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    McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

    McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the end of spring with another busy week for courts, law firms and attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Law Students 'Level The Playing Field' By Creating AI Tools

    With the arrival of generative artificial intelligence in the legal profession, a few law students have taken it upon themselves to use this new technology to create tools that help fellow law students with legal studies.

  • Calif. Court, Judge Escape Former Exec's Racial Bias Suit

    A California federal judge handed an early win Wednesday to a state court and one of its judges, tossing out a racial discrimination and retaliation suit after finding that a former court executive officer failed to show how the judge who fired her had discriminated against her as a Black woman.

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    Holland & Knight Taps Veteran DEI Leader As Diversity Partner

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Thursday that it has selected the leader of its client-facing diversity, equity and inclusion task force as the new diversity partner who is tasked with leading the firm's DEI initiatives.

  • Prosecutors Deny Spoiling Evidence In OneTaste Case

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors have denied allegations of misconduct in the forced labor conspiracy case against two executives of sexual wellness company OneTaste, who claim an FBI agent instructed a potential key witness to delete emails.

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    After Merger Crash, Paramount GC Follows CEO Out The Door

    Amid sweeping cost-cutting and reorganization, Paramount Global Inc. general counsel Christa D'Alimonte is leaving the company June 28 and being replaced by her deputy.

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    19 Dem AGs Urge Law Group, Others To Ignore DEI Detractors

    A coalition of 19 Democratic state attorneys general issued a letter Thursday rebutting criticism of diversity, equity and inclusion programs within the American Bar Association, Fortune 100 corporations and law firms.

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    An Atty's Dual Roles: BigLaw Partner, Parental Leave Coach

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partner Lindsay Wuller Aggarwal said she had a realization one evening struggling to brush her toddler's teeth, feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by work and home life with a recent return to her job after a period of parental leave.

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    Ogletree Adds Quarles & Brady Litigator In San Diego

    Labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has hired from Quarles & Brady LLP a new shareholder for its San Diego office who has more than a decade of experience.

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    Ex-Paul Hastings Finance Atty Joins A&O Shearman In LA

    Allen Overy Shearman Sterling announced that a former Paul Hastings LLP leveraged finance attorney joined its debt finance practice as a Los Angeles-based partner.

  • Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

    Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

  • Perkins Coie Names Private Capital And Fund Formation Chair

    Perkins Coie LLP announced Jacquie Duval as the new chair of the firm's private capital and fund formation practice.

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    Mayer Brown Adds Litigation Vet As Employment Co-Chair

    Mayer Brown LLP said Tuesday it added an employment litigation veteran with nearly two decades of experience to co-lead the firm's employment litigation and counseling practice.

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    Gene Therapy Co. Taps Experienced Bioscience Legal Chief

    Kriya Therapeutics Inc., which develops gene therapies to address common diseases, said Tuesday it has chosen a veteran bioscience general counsel to be its chief legal officer.

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    What Attorneys Really Think About Their Profession

    Law360 Pulse asked respondents to our Lawyer Satisfaction Survey for their thoughts on misconceptions about being a lawyer, what the best parts of the job are and what they would tell newer lawyers. Here's what they said.

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    Are Attorneys Happy On The Job?

    The legal industry is notoriously high-pressure and competitive. But most attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction, even with pervasive stress in the profession, according to a new survey.

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    Attys Aren't Loving Their Firms' Tech. AI Aims To Change That.

    Lawyers' satisfaction with their firms' investment in technology has declined over the past year, a new Law360 Pulse survey shows, but new artificial intelligence tools could provide a solution.

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    Collegiality Is Now The Norm At Law Firms

    In books, television shows, and perhaps a few news articles, law firms are dens of treachery — places where, as one California federal judge recently put it, "partners stab each other in the back every day and move on to the next one." But reality for most lawyers does not reflect that cynical view, Law360 Pulse's new survey shows.

  • 9th Circ. Won't Revive Vax Mandate Case Amid Judge DQ Bid

    In a nonprecedential opinion, the Ninth Circuit has refused to restore a COVID vaccine mandate suit brought by federal workers and contractors who also sought to disqualify a judge they believed was conflicted, finding the workers lacked standing because they named officials who cannot reinstate them rather than their employers.

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    Is A Hyperfocus On Profits Hurting Some BigLaw Firms?

    The story has become all too familiar: A large law firm wants to improve its profitability ranking and so pushes out partners at lower billing rates and makes equity partnership increasingly elusive for associates.

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    Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

  • LA City Atty Accused Of Retaliating Against Criminal Chief

    The former criminal chief of the Los Angeles city attorney's office is seeking more than $1 million over claims she faced a "barrage of retaliation" and was unfairly placed on leave after reporting the city attorney's alleged excessive on-the-job alcohol consumption, her refusal to prosecute certain companies and other purported misconduct.

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    BigLaw Partner Tours With Punk Band Something Corporate

    Two decades after parting ways with his pop-punk band Something Corporate, Snell & Wilmer commercial finance partner Joshua Partington is going back on the road for the piano rock ensemble’s “Out of Office” reunion tour.

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    Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

    California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

Expert Analysis

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Roundup

    My Nonpracticing Law Job Author Photo

    Not every law degree leads to a law practice. In this Law360 Pulse series, former practicing attorneys share the stories of how they went from practicing corporate law to using their knowledge and background to carve out a nontraditional career path in the legal industry.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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