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    Small Firms Get Creative To Bridge Client Language Gaps

    For small firms and solo practitioners, language gaps with clients can be costly, and can often pose complicated ethical questions about attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. Here’s how some around the country are dealing with the challenges.

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    Baker Botts Adds Employment Team Head From Hunton

    Baker Botts LLP has added a partner from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP to lead its labor and employment practice, bolstering its ranks in Houston with a versatile attorney whose experience includes handling high-stakes trade secrets and employee benefits litigation.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    By The Numbers: How Chief Legal Officers See Their World

    The chief legal officers at companies around the world seem to be losing a lot of sleep over privacy and cybersecurity issues, according to how the numbers add up in a survey released this week.

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    Federal Courts See Uptick In Sexual Harassment Complaints

    Last year, there were six complaints of "unwanted, abusive or offensive sexual conduct" by federal judges, marking the most reported incidents since the judiciary began tracking harassment in the 2020 fiscal year.

  • Houston Atty Escapes Solicitation Suit From Car Wreck Victim

    A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a Houston personal injury firm can escape a lawsuit from a car wreck victim who alleges she was tricked into signing a representation agreement, writing that there's no evidence that the woman was solicited by the office or its employees.

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    Husch Blackwell's New Leaders Talk Firm Vision And Strategy

    Husch Blackwell's incoming executive board chair Joe Glynias and new CEO Jamie Lawless talk with Law360 Pulse about their strategic visions and goals for the firm.

  • IP Firm Says Ex-Clerk Can't Ditch Latest Trade Secrets Claims

    A Texas boutique law firm pursuing a trade secrets suit against a former clerk is fighting the ex-employee's bid to sink the case in Texas federal court after a state court threw out a similar suit by the firm in July, arguing its complaint is adequately tied to Texas.

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    Murchison Law Adds Ex-Koch Industries Atty In Dallas

    Dallas-based boutique Murchison Law Firm PLLC has hired a former in-house attorney from Koch Industries Inc. to help bolster its efforts to service pipeline industry clients.

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    How Attys Can Be Ethical When Using Gen AI In Litigation

    Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.

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    How Texas Agency Prepares Execs For Moments Of Crisis

    Law360 Pulse recently sat down with Stephanie Craig, president of Austin-based crisis communications agency Kith, to discuss how it prepares companies to respond to crises "appropriately and with great speed."

  • 5th Circ. Orders La. Atty To Pay $29K For Frivolous Filings

    A Louisiana attorney must pay more than $29,000 in penalties for making a frivolous attempt to restore her client's state university medical residency and ignoring judges' warnings to stop pursuing failed arguments in the lawsuit, the Fifth Circuit has ruled.

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    Adams And Reese Welcomes Back Hartford Atty In Houston

    Adams and Reese LLP has added a litigator in Houston who rejoined the firm after serving in-house at the Hartford and Farmers Insurance.

  • Tesla Botches Hazardous Waste Handling In Calif., DAs Say

    For years, Tesla has mishandled the storage and disposal of hazardous waste at more than a hundred of its facilities throughout California, dozens of the state's district attorneys alleged in a suit Wednesday, pointing to a laundry list of alleged violations of the Golden State's environmental laws.

  • Texas Judge Refuses To End Paxton Whistleblower Lawsuit

    A Texas state judge on Wednesday told counsel for the state attorney general's office that its amended answer to a 2020 employment retaliation lawsuit seemed to contradict its contention that the office stipulates to a final judgment, as she denied the office's bid to end a lawsuit brought by four former aides turned whistleblowers.

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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

  • Chartwell Law Expands To Texas With Dallas, Austin Shops

    The Pennsylvania-based Chartwell Law Offices LLP has made its first steps into Texas with the recent opening of new offices in Austin and Dallas.

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    Texas Firms' Equity Partner Growth Surpassed Nation In '23

    The number of equity partners in Texas rose by 3.1% last year, far outpacing the national average of 0.9%, while the total number of lawyers in the state matched the national average increase of 2.8%, new survey results show.

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    Jackson Lewis Names Man Group Exec As Chief Talent Officer

    An experienced human resources manager who most recently worked at investment management company Man Group PLC has joined nationwide labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis PC.

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    'Mind-Blowing' Spending On High Court Races Follows Dobbs

    Spending on state Supreme Court elections has been rising for years, but those courts' increased role in fights over issues like abortion and gerrymandering has pushed that spending to an unprecedented level, according to a new report.

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    O'Melveny DEI Head On How Language Can Foster Belonging

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's director of diversity and engagement, Bendita Malakia, talks about how language plays a critical role in DEI efforts and improving a sense of belonging at law firms.

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

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    Husch Blackwell Taps Employment Veteran As Chair-Elect

    Husch Blackwell LLP announced Wednesday it has appointed a veteran employment partner based in St. Louis as the firm's upcoming executive board chair, effective April 1.

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    What Are The AI Possibilities For Mid-Law?

    As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.

  • Texas AG Paxton Gets Pause On Depos In Whistleblower Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday paused a trial court's order directing Attorney General Ken Paxton to sit for depositions in a retaliation suit brought by former senior staffers, granting an emergency motion filed by Paxton just days after a state appeals court refused to step in.

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Expert Analysis

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

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