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  • Philadelphia_skyline_from_south_street_bridge

    Associate Salaries, Biglaw, Job Searches, Money

    Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: Philadelphia To $160K (This Time For Real)

    Which top law firm is leading the march to $160,000 in Philly?

    35 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.07.15

    * Which Biglaw firm just raised its starting salary for associates? Will this be the beginning of a revolution? Don’t you wish your firm would follow this firm’s lead? We’ll have more on this exciting salary news later today. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “With the decline of lawyers and law students, we were looking for new avenues to attract students.” William Mitchell Law may say its hybrid J.D. program was for its students’ benefit, but it was really only to put asses in seats — even digital ones. [CNBC]

    * It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday… when you’re a Biglaw partner trying to escape the terms of your contract by making a lateral move. Some firms are even holding capital contributions hostage to discourage partners from leaving. [Recorder via ABA Journal]

    * Potential penalties for Supreme Court protesters seem to be getting stiffer. Perhaps federal prosecutors are pissed about 99Rise’s persistence, because this time, members of the social justice group are facing jail time for “haranguing” our justices. [Legal Times]

    * According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was the most productive federal trial court in the nation last year. When Flori-duh is kicking your ass, it’s time to reevalute your life. [WSJ Law Blog]

    9 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Woo, Biglaw! I got an offer, bro!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.05.15

    * According to the latest data from NALP, summer associate hiring is up for the fifth year in a row. Hooray! But wait, don’t go licking each other’s popsicles just yet — some law firms (35 percent of them, in fact) actually reduced the number of offers they made. [National Law Journal]

    * In response to outcry over bar exam reforms, this Dechert partner took time out of his day to wonder: “Is it too much to expect that future lawyers know the difference between a tort and a tenancy in common, or do we expect clients to pay them $400 an hour to learn it?” [Wall Street Journal]

    * Now that oral arguments in King v. Burwell have concluded, it’s probably time you found out what’s at stake for you if you haven’t done so already, procrastinators. This is what will happen if SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare subsidies. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Edward Snowden is reportedly ready to return to the United States, provided, of course, that he’ll receive a “legal and impartial trial.” Attorney General Eric Holder has already promised Snowden that he won’t face the death penalty, so that’s a start. [CNN]

    * An ADA in Texas apparently referred to defense counsel as a “motherf*cker” in front of jurors during a trial. We think now would be a great time to add this to the list of things that will get you kicked off a case. [Austin American-Statesmen via ABA Journal]

    43 Comments / / Mar 5, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • Wealth

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

    Associate Bonus Watch: More Market Matches

    More firms match the market — yay!

    10 Comments / / Dec 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM
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    Biglaw, Job Searches, Kenyon & Kenyon, No Offers, Summer Associates, Venable

    Summer Associate Offer Rates (2014): A Round-Up

    Which law firms issued offers to all of their summer associates?

    3 Comments / / Aug 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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    Biglaw, Fast Food, Food, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patton Boggs

    Morning Docket: 03.04.14

    * Things seem to be getting worse and worse over at Patton Boggs. Sure, the firm is trying to shack up with Squire Sanders, but Chevron/Ecuador lawsuit engineer James Tyrell may soon lead a new brigade of defectors out the door. [Businessweek]

    * Morgan Lewis & Bockius just poached its first chief operating officer from a rival Biglaw firm. Anthony Licata most recently served as COO at Dechert, so we have a feeling he’ll do just fine at his new home in Philly. Congratulations! [Law 360 (sub. req.)]

    * It’s a whole lot easier to get into law school these days, especially when some of the new admissions requirements including having a pulse and the ability to sign loan documents. Case in point: 42% percent of applicants were accepted at this “top-tier” school last year. [GW Hatchet]

    * Just saying, but if you “dislike stressful, busy work environments,” the time to determine if law school was right for you was before you actually went to law school. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * A California man is suing McDonald’s because he only received one napkin with his meal. Meh, the woman who claimed McDonald’s turned her into a hooker was a more sympathetic plaintiff. [News One]

    1 Comment / / Mar 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2013

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Dechert’s Price For Associate Talent

    How generous are Dechert’s 2013 associate bonuses?

    1 Comment / / Jan 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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    Biglaw, Career Center, Career Files, Cozen O'Connor, Interview Stories, Job Survey, Law Students, Patton Boggs, Schiff Hardin, Sheppard Mullin

    ‘Please Pretend To Care’ And Other On-Campus Interviewing Lessons

    A look at the results of our OCI survey, including the firms rated most highly by student interviewees.

    30 Comments / / Oct 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM
  • David Bernick LF Boies Schiller Flexner

    Biglaw, David Boies, Lateral Moves, Litigators, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Musical Chairs: David Bernick Departs From Boies Schiller

    Where is Bernick going, and what does his departure mean for Boies Schiller?

    17 Comments / / Aug 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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    3rd Circuit, Biglaw, Cellphones, Crime, Deaths, Department of Justice, Election Law, Eric Holder, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Microsoft, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Texas

    Morning Docket: 08.23.13

    * Even the election law controversies are bigger in Texas. The Department of Justice is currently planning to intervene in one lawsuit and file another against the Lone Star state over its voter identification law and redistricting plans. [National Law Journal]

    * Here’s an especially helpful ruling for people who have been living their lives without landlines (so, basically everyone). You can gratefully thank the Third Circuit for allowing you to block those annoying robocalls on your cellphones. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Well, that was quick — a Biglaw pump and dump, if you will. After only a year, David M. Bernick, former general counsel of Philip Morris, is leaving Boies Schiller and will likely be taking a position at Dechert. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “[L]ife got in the way.” Who really needs loyalty in Biglaw these days? More than half of the nearly 500 associates and counsel who made partner in 2013 started their careers at different firms. [Am Law Daily]

    * Another one bites the dust. John McGahren, the New Jersey managing partner of Patton Boggs, just resigned from an office he opened himself after some major attorney downsizing. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * “In a community of 98,000 people and 640,000 partners, it isn’t possible to say there will never be wrongdoing.” Comforting. Microsoft is under the microscope of a federal bribery probe. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Ronald Motley, a “charismatic master of the courtroom” who founded Motley Rice, RIP. [WSJ Law Blog]

    5 Comments / / Aug 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM