New Jersey Pulse

  • NJ Justices Approve Measures For Helping Atty Well-Being

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has accepted several recommendations from its committee focused on attorney well-being, paving the way for the committee to examine how attorneys can briefly postpone court dates or possibly receive an extension to meet deadlines so they can handle pressing wellness needs.

  • Proposal To Pick NJ Appeals Judges Ripped As 'Terrible Idea'

    A chorus of legal voices from across New Jersey, including state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the New Jersey State Bar Association, blasted a proposal to move the power to appoint state appeals court judges from the chief justice to the state Senate and the governor's office.

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    ABA Will Study Rape Questions' Necessity For Bar Applicants

    An American Bar Association commission will issue a report and recommendations by August on the practice of requiring would-be lawyers to disclose and discuss their experiences of sexual violence during the attorney licensure process.

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    Ballard Spahr Real Estate Pro Joins Hyland Levin In NJ

    New Jersey regional firm Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP leveled up its real estate practice this week with the hire of a Ballard Spahr LLP attorney of more than five years, bringing significant experience in commercial real estate in and out of the law.

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    DLA Piper Taps Danske Bank Officer For New AI Leader Role

    Global law firm DLA Piper has brought on the former group chief data officer for Danske Bank A/S — Denmark's largest bank — as its inaugural chief data and artificial intelligence officer, making it the latest BigLaw firm to have created an AI-related leader role to focus on the emerging technology.

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    Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Cops To $1.5M Theft From Firm

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer admitted Wednesday to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the firm and failing to pay income tax, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced.

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    These Law Schools Are The Tops For BigLaw

    The law schools at Georgetown, Harvard and Columbia are renowned for effectively serving as training grounds for BigLaw. But while they may consistently send the most graduates, other law schools are sending a higher percentage of their grads to larger firms.

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    Top Law Schools For Legal Industry Careers: By The Numbers

    Despite a growing interest in alternative career paths, most law students still gravitate towards joining private law firms, according to the American Bar Association's latest data. Find out which schools came out on top for job placements in BigLaw, federal and state court clerkships, public interest and more.

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    The Law School Legal Industry Job Tracker: Class Of 2023

    Want to know which schools are sending the highest percentage of graduates to BigLaw? How big a slice are landing those prized clerkships in federal or state courts? Explore the ins and outs of law school graduate placement in our interactive graphic.

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    How In-House Leaders Are Deploying Generative AI

    Corporate legal department leaders are using and planning to use generative artificial intelligence to automate legal tasks, manage contracts and eliminate duplicate data, panelists said at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's annual conference in Las Vegas.

  • NJ Law Firm Scores Exit In Benicar MDL Fees Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday granted Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC attorneys a quick win in a proposed class action claiming they took excessive fees from plaintiffs' settlements in multidistrict litigation over the blood pressure drug Benicar, ruling the suit alleges identical claims to another suit that has been dismissed.

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    3rd Circ. Unsure Miss. Law Saves Kavanaugh Classmate's Suit

    Weighing whether New York or Mississippi law controls a libel lawsuit that Justice Brett Kavanaugh's former classmate filed against The Huffington Post could be moot if neither state's law offers an extension for refiling claims dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction, a Third Circuit panel suggested Tuesday.

  • Prepetition Waivers Sway Invitae Judge On Kirkland Hire

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge approved the retention of Kirkland & Ellis LLP as bankruptcy counsel for debtor Invitae Corp. Tuesday, the same day he approved a $239 million sale of its assets to Labcorp.

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    Reed Smith Hires Epiq Exec As 1st Director Of Applied AI

    Reed Smith LLP has hired legal technology company Epiq's managing director of applied artificial intelligence to serve as its first director of applied AI, the firm said Tuesday.

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    FordHarrison Taps Longtime Atty As New General Counsel

    FordHarrison LLP tapped an Atlanta partner who has spent her entire career at the management-side labor and employment law firm to serve as its next general counsel.

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    Pashman Stein Sued For Malpractice Over Firm Breakup Work

    A New Jersey intellectual property attorney facing claims from Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC that he owes $88,000 in unpaid legal fees denied those allegations and countered with his own claims that Pashman Stein committed malpractice in representing him in the breakup of his old firm.

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    Why BigLaw Is Gutting Midsize Firms' Transaction Practices

    Midsize law firms have been getting pummeled lately as large law firms position themselves to take on transactional work in a warming mergers and acquisitions market, in some cases hiring away groups that make up 10% or more of the lawyers at their previous firms.

  • Law Firm Must Face COVID Test-Kit Fraud Suit, NJ Court Told

    A medical supply business has urged a New Jersey federal court to reject a Texas law firm's bid to walk away from or transfer a more than $2.45 million lawsuit alleging it took part in a scheme to dupe the company into paying for COVID-19 test kits that were never delivered. 

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    Northeast Firms Harris Beach, Murtha Cullina To Join Forces

    Midsize law firms Harris Beach PLLC and Murtha Cullina LLP on Tuesday announced plans to combine starting next year, creating one firm with a footprint across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and nearby states.

  • 3rd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Pa. Agency Atty's Firing Suit

    The Third Circuit on Monday declined to revive a former Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development attorney's suit alleging his firing violated his 14th Amendment rights, reasoning that the lawyer failed to show how his termination constitutes a deprivation of property.

  • New Jersey High Court Disbars Twice Suspended Atty

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a Morris County attorney, agreeing with a state disciplinary review board that said his failure to cooperate with their investigations and continued misconduct warrants a ban from practicing in the state.

  • Data Privacy Co. Wants Personal Info Suits In NJ State Court

    Most of the recently moved lawsuits alleging violations of a New Jersey judicial privacy law should be moved back to state court since the plaintiffs and defendants reside in the Garden State, the data privacy company behind the first-of-their-kind cases has told a New Jersey federal judge.

  • NJ-Based Kids' Clothier's GC Saw Comp Fall Under $1M In '23

    The top legal officer for New Jersey-based children's clothing company The Children's Place Inc. saw his compensation fall in 2023 from the previous year and dip below $1 million for the first time since taking the general counsel role, largely because of lower stock awards, a new securities filing shows.

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    Willis Law, Mintzer Sarowitz Combine To Form 98-Atty Firm

    The Dallas-based Willis Law Group announced the acquisition of Philadelphia-based civil defense firm Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP on Sunday, saying it will become one of the largest minority-owned firms in Texas.

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    Menendez Jury Can Hear Of Cash And Gold In Bribe Case

    A jury soon to weigh corruption charges against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez can be told about cash and gold "stuffed in pockets, in a safe, in jackets" in the New Jersey Democrat's home despite his insistence that nothing ties the money to alleged bribes, a judge ruled Monday.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners Author Photo

    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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