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 September issue.

Does the new issue have a particular theme or focus?

There seems to be no hotter topic today than AI. From intellectual property implications to cybersecurity, AI questions touch on a vast collection of legal issues. Many employers see the value of AI in their practices and protocols, but given the newness of the technology and the speed with which it is developing, they have less visibility into the risks.

In our feature article, Barbara Harris of Practical Law explores the major labor and employment issues implicated by an employer’s use of AI in the workplace, including the potential for discrimination in screening, hiring, and other employment decisions. And in our companion Q&A, Richard Warren of Miller Canfield breaks down the latest guidance from the EEOC on employer use of AI.

What other emerging issues can readers learn about in the September issue?

This issue is packed with expert insights on a range of compliance-related developments, including the federal securities laws and FINRA rules that broker-dealers must consider when transacting in cryptocurrency; key takeaways from the SEC’s new cybersecurity disclosure rules; what to include in a privacy policy under the California Consumer Privacy Act, as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act; and best practices for email marketing under the CAN-SPAM Act.

We also highlight recent legislation that targets ESG practices and presents significant uncertainty for an increasing number of businesses. These state anti-ESG laws continue to expand in scope and reach, creating a bind for companies seeking to comply with investor demands and a growing patchwork of statutes that aim to limit the use of ESG factors.

Additionally, direct listings are back in the spotlight following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision involving Slack. This issue features guidance on direct listings as an alternative to traditional IPOs from a panel of attorneys at Latham & Watkins who pioneered the direct listing approach in Spotify’s groundbreaking transaction in 2018.

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

Among others, we spoke with Judith Browne Dianis, executive director at Advancement Project, a nonprofit aimed at combating structural racism in education, voting, policing, criminal justice, and immigration. Browne Dianis shared practical steps that attorneys, law firms, and organizations can take to help eradicate racism in the legal system and the legal industry.

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