Connecticut Pulse

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    Legal Industry Adds 2,700 Jobs In February

    Employment in the U.S. legal sector rebounded in February, showing a slight increase following a decline at the beginning of the year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • 2nd Circ. Resurrects Bribery Case Against Former NY Lt. Gov.

    The Second Circuit sided with federal prosecutors on Friday and reinstated bribery charges against former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, finding in a published opinion that the indictment against him "sufficiently alleged an explicit quid pro quo."

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    By The Numbers: Why Associates Stay At Their Firms

    After a flood of associates left their firms in search of greener pastures as part of the "talent wars" of the early 2020s, the National Association for Law Placement wanted to know what made other early-career attorneys decide instead to stay put. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how compensation, work-life balance, and a dozen other factors helped play a role.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

  • Town Can't Hide Docs Under Atty-Client Privilege, Court Says

    The town of Avon, Connecticut, cannot hide from disclosure a document created by a town employee detailing incidents involving Avon's former chief of police by claiming attorney-client privilege, the Connecticut Appellate Court has ruled.

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    And The Oscars' Legal Questions Go To ... John Quinn

    When he was the general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Quinn Emanuel founding partner John Quinn attended the Oscars dozens of times, and he did so with a copy of the broadcast network contract tucked into his tuxedo pocket.

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    Equity Concerns Follow Mass Torts' March Into Bankruptcy

    After decades of suffering and waiting, a group of more than 82,000 childhood sexual abuse survivors recently reached a $2.5 billion bankruptcy settlement with the Boy Scouts of America and related groups. Yet the survivors may once again be in suspense.

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    Moses & Singer Healthcare Atty Joins Day Pitney In Hartford

    Day Pitney LLP has added an experienced attorney to its Hartford office as counsel from Moses & Singer LLP in New York.

  • Latham Passes Skadden As Busiest Securities Defense Firm

    Despite a downward trend in securities case filings over the past three years, Latham & Watkins LLP has remained one of the most active law firms on the defense side, taking over the top spot from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, according to reports released by Lex Machina.

  • Connecticut Marshals Union Pushes For Lower Job Cap

    Connecticut law authorizes the appointment of far more state marshals than necessary, the workers' union told state lawmakers Wednesday, in support of a new bill that would lower the cap and give job candidates incentive to choose the marshals service as a career.

  • Rape Accuser Says Ex-Yale Student Flouted Anonymity Order

    An anonymous woman facing defamation claims from a former Yale University student she accused of sexually assaulting her in 2015 has asked a Connecticut federal judge to issue a new protective order, saying her alleged attacker had "repeatedly, intentionally, and maliciously" exposed her name and cannot be trusted with confidential documents.

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    Avenatti Trial Judge Didn't Coerce Jury, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Manhattan federal judge who oversaw Michael Avenatti's trial on charges he defrauded ex-client Stormy Daniels didn't act improperly when he gave the jurors an extra instruction reminding them of their duties after the panel appeared deadlocked, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    Where E-Discovery Generative AI Efforts Currently Stand

    More e-discovery companies are announcing new capabilities that harness the power of generative artificial intelligence, but I'm hearing confusion among some law firm leaders about the immediate availability of the tools in a more crowded legal tech market.

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    Tully Rinckey's Atty Contracts Offer Warning To Other Firms

    The ongoing disciplinary case against the founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC over restrictions the firm placed on departing attorneys is an unusual one, but experts say it's still an important reminder for lawyers to be mindful of the ethical considerations of their employment agreements.

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    The Most Notable Numbers For 2024 Mid-Law Promotions

    Partnership promotions among Mid-Law firms ticked downward during the 2024 promotion cycle, with average class sizes falling below five partners, based on an analysis of announcements from mid-size and regional firms.

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    Southeast, Michigan Highlight Mid-Law Partner Promotions

    A survey by Law360 Pulse of Mid-Law partner promotion class announcements shows Southeastern markets like Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas started 2024 with heavy growth, while Michigan-based firms saw a substantial increase from previous years.

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    Number Of Women In Mid-Law Partner Classes Stays Stagnant

    The percentage of female attorneys in this year's partnership classes among Mid-Law firms remained constant, with experts saying that although midsize and regional firms tend to do better than their BigLaw cousins, work remains to be done if firms are to reach gender parity among their partner ranks.

  • Vexatious Litigation Claims Can't Transfer, Conn. Court Says

    A construction supplier has no basis for vexatious litigation claims against multiple attorneys, much less a claim for early remedies from them, because the allegations are tied to the company's predecessor and current company can't pursue them, a Connecticut appeals court ruled Friday.

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    'Bright Line' Recusal Rule May Be Challenging To Fed. Judges

    A new ethics opinion clarifying when federal judges should step aside from cases when they own stock in a party's parent company is a positive step toward transparency, but it also creates a lot of work for judges and may not have much practical impact, according to experts.

  • Conn. Trial Attys Slam Proposed Offsets For Jury Awards

    Connecticut lawmakers on Monday considered a bill that could reduce economic damages awarded to personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs when a collateral payment source, such as an insurer, has a right of subrogation, a measure that trial lawyers panned as an insurance industry perk that would undo precedent.  

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    Pitney Bowes' Chief Legal Officer To Retire At Month's End

    The top legal officer at Pitney Bowes Inc., who has worked at the company for more than two decades in various roles during separate employment stints, is set to retire on March 31, according to a Monday public filing.

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    In-House Atty, Ex-Hartford Mayor Among 22 Conn. Judge Noms

    Attorneys from Halloran & Sage LLP, Faxon Law Group, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP and other Connecticut firms are among 22 nominees announced Friday for seats on the state trial court's bench, alongside an in-house counsel for The Hartford and nearly a dozen public servants, including a former mayor of the state capital.

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    Houser Reports Data Breach Affected 325,000 People

    Houser LLP experienced a data breach beginning in May that affected more than 325,000 people, the law firm said in a regulatory filing with the Office of the Maine Attorney General posted Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

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