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- Criminal Defense Community Responses to COVID-19: Working to Decrease the Number of People in Detention March 19, 2020This week, while the U.S. was preparing for a mass shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19, and schools and business closed, the criminal defense bar ramped up to get to work to protect the least popular population amongst us – incarcerated defendants. Across the country, court proceedings are being postponed and court houses... […]Cristina Laramee Souto
- Law Firms Slow to Increase the Number of Women Partners: The Current Statistics and What Clients Can Do to Help Promote Diverse Legal Talent June 12, 2019Law360 recently published its 2019 Glass Ceiling Report, and the numbers continue to reflect that law firms are slow to increase their representation of women at the partnership level. Law360 reports that women at law firms represent just over 45% of nonpartners, about a quarter of partners, and only 21.5% of equity partners. Those averages... […]Cristina Laramee Souto
- Claire Rauscher Obtains Rare Rule 29 Acquittal April 25, 2019Earlier this year, Claire Rauscher, a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, achieved a rare success for her client – a Rule 29 acquittal. Rauscher’s client, Shannon Drake, a former account executive of GrandSouth Bank (“GrandSouth”), stood accused of 27 counts of bank fraud. She was accused of participating in a “straw lending” scheme connected... […]Cristina Laramee Souto
- Interview with Jamila Hall April 1, 2019During the Women White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) Annual Attorney Meeting in New Orleans last month, I had the privilege of interviewing Jamila Hall, a partner at Jones Day in Atlanta in the Investigations & White Collar Defense practice. Jamila serves as defense and investigative counsel to Fortune 500 companies and regularly conducts internal investigations... […]Susan Bozorgi
- 170 GCs Sign Open Letter to Law Firms: A ‘Bottom Line’ Incentive to Improve on Diversity February 8, 2019On January 27th, 170 general counsel and corporate legal officers, from companies like Lyft, Heineken USA, and Etsy, penned an open letter to law firms stating that their companies will prioritize their legal spending on firms that commit to diversity and inclusion. Supporters of the letter told Law360 earlier this week that the letter represents... […]Cristina Laramee Souto