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Federal Judge Tosses Legal Malpractice Suit, Finding No 'Ulterior Motive' in Filing Ch. 13 Petition on Eve of Foreclosure Sale

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 14:19

"My position from day one was that if this outcome was different, it would basically put a thorn in the side of the bankruptcy practice—that bankruptcy practitioners would be nervous about handling cases such as this because of the automatic stay," said solo practitioner Constant S. Poholek Jr., who was sued after filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition for a client on the eve of a foreclosure sale.

       

Disabled Janitors Can Unionize, Federal Appeals Court Says

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 14:05

A Baltimore hospital's workers union earned the right to unionize after a federal appeals court backed its bargaining order and said the hospital had to enforce it despite its objections.

       

How I Made Co-Managing Partner: 'My Experience and Background Provided a Seamless Transition Into My Role,' Says Javier A. Alvarez of TA PLLC

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 14:00

"Finding ways to add value beyond the technical aspects of practicing law is key."

       

How I Made Partner: 'Treat Everyone With Grace and Patience,' Says Luke Liss of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:44

"Develop your empathy and exercise it—authenticity is key."

       

Gibson Dunn Nabs 'Next-Generation' Partner, Securities Litigator in Northern California

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 06:00

Jessica Valenzuela, formerly of Cooley, has represented Overstock and Stitch Fix in securities class action litigation.

       

Travers Smith Promotes Largest Cohort of Partners to Date

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 05:28

The firm has promoted four women as part of its latest round.

       

Lidsky to Return to UF Law as Constitutional Law Chair, Following Mizzou Deanship

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 01:46

Lyrissa Lidsky, the first woman dean of the University of Missouri School of Law, is returning home to the University of Florida Levin College of Law—where she taught for 22 years—as Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Chair in U.S. Constitutional Law starting in August 2022.

       

Ahead of the Curve: More Lessons From My Reporting on Disabled Law Students

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 22:19

This week, we're further exploring my ongoing series "Disabling Ableism: Making the Legal Profession More Accessible."

       

Time to Hit the ATM Again: Irell Collects $218.5 Million for Mobile Check-Cashing Patents

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 21:06

For the third time in three years, Jason Sheasby and Lisa Glasser have won a nine-figure jury verdict over mobile check-cashing patents for United Services Automobile Association. This time they won $218.5 million against PNC Bank, represented by WilmerHale and Munger Tolles.

       

Edelson's Fee Lawsuit Says Ex-Girardi Keese Partners Got Client Money

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 20:41

Edelson's latest filing in its fee lawsuit accuses former Girardi Keese partners David Lira and Keith Griffin of using client funds to pay for thousands of dollars in airfare and restaurants.

       

State High Court Sides With Landlord in Rent Obligations During COVID-19 Restaurant Shutdown Orders

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 19:04

The Connecticut Supreme Court joined the ever-growing list of courts weighing in on COVID-19-related litigation. But it may be the first state high court in the country to determine that shutdown orders did not relieve restaurant owners from paying rent.

       

Audio Streamed-Only Access To Trial Violated 6th Amendment, Court Says

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:57

The panel said only allowing audio access to the trial for the public violated the defendant's public trial right under the Sixth Amendment.

       

Circuit Split Deepens Over Whether Bankruptcy Code Strips Tribal Immunity

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:20

Addressing a question of first impression, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code strips Native American tribes of their sovereign immunity.

       

More Diverse Associates Hired at Law Firms, But Partnership, Leadership Remain Mainly White and Male

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:14

The latest ABA diversity survey results showed troubling trends leading up to the pandemic.

       

How I Got Into Law School: Prior Experience and Broad Education Pay Dividends, Says Skadden's Lauren S. Kramer

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:12

Welcome to Law.com's "How I Got Into Law School" series, which provides the next generation of law students with practical advice on the process

       

How I Made Practice Group Chair: 'Consistent, Practical Leadership,' Says Elizabeth Alquist of Day Pitney

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:08

"Get involved in committee work both in their firms and in outside organizations—it is a great training platform."

       

'No Matter the Outcome, You Will Be Okay': Second-Time Bar Takers Discuss the Agonizing Wait for Results

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 16:47

Reddit users said distraction and positivity are the keys to enduring the seemingly endless wait for bar results.

       

Legal Departments Could Cut Costs by Sending More Work to Paralegals, Report Says

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 15:47

"The question is, 'If they see paralegals as a great way to save money for insourced work, why do they not also see that for outsourced work?'" said legal ops analyst Nathan Cemenska.

       

Can Willkie Recover From the Loss of Nearly Half of Its Houston Partners?

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 15:23

At least seven partners have left Willkie Farr & Gallagher's Houston office for Big Law competitors since founder Bruce Herzog moved to Latham & Watkins in March, but the firm has already started a rebuild.

       

Mindfulness Becomes a Growing Priority Among Legal Professionals

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 15:05

"Mindfulness doesn't care about class, education, status, wealth," said Don Swanson, an e-discovery and privacy consultant with Five Star Legal and Compliance Systems. "When you walk into mindfulness, none of that matters. It's just brain yoga."

       

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