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 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 July issue.

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

As more states and countries legalize cannabis in varying forms, the industry is facing rapid growth. However, cannabis remains an illegal drug at the federal level, presenting numerous challenges for cannabis-related companies and their counsel. In our feature article, David Ruskin of HMB Legal Counsel examines the principal legal issues that practitioners should consider when advising a cannabis business.

Also in this issue, we explore the surging wave of litigation involving ESG issues, including securities fraud cases, shareholder derivative suits, and employment claims, as well as developments in ESG-related actions by the SEC and other regulators. Mike Delikat, Stacy Kray, and the rest of the cross-practice ESG team at Orrick provide an overview of this evolving landscape and offer guidance to companies on mitigating ESG-related litigation and enforcement risks.

Additionally, the sudden expansion of remote work in recent years underscores the need for companies to stay up to date on risks and responsibilities when employing a remote or hybrid workforce. Rosemary Joyce of Practical Law discusses best practices for employers to handle these challenges, including wage and hour issues, accommodation requests, discrimination claims, and health and safety concerns.

Does the July issue have a particular theme or focus?

This is another great issue for in-house counsel. In addition to the topics discussed above, we have resources on preparing for CEO-related shareholder activism, reviewing federal and state requirements for racial and ethnic diversity on boards, building a persuasive business case to create a law firm preferred provider network, negotiating a software license agreement, and implementing a litigation hold.

Further, our GC Agenda column this month highlights key horizon issues for in-house counsel, including antitrust scrutiny of alliances and joint ventures, nonconsensual third-party releases in bankruptcy, SEC amendments to stock repurchase disclosure rules, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) compliance, and more.

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

Among others, we spoke with Niji Jain of The Bronx Defenders (BxD), a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system. Niji discusses several high-profile cases she has recently worked on, and how law firms can help ensure that underserved communities have equal access to justice.

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