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Loose Lips Sink Ships: The Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Dangers of “Public” Reliance Upon Your Attorney’s...

Public agencies often secure opinions from legal counsel to guide their actions. However, these agencies should be aware that what they say in public about the advice given may jeopardize the confidentiality of the legal...more

Why Does BigLaw Have So Few Black Partners?  [Video]

June 3, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Aric Press, editor-in-chief at ALM, talks with Lee Pacchia about a recent survey released by The American Lawyer that shows large law firms struggling to recruit black lawyers and promote them to...more

ATL Law School Rankings: All About The Jobs  [Video]

May 7, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Elie Mystal, editor at Above the Law, talks with Lee Pacchia about their new(ish) law school rankings. Mystal says ATL's rankings attempt to favor a law school's track record with finding...more

Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Mike McDevitt, CEO for Tandem Legal Group, is not a lawyer, but thanks to an obscure rule in Washington, D.C.'s code of ethics for lawyers he is able to have an ownership interest in the law...more

Watergate Inspires After 40 Years

The audience sat rapt as Bill Ruckelshaus — former Deputy Attorney General of the United States — shared lessons for lawyers from Watergate, now 40 years past. Ruckelshaus resigned his number two position at the Justice...more

Sipping From the Fire Hose: Techniques for Managing E-Discovery and Evidence in Litigation

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at noon Pacific Time, I will present a webinar for SFTLA entitled “Sipping From the Fire Hose: Techniques for Managing E-Discovery and Evidence in Litigation.” If you are reading this post before...more

MacEwen: Weil Gotshal Layoffs Start of Wave  [Video]

June 27 (Bloomberg Law) -- Weil, Gotshal & Manges' announcement this week it is firing 60 associates and 110 support staffers, and cutting the pay of about 30 partners, is the start of a wave of such downsizings, according to...more

NALP: 18-Year Low for Law Grad Employment  [Video]

June 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- James Leipold, Executive Director for the National Association for Law Placement, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's annual report on the job market for law school...more

Are Political Intelligence Practice Groups Too Risky?  [Video]

May 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Robert Walker, attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the legal and ethical implications of law firms selling political intelligence. Last month, the SEC issued...more

Client Biz Dev: You're Doing It Wrong  [Video]

May 16 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trevor Faure, Global Leader of Legal Services for Ernst & Young, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that the needs of general counsels at large corporations have changed in recent years and that most...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Trustees Sleep Easy after High Court Ruling  [Video]

May 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trustees of all types are sleeping easier, knowing that their liabilities for theft by a co-trustee is a debt that can be wiped out in bankruptcy as a result of a unanimous Supreme Court decision...more

Could This Law School Ranking Unseat US News?  [Video]

May 9 (Bloomberg Law) -- Elie Mystal, editor at Above the Law, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that his blog's new law school rankings sought to list the top 50 American law schools by relying on an "outcome based"...more

With Radical Changes, Law Firms Can Beat Recession [Video]

May 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Just as legal process outsourcers are stealing business from law firms today by doing it cheaper, they too will face pressure in the coming years from technologies that can do the the job even cheaper...more

Cybersecurity Lobbying Booming: How Law Firms Can Profit  [Video]

April 5 (Bloomberg Law) -- In recent months, a wave of lawyers and consultants have taken to lobbying various members of the federal government on cybersecurity issues. David Ransom, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, talks...more

Weekly Brief: $350K in Wine Leads to $14M Lawsuit [Video]

Mar. 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. The US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two landmark civil rights cases focusing on gay marriage. Also, Italy's Supreme...more

Weekly Brief: Are Scholarships a Bait-and-Switch For Law Students?  [Video]

Mar. 21 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. A new study shows an average of 69% of law students retain their scholarships after their first year. Also, we have a look at...more

Weekly Brief: New Round of Layoffs Hit Law Firms [Video]

March 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. New Jersey-based Archer & Greiner PC is the latest law firm to announce layoffs of attorneys and staff. Also, counsel for...more

Ritholtz: Insurance Regulators Should Oversee Derivatives [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- Barry Ritholtz, CEO at Fusion IQ, and Tangent Capital Partners' Bob Rice talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the current state of the derivatives market and a recent initiative by ISDA to...more

The Litigation Graphics Lesson in the "Wealth Inequality in America" Video

I always like to share examples of what I consider powerful graphics to give attorneys ideas on what’s possible to create for use in litigation. This morning, I was struck by a video going viral that describes economic...more

Could A US-EU Free Trade Deal Harm The WTO? [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced plans to negotiate and execute a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Jim Bacchus, partner at...more

How Graphics Help the President Persuade and Can Help Attorneys Too

In this post, I show some examples from the State of the Union Address that might help attorneys improve their own use of charts and graphs in litigation. Visualizing and presenting data in an engaging, persuasive way is...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Rakoff Reverses Himself in Madoff Case  [Video]

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Judges rarely reverse themselves. When U.S. District Jed Rakoff recanted a ruling he made previously in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc., the reversal was important...more

Weekly Brief: Will RBS Plead Guilty In LIBOR Scandal?  [Video]

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. US authorities are currently trying to get RBS to plead guilty to allegations it took part in the LIBOR rigging scandal. Also,...more

Law Prof: Schools May Close if 2-Year Program Adopted  [Video]

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- A proposal to allow students to leave law school after two years, take the bar and practice could lead to fewer law schools, according to one of its authors, Professor Samuel Estreicher of New York...more

Weekly Brief: Patent Jury Awards, Law Firm Hiring, Scalia's Hat [Video]

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. Last year we saw large jury awards in patent cases, but also a steep drop off in securities class action lawsuits. Also, law...more

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