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    Meet Davis Wright Tremaine's New DC Partner-In-Charge

    After recently becoming the first Asian American to be named partner-in-charge of one of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's offices, Brian Hurh said he hopes attorneys of diverse backgrounds see his move into the firm's top post in Washington, D.C., as an example of what's possible for them.

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    'Citizen Trump' Not Beyond Accountability, Says DC Circuit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that former President Donald Trump does not have immunity from prosecution for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential election. 

  • States Ask Justices To End Feds' Alleged Online Censorship

    The Biden administration is trying to "flip the First Amendment on its head" by arguing that the government has free speech rights that are being trampled by an order banning it from working with social media companies to combat disinformation, Louisiana and Missouri have told the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Space Pro From Sherman & Howard

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has hired former U.S. Air Force director of space law and chair of Sherman & Howard LLC's aerospace practice group Milton "Skip" Smith to head its space and satellite industry group.

  • Music Publisher Asks Justices To Limit Copyright Damages

    Warner Chappell Music Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to limit the damages a plaintiff can recover in copyright ownership litigation to three years before a complaint is filed, arguing that the only time a party can extend that period is for instances involving fraud.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Ex-CFTC Official, Crowell & Moring Atty Dies After Carjacking

    Mike Gill, a former Commodity Futures Trading Commission official and Crowell & Moring LLP attorney, died over the weekend, days after he was shot during one of a string of carjackings in Washington, D.C.

  • Article III Project Founder Launches DC 'Lawfare' Boutique

    Mike Davis, a founder of the conservative Article III Project and a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley known for his inflammatory social media presence, announced Monday that he's launching a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C., focused on what he called "offensive and defensive lawfare" against Democrats.

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    Freshfields Hires Ex-Deutsche Bank Innovation Officer

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced on Monday the hiring of the former chief innovation officer of Deutsche Bank to serve in the same position at the U.K.-based firm, effective at the beginning of April.

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    Cozen O'Connor Hires Wiley Atty As Gov't Contracts Lead

    Cozen O'Connor has hired a more-than 25-year veteran of Wiley Rein LLP, who joins the firm to help co-chair its government contracts practice from its Washington, D.C., office, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Clifford Chance Adds Kirkland Energy Pros In Houston, DC

    Clifford Chance LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its global energy and infrastructure team in the U.S. with the addition of partners in Houston and Washington, D.C., who both came aboard from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Taps Privacy Chair From Alston & Bird

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP has hired an Alston & Bird LLP partner to lead its data, privacy and cybersecurity practice in Washington, D.C., the firm has announced.

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    Smithfield Foods Taps Ex-Michaels, Wrigley Compliance Head

    Smithfield Foods Inc. said Monday it has recruited an in-house lawyer who has worked at high-profile brands such as Michaels Stores, Chiquita and Wrigley to serve as chief ethics and compliance officer.

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    Davis Wright Marketing Hire To Revive Biz Development Team

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hired Julia Bennett to establish a traditional business development team within the firm and further bolster its brand as chief marketing and business development officer

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    Ex-White House Counsel Rejoins Gibson Dunn In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has welcomed back ex-White House counsel Stuart Delery to co-chair its crisis management and its administrative law and regulatory practice groups.

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    Crowell & Moring Int'l Names Former Merck Senior VP As CEO

    Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate, announced Monday that a healthcare and public policy leader with diverse business, legal and government experience has joined as president and CEO.

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

  • Ex-Trump Aide Peter Navarro Seeks To Stay Free Amid Appeal

    Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro argued Friday for remain out of custody pending appeal of his four-month sentence for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, citing "close questions" about whether he should've been able to assert an executive privilege defense.

  • Up Next At High Court: Donald Trump's Disqualification

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in a special session Thursday to consider former President Donald Trump's bid to be reinstated to the Colorado primary election ballot.

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    DC Judge Scraps Trump's March Trial Date

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday nixed Donald Trump's March 4 trial date in the criminal case accusing him of election interference as the D.C. Circuit continues to review whether the former president is immune from prosecution.

  • Supreme Court Lets West Point Consider Race For Now

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point can continue considering the race and ethnicity of applicants in its admissions decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, leaving in place a policy the military claims helps its forces prepare for war while Students For Fair Admissions Inc. challenges it in court.

  • Meet The Attys Tackling The FCC's Digital Discrimination Rule

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations have launched an anticipated challenge in the Fifth Circuit to the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted directive against digital discrimination.

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    Retired Circuit Judge Luttig Brings Democracy Work To UVA

    J. Michael Luttig, a respected legal scholar and former federal judge who has been an outspoken critic of efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election, is joining the University of Virginia to "shore up the guardrails of democracy and strengthen the rule of law" ahead of what is expected to be another highly contentious election.

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    Troutman Pepper Nabs FERC Pro From Steptoe

    Troutman Pepper has nabbed a former Steptoe LLP partner to lead its enforcement practice in its energy practice group, further strengthening its over 20-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission team.

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Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

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    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct Author Photo

    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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