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What are the major factors you should consider in choosing a firm as a summer associate or first-year associate?

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 / 1:24 PM

Please welcome our newest columnist: Bruce Stachenfeld, founder and managing partner of Duval & Stachenfeld LLP.

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 / 12:27 PM

* The $160K-Plus Club welcomes its newest member: Duval & Stachenfeld, a real estate firm in NY, is more than doubling its starting salary for associates to $175K. Look for them recruiting at your “tier one” school soon. [New York Law Journal]

* In this economy, bankruptcy firms are being hit hard: Stutman Treister & Glatt, a top L.A. firm that once assisted businesses like Lehman Brothers and Enron Corp. in their Chapter 11 proceedings, is closing up shop. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

* It ain’t easy being dean at the law school with the best Biglaw prospects — oh wait, yes it is. Congrats to Gillian Lester, who will serve as Columbia Law’s fifteenth dean come January 2015. [Columbia News]

* “Do I think he thought he was gonna beat it? Yeah.” The district attorney who brought charges against Stephen McDaniel thinks the law school killer was too big for his chainmail britches. [Macon Telegraph]

* From catcalling to “jiggle tests,” NFL cheerleaders have to put up with a lot of really ridiculous stuff. Not being paid the minimum wage is one thing, but having to put up with being groped is quite another. [TIME]

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 / 9:10 AM

Which promising young partner just got pirated away by Kirkland?

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:16 PM

A big draw of being a solo practitioner or a member of a small partnership is the freedom. But how much “freedom” is there really?

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 / 11:23 AM

First, do you even want to be doing this? Second, are you good enough?

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 / 10:15 AM

These suggestions may help lawyers contemplating fixed-fee billing get started, or convince those who’ve tried flat fees unsuccessfully to reconsider.

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 / 4:00 PM

Email sucks. How can you make it suck less?

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 / 12:27 PM

Plummeting profits, defecting partners, and layoffs of associates and staff — is this firm in trouble?

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 / 2:02 PM

When you turn to the economics of being a solo or small firm, the numbers often do not pan out when working for free.

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 / 2:46 PM