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Your above-signed writer will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference, taking place in Philadelphia from November 12-13, 2009. In this tough economy, the subject of how to market your law firm effectively is more important than ever.
To learn more about the conference, click here. To register, click here. Early bird registration closes on August 31, after which rates will increase. So don’t delay — register today!
ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference 2009 [American Bar Association]
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thank you post it note.JPGA quick word of thanks to this week’s advertisers on Above the Law:

  • Applied Discovery
  • Kinney Recruiting
  • Lateral Link
  • Mestel
  • The New York Times
  • OCI Advantage
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management
    If you’re interested in advertising on Above the Law or any other site in the Breaking Media network, download our media kits, or email Thanks!

  • Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgThe Vault survey rankings may have created buzz last week, but we’re going to kick off the buzz this week by unveiling our first annual review of the summer associate experience at the major law firms. With information based on surveys conducted by Lateral Link and tips we’ve gathered at ATL, the summer program snapshots give you an insiders perspective on each firm. So if you are heading into OCI and want the scoop on what 2009 summer associate class felt about their experience, check out the ATL Career Center, powered by Lateral Link.
    The Summer Associate Program review is located within each firm snapshot. Surf over there to find out:

  • Which firm received high marks for being “open and honest” with summer associates “at every juncture of the law firm strategy in this economic climate?” Click here.
  • Which firm gives summers an $85 dinner budget and does a two day retreat for all summers at Catalina Island? Click here.
  • Which firm’s summers report that the firm is “fantastic” when it comes to summer salaries and offers “job security” that is hard to find elsewhere? Click here.
  • Which firm had summer associates go head to head in a “Roc the Guac” guacamole-cooking contest? Click here.
    More after the jump.

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  • Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgWith more summer programs getting the axe (including even non-firm summer programs), we want to remember what the summer of 2009 was like, so we can pass on the advice to the summer associate class of 2012 (or whenever they decide to have summer programs again). So please take a minute and tell us what you think about your summer associate experience. Click here to take our short survey.
    For those of you who were summer associates years ago, perhaps you’re more focused on making partner. Check out this week’s review of survey data from the Career Center, brought to you by Above the Law and Lateral Link, in which we tell you which firms were most queried regarding the prospect of partnership. Remember that, in addition to the information here, you can see how associates at over 100 top firms feel about the chances of making partner at their firm by visiting the Firm Comparison section on the Career Center.
    The partnership survey info, after the jump.

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    Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgIs my associate experience better than your associate experience?
    One of the cooler features on the Above The Law Career Center, powered by Lateral Link, is the ability to compare firms based on associate experience in a number of areas including firm management, partnership prospects, parental leave policies, vacation policies, billable hours expectations, etc. You can see how your experience stacks up against the experience of associates at other firms by running your own side-by-side comparisons in the firm comparison section.
    Thousands of readers have used this feature, and today we wanted to highlight which firms you have most often pitted against one another. We also want to remind all of you summer associates out there to take our short summer associate survey – Click Here for that (of course the survey is completely confidential).
    So which firms do our readers compare most frequently?
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is the firm most often compared to others. Its most frequent "rivals" are Latham & Watkins, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. These firms are compared to Skadden more than 30% of the time a comparison including Skadden is generated.
    Other frequent comparisons, after the jump.

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    The Career Center, brought to you by Above the Law and Lateral Link, continues to see tremendous traffic, with almost 200,000 pageviews in its first two months. Thanks to all of your feedback and tips, we are continually updating the firm snapshots with new information (some good, some not so good). Keep checking to see how your firm’s profile is evolving.
    In the past week, we’ve updated the profiles for each of the following firms:

    Alston & Bird LLP
    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
    Cahill Gordon & Reindell LLP
    DLA Piper
    Kaye Scholer
    Ropes & Gray LLP
    Sidley Austin LLP
    Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
    Venable LLP

    Thanks to all of you who have sent in tips. Feel free to send additional updates to We also encourage you to share information about your firm by signing up and taking our four-question survey.
    If you are a summer associate and want to participate in a quick summer associate survey, please email Thanks!

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    Some people compare Biglaw to high school, but there wasn’t a lot of statistical evidence that proved popularity in high school. Thankfully, the Career Center can provide some hard data on the most popular firms in Biglaw.

    In the month and a half since its launch, the Firm Snapshots on the Career Center have been viewed almost 100,000 times. We are constantly updating these snapshots with new information (some good news, some bad news), and in the last week we have updated the profiles for each of the following firms:
    Gibson Dunn
    Bryan Cave
    Thanks to all of you who have sent in tips. Feel free to send additional updates to
    We also encourage you to share information about your firm by signing up and taking our four-question survey.
    So now, on to the good stuff — which firms have been most popular recently? We’ve complied the list of the 20 most visited firm snapshots in the month of June.
    Check it out, after the jump.

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    New York City Bar logo.jpgWe regularly receive tips about educational or charitable events that might interest our readers. Because we don’t have the ability to give shout-outs to all, and to ensure equal treatment, we direct everyone with events of a non-commercial nature to mention them in our Community section (which, by the way, is overflowing with openings for deferred associates right now).
    (The Community section is for non-profit events or opportunities. If what you’re trying to promote is commercial in nature, please advertise. Commercial postings will be pulled from the Community.)
    Our rule against event promotion admits of exceptions. We will mention events featuring significant participation by Above the Law editors — like this one, taking place this coming Tuesday, July 16:

    Breaking Back into a Large Law Firm: How to Make Your Way Back into a Top Law Firm

    Moderator: BRIAN DALTON, Managing Editor, and Editor Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms

    Speakers: DAVID LAT, Founding Editor,; T.J. DUANE, Principal, Lateral Link; HELEN LONG, Director Legal Recruiting at Ropes & Gray LLP; JOHN J. CANNON III, Hiring Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP.

    The panel is part of an a day-long conference, co-sponsored by the New York City Bar and Vault, with the following mission:

    Affected by the current financial crisis, many lawyers are finding themselves looking for employment. This program is designed to assist job-seeking attorneys in learning how best to market themselves whether they are looking to go to a firm, start their own practice or are considering an alternative legal career.

    For details and registration, click here. Hope to see you there!
    Getting Back in the Game: How to Restart Your Career in a Down Economy [The Association of the Bar of the City of New York]

    sponsorship word from sponsors.jpgEach week, Above the Law’s sponsors generate content for your edification and entertainment. You can find their posts in Sponsored Content, which runs along the right-hand side of the ATL main page. Here are the latest offerings:
    1. A Job Opening: Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
    The Connecticut law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell, which successfully filled its last job opening through advertising on ATL, is looking for another junior litigator. For details, see the job posting.
    2. The Asia Chronicles: The Importance of Pressing the Flesh
    Robert Kinney, of Kinney Recruiting, stresses the importance of finding someone with their boots on the ground — someone who travels frequently to the Far East, with the personal contacts to show for it — when selecting a recruiter for an Asia job search.
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    Do you love your job? If not, that can be remedied. The New World Institute helps people who are at a career crossroads find their calling and move into careers that have real meaning and purpose. To learn more, check out this post.
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    Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgLast week, we brought you information about which firms respect your weekends — and which don’t. This week, we tackle a related topic: vacation. As noted earlier today, it’s an area where firms have been making changes lately.
    At which firms are your vacations safe? And at which firms might vacation time be at risk — assuming your firm hasn’t given you a permanent vacation (a la McDermott)?
    Most associates at top law firms said that it is uncommon for vacations to be canceled, but it happens sometimes. Firms where vacations appear to be the safest include Akin Gump, Sidley, Weil and Winston, where more than one-third of the associates at each firm report that it is very rare for associates to be expected to cancel vacation.
    Honorable mention goes to Dechert, Baker & McKenzie, Milbank, Orrick, Skadden, and Willkie.
    At which firms is vacation cancellation more likely? After the jump.

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