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Law Firms' Emerging Weapon in Talent Wars: The Moneyball Strategy

Fri, 2022-01-14 04:00

Recruiting rainmakers is costly, and sometimes risky. So more firm leaders are supplementing their gut feelings with detailed data.


Did Law Firm Involuntarily Withdraw From Case After Clients Filed Ethics Complaint? The Answer Could Be Worth $82K

Thu, 2022-01-13 23:31

In a battle over attorney fees, Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeals has called for an evidentiary hearing to determine whether a Broward County law firm involuntarily withdrew from a case after two clients filed a bar complaint against the firm's lawyers.


Who Got the Work? : Novartis Patent Fight, think! Protein Bar Class Action and More

Thu, 2022-01-13 23:06

Here's your weekly round-up of the law firms and lawyers around the country being tapped to handle key cases and close major deals for their clients.


Law Schools Often Have Little Recourse When Tenured Faculty Become PR Headaches

Thu, 2022-01-13 17:00

As the latest controversy involving Penn Law professor Amy Wax demonstrates, law schools face an uphill battle in seeking to discipline tenured faculty members over "extramural" statements.


David Boies Returns to SCOTUS in Long-Running Fight Over Art Stolen by Nazis

Thu, 2022-01-13 16:50

Boies has not made a Supreme Court appearance in nearly a decade.


Bench Report: This Ex-Judge's Pitch to Make Sentences More Just. Plus, Senate Confirms Its First Judge of 2022.

Thu, 2022-01-13 16:41

"How can judges who have been schooled in the extraordinarily punitive system that produced mass incarceration for the past thirty years suddenly operate in a system that—one hopes—will reflect wholly different premises?" wrote former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner.

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The Kirkland-Connected SPAC Didn't Land A Legal Tech Biz. But Don't Call It A Dud

Thu, 2022-01-13 16:23

The SPAC backed by Jeff Hammes is combining with a cybersecurity tech provider. Two legal veterans describe it as a smart deal.


Multi-State Deal With Student Loan Servicer Navient Includes $95M in Restitution, $1.7B in Debt Cancellation

Thu, 2022-01-13 16:11

The bulk of the settlement value comes from Navient's agreement to cancel $1.7 billion in debt, which will benefit approximately 66,000 borrowers, according to the California Attorney General's Office.


Higher Law: New Jersey Launches Application Process | Cannabis Banking Advocate to Leave Congress | Tilray's General Counsel Bolts for Tax Company | Quebec: Want Joints? Get Jabbed.

Thu, 2022-01-13 14:16

Welcome back to Higher Law, our weekly briefing on all things cannabis. I'm Cheryl Miller, reporting for from Sacramento. This week we're


In Talent Wars, Midsize Law Firms Are Poised to Lap the Competition

Thu, 2022-01-13 13:48

Outside the Am Law 200, a great proportion of midsize firms benefited from increased demand and decreased expenses in 2021, and they're investing in targeted growth.


Justices Block Employer Vaccine-or-Test Rule, But Allow Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

Thu, 2022-01-13 13:46

"The question before us is not how to respond to the pandemic, but who holds the power to do so," the justices said in an order blocking OSHA's vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.


Appellate Court Says Fire Meets Statutory Definition of 'Deadly Weapon'

Thu, 2022-01-13 13:39

"Metaphysical questions about the meaning of 'object' aside, fire falls within the scope of this definition of 'weapon,'" the appeals panel wrote. "It has been used in war for millennia ... and it can be used to destroy, defeat, or physically injure others."


New Texas Law Pipeline Program, Backed by Vinson & Elkins, Aims to Help 'Students from Underrepresented Groups Become Great Lawyers'

Thu, 2022-01-13 13:09

In a joint partnership, the University of Texas School of Law along with Vinson & Elkins, have begun a new pipeline program dedicated to


Ripple Legal Chief Accuses SEC of Playing 'Delay Card'

Thu, 2022-01-13 13:00

"So much for 'justice delayed is justice denied.' How about publicly committing to moving the Ripple case as 'swiftly' as possible with no more delays?" Stu Alderoty wrote in a series of Twitter posts lashing out at the SEC.


Vinson & Elkins Partners With University of Texas School of Law, Donating $1M for New Pipeline Program

Thu, 2022-01-13 12:12

The program will serve students in high school, college and law school from underrepresented backgrounds through a long-term initiative that involves outreach, education, mentoring and scholarship support, Milam Newby, managing partner of Vinson & Elkins, said.


Fourth Circuit Explores 'Scienter' Requirement in Securities Fraud Case

Thu, 2022-01-13 09:30

Fourth Circuit undertakes a close factual analysis to determine whether shareholders had shown that a company and its executives aimed to mislead shareholders by overstating the company's financial prospects.


PwC Solidifies Plan to Double Size of its UK Legal Arm

Thu, 2022-01-13 09:13

The 'huge investment' will involve the Big Four firm focusing on what it calls legal business solutions.


Inside Track: Whole Foods' Battle Over Black Lives Matter Masks Pits Policy Against Corporate Social Responsibility

Thu, 2022-01-13 09:00

"Consumers—and employees—have corporate boardrooms on the defensive," political scientist Ian Bremmer said in his 2022 report on top global risks.


Will Anyone Follow Quinn Emanuel's Lead on Remote Work?: The Morning Minute

Thu, 2022-01-13 05:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


More Law Firms Are Hiring Remote Associates. But Hybrid Arrangements Dominate

Thu, 2022-01-13 04:00

Latham and Fenwick acknowledged a willingness to consider remote candidates, but Quinn Emanuel remains an outlier with its blanket "work from anywhere" policy.