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Antitrust in the Biden administration: 3 key steps to take to prep for the rise in investigations

From technology behemoths buying up dynamic startups to market-leading utility companies joining forces, there is a clear trend of market consolidation in the U.S. In the quest to curb the monopolization of industries, President Joe Biden signed an executive order in July promoting competition in the economy—which signals an upcoming increase in antitrust investigations for the legal industry.

As the pandemic drags on, law professors are making changes

Law professors say the pandemic changed how they interact with students, and many find themselves sharing personal information they may not have previously shared. That’s partially due to the chaos of COVID-19, but it’s also a way for faculty to convince students they are there to help.

Weekly Briefs: Judge charged with tax fraud; man who got pig heart had criminal past

Judge allegedly failed to report marriage-fee income

New Orleans Second City Court Judge Ernestine “Teena” Anderson-Trahan has been charged with filing false tax returns. The indictment has alleged that Anderson-Trahan…

Nonlawyer-owned alternative legal services provider receives Arizona’s approval to integrate with a law firm

Elevate, a nonlawyer-owned alternative legal services provider, has been approved to operate in Arizona in tandem with an integrated law firm, the company announced Thursday.

Disbarment recommended for Tom Girardi, lawyer whose law firm was portrayed in ‘Erin Brockovich’ movie

A California bar court judge has recommended the disbarment of lawyer Tom Girardi, whose estranged wife is Erika Girardi of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality TV show.

Lawyer on university faculty is charged with insider trading

A Chicago lawyer who was a faculty member at the Loyola University Chicago was indicted Monday for allegedly making a $110,000 profit by trading on insider information passed along by a college friend.

Lawyer denies trying to get TV station to cover his personal movie in exchange for interview

An Alabama lawyer has withdrawn from a Huntsville, Alabama, murder case after a local TV station alleged that he offered an interview about the case in exchange for coverage of his personal movie.

In US News’ 100 Best Jobs of 2022 list, how does being a lawyer stack up?

Being a lawyer is a better job than being a speech-language pathologist but not quite as good as being a statistician.

Why lawyers should consider change—for better or worse

For a change, let’s talk about change. I would like to start with one of my favorite statesmen, Sir Winston Churchill, who said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

The 2021 class of summer associates was ‘most diverse ever measured in every way,’ new NALP report says

The percentage of summer associates of color in major U.S. law firms increased by nearly 5 percentage points in 2021, increasing to 41.34%, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

Suspension upheld for lawyer accused of concealing inventories of shipwreck gold

A lawyer accused of failing to disclose his clients' inventories of shipwreck gold will be suspended for four years in Virginia as a result of a decision by that state’s supreme court.

Law firms came ‘dangerously close’ to losing almost a quarter of their associates in 2021, new report says

Law firms “are spending huge amounts of money and putting their profits at increasing risk” as they battle to hold on to their associates, according to a report released Tuesday.

While NCBE sticks with in-person February bar exam, one state supreme court greenlights planning for future alternatives

There will be no remote offerings from the National Conference of Bar Examiners for the February bar exam, and in the event that a jurisdiction prohibits large gatherings, makeup dates for an in-person test will be offered in late March, the organization announced Monday.

How I learned to find work-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic

“I dread what returning to normal would mean for my work/life: less sleep, less exercise, fewer hobbies and more stress. What lies ahead for me is a tangled knot of issues.”

Lawyer accused of sending harassing emails to BigLaw opponents had previously filed abortion lawsuit

A Chicago lawyer who was previously in the news for filing a lawsuit against a Texas abortion doctor is facing ethics charges alleging that he sent harassing and threatening emails to the opposing counsels from Barnes & Thornburg and Fox Rothschild.

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