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    Biglaw

    Why Lack Of Diversity Isn’t Biglaw’s Fault

    Biglaw gets a lot of flack for its lack of diversity. But is it really Biglaw’s fault?

    30 Comments / / Aug 25, 2015 at 4:30 PM
  • Porn makes Justice Scalia happy?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.03.15

    * According to this former Supreme Court clerk, Justice Scalia’s judicial zingers are just like porn in that they’re “titillating, but over time they coarsen the culture of which they are a part.” (Plus, for what it’s worth, the jurist’s audience usually never gets a money shot.) [Washington Post]

    * Better late than never? The ABA dropped the hammer on law schools trying to game their employment stats with a new rule that’ll force them to report school-funded jobs as part-time unless certain length and salary reqs are met. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The largest of D.C.’s largest law firms grew even larger over the past year, and thanks to a merger, an outsider firm — Morgan Lewis — managed to infiltrate the capital’s Big Four. Sorry, WilmerHale, but maybe 2016 will be your comeback year. [National Law Journal]

    * In other ABA news, the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar rejected a plea for academic credit for paid externships, because we apparently want to keep students as indebted as possible before they begin their professional legal careers. [ABA Journal]

    * A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Richard Lee, a known conspiracy theorist, who sought the release of the Seattle police department’s death-scene photographs from Nirvana star Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Hey! Wait! He’ll file a new complaint. [Seattle Times]

    7 Comments / / Aug 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • gates gate hand door open

    Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Barbarians At The K&L Gates?

    Partner departures, staff layoffs, and an office closing, oh my.

    18 Comments / / Jul 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM
  • Email in Inbox

    Biglaw, Technology

    Biglaw Trend Alert: Say Goodbye To Gmail

    The list of firms banning personal email at work is growing… when will your firm be on the list?

    31 Comments / / Jun 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM
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    Biglaw, Fenwick & West, Munger Tolles & Olson, Rankings, Vault rankings

    2016 Vault Law Firm Rankings: Self-Perpetuating Prestige

    There’s surprisingly little change in this year’s list, but it’s still always interesting to see who’s rising and who’s falling.

    6 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 5:55 PM
  • offer girl happy

    Job Searches, Lateral Moves

    Will Firm Culture Supersede Prestige?

    What role should firm culture play in your lateral move?

    / May 29, 2015 at 4:29 PM
  • 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: 03.18.15

    * An Ohio attorney was charged with making bomb threats at two state courthouses, but only after he was indicted for allegedly making bomb threats at a third courthouse. Wow, it’s almost like this guy didn’t do his homework motions or something. [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

    * Loretta Lynch, our would-be replacement for Eric Holder as attorney general, still hasn’t been able to get confirmed, and the delay — which is being blamed on our Senate Majority Leader’s “inept leadership” — is now being referred to as “unconscionable.” Lovely. [CNN]

    * What’s happening at #ATLConverge today? Check out our Twitter feed! [Converge]

    * Earlier this week, Morgan Lewis combined with Singapore firm Stamford Law Corp. Effective April 1, ML&B will become one of the largest Biglaw firms in the world, rivaled only by the likes of Baker & McKenzie and Dacheng Dentons. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * More federal prosecutors are stepping down from their jobs and returning to their former Biglaw homes in private practice. Once you realize government work is a giant revolving door, soon enough, it’ll be your turn to leave. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * If you’re still making a decision about which law schools to apply to, you can use the U.S. News rankings to help yourself. In the alternative, you can use the ATL Top 50 rankings to see if you’ll be able to get a job after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    20 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • This guy just looks like a dick.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.03.15

    * Who’s the meanest Supreme Court justice of all time? Science has the answer and it’s not Justice Scalia… [Eric Posner]

    * Harper Lee is publishing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird (affiliate link). We hope for the best, but the circumstances of this announcement should make everyone a little worried. [Jezebel]

    * Following the ridiculous arrest of a public defender for the egregious act of defending her client, some California lawyers are raising money to send copies of the Constitution to the SFPD. Silly lawyers, the cops understand the Constitution, they just don’t care. But still a commendable protest set piece that could keep the local media on the case. [Indiegogo]

    * An interview with Steven Browne of Morgan Lewis on how the merger/non-merger with Bingham McCutchen is working out. The answer is pretty well except for some associates expecting a decent bonus. [Forbes]

    * Uh oh. Emails suggest that Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht hired a Hell’s Angels hitman. The takeaway here is that there are Hell’s Angels running on Bitcoin now. [Gawker Internet]

    * Are you learning how to speak Arabic? Then you’re probably a terrorist. [Lowering the Bar]

    * In a mind-blowingly stupid move, Florida’s legislature legalized teen sexting while trying to ban it. It’s almost as dumb as that time they legalized just shooting people on the street if you get scared. [Slate]

    * Mary Holland, a “Graduate Legal Skills Program Research Scholar” at NYU Law, goes on CNN as their representative anti-vaxxer. As an NYU Law alum, this worried me until I noticed she got her law degree from Columbia. Now it all makes sense. [YouTube]

    * A bitter rejection of corporate-speak. Ha. Good luck. I’m at LegalTech and expect to hear the word “synergy” about 20,000 times over the next 48 hours. [What About Clients?]

    * Yes, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) is fun, but it tackles important issues too, as noted by Howard G. Franklin in this review. [Howard G. Franklin]

    15 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • young woman having financial problems

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Law Firm Mergers, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Half-Davis Bonuses Make For Unhappy Campers

    Even if you’re not a New York firm, some of your associates will be unhappy if you pay a fraction of the Davis Polk scale.

    5 Comments / / Jan 28, 2015 at 2:46 PM