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The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct has accused a state Superior Court judge of physically and verbally abusing his ex-wife and harassing a former court clerk after she tried to end a romantic relationship with him, even using his seat on the bench to reach her at a new job at the local public defender's office.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Tuesday suggested the Biden administration is relitigating an argument the high court rejected three years ago when it ruled that the legal standards applied to the facts of a case can be appealed.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Tuesday that his office suffers from a chronic lack of funding to support its expansive operations, as discord among lawmakers in Washington, D.C., has left the U.S. Department of Justice operating without a budget.
The New Civil Liberties Alliance has told a California federal court that a suit over a California law punishing medical professionals for COVID-19 disinformation should move forward despite a newly enacted law repealing it because doctors still suffered damages and the state is sidestepping a potentially adverse ruling.
The trial of a Georgia probate judge accused of violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct on social media and in her dealings with her homeowners association continued Tuesday after a two-month hiatus, with the director of the state's judicial watchdog agency dropping 10 additional ethics charges against the judge.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a whistleblower's years-old lawsuit against Siemens that alleged the manufacturing company had provided false certifications to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, finding that a lower court improperly tossed the suit for procedural reasons surrounding service of his complaint.
A Virginia bankruptcy judge has approved just under $2.1 million in fees for Foley & Lardner LLP for its work on defunct law firm LeClairRyan's bankruptcy after Foley agreed to drop its fee dispute with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, which succeeded it as counsel to the Chapter 7 trustee in the case.
The Fourth Circuit refused Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit from a former court clerk alleging the Social Security Administration incorrectly denied her disability benefits after she suffered a series of strokes, saying her health condition didn't bar her from being able to perform her basic job duties.
The federal government has objected to the Girardi Keese bankruptcy trustee's bid to pay more than $3 million in fees to herself and several other professionals, telling a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge the trustee has failed for nearly three years to analyze hundreds of millions of dollars worth of unsecured claims against the defunct law firm.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court examined its own power to weigh in on impeachment proceedings Tuesday in a sprawling argument session over Republican lawmakers' efforts to reinstate their bid to remove Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner from office.
A former New Jersey Superior Court judge will soon get internal affairs records for the Woodbridge Police Department officers she has accused of racial bias, false arrest and malicious prosecution, as a federal magistrate judge has ruled that case law supports her bid for the files.
The New York State Liquor Authority has the right to review Madison Square Garden's liquor licenses over its policy of banning lawyers suing the company and its owner from entering its venues in New York City, a state appeals panel ruled this week.
The U.S. Supreme Court seemed dubious Tuesday that a Georgia law allowing for the re-prosecution of all criminal charges in certain cases with contradictory jury verdicts, including partial acquittals, passes constitutional muster, bombarding the state's solicitor general with questions on how the law fits into the nation's tradition of respecting jury verdicts.
The Fourth Circuit said Tuesday it won't interfere with the trial schedule in a former public defender's sexual harassment case against the federal judiciary, rejecting the attorney's arguments that the district court has moved too slowly on her preliminary injunction request.
The government asked a New York federal judge this week to allow a former real estate attorney, who admitted to participating in a money laundering scheme to help a Russian oligarch evade U.S. sanctions, to receive no prison time, despite the guidelines calling for 37 to 46 months.
Texas-based firm Sorrels Law announced Tuesday that it has hired a former Harris County state court judge as a trial attorney within its team of personal injury lawyers.
Disgraced lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison by a South Carolina state judge for stealing $12.4 million from his law partners and clients and evading taxes, a white collar punishment that prosecutors said was "more than Enron, more than WorldCom."
The Senate voted 49-46 on Tuesday to confirm Margaret M. Garnett, special counsel to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to serve on the district's bench.
Major U.S. law firms are steadfast in their commitment to the pursuit of further growth despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Here’s what the leaders of four Leaderboard firms have to say about how the legal industry is preparing for next year.
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A retired California judge who is participating in the state's temporary assigned judges program should not accept a job as the government affairs director for another state's attorney general, an ethics panel has decided, because the role would constitute impermissible "practice of law."
The Senate voted 49-46 on Tuesday to confirm Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan to the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, where he'll be the first Hispanic person to serve as a lifetime judge on that bench.
A North Carolina Supreme Court justice, who said her high court colleagues' conduct on the bench is sometimes influenced by gender and race biases in a news interview, filed an emergency motion on Monday to stop a formal investigation into her statements, which she said threatens her seat on the court and violates her First Amendment rights.
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.
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.