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NBC launches a sitcom about a woman leaving Biglaw for solo practice.

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 / 10:08 AM

A wacky superstition that seems to work for this litigation partner.

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 / 3:42 PM

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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 / 10:17 AM

* From Big Government to Biglaw: Our congratulations go out to Benjamin Horwich, most recently of the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as he joins Munger Tolles & Olson as counsel. Nice work. [Munger Tolles & Olson]

* The number of law school applicants took a nose dive for the fourth year in a row, this time by 8 percent, summarily crushing the hopes and dreams of law deans praying for a change of their otherwise most dismal fortunes. [National Law Journal]

* Considering the latest slump in applicants, whether a law school evaluates your average LSAT score or highest LSAT score matters little. Admissions officers will jump for joy that you have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

* “You don’t have to convict on every count to have a win.” Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice. [Bloomberg]

* Per documents filed by a lawyer appointed to represent Philip Seymour Hoffman’s children, the actor didn’t set aside money for them because he didn’t want them to become “trust fund kids.” [New York Post]

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 / 9:05 AM

What do you make of this lawyer’s work moonlighting as a beauty pageant consultant?

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 / 3:55 PM

Which firms might end up tying the knot with Bingham?

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 / 5:08 PM

How has the Biglaw hierarchy changed over time?

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 / 3:30 PM

How should you respond when faced with an obstacle or difficulty?

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 / 1:03 PM

* Now that a federal judge has classified California’s death penalty as unconstitutional, it’s only a matter of time before the issue reaches the Supreme Court. We have a feeling the justices will likely roll their eyes. [National Law Journal]

* Word on the street is that Bingham McCutchen has got the urge to merge, and has apparently spoken to a handful of potential partners over the course of the past three months. We’ll have more on these developments later. [Reuters]

* As it turns out, it was neither Wachtell Lipton nor Jenner & Block that managed to snag the coveted GM litigation oversight job. Nice work, Quinn Emanuel — you’re considered a “well-respected outside law firm.” [WSJ Law Blog]

* Congrats, Flori-duh, you did something right. A state court judge has ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in the latest post-Windsor victory for equality. Yay! [Bloomberg]

* Thanks to their hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school debt, many graduates are considering declaring bankruptcy. Too bad most won’t be able to get their loans discharged. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 / 9:03 AM

What’s the best way to decide where to bring your business when making a lateral move?

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 / 3:16 PM