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Join‘s Bridge the Gap weekend to satisfy an entire year’s requirement of New York Newly-Admitted CLE Credits for only $249. Receive a total of 16 CLE credits that cover 3 Ethics, 6 Skills, and 7 Professional Practice credits required for new attorneys. Location 55 Exchange Place, 5th Floor, New York, NY. Register here.

Does reading insurance policies make your eyes hurt? Matt Bryant of Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP will prepare you to engage insurers who seem to hold all the cards when the chips are down.This CLE is specifically created for the in-house attorney and will provide a crash course of insurance coverage, rights, duties and liabilities. Doors open and networking begins at 6:30. The presentation will be from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by a complimentary happy hour. An application for one (1) hour of New York CLE credit will be submitted. Register here.

On May 7, New York In-House Counsel Meet-up will host a presentation on the recent, sweeping changes to the U.S. Patent Law. These changes have been phased in over the past 18 months, with the most recent changes being implemented in March 2013. In this presentation, key aspects of the America Invents Act will be reviewed, and the impact of their implementation discussed. Whether you are an experienced IP counsel or a corporate generalist, this must-attend meetup will leave you with a clear and thorough understanding of what these sweeping changes are and what implications they hold for your business. Register here.

and not its directors, officers or employees—is the client. This can create tension for the in-house lawyer, who is responsible not only to the company, but also to one or more corporate officers or other executives as an employee. On April 10, the New York In-House Counsel Meet-up will hold a discussion, for CLE credit, on the issue of client identity, as well as conflict of interest, privilege, business relationships with the company, “no-contact” rule and other topics using real-world examples and illustrations. Register here »

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David Mamet Race Kerry Washington James Spader.jpgYour Above the Law editors spent Sunday afternoon watching a group of talented players in a high-stakes battle. A veteran of the field locked horns with a newcomer.
No, we’re not talking about the Vikings-Saints game. We saw James Spader, David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington play lawyers in a matinee performance of David Mamet’s Race, which opened on Broadway last month.
Spader and Grier play Jack Lawson and Henry Brown, the name partners of Lawson & Brown, a high-profile criminal defense firm. Kerry Washington plays Susan, a fresh-from-law-school associate who is new to the firm. A powerful and rich white man accused of raping a black woman drops by, hoping to have the firm take his case.
The short play — it has two acts, but comes in at under two hours — takes place in the firm’s war room, a conference room lined with books that will look familiar to ATL readers. The Lawson & Brown attorneys discuss whether to take the case and what their strategy should be.
Obviously, we think the legal world is an exciting place, and we are always thrilled to see lawyers get dramatic treatment. Unless the treatment is terrible.
This treatment was impressive. Perhaps it helped to have two lawyers, Peggy Hill and Georgetown law professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz (Lat’s law school classmate), as producers.
Check out our reviews, after the jump.

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Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpg Our recent Career Center survey asked about whether you think layoffs and salary cuts are a thing of the past or if 2010 will bring more of the same.  The majority of respondents — 70% — are optimistic about salaries, saying they do not expect any further salary cuts in 2010. 
However, respondents were not so optimistic about the chances of future layoffs.  After a year in which over 75% of respondents saw layoffs at their firms, almost half — 45% — think there is at least a 50-50 chance of more layoffs in 2010. 
Check out the full survey results after the jump — and visit the Career Center, powered by Lateral Link, for more on which firm has announced above-market bonuses for the second year in a row and which firm is so confident about recovering from the recession that it is opening multiple new offices.
Full survey results, after the jump. 

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