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    Attys Split On 5th Circ.'s Proposed AI, Accuracy-Check Rule

    The Fifth Circuit's proposed rule change requiring that attorneys verify documents were not written using generative artificial intelligence and, if they were, that they were reviewed for accuracy by humans has garnered mixed reactions, with some lawyers saying the change isn't necessary, and others saying it doesn't go far enough.

  • Duane Morris Names Bankruptcy Pro As New Dallas Partner

    Duane Morris LLP has bolstered its business reorganization and financial restructuring practice group in Dallas with a former Polsinelli PC senior partner who has worked on everything from complex business and bankruptcy matters to commercial disputes, asset acquisitions and financial services matters.

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    Southwest Says It Fired Flight Attendant For Actions, Not Beliefs

    Southwest Airlines Co. says it fired a flight attendant for her conduct rather than her beliefs after she sent a co-worker anti-abortion text messages, telling the Fifth Circuit on Monday she won the case because of incorrect jury instructions.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

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    American Airlines Atty Rejoins Kimberly-Clark As GC

    An in-house lawyer at American Airlines is returning to Kimberly-Clark as senior vice president and general counsel, reuniting with a former boss to collaborate on the consumer goods giant's growth strategy.

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    Watchdog Wants Ch. 11 Fee Nixed Over Attorney-Judge Ties

    The U.S. Trustee's Office told a Texas bankruptcy court Tuesday that a $257,000 fee application submitted by a former Jackson Walker attorney working for IEH Auto Parts Holding LLC should be denied in its entirety because the lawyer did not disclose a personal relationship with a since-resigned judge serving as a mediator in the proceedings.

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    Compensation For AECOM'S CLO Ticked Upward In 2023

    The top attorney for infrastructure consulting firm AECOM earned nearly $2.6 million in 2023, a slight increase compared to his compensation from the previous year.

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    Willkie Energy Leader Rejoins McGuireWoods In Houston

    McGuireWoods LLP has rehired the former managing partner of its Houston office, who returns to the firm after most recently serving as co-chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's power and renewable energy practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Compensation Shakeup Is Pushing Some Partners To Leave

    As large law firms reportedly consider historic changes to their partnership structures and compensation systems, and the industry looks back at another mostly flat year for profits, the lateral partner job market has been thrown into flux, with many BigLaw partners wondering, "Can I find better elsewhere?"

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    Ogletree Elects Veteran Litigator As 1st Female Leader Of Firm

    Employers' side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday it has tapped a longtime litigator as its new managing shareholder. She is the sixth person, and the first woman, to serve in that role.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

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    Texas Bar AI Task Force Offers Glimpse At Early Proposals

    A preliminary report from the Texas bar's artificial intelligence task force offered a sweeping look at the challenges and opportunities the technology presents for the legal profession in the state, with possible recommendations touching on attorney ethics, the use of AI in the court system, and other topics.

  • Depos Not Needed In Retaliation Suit, AG Tells Texas Justices

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called on the state Supreme Court Monday to erase a trial court order directing him and top aides to sit for depositions in a long-running whistleblower suit, saying that discovery should not occur because his office has opted not to contest the allegations brought by former employees.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Fish & Richardson Adds Talent Leader From Faegre Drinker

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday that it has added the former managing director of professional development at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to its leadership team, hiring the veteran legal talent professional to become its next chief legal talent officer.

  • Consulting Company Says Rival Poached Houston Workers

    Consulting firm Socotec Advisory LLC says its rival raided its roster of legal industry consultants and expert witnesses, telling a Texas state court Thursday that its former workers orchestrated an exodus from the company with competitor Secretariat Advisors LLC and took trade secrets with them.

  • Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

  • Texas 4th State To Disbar Atty For Stealing $25K In NJ

    A former New Jersey attorney who was disbarred in that state, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania, for misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from clients also lost his license to practice law in Texas on Friday after a state Supreme Court decision affirmed his disbarment.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Wiggin and Dana handling a $1.8 billion aerospace acquisition and Morgan & Morgan winning an interim lead counsel battle lead off this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 12 to 26.

  • 5th Circ. Finds Attorney Flaws Sank Texan's Criminal Appeal

    A Fifth Circuit panel has ordered a Texas federal court to consider the appeal of a man's 12½-year prison sentence for gun crimes, ruling a trial attorney failed to advise him about challenging the unexpectedly harsh sentence.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

  • Paxton Again Appeals Deposition Order In Whistleblower Suit

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has urged a state appellate court for a second time to review a lower court order requiring him to sit for a deposition in a long-running retaliation lawsuit brought by four former senior staffers, arguing there are no longer disputed issues of fact that call for such discovery.

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    How To Climb From Acting To Permanent GC

    Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.

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Expert Analysis

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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