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Higher Billing Rates, More Reflection Are Leading Some in Big Law to Go Small

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 06:00

Some lawyers are heading into smaller firms or launching their own boutiques, due to a mix of billing rate pressures, remote-work flexibility and taking a breather after a busy 2021.

       

What's Next: Speedy Trial Act Before SCOTUS | SG's Unusual New Amicus

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 01:17

Welcome back to What's Next , where we bring you the latest on the intersection of law and technology. You can email me

       

Eighth Circuit Finds That Plaintiff Alleged Viable Contract Clause and Takings Clause Claims Against Governor's Executive Orders

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 01:16

In 'Heights Apartments v. Walz', the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that the appellant, a residential apartment owner, had stated viable Contracts Clause and Takings Clause claims stemming from Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders mandating a statewide residential eviction moratorium during the pandemic.

       

'Empathy Is Very Important': How Top Legal Chiefs Weathered Cascade of Crises

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 01:10

"We had such clarity of purpose and people. The adrenaline and the exigencies of the moment carried us through the pandemic," said Terry Theologides, general counsel of Fannie Mae.

       

Plaintiff Ordered to Undergo Rule 35 Examination to Determine Whether Workplace Injuries Are 'Exaggerated, Amplified, or Owed to Malingering'

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 01:07

A federal judge sided with a Maryland contractor in its request to order a plaintiff to undergo a neuropsychological examination to assess whether her subjective complaints are exaggerated or caused by an underlying psychological condition following a workplace accident.

       

'Our Spy': Corporate Espionage Case Ends in Whopping $2 Billion Verdict

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 00:40

Virginia software company Appian Corp. saw its stock price jump 38% on news of the verdict, which came against Boston-based competitor Pegasystems Inc.

       

Will SCOTUS Review the Central District's COVID Ban on Jury Trials? 1st Conference is Thursday.

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:16

The case is among dozens on the court's weekly conference schedule, and petitions often are discussed at several conferences before a decision on review is announced.

       

In Big Change, U.S. Solicitor General Now Backs $80M Verdict Against Bayer's Roundup

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 21:13

In an amicus brief filed on Tuesday, U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said the U.S. Supreme Court should deny review of Bayer's petition to reverse an $80 million Roundup verdict.

       

Lawyers Urge 2nd Circuit to Vacate Decision by Judge Who Owned Exxon Stock During Litigation

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 19:26

Federal legislation to toughen judges' financial disclosure requirements recently passed both houses of Congress.

       

University of Texas at Austin School of Law Appoints New Dean

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 17:41

The University of Texas at Austin has selected Robert (Bobby) Chesney to serve as the next dean of the School of Law.

       

Maine Board of Examiners Announces Limited Seating, Preferential Treatment for July Bar Exam

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 16:53

"Due to the size of our venue, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners has determined that seating for the July 2022 Maine Bar Examination is limited to 200 seats," according to the announcement.

       

'Fascinating Moment': ABA's Potential Nixing of Law School Admissions Test Requirement Raises Hope—and Skepticism

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 16:22

While the move would be welcome by many who believe it could, in theory, make law school more accessible to diverse applicants, its practical effect could prove muted. Still, advocates see it as a potential step in the right direction.

       

How I Started My Own Law Firm: 'Being in Control of My Destiny Made Such a Difference,' Says Laura Frederick of Laura Frederick Law

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:49

"The key to successful business development is creating a reputation for yourself as an expert in your practice area among potential clients and potential referring partners."

       

Attorney Suspended After Refusing to Refund Portion of Fee Despite Being Fired by Client

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:36

An Ohio attorney has been issued an interim default suspension for refusing to return a portion of a client's flat fee after failing to complete his representation in two criminal matters and for ignoring a subsequent disciplinary complaint.

       

9th Circuit: Wrongful Death Claim Cannot Arise Before Death, Even If Cause of Death Is Anticipated

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:00

"Federal law supports the proposition that accrual of a wrongful death claim occurs on the date of death, not the date of the seaman's prior injury, or on a date beyond death when the cause of death is discovered," the appellate panel said, reversing the dismissal of a wrongful death suit brought by the wife a seaman who died from asbestos exposure.

       

Ex-Paul Weiss Partner, Longtime FTC Lawyer Join Jonathan Kanter's Antitrust Leadership Team

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 14:00

Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter hired a longtime colleague from private practice and a competition researcher at a left-leaning think tank to join his front office team at the Justice Department.

       

Plaintiffs Counsel: Dismissal of Sexual Harassment Case Against University of Virginia 'Sends a Disappointing Message'

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 12:52

"It sends a disappointing message to other students who may have been traumatized as a result of being assaulted on campus, because they have a very short period of time to have the emotional strength and ability to not only come forward and file a lawsuit like this, but also analyze the facts, contact a lawyer, and put everything together," he said.

       

Pandemic Anxiety Wanes, but Legal Industry's Mental Health Struggles Persist

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 12:00

The data shows the legal industry may be coming to grips with the realities of the pandemic, and even benefiting from things like remote work. But historical triggers associated with law firm structures are still having negative effects.

       

By the Numbers: A Data Snapshot of the Legal Industry's Mental Health

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 12:00

With more than 3,400 respondents, Law.com and ALM Intelligence's Mental Health Survey has given plenty of opportunity for analyzing the state of the industry's well-being. Below we offer some of the highlights.

       

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