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 February issue.

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues remain a top priority for regulators, investors, and other corporate stakeholders. In our feature article, Ron Llewellyn of Fenwick & West LLP explores ESG-related laws and regulations in the United States focusing on supply chains and offers guidance to companies on effectively integrating ESG objectives into their business operations. Also in this issue, David Chmiel of Global Torchlight Limited discusses the geopolitical risk landscape in 2023 and strategies that investors, companies, and their counsel should consider to mitigate these risks.

In the digital space, the booming popularity of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that authenticate digital art, video, and other media highlights the need for market participants to understand their unique impact on intellectual property rights. Rakiya Moore of Practical Law analyzes how NFTs interact with copyright, trademark, and patent law and provides best practices for creating or transacting with NFTs.

On the practice management side, firm attorneys should check out our Q&A with Rachel Ehrlich Albanese of DLA Piper and Cullen Drescher Speckhart of Cooley LLP on the challenges women face in bankruptcy and restructuring practice and how law firms can work to improve the retention and promotion of female attorneys.

In addition to those hot topics, what core legal topics are explored in this issue?

This issue includes articles on inspecting and testing physical evidence in product liability cases, developing a cost-effective and efficient process for handling privilege issues, determining the classification of a public forum for free speech purposes under the First Amendment, preparing a private M&A transaction for closing, and more.

A must-read is the feature on restrictive covenants, which identifies key ethical issues for attorneys to consider before entering into non-competition, non-solicitation, or confidentiality arrangements, and addresses the enforceability of these agreements against attorneys.

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

Among others, we talked to Angela Vigil of Baker McKenzie, who discusses her role as executive director of the firm’s pro bono practice, and U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of the District of Connecticut, who offers practical advice to litigators on effective preparation for trial.

How can readers access The Journal?

Readers can enjoy free access to The Journal on To view the content, they simply sign in to their Reuters account or, if they don’t have an account, they can register here. To be notified when new monthly issues of The Journal are published and get highlights delivered straight to their inbox, readers can also opt in to our newsletter here.


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