DC Pulse

  • 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.

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    Boies Schiller Names Matthew Schwartz As New Chair

    Partners at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP on Friday voted to appoint Matthew L. Schwartz as the firm's next chair, succeeding co-founder David Boies, who will step down from the position next year.

  • 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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    Polsinelli Names Pair To Serve In Diversity Leadership Roles

    Polsinelli PC has appointed a pair of longtime shareholders to serve in diversity, equity and inclusion leadership roles.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices heard arguments in just three cases this week, but two of them were highly anticipated ones that addressed whether Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan can include a liability shield for the Sackler family and the ramifications of striking down a one-time repatriation tax for income held offshore. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Sheppard Mullin, Herbert Smith Join Associate Bonus Trend

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP are the latest law firms announcing year-end bonuses for associates and 2024 raises that meet or exceed the scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    WilmerHale and Morrison Foerster LLP secured spots on top of this week's legal lions list, one by toppling a $2 billion patent infringement verdict against its client and the other for its work on a groundbreaking abortion decision out of Texas.

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    USPTO Adds 6 Patent And IP Experts To Advisory Committees

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has added six members between its Trademark Public Advisory Committee and its Patent Public Advisory Committee, including several patent and intellectual property attorneys and experts, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • Rep. Bowman Censured Over False Fire Alarm On Capitol Hill

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday formally reprimanded Rep. Jamaal Bowman for triggering a false fire alarm in a congressional office as lawmakers were set to vote on funding for the federal government back in September.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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    Polsinelli PC Promotes IT Director To Chief Information Officer

    National firm Polsinelli PC has promoted its director of information technology infrastructure and transformation to be its new chief information officer, replacing an administrator who left earlier this year to become chief technology officer at K&L Gates LLP.

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    King & Spalding Hikes Up Promo Class With 28 New Partners

    King & Spalding LLP will name 28 attorneys to partner and 14 to of counsel effective Jan. 1, a slight increase over last year's promotions for the Atlanta-based firm.

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    Arnold & Porter, Massumi & Consoli Match Salary Scales

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and boutique private equity firm Massumi & Consoli LLP announced 2024 salary figures on Thursday that are in line with the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

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    Legal Tech Co. HaystackID Hires Ex-WH Cybersecurity Officer

    Washington, D.C.-based e-discovery service HaystackID has announced the addition of a former deputy chief information security officer at the White House under former President Donald Trump.

  • Senate Advances Ex-Cherokee AG, 2 Other Judicial Nominees

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved three judicial nominees with bipartisan support, including the former attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, who also held other positions in the tribe.

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    Commercial Contracts Cases Hit 10-Year Low In 2022

    Commercial contracts litigation has slowed down considerably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with new case filings reaching their lowest level in a decade last year before beginning to rebound in 2023, following a brief but dramatic spike in 2020, according to a new report Thursday.

  • Judge Newman Decries Unenforceable Fed. Circ. Promises

    Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday that she's entitled to an injunction barring her colleagues from keeping her off new cases, even though the original suspension order she challenged has been lifted.

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    Proskauer's Chair To Step Down, Citing Health Concerns

    After nearly three years at the helm, Steven Ellis, chair of Proskauer Rose LLP, is set to step down from his role in April 2024 due to health-related concerns, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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    Justices Appear Poised To Relax Legal Test In Job Bias Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to widen anti-discrimination protections for workers, as several justices expressed skepticism of a court-created requirement that employees show they faced a specific level of harm to bring a bias case.

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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