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Volkswagen Consumers in 'Clean Diesel' Trial Seek to Disqualify Judge Breyer

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:55

Volkswagen consumers who opted out of the "clean diesel" class action settlements have filed a motion to disqualify U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer from next week's trial, citing potential bias. Volkswagen, in a response filed Thursday, called the motion "baseless and unwarranted."


Sidley Austin, Fried Frank Hire New Diversity Executives

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:28

Chief diversity officers, as well as so-called "concierge services," have become increasingly in demand among law firms as they jockey to recruit and retain the women and minority attorneys demanded by many clients.


Higher Law: A Resolution to Protect Cannabis Lawyers | Fox Rothschild Boosts Cannabis Practice | Workplace Medical Marijuana Protections Proposed in California | Marijuana and Data Security

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:00

Welcome to Higher Law! Our dispatch this week looks at an ABA resolution to protect lawyers in the cannabis space Fox Rothschild's new partner in the cannabis law practice A California bill to protect medical marijuana users in the workplace


30 Years Sober: A Tale of a Law Firm Leader

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 15:50

In an act of vulnerability, Husch Blackwell Chairman Greg Smith described his struggles with alcoholism at a partner retreat, an act meant to bring those grappling with addiction and mental illness out of the shadows.


At Roger Stone's Sentencing, an Apology From the Justice Department

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 15:22

"The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to enforcing the law without fear, or favor, or political interference," DOJ lawyer John Crabb told the judge.


CFO Claims Ex-GC Can't Sue as Shareholder After Company Repurchased Shares

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:26

Steven Berkovitch claims the company did not pay him bonuses that were promised and Oded Segev was fixing the books in order to give bonuses to executives. In December, Segev filed a motion to dismiss and Berkovitch filed an amended complaint in January making the same allegations.


How I Made Partner: Dechert's Angela Liu

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:05

"Being a lawyer is not a one-size-fits-all-career, so find something that truly lights you up, and build authentic relationships with those around you."


Shearman's Investment Funds Group Leader Moves to Willkie

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:21

Laura Friedrich, who had been at Shearman for 12 years, said clients had reacted positively to her move to Willkie.


George Washington Is Latest Law School to Find a New Dean From UVA Faculty

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:11

Dayna Bowen Matthew is the fifth female professor at the University of Virginia School of Law since 2012 to land a deanship at a top-25 law school.


Immigration Arrests at California Courthouse Expose Dilemma for Judges

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:53

For three years, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has pleaded with federal officials to stay away from state courthouses.


Relationships at Work: Lawyers in UK Divided on Law Firm Policy

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:02

Whether office romances should be disclosed, what constitutes a relationship and the potential risks involved have become contentious issues.


Labaton's Politics in Focus, How Much Time for Roger Stone?, Juul Assignments: The Morning Minute

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:00

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


Kramer Levin's Barry Berke Is Ready to Talk

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:56

"There was a trifecta of Constitutional wrongdoing: abuse of power, betrayal of national security and corruption of our election," Berke says.


'Flagrant Disregard for the Institutions of Government': Roger Stone Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:39

"He has not been prosecuted by his adversaries or anyone else's adversaries. He was not prosecuted by anyone to gain political advantage," Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.


How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Young Lawyer

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:21

At times you'll feel like you don't belong, like you don't know what you're doing. But keep the faith.


Labaton's Political Donations Line Up With Pursuit of Client, Records Show

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:15

Interviews and court documents trace the New York firm's efforts to woo a major pension fund client.


Labor of Law: Keeping Tabs on EEOC Amicus Votes | Novo Wants Nondisclosure Case Fast-Tracked | Susan Fowler's Uber Memoir Is Out | Kansas Judge Resigns | Littler Expands in Austria

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:00

Welcome to Labor of Law! On tap: A war of words in the Mofo 'mommy track' suit | Keeping tabs on EEOC amicus votes | Novo Nordisk wants nondisclosure case fast-tracked | Susan Fowler's Uber memoir is out | Kansas judge resigns after apologizing for harassment | Littler expands in Austria


Read the Brief: DOJ Backs Oracle in Copyright Showdown

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:28

The DOJ told the U.S. Supreme Court that computer code can be copyrighted under the Copyright Act in an amicus brief filed Wednesday.


Retired Latham Partner Takes Aim at Disrupting the ADR Market

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:10

Former Latham & Watkins partner Christopher "Kit" Kaufman, who was a dealmaker before retiring in 2017, has a plan he hopes general counsel will adopt to swiftly and efficiently resolve moderately sized disputes.


Inside Track: Diversifying the Legal Department. Plus, How Big Tech Antitrust Investigations Can Spill Over to Other Industries.

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:05

The U.S. Bank general counsel describes his company's efforts into hiring more diverse lawyers. Also, the antitrust investigations into Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft may impact companies outside of big tech.