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Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.
Florida's judicial conduct agency has added new charges against a Seminole County judge after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a proposed 60-day suspension for intemperate conduct that included cursing out a member of the gallery in his courtroom.
Former President Donald Trump's legal team argued in court Friday that the Georgia election interference case should be thrown out because it violates the First Amendment, and that if he wins the 2024 election, the trial would have to be postponed until the end of his second presidential term.
The U.S. Supreme Court returns Monday for the last argument session of the calendar year to consider whether bankruptcy courts have the authority to sign off on third-party liability releases in Chapter 11 plans, whether Congress can tax unrealized foreign gains, and which standard should be used to determine the viability of employment discrimination claims.
Unlike the shortage of attorneys available to represent clients in rural areas, experts say there are an adequate number of courthouses to serve people living in remote areas of the country. It's getting to them that's the problem.
Eight Florida attorneys were formally disciplined by the state's Supreme Court, receiving punishment that included public reprimand, suspension and disbarment — including two actions involving drugs, according to an announcement Friday by the Florida Bar.
Two Florida voters claim Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the U.S. Constitution when he suspended elected prosecutor Monique Worrell in August, saying in a new lawsuit that he disenfranchised the nearly 400,000 residents who voted for her.
A former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner who lives in Israel has sued the firm in Illinois state court, claiming it unlawfully refused to give him the pay raise it planned for U.S. income partners in 2022.
A 54-year-old paralegal pled guilty to wire fraud Friday for embezzling more than $2 million from clients of the law firm that employed her, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.
A disbarred New York attorney pled guilty Friday to a single count of wire fraud, admitting that he spent millions in client money intended for real estate deals on casino trips and business expenses.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
A Second Circuit panel on Friday declined to resuscitate a Connecticut doctor's defamation lawsuit against Jackson Lewis PC, upholding a trial judge's ruling that the firm could not be sued for forwarding a sexual assault and harassment investigation commissioned by a hospital to employees who needed to review it.
The Florida Supreme Court has recommended adding one judge to the state's 20th Judicial Circuit in fiscal 2024-25, along with five county court judges, but says the state should eliminate two other county court judgeships via attrition.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
The Supreme Court of Ohio laid down a six-month suspension on Thursday for a Columbus attorney who was found to have made a client wait nearly a decade to receive a payout from her ex-husband.
November ended amid another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and showered associates with bonuses and higher pay. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Former President Donald Trump must face a trio of lawsuits seeking to hold him liable for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a D.C. Circuit panel ruled Friday, rejecting Trump's claim that he has absolute immunity from liability.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
A pair of internet trade associations told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that controversial laws in Texas and Florida that restrict major social media platforms' content moderation decisions are flagrant violations of the First Amendment.
U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois, will take senior status next summer, paving the way for President Joe Biden to appoint a new face to the 22-seat bench.
Law360 looks at four U.S. Supreme Court petitions filed in the past two weeks you might have missed, including questions over whether the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel is entitled to prosecutorial discretion, the proper standard for determining attorney fees in copyright cases, and how courts should treat the Board of Veterans' Affairs' silence on benefits decisions.
Judge Wilhelmina Wright, the first Black woman to be appointed to the federal court in Minnesota, will retire next year, the court announced Thursday.
A California attorney who owns multiple small firms around the country was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for failing to pay taxes on one of his Wisconsin-based firms.
The Eleventh Circuit breathed new life Thursday into a Black dancer's suit claiming an Alabama strip club refused to hire her because of her race, finding that tossing her case was too harsh a punishment for two missed hearings.
After weeks of delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for influential conservatives Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo as part of their U.S. Supreme Court ethics probe, but Republicans questioned the validity of the vote.
Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.
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.