Texas Pulse

  • Texas Planning To Use New Bar Exam In 2028, Justices Say

    The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it expects to adopt a new bar examination beginning in July 2028 after considering public comments.

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    The Case For BigLaw Being More Transparent About Suicides

    While BigLaw's suicide prevention efforts emphasize open communication around mental health, firms are largely less transparent about how they'd respond to the suicide of an employee.

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    Baker McKenzie Promotes 66 To Partner In 2024

    Baker McKenzie said Wednesday that 66 lawyers are being promoted to partnerships in 2024, its smallest yearly intake of newly elevated partners in a decade, though it has also hired nearly 50 partners over the past year.

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    Stone Hilton Brings On Litigation Pro From Austin Boutique

    The newest partner to join the roster of boutique litigation, appellate and government relations firm Stone Hilton PLLC came aboard from Austin boutique Ewell Brown Blanke & Knight LLP and also boasts experience at BigLaw outfits like Vinson & Elkins LLP and Covington & Burling LLP.

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    Kroger Using Annual Meeting To Stress Value Of Merger

    As grocery chain The Kroger Co. prepares to defend its proposed merger with Albertsons Cos. later this summer, it's using its virtual annual meeting on Thursday to trumpet its value to shareholders, to communities and to workers.

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    Schouest Bamdas Opens Dallas Office With 6-Partner Hire

    Schouest Bamdas Soshea BenMaier & Eastham PLLC has expanded its footprint in Texas by launching a new office in Dallas with six new partners from Hartline Barger LLP, it said in an official announcement Tuesday.

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    Small Firms Put Unique Spin On Summer Associate Programs

    As the competition for sought-after BigLaw summer associateships continues to ramp up, some small firms and boutiques are seeing an opportunity to develop their own programs to attract law students looking to gain valuable experience.

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    Legal Office Leasing Stayed Strong In Q1, Cushman Says

    Cushman & Wakefield said in a report Tuesday that the legal sector continued to take on real estate at a strong clip in the first quarter of 2024 after reaching records among office leases in both 2022 and 2023.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Nazarian Touts Mentorship

    Judge Douglas Nazarian of the Appellate Court of Maryland has given a lot of thought to clerkships since he took the bench more than 11 years ago.

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    A Look At Husch Blackwell's $5M Bet On AI Technology

    Since artificial intelligence developer OpenAI debuted ChatGPT, several legal tech companies and law firms have launched their own tools leveraging generative AI. Here is a look at how Husch Blackwell LLP is using the technology.

  • Immigration Org.'s Attys Can Be In Union, NLRB Official Says

    Attorneys at a nonprofit providing immigration legal services may remain in a voluntarily recognized union bargaining unit, a National Labor Relations Board regional director concluded, saying the attorneys are not supervisors who are excluded from unionizing under federal labor law.

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    AST SpaceMobile Adds Financial Chief To CLO's Duties

    Texas-based telecommunications company AST SpaceMobile Inc. has made changes to its executive leadership team, including adding the company's chief financial officer duties to its top attorney.

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    White & Case Adds King & Spalding Energy Pro In Houston

    White & Case LLP announced Tuesday that it has strengthened its global project development and finance practice, its global energy industry group and its U.S. construction practice with a partner in Houston who came aboard from King & Spalding LLP.

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    Winston's Chicago Leader On 'New Era' And Firm's Roots

    Bill O’Neil recently took over as Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office managing partner. He talked to Law360 Pulse about his goals for the 171-year-old office, which include growth.

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    More Law Schools Boosting AI In Curricula

    Law schools are increasingly incorporating artificial intelligence into their curricula, including dedicated AI courses and opportunities for students to use AI tools, signaling a trend that the technology is becoming essential for future lawyers, according to results from an American Bar Association survey released Monday.

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    Michelman & Robinson Hires 1st Chief Growth Officer In NY

    Los Angeles-headquartered Michelman & Robinson LLP is focusing on its expansion goals with the addition of its first-ever chief growth officer, a seasoned law firm leader whose resume includes a stint serving as chief talent officer for Greenberg Traurig LLP, according to a Monday announcement.

  • Jurisdictional Discovery Ordered In NJ COVID Test Fraud Suit

    A New Jersey federal court has denied without prejudice a dismissal bid and ordered "tightly-targeted and prompt jurisdictional discovery" in a Garden State medical supply business' complaint accusing a Texas attorney and his solo practice of aiding in an alleged $2.45 million fraud scheme involving COVID-19 test kits that were never delivered.

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    Akin Adds Capital Markets Partner From Kirkland In Houston

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced Monday that it has fortified its capital markets practice with the addition of a partner in Houston who arrived from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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    Duane Morris Appoints New Immigration Law Chair

    Philadelphia-based Duane Morris LLP announced on Friday the appointment of business immigration partner Ted J. Chiappari as chair of its immigration division, part of its employment, labor, benefits and immigration practice.

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    Winstead Adds Real Estate Pro From Fried Frank In Dallas

    Winstead PC announced Monday that it has bolstered its real estate development and investment group with a shareholder in Dallas who came aboard from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

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    The Most Surprising Aspect For GCs So Far In 2024? AI

    This month, Law360 Pulse asked general counsel what has surprised them so far in 2024. Artificial intelligence was front of mind for many attorneys heading into the year, with the technology's rapid growth and expanding influence forming a common thread among the responses.

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    New Head Of Winston & Strawn Chicago HQ Started As Intern

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Monday that it has named Bill O'Neil, a trial attorney and securities litigation partner, as its new Chicago office managing partner.

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    Biz Leaders, Attys Worry AI Regs Are Insufficient, Create Risk

    Most corporate executives and top lawyers are concerned that current regulations on generative artificial intelligence are inadequate and leave them exposed to risk, according to a new report by Berkeley Research Group LLC.

  • Holland & Knight Hires Kirkland & Ellis Partner In Houston

    Holland & Knight LLP has hired a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner in Texas, who focuses his practice on income tax matters and the tax aspects of cross-border and complex transactions, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Dentons Hires Reed Smith Corporate Partner In Houston

    Dentons has hired a former Reed Smith LLP partner, who has joined the firm's corporate, tax and private client practice in Houston, the firm announced Friday.

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Expert Analysis

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

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    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

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