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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
FULL HOUSE - Gordon Caplan, the Willkie Farr partner on leave from the firm following charges tied to the college admission’s scandal, has an initial appearance in Boston federal court set for April 3, alongside defendant actress Lori Loughlin. Roy Strom reports that lawyers for Caplan, who prosecutors say spent $75,000 to have his daughter’s standardized test score fudged, asked to push back the appearance from March 29 because of a scheduling conflict. A magistrate judge granted the request Thursday.
JURIS DIGITAL - Legal education has been slow to embrace online coursework, but, as Frank Ready reports, two law schools are taking advantage of a revised ABA rule that helps to expand online offerings. University of New Hampshire School of Law has a hybrid JD program focusing on IP, technology and information law. Washburn University School of Law now has a Third Year Anywhere program, where students can work in externships while completing third-year courses online.
TRAINING PAIN - Even companies in highly-regulated and litigation-heavy industries with the most sophisticated e-discovery operations do not have adequate e-discovery training for their legal teams, Victoria Hudgins reports. A study from a Duke Law e-discovery affiliate and Exterro Inc. shows that although pharmaceutical and finance industries reported the greatest e-discovery process maturity, they failed, like their fellow respondents, to report significant e-discovery training.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
BIG PUSH - Sixty-five general counsel from major companies in the U.K. and Europe have signed a statement calling for law firms to push harder for diverse ranks. Rowan Bennett reports that Royal Dutch Shell legal director Donny Ching is spearheading the initiative, along with Unilever chief legal officer Ritva Sotamaa, Anglo American group general counsel Richard Price, BHP Billiton group general counsel Caroline Cox, and Vodafone group general counsel Rosemary Martin.
WHAT YOU SAID
“As big as Los Angeles is, everyone in the media and entertainment industry still knows each other.”
— LEE BRENNER, ONE OF NINE ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA LAWYERS FROM KELLEY DRYE TO JUMP TO VENABLE IN L.A.
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