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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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    DLA Piper Hires McDermott's FDA Practice Leader In DC

    DLA Piper LLP has hired the leader of McDermott Will & Emery's U.S. Food and Drug Administration-focused practice as the new co-chair of their own FDA practice, according to a Thursday announcement.

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    Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC and Andrews & Springer LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as Delaware's chancellor struck down Elon Musk's proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.

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    Small Firms Get Creative To Bridge Client Language Gaps

    For small firms and solo practitioners, language gaps with clients can be costly, and can often pose complicated ethical questions about attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. Here’s how some around the country are dealing with the challenges.

  • Bipartisan Bill Would Add Judgeships In Colorado And Idaho

    A new bipartisan bill would add two additional district judgeships in Colorado and one in Idaho in an attempt to expedite cases in the growing states' increasingly burdened courts.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    By The Numbers: How Chief Legal Officers See Their World

    The chief legal officers at companies around the world seem to be losing a lot of sleep over privacy and cybersecurity issues, according to how the numbers add up in a survey released this week.

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    Federal Courts See Uptick In Sexual Harassment Complaints

    Last year, there were six complaints of "unwanted, abusive or offensive sexual conduct" by federal judges, marking the most reported incidents since the judiciary began tracking harassment in the 2020 fiscal year.

  • Goodwin Cuts Associates After Reviews Amid Bleak Market

    Goodwin Procter LLP has parted ways with some associates following its annual performance review process, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, amid a job market that has not been kind to the most junior lawyers.

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    Husch Blackwell's New Leaders Talk Firm Vision And Strategy

    Husch Blackwell's incoming executive board chair Joe Glynias and new CEO Jamie Lawless talk with Law360 Pulse about their strategic visions and goals for the firm.

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    Former Gov. Of Puerto Rico Joins Reed Smith From Steptoe

    Reed Smith LLP announced Thursday that it has hired two partners to its Washington, D.C., and New York offices, including a former governor of Puerto Rico.

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    Kirkland Adds 5 Goodwin Investment Fund Attys In DC

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP said Thursday it is growing its investment funds group with the addition of five attorneys from Goodwin Procter LLP.

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    Porter Wright Adds Four Government Affairs Principals In DC

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired four government affairs principals to join the firm's Washington, D.C., office, most of whom worked in public service roles during Barack Obama's presidency, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • NC Judge In John Edwards Case To Take Senior Status

    Chief Judge Catherine Eagles of the Middle District of North Carolina, who presided over the criminal trial of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, will take senior status at the end of the year.

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    Gibbons' Exec Chair Departs After Over 3 Decades With Firm

    Gibbons PC announced on Thursday that a longtime leader who shepherded the firm through a merger, expansions and a rebranding has departed after more than three decades with the firm, including the past 20 years in leadership posts.

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    Freshfields Adds Ex-FTC Commissioner To Antitrust Team In DC

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has hired the former sole Republican commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, Christine Wilson, who resigned last year after saying the agency's chair had disregarded due process and the rule of law.

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    Williams Mullen Adds New IP Partner Outside DC

    Williams Mullen has hired an intellectual property partner to join the firm's office in Tysons Corner, Virginia, where he will focus on patent rights and other matters.

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    Haynes Boone Adds Reed Smith's Real Estate Chair In NY

    Haynes and Boone LLP has hired the former chair of Reed Smith LLP's real estate practice group, the firm announced on Wednesday, touting the more than $200 billion in transactions for banking and private equity clients the New York attorney has under his belt.

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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

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    Jackson Lewis Names Man Group Exec As Chief Talent Officer

    An experienced human resources manager who most recently worked at investment management company Man Group PLC has joined nationwide labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis PC.

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    Calif., Pa. Judge Picks Win Seats Despite Harsh GOP Criticism

    The Senate voted on Wednesday 54-45 to confirm Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Edward Sherriff to the Eastern District of California and 50-49 to confirm U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick to the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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    'Mind-Blowing' Spending On High Court Races Follows Dobbs

    Spending on state Supreme Court elections has been rising for years, but those courts' increased role in fights over issues like abortion and gerrymandering has pushed that spending to an unprecedented level, according to a new report.

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    After Lackluster 2022, DC Firms Showed 'Turnaround' In 2023

    Washington, D.C.-based law firms made a comeback in 2023 after lagging behind other legal markets the year before, according to survey results released Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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