Georgia Pulse

  • 10 More Charges Dropped Against Embattled Ga. Judge

    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.

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    Cravath, Paul Hastings Top Milbank Pay Scale, Match Bonuses

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Paul Hastings are the latest to unveil their year-end bonuses and a new salary structure that aligns with the Milbank LLP scale for junior associates while offering even more lucrative pay packages for midlevel and senior associates.

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    Parker Poe Adds New Head For Sports & Entertainment Team

    Carolinas-based Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has added a former Stinson LLP partner as head of its sports and entertainment practice group, based in Atlanta, the firm said in an announcement Tuesday that also touted her arrival as boosting its Georgia presence.

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    Women Less Likely To Know They're Next As GC

    Men are more likely than women to find out well in advance of an organization's intent to promote them to the general counsel position, according to new data focused on succession planning published Tuesday.

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    Law Firm Leaders Cautiously Optimistic Heading Into 2024

    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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    The Litigation Footprints Of Law360 Pulse Leaderboard Firms

    Follow firms' litigation tracks through federal district courts across the country with our interactive map.

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    These Firms Top The 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard

    Presenting the 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard — the 100 firms that are besting their peers on measures of prestige, social responsibility and the reach of their legal practice.

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    The 2023 Practice Footprint Ranking: How Firms Stack Up

    These firms are being singled out for their stellar litigation footprint and transactions work. See who's leading the pack in the categories of variety of cases, range of jurisdictions, closing large merger and acquisition deals, and handling registered offerings.

  • Groups Aid Rising Attys Under Fire For Palestine Support

    The National Association of Muslim Lawyers and the National Muslim Law Student Association said Monday that they were launching a project to connect senior attorneys with law students and new lawyers who have faced termination, withdrawn job offers or workplace mistreatment for expressing support for Palestinian human rights.

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    Top State Judges To Tackle Public Interest 'Lawyer Deserts'

    A new committee composed of state Supreme Court chief justices and others will examine why fewer attorneys are going into public interest law, as well as the state of legal education and bar admissions processes more generally, according to an announcement Monday.

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    Ga. DA Fights 'Unreasonable' Fees Bid After Sanctions Ruling

    A Georgia prosecutor is contesting an attorney fee request related to her being sanctioned by a federal court in October for abusing the scheduling of a criminal trial she was prosecuting in order to avoid a deposition in a sex discrimination suit against her.

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    2 Economic Factors BigLaw Partners Have To Be Thankful For

    Large law firm partners have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including what appears to be a nearly foolproof business model that is benefiting them even in a shaky economy.

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    How Rule Of Law Is Key To Integrating Tech In Court

    Emerging court technologies must be supervised and controlled by the judiciary, a new paper from a group of professors argues, while also noting the potential benefits the justice system could glean from the tech.

  • Jurisdiction Woes Kill Claims In Fugees Fraud Suit

    A Georgia federal judge on Monday cut a New York law firm from a lawsuit alleging it helped ex-Fugees rapper Prakazrel Samuel "Pras" Michel fraudulently sell his music catalog and warned the entire case may be dismissed if plaintiffs can't show it belongs in his courtroom.

  • Ga. Judge Won't Jail Trump Co-Defendant Over Social Posts

    A Fulton County judge on Tuesday declined to revoke the bond of one of former President Donald Trump's co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case, rejecting a bid by District Attorney Fani Willis, who personally argued he should be jailed over recent social media posts about witnesses in the case.

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    ABA Wants 'Implausible' Data Breach Class Action Dropped

    The American Bar Association is seeking to torpedo a proposed class action over a March data breach, saying allegations that the organization deceived its members are "fatally deficient and implausible," and the attorneys behind the suit can't show any damages stemmed from the breach.

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    Muslim Org. Asks ABA Not To Alter Israel-Hamas Statement

    The National Association of Muslim Lawyers called on the American Bar Association late Monday to resist pressure to change a previous statement on the Israel-Hamas war — which called the killing of Israeli and Palestinian civilians violations of international law — after NAML says it obtained messages showing pro-Israel legal professionals criticizing the ABA's response to the hostilities.

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    Ex-Prosecutor's Sex Bias Case Narrows Focus To Ga. DA

    A former Georgia state prosecutor is zeroing in her discrimination and retaliation suit on the Chatham County District Attorney and dismissing charges against all other defendants in the wake of an October court order finding the district attorney defaulted in the case.

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    Akerman's 15 New Partners Span 11 Offices Nationally

    Akerman LLP has announced that 15 of its lawyers have been promoted to partner, in a partner class that was smaller than the past two years.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Villaseñor On Midtrial Jury Talks

    Colorado state Judge Juan Villaseñor had been on the bench for only about a year when an attorney in a medical malpractice trial he was presiding over asked him to restrict when the jury could discuss the case.

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    National Judicial College President Decries Politicized Courts

    The single biggest challenge facing the courts is their politicization, according to the president of the National Judicial College.

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    Taylor English Defeats Bid To Revive Malpractice Claim In Ga.

    The Georgia Court of Appeals refused on Friday to revive a former client's malpractice claims against Taylor English Duma LLP, finding that the claims were nixed in a 2019 state appellate decision.

  • Trump's Ga. Attys Seek Access To Evidence List In DC Case

    Former President Donald Trump asked a Georgia state court Monday to let his Peach State lawyers see evidence lists disclosed to the legal team representing him in a separate election interference case in Washington, D.C., including an FBI report and federal grand jury transcripts.

  • 11th Circ. Rejects Law Firm's Coverage Bid For False Ad Suits

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling Monday that a Washington law firm sued for false advertising about getting out of a timeshare contract was ineligible for insurance coverage for those claims because it was sued two days before the firm's policy took effect.

  • How GCs Can Lower Global Bribery Risk, According To Data

    Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark remained the least risky countries in which to do business in 2023, while North Korea, Turkmenistan, Syria, Equatorial Guinea and Yemen remained the riskiest, according to an annual study of global bribery risk.

Expert Analysis

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    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.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    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.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    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.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    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.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    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.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    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.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    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 Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    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.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    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.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    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.

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