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February 06 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How Women Are Rising Up in IP Law

Marilyn Hall Patel, former chief judge of the Northern District of California, and Dechert's Katherine Helm discuss.

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US Bank's GC Urges Firms to Think More Aggressively on Diversity

"We've established a program we call 'spotlight on talent,' whereby we invite preferred law firms to apply for the opportunity

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Mandatory Bar Dues Are Defended as Challenges Pile Up at Supreme Court

"A bar association is not the exclusive representative of its membership in any context. A lawyer is always free to

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Mental Health Care 2.0: What’s Next in Healing Minds and Bodies of Legal Professionals?

The Chief Human Resources Officer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman writes that as human professionals and as human

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Ransomware Attacks Hit Three Law Firms in Last 24 Hours

Five U.S. law firms — three in the last 24 hours — have been among the companies and organizations targeted by a new round of ransomware attacks. In two of the cases, a portion of the firms’ stolen data has already been posted online, including client information.

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January 30 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

California Supreme Court Confirms Former Beneficiary’s Standing to Contest Trust

To the relief of many trusts and estates practitioners, the court's decision brings an end to the short-lived 'Barefoot'

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Judiciary Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson Will 'Hold the Line' on Privacy in 2020

Termed-out lawmakers sometimes step down from their committee chairs during their final months in office, but Hannah-Beth.

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The Vanguard and the Vision: A Key Network Binds African American Managing Partners

For the few African American partners leading major firms or key offices, the air is rare. A network that started in

Read the full story at The New York Law Journal

 

California may offer more opportunities for JDs taught entirely online

ABA-accredited law schools can only offer up to one-third of their credits online. But a recent rule change by the State Bar of California means that state-accredited law schools there can teach JD programs entirely online.

Read the full story at The ABA Journal

 

Data Privacy: Building Compliant and Adaptable Systems

Rather than trying to institute changes to comply with every new privacy law as it emerges, a better approach is to

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Why you should insist on diversity in your law practice

Showing up on my first day as an associate at a prestigious law firm in Manhattan, the receptionist asked me whose daughter I was. She assumed I was visiting my father, presumably a partner.

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US Supreme Court Quashes USPTO Fee Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken: challenging U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rulings no longer carries an

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January 23 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Morgan Lewis eData Founder: Legal Should View Data ‘The Way Silicon Valley Does’

As part of the Legalweek 2020 Q&A series, Legaltech News speaks with Morgan Lewis partner and 'troublemaker' Tess Blair

Read the full story at The New York Law Journal

 

Justice Chin's Retirement Gives Newsom Chance to Shape Supreme Court

As Gov. Gavin Newsom gears up to make an appointment to the California Supreme Court, one person won’t be offering him any guidance: Justice Ming Chin.

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‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down

Third-party funding is a recipe for Big Law attorneys to increase their book of business and make clients happy, says

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First Black Woman Appointed as Justice to California’s First District Court of Appeal

Judge Teri Jackson will join the court's third division after blazing the trail for other women of color at the San

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January 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Justice Ming Chin Announces Retirement From California Supreme Court

"The judicial system has faced some major challenges in my time on the bench, but I believe the branch is now in a strong.

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Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond to Retire Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe

The Google parent company notified the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that Drummond is retiring, effective

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Judiciary Poised to Receive $2B in Courthouse Upgrades Under California Budget

The governor's $222.2 billion proposed budget includes money for a court navigator program for unrepresented litigants

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U.S. Justice Department says Virginia action would come too late to ratify ERA
 
The U.S. Justice Department says the Equal Rights Amendment can no longer be ratified because its deadline expired decades ago, throwing a barrier in the path of activists who want the amendment enacted if ­Virginia’s new, majority Democratic legislature approves it.

 

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January 09 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 9, 2020

Walmart Truck Drivers' $55 Million Unpaid Wages Award Survives at Ninth Circuit

The more than decade-long case seeks to answer an increasingly prevalent question in California courts: When do employers

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The 7 big Supreme Court cases to watch in 2020

The Supreme Court will hear a slate of highly charged disputes when the justices return to the bench in the new year and resume one of the most politically volatile terms in recent memory.

Read the full story at The Hill

 

'Revolutionary Changes' Coming to Legal Industry, Report Finds

Economic indicators are strong, but emerging models may carry big risks for law firms that fail to adapt

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Immigration Judges, Joined by Latham & Watkins, Fight DOJ Effort to Decertify Union

On Tuesday, Federal Labor Relations Authority regional attorney William Kirsner began hearing testimony over a DOJ petition

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'Indefensible': Hundreds of Lawyers Criticize McConnell Over Senate Impeachment Trial

The letter's signatories include a number of prominent attorneys, including former Latham & Watkins global chairman

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December 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 19, 2019

Palo Alto Networks Case Provides Lessons on Protecting Confidential Records and Preventing Insider Trading

In-house leaders typically don't serve as gatekeepers for a firm's sensitive data, but they can play an important role

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NALP Report Details Slow Progress on Law Firm Diversity

Fewer than 8% of equity partners at U.S. law firms are minorities, and only about one of every five equity partners

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Monsanto Appeals First Federal Roundup Verdict

The March 27 verdict, for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, defied "regulatory judgment" and "sound science," Monsanto's lawyers

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Marvin Starr, Founder of Real Estate Firm Miller Starr Regalia, Dies at 91

Starr launched the firm in Oakland in 1964 with partners Harry Miller and Ed Regalia, his contemporaries at the University

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Judge Demands Resignation of Lawyer Who Wrote Profanity-Laced Emails

"You just trashed your profession," U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II told attorney Christopher Hook at a hearing Monday

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Facebook Gets A Thumbs Up on Data Transfer from EU to US From Top EU Court Adviser

A senior legal adviser at the European Union's Court of Justice said in a non-binding opinion that Facebook's standard.

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December 12 Digest

Posted By Tanwi Negi, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Suit Claims PayPal Tramples Attorney-Client Privilege With 3rd-Party Access to Attorney Fees

A San Diego paralegal is trying to salvage fees he says he lost as a result of the company's policy of "unrestricted

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California Falls to No. 2 on Annual 'Judicial Hellholes' List

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where a jury awarded an $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, took the

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The DOJ Moves To Terminate the Paramount Consent Decrees: Is This the End of the Movie Industry as We Know It?

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Karen Hoffman Lent and Kenneth Schwartz discuss the legal implications

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SoCal Prosecutor Patrick Bumatay Confirmed to Ninth Circuit Seat

Bumatay, whose nomination was opposed by California's Democratic senators, is the first openly gay appellate judge and

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On the Rise: Voices from Young Lawyers

Leading attorneys share the lessons they've learned in legal practice

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November 21 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Slim Majority of Test-Takers Passed California’s July Bar Exam

For the first time in six years, a majority of people taking the most recent California bar exam passed, according to.

Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

New Network of High Schools Aims to Boost Diversity in Legal Education and Beyond

The Law School Admission Council and Street Law have partnered to create the first directory of high schools that focus.

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Newsom Picks SF Judge Teri Jackson for First District Appeals Court

If confirmed, Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson would be the first African American woman ever to serve on the San Francisco

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With Data as National Security Threat, Big Law's Appetite for Government Officials Grows

The federal government has been watching closely for national security issues related to company's data collection practices

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In Employment Landscape, Context Still Matters for Zero-Tolerance Policies

Shortsighted enforcement of rigid policies can cause more harm than good when context isn't taken into account.

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November 14 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Firms Build Veteran Groups With an Eye on Community Service, Pro Bono

"There's a certain synergy between what we do in the military—in terms of planning, having a mission and getting

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Calif. Bars the Calculation of Tort Damages Based on Race, Gender and Ethnicity

The law, which is the first of its kind, expressly prohibits reductions of damages for lost future earnings in personal.

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The Big Gun Rights Case SCOTUS Never Took: No Appeal for Remington Over Sandy Hook

Remington Arms Co. LLC's won't get its day before the U.S. Supreme Court, which Tuesday denied certiorari in an appeal.

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Justice Gorsuch Raises Key Question Against Trump's Move to Rescind DACA

Noel Francisco, the U.S. solicitor general, disputes the contention from DACA supporters that the Trump administration

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What Newsom's First Judicial Picks Reveal About His Appointment Philosophy

Conversations with two of Newsom's first judicial appointees, as well as a review of the resumes of nine others, offer.

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November 07 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 7, 2019

Quinn Emanuel Says Clients Can Pay in Bitcoin

The litigation megafirm says it considered the legal ethics implications of cryptocurrency payments before joining the.

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

The Intersection of the California Consumer Privacy Act and California’s Preexisting Consumer Protection Statutes

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) contains an explicit prohibition, along with implicit safe harbors, likely

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Gig Companies Set Lobbying Records Amid Fight Against Landmark Labor Bill

The intense lobbying, however, was not enough to overcome organized labor's support for AB 5, a new law that makes it.

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ABA 'Not Qualified' Rating and Blue Slips Dominate Hearing for Ninth Circuit Nominees

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on two nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday, senators from both political parties raised dueling concerns about how the judicial confirmation process currently plays out.

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There’s (Not) An App for That: Solving the Legal Profession’s Mental Health Problem

Because these tools actually can make struggles worse, their role should be secondary.

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