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    In Their Words: Founders On Being A Woman In Legal Tech

    Recently, the legal tech community was rocked by a LinkedIn post detailing sexual harassment claims by anonymous women attending industry conferences. Law360 Pulse spoke with five women founders about their work experiences and finding support from other women in the industry.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    Recent announcements from Sidley Austin LLP and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC about plans to move their offices in Dallas and Pittsburgh, respectively, were among the biggest real estate moves for law firms in March.

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    How GCs Can Leverage AI And Mitigate Risks

    Experts at a cybersecurity summit for in-house counsel this week agreed that the best governance strategies for using artificial intelligence should balance the company's business and ethical culture with its tolerance for risk.

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    BigLaw Is Greater Part Of Litigation Funding Industry 'In Flux'

    The litigation funding industry is entering an era of "consolidation" and "shakeout" after years of rapid growth, exemplified by the fact that BigLaw firms made up a bigger slice of the industry's customer base than ever last year, even as the total value of new deals fell, according to a new report.

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    Lateral Hiring Plummets As Post-COVID Talent Wars Cease

    Lateral lawyer hiring plummeted 35% overall in 2023 — marking the second consecutive annual decline and the softest market in 13 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

  • Insurer Ducks Coverage Of Florida Law Firm Dispute

    A personal injury law firm involved in a joint venture dispute has no insurance coverage for the litigation, a Florida federal judge has ruled, finding its policy only provided professional services liability, not anything else.

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    How Senior Associates Can Build Their Books Of Business

    As associates grow into their positions, there can come a point at which they realize that mastering the art of the legal brief or the deposition is not enough: They also need to learn how to attract and retain clients.

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    Why This First-Time General Counsel Focuses On Authenticity

    In a recent interview with Law360 Pulse, Vertical Bridge's new general counsel — who said she's proud she grew up in a working-class family in the Florida Keys — recalled realizing quickly in her career that her success came when she showed her "true self."

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    Pierson Ferdinand Lands Global Dispute Attys

    Pierson Ferdinand LLP, the breakaway law firm launched by former FisherBroyles LLP attorneys, has picked up a pair of partners experienced in international disputes who will be based in New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

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    Golf Pro Out Of Bounds In Atty Fee Stay Bid, 11th Circ. Told

    Media companies have urged the Eleventh Circuit to reject pro golfer Patrick Reed's bid to block their award of attorney fees after defeating the player's defamation suit alleging that journalists' criticism of his recruitment to the Saudi-backed LIV Tour hurt his health and career.

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    Spencer Fane Adds Bowman And Brooke Attys In Ariz., Fla.

    Spencer Fane LLP has grown its litigation and dispute resolution practice group with the addition of two attorneys from Bowman and Brooke LLP, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Approach The Bench: Justice Stewart Blasts Partisan Races

    Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart has some choice words for a colleague who chose to challenge her reelection bid rather than run for the seat he occupies now.

  • Atty Urges 11th Circ. To Revive Race Bias Suit Against Ga. Bar

    A Georgia attorney who is accusing the state bar of having an "apartheid disciplinary process" that discriminates against Black lawyers asked the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to revive her discrimination suit, saying the lower court erred when it found it didn't have jurisdiction in the case.

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    Disbarred Ga. Atty Takes Reinstatement Fight To 11th Circ.

    A disbarred Georgia attorney has called on the Eleventh Circuit to revive her suit challenging the denial of her reinstatement bid, arguing that a lower court was wrong to find she doesn't have standing because she is no longer an attorney or does not have a pending readmission application.

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    Former GC To Lead Tech And Innovation At Miami Boutique

    A former general counsel and chief people officer for several companies has joined boutique law firm Caldera Law in Miami to lead its new technology and innovation practice.

  • M&T Bank Execs Seek Exit From Fla. Law Firm's $1.5M Suit

    Two M&T Bank Corp. representatives want out of a lawsuit claiming they participated in the unlawful restriction of a Florida law firm's trust account amid a chargeback dispute, arguing they are protected from such claims by Florida's corporate shield doctrine.

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    As Gen AI Takes Hold, Law Firms Reassess E-Discovery Tools

    In addition to cost and usability, law firms are adding generative artificial intelligence to the checklist of things to consider when evaluating current and new e-discovery platforms.

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    How Attys Won Settlement Over Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Law

    Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and its co-counsel at the National Center for Lesbian Rights zeroed in on the broad and nondescriptive nature of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law in a roughly two-year legal battle against state officials over the controversial statute and recently won what they hailed as a historic settlement.

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    Women Attys Navigate Shifting Expectations Over Makeup

    Some women attorneys say makeup helps them feel more polished and confident at work, but they acknowledge that the desire to express themselves this way is often dictated by the legal industry's idea of what's appropriate, forcing them to navigate ever-shifting expectations in a field once shaped by men.

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    Ga. GOP Chair Must Face State Court Charges, 11th Circ. Told

    Fulton County prosecutors on Thursday urged the 11th Circuit to keep former Georgia GOP Chair David Shafer's election interference case in state court, arguing that his federal removal bid is based on the "fiction" that his role as a would-be elector for the 2020 election somehow grants him federal officer status.

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    Judges And Law Scholars Divided Over AI Standing Orders

    Several federal judges have issued standing orders blocking or putting guidelines on the use of artificial intelligence over accuracy issues with the technology, but a few legal scholars have raised concerns that the orders might discourage attorneys and self-represented litigants from using AI.

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    Wood Smith Expands In Fla. With 2 New Shops, 19 Hires

    Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP announced the opening of two offices in the Sunshine State alongside a slate of new hires, including Chad Dunigan, an experienced construction-focused litigator who will helm the new locations in Orlando and Jacksonville, who is joining with 17 colleagues from Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck LLP.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a Second Circuit panel rejected what it characterized as a lower court's "new standard" for so-called patent monopolies.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began spring with a busy week of BigLaw moves as firms expanded practices and shifted headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    In 107K Pro Bono Hours: Hogan Lovells Tackles Racial Justice

    Hogan Lovells pledged to dedicate 65,000 pro bono hours to advancing racial justice in June 2020, and, according to a report out this week, the firm's personnel have exceeded that goal by dedicating approximately 107,000 hours through 2023 to causes across the globe aimed at advancing racial justice.

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Expert Analysis

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

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    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • Fla.'s New Appellate District Holds Precedential Opportunities Author Photo

    While the trial court judges in the newly created Florida Sixth District are more likely to have appellate precedent to follow, the appellate court is certain to have substantially more chances to forge its own path, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

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