Modern Lawyer

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    Meet Quinn Emanuel's New DC Co-Managing Partner

    When Meghan McCaffrey first joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in 2014, she'd only been practicing law for a little over five and a half years. A decade later, after being named the co-managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., office, she told Law360 Pulse that she's ready for her new leadership position.

  • Munger Tolles, Stroock Alums Tapped For Calif. Judiciary

    Among California Gov. Gavin Newsom's picks for judgeships around the Golden State are a former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP attorney, who will serve on the state's Second District Court of Appeal, and a Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP alumna.

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    Laurence Fishburne Portrays Atty's Harrowing Katrina Ordeal

    This weekend marks the end of a three-week debut run of the one-man show "Like They Do in the Movies," written and performed by Tony Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne — which includes the moving story of what his longtime friend Duane Morris partner Joe West endured at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina.

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    WeightWatchers Adds 23andMe's Ex-Legal Head As Its GC

    WW International Inc., formerly known as WeightWatchers, hired Jacqueline Cooke from ancestry-tracking company 23andMe this month as its new general counsel and corporate secretary.

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    USC Law School Names Election Expert As 1st Black Dean

    The University of Southern California's Gould School of Law has tapped Franita Tolson to serve as its new dean, making her the first Black person and second woman to lead the school. 

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    Littler Announces New Affinity Group Leadership

    Management-side employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced new co-chairs for its Bollo affinity group serving Black, African American, African and Caribbean attorneys and their allies on Tuesday.

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    Steptoe Taps McDermott's Fintech Head To Be NY Partner

    A longtime partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP who led the firm's fintech and blockchain transactions practice has joined Steptoe LLP in New York, where she will focus her practice on blockchain, crypto, derivatives and fintech.

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    Morgan Lewis Accused Of Age, Race Bias By Patent Specialist

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP gave preferential treatment to younger white co-workers of a Black patent prosecution specialist, including more overtime and better pay, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Washington, D.C., federal court.

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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Calls For Injunction Amid Online Harassment

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP patent attorney locked in litigation in Florida federal court with a social media influencer over claims the influencer mounted a campaign to get him fired and destroyed his reputation reiterated his request for a cyberstalking injunction Thursday as he detailed disturbing recent instances of online harassment he has received.

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    Polsinelli Brings On Ex-Nelson Hardiman Healthcare Pro In LA

    Polsinelli PC announced on Thursday the hiring of a former partner at Nelson Hardiman LLP as a shareholder in its healthcare litigation and disputes practice out of its Los Angeles office.

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    In Their Words: Founders On Being A Woman In Legal Tech

    Recently, the legal tech community was rocked by a LinkedIn post detailing sexual harassment claims by anonymous women attending industry conferences. Law360 Pulse spoke with five women founders about their work experiences and finding support from other women in the industry.

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    Fired Alston & Bird Aide Fights Arbitration Of Vax Claims

    An Alston & Bird LLP staffer fired after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19 told a Georgia federal court that it should refuse to force her discrimination suit into arbitration, since her employment contract was not a matter of interstate commerce.

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    Freshfields To Require Attorneys Work 4 Days In US Offices

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP will soon be mandating that all of its U.S. attorneys work from the office at least four days a week, a source with knowledge on the matter confirmed Thursday.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    Recent announcements from Sidley Austin LLP and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC about plans to move their offices in Dallas and Pittsburgh, respectively, were among the biggest real estate moves for law firms in March.

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    Paul Hastings Bulks Up In Texas With V&E Team

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Thursday that it had brought on an eight-partner finance team from Vinson & Elkins LLP, four of whom will anchor the firm's new Dallas location while the others will be based in Houston.

  • Sedgwick Trustee's Valuation Of Firm Flawed, Judge Told

    An accounting expert hired by two ex-partners fighting the Sedgwick LLP trustee's bid to claw back $1.1 million testified at the close of a three-day California bench trial Wednesday that the trustee expert's valuation analysis is "materially flawed" and took a "sledgehammer" to the law firm's book value.

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    Meet The Professionals Probing Giuliani At A Discount

    Rudy Giuliani's creditors have enlisted a high-powered team of forensic sleuths and former federal investigative bigwigs who are slashing their fees to root out any hidden assets the bankrupt former New York City mayor may not have disclosed.

  • Linklaters' Flexible Lawyering Arm Is A Win With Clients

    As Linklaters LLP's contract lawyer arm approaches its fifth anniversary, the firm has seen its work growing by nearly a third over the last year as its cheaper flexible staffing model proves popular with clients.

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    Meet The Attys In Ex-Seton Hall President's Retaliation Suit

    Law360 Pulse took an in-depth look at the employment lawyers and heavyweight defense attorneys litigating Seton Hall University’s ex-president's whistleblower case against the New Jersey university.

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    DLA Piper Lands Kirkland Private Equity Ace In Austin

    DLA Piper is expanding its corporate team, announcing Wednesday it is adding a Kirkland & Ellis LLP private equity expert as a partner in its Austin, Texas, office.

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    MoFo Lands Goodwin Cyber Leaders For Privacy, Data Group

    Morrison & Foerster announced Wednesday that it has hired five attorneys for its global privacy and data security group, including two partners who helped build and develop the cybersecurity practice at their prior firm.

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    Ex-GC With Lockheed Martin Space Joins Sherman & Howard

    A former general counsel and longtime attorney at Lockheed Martin has joined Sherman & Howard LLC as co-leader of the aerospace industry group, the law firm said Wednesday.

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    BigLaw Is Greater Part Of Litigation Funding Industry 'In Flux'

    The litigation funding industry is entering an era of "consolidation" and "shakeout" after years of rapid growth, exemplified by the fact that BigLaw firms made up a bigger slice of the industry's customer base than ever last year, even as the total value of new deals fell, according to a new report.

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    Lateral Hiring Plummets As Post-COVID Talent Wars Cease

    Lateral lawyer hiring plummeted 35% overall in 2023 — marking the second consecutive annual decline and the softest market in 13 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

  • Weil Latest Firm To Cut Back On China Presence

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is the latest to join a growing list of major international law firms scaling down their operations in China, confirming Wednesday that it has closed its Beijing office and is considering consolidating its Shanghai office with its operation in Hong Kong.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Roundup

    Ask A Mentor Author Photo

    Experts answer questions on career and workplace conundrums in this Law360 Pulse guest column series.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • 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.

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