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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has kicked off a diversity, equity and inclusion advisory practice group led by the former litigation and diversity leader for Coca-Cola Co.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP is historically known for its rarity in partner exits, but three partners left the firm in January alone to join BigLaw rivals, a number that may end up jibing with prior years' departures but that some say could signal fresh challenges for the storied firm as it looks to retain talent.
Winstead PC has added an intellectual property attorney in Austin, Texas, with boots-on-the-ground experience as a software engineer who came aboard from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
After evaluating options and testing different tools for nearly two years, Holland & Knight LLP expanded its e-discovery technology stack with the addition of the cloud-based software Everlaw in January.
A Texas federal judge sentenced a former San Antonio lawyer to 50 years in prison after he pled guilty to mishandling millions in client funds to support his "extravagant lifestyle," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement Wednesday.
An artificial intelligence rapid response team created by state judiciary leaders has released interim guidance and resources to help state courts navigate AI technologies, the National Center for State Courts said Wednesday.
A white female former law professor urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her suit against Texas Southern University, saying the Fifth Circuit held her to too high of a standard to show she was subjected to so much bullying that she was forced to quit.
Spencer Fane LLP has strengthened its labor and employment practice with a partner in Houston who came aboard from Porter Hedges LLP.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is deepening its bench in the Lone Star State with the addition of its latest partner in Dallas, the former chair of Baker Botts' labor and employment practice.
In 1999, a young law firm associate in Wichita wrote an off-the-cuff email to a fellow law school alumnus he didn't know, but who had become general counsel of a golf company in Arizona.
The U.S. Trustee's Office has moved to have Sorrento Therapeutics' Chapter 11 case dismissed, alleging the biopharmaceutical company manufactured a venue in Texas bankruptcy court, even as the debtor asked for court approval to sell off its assets to its CEO under a revised reorganization plan.
Mark McCreary, the chief artificial intelligence and information security officer at Fox Rothschild, leads his firm's internal AI strategy and provides counsel to other law firms trying to bushwhack their path through the often murky AI legal landscape, rife with hallucinated case law citations and disturbingly real deepfakes.
Frost Brown Todd LLP announced Tuesday that it has strengthened its real estate practice group with a pair of energy-savvy litigators in Dallas who came aboard from Spencer Fane LLP.
Jackson Walker LLP has bolstered its investigations and white collar team with a new partner in Dallas who is the former lead computer hacking and intellectual property attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas.
Winstead PC has announced that six attorneys have been named as shareholders in its Austin, Dallas and Charlotte, North Carolina, offices.
Attorney Eddie Nasser joined the legal technology startup Paxton AI on Jan. 29 as the company's legal product lead, leaving the practice of law behind to help with the legal tool he once used.
The legal community exploded into debate recently after a Black associate's lawsuit accusing her former BigLaw employer of discrimination excerpted an excoriating email from a partner that some online deemed unacceptable and bullying, and others said was simply a fact of BigLaw life.
As Texas prepares for the opening of an additional appeals court, former appellate justices told Law360 that the new forum will benefit the state despite many "question marks" that remain about its day-to-day operations.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a state appellate decision in a case involving a small-town newspaper, an infamous wrongful conviction and a publicly snubbed assistant district attorney, ruling that the case should have been dismissed and that the Polk County Publishing Co.'s characterization of the assistant DA was legal.
King & Spalding LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a California federal jury awarded mobile game platform Skillz $42.9 million in a patent infringement fight against rival AviaGames.
One of two appointed prosecutors overseeing a securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a state court judge Friday that he is stepping down from the case, citing a disagreement over whether the state's chief legal officer should be allowed to resolve the charges through pretrial intervention.
Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal LLP's managing partner, Monica Latin, said the firm has been approached over the years about merging with bigger players in the Texas legal market, but each time the partners decide to stick with the firm they and their predecessors have built over more than five decades.
Jackson Walker LLP announced Friday that it has named an Austin, Texas-based partner as the new firmwide chair of its environmental, regulatory and legislative practice.
The legal industry had another busy week as attorneys made moves and grappled with the implications of artificial intelligence. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Members of the law class of 2023 volunteered more than 3,289,714 hours in legal services as part of their education last year, giving a total of over $104.6 million worth of their time, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit Association of American Law Schools.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage?
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys?
Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.
A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.
There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.
Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.
OpinionAttorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI
National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.
Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.
Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.
To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.