DC Pulse

  • Pandemic Hasn't Hindered 2020 Law Grads, NALP Says

    Despite entering the workforce during a pandemic, most 2020 law school graduates are thriving, with high rates of employment and a dip in educational debt, but some still feel negative effects on their mental health, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement Inc.

  • Watchdog Clears DOJ In 'Unusual' Roger Stone Sentencing

    The Justice Department did not bow to political pressure to push for a more lenient sentence for former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, but the way in which the department handled the sentencing was "highly unusual" and the result of a U.S. attorney's poor leadership, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

  • Bailey & Glasser Partner To Lead LA Boutique's Title IX Team

    Los Angeles plaintiffs' boutique Clarkson Law Firm PC said Wednesday it had tapped a Bailey & Glasser LLP partner and former chairman of public interest law firm Public Justice to lead the firm's Title IX practice "and play a major role in the firm's upcoming public interest litigation."

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    In Uncertain Economy, GCs' Cash Compensation Takes Rare Dip

    Despite their expanded duties, pay for corporate general counsel and chief legal officers has fallen — by 4% — for the first time in at least 12 years, according to the latest survey from legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.

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    Baker McKenzie Promotes 2 Attys In Leadership Shake-Up

    Baker McKenzie announced Wednesday that it has promoted the head of its California offices to be the new chair of its North American employment and compensation practice, and elevated a tax attorney to take over as head of its three California offices.

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    Where Biden Stands On Judicial Noms Compared To Trump

    With President Joe Biden now set to be a one-term president, it appears he can match President Donald Trump's record on district court nominees, but it's not likely he will on nominees to circuit courts.

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    Polsinelli Gains Real Estate Finance Pro In DC From Sidley

    Polsinelli PC announced Wednesday that it has continued to deepen its real estate finance bench with a counsel in Washington, D.C., who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP.

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    Mintz Reelects Bodian To Final Term As Managing Member

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC announced Wednesday that Bob Bodian, who was already the longest-serving managing member in the firm's 91-year history, has been elected to a sixth and final three-year term.

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    Dentons Brings On Former Big 4 Exec As New Global CEO

    Global law firm Dentons, which has made a name for itself by aggressive growth through combinations, has tapped a new global chief executive officer with leadership experience at accounting giant EY, the firm's first change at the top in over a decade.

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    US Market Fuels Clifford Chance Revenue Growth

    Clifford Chance LLP said Wednesday that revenue has climbed by 9% to £2.3 billion ($3 billion) in the financial year to April 30, fueled by a 28% growth in the U.S., where the firm enjoyed its best performance yet in the world's largest legal market.

  • Schiff's Bill Would Expand FOIA Provisions To Federal Courts

    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., introduced legislation Tuesday that would extend the rights provided by the federal Freedom of Information Act to the work of the judicial branch.

  • FTC Attys On Kroger Case Get Extensions After IT Outage

    The administrative law judge overseeing the Federal Trade Commission's in-house challenge to Kroger and Albertsons' $25 billion merger has given the agency and the grocery behemoths two extra days on a couple of filing deadlines after the FTC said the worldwide Microsoft outage left several counsel laptops unusable.

  • DC Circ. Says Atty's Bias Suit Didn't Merit Pro Se Leniency

    A trial court wasn't required to be more forgiving of extraneous filings in a Black attorney's suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because she's representing herself, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday, backing the agency's win over her claims that she was fired for complaining about bias.

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    After Trump Attack, GOP Presses DOJ On Justices' Security

    Two Republican U.S. House representatives pressed the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday for information on security measures protecting court officers, warning that limitations on the U.S. Marshals Service's authority to arrest protesters near justices' homes are "dangerous and misguided," especially after former President Donald Trump's attempted assassination.

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    Clark Hill Adds Red Notice Specialist To Immigration Division

    Clark Hill PLC has hired an immigration and human rights attorney who specializes in helping foreign nationals fight Interpol red notices that bar them from entering the U.S. and leave them vulnerable to repression abroad.

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    Morris Manning Appoints First Chief Strategy Officer

    Atlanta-based firm Morris Manning & Martin LLP announced Tuesday it has created a new chief strategy officer position to help guide the firm's plans for growth and navigate changes in the legal market.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds McDermott Atty As Philanthropy Lead

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner to chair its tax-exempt organizations and philanthropy practice, the firm said Monday.

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    How Much Do Law Firms Pay For Acquisition Targets?

    It's a story law firm merger consultants say they've encountered time and time again: The founding partner of a small law firm nears retirement and approaches them to ask, "How much can I get for my law firm?"

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    McGuireWoods Taps Consulting Director As Innovation Lead

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Monday that the director of its in-house consulting group, MWAccel, will additionally take on the role of chief innovation and artificial intelligence officer at the firm.

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    Former Judge On Trump Assassination Attempt Panel

    A former federal judge who previously sat on an oversight panel for the Secret Service was among those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Sunday would conduct an independent review of the July 13 assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

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    After Kindred Case, Questions Linger About Clerk Safeguards

    When Alaska federal Judge Joshua Kindred resigned, it was the culmination of an 18-month inquiry into a hostile and inappropriate work environment he'd fostered in chambers. During that investigation, it seems he continued to supervise law clerks. Experts say that may signal a gap in protections for clerks.

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    Paul Hastings Lands New GC From Kirkland

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that Kirkland & Ellis LLP's former deputy assistant general counsel has joined its roster and will serve as its general counsel.

  • Kavanaugh Murder-Attempt Suspect Set To Face Trial

    A man charged with attempting to kill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has failed to reach a plea deal after nearly two years of negotiations, setting his case up for trial in Maryland federal court, federal prosecutors said Friday.

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    DC-Based Boutique Lehotsky Keller To Open Boston Shop

    Steve Lehotsky, a partner with Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP, a litigation boutique that specializes in corporate legal defense and challenges to government regulations, announced this week that he's moving from Washington, D.C., to Boston and will open an office for the firm there.

  • DOJ Fights Bid For Recording Of Biden's Hur Interview

    An audio recording of President Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur is protected by executive privilege, and so is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, despite what conservative organizations and media outlets have said, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Washington, D.C., federal judge.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • 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.

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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.

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