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After a soft recruiting season for 2021 summer associates, new cycle appears ‘off to a rollicking start’

Fifty-six percent of law firms reported making fewer offers for summer 2021 programs compared with summer 2020, according to data released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

Law firms ‘cannot long endure a remote work model,’ says Morgan Stanley chief legal officer

Morgan Stanley’s chief legal officer, Eric Grossman, has reportedly warned the investment bank's outside law firms that their lawyers should return to the office to avoid a decline in client service.

Appeals court rules against former BigLaw staffer who said work abuse led to disability

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Williams & Connolly staff member wasn’t entitled to collect disability insurance for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that she largely blamed on her work environment.

At least 27 BigLaw firms had $210M in paycheck protection loans at least partly forgiven

At least 27 of the nation’s top 200 grossing law firms obtained partial or full forgiveness of loans obtained through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to Law.com’s review of a ProPublica database.

Afternoon Briefs: Justice Thomas questions federal pot law; Jones Day pay case dropped

Justice Thomas questions government’s ‘half-in, half-out’ pot stance

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday the federal government may no longer have the authority to intrude on the states’…

Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS overturns another agency structure; corporate diversity suit allowed

Supreme Court rules FHFA structure is unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency is unconstitutional because its director can only be…

16 BigLaw firms have no Black partners, including firm ranked No. 1 for diversity

Many law firms that ranked relatively well on the American Lawyer’s 2021 Diversity Scorecard have no Black partners, including an immigration law firm ranked No. 1 for diversity.

Several law firms plan to make Juneteenth a permanent paid holiday; will it become an industry standard?

The “vast majority” of several dozen law firms contacted by Law360 Pulse plan to make Juneteenth a permanent holiday after observing it last year.

Law firms in Am Law Second Hundred saw gross revenue increase slightly; which virtual firm cracked the list?

The law firms ranked 101 to 200 for gross revenue had a respectable year in 2020, but their numbers are still well below law firms in the top 100, according to results published this week by the American Lawyer.

After DLA Piper standardizes associate pay across markets, other law firms also boost pay

Some associates working at larger law firms in smaller legal markets are seeing pay increases.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says ‘biatch’ less offensive; charge dropped against Boies Schiller partner

Lawyer for accused US Capitol rioter says ‘biatch’ is less offensive

A lawyer for accused U.S. Capitol rioter Richard “Bigo” Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas, has said his client didn’t use…

Law firm leadership and facilitating meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Esther Cho, a shareholder and the chair of the executive committee at Keesal, Young & Logan, who also serves on the firm's diversity and inclusion committee.

Prepared for the future? Here are tips to help avoid disaster

During his Friday panel at the ABA Techshow 2021 titled “Rebooting a Practice: Disaster & Continuity Planning,” attorney Richard Ferguson pointed out that lawyers always have to deal with and plan for disaster, such as data hacks and hurricanes.

Nonprofit designates over 130 law firms as best places to work for LGBTQ equality; what firms made the list?

The Human Rights Campaign has given more than 130 law firms perfect scores on its 2021 corporate equality index, earning them a spot on its list of best places to work for LGBTQ equality.

Brown Rudnick settles $300M malpractice suit over bankruptcy representation

Brown Rudnick has settled a $300 million malpractice lawsuit alleging that it mishandled its work as a litigation trustee in the 2009 bankruptcy of chemical company LyondellBasell.

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