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  • Secret Service Ripped By Lawmakers For Trump Rally 'Failure'

    U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle on Monday acknowledged a security failure during a July 13 campaign rally that ended in an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, as she was battered with resignation calls from a bipartisan group of lawmakers frustrated by her evasiveness during the investigation.

  • Judge Limits Girardi Clients' Injury Details In Upcoming Trial

    Jurors in former celebrity lawyer Tom Girardi's upcoming fraud trial will be spared detailed testimony about the severe injuries that drove his alleged victims to hire his law firm, a Los Angeles federal judge has ruled, saying the former clients' injuries are a key part of their stories, but graphic details are not necessary.

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    Former DC Chief Deputy AG Joins Hogan Lovells

    A former chief deputy attorney general for the District of Columbia has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner after more than two years at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he helped co-lead its state attorneys general practice group.

  • Ex-NJ Judge Wants Chief Justice Deposed In Pension Suit

    A former Bergen County Superior Court judge told a New Jersey state court that she must be allowed to depose Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court because he has information about the state's decision to deny her disability benefits application that no one else has.

  • Ex-Fed. Judge's Misconduct Prompts New Criminal Trial Bid

    Alleged misconduct by former Alaska federal Judge Joshua Kindred and a prosecutor he had a relationship with should undo a defendant's recent cyberstalking conviction in the judge's court, that defendant has said.

  • Croke Fairchild Adds Litigation Attys Including Ex-Ill. Justice

    Chicago-based Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC has added a former Illinois Supreme Court justice and a former Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney as litigation partners.

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    Former Judge On Trump Assassination Attempt Panel

    A former federal judge who previously sat on an oversight panel for the Secret Service was among those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Sunday would conduct an independent review of the July 13 assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

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    LA Superior Court Closed Monday Due To Ransomware Attack

    The Superior Court of Los Angeles County was forced to close Monday as the court continued to work to repair and reboot network systems that were severely impacted by a ransomware attack that occurred on the same day as an unrelated global tech outage.

  • Kavanaugh Murder-Attempt Suspect Set To Face Trial

    A man charged with attempting to kill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has failed to reach a plea deal after nearly two years of negotiations, setting his case up for trial in Maryland federal court, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • Bankruptcy Judge's Affair Sank Barge Company, Ex-CEO Says

    The former CEO of a now-defunct barge company claims that a Houston bankruptcy judge's affair with a Jackson Walker attorney helped destroy his business, saying that Jackson Walker shouldn't escape racketeering claims because it hid its part in the lucrative relationship.

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    Meet The Latest Nominees For Ga. Superior Court Seats

    Georgia state judges, a chief assistant district attorney and the governor's planning and budget office's general counsel are among the six candidates on a short list sent to Gov. Brian Kemp to fill three vacancies on superior courts, including two judgeships created this year through new laws.

  • Tweeting Holdout Ga. Juror's Removal Demands New Trial

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a new trial for a man convicted of child molestation, ruling that the trial judge wrongly replaced a holdout juror even though he'd described himself on social media as "walking grounds for a mistrial."

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    DOJ Seeks Probe Of Ex-Fed. Judge After 9th Circ. Report

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked its internal watchdog to look into allegations made by the Ninth Circuit that now-resigned Alaska federal Judge Joshua Kindred had inappropriate relationships with several attorneys and created a hostile work environment, the DOJ confirmed to Law360 Friday.

  • Judge Recuses As Tech Firm Slams Dow Chemical's Request

    An Ohio federal judge has recused himself from a trade secrets case brought against Dow Chemical Co. after the technology firm that sued it showed the court a settlement offer without approval that would grant Dow Chemical's recusal motion, which the tech firm said was a "cavalier approach to a drastic remedy."

  • Lin Wood Loses Bid To DQ Judge In Ga. Defamation Case

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to recuse himself from presiding over a trial in the defamation case against retired attorney L. Lin Wood from his former colleagues, ruling that Wood's disqualification bid against him is "untimely and, in any event, meritless."

  • 2nd Circ. Upholds Ax Of Ex-Ropes & Gray Clerk's Bar Exam Suit

    A former Ropes & Gray LLP attorney who was fired after twice failing the New York bar exam can't sue the state agency that administers the test for failing to accommodate her disabilities, the Second Circuit ruled Friday, finding the agency is protected by sovereign immunity.

  • DOJ Fights Bid For Recording Of Biden's Hur Interview

    An audio recording of President Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur is protected by executive privilege, and so is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, despite what conservative organizations and media outlets have said, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Washington, D.C., federal judge.

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    Several State Courts Impacted By Global Tech Outage

    Several state courts have been impacted by a global Microsoft Windows outage Friday morning causing operational challenges and courthouse closures.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their footprints and Donald Trump scored a court victory. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Draft Constitutional Amendment Would Ax Trump Immunity

    Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday released a draft of a constitutional amendment that would ensure no one is above the law, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that former President Donald Trump has immunity from official acts as president.

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    The Hurdles Facing Fla. Suit Targeting Prosecutor Authority

    A Florida man serving time for investment fraud is arguing that the assistant U.S. attorneys on his case were not properly authorized to prosecute him, but the lawsuit could prove challenging as it gets to the heart of what allows federal prosecutors to do their jobs.

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    Hunter Biden Wants Charges Tossed After Trump Docs Ruling

    Hunter Biden on Thursday asked federal judges in Delaware and California to throw out his conviction on felony gun charges and to toss other charges of tax evasion, citing a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in Donald Trump's classified documents case.

  • Menendez Appeal Could Make Hay From Bribery Case Law

    Sen. Robert Menendez's planned "aggressive" appeal will almost certainly include broadsides against his novel foreign-agent conviction and attempt to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court's proven appetite for bribery cases, experts say.

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    NY Courts Limit Access To Ethics Data, Violating Own Rules

    After a decade of widespread noncompliance with income and gift reporting rules, the New York court system's Ethics Commission has refused to publicly release all judges' annual financial disclosures, which safeguard against conflicts of interest, corruption and ethics lapses.

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    Girardi Denied Bid To Delay Client Theft Trial To October

    A California federal judge rejected disgraced lawyer Tom Girardi's motion to have his closely watched wire fraud trial moved to October from its current August start date, determining that he was unable to provide a genuine reason as to why proceedings should be pushed back two months.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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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.

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