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Keeping Up Appearances

Dress code expectations for lawyers are evoked in the name of professionalism and steeped in tradition. But advocates say that centuries-old grooming dictates have negatively impacted people of color, women, those with disabilities and LGBTQ folks and need to evolve. Many question their necessity.

Did Polsinelli violate $14M flat-fee deal to provide ‘legal counsel’? 3rd Circuit rejects claim

A federal appeals court has refused to revive a lawsuit claiming that Polsinelli breached a flat-fee agreement to provide “legal counsel” by sending work covered by the agreement to another law firm that billed Polsinelli’s client for its trial work.

Ex-federal prosecutor charged in alleged road-rage stabbing no longer works at this BigLaw firm

A former federal prosecutor accused of stabbing a driver in a road-rage incident Tuesday is no longer working at Barnes & Thornburg, the law firm that he joined in the spring.

Retired Judge Posner must face suit alleging he failed to pay leader of his pro se center

Former federal appeals Judge Richard Posner must face a lawsuit alleging that he never paid a promised $120,000 annual salary to an employee who co-led a pro se center for nearly a year and a half.

Proskauer settles suit claiming 1 contract clause caused client’s $636M loss

Proskauer Rose has settled a lawsuit claiming that a clause that the law firm added to a contract in a “botched cut-and-paste” caused a client’s losses of around $636 million.

Need for Speed: Can the wheels of justice turn quicker?

“How long will this take?” An often-asked question clients pose to their lawyers. (The most often is, “How much will this cost me?”) In the legal world, unfortunately, it generally takes too long to get matters resolved.

Opioid special master who mistakenly hit ‘reply all’ asked to step down

A special master overseeing opioid litigation is resisting a request to step down after he mistakenly sent lawyers a “reply all” email with private notes to himself.

Increasing Contractual Insight: AI’s role in contract lifecycle management

It seems that not a day goes by without a new generative artificial intelligence, or GAI, software announcement in the legal technology space. The rate of advancement has been rapid, and new GAI large language model products are being developed incredibly quickly. No matter your practice areas or firm size, there is undoubtedly a generative AI tool in development that has the potential to significantly streamline your daily workflow.

‘I see legal finance moving into ubiquity,’ says litigation funding company co-COO

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with David Perla, the co-chief operating officer at Burford Capital, a litigation funding company and a leading provider of legal finance.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s history with FTX draws scrutiny as it racks up bankruptcy fees

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has alleged that Sullivan & Cromwell lawyers made him the fall guy in the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange while downplaying its work for the company.

Pillsbury confirms merger talks with this law firm

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman confirmed Thursday that it is discussing a possible merger with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan after the latter law firm failed to reach a merger deal with Nixon Peabody.

After abrupt resignation, legal tech CEO faces groping allegations

Legal technology CEO Kiwi Camara’s resignation last week has been followed by a new report suggesting that the executive allegedly groped a young female employee at a company dinner.

David Boies’ high hourly fees pale in comparison to request by lawyers suing Tesla

High-profile lawyer David Boies charges $2,110 per hour, putting him “in a still-rarified realm of attorneys who charge upwards of $2,000 an hour,” according to Reuters.

‘Precruiting’ and ‘exploding offers’ create stress for law students seeking summer associate jobs

An increasing number of BigLaw firms are recruiting students for summer associate programs before the formal on-campus interviewing process, a practice dubbed “precruiting.”

2 partners ‘repeatedly hounded’ attorney, making her job impossible, $20M sexual harassment suit says

Updated: A former international corporate attorney at Polsinelli has alleged that she experienced “callous gaslighting” and retaliation by the law firm when she complained about sexual harassment by two influential senior partners.

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