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Widow of BigLaw partner loses en banc petition in wrongful-death lawsuit

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied a petition to rehear a wrongful-death finding involving GlaxoSmithKline and a former Reed Smith partner who died by suicide…

Former Skadden partner may face charges related to Manafort-linked Ukraine report

Attorneys for former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner Greg Craig say he did not circulate a report put together by the law firm and involving former Trump campaign…

Female partner who sued Proskauer regarding compensation joins Polsinelli

Connie Bertram, the Proskauer Rose partner who agreed to dismiss her gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm last month, is now a shareholder with Polsinelli and Above…

Suit: Blank Rome tried to ‘play cute’ in de facto merger to defraud Dickstein partners

Sixteen former partners at Dickstein Shapiro allege in a lawsuit that Blank Rome structured a merger of the two law firms as an “asset sale” to avoid repaying money in…

2 firms each sanctioned $500 after defendant complains of ‘egregious discovery gamesmanship’
A federal judge in Seattle has ordered the law firms of Baker Donelson and Corr Cronin to pay $500 each for trying to use an apparent misunderstanding as a litigation “weapon.”
Proskauer Rose agrees to pay $63M to resolve investor claims in Stanford’s Ponzi scheme

Proskauer Rose has agreed to pay $63 million to resolve the claims of investors who lost money as a result of a Ponzi scheme by R. Allen Stanford, whose companies…

Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?
Proposals for addressing the commonplace civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income persons by authorizing limited practice by licensed nonlawyer paraprofessionals have been gaining acceptance. Unlike paralegals, such paraprofessionals provide services without supervision by an attorney. Two state supreme courts have embraced the licensed legal technician concept, and other jurisdictions are closely studying it.
Former Dewey chairman reaches agreement with SEC to pay six-figure civil penalty

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis has reached an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to pay a $130,000 civil penalty, the New York Law Journal

Fear you are talking too much to a jury? Then WAIT
When addressing a jury, lawyers can often be suckered into getting carried away with the sound of their own voices. Talking for the sake of talking. Continuing to be the center of attention because you're under the impression the jury cares what you have to say or will be more likely to find in your client's favor the longer you talk to them.
Firms provide pro bono assistance to Kansas City communities
Adopt-a-Neighborhood was conceived as a way to use pro bono work to support economic development in Kansas City’s eastside neighborhoods, where homes sit vacant and most residents qualify for Legal Aid’s help.
10 Questions: This stand-up comedian and Oregon lawyer stands up against sexual harassment

ABA Journal:: In 2002, you decided to move from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. Did you have to change your practice to adapt to a smaller legal community? Mitra Shahri: No, perverts are perverts everywhere you go.

Billie Tarascio: Her law firm is her lab
Billie Tarascio is experimenting on her law firm for the profession’s greater good.
Stephen Manning: Replicating immigrant assistance

In the summer of 2014, as unaccompanied minor immigrants arrived at the border en masse, Stephen Manning was focused on a lesser-noticed but equally pressing problem: representing mothers with young children in family detention.

Dan Linna: Taking the measure of legal innovation
When his law firm enlisted then-litigator Daniel W. Linna Jr. for a presentation on evaluating potential trial outcomes, he presented his Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn peers with a hypothetical case—a teaching approach he used later as an adjunct at the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law.
Lawyers and cognitive decline: Diminished capacity may bring ethics problems for sufferers
The most common ethical problem of a lawyer with cognitive impairment is violating the first rule of ethics—the duty of competency. Lawyers in solo or small firms often feel the impact more because there aren’t others in the office to pick up the slack.

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