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Eighth Circuit Decision Demonstrates Conflicting Views on Use of Deadly Force

Mon, 2020-05-18 11:00

A recurring question in §1983 cases is whether unarmed, fleeing suspects pose the requisite threat to officers or others to justify the use of deadly force. Related questions include the availability of qualified immunity at the summary-judgement stage. A recent Eighth Circuit decision embodies conflicting views on this subject.


The 2020 Am Law 200: By the Numbers

Mon, 2020-05-18 09:50

A look at the numbers that defined the year in the legal industry—in visual form.


Irell & Manella Is at a Crossroads, Once Again

Mon, 2020-05-18 09:40

Departures have diminished Irell & Manella's size and stature, leading familiar questions about the firm's future to resurface.


Revealed: The Am Law 200, Plaintiffs Bar v. Insurers, Asian American GCs Speak Out: The Morning Minute

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00

Here's what you need to know to get your day started.


What Reopening Law Offices in Milan Looks Like

Mon, 2020-05-18 05:50

Social distancing floor markings and lift restrictions are just some of the actions being adopted by Italy's top law firms.


Juror Walks Off to Take Phone Call as Texas Tests First Jury Trial Via Zoom

Mon, 2020-05-18 00:54

In what may be a first across the United States since the coronavirus pandemic canceled jury trials, Texas judges on Monday invited a jury pool to a court proceeding over video teleconference. Monday's hearing in an insurance dispute was actually a "summary jury trial," which is an alternative dispute resolution process.


ABA Legal Ed Council Votes to Expand Emergency Powers Amid the Coronavirus

Mon, 2020-05-18 00:30

The American Bar Association's Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has moved to give itself the ability to waive limits on distance education amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


'A Scary and Sad Time': Asian American GCs Talk About Current Racism

Sun, 2020-05-17 11:05

Somehow, I had a feeling this panel discussion would be different. And boy was it.


'Handicapped' Defense Bar, Deep-Pocketed Rivals and Nuclear Verdicts: The Insurance Industry Is Having a Reckoning

Sat, 2020-05-16 21:03

Both sides agree on one thing: Anger is a major factor in insurance-related litigation.


Federal Judge Denies 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's Motion for Release, Despite His 'Self-Described Altruistic Intentions' to Find COVID-19 Cure

Sat, 2020-05-16 19:46

The judge also questioned why Shkreli would seek to be released into confinement at a New York City apartment, given the high number of cases in New York and the reported lack of any cases at Allenwood.


Skilled in the Art: IP Lawyers Try On SCOTUS Lucky Brand Decision For Size + Writing New Rules for Reviewing Source Code During COVID-19 + Hellfire and Infringement: Copyright Spat Over TV Preacher Eugene Scott

Fri, 2020-05-15 16:02

The IP community reacts to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on "defense preclusion" and trademarks.


With Return to Offices Still Uncertain, Big Law Shifts From When to How

Fri, 2020-05-15 15:30

Law firms are reimagining office life and planning for a slow return. Among the lawyers themselves, attitudes range from impatience to "see you in 2021."


Can Firm Tech Help Corporate Legal Bring Employees Back to the Office?

Fri, 2020-05-15 15:07

Corporate legal may be more comfortable dealing with flesh and blood attorneys than technology, but as COVID-19 restrictions ease, the rush to prepare for employees' return to the office may favor the speed and cost-effectiveness of a tech assist.


Calming the Imposter Monster: You Don't Know Everything, And That's OK.

Fri, 2020-05-15 13:58

They have the credentials and look the part, but young lawyers often feel ill-equipped to handle the challenges that practicing law throws at them. Those feelings have a name: imposter syndrome.


Tobi Young, First Native American SCOTUS Clerk, Recounts Year With Gorsuch

Fri, 2020-05-15 13:56

"I think he is a worthy successor to Justice Scalia, perhaps the best wordsmith in Supreme Court history, and I have little doubt that Gorsuch opinions will proliferate in case books for the same reason Scalia opinions do," Tobi Young says in a wide-ranging Q&A.


Lady Gaga's Law Firm Got Hacked. Now What?

Fri, 2020-05-15 13:56

Allen Grubman's New York firm says its celebrity clients have shown "overwhelming support" despite a multimillion-dollar ransomware demand. But do entertainment boutiques face special risks, both before and after an attack?


As Salary Cuts Move to Higher-Profit Firms, What Happens Next?

Fri, 2020-05-15 13:03

Hugh A. Simons examines where firms might go now that many have taken shorter-term measures to cut compensation. Will layoffs or firm closures follow? What groups are at risk?


Skadden Begins Reopening European Offices, Implements 'One-way' System

Fri, 2020-05-15 11:17

The law firm has established task forces to address a safe return to work for all its global staff.


How I Made Partner: Foley Hoag's Tafadzwa Pasipanodya

Fri, 2020-05-15 10:59

"I fully expected and looked forward to being in a position of being able to help others more as a partner, but I hadn't realized how much help I would need."


Trump Watch: The Trump v. House Fights Are Up To The Justices Now

Fri, 2020-05-15 07:30

It's not clear how the justices will rule, although it was clear they were a bit concerned about how expansive the House's investigative and subpoena powers are.