Texas Pulse

  • Law School Diversity Dips Amid Affirmative Action Bans

    Racial diversity among U.S. law school students has dropped by as much as 17% following affirmative action bans in 12 states over the past 28 years, with the biggest reduction in minority shares at the country's top-ranked schools, according to a new study.

  • 4E Can Give Recovered Jackson Walker Fees To Creditors

    The agent administering the confirmed plan of bankrupt hand-sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC received permission Monday from a Texas judge to modify that plan, allowing the agent to distribute fees clawed back from embattled law firm Jackson Walker LLP to the debtor's unsecured creditors.

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    Baker Donelson Adds EY Tax Pro To Houston Office

    A former EY senior manager has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's tax group in Houston as counsel, the firm announced.

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    Schumer Warns Texas Court Not To Continue Judge Shopping

    The U.S. Senate will consider legislation to curtail judge shopping after the Northern District of Texas' chief judge rejected calls for the district to take steps to end the "odious" practice on its own, the Senate leader said Monday.

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    Nelson Mullins Expands In Texas With New Houston Shop

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has opened its second location in Texas with a Houston office that will initially be made up of 11 litigation and corporate attorneys, the firm announced Monday.

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    Hunton Promotes 11 Attorneys To Partner

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Monday it elevated 11 attorneys to partner, nearly half of them within the firm's corporate practice.

  • Evidence Issues Make Election Case 'Problematic,' Court Told

    A sitting Harris County criminal district judge told a Texas state court on Monday that a Republican judicial candidate challenging the 2022 election results has built a "problematic" case riddled with evidence flaws as he fought off the woman's bid for a do-over of the election.

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    ConocoPhillips' GC Earned $5.7M Last Year

    ConocoPhillips's general counsel saw her compensation increase yet again in 2023, bringing her earnings to just over $5.7 million for the year, according to the Texas energy giant's latest proxy materials filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

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    Fox Rothschild Names 9 New Office, Practice Group Leaders

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced new office managing partners and practice group chairs Monday as part of a leadership rotation at the firm.

  • Northern Texas Judges Won't Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Judges with the Northern District of Texas have opted not to make any changes to how cases are assigned, despite a recent letter from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the district to implement an updated policy aiming to prevent litigants from judge shopping, the district's chief judge said Friday.

  • Houston Firm Says Ex-Atty Lost Chance To Toss Poaching Suit

    A Houston personal injury firm has told a state appeals court to keep in place an order denying an ex-associate's bid to toss its poaching lawsuit under the state's anti-SLAPP law, writing that its former employee waived dismissal rights when he removed the case to federal court.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The Digital Justice Foundation leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Tenth Circuit set aside a fair use win for Netflix Inc. in a copyright suit brought by a former zoo employee who livestreamed the funeral of the husband of "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic.

  • KBR Escapes Sanctions Over Atty Doc Mistranslation

    A Texas appellate panel determined that the decision to intentionally mistranslate documents from English to Spanish by a global engineering company's outside counsel wasn't enough to sanction the company as a whole.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Richards Layton's representation of a former CEO with ties to Donald Trump and Best Best & Krieger's work in securing $156 million in infrastructure funding lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 15 to 29.

  • Dentons Europe Says Houston Co. Owes $4.7M In Legal Fees

    International law firm Dentons Europe CS LLP has accused a Houston-area company, self-described as a leader in kidnap and ransom resolution and crisis response, of failing to pay more than $4.7 million in legal fees in connection with the development of a port in Africa.

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    Female Bar Presidents On Rising Above Legal Field Barriers

    The National Conference of Bar Presidents recently hosted a webinar titled “Advice From National Women Bar Presidents on Serving the Legal Profession” in honor of Women’s History Month. Read on for advice from three top female legal leaders.

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    Munsch Hardt Shakes Up Several Leadership Positions

    The longest serving chief operating officer in the history of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC is stepping down, with the firm naming an interim replacement for him and also tapping a new general counsel. 

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    GRSM50 Hires Munsch Hardt Shareholder In Houston

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has hired a shareholder from Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, who is continuing her commercial litigation-focused practice with the firm in Houston, the firm recently announced.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of March marked another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw made notable hires and shifted office locations. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Michael Best's Austin Head On Bush Family, Military Lessons

    As he begins leading Michael Best & Friedrich LLP's Austin office, George P. Bush is drawing lessons learned not only from his prominent political family and his own time as Texas land commissioner, but also from his service in the military.

  • Wells Fargo Sued Over Role In Texas Atty's Carbon Tech Scam

    Wells Fargo and an advisory group including an attorney and accountant from California facilitated a yearslong Ponzi scheme that deceived investors to put money into a fraudulent gas industry carbon capture technology venture, according to a proposed class action filed in Texas federal court.

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    What To Know About The Judge Mediating Alex Jones' Ch. 11

    After more than a year of squabbling in conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' high profile Chapter 11 case, a Texas bankruptcy judge appointed fellow jurist U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Edward Lee Morris to mediate the Infowars host's many disputes with creditors, and the mediator's lengthy tenure handling complex commercial insolvencies is likely to be fully brought to bear.

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    Littler Announces New Affinity Group Leadership

    Management-side employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced new co-chairs for its Bollo affinity group serving Black, African American, African and Caribbean attorneys and their allies on Tuesday.

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    Mercy Taps Seasoned Health System GC To Lead Legal Team

    St. Louis-based hospital system Mercy has revealed it will have a new lawyer heading up its legal team starting Monday, with the addition of an experienced in-house healthcare industry counsel who brings more than 30 years of legal experience.

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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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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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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.

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