Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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January 26, 2024 |

Here's What to Do When Your Firm Is Mulling a Merger

In this week's episode, Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles chats with Melinda Wallman, a London-based partner at recruiting firm Macrae about how mergers impact legal professionals'—and particularly diverse legal professionals'—careers.

By Zack Needles | Alaina Lancaster

1 minute read

January 26, 2024 | The Recorder

Implement Good Habits To Reduce Malpractice Risks

Even small steps can help break old habits that create big risks of malpractice claims, according to Dentons' Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair.

By Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair

6 minute read

January 26, 2024 | The Recorder

Prepare to Ride the Next Discovery Wave: New Initial Disclosures

New discovery rules in California require parties in most litigation matters to describe or disclose within 60 days a wide swath of information relevant to the subject matter of an action if any party so demands.

By Ron Best and Phil Favro

8 minute read

January 22, 2024 |

'Just Scratching the Surface': The Next Evolution of Generative AI in Legal

In this week's episode, Baker McKenzie's Danielle Benecke returns to the podcast to discuss where the legal industry stands with generative artificial intelligence as the technology matures.

By Alaina Lancaster | Zack Needles

1 minute read

January 22, 2024 | The Recorder

Willkie Farr Taps Bay Area Gibson Dunn Partner to Help Lead White-Collar Practice

Michael Li-Ming Wong is departing Gibson Dunn after more than 12 years at the firm.

By Alaina Lancaster

5 minute read

January 19, 2024 | The Recorder

Do Attorneys Really Listen?

For loquacious lawyers jaded by years of practice, particularly those who have had the discipline to specialize, how can we revamp, refocus and learn to listen more?

By Elisa Reiter and Daniel Pollack

6 minute read

January 18, 2024 | The Recorder

The 'Plain Language' Path for the Court to Rule, for Now, on Trump's Disqualification

"But rejecting the clear language of the 14th Amendment to say that it bars Trump from running for the office, is to fall prey to the very criticism levelled at some justices: deciding a case based on feelings and politics, rather than law," according to Rory Little, a professor at The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco.

By Rory K. Little

9 minute read

January 12, 2024 |

'I Lost Everything': An Anti-Corruption Judge on Her Escape From Afghanistan

In this week's Legal Speak episode, Judge Lida Kharooti, who served as a judge on Afghanistan's anti-corruption serious crimes court for 13 years, shares how she fled the country when the Taliban took over.

By Alaina Lancaster | Zack Needles

1 minute read

January 12, 2024 | Daily Report Online

Meet the Daily Report's New Regional Managing Editor

ALM Regional Managing Editor Michael Marciano is on board with the Daily Report.

By Alaina Lancaster

2 minute read

January 11, 2024 |

2024 Could Make or Break 'Creative' Mass Tort Bankruptcies

Although advocates for these bankruptcy strategies say they can be more efficient routes to payouts for claimants, some attorneys say judges are likely to shut down these more novel uses of the bankruptcy code.

By Alaina Lancaster

7 minute read