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Private Student Loan Debt and the Exception to Discharge As Viewed Through the Eyes of the Circuit Courts

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:30

A summary of the factors that courts have considered and will likely continue to consider when addressing dischargeability of private student loans under the Bankruptcy Code, and a cautionary word for practitioners considering whether to put forth an argument to the contrary.


How I Made Partner: 'Work Hard, Be a Team Player, and Lean Into Your Strengths,' Says Helena Tseregounis of Latham & Watkins

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 10:36

"The most successful attorneys know who they are and how to leverage what they're good at."


What It Takes to Successfully Service the Booming NFT Market

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 06:00

Taking advantage of this growing realm is no simple matter for law firms. These days, it takes a village to keep up with the evolving demands of the NFT market.


Ahead of the Curve: Are Standardized Tests 'Valid' and 'Reliable' In the Law School Admissions Process?

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 21:32

This week, we're analyzing the news that the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions is considering eliminating the requirement of a standardized test for law school admissions.


'Arbitrary and Unfair': Dispute Over Limited Seating, Preferential Treatment for DC Bar Exam Continues—But Court Isn't Budging

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 20:02

"I cannot understand the rationale for such favoritism and I think it is likely unconstitutional," wrote Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky in a follow-up letter to the D.C. Court of Appeals on Monday.


'A Very Full Courtroom': First Bellwether Trial Against Juul Labs Starts in June

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 19:10

The June 21 jury trial involves a Tennessee teenager, referred to as B.B., who got hooked on Juul's electronic cigarettes.


Court Orders Do-Over After Tech Troubles Plague Zoom Trial

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 18:40

An appeals court granted a re-trial after a woman missed nearly an entire day of testimony because of tech issues.


Renewable Energy Firm Sues Former GC, Alleging He Stole Trade Secrets for Wife's Startup

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 17:19

Hilary Kao downloaded more than 10,000 confidential company documents in the days before he resigned from Onyx Renewable Partners, a new federal lawsuit alleges.


Judge Reprimanded for Handcuffing Lawyers to Jury Box

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 14:36

While handcuffed, the lawyer called his son, who is also an attorney, and asked that he come to court to represent him. When the son arrived he immediately went to talk to his father, but was confronted by the bailiff and they began to have an exchange.


Quinn Runs the Table in Latest Jury Trial Showdown Over DNA Sequencing

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 14:29

Partner David Bilsker led a trial team to a $333 million verdict for infringement of two patents owned by BGI Group, while also invalidating two patents asserted by competitor Illumina.


'Coverage for Persons, Not Vehicles': State Appeals Court Rejects Regular-Use Exclusions in UM/UIM Policies

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 12:33

In a ruling of first impression, the Colorado Court of Appeals has rejected as unlawful so-called regular-use exclusions in auto insurance policies, which deny uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for injuries sustained in vehicles that are regularly used by an insured by not listed on the policy.


Michael Avenatti's Latest 5th Pleas Lead to Unusual Debate Over Deposition Admissibility

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 12:12

"That's one thing you're not going to see in any case law," said attorney Chris Wesierski, who represents Avenatti's former clients William Parrish and Timothy Fitzgibbons.


6th Circ. Tosses Suit Alleging Insurer Failed to Assign 'Fair Amount' of Claims to Women-Owned Adjuster Business

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 11:56

The female-owned claims adjuster business was attempting to have the courts enforce "merely its own gloss" on a services agreement that never promised to dole out a "fair amount" of insurance claims to the adjuster, the Sixth Circuit opinion said.


How to Make It: How to Come Back From Burnout and Helping a Colleague in Crisis

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 11:19

"The ambition and intensity that goes with personality types can lead to levels of stress that, unchecked, cause burnout."


How to Fast Track Your Path to Partnership and Increase Visibility and Opportunities. Q&A With Doug Wolfe, Co-Founder of Wolf Pincavage

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 11:06

"No matter if it's a boutique or large firm, the true depth of experience cannot be found in a textbook. Rather, it is the human element that inaugurates a good attorney."


How I Made Partner: 'Have a Can-Do Attitude and Be a Team Player,' Says Alison Yuko Krieser of Katten Muchin Rosenman

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 10:59

"The key to successful business development is trusting yourself and how you approach your relationships with clients."


Weil Continues Washington Expansion With Gibson Dunn Appellate Co-Head

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 08:00

Mark Perry, who was at Gibson Dunn for 27 years, will serve as co-head of Weil's appellate practice.


Survey: Regional UK Firms Eyeing Outside Investment

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 07:45

Mergers as well as credit facilities with litigation funders are increasingly viewed as viable options as regional outfits seek to grow rapidly.


Big Law Staff Are Balking at Office Mandates: The Morning Minute

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 07:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Law Firm Profits May 'Plunge' This Year Amid M&A Slowdown and Expense Growth

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 07:00

Direct expenses shot up 13% in the first quarter after large bonuses and multiple associate pay increases went into effect, while recruiting expenses rose a staggering 121%.