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  • Curtis Mallet-Prevost To Open Law Office In Saudi Arabia

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has obtained a license to practice law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the firm announced this week.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds Winston & Strawn Real Estate Duo

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has strengthened its real estate, energy, land use and environmental practice with two partners in Houston who joined from Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Former White House Atty Set To Become Harvard's New GC

    Harvard University on Wednesday named a senior in-house attorney from Northrop Grumman Corp., who also has worked in the White House and for the U.S. Department of Defense, as its next general counsel, about five months after its former top lawyer retired.

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    Ex-Maryland Insurance Commissioner Rejoins DLA Piper

    Former Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Birrane has rejoined DLA Piper to lead the firm's U.S. insurance regulatory practice.

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    Partner Exits Continue At A&O Shearman Amid Change

    A&O Shearman continues to lose partners to U.S. rivals, a trend that observers expect will continue in the coming months as the new firm deliberately trims or inadvertently loses lawyers who are unhappy with the merger.

  • Veteran EDNY Federal Prosecutor Joins Covington

    The former Criminal Division chief at the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's Office has returned to private practice as a partner in Covington & Burling LLP's New York office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Disbarred Ohio Atty Cops To Landing Law Jobs With Fake IDs

    A disbarred Ohio attorney admitted Tuesday to using false identities — including information belonging to his father, girlfriend and a dead man — to snag high-paying gigs or job offers from at least seven different law firms, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

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    Fennemore Craig Launches Remote Work Program

    Fennemore Craig PC announced on Tuesday a new remote work program called Fennemore Forward, along with the hiring of a Taylor English Duma LLP remote programming director to lead the initiative.

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    McDermott Lands 22-Year Latham Securities Litigator In LA

    McDermott Will & Emery has brought in the global co-chair of Latham & Watkins LLP's securities litigation and professional liability practice group to join its Los Angeles office.

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    Goodwin Adds MoFo Antitrust, Fintech Leaders In DC

    Goodwin Procter LLP has brought on three partners from Morrison Foerster LLP in Washington, D.C., including the chair of Morrison Foerster's antitrust litigation practice and the co-leader of its financial technology practice, the firm announced Monday.

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    Alston & Bird Brings In Sidley Trio To Launch New Offices

    Alston & Bird LLP announced on Tuesday that it has opened two new offices in Chicago and Century City with the addition of three lateral partners from Sidley Austin LLP, a move the firm said will strengthen its corporate, healthcare and real estate practices.

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    Sidley Brings On Tech, M&A Atty From Goodwin In San Diego

    Sidley Austin LLP has brought on a former Goodwin Procter LLP partner in San Diego, strengthening the firm's mergers and acquisitions and emerging companies and venture capital practices.

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    Blank Rome Adds Ballard Spahr M&A Pros In NY

    Two Ballard Spahr attorneys, including a co-leader of its private equity group, are moving their practice to Blank Rome's New York office.

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    Ex-NLRB Atty Rejoins Ogletree After In-House Stint

    After a busy month of expansion, management-side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday that it is welcoming a shareholder back to the firm following his in-house stint with wholesale grocery distributor UNFI.

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    Buchalter Debuts Immigration Group, Adds 2 Karr Tuttle Attys

    Buchalter PC has hired two attorneys for its Seattle office to complement its new immigration practice group.

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    Weil Opening Shops In Calif. With Latham Private Equity Pros

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP announced Tuesday that it has launched an office in Los Angeles and will soon open in San Francisco with a pair of private equity partners who both came aboard from Latham & Watkins LLP.

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    LeClairRyan Trustee Floats Ch. 7 Deals With Ex-Lawyers

    The liquidating trustee of shuttered law firm LeClairRyan PLLC on Tuesday proposed two settlements with former attorneys to resolve their roughly $2.1 million in claims for $1.4 million by granting them unsecured interests as part of the bankruptcy case in Virginia federal court.

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    Loeb & Loeb Adds McDermott Estate Planning Atty In Chicago

    Loeb & Loeb LLP has hired another longtime McDermott Will & Emery LLP trusts and estates partner for its Chicago office, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Veteran Trader Case Litigator From BCLP

    A former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP attorney and legal commentator known for his work on history-making criminal cases — including leading the prosecution of the first trader ever to be found guilty of spoofing the commodities market — is moving his practice to Paul Hastings LLP, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Crowell & Moring Adds 'Swiss Army Knife' Atty In Calif.

    Crowell & Moring LLP grew in San Francisco this week, announcing Tuesday that it has added a former state prosecutor and e-commerce in-house counsel who has a reputation as a "Swiss Army knife style of lawyer."

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    Polsinelli Adds Prominent Employment Attys To Calif. Offices

    Polsinelli LLP has added a pair of experienced labor and employment attorneys to its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, bolstering the firm's wage-and-hour and general employment practice in the Golden State, according to an announcement made Monday.

  • NYU Settles Case Accusing It Of Fostering Antisemitism

    New York University has settled a case brought by three Jewish students accusing the institution of fostering an antisemitic environment in a deal under which the school pledged to address discrimination toward Jewish and Israeli students.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Adds Admin, Tech Leaders To C-Suite

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP announced Monday that it has added two new members to its senior management team, with the firm saying its new chief administrative officer and chief innovation and information officer are part of the New Jersey firm's efforts to build its brand nationally.

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    Milbank Taps Ex-CFTC Senior Official From Jones Day

    A former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission division director has joined Milbank LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington office, where he will focus on regulatory and enforcement matters related to derivatives, financial market infrastructure and digital assets.

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    O'Melveny Names New Leaders, Combines Practice Groups

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced several new leadership appointments Monday, along with the launch of a combined securities litigation and financial services practice group.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

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