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Labor of Law: Docket Watch: Big New Appellate Rulings | Amid Pandemic, Day in the Life of Working Parents | Who Got the Work: Eric Holder and Covington | Headlines: Maybe Don't Send That Email | Gene Scalia Goes Back to Gibson Dunn

Thu, 2021-04-01 00:00

Welcome to Labor of Law, our labor and employment dispatch spotlighting big cases, key issues and developing trends.

       

Here's How a Houston Firm Returned to the Office Nearly a Year Ago

Wed, 2021-03-31 18:43

Most everyone at BoyarMiller, a 32-lawyer firm in Houston, has been working in the office since last May under strict health protocols, and now clients are coming back, too.

       

'Shouldn't You Have an Accent?': Some Asians Face Racism Among Legal Professionals

Wed, 2021-03-31 17:57

The Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation "Courageous Conversations #StopAsianHate" webinar shined a light on some of the different stereotypes that Asian American legal professionals encounter in the workplace.

       

'All of the Clients Are Theirs': What Lawyers Can Learn From This Law Firm Feud

Wed, 2021-03-31 16:22

"I see no problem with an attorney using information from a firm's database to make contact with clients he regularly works with," said one employment lawyer. "There are people out there who disagree with that violently."

       

Marketing Analytics: More Is Not Always Best

Wed, 2021-03-31 16:16

In the past few decades, law firms have made great strides in catching up with the rest of the corporate world and are reaping the benefits of all kinds of marketing. This acceptance by firm management is in great part due to an increased appreciation of analytics, made possible by digital marketing and social media.

       

Australian Lawyers Seeing Rise in Sexual Harassment Complaints Following High-Profile Incidents

Wed, 2021-03-31 15:21

Lawyers say more women are coming forward as they grow more confident that their complaints will be heard.

       

Who Is Peter Cahill? This Judge Will Decide the Fate of George Floyd's Accused Killer

Wed, 2021-03-31 14:25

"When you're in his courtroom, you know that he's in charge," said Cahill's former law partner Michael Colich, of Colich & Associates in Minneapolis.

       

'There Is Greatness Across Law Schools': Biden's First Court Picks Venture Beyond the T-14

Wed, 2021-03-31 13:38

Four of the 11 judicial nominees the White House unveiled Tuesday graduated from non-elite law schools. Scholars have long noted the dominance of top law schools such as Harvard and Yale on the federal bench.

       

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Its Sights on Class Actions. Plus: McKinsey, Facing Opioid Lawsuits, Wants Litigation Moved to New York

Wed, 2021-03-31 13:22

The justices may be aiming to provide clarity and guidance to lower courts on its prior rulings

       

What's Next: Thomson Reuters Suit Against ROSS Moves Forward + Derek Chauvin Trial Opens Door to Pandemic Court Procedures + How Emotion Recognition Could Drive Privacy Law

Wed, 2021-03-31 13:04

ROSS Intelligence faces a setback in the Thomson Reuters litigation but will still have a chance to make its case that Westlaw content cannot be copyrighted.

       

Talking Trendspotter: Readers Make the Case Against Hoteling, but Some Say Initial Resistance Won't Last

Wed, 2021-03-31 11:20

"I spend (or used to spend) a lot of time in my office, so I want to be comfortable there," one law firm partner wrote.

       

Young Lawyers Offer Firms Advice After Watching a Year of Remote Recruiting and Onboarding

Wed, 2021-03-31 07:00

What's being lost from the in-person hiring and onboarding process, and what can firms do to address it?

       

Law Firms Likely to Continue Quietly Trimming Employee Rosters

Wed, 2021-03-31 05:00

Staff roles, and perhaps some underproductive partners, will be scrutinized as firms consider their new normal.

       

My Weekday Workout: When Work, Gym, Kids, School Take Place at Home, Mental Health Is Important, Says Valentina Shaknes of Kraus Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri

Wed, 2021-03-31 00:27

"I remind myself that I always feel much better after I work out. Putting on a good song that makes me want to move always gets me going!"

       

Compliance Hot Spots: New Powers for Prosecutors | Harvard Law's Coates Lands at SEC | Agencies Want AI Views | Who Got the Work: Brownstein Hyatt | All the New Moves

Tue, 2021-03-30 21:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our weekly snapshot on white-collar, regulatory and compliance news and trends.

       

State Bar Accuses Plaintiffs Lawyer Tom Girardi of Misconduct Involving Client Funds

Tue, 2021-03-30 17:40

A consumer alert posted Tuesday on Tom Girardi's bar license page warns he is accused of "a major misappropriation of client funds."

       

'One Helluva Legacy': Liberals Cheer Biden's First Judicial Nominees, But Say Work Remains

Tue, 2021-03-30 15:03

"This list powerfully affirms that nominees who are racially diverse and whose professional background reflects a broad range of practice are available to serve on the federal bench," said Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP LDF.

       

For New California Entrants, Talent and Fit Outweigh 'Critical Mass'

Tue, 2021-03-30 15:00

Firms' plans in California hint that the idea of scaling up new offices may be increasingly less important in a new remote world.

       

The Legal Assistants of Tomorrow Might Not Look Like Assistants at All

Tue, 2021-03-30 11:30

As attorneys get more comfortable with administrative tasks—a process accelerated by remote work—law firms are reassessing the role of legal assistants. And the changes might be drastic.

       

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