| DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT
The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.
Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.
We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.
Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they’re seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.
As the coming artificial intelligence revolution threatens to displace millions of human employees, experts on both sides of the management-worker divide say that lawmakers, businesses and labor groups need to figure out how to train U.S. workers to take advantage of the jobs this new technology will create.
The Seventh Circuit announced dramatic changes to the way it’s handling sexual harassment and discrimination complaints from clerks and other employees on Friday, becoming one of the first court systems in the country to overhaul its policies in the wake of allegations against former Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday swatted away appeals over whether a South Carolina strip club should have been allowed to enforce arbitration pacts it made certain dancers sign while a wage-and-hour collective action was pending, and whether a former FBI agent could raise a whistleblower retaliation defense before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
A ballot question limiting the number of patients who can be assigned to a single nurse will be asked to Massachusetts voters this fall after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Monday shot down a bid by a group of voters who challenged the question on constitutional grounds.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court’s opinion reviving an ex-police officer’s disability discrimination suit against the Jersey City Police Department over claims the agency forced him to retire instead of approving a knee replacement surgery, according to an order made available Monday.
A dishwasher at an International House of Pancakes filed a discrimination suit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court claiming a cook and other employees harassed him for not joining their prayer group and that he was eventually fired for it.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission slapped international industrial device maker IDEC Corp. with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Friday over claims that its Illinois office fired an employee it considered disabled.
WAGE & HOUR
Hartford Fire Insurance Co. analysts received class certification in Florida federal court on Monday in their suit claiming they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay and stiffed of a fair wage in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A New York federal judge has said two pharmaceutical companies run by former Ferring BV researchers may proceed with counterclaims against their former employer over who owns the intellectual property rights to an antidiuretic, finding that they had enough of a financial interest to challenge the patents.
The NFL and the Houston Texans want a court to send to arbitration claims that a pocked and scored field at NRG Stadium gave a former Philadelphia Eagles player a career-ending injury, saying the players’ union agreed that injury claims like this can only be decided in arbitration.
Citing pivotal, unsettled questions of law, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday postponed mediation and most discovery in a string of extended clawback actions filed by the liquidating trustee for F-Squared Investment Management LLC, pending resolution of dismissal motions.
Fisher Phillips said on Monday it has deepened its bench in three different cities with the addition of two labor and employment partners and one lawyer who will serve as of counsel, announcing that the two partners have come from Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP.
The basic and threshold issue of who constitutes an “employer” under the Fair Labor Standards Act often has proven surprisingly difficult to resolve, especially in cases involving allegations of “joint employer” status. Over the past few decades a clear divide has developed and widened across the circuits on the proper test for determining this status, say Jason Schwartz and Ryan Stewart of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
Three BigLaw firms are among a handful of shops that recently said they will match Cravath’s increased associate pay scale, which includes a $190,000 starting salary for first-year lawyers.
In a recent interview, Uber General Counsel Tony West discussed some of the ongoing controversies embroiling the ride-hailing giant, how startups at the cutting edge of new industries can best position themselves for long-term success and what changing a company’s culture means to him.