Law Firm Staff Are Flouting Office Returns — And Will Leave For More Remote Work

Big Law support staff aren’t just ignoring in-office mandates and flouting office policy rules. Like many of their lawyer counterparts, they’re also saying they’ll leave their current jobs to pursue greater remote-work flexibility, according to a new report this week. In a survey of law firm support staff, fifty-five percent of North American respondents and 48% … Read more

Compliance Hot Spots: Monaco Speech Prompts ‘Carrots and Sticks’ Debate + Lorretta Lynch in Airline FCPA Case + All the Firms in Major SEC Bank Settlements

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our weekly snapshot on white-collar, regulatory and compliance news and trends. We’re back after a one-week pause during an active period in the white-collar world. Today, new DOJ policies have some defense lawyers worried that the government has upset the balance of carrots and sticks in corporate enforcement. Plus, it’s … Read more

With High-Value Verdicts on the Rise, Some Attorneys Say Post-COVID Jurors Demand Accountability

Eight-figure verdicts appear to be on the rise in Pennsylvania, and some trial lawyers say the uptick in high-value plaintiff wins stems from a coronavirus pandemic-era shift in juror sensibilities. Marc Perry, principal at Post & Schell, was on the defense side of an $18.1 million trip-and-fall verdict in late August. From Perry’s anecdotal experience, the pandemic seemed to have … Read more

Elon Musk Urges 2nd Circuit to End Attorney Monitoring of His Tesla Tweets

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s legal team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan on Wednesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to terminate his 2018 consent decree with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which requires a Tesla attorney to pre-approve his tweets and other communications about the company. In … Read more

Pakistan dispatch: Pakistan’s monster monsoon is a climate catastrophe and a debt dilemma – JURIST

Law students and law graduates in Pakistan are reporting for JURIST on events in that country impacting its legal system. Here, Eisha Chaudhry, a law student in the final year of her external LL.B. program at the University of London, reflects on the floods that have lately devastated so much of Pakistan and have prompted … Read more

Human rights groups say Lesotho must address police brutality, extrajudicial killings well beyond election period – JURIST

Amnesty International Wednesday said Lesotho must address police brutality, extrajudicial killings and torture ahead of the nation’s October 7 elections. The organization has collected evidence of many instances of torture at the hands of law enforcement and hopes candidates will make human rights a priority before and after the upcoming vote. This January, the Lesotho … Read more

PayPal’s Dan Schulman Joins Keynote Speaker Lineup for Legalweek 2023

With Legalweek 2023 now less than six months away, plans for the four-day event continue to be released. Today, ALM announced that PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman will be joining next year’s Legalweek conference as a keynote speaker. Schulman will deliver his keynote address, titled How to Blend Profit and Purpose, to attendees during the conference’s Thursday, … Read more

Maine Supreme Judicial Court Invites Amicus Briefs on Right to Counsel Notification

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued an invitation for amicus briefs regarding whether state law requires an accused to be notified of the right to counsel—and to clearly waive that right—before being interrogated while in custody. Defendant Derric McClain has appealed his drug trafficking conviction on the basis that the trial court erred in its denial of his … Read more

Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine vote ‘overwhelmingly’ in favor of joining Russia – JURIST

RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency, Wednesday reported that leaders from the Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republics (LPR) were traveling to Moscow to complete the procedure of joining Russia. The results of the referenda for the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia were: Donetsk – 99.23% voted in favor of joining … Read more