Delaware Pulse

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    As Debt Rises, New Grads More Likely To Pick Law Firm Jobs

    More than half of recent law school graduates are choosing jobs at law firms, an uptick from recent years, and some students and administrators say there’s a simple reason: mounting student loan debt.

  • Chancery Tosses Qualcomm Investor's Diversity Suit

    A shareholder who sued Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly misleading the public and investors about its efforts to diversify its board has failed to show that the company didn't consider diverse candidates, Delaware's Court of Chancery said Thursday, dismissing the shareholder's case.

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    Debt Collection Agency Names New GC, VP For Compliance

    Delaware-based debt collection agency Phillips & Cohen Associates Ltd. announced Thursday that a former litigation attorney at an Atlanta boutique firm was appointed its new general counsel and senior vice president of global compliance.

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    Baird Mandalas Administrator Is Now Chief Operating Officer

    Delaware-headquartered Baird Mandalas Brockstedt & Federico LLC has promoted an administrator to chief operating officer so he can take on additional duties to help steer the firm's strategic vision moving forward.

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    Potter Anderson Gets Ex-Richards Layton Commercial, IP Atty

    Delaware firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP has hired an attorney who worked at fellow First State stalwart firm Richards Layton & Finger PA for more than eight years.

  • Arendi Seeks Revival Of Google, Oath IP Rows At Fed. Circ.

    Arendi SARL has urged the Federal Circuit to revive its two data system patent lawsuits alleging infringement by Google and Oath Holdings, arguing in part that the lower court erred when it failed to find the patents eligible.

  • Tesla Slams Class Bid For Musk Shares Lockdown In Del.

    Attorneys for Elon Musk and Tesla Inc. and its board have blasted class attorney motions to sequester billions worth of the automotive company's shares as an improper attempt to shield a nonfinal court ruling on Musk's 10-year compensation plan and as potential interference in a Tesla bid to reincorporate in Texas.

  • Trashing Of IP Case Wrongly Cut Atty Fees, Del. Justices Told

    An attorney for a client who saw all claims against him dropped before trial in a suit focused on allegedly purloined trash-handling trade secrets urged Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday to reverse the Chancery Court's purported failure to hear his attorney fee claim.

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    ABA Directs Attys To Avoid Sharing Client Info On Listservs

    It is in the best interest of clients for their legal counsel to avoid sharing information related to representation while seeking advice in an online listserv forum, if the comments or questions could be connected to a client's identity, according to American Bar Association guidance published Wednesday.

  • GCs Seeing More Risk In Increased Cross-Border Expansions

    As multinational companies continue to grow across borders, in-house legal teams face more complexity and risk to stay on top of global issues, according to a new study released Wednesday.

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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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    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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    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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    The Top Law Schools For Every Career Path: Class Of 2023

    The list of go-to schools for BigLaw hasn’t changed all that much in terms of volume, but it does shift by proportion from year to year. Find out which schools came out on top for job placements in firms of 501 or more attorneys, federal and state court clerkships, and other legal industry sectors.

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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.

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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.

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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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    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.

  • Margolis Edelstein Gets Rehearing In Del. Malpractice Case

    Delaware's Supreme Court has granted Margolis Edelstein's bid for a rehearing by the full five-justice court of an April ruling that revived an insurer's malpractice suit claiming its incompetence caused the insurer to have to settle a case for $1.2 million.

  • Margolis Edelstein Wants Redo Of Malpractice Ruling In Del.

    Margolis Edelstein wants the Delaware Supreme Court to reconsider its decision reviving an insurer's malpractice suit claiming its incompetence caused the insurer to have to settle a case for $1.2 million, and is asking the full court to rehear the matter.

  • 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.

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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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    How To Make The Leap From BigLaw To Legal Recruiter

    The legal recruiting industry is made up of many former practicing lawyers, but not every BigLaw associate or partner is poised to make it in the world of recruiting.

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Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 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.

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