• Judge 'Lost Sight' Of Role In Overly Harsh Prison Sentence

    A Michigan trial court judge who said she "isn't really concerned" about state sentencing guidelines will get a third shot at properly sentencing a defendant after she ordered a harsher prison punishment than the guidelines recommend — the second time she had done so, the Michigan Court of Appeals said.

  • Solicitor General Urges Justices To Ax Social Media Laws

    U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down laws in Texas and Florida that bar social media platforms from banning users or removing content, saying the content moderation provisions violate the First Amendment.

  • Detroit Federal Courts Propose AI Disclosure Rule

    The Eastern District of Michigan published a proposed rule Friday that would require lawyers to disclose any time they use AI to help them with written filings and verify its citations are real, after lawyers across the country have been caught passing off faulty AI work as their own.

  • Justices Take Up Case Over Fed. Employee Appeal Deadline

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to mull whether a deadline to challenge the Merit Systems Protection Board's decisions can have any wiggle room, taking up a U.S. Department of Defense worker's challenge to a Federal Circuit decision deeming his appeal untimely.

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    Meet The 'Gem' Atty Picked For Mass. Top Court

    Massachusetts high court nominee Elizabeth "Bessie" Dewar was lauded Friday by those who know her as someone who combines a sharp analytical mind with a deep concern for the effect of the law on people's daily lives.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry saw another busy week as firms merged and BigLaw continued to lavish associates with raises and bonuses before the end of the year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Legal Industry Added 3,300 Jobs In November

    The U.S. legal services sector continued to add jobs last month after contracting during the summer, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

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    Ga. Judicial Leaders Support Longer Municipal Judge Terms

    The Georgia Judicial Council unanimously voted Friday to support legislation in 2024 that would provide new ways of safeguarding judges' personally identifiable information and extend the minimum term of municipal court judges from one year to two.

  • DC Circ. Narrows Trump Gag Order

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday issued a narrowed gag order restraining Donald Trump's public statements amid his criminal election-interference case after finding a lower court restricted "more protected speech than is necessary."

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    ​​​​​​​Philly Municipal Court Picks New President Judge

    More changes are in store for the Philadelphia court system's leadership following a vote this week to choose the new president judge of the city's municipal court.

  • NC Justice Loses 4th Circ. Bid To Halt Probe Into Speech

    The Fourth Circuit refused on Friday to shut down an investigation by a North Carolina judicial watchdog into comments made by state Justice Anita Earls as part of her lawsuit alleging her First Amendment rights are being violated by the probe.

  • The Purgatory Docket: Mass. Judge Leaves Cases In Limbo

    A Massachusetts federal judge has dozens of long-unresolved motions on his docket, highlighting what experts say is a problem that is difficult to solve amid lifetime appointments, no firm deadlines to resolve civil disputes or any form of discipline for judges if cases stall unnecessarily.

  • Bradley Arant Atty Allegedly Hid Dog Cruelty Charge From Bar

    A Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP associate is facing disciplinary charges by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission after he was convicted of hitting his dog and allegedly failing to disclose his record while under consideration for bar admission.

  • Wife's Walmart Stock Had No Impact On IP Case, Judge Says

    A California federal magistrate judge has claimed he was not influenced in a patent case involving a disposable razor product by his wife's ownership of Walmart stock, according to a letter from the court's clerk.

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    Ex-Ropes & Gray Atty Picked For Mass. High Court

    Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey on Friday nominated state solicitor general and former Ropes & Gray LLP attorney Elizabeth Dewar to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Democratic governor's first pick for the high court since taking office.

  • Munger Tolles Atty, O'Melveny Alum Among Calif. Judge Noms

    Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled two appellate court nominees and 18 superior court nominees Thursday, including a former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP litigator tapped as an appellate justice and two former O'Melveny & Myers LLP attorneys selected for the superior court bench in Los Angeles.

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    2nd Circ. Affirms No Coverage Ruling For Legal Insurer

    A Second Circuit panel ruled Thursday that an insurer need not cover a legal malpractice suit brought against an attorney and his former firm, rejecting the attorney's argument that some acts the underlying suit alleged circumvented the policy's exclusions.

  • Justices Told Texas, Fla. Social Media Laws Will Cause 'Chaos'

    Texas' and Florida's laws prohibiting social media platforms from banning users or removing content based on viewpoints unconstitutionally put a select few speakers' wants over the greater public interest, and would turn websites into chaotic and never-ending torrents of information and harassment, a slew of amici has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • The 5 Biggest Georgia High Court Rulings Of 2023

    In some of the Supreme Court of Georgia's biggest decisions of 2023, the state's justices allowed a law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to remain in effect, upheld the state's $250,000 punitive damages cap in a $50 million assault case, and ruled that adult children can file wrongful death suits when surviving spouses won't.

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    Wood Smith Atty, 10 Others Get Closer To NJ Bench

    A New Jersey Senate panel on Thursday advanced 11 nominations to the state court bench, including the managing partner of Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP's New Jersey office, an insurance litigator with Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni, an attorney at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group and a host of municipal judges and former prosecutors.

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    Supreme Court's Path Puts Precedents At Risk, NJ Panel Says

    U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past year represent a troubling path taken by the justices, with issues such as affirmative action, First Amendment rights and the concept of stare decisis up for debate like never before, according to a New Jersey State Bar Association panel discussion Thursday.

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    Ex-JPMorgan Atty Accused Of Defrauding NYC Housing Dept.

    A former Bronx County assistant district attorney and onetime JPMorgan assistant general counsel has been arraigned on charges that she and two family members defrauded the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • DC Panel Grants Probation In Prosecutors' Ethics Case

    Two federal prosecutors violated ethics rules by withholding information from the defense in an underlying jail assault case, but they should not be suspended from practicing law because of factors including "inadequate and ill-advised guidance" from their supervisors at the time, a D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Thursday.

  • Trump Appeals DC Court's Immunity Rejection, Seeks Stay

    Former President Donald Trump launched an appeal Thursday claiming that a D.C. federal judge was wrong to reject his claim that presidential immunity frees him from criminal conspiracy and obstruction charges related to his alleged attempts to subvert the 2020 election, and requested a stay while the D.C. Circuit hears the appeal.

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    Legal Generative AI Developing Despite Some 'Bad Lawyering'

    Despite some gaffes from lawyers in the past year and challenges ahead, a group of experts talked Thursday about the potential positive uses of generative artificial intelligence in litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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.



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