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    Law School Pros On 'Evolving' AI Shifts Noted In ABA Study

    The American Bar Association and the ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence recently released the results from their survey of law school deans and faculty members about AI in legal education. Here is a deeper look at the survey results.

  • High Court Rulings Thwart Judge Romance Suit, Firm Says

    Jackson Walker LLP urged a Texas federal court Wednesday to consider its argument that two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on standing prevent a former shareholder in an engineering company from pursuing a racketeering lawsuit over a bankruptcy judge's concealed romantic relationship with an ex-firm attorney.

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    Manatt Brings On Barnes & Thornburg Finance Duo In Calif.

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has announced that a pair of experienced financial services attorneys joined the firm's offices in Los Angeles and San Diego as partners.

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    Kirkland IP Litigator Joins Winstead In Austin

    Winstead added a Kirkland & Ellis LLP intellectual property partner with an electrical engineering background to the firm's business litigation team as a shareholder based in Austin, Texas.

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    Shutts & Bowen Grows In Fla. With Morgan & Morgan Litigator

    Shutts & Bowen LLP's Orlando location has expanded this week with the addition of a business litigation partner joining from Morgan & Morgan PA and bringing more than two decades of experience in complex civil litigation.

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    Constangy Hires Greenspoon Marder Partner In LA

    Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has hired a former deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice, who is joining from Greenspoon Marder LLP where she led that firm's employment litigation group, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Holland & Hart Adds 2 Litigators From Sherman & Howard

    Holland & Hart LLP has added a pair of litigators from fellow Denver-based Sherman & Howard LLC as partners in its Denver office.

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    Barclay Damon Launches Energy Construction Practice

    Barclay Damon LLP, after combining with Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram earlier this year, has launched a power and energy construction practice with five of its new attorneys who will focus exclusively on commercial and construction litigation transactions.

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    What AI Contract Tools Can — And Still Cannot — Do

    Artificial intelligence-written contracts have seen recent advancements from intelligent contract analysis to automated drafting. However, you still can't completely trust an artificial intelligence-written contract without human review.

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    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Will Be Deposed Over Atty Romance

    The former Texas bankruptcy judge whose secret relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP attorney ignited a major judicial ethics scandal has agreed to sit for a seven-hour deposition to answer questions about the episode.

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    Thompson Coe Opens Offices In New York, Hawaii

    Dallas-founded litigation firm Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP announced Tuesday that it had opened offices in New York City and Honolulu, Hawaii, as part of the firm's focus on expanding beyond its traditional Texas insurance work.

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    Miller Canfield Adds Ice Miller Public Finance Team In Chicago

    Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has expanded its public finance offerings in Chicago with the addition of five professionals from Ice Miller LLP, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Pulls Back From SLC As 7 Join Dentons

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP told Law360 Pulse on Tuesday that it plans to redirect resources from Salt Lake City, saying it is "not the right time for us to be there" after a Dentons member firm announced the day prior that it had hired seven of Armstrong Teasdale's Utah-based litigators.

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    Small Law Firm Acquisitions On Pace For Record High

    More acquisitions of small law firms were announced during the first half of 2024 than in the same period of any other year going back a decade, according to the Law360 Pulse Merger Tracker.

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    Kelley Kronenberg Launches Florida Homebuying Practice

    Kelley Kronenberg announced Friday the launch of a resident real estate practice focused on providing financial services on behalf of prospective home buyers in Florida.

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    Porzio Bromberg Kicks Off Tech Team With Gravis Law Atty

    Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC added a new partner this week to launch the firm's emerging technology practice, which is offering legal services to clients in cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and more.

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    Beveridge & Diamond Adds New Chief Talent Officer In DC

    Beveridge & Diamond PC has hired a new chief talent officer, who is joining the firm in Washington, D.C., from Morrison Foerster LLP to help recruit, develop and retain attorneys to the firm of more than 140 lawyers.

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    Wiggin And Dana Adds Restructuring Pro From Fla. Boutique

    Wiggin and Dana LLP has strengthened its corporate department with a Miami-based partner who came aboard from Florida boutique litigation and restructuring firm Agentis Law.

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    The Top In-House Hires Of June

    Two of America's largest companies, GM and ExxonMobil, decided in June to hire from the outside to replace their top lawyers, while Volkswagen Group of America promoted its next general counsel from within. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from June.

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    Manatt Managing Partner Begins Second 5-Year Term

    After five years of revenue growth and new offices, hybrid legal and consulting firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP announced that CEO and managing partner Donna L. Wilson has begun leading the firm for a second five-year term.

  • Klehr Harrison Launches Appellate Litigation Group

    A recent uptick in appearances before state and federal appellate courts prompted Philadelphia-based regional law firm Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP to carve out a new specialty practice within its litigation group.

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    Hinckley Adds 2 McElroy Deutsch Attys To Real Estate Team

    Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP has expanded its offerings in the Constitution state, adding two commercial real estate financing attorneys from McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP.

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    Constangy Adds Dorf Nelson Litigator In New York

    Labor and employment firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP added litigator Christine Hogan in its New York office as a partner.

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    Mid-Law Mergers On Track In 2024 To Match Recent Years

    Thus far in 2024, law firm mergers have been in keeping with prior years, industry observers said, with leaders at midsize firms considering mergers driven by a number of factors including the rise of artificial intelligence, aging firm leadership and effort to meet client demand.

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    GCs Split On Effects Of Eliminating Chevron Doctrine

    Tossing out the Chevron Doctrine, as the U.S. Supreme Court did Friday, may not change a company's or a general counsel's day-to-day business routine, but it does open up corporations to the uncertainty and possible chaos from shifting interpretations of the law, some experts told Law360 Pulse.

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Expert Analysis

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

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