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    DLA Piper Promotes 63 Lawyers To Partnership Worldwide

    DLA Piper said Thursday it has elevated 63 new lawyers to its partnership across the globe in a U.S.-led promotion round that marks a dip from its class of 72 new partners in 2023.

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    How Scientific Games' Top Lawyer Fulfills His Civic Duty

    Jim Schultz, who earlier this year became head of the legal and public policy departments at Scientific Games, views part of his responsibilities as a lawyer as giving back to the community. For him, that means serving on boards for a variety of civic and nonprofit organizations, including the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corp. and the Delaware River Port Authority.

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    Raft Of Privacy Suits Ignites Abuse Concerns Over NJ Law

    A recent flood of lawsuits against a host of businesses over their online databases has raised questions that a New Jersey law designed to shield the personal information of judges and other officials is being abused by a relatively new data privacy outfit to make money.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    Familiar proved preferable for a handful of firms in April, as Lathrop GPM and Haynes and Boone went vertical with their office moves in Boston and San Antonio, respectively, while BakerHostetler and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman renewed their leases in San Francisco.

  • Pa. Justices OK Teacher 'Character' Test For Suspended Atty

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Thursday upheld a lower court's ruling that an ex-attorney's disciplinary records can be used by the state Department of Education when evaluating whether that attorney has the "good moral character" to get a teaching license.

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    Stradley Ronon Opens Calif. Office With Keesal Young Team

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has opened its first West Coast office with the addition of a 10-attorney team from Keesal Young & Logan, including the former chair of the firm's executive committee, Stradley Ronon said Wednesday.

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    Ex-Buchanan Patent Attorney Joins Panitch Schwarze In Philly

    Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP has expanded its services this week with the addition of a patent attorney with expertise in chemical and pharmaceutical innovations.

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    The Top Tips Senior Staff Want Junior Associates To Know

    Even as junior associates gain sophisticated legal skills, it’s important for them to also gain practical knowledge related to the inner workings of their law firm. Here, six longtime staff offer their tips to new associates for navigating life in a large law firm like a pro.

  • Ex-Auditor, County Prosecutor Win Pennsylvania AG Primary

    The race for Pennsylvania's next attorney general will pit an academic who was the state's fiscal watchdog against a Navy veteran serving as a county's top prosecutor, early primary election results showed Tuesday evening. 

  • Blank Rome Attys Defend Lawsuit Called A 'Pound Of Flesh'

    Partners with BigLaw firm Blank Rome LLP said they had legitimate reasons to file a lawsuit against a former attorney from the firm, rejecting accusations that their lawsuit was an effort to punish their ex-colleague for switching to the plaintiffs' bar.

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    McNees Wallace Launches Team For College Sports Deals

    The rapidly evolving landscape and complexities of the increasingly popular name, image and likeness, or NIL, deals in college sports has prompted McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC to form a seven-attorney team dedicated to the fledgling industry.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Rosenberg Fosters Young Talent

    Soon after U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg of the Southern District of Florida began presiding over her first multidistrict litigation — a case alleging the heartburn medication Zantac caused cancer — she took a novel approach to selecting leadership on the plaintiffs' side.

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    Where Lawyers Stand On Generative AI Tools

    Lawyers are approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution, despite its promised advantages, and the use of legal AI tools is only slowly catching on, according to a new survey.

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    How Law Firms Can Create Winning Generative AI Policies

    Relatively few firms are encouraging their lawyers to use generative AI, according to a new survey by Law360 Pulse, and many do not seem to have policies about AI use in place.

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    What Lawyers Really Think Of AI

    Most lawyers aren't worried about being replaced by robots, but they are broadly concerned about the accuracy and ethical implications of generative artificial intelligence, a new survey shows.

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    Law Firm Billing Rates Rose At 'Record Setting Pace'

    Average law firm partner billing rates rose 5.4% in 2023, higher than any other year in the last decade, with the largest law firms hiking prices the most, according to a report released Tuesday by LexisNexis' CounselLink.

  • Morgan Lewis Atty Aims ERISA Suit At Firm's Plan, Unum

    A Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP lawyer has lodged an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against the firm's benefit plan, claiming the plan illegally and abruptly terminated her long-term disability benefits after seemingly applying criteria irrelevant to her work.

  • Citing Cozen O'Connor Ties, Pa. Judge Leaves Bias Case

    Despite originally declining to recuse himself from a surgeon's gender discrimination case against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital when an attorney from his son-in-law's firm, Cozen O'Connor, became involved, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson changed his mind now that the case is set for a retrial.

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    Prosecutors, Pols And Partners Among Pa. AG Hopefuls

    Two district attorneys, two state lawmakers and partners from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP and Curtin & Heefner LLP are among the attorneys hoping voters will give them a shot at succeeding Michelle Henry as Pennsylvania's attorney general.

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    Unemployment Rate For Recent Law Grads Improves, ABA Finds

    Fewer recent law school graduates were unemployed in March than in the previous year, as the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic further recede into memory, according to data released Monday by the American Bar Association.

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    Royer Cooper Launches Gaming & Sports Practice

    A former in-house attorney for Penn Entertainment Inc. has moved back to private practice and joined Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld's Philadelphia office as the firm launches a new gaming and sports practice.

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    11 State AGs Urge Senate To Confirm Mangi For 3rd Circ.

    A group of 11 attorneys general is calling on the Senate to confirm Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first federal Muslim appellate judge if confirmed, condemning allegations that he is antisemitic or anti-law enforcement.

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    Shook Hardy Mass Tort Pros Help Nix Pa. Murder Convictions

    Deep experience dealing with expert testimony on complex scientific evidence and local knowledge of the Philadelphia suburbs made Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP partners John Lyons and David Haase a perfect fit for the team that recently helped vacate the decades-old convictions of three men accused of murdering a 70-year-old woman.

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    Pa. Judges Duck Lawsuit From Atty Jailed For Contempt

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against two Allegheny County judges brought by an attorney whom they jailed for contempt of court, saying the judges had jurisdiction to carry out their actions and thus had absolute immunity.

  • Del. Justices Revive Margolis Edelstein Malpractice Suit

    Delaware's Supreme Court has reversed a lower-court decision that let Margolis Edelstein off the hook on claims that its incompetence caused GMG Insurance Agency to have to settle a case for $1.2 million, saying more consideration is needed to determine whether the firm was negligent.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

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    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

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