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Panel Declines to Second-Guess Trial Judge for Ordering Masking, Social Distancing During Voir Dire

Mon, 2021-05-10 13:19

Requiring prospective jurors to wear masks and maintain a six-foot social distancing during the jury selection process does not violate a defendant's rights, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.


Legal Fight Over COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Heads to Appellate Courts

Mon, 2021-05-10 13:02

There are now 120 cases on appeal, in both state and federal courts, that allege insurance companies wrongfully denied coverage for pandemic-related business interruption claims. Lawyers are awaiting rulings from the Ohio Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Oklahoma Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals' Ninth Circuit and Eighth Circuit.
 Bench Report Briefing: Why Are Double Clerkships Dominating? | What Garland Had to Say About Judicial Security | 'Hatch Act' in Focus

Mon, 2021-05-10 11:30

Welcome to our first installment of the Bench Report weekly briefing, focused on the courts, judges, key cases and more. We hope you enjoy our reporting, and please share feedback! Thank you.


Market Focus Chicago: Law Firms Seek Talent Outside Home Region

Mon, 2021-05-10 09:36

Both Am Law 200 firms and smaller firms in the Windy City have done just fine during the pandemic. These firms are looking out for clients and talent beyond Lake Michigan.


Scammers Turn to WhatsApp in Latest Fraud Imitating Linklaters

Mon, 2021-05-10 07:42

The fraud attempt involved sending messages to would-be victims about business transactions requiring legal assistance.


Skilled in the Art: Trial by Fire by TRIPS for U.S. Trade Rep + Yep, Those Patents Were Ineligible After All + Everything's Coming Up Plushy for Dorsey & Whitney

Mon, 2021-05-10 07:00

A few reasons the Biden administration may be aiming for a narrow IP waiver on COVID vaccines.


Your Clients Don't Think You're as Innovative as You Do | Reaping the Rewards of Repping the Ultra-Rich | SPAC Deal Sparks to Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit: The Morning Minute

Mon, 2021-05-10 06:00

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How I Made Partner: 'My Path Was Nontraditional. I Was Co-Chairman of the Firm's Practice Group Before I Made Partner,' Says Christine Dunn of Sanford Heisler Sharp

Mon, 2021-05-10 00:53

"Because my path was nontraditional and nonlinear, I sometimes wondered whether I would ever be a partner. Achieving this goal feels like the culmination of a long career path."


Here's What Legal Ops Is Reading Right Now

Mon, 2021-05-10 00:52

COVID-19's lasting (and exhausting) effect on legal departments, practical tips for attracting and retaining tomorrow's top legal talent and more...


Talking Trendspotter: Readers Say Business Pros Can Help Law Firms Innovate—but Only If They Have Support From the Top

Mon, 2021-05-10 00:31

Oh and also, stop calling them "nonlawyers."


Cruz Reynoso, First Latino Supreme Court Justice in California, Dies at 90

Sat, 2021-05-08 07:53

"His 'justice bone' led him to a life dedicated to pursuit of social justice; from elementary school until well into his eighties he fought for those who needed help," Reynoso's son Rondall Reynoso wrote in an obituary.


Attorneys' Remote All-Nighters Are Fueling an E-Discovery Hiring Spree

Fri, 2021-05-07 08:00

E-discovery companies have been stretched thin as more remote attorneys work at late hours. Now, many are hiring to keep up with the demand, which they say shows no sign of plateauing.


Firms and Clients Aren't on the Same Page With Innovation

Fri, 2021-05-07 07:54

Corporate legal departments want results, not differentiation.


Leave of Absence: A Business of Law Editor's Story of Postpartum Depression in Unprecedented Times

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:50

"You should have known better," rang through my head. But who could have known?


As Law Firms Look to Ease Strain, Some Hope Wellness Dollars Can Help

Fri, 2021-05-07 05:19

It's Mental Health Awareness Month, and Big Law is continuing to offer programs and perks for lawyers and staff under the stress of a pandemic.


'Changing the Content of the Air': Unique Argument Scores Rare Victory for Cinemark's COVID-19 Insurance Claim

Thu, 2021-05-06 16:30

A couple of allegations by Cinemark seems to have swayed the court here: that COVID-19 was present in its facilities and the virus had physically changed the air.


Big Law Practices Catering To Ultra-Wealthy Enter the Spotlight

Thu, 2021-05-06 15:42

T&E practices have fallen out of favor in recent years, but the entrance of Paul Weiss and Munger Tolles in the Gates divorce case reveals the practice's business opportunities.


The Way Back: How Law Firms Are Planning for Post-COVID Office Life

Thu, 2021-05-06 14:40

Office returns, vaccination policies and long-term effects of the pandemic on the law firm workplace.


Reed Smith Charts Office Return and Announces Flexible Work Policies

Thu, 2021-05-06 14:30

Lawyers and most staff will be expected to be in the office on a regular basis starting Sept. 7. The firm is also designating new flexibility guidelines for lawyers and staff globally.


Sharon Prost Ends Her Tenure Atop a More Unified Federal Circuit

Thu, 2021-05-06 14:23

Prost became chief judge at a tumultuous time seven years ago. Under her watch the court's dissent rate has been down, the number of en banc opinions fewer, and the Supreme Court's review more sparing.