What is the state of Virginia's anti-SLAPP law?
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for the right to speak and to petition. Free speech and healthy debate are vital to the well-being of a democracy. In fact, the Supreme Court of the United States has declared that the right to petition the government is the founda...
Mariana González - 26 May 2022
Advice for highly effective lawyers (II): be patient, the important thing is to stay in the place you choose
When I decided to become a lawyer, there were many who told me that it was a very tough profession in which only a few resisted and very few succeeded. I remember that one lawyer that a relative of mine introduced me to. His office was in a fairly old building near the courthouse. Arriving at the do...
Luis Romero Santos - 26 May 2022
All about the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
For the past few weeks, this topic has been trending on all social media platforms, involving the well-known Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. Recalling previous legal issues of the actor, Heard had turn the public opinion against him, resulting into many p...
Mariana González - 25 May 2022
Advice for highly effective lawyers: study and train every day
There were only a few days left before the deadline for responding to a lawsuit. I was alone in my living room watching the rain outside and feeling warm with the petticoats on the table, while I held the civil code in my hands and thought about which precepts could help me win that lawsuit about de...
Luis Romero Santos - 25 May 2022
Normative hierarchy after the Maastricht Treaty
The Maastricht Treaty or Treaty of the European Union TEU was signed in the Dutch city of Maastricht on February 7, 1992, and later entered into force on November 1 of the following year. With the presence of the President of the European Parliament at the time, Egon Klepsch, the EEC became EC (from...
Mariana González - 12 May 2022
How to attract clients for your law firm through SEO positioning
SEO positioning responds to the acronym Search Engine Optimization, something like optimizing the search engine. It consists of a set of techniques to place your website in the first results of specific user searches, which is an improvement in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Page), thus increasing...
TIL - 10 May 2022
Latest protocols to streamline the management of your law firm
If one thing is clear, it is that times have changed, the circumstances have changed, as Ortega y Gasset would say. For this reason, a profession as old but necessary as the legal one must be adapted and modernized as much as possible, if it intends not to lag behind the demands of the current panor...
TIL - 10 May 2022
Dennis Kennedy presents the applications of new technologies for law firms
Dennis Kennedy is half of the duo Kenned-Mighell report, a podcast oriented towards legal technology with an Internet focus. Noted legal technologists Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell bring listeners an in-depth analysis of the latest advancements in legal technology, in addition to best practices for...
Mariana González - 06 May 2022 United States of America
Is there a growing coaching culture in your law firm or company?
Abstract    In a coaching culture, in addition to enjoying the benefits of being coached, the skills of coaching can enhance the effectiveness of lawyers, leaders and managers and improve working relationships in professional and corporate environments.  Coaching has transitioned, in...
Chris Hadfield - 26 April 2022
Transforming the Legal Industry
--- The legal industry faces many changes that will give rise to new challenges and opportunities for legal departments and law firms The legal industry is facing a highly dynamic market environment with multiple challenges basically impacting every other area of business and society.  Let's...
Tobias Heining - 25 April 2022
Why Should You Care About Growth Hacking?
--- Growth Hacking should be taken into account because it is the crossover of Value Marketing, Sales Enablement, Data & Technology as seen in the Venn diagram All Tech Businesses need to grow; it is their lifeblood. It keeps your investors happy, it drives your valuation, and maybe one day, y...
Filippo Chisari - 24 April 2022
Earth Day 2022: time to invest on our planet
Today, April 22, is the International Day for Mother Earth, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Ever since the conference of UNESCO in 1969 that took place in San Francisco, where peace activist John McConnell proposed the idea of honouring the Earth and the peace every year, and th...
Mariana González - 22 April 2022
Simmons & Simmons’ first global head of ESG
Simmons Simmons has just appointed its first global head of ESG; this Wednesday Sonali Siriwardena has joined the firm with the great responsibility of bringing together Simmons’ global ESG strategy.  “The opportunity to spearhead the external ESG strategy for Simmons is compelling...
TIL - 21 April 2022
Meet the Dead Lawyers Society
[Photo: Stas Yurchenko, Graty] Today we are moved to present a brand-new startup that is carrying out an amazing labour of recognition and visibility for the war against Russia. The initiative is a reference to the movie Dead Poets Society, conformed by over 8,000 Ukrainian lawyers that is constant...
Mariana González - 20 April 2022
A lawyers in recovery: Changing the narrative
--- Jessie Gomberg tells how she overcame her mental trauma and gives lawyer recovery advice Someone once told me to be very careful about disclosing that I am in recovery. The phrase he used was cute but ominous: “you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.” I’ve chew...
Jessie Gomberg - 19 April 2022
Expand your career with the ACC-King’s College London Mini-MBA program
Looking for a way to improve your skills, grow your knowledge and take your career to the next level? The 2022 ACC/King’s Business School Mini-MBA course for in-house lawyers will introduce participants to the essential business skills required to succeed in today's competitive corporate legal...
TIL - 18 April 2022
Why have 70% of women lawyers of color left or want to leave the legal profession?
--- According to a report by the American Bar Association (ABA), 70% of women lawyers of color in the United States have either quit or are considering quitting the legal profession  At the moment, 2% of the partners in the equity departments of large law firms are women lawyers of color. The...
TIL - 17 April 2022 United States of America
Lack of motivation? 4 tips to motivate you at work
--- Lack of motivation at work is an aspect that can reduce work productivity, so it is important to follow some tips Have you lost motivation in your work? Many lawyers find themselves stuck in their day-to-day professional life not because of a lack of desire or qualities, but because of a lack...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 16 April 2022
Knowledge Management, Geometry and Frieda Riley
--- This essay is the Preface to Jerry Lawson’s new book Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Building a Culture of Success, scheduled for publication in April 2022.     I first learned about the joy of efficiency from my high school Geometry teacher, Miss Freida Riley. On submitt...
Jerry Lawson - 15 April 2022
Life in the Law
--- UK lawyer support charity LawCare has just published research into lawyer wellbeing during the pandemic. It is detailed and thoroughly practical    On 28th September 2021 the UK legal mental health charity LawCare released findings of its research study ‘Life in the Law’...
Angus Lyon - 14 April 2022
How to optimise your return on failure
--- If you’re not willing to fail, then you will only ever embark upon safe, incremental improvements, where you have all the answers and therefore can’t fail If you’re not failing, you’re not innovating. Elon Musk’s words are echoed by most successful entrepren...
Steve Glaveski - 13 April 2022
How law firms can combat losing talent with strategies to sustainably retain staff
Across most industry sectors in the UK, staff and skills shortages have plagued businesses throughout the latter half of 2021 and early 2022, so it should be no surprise that the so-called ‘Great Resignation’ has not neglected the legal sector, where graduate starting salaries for lawyer...
Deborah Gray - 12 April 2022
How to launch a podcast for lawyers. The case of 'How I Lawyer'
--- Jonah Perlin answers some questions about his successful podcast for lawyers "How I Lawyer"   How you came up with the idea of the podcast ‘How I Lawyer’?  I teach Legal Practice at Georgetown Law (where I also went to law school). In that capacity I spend a lot of time...
Jonah Perlin - 11 April 2022
eyeWitness to Atrocities : the app that brings war crimes to justice
This brand-new app developed by the International Bar Association (IBA) with the help of LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Actually, the app exists since 2015 and has already been trained in Syria, CIS region and Vietnam, but has just gained relevance and popularity as a useful tool within the re...
Mariana González - 08 April 2022
Look outside the bubble for new opportunities
--- The technological revolution can help law firms reach more companies if they are able to see beyond the large bubble they are in Let’s face it – law firms live in a bubble. It is a large bubble, almost $1 trillion of annual revenues for the legal services industry. So, law firms ar...
Holger Zscheyge - 08 April 2022
ESG Colourwashing: a conversation with Klemen Kreča
Klemen Kreča, associate at Schönherr Attorneys at Law and Business Student at KU Leuven, is the co-author of ESG Colourwashing: Combating Modern-Day Corporate Hypocrisy, together with his former professor Timo Spitzer, internationally acclaimed Head of Legal. The essay was edited by Cambridge ...
Mariana González - 07 April 2022
"We believe that climate change is the biggest challenge for our future"
The Impact Lawyers: What objective(s) does CMS pursue through its ESG team? Döne Yalçın: Our stated objective is to fulfil our responsibilities as a company and to align our business and actions with the UN’s Global Compact. As a signatory to the Compact we are strengthening and ...
Döne Yalçın - 06 April 2022
Quinn Emmanuel (and other law firms) acting on pro bono for Ukraine
On further legal procedures related to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, latest news confirm that the US firm Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been appointed as counsel to the Ukrainian Mistry of Justice to bring proceedings against Russia, under the European Convention on Human Rights. First ...
Mariana González - 05 April 2022
How is your law firm perceived?
--- Branding often stops at a firm's logo and the colour palette set out in the brand guidelines. Sometimes consideration extends to the strap line However, the invisible side of branding - its driving force - is harder to grasp, harder to get right, and all too often forgotten in discussions abou...
Claire Rason - 04 April 2022
Mayer Brown broadens European equity capital markets offer with partner hire in Germany
Mayer Brown Capital Markets, a leading debt and equity capital markets practice advising clients across the United States, Europe and Asia, today strengthened the breadth of its offering with the hiring of Dr. Susanne Lenz. Dr. Lenz is a capital markets practitioner qualified in Germany and New Yor...
TIL - 04 April 2022
AI for Lawyers - What’s the truth?
--- AI has come to make the lawyer great by doing the tedious and complex tasks, especially related to long contracts No other technology has conjured fear like AI (Artificial Intelligence). Imagine the future with AI - and you either see the positive (like R2D2-like droid companions) or the negat...
Jim Chiang - 01 April 2022
Blakes elects its new Chair: Geoff Belsher
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), Canada’s top business law firm, has announced that Geoff Belsher has been elected the Firm’s next Chair by the Blakes partnership. Geoff’s term as Chair begins January 1, 2023. Geoff has built a pre-eminent cross-border M&A practice a...
TIL - 31 March 2022
The origins of the advocacy - The trial of Phryne
It is often said that prostitution is the oldest profession, but it turns out that the first references are to advocacy. In this article we will not only see a historical event, but also one of the possible origins of the legal profession. Phryné was famous in Ancient Greece for her beauty, ...
Mariana González - 31 March 2022
The rising influence of ESG: a new era for social empowerment
The last 2 years have been characterized by a strong corporate response to societal distress and needs. With the Covid-19 health crisis, the Black Lives Matter social protests  and the humanitarian catastrophe we are witnessing today brought on by the conflict in Ukraine, corporate aid did not ...
Giorgia Vulcano - 30 March 2022
Discover Hogan Lovells, Dentons, Linklaters and Orrick's initiative to help Afghan refugees
Hogan Lovells together with the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD), in association with law firms Dentons, Linklaters, and Orrick launched the Italian Pro Bono Collaboration for Afghan Refugees (Italian acronym CIPBRA) for the protection of Afghan refugees seeking sanctuary in I...
TIL - 30 March 2022
The State of the Legal Operations Role in Legal Departments
Legal operations is a business function or set of activities that focus on delivering legal services for the corporation in an efficient and effective manner. Dedicated legal operations staff focus on optimising how people, processes, and technology are deployed, leveraging data to inform decision-m...
Blake E. Garcia, PhD - 29 March 2022
BonelliErede and Zahaf & Partners launch an exclusive cooperation in Libya
The expansion BonelliErede embarked on into Africa and the Middle East back in 2016 has just reached a new milestone: a cooperation with Zahaf & Partners, a leading Libyan law firm with extensive experience assisting institutions and local and foreign companies. The cooperation will enable Bonel...
TIL - 29 March 2022
Could Putin be judged by a Nuremberg-inspired tribunal?
It looks like Putin and his circle are so far safe from international justice, at least while they remain in power. By invading the sovereign nation of Ukraine, under non-justifiable pretexts (de-Nazification and defence of pro-Russian population suffering from genocide in Donbas region), Russia has...
Mariana González - 28 March 2022
ACC, In Collaboration with Deloitte, Release 2022 Legal Entity Management Report
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), in collaboration with Deloitte, today released the first edition of “An Inside Look at Legal Entity Management Practices.” With over 500 organizations responding, this report provides a detailed analysis into legal entity management, also known...
TIL - 28 March 2022
Never lower your price - do this instead
We’ve all been there - we’ve had a really good scoping conversation with our client or prospect, where we’ve uncovered the main terms of the matter, we’ve told the client or prospect that we can do the work and we know they like us because they’ve laughed at all of our ...
Scott Simmons - 25 March 2022
Day for the elimination of racial discrimination
Last Monday (21st March) is globally marked as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year the UN put focus on the theme “VOICES FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM”, a simple message can be a powerful vehicle to encourage people everywhere to strengthen and conso...
Mariana González - 23 March 2022
In the spotlight: BonelliErede's ESG practice
Over the last three years, ESG has risen to the top of board agendas. In fact, it is arguably now one of the main drivers of corporate decisions, as companies are increasingly aware that failing to address ESG aspects can be financially and reputationally detrimental to business.  We at Bonell...
Stefano Simontacchi, Francesca Secondari - 23 March 2022
Mindfulness, Meditation and the legal profession
--- Practical tips and an argument for, incorporating mindfulness and meditation into the daily practice of law—for both the individual, and the profession The practice of law—be it compliance, transactional or litigation oriented—is uniquely stressful. The demands of partners an...
Jeffrey H. Bunn - 22 March 2022
Ironclad: contract management for the digital age
Contracting had never been so easy, Ironclad presents the fastest mean for contract lifecycle management, made for companies to reduce up to 80% time on contract workflow. This innovative app shows the power of digital contracting and uplifts businesses to achieve goals through operational efficienc...
Mariana González - 21 March 2022
Top 8 Legal Tech Trends to Watch in 2021/22
Technology projects innovation to all of the industries and it is hard to resist. Hard and, also, unnecessary. You will hardly find a company that didn’t benefit from engaging technology into its daily operations. In law, tech touches almost every aspect of the legal processes lawyers undertak...
Mariia Synytska - 18 March 2022
Simmons & Simmons renews managing partner for two more years
Simmons & Simmons has announced recently that managing partner Jeremy Hoyland will have his term extended by two years. This will mean that his tenure as managing partner now ends in April 2025. Jeremy has been managing partner at the firm since 2011 and is currently serving his third term in t...
TIL - 18 March 2022
How Law Firms Can Overcome Struggles With Data Privacy and Security
Data privacy and security are among the fundamental components of any type of business, not just legal services. Personal information, and data in general, has slowly but surely become the very bloodline and an extremely important asset of every modern business landscape.  *** Within the lega...
Stella Van Lane - 17 March 2022
how to listen to your client in a difficult moment
Advocacy is one of those professions where you really need to be able to multitask… at university no one will prepare you to play a psychologist, empathize with your client or tell them what they need to hear. We are social beings and outside of the labor relations we cannot avoid establishin...
Mariana González - 17 March 2022
Dentons hires new partner for Banking & Finance in the UK
Dentons has recruited Simon Prendergast as a partner in the firm's UK Banking and Finance Division. One of the leading asset based lending and receivables financing lawyers in the UK, ranked as a leading individual in both Legal 500 and Chambers, Simon joins the London office from Addleshaw Goddard ...
TIL - 16 March 2022
How to Launch a Successful E-commerce Website: The Ultimate Checklist
One of the fastest expanding sectors is that of digital marketing. By 2024, the quantity of e-commerce stores is predicted to significantly grow, making the industry one of the most attractive investment opportunities. Traditional retailers begin to realize how crucial it is to have an e-commerce s...
Jane Vyshnova - 16 March 2022
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