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Wake Up Call: 18 Firms Join Crowell Call for Trump Removal

Jan. 11, 2021, 2:21 PM

In today’s column, last year’s special bonuses for associates will likely cost big firms tens of millions of dollars; legal job losses in 2020 hit women especially hard; law students at top schools are getting specialized help to bone up for virtual interviews.

  • Leading off, Crowell & Moring said 18 law firms have signed its letter demanding that President Donald Trump be removed from office, citing his comments that helped spark a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol last week. Leaders from firms including DLA Piper, Foley Hoag, and Sullivan & Worcester, among others, have signed the letter urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust Trump. (American Lawyer)
  • Those “special bonuses” that several Big Law law firms paid associates in 2020 to thank them for their efforts during the Covid pandemic could cost over $30 million for the biggest firms, but considerably less for smaller firms. Meanwhile, eliminated travel, events, and other savings thanks to the pandemic could offset those costs for some firms, a report says. (American Lawyer)
  • U.S. legal services sector employment stayed flat in December amidst an overall decline in jobs as the pandemic continued to hurt the economy. For 2020, legal employment declined 8.4% year-on-year, overall, but it was down 13.8% for women, new analysis shows. (BLAW)
  • As students at top-ranked law schools prepare for virtual on-campus job interviews, they are getting help from acting coaches and using specialized lighting to try to get an edge. (Reuters)

Post-Election Litigation, Fallout from Last Week’s Capitol Riots

  • Close to 8,000 lawyers have signed letters by two attorney groups calling for Trump to be immediately removed. (National Law Journal)
  • Law students and alumni from Harvard, Yale and Missouri, are pressuring Republican senators to sanction two senators they say helped foment the Capital riots. (Forbes)
  • Lawyers who worked on the first impeachment proceedings against President Trump said new articles of impeachment should be considered, based on his contribution to the Capitol riots. (National Law Journal)
  • A fundraising branch of the Republican Attorneys General Association sent out a robocall encouraging people to join the pro-Trump march to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which eventually turned into a deadly riot, according to a report. (Tennessean
  • Twitter Inc. permanently banned Trump’s personal account for breaking its rules against glorifying violence. (Bloomberg News via BLAW)
  • Twitter also suspended several high-profile supporters of Trump, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell. (Bloomberg News)
  • The CEO of Parler said that since the Capitol riots the conservative bastion social app has lost its lawyers, after getting banned by Google, Apple, and Amazon. (The Verge)
  • Amazon’s move to kick Parler off its servers, and moves by Twitter, Facebook, and other services to boot Trump and his enablers, brings a long-simmering free speech fight to a boil. (Axios)
  • Dominion Voting Systems Inc. hired law boutique Clare Locke for its $1.3 billion defamation suit against former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, which argues that her unfounded election conspiracy allegations against the company amount to defamation. (Bloomberg News via BLAW) (National Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who played a major role in getting out the vote for the state’s recent Senate runoffs, is scheduled to give a keynote speech at ALM’s Legalweek February session. (Law.com)
  • Boeing Co.’s new $2.5 billion agreement with the Justice Department to settle the DOJ’s criminal probe into the 737 Max debacle takes care of one big problem, but the aircraft maker still faces other legal and business challenges. (WSJ)
  • Jailed “Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli lost his bid to delay, until his 2023 prison release, discovery in a civil case that seeks his lifetime ban from the pharmaceutical industry. (New York Law Journal)

Laterals, Moves

  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe recruited three corporate partners from rival Big Law firms Kirkland & Ellis, Cooley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. (BLAW)
  • After a quarter century at Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco-based intellectual property litigator Wesley Overson jumped to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner. (The Recorder)
  • Hybrid consulting firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips expanded its digital and technology group, adding former Motion Picture Association counsel and executive Farnaz Alemi as a partner in Los Angeles. Alemi, a former attorney at two Big Law firms, joins most recently from PwC. Manatt also added two tech consultants as managing directors. (Manatt.com)
  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS said retired Michigan county presiding judge James M. Alexander joined its panel in Detroit. (JAMSadr.com)
  • Olshan Frome Wolosky said it hired prominent white collar defense and government investigations lawyer Robert Appleton as a partner. Appleton, a former supervisory assistant U.S. attorney and former chairman of the U.N. anti-corruption task force, advises on cross-border investigations, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among other matters. (Olshanlaw.com)
  • Cozen O’Connor got Reed Smith partner Paul Connell as a member in its state attorneys general practice. Connell is a former Wisconsin deputy state attorney general and former federal prosecutor. (American Lawyer)
  • California real estate firm Miller Starr Regalia added litigation associates Samantha Chen and Nicholas E. Ma in Walnut Creek. (MSR)

In-House

  • Salesforce promoted an in-house attorney to general counsel. (Corporate Counsel)
  • Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc.‘s India e-commerce operation, Flipkart, added two veteran in-house lawyers. (BLAW)
  • Energy industry in-house veteran Kimberly Warnica is going back to Marathon Oil Corp. to be its general counsel. Warnica, who has been top lawyer at Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. since 2018, will replace former legal chief Reginald Hedgebeth, who left the Houston-based company last December. (BLAW)

Promotions

  • Kleinberg Kaplan promoted one lawyer to partner. (KKWC.com)
  • LPA-CGR Avocats, a 180-lawyer French firm, said it promoted three lawyers (one woman) to partner. (LPALaw.com)

Technology

  • Social media platforms face little legal liability for what they decide to share or delete from their platforms, lawyers said. (Legaltech News)

Legal Education

  • Nearly three-quarters of first-time test takers passed California’s online October bar exam. That’s the highest pass rate in 12 years, coming after the test was moved online and the minimum passing score reduced. (BLAW)
  • The California Bar okayed a plan under which over 2,000 students who narrowly failed the bar exam in recent years can get licenses, if they got the recently lowered passing score. (BLAW)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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