Barack Obama Senator Barack Hussein Obama Above the Law blog.jpgTime is running out on this month’s ATL Lawyer of the Year and Second Favorite Blog After ATL polls, both sponsored by ATL and Lateral Link.
So far, we’re up to just over 2,600 votes for Lawyer of the Year, and Wall Street Journal pick Loyola 2L is still going strong. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has a roughly 2.5 to 1 lead over Hillary Clinton, and Alberto Gonzales is stamping out civil rights stomping on music rights attorney Ray Beckerman . . . but pretty much nobody else.
On the blogging front, the Wall Street Journal remains the blog to beat, while Above The Law is still in second place and Volokh Conspiracy is on track for third, having opened up a hefty lead over Patently-O and SCOTUSblog. Write-in candidate Ms. JD has overpowered Overlawyered, and Likelihood of Confusion has turned the tables on Professor Bainbridge and is now closing in on Skadden Insider.
We’ll post the final results on Thursday.
But while you’re voting for the champions above, are you also voting with your feet at work? In last month’s ATL / Lateral Link job survey about 20% of you responded that you were considering leaving your current firms once you received your bonus. But that was before many of you knew what your bonuses were going to be.
So last week, we asked you whether your job searches were indeed underway. Find out if the answers changed after the jump.


We received about 730 responses to last week’s survey, and the answers don’t look good for law firm retention. About 8% of respondents had already accepted new jobs. Another 38% were actively looking. About 11.5% were getting their resume ready, and another 2.5% were going to wait for their bonus and then get their resumes ready.
More than half of the respondents who are planning on moving want a more satisfying practice. About 43% want a better work environment. Thirty-six percent want better pay. Thirty percent want better hours. Twenty-four percent just want to see what else is out there. Surprisingly, job security is all the way down at number six on the list, but it’s still a reason for about 20% of the respondents who are looking for a new home.


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