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    AI, Debt Keep Legal Tech Funding Afloat In 2024

    Funding for legal technology companies totaled $2.422 billion in the first half of 2024, nearly matching the $2.443 billion in capital raised during the same period in 2023, a positive sign for the sector after years of declining investments.

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    Inside The ABA Campaign To Count Lawyers With Disabilities

    Robert Dinerstein, chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights, joined Law360 Pulse for an in-depth conversation about the organization's #BeCounted campaign

  • Fla. Ex-Judge Who Inflated Campaign Finances Disbarred

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred a former county court judge for various ethical violations, including inflating campaign finances, making misrepresentations in his application for a judicial nominating commission seat and misconduct during the disciplinary proceedings.

  • Cruise Ship Co. Sanctioned With Fees In Sexual Assault Suit

    Carnival Corp. will have to pay fees related to a discovery dispute stemming from a $10.2 million sexual assault personal injury lawsuit, a Florida federal judge has ruled in a sanctions order, finding that the cruise company must pay a portion of the legal bills of a female passenger after "clear" discovery violations occurred.

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    Most Local Prosecutors Consider Leaving A Job They Love

    Most district attorneys and the prosecutors in their offices take great pride in their work, but nearly 60% have recently considered leaving for better paying and less stressful jobs elsewhere, according to a new survey by the National District Attorneys Association that calls for "systemic changes" to stave off a potential exodus.

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    In The Age Of AI, Attys Prepare To 'Live In The World Of Data'

    The arrival of artificial intelligence in the legal profession means new use cases and obligations, but a few lawyers are still trying to trust this new technology, a panel of experts said Thursday.

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    Foley & Lardner Adds 6-Atty Corporate Team From K&L Gates

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced Thursday that it has boosted its corporate and healthcare offerings with three partners and three associates from K&L Gates LLP who will practice from the firm's existing locations in Dallas and Miami and a new shop in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Falcon's Beyond In Fla. Promotes GC To Chief Legal Officer

    Entertainment venue developer and operator Falcon's Beyond announced Thursday that it has promoted its general counsel to chief legal officer and corporate secretary, a newly created role.

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    Ga. Dem Helps Block NY Judge's Nomination From Advancing

    President Joe Biden's nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn for the Southern District of New York failed to advance out the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, after a key Democrat joined Republicans in opposition over her recommendation in a case that an inmate be transferred to a female facility.

  • Acquitted Fla. Atty's Bankruptcy Case Converted To Ch. 7

    A Florida federal bankruptcy judge denied a request Wednesday by an attorney who was acquitted last year in a billion-dollar medical fraud scheme to dismiss his Chapter 11 case and instead converted it to Chapter 7 proceedings, saying the debtor has no job and no way to pay creditors.

  • Bang Energy Drink Co. Ex-CEO Urges DQ Of Ch. 11 Judge

    The former CEO of the company that makes Bang energy drinks urged the disqualification of a Florida federal bankruptcy judge and called for an investigation, alleging that the judge committed misconduct in the company's Chapter 11 case, according to a complaint filed with the Eleventh Circuit.

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    'Law Moms' Share Tales Of Juggling Family And Careers

    From mental health and substance abuse to feelings of grief and guilt, a "Law Moms" book from eight attorneys offers candid accounts of balancing their roles as mothers and lawyers, with the hope that the stories will remind other women facing similar struggles that they’re not alone.

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    Faegre Drinker Confirms Operational, Administrative Layoffs

    A spokesperson for Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday that the firm laid off "less than 5%" of its total operations and administrative staff earlier this year.

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    Legal Services Co. Hires In-House Atty As Recruiting Leader

    Latitude Legal announced Tuesday that a longtime global legal and compliance executive has joined its Tampa, Florida, office as a director of legal recruiting and placement.

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    Ex-Maryland Insurance Commissioner Rejoins DLA Piper

    Former Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Birrane has rejoined DLA Piper to lead the firm's U.S. insurance regulatory practice.

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    This GC Believes In A 'Cross-Functional' Approach For Attys

    Law360 Pulse caught up with the newly minted general counsel at Benson Hill, who has degrees in industrial engineering, law and business — all of which, he said, impact how he views issues and have shaped the attorney he is today.

  • Disbarred Ohio Atty Cops To Landing Law Jobs With Fake IDs

    A disbarred Ohio attorney admitted Tuesday to using false identities — including information belonging to his father, girlfriend and a dead man — to snag high-paying gigs or job offers from at least seven different law firms, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

  • Tampa Atty Accused Of Fraud In Long-Running House Dispute

    A Tampa-area estate lawyer has been accused of fraud conspiracy in a state court lawsuit brought by a former tax attorney who alleges that her house was taken to collect fees stemming from a false guardianship case, saying a court order that revoked possession of the property violated the Florida Constitution.

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    Small And Midsize Firms Plan To Invest In AI, Meritas Reports

    A majority of responding small and midsize business law firms within the international legal network Meritas are planning to invest more in technology in the next five years, according to a survey published Tuesday.

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    Eckert Seamans Adds Fla. Aviation Pro From Quintairos Prieto

    A former Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA aviation partner has found a new landing spot in Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC in Tampa, Florida, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Ousted Fla. Atty Pushes 11th Circ. To Speed Up Review

    Suspended Florida prosecutor Andrew Warren is once again asking the Eleventh Circuit to expedite a mandate to a lower court to reconsider his case against Gov. Ron DeSantis, arguing that a single judge has stopped it from moving forward for nearly six months.

  • Fla. Judge Facing Reprimand For Spreading Campaign Gossip

    A Florida judge has agreed to a public reprimand for disseminating unreliable allegations about her opponent for a judicial seat that insinuated the opponent fraudulently obtained money from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to documents filed Monday.

  • Trump's Mar-a-Lago Case Slowed After Immunity Ruling

    The Florida federal judge overseeing Donald Trump's criminal case over retaining classified national security documents at Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House temporarily halted some proceedings following the U.S. Supreme Court's presidential immunity ruling, and also denied a motion to dismiss the superseding indictment against Trump's personal aide.

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    Morrison Cohen Launches Luxury Brands Practice

    Morrison Cohen LLP announced Monday the launch of a luxury brands practice designed to offer more holistic counsel to high-end companies like Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

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    Amid Leadership Changes, Hertz Promotes Interim GC

    Buoyed by $750 million in new capital, rental car company Hertz Global Holdings Inc. on Monday expanded its leadership team, including promoting its interim legal chief to executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective immediately.

Expert Analysis

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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