Practical Law The Journal is the award-winning magazine companion to Practical Law, covering a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation topics. It publishes monthly in a new digital-only format hosted on Legal Current reached out to the Practical Law The Journal team to discuss what readers can look forward to in the April issue.

Does the April issue have a particular theme or focus?

This issue highlights several key topics for litigators. In our feature article, Marcellus McRae and Kahn Scolnick of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP explain the steps defense counsel should take to conduct a thorough case assessment at the outset of an anticipated litigation and to present the client with the best options throughout the case’s life cycle. For trial attorneys, we also have a comprehensive guide on how to effectively deliver opening statements and closing arguments, which are typically the most significant phases of a civil jury trial.

Also in the April issue, Wes Earnhardt, Scott Reents, and James Canning of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP share the latest best practices for taking and defending remote depositions, including how to handle exhibits virtually and manage technological problems.

Additionally, we have a checklist of critical issues to consider when drafting a document retention policy, contributed by Jeremiah Wikler of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP.

What emerging issues and developments can readers learn about in the new issue?

Organizations must keep up with the dynamic and increasing legal obligations governing data privacy and cybersecurity. Jeff Neuburger and Jonathan Mollod of Proskauer Rose LLP review important privacy and data security developments from the past year and highlight key focus areas ahead.

In the crypto space, an increasing number of employers are exploring the use of digital assets in their compensation packages. Nyron Persaud and Mary Lewis of Cooley LLP discuss threshold issues related to crypto-based compensation, including the tax and securities law considerations and administrative challenges.

In-house counsel should also review this month’s In the Boardroom column as they assess their company’s activism preparedness. In his memo to the board, Frank Aquila of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP explores the implications of enhanced antitrust scrutiny and increasing shareholder activism in the context of board representation, M&A activities, and ESG initiatives.

The Journal also profiles leaders across the legal industry. Whom did you interview this month?

In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, we spoke with Haley Moss, a neurodiversity expert and advocate, on her experience as an attorney with autism and how the legal profession can create a culture of belonging in which neurodivergent people can thrive.

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