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September 14, 2017


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EXIT STRATEGY – Large law firms are trying to keep women in their ranks. Career counselor Elena Deutsch has a different idea. Her virtual program, Women Interested in Leaving (Big) Law, or WILL, helps women who want to leave law firm jobs figure out their next steps. Deutsch told reporter Meghan Tribe that the clients she counsels are ambivalent about their careers but feel stuck. The course, a mix of online modules, career coaching and group discussions, costs about $1500. READ MORE HERE

NAME GAME – Squire Patton Boggs has lost its bid to claim the domain name, which is registered to a Chinese company. The rightful owner, according to an international dispute resolution panel, is China-based Qinhuangdao Hongshun Technology Development Co. Ltd. The panel also ruled that Squire Patton Boggs' claim of prior use lacked sufficient evidence as did its claims of bad faith against Qinhuangdao Hongshun. But there’s still hope for the U.S. law firm. Both parties are free to pursue other litigation or arbitration to resolve the dispute. READ MORE HERE

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DUDE! Former pot-hater Alfonse D’Amato, the last Republican to serve as a senator from New York who left in 1999, is now a senior policy adviser for the Marijuana Policy Project, which seeks to end marijuana prohibitions. But don’t call him Al “Bongs” D’Amato just yet. As Josefa Velasquez reports, the 80-year-old who staunchly opposed marijuana use back in the day is most focused on the medical use of it, at least in New York, where the Marijuana Policy Project has launched an affiliate to push for changes to the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program. READ MORE HERE

CHANGE OF TUNE – Maybe Google is anticipating a Supreme Court reversal in U.S. v. Microsoft. Or maybe it’s just tired of fighting—and losing. But the company has told the Justice Department it will start complying with warrants for data stored on overseas servers. As Ben Hancock reports, the U-turn follows a string of losses for Google and won’t apply in the Second Circuit, home of the 2016 Microsoft decision, which held foreign-stored data is beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement. The DOJ noted Google’s reversal in a reply brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. READ MORE HERE

EVOLVING E-DISCOVERY – E-discovery is a domain that seems to shift more quickly than it can be mastered. Yesterday preserving email was enough. Today it’s “Where are your employee’s texts?” Meanwhile, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure continue to cause ripples. Rhys Dipshan, who attended a conference this week presented by Exterro, offers some practical guidance. READ MORE HERE

While you were sleeping

FLYING HIGH – Turkish Airlines has whittled its list of go-to law firms from 120 to one—Eversheds Sutherland. The airline has appointed the London-based firm as the sole global legal adviser for a three-year period, Alex Berry reports. Eversheds will work on a fixed-fee basis and will handle all of the airline’s day-to-day legal matters across its flight network of 116 countries. READ MORE HERE


What you said

If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we'll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail.

The Office of Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd, in a tweet before Hurricane Irma made landfall. Judd now faces a lawsuit claiming illegal search and seizure filed by Andres Borreno, risk manager for Nexus Services Inc., which funds legal services for immigrants.


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