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NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

The New York City Bar Association is gearing up for a summer leadership training program that hopes to put diversity and inclusion tools in the hands of those who might need it most: associates. Over the course of five Fridays this summer, 50 associates, ranging in experience from fourth years to eighth years, will convene for

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Large Law Firm Opens ‘Alternative’ Services Office in South Africa

Herbert Smith Freehills is expanding its alternative legal services’ business, opening a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa where five lawyers and 20 legal analysts will conduct document review and perform due diligence-related tasks for clients. It is the fourth office that the firm has opened since 2011 that is devoted to providing clients with so-called alternative


O’Melveny Practice Leader on the Evolving State of Sports Law

Irwin Raij sees opportunities for deal lawyers as the sports industry evolves. Hired at O’Melveny & Myers this month, Raij was brought on board to co-chair the firm’s lawyer sports industry practice group, which has made several prominent additions this year. “I see sports content evolving in so many different ways,” said Raij. “I think

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Wake Up Call: Linklaters to Spin Off Chinese Law Firm

• Linklaters said it has Chinese regulatory approval to launch an independent “best friends” firm able to practice under Chinese law. Linklaters said its joint firm staffed by three Chinese partners and 16 lawyers spun off from the U.K. firm will be legal to advise on Chinese law from their office in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. (Legal Week). •

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How Lawyers Can Bring Customer Service to Their Organizations (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Central Region Enterprise & Partner Group and is based in Chicago.  By Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation A lot has been written and discussed lately about some of the customer service challenges that various companies with high-profile brands have had

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Hogan Lovells’ CEO & Akin Gump’s Chair Interview Each Other

Part 1: the Trump administration and travel ban, Brexit’s impact on the industry, and diversity and inclusion at large law firms.   Last year Big Law Business launched a video series featuring one-on-one conversations between leaders of top grossing law firms. The idea is to see a face-to-face discussion of the most important issues facing law firms today; a


Whittier Law School Closing: The First of Many?

The Whittier College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it is closing its law school, making it one of, if not the first ABA accredited law school to shut its doors. But it likely won’t be the last, legal experts predict. “Once somebody does it, it becomes much more acceptable, psychologically and politically,” said Paul Campos, a professor


Wake Up Call: Big Law Widow Awarded $3M in GSK Case

• A Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of former Reed Smith corporate partner Stewart Dolin, finding GlaxoSmithKline plc responsible for Dolin’s 2010 suicide. Stewart’s widow argued that the pharmaceutical giant failed to warn her husband’s doctor of risks linked to paroxetine, the anti-depressant Stewart was taking when he stepped in front of a Chicago subway train. (Chicago Tribune)