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Here's What's Keeping You From Meeting Your Diversity Goals | Why Women Leave Law Firms | Are SPACs Back?: The Morning Minute

Wed, 2021-05-05 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


French and German Firms Merge to Create Global 100 Player

Wed, 2021-05-05 05:29

The Swiss verein has more than 2,000 lawyers and a turnover of more than 500 million.


Sullivan & Cromwell 'Strongly' Encouraging July Office Return

Wed, 2021-05-05 05:00

"We are trying to work our way back to normal," said chair Joseph Shenker, but "normal will be different than what it was before."


How—and Why—One Am Law 200 Firm Returned to the Office Nearly a Year Ago

Wed, 2021-05-05 00:26

Adams and Reese, with offices spread throughout the Southeast, brought the majority of its attorneys back to the office a full year before much of the Am Law 200. In an interview, managing partner Guilford 'Gif' Thornton Jr. said the firm hasn't had a COVID-19 outbreak originate in any of its offices.
 Compliance Briefing: Big Law Firms Nab Top Government Lawyers | Has the SPAC Spigot Run Dry? | White-Collar Compensation Spotlight | Headlines: Alex Oh, ESG Lobbying, Brady Claims and Much More

Tue, 2021-05-04 21:00

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


Not Reaching Diversity Goals? Leaning on Typical Recruiting Practices Could Be the Problem

Tue, 2021-05-04 19:08

"The problem with diversity in recruiting is that not enough recruiters are actually making an effort to promote diverse candidates," recruiter Merle Vaughn said.


Second Circuit's Reprimand May Not End Saga of Attorney Booted From Oral Arguments

Tue, 2021-05-04 17:22

The Second Circuit grievance panel said that the attorney, Todd Bank, had violated a provision of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, which bars a "lawyer before a tribunal" from engaging in "undignified or discourteous conduct."


'Not Worthy of Credence': Ordering Release of Mueller Report Memo, Judge Blasts Trump DOJ for 'Disingenuous' Claims

Tue, 2021-05-04 16:04

"The agency's redactions and incomplete explanations obfuscate the true purpose of the memorandum, and the excised portions belie the notion that it fell to the attorney general to make a prosecution decision or that any such decision was on the table at any time," the federal judge wrote of the memo on whether to prosecute Trump over findings in the Mueller report.


Why Women Leave Law Firms: Pay and Credit Differences Are Leading Factors

Tue, 2021-05-04 16:03

"My name was put into a pitch package. [W]e'd get the work and then, I'd never see it," said one woman of color who was quoted in an ABA report released this week.


Zealous Advocacy Meets Corporate Criticism: What Happened With Paul Weiss' Alex Oh and the SEC?

Tue, 2021-05-04 14:12

"From afar, it appears that this is Twitter mob purity butting up against the time-honored tradition of zealous advocacy, that is in fact required by ethical obligations," said one former chair of a Big Law firm.


How I Made Partner: 'I Opened The Door to Partnership by Becoming an Appellate Specialist, Says Kimberly Berman of Marshall Dennehey

Tue, 2021-05-04 11:43

"When I got to private practice, I quickly realized I did not know much about the actual practice of law. I asked a lot of questions. I always made sure I knew how to prioritize. I learned to adapt to the different styles for the various attorneys."


Ahead of the Curve: New Deans on the Block

Tue, 2021-05-04 10:46

This week's Ahead of the Curve looks at the diverse crop of incoming law deans named in April. Plus, law students find a creative way to say thanks to a standout professor.


Simmons & Simmons' New Senior Partner-Elect Has No Plans to Give Up His Flexible Schedule

Tue, 2021-05-04 06:31

It will 'send a good message that you can move through the ranks even on a part time basis,' says Simmons' senior partner-elect. 'It shows that it's not just for working mums.'


Do Alternative Fee Arrangements Increase Burden on Associates?

Tue, 2021-05-04 05:00

The billable hour has been blamed for created stress, but AFAs can serve as an additional stressor for young attorneys who are evaluated on efficiency.
 Trendspotter: Billable Hours Are Smothering Associates—and Any Attempts to Help Them

Tue, 2021-05-04 05:00

Associate mental health and wellbeing are deteriorating at an alarming rate, thanks in large part to billable hour requirements compounding the many additional stressors that have been brought about by the pandemic over the past year-plus. But are alternative fee arrangements and additional time off the cure? It comes down to execution and expectations.


'What's the Misconduct?': Ex-State Bar President Unlikely to Face Discipline Despite Prostitution Charge

Tue, 2021-05-04 05:00

Some, however, still feel Schwager should be held accountable by ethics authorities for the conduct, which they see as not just allegedly patronizing prostitution, but blindsiding the state's legal community by agreeing to ascend to one of the most prominent positions for attorneys in the state while knowing that a potential prostitution charge was pending.
 Radar: What's Happening in New Jersey Litigation?

Tue, 2021-05-04 00:00

Consumer class action, racketeering and breach-of-contract cases are among the recent notable matters flagged this past week in New Jersey federal court, according to Radar.


'Not a License to Lie': Dominion Attorneys Fight Sidney Powell's Push to Toss Defamation Lawsuit

Mon, 2021-05-03 18:16

Lawyers with Clare Locke and Susman Godfrey argued that Powell was asking the court to "create unprecedented immunity for attorneys to wage televised disinformation campaigns."


Gamers Turned 'Epic v. Apple' Trial Teleconference Line Into 'Party Line'

Mon, 2021-05-03 17:18

Court staff worked for at least 20 minutes to regain control of the public call-in line after gamers unmuted and repeatedly asked the judge if she could hear them and to "please bring back" the mobile version of Epic's Fortnite game.