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    Norton Rose Launches Technology Transactions Practice

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Monday that it has formally launched a technology transactions practice team in the U.S. to help advise clients about matters including those involving artificial intelligence and digital outsourcing.

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    Faegre Drinker Adds Ex-DLA Piper Commodities Pro In Dallas

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has strengthened its finance and restructuring practice in Dallas with partner Deanna Reitman, an experienced commodities lawyer who previously worked at DLA Piper.

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    Ropes & Gray Adds Former Cooley Antitrust Partner In DC

    Ropes & Gray LLP has added a longtime Cooley LLP partner who has helped guide some of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions in recent years, some of which totaled multiple billions of dollars, the firm announced Monday.

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    Kilpatrick Taps IP Leader As Next Firm Chair

    Kilpatrick is turning to the leader of its intellectual property department in Atlanta to succeed the firm's longtime chair when he steps down from the role later this year.

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    K&L Gates Adds Hanson Bridgett, Reed Smith Corporate Attys

    K&L Gates LLP is expanding its California corporate team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a Reed Smith LLP life sciences transactional ace as a partner in its Orange County office and a Hanson Bridgett LLP emerging companies specialist as a partner in its Silicon Valley office.

  • RBG Award Gala Axed After Objections To Musk, Murdoch Nods

    Following objections by family members of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the foundation presenting her namesake leadership award has canceled the ceremony, saying it meant no offense in naming Elon Musk, Rupert Murdoch, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart and Michael Milken as the 2024 honorees.

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    5 Moments That Swayed Ga. Judge In the Trump Case DQ Bid

    After days of testimony about the romantic and financial relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis and the lawyer she appointed to lead the election interference case against Donald Trump, a Georgia judge last week ordered Willis to shuffle the prosecution team. How did he reach that ruling? Here are five moments that swayed the judge.

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    Kirkland Wants To Escape Suit Over Ex-Judge's Relationship

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP wants to bring down the hammer on a racketeering lawsuit claiming the firm "conspired" to profit from a Texas bankruptcy judge's secret romance scandal, saying the "flimsy" suit should be dismissed, and both the plaintiff and his attorneys at Bandas Law Firm PC should be sanctioned for filing it.

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    Seton Hall Aims To Erase Ex-President's 'Sensational' Suit

    Seton Hall University has called on a New Jersey state court to throw out its former president's claims he was forced out for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by former board chair and prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino, saying the suit is "what can best be described as gamesmanship, and at worst sheer dishonesty."

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    BakerHostetler's LA Office Moves To Century City 'Destination'

    BakerHostetler has relocated its Los Angeles office, announcing Monday it was moving it to Century City from its previous location in Brentwood.

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    5 Women Attys Named Influential Legal Tech Leaders

    Leaders from Crowell & Moring LLP, Gilbert & Tobin and Gowling WLG were among the five honored Monday by the International Legal Technology Association as part of its 2024 list of Influential Women in Legal Technology.

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    Cozen O'Connor Adds 6 Troutman Construction Attys In LA

    Cozen O'Connor announced Monday that it had ventured into the California construction law market with the addition of a team of six attorneys from Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP in Los Angeles.

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    Legal Groups Seek Update On What It Takes To Be A Lawyer

    The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has announced a "major update" to its 2014 survey, this time teaming up with the Law School Admission Council to tap thousands of attorneys to get an updated view of what it takes to be a successful lawyer.

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    Fish & Richardson Taps Patent Atty To Lead In Silicon Valley

    Intellectual property firm Fish & Richardson PC announced the new managing principal of its Silicon Valley office on Thursday, elevating a longtime patent attorney to lead the team of more than 30 intellectual property attorneys and technology specialists.

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    Steptoe Hires Amazon Web Services Corporate Counsel

    Steptoe LLP has added an attorney to its government affairs and public policy practice who worked at the firm twice before and most recently spent more than two years as an in-house attorney for Amazon Web Services.

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    Akin Adds Former Paul Hastings Group Leader In NY

    The former head of Paul Hastings LLP's alternative lender and private credit group has jumped to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York, Akin said Monday.

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    BCLP Axes 50 Jobs In US, UK Amid Headcount Declines

    Following years of declining lawyer headcount, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has confirmed that it is conducting a restructuring that will impact approximately 50 jobs in the U.S. and U.K., marking the second round of layoffs the firm has conducted in the past year.

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    Ex-Goodwin Partner Now PE Vice Chair At Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that they are adding another private equity attorney from Goodwin Procter LLP, choosing the New York partner to serve as its global vice chair of private equity.

  • Axiom Introduces New Permanent Recruitment Offerings

    Legal staffing and legal services provider Axiom announced Monday two new staffing products that help clients either fill open legal roles permanently or engage an attorney on an interim-to-permanent basis.

  • Wash. Supreme Court Clears Way For Bar Exam Alternatives

    The state of Washington's Supreme Court has approved plans for law school students and graduates to become lawyers without taking the bar exam, forging alternative pathways a state task force has recommended to help make legal licenses more accessible to people of color and other historically marginalized groups.

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    Ginsburg Family Rips Award In Her Name To Musk, Murdoch

    Calling the decision an "affront" to her memory, family members and associates of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have taken aim at how the foundation presenting her eponymous leadership award has named Elon Musk, Rupert Murdoch, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart and Michael Milken as the 2024 honorees.

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    Lambda Legal Elects New Board Of Directors Chair

    LGBTQ+-focused legal charity Lambda Legal has announced that the former vice chair of its board of directors has been elevated to the role of chair following an election by the board's members.

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    Bradley Arant Adds IP Team From Moore & Van Allen In NC

    A three-attorney intellectual property team has jumped from Moore & Van Allen PLLC to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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    Fox Rothschild Adds Armstrong Teasdale Litigator In NY

    Fox Rothschild LLP is boosting its white collar team, announcing Friday it is bringing in an Armstrong Teasdale LLP trial attorney as a partner in its New York office.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds 3 Perkins Coie Attys To Investment Team

    Global firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Friday that it has hired three ex-Perkins Coie LLP attorneys, including one of its practice group co-chairs, to strengthen its investment management team.

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Expert Analysis

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners Author Photo

    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.

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