case

    The Connecticut Supreme Court on Feb. 15 will hear arguments from Metropolitan District Commission and Marriott International Inc. over a lien placed on a hotel property to cover the cost of sewer improvements. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at the attorneys representing the parties in the case.

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    Latham Overtakes Kirkland In Financial, Personnel Ranking

    Latham & Watkins LLP topped legal market intelligence provider Leopard Solutions' 2023 Law Firm Index and maintained a perfect score for over half a year on the ranking, overtaking last year's top firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which dropped to third.

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    Locke Lord Shakes Up Internal Leadership Roles

    Locke Lord LLP on Wednesday unveiled a number of new leadership shifts, appointing attorneys to new roles on its executive committee and board of directors, and adding new management to two offices.

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    Legal Tech Companies Raise Pay To Attract BigLaw Attorneys

    Legal technology companies have discovered their secret sauce for selling their software to lawyers: recruit other lawyers as sellers.

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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Expert Analysis

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic Author Photo

    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

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