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Fennemore Craig Inks Merger Deal With 50-Lawyer Calif. Firm

Tue, 2020-07-28 15:45

The tie-up would create a combined firm with up to about $95 million in combined gross revenue and a focus on agricultural and environmental clients.

         

With Questions of What's 'Fair,' Barr Defends His Handling of Roger Stone's Sentencing

Tue, 2020-07-28 15:41

"Do you think that it's fair for a 67-year-old man to be sent to prison to seven to nine years?" Barr asked one Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

         

Bar Director Proposes Stripping Larry McDougal of His Texas Bar Spokesman Role

Tue, 2020-07-28 14:55

In August or September, the board of the State Bar of Texas will discuss stripping President Larry McDougal of his spokesman duties, because of his online comments that offended many attorneys.

         

Law Schools Expect Enrollment to Remain Steady Amid COVID-19

Tue, 2020-07-28 14:54

Law school admission offices are also counseling admitted students not to defer for a year, saying that scholarships will likely be harder to come by in 2021.

         

'Blatant Disregard for the Law': Associate of This Embattled Florida Attorney is Now Under Investigation

Tue, 2020-07-28 14:42

The complaint claimed that Ankur Mehta's advertisements as a litigation director and having a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, without a short disclaimer next to these titles, led other lawyers to constantly ask Harris if Mehta was an attorney.

         

Law Firms Remain Vulnerable to Wire Transfer Scams, as Liability and Breach Costs Grow

Tue, 2020-07-28 14:08

A lawsuit against Holland & Knight alleging the firm didn't do enough to prevent a wire transfer scam echoes a similar case involving Dentons.

         

As Firms Seek Cash Infusions, Litigation Funder Validity Adds $100M in Capital

Tue, 2020-07-28 13:45

The funder has seen boosted demand from the pandemic, completing more deals in the second quarter of 2020 than it did in all of 2019.

         

Fish & Richardson, ACLU File Class Action Against Minneapolis Police Over Force Used Against Protesters

Tue, 2020-07-28 11:30

"This unnecessarily forceful treatment of protesters, at the expense of proper constitutional protections, casts a pall over future protests and cannot continue," the lawsuit reads.

         

Ahead of the Curve: Diploma Privilege Stalls

Tue, 2020-07-28 10:31

This week's Ahead of the Curve looks at why the diploma privilege movement has lost some of the momentum it picked up in June. Plus, should law professors set aside their scholarship this fall and concentrate solely on teaching?

         

This U.K. Tax Change Threatens the Flexi-Lawyering Market

Tue, 2020-07-28 09:53

Coming into effect next spring, U.K. rules known as the IR35 have the power to upend the flourishing flexi-lawyer sector.

         

Sullivan & Cromwell Staff Layoffs Reveal 'Moral' Struggle Facing Many Firms

Tue, 2020-07-28 08:24

Wildly profitable Sullivan & Cromwell is cutting staff, begging the question as to whether other firms will be looking to cull their administrative personnel as well.

         

How Law Student Loan Debt Crushes Dreams; Don't Get Cute With Layoffs; Bill Barr's Big Debut: The Morning Minute

Tue, 2020-07-28 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.

         

First Online Bar Exam Marred by Tech Problems

Tue, 2020-07-28 00:28

Bar exam takers in Michigan couldn't access the second module of the exam temporarily when the website that distributes passwords crashed. The Michigan Supreme Court said the issue was quickly resolved.

         

New Lawyers Put Off Kids, Home Ownership Due to Crushing Student Debt

Tue, 2020-07-28 00:01

The American Bar Association surveyed more than 1,000 new lawyers, and found that they owed an average $160,000 in student loans. That hefty debt is influencing their career paths and life decisions.

         

Knowledge May Be Power but It Can Hinder Progress

Mon, 2020-07-27 21:31

As a lawyer, it's axiomatic that your time is your most valuable asset—one that is non-renewable. You can't afford to get sucked into rabbit holes of distraction. Accordingly, we all must strike the right balance between consumption and creation. There's room for the former, but one's time and energy must be biased toward action. It's through action that we gain experience and wisdom.

         

Wanted: Midlevel In-House Attorneys Who Can Communicate With Business Partners Alone

Mon, 2020-07-27 18:25

"No one should complain that the business calls too much," John Gilmore, co-founder and managing partner at BarkerGilmore, said. "That is when the promotional opportunities come; when GCs hear from the business."

         

'Shame Is Not Strong Enough': Texas Bar Meeting Sees 61 Speakers Line Up to Address Larry McDougal's Online Comments

Mon, 2020-07-27 16:39

Sixty-one attorneys voiced their opinions about State Bar of Texas president Larry McDougal's controversial online comments at a specially called board meeting Monday.

         

Match Your Business Development Plan With Your Personality

Mon, 2020-07-27 16:16

It is critical that lawyers determine strategies that match their skills, personalities, and perceptions and experiences.

         

Open, Not Stealth, Layoffs the Way to Go With Current Generation of Associates

Mon, 2020-07-27 15:58

"It's clear that today's associates would see stealth layoffs as management failing to take responsibility, being dishonest and lacking compassion. They'd exact a heavy toll on relationships with partners and leaders, and thus on motivation and ultimately firm productivity and vitality," Hugh A. Simons writes.

         

Trump Relies on Roberts-Argued 1992 Supreme Court Case in Latest Census Maneuvering

Mon, 2020-07-27 15:21

The census statute "does not curtail the president's authority to direct the secretary in making policy judgments that result in 'the decennial census,'" then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote. John Roberts Jr., then a U.S. Justice Department lawyer, argued for the government.

         

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