Layoffs

  • Tom-Wallerstein-small1

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Lateral Moves, Layoffs, Practice Pointers, Small Law Firms

    From Biglaw to Boutique: Job Security

    Tom Wallerstein thinks that running your own firm offers more job security than working in Biglaw.

    16 Comments / / Mar 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM
  • lindsay-lohan-black-dress

    Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, David Boies, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Law Schools, Layoffs, Lindsay Lohan, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Public Interest, Rankings, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.14.13

    * Celebrated litigator David Boies thinks the Supreme Court is going to rule in favor of gay marriage in a united front — which is helpful, since in March he’s arguing in favor of gay marriage in the Prop 8 case. [USA Today]

    * “What we had to do was do more with less.” Archer & Greiner had to lay off 14 attorneys and 27 staffers thanks to the firm’s rapid overexpansion via mergers. This is why we can’t have nice things. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * In New York / Concrete jungle where dreams are made of / There’s nothing you can’t do / Now you’re in New York / Law deans will try to inspire you / But rankings will ruin you / Hear it for New York! [New York Law Journal]

    * If you’d like to save the world by working a public-interest job, you’d better consider Penn Law. Its LRAP now covers all IBR loan payments over 10 years for a total savings of up to $140,000. [National Law Journal]

    * But then again, if you’re not interested in public-interest work, you can always get a temp job, where you’ll allegedly make as much as “a mid-level associate at a small or medium firm.” [U.S. News & World Report]

    * Because Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer was called out by a judge for a performance that was almost as piss poor in his client’s in Liz & Dick, he contacted a local firm to step in and assist him. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Mar 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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    Biglaw, D.C. Circuit, Deaths, Department of Justice, Election Law, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.11.13

    * The triple-dog dare: a technique employed to show off how just efficient American democracy is, or something that’s just so ridiculous it might work in the Senate when it comes to judicial filibusters for appeals court nominees. [New York Times]

    * If the Supreme Court were to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Obama administration has a plan in the works from the last time they thought the Supreme Court was going to strike down the very same section. [Huffington Post]

    * It takes more than one legal memo to justify the killing of an American overseas — just ask the guys from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel who rationalized the drone strike against Anwar al-Awlaki. [New York Times]

    * Remember the Winston & Strawn stealth associate layoffs of 2012? Those weren’t layoffs, silly. They just left “because of reduced demand for junior lawyers.” Also, we have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. [Am Law Daily]

    * If you’re not satisfied with your law degree after failing the bar exam, don’t worry, we’ve got a money-back guarantee. We’ll give you back 8.9% of your three-year tuition. It’s better than nothing! [National Law Journal]

    * Meanwhile, if law school were only two years long instead of three, then perhaps a money-back guarantee would actually mean something. For now, it’s just one big public relations stunt. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * Joseph Kelner, plaintiffs’ attorney in the Kent State suit and lawyer for Bernie Goetz, RIP. [New York Times]

    1 Comment / / Mar 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • layoff victim small

    Biglaw, Layoffs, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Staff Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Patton Boggs Blows Folks Out the Door

    Who was laid off, and how many people were affected?

    30 Comments / / Mar 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM
  • magic-money

    Biglaw, California, Department of Justice, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Layoffs, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Romance and Dating, SCOTUS, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Staff Layoffs, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.01.13

    * In the nick of time, lawyers for the Obama administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging the justices to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage. Let’s hope their views have evolved. [BuzzFeed]

    * As the lawyers and administrative staff who just got laid off at Patton Boggs can attest to, it sucks to be on the wrong side of “rightsizing.” We’ll have more on this developing story later today. [Reuters]

    * Lanny Breuer is leaving the DOJ today, and he’s doing it with a bit of “swagger.” He’s shrugging off rumors that he’ll retreat to Covington, insisting he’ll interview at many firms. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * It’s time for the changing of the guard over at Milbank Tweed. Mel Immergut, the longest serving chair of any Am Law 100 firm in New York, is passing the reins to Scott Edelman. [New York Law Journal]

    * Michigan Law has a new “Debt Wizard” program that’s extremely useful in that it will allow you to see what you’re getting yourself into. Or, in my case, how poor I’ll be for the rest of my life. Yay! [National Law Journal]

    * All he wanted to do was “make the world a better place,” but that didn’t work out so well. In a plea deal, Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of the charges against him in his WikiLeaks case. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Of all of the words that are used to describe Cory Booker, one of them is now “matchmaker.” The Newark mayor assisted a young Seyfarth Shaw associate with his engagement proposal earlier this week. [TIME]

    1 Comment / / Mar 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • Stroock Stroock Lavan

  • layoff notice RF

    Biglaw, Layoffs, Quote of the Day, Staff Layoffs

    Quote of the Day: Pink Slips Are Coming To A Firm Near You!

    Your Biglaw job may soon be sending you to the Redundancy Department…

    6 Comments / / Jan 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM
  • layoffs RF

    Biglaw, Layoffs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Partners in Peril

    Associates and staff have borne the brunt of law firm layoffs over the past few years. But, according to some recent surveys, partners are far from immune….

    13 Comments / / Jan 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM
  • law-school-gavels

    Biglaw, BP, Crime, Environment / Environmental Law, Facebook, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Sex Scandals, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 11.29.12

    * Enjoy your Biglaw bonuses now, because according to managing partners, layoffs and de-equitizations may soon be making their return. Oh, only in Pennsylvania? Woohoo, break out the bubbly! Just kidding, that really sucks if it’s true. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily banned BP from entering into future U.S. government contracts because of the company’s “lack of business integrity,” aka the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Ouch, super sick burn, EPA! [National Law Journal]

    * Considering going to law school? Then you should also take into consideration the fact that you’ll have to become a lawyer if you want to stand a remote chance of ever being able to pay off your loans. [Fox Business]

    * Paul Ceglia pleaded not guilty to fraud charges yesterday in federal court. If only he actually owned half of Facebook as he claims, he probably wouldn’t have a court-appointed attorney representing him. [Bloomberg]

    * “No matter how many high-priced lawyers and publicists she employs, she has been exposed for what she is.” Jill Kelley’s lawyer is on the offensive, and his targets are none too pleased about it. [Associated Press]

    * Avvo has decided to sell its health business to focus entirely on providing services to lawyers and legal customers. Now the company will be able to do the law justice. (SWIDT?) [Puget Sound Business Journal]

    3 Comments / / Nov 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Toobin, John Roberts, Lawyerly Lairs, Layoffs, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Sentencing Law, Staff Layoffs, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Videos, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.08.12

    * In light of Chief Justice Roberts’s historic vote to uphold Obamacare, should we expect JGR to be more liberal going forward? According to Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath (affiliate link), “Do not expect a new John Roberts. Expect the conservative he has always been.” [Talking Points Memo via How Appealing]

    * Law firm staff layoffs: they’re not just an American thing. Slaughter and May is dropping the ax on 28 secretaries. [Roll On Friday]

    * “[A]ny robot or high school graduate can calculate numbers in a matrix to arrive at the highest possible sentence. But it takes a Judge — a man or woman tempered by experience in life and law — to properly judge another human being’s transgressions.” [Justice Building Blog]

    * Professor Dershowitz’s $4 million Cambridge mansion? Robert Wenzel is not impressed: “if I lived in that house, I would want to attack Iran and most of the rest of the world, also.” [Economic Policy Journal]

    * A man sues a strip club, alleging that a stripper ruptured his bladder when she slid down a pole and onto his abdomen. Ouch. [Legally Weird / Findlaw]

    * Still on the subject of Torts, two attractive blonde sisters walk into a bar — and discuss who can be held liable if a man suffers a heart attack during a threesome. Video after the jump….

    5 Comments / / Oct 8, 2012 at 6:27 PM
  • layoffs pink slip staff-layoffs

    Biglaw, Layoffs, Outsourcing, Staff Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Outsourcing Claims Additional Law Firm Jobs

    Another law firm is sending its Records Management functions to an outside provider, resulting in staff layoffs. Which firm?

    21 Comments / / Oct 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM
  • McKenna Long Aldridge

    Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers, Layoffs, Partner Issues

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: McKenna Long Loses Luce Lawyers

    After their merger, McKenna Long is cutting loose some Luce Forward lawyers. How many, in which offices?

    19 Comments / / Sep 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM
  • Don't look so sad; it is possible to bounce back from a career setback.

    Biglaw, Cold Offers, Layoffs, NALP, National Association for Law Placement (NALP), No Offers, Summer Associates

    Nationwide Layoff and No-Offer Watch: In Defense of Winston & Strawn

    We covered recent associate layoffs and summer associate no-offers at Winston & Strawn. Here’s some follow-up — including words in support of the firm.

    30 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM
  • lsat studying

    Canada, Deaths, Law Professors, Law Schools, Layoffs, LSAT, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Politics, Staff Layoffs

    Morning Docket: 08.28.12

    * Patton Boggs partner Benjamin Ginsberg serves as the Mitt Romney campaign’s top lawyer, and he’s taking flak for GOP rules revisions that have been likened to “killing a fly with a sledgehammer.” [Am Law Daily]

    * “I am still shocked that I did everything right and find myself on the brink of destitution,.” This just in from the Things Everyone Already Knew Desk: even law firms have been hit hard by the recession. [Washington Times]

    * The lead lawyer in the inquisition against Madam Justice Lori Douglas turned in a resignation letter. Perhaps he grew tired of being part of judicial farce that’s spread wider than Her Honor’s legs. [Canadian Press]

    * Penn State Dickinson School of Law might not be losing its accreditation, but it will be reducing enrollment and consolidating all first-year classes at its University Park campus. [Central Penn Business Journal]

    * A would-be law student wants to know if he has a good chance of getting into a top 20 school with a low 150s LSAT and an average GPA. You’ll get in everywhere you apply! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Roger Fisher, Harvard Law School professor and co-author of “Getting to Yes,” RIP. [WSJ Law Blog]

    8 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • A no-offered summer associate wonders what he did wrong.

    Biglaw, Cold Offers, Layoffs, No Offers, Summer Associates

    Nationwide Layoff and No-Offer Watch: Winston & Strawn

    We’re hearing reports of stealth layoffs and no-offers for summer associates at Winston & Strawn. What are the numbers looking like?

    83 Comments / / Aug 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM
  • The fable of the ant and the grasshopper may have lessons for the world of large law firms.

    Biglaw, Citigroup, Layoffs, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Staff Layoffs

    In Praise of Partners’ Prudence: Why the Lack of Spring Bonuses May Have Been a Good Thing

    Most major law firms didn’t pay spring bonuses this year — and maybe that was a good thing, given the warning signs ahead for Biglaw.

    46 Comments / / Aug 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM
  • Graduate-Holding-Empty-Piggy-Bank

    Bankruptcy, Clerkships, Crime, Drugs, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Pro Se Litigants, Romance and Dating, S.D.N.Y., Sam Sparks, State Judges, Student Loans, Texas, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 08.13.12

    * In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Putting politics aside, this is a great pick, if only because Ryan is so handsome. Seriously, he’s a total stud. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “How can I be the one guy with a good degree who is going to be chronically unemployed?” Sadly, many lawyers are still looking for jobs after (multiple) layoffs, but thanks to a lack of positions, employment is just “not in the cards” for them. [New York Times]

    * Deadliest clerkship? The Washington, D.C. judge who presided over one of the most violent mass shooting cases in the nation’s capital was reportedly held up at gunpoint last week, with her law clerk in tow. [Fox DC]

    * Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Texas. Judge Sam Sparks “know[s] the smell of bad fish,” and now wants to know why the USADA waited so long to bring charges against Lance Armstrong. [Bloomberg]

    * After reversing a bankruptcy court’s decision that loan repayment would be an “undue hardship” for a law-school debtor, a judge took the time to rip law schools a new one over escalating tuition. [Oregonian]

    * Match.com class-action plaintiffs found no love in court after a federal judge ruled that the dating website hadn’t breached its user agreement. Much like their love lives, their claims aren’t getting any action. [Reuters]

    * A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client: 23% of all cases filed in the federal court for the S.D.N.Y. are brought by pro-se litigants, and the vast majority of them seem to have lost their minds. [New York Post]

    5 Comments / / Aug 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Fish Richardson PC logo

    Biglaw, Intellectual Property, Layoffs, Paralegals, Staff Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Fish & Richardson

    Layoffs are happening at Fish & Richardson. How many people have been affected, and in what departments?

    29 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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