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    Davis Wright Adds Tech Attorney In DC From Perkins Coie

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has hired a former Perkins Coie LLP counsel who advises on complex technology transactions between market-leading companies, the firm announced.

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    McGlinchey Head Talks Firm's 50th Anniversary

    McGlinchey Stafford PLLC's managing member recently spoke to Law360 Pulse about the New Orleans-based firm's 50th anniversary, its plans for growth and how it tries to build and maintain a supportive culture.

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    Hinshaw AI Policy Embraces New Tech, With 'Guardrails'

    As generative AI platforms rapidly advance, law firms are hastening to develop policies that address ethical and legal concerns arising from the new technology — including the latest firm to jump into the fray, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Here, Law360 Pulse talks with general counsel Steven Puiszis about Hinshaw's new policy and how it took shape.

  • PACER Overcharge Attys Net $24M As Feds' $125M Deal OK'd

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval to the U.S. government's $125 million deal ending class action claims that the judiciary charges users excessive fees to run the federal courts' PACER records system, signing off on nearly $23.9 million in fees to the nonprofit plaintiffs' attorneys.

  • 7th Circuit Nominee Fends Off Complaints About Case Backlog

    U.S. District Judge Nancy Maldonado has one of the largest case backlogs among federal district judges, several Republican senators said Wednesday, insisting President Joe Biden made the wrong choice in nominating her to join the Seventh Circuit.

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    Biden Taps Judicial Nominees For 6th Circuit, SDNY

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a new slate of judicial nominations, including a current U.S. attorney tapped for a Sixth Circuit seat and another federal prosecutor up for a judgeship in the Southern District of New York.

  • DC Judicial Pick Faces GOP Scrutiny Over Jones Day Work

    Republican lawmakers Wednesday criticized the BigLaw track record of a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • Study Sees Promise For Gen AI Tools In Closing Justice Gap

    Widespread access to generative artificial intelligence tools could help increase access to justice for low-income Americans, according to a new study that found these tools largely boosted productivity for legal aid lawyers.

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    ABA Gives Advice To Avoid Atty Conflict Hitting Whole Firm

    An American Bar Association ethics opinion released Wednesday offers new guidance on when a lawyer's conflict of interest after meeting with a prospective client should be considered to impact the whole firm and how lawyers can try to avoid sparking that whole-firm conflict.

  • IRS Withholding Docs On Partnership Audits, Baker Atty Says

    The Internal Revenue Service has not responded to a request for documents pertaining to the agency's scrutiny of large partnerships and should be forced to disclose them, an attorney with Baker McKenzie told a D.C. federal court.

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    Former Rutgers GC Tapped As New President Of American U.

    A former top attorney for Rutgers University in New Jersey and onetime associate with Morgan Lewis has a new title elsewhere in the world of higher education — president of American University.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Longtime White & Case Arbitration Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited the longtime leader of White & Case LLP's Latin America arbitration practice to serve as global co-chair of its international arbitration practice.

  • Trump Allies Say DC Circ. Gave Partisan Attys 'A Loaded Gun'

    The D.C. Circuit's rejection of former President Donald Trump's purported immunity from indictment will trigger "the complete partisan weaponization of criminal law" and empower officeholders to "clear the field of their political rivals," supporters of the beleaguered ex-president told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • Nevada Dem. Says She Can't Support 3rd Circ. Nom.

    U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, on Tuesday became the first Democrat to publicly say she cannot support Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, if confirmed.

  • Schumer Scolds McConnell For Judge-Shopping Policy Rebuff

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday lauded the Judicial Conference's updated policy on random case assignments to prevent litigants from judge-shopping, saying that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against the policy since it'd make it tough for hard-right partisans "to hijack our courts for their purposes."

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    Trump Asks Supreme Court For Absolute Criminal Immunity

    Former President Donald Trump implored the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to find that former presidents are absolutely immune from criminal charges related to official acts, warning the court that its adoption of a fact-specific test could appear as a "gerrymandered ruling tailored to deprive" him alone of immunity.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    Miller Canfield Names IP Litigator As Next CEO

    Michigan-based firm Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has named a co-head of both its litigation and intellectual property practices as its next CEO, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    WilmerHale Elevates 5 Leaders Known For High-Stakes Work

    WilmerHale unveiled five major firmwide and office leadership appointments on Monday, elevating practice and department leaders on both coasts as the firm continues making its mark on headline-grabbing disputes.

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    Michael Best Strategies Adds Ex-Capitol Hill Chief Of Staff

    Michael Best Strategies LLC, the lobbying arm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has hired a former congressional staffer who most recently helped lead the office of Nebraska Republican Sen. Pete Ricketts, the group announced Tuesday.

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    Migrant Arrest Law On Hold Again Pending 5th Circ. Hearing

    Texas' Senate Bill 4 authorizing immigrant deportations by state and local law enforcement is on ice again — just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court let it take effect, only to be followed by the Fifth Circuit restoring a hold on the law and scheduling a hearing for Wednesday morning.

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    Ropes & Gray Adds Former Cooley Antitrust Partner In DC

    Ropes & Gray LLP has added a longtime Cooley LLP partner who has helped guide some of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions in recent years, some of which totaled multiple billions of dollars, the firm announced Monday.

  • Pro-Trump Mich. Atty Evading Warrant Arrested In DC

    A Michigan attorney facing state criminal charges of tampering with voting machines was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday after she was arrested following a hearing in separate defamation litigation brought by Dominion Voting Systems.

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    Justices Say Courts Can Review Immigration Hardship Denial

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a Trinidad and Tobago native's bid to cancel his removal based on the hardship it would cause his U.S. citizen son, ruling that circuit courts do have authority to review mixed questions of law and fact.

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