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No Bar Exam? That's What 1,000 Law Students Want NY to Declare Amid COVID-19

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:37

A state bar task force is considering an emergency diploma privilege for third-year law students—an approach endorsed by more than 1,000 current students.


Ohio Wants US Supreme Court to Reverse Legal Fee Award in Abortion Rights Case

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:35

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region counter there is no circuit divide and that "states can still preempt fee awards by voluntarily changing their ways before the court enters a preliminary injunction."


NY State Bar Planning Help for Pandemic-Hit Solos, Small Firms

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 14:42

The New York State Bar Association says it wants to help small firms and solo practitioners who have been hammered by the coronavirus and its impact on the economy.


'Survival Mode' Is Now for Some Law Firms, While Others Plan and Wait

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:57

"This is not your normal cyclical event," one industry consultant said of the COVID-19 crisis, and law firm leaders are taking action.


Greenberg Traurig Gets Zirinsky Back, Builds Bankruptcy Practice as the Economy Staggers

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:17

Bruce Zirinsky, the former co-chair of Greenberg's restructuring practice, is best known for his work on blockbuster airline restructurings and has been solo since 2015.


Major COVID-19 Coalition OK'd, Can You See Me Now?, Big Law Coronavirus Response Criticized: The Morning Minute

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 07:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.


More Publicly-Listed UK Law Firms Cut Salaries, Payouts to Halt COVID-19 Losses

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 06:32

The law firms are weathering rocky market conditions in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


Justice Dept Charges Maduro, Venezuelan Leaders in Scheme to 'Flood' US With Cocaine

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 01:14

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and 14 current and former officials with money laundering and other charges in an alleged narco-terrorism conspiracy to "flood" the United States with cocaine.


'I Feel Like Stress Crying': Law Students Share Anxiety, Support on Reddit

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 01:09

The online forum Reddit has emerged as a place for law students to share info about their school's grading policies, express their worries and swap advice amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


Labor of Law: 'Essential Business' Or Not? | DOJ Pitches Bias Case to SCOTUS | 7th Circuit: Listen to Us | Who Got the Work: New Postmates Suit

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 01:00

Welcome to Labor of Law, and hope you are safe and health. On tap this this week: 'Essential business' or not? DOJ pitches bias case to SCOTUS. 7th Circuit reminds judges: Listen to us. Plus: Who Got the Work: new Postmates suit seeks to compel individual arbitration.


How Hospitality Industry Lawyers Are Working to Save Companies From COVID-19 Disaster

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:41

Marriott International Inc. CEO Arne Sorenson publicly described the COVID-19 pandemic as worse for business than the aftermath of 9/11/2001, or the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Here's how in-house and outside counsel are helping hospitality companies navigate the turbulence.


DOJ Says Title IX Doesn't Cover Transgender Status of High School Athletes

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:11

The Justice Department has weighed in on a Connecticut case that addresses whether transgender students can take part in girl's sports.


Pressure Grows to Better Address Bail Applications as COVID-19 Hits NY Federal Jails

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:11

"We're going 150 miles per hour here, but we're meeting a lot of resistance," David Patton, executive director of the Federal Defenders said.


Inside Track: How Legal Departments Are Proving Their Companies Are Doing 'Essential Business'

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:05

In-house lawyers are helping their companies navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic by proving they're doing what is now termed as 'essential business,' which means a company can still operate at relatively normal capacity if it is providing necessities to the public. Also, the countless emails from Big Law firms about COVID-19 webinars are not working for some in-house counsel, according to a viral tweet.


DOJ, FTC Bend Antitrust Rules to Let Companies Collaborate on Fighting COVID-19

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 18:33

The agencies are still enforcing antitrust laws, Morrison & Foerster partner David Meyer said. He added, "I think each situation still needs to be evaluated by counsel. These are good tools to use, but they are not a blank check."


What It's Like to Be Sentenced in DC's Federal Courthouse During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 18:21

Most proceedings at the D.C. trial court have been postponed due to the pandemic. But attorneys for one criminal defendant urged he be resentenced quickly, as it could allow him to be quickly released from federal prison.


Legal Malpractice Suit Over Mesh Fees Dismissed

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 17:10

A federal judge has dismissed a legal malpractice lawsuit against six law firms in New Jersey and Texas accused of using invalid retainer agreements to charge excessive contingency fees for thousands of clients suing over transvaginal mesh devices. The firms included Nagel Rice and the Potts Law Firm.


'Snowballed Into a Full-Blown Crisis': Lawyers See Compliance Risks Amid Pandemic Response

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:56

The heightened risk of corruption has come as the novel coronavirus has upended everyday life and complicated the work of compliance teams tasked with heading off overseas bribery and other corporate misdeeds.


Hey Laterals, Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:36

Videoconferencing is how some laterals will land at their next job if the coronavirus persists, recruiters predict. Laterals will likely sign on with law firms that they've never set foot in and whose partners they've never met.


California Judge Censured for Years of 'Sexist and Unseemly' Remarks

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:29

"Judge Bennett has accepted this censure, taken full responsibility for his conduct, and is committed to improving as a judicial officer," lawyers for Judge Jeffrey Bennett of the Ventura County Superior Court said.