Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past seven years. You can reach them by email: asia@kinneyrecruiting.com.

Things have changed recently in Korea – a few of our US and UK client firms are looking, very selectively, for a lateral US associate hire. Until just recently, there was not much hiring like this going on in Korea, since US and UK firms started opening offices there. We have already placed two US associates in Korea in the past month at top firms. Most of the hiring partners we work with in Korea do not actively work with other recruiters.

If you are a Korean fluent US associate in London, New York or another major US market, 2nd to 6th year, at a top 20 firm, with cap markets or M&A focus (or mix), or project finance background, and you are interested in lateraling to Korea to a top US or UK firm, please feel free to reach out to us at asia@kinneyrecuiting.com or evan@kinneyrecruiting.com. Our head of Asia, Evan Jowers, was just in Korea recently, and Evan and Robert Kinney will be in Korea in a few weeks.  We are in the process of helping several firms open new offices in Korea (a number of which are interviewing our partner level candidates)  and also helping existing offices there fill openings.

Even if you have no interest in moving to Korea any time soon, but just want to discuss the market in general and what we are predicting there for the next few years, feel free to reach out to us.  Those are interesting conversations we always enjoy.

As most of our readers are probably already well aware, just about every major US firm in Hong Kong / China is interviewing and hiring US associates for at least one opening, in M&A or cap markets or a mix.  Many firms have multiple such openings. There are also openings in FCPA / White Collar, project finance, and other areas.

The above is only newsworthy in that it is, as we predicted at Kinney earlier this year, a mini-boom hiring market in HK / China for US associates that started late August and will last at least two months.

It is during such a hiring boom that its going to be very helpful for you to speak with us and evaluate the best possible landing spots to consider in Hong Kong / China, according to your background, career and life goals, rather than simply finding a landing spot.  The relationships that Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney have with just about any US hiring partner (including some who we have placed) of significance in Hong Kong / China, along with the many current and former US associates there (including many we have placed), give us the ability to help you make the most informed decision at various steps in the process.  These steps include, but are not limited to –  whether to simply transfer within your firm to or within Asia; how and when to request such a transfer; if targeting other firms, when and which to target; which hiring partners may have the better practice fit or be better mentors; and how and whether to negotiate on offers and counter offers.

We recommend you don’t consider a move or transfer to Asia or within Asia unless you know you can be fully informed going in to such a process.

Feel free to contact us at asia@kinneyrecruiting.com and we would be happy to discuss your Asia prospects with you, regardless of whether you want to start a job search any time soon. If you do speak with us and decide to start a job search,  we won’t try to convince you to use our services and representation. That’s entirely up to you to ask for our help and representation.

Professor Joel P. Trachtman has developed a unique, practical guide to help lawyers analyze, argue, and write effectively.

The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win is a highly readable 200-page book, available for about $10 in paperback or e-book. Chapters focus on foundational principles in legal argument: procedure, interpretation of contracts and statutes, use of evidence, and more. The material covered is taught only implicitly in law school. Yet, when up-and-coming attorneys master these straightforward tools, they will think and argue like the best lawyers.

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The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win provides a comprehensive framework through which lawyers can readily learn and then apply the structure of legal discourse to debates, briefs, contracts, and other legal or business dealings. Even experienced practitioners will find this book a valuable refresher and checklist of the essential tools that increase the odds of winning disputes. Learn more about the benefits of The Tools of Argument for law students, lawyers and law firms, law professors, and executives at www.toolsofargument.com.

Reviewers have noted the book to be “concise,” “insightful,” and “practical.” Readers gain a solid understanding of legal reasoning. Students who read this book as they start out in law school will have a conceptual framework that gives them a keen advantage in analyzing and synthesizing the vast amounts of new material presented across a variety of courses.

To illustrate legal concepts as used in argument, Professor Trachtman (often with attempts at humor) provides “Point-Counterpoints” throughout the book. Here are a few examples:

• The Principle of Effectiveness in Interpretation

Point: Each word must be ascribed utility and meaning, the use of different words must mean different things, and the use of the same words must mean the same thing.

Counterpoint: Agreements and laws are sometimes completed after little sleep and in a hurry, and draftsmen are not perfect. We should be cautious in setting a standard so high that it will frustrate the imperfectly expressed intent of the parties.

• Judicial Activism

Point: The judge has gone beyond the specific language of the statute, engaging in excessive and undemocratic judicial legislation. (Alternatively, the referee has gone beyond the specific rules of the game.)

Counterpoint: The judge or the referee is charged with making decisions. Where the law or the rules of the game are set in general terms, we can infer that the legislator or rule-maker implicitly delegated to the judge or referee discretion to fill in the details.

• Statistical Evidence

Point: I have statistical evidence that use of your product is strongly correlated with harm, and we have tested and ruled out all conceivable alternative causes.

Counterpoint: That is only circumstantial evidence and cannot be accepted as proof of responsibility.

Counter-counterpoint: Circumstantial evidence is indeed not necessarily conclusive, but strong correlation, combined with careful evaluation and rejection of alternative causes, is highly suggestive.

In the author’s words, “After practicing and teaching law for over 30 years, I have come to believe that acquiring the skills and mindset to think and argue like the best lawyers is not especially difficult. The problem has been that there are few places where one can learn about these techniques in a form that abstracts the essential nuggets of wisdom from their complex historical and legal contexts. Such a presentation is my goal for this book.”

Professor Joel P. Trachtman teaches International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to entering academia, he practiced law at Shearman and Sterling in New York and Hong Kong. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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For more information visit: www.toolsofargument.com

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For most attorneys, time spent managing the books is a necessary evil at best. Yet it is undeniably a crucial aspect of running a successful practice. With that in mind, we invite you to view or download a free webinar by Above the Law and our friends at Clio to learn how to better manage your finances.

Take this opportunity to learn what it takes to streamline your accounting and get the most out of your time. The webinar agenda:

● The basics of accounting for lawyers.

● How legal accounting differs from regular accounting.

● Report and reconciliation issues surrounding trust accounts.

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● Steps to prepare your tax return for your firm’s income.

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Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past seven years. You can reach them by email: asia@kinneyrecruiting.com.

Please note that Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney are still in Hong Kong and will stay FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK. We still have a handful of available slots for meetings with our Asia Chronicles fans.  If we have not been in touch lately, reach out and let us know when we could meet!  There is no need for an agenda at all.  Most of our in-person meetings on these trips are with folks who understand that improving a legal practice through lateral hiring is an information-driven process that takes time to handle correctly.

Email asia@kinneyrecruiting.com to set up a meeting with us!

Regarding trends in lateral US associate hiring in Hong Kong, we of course keep much of what we know off of this blog.  Based on placement revenue, though, Kinney is having one of our most successful years ever in Asia.  We  are helping a number of our law firm clients with M&A, fund formation, cap markets, project finance, FCPA and disputes openings.  These are very specific needs in many cases, so a conversation with us before jumping in may be helpful.  As always, we like to be sure to get the maximum number of interviews per submission, using a well-informed, highly targeted, and selective approach, taking into account short, medium and long-term career aims.

Making a well informed decision during a job search is easier said than done – the information we provide comes from 10 years of being the market leader in US attorney placements at the top tier firms in Asia.  There is no substitute for having known a hiring partner since he/she was an associate or for having helped a partner grow his or her practice from zip to zooming, and this is happily where we stand today – with years of background information on just about every relevant person in all the markets we serve, and most especially in Hong Kong/China/Greater Asia.  So get in touch and get a download from us this week if we can fit it in, or soon in any case!

The 2014-2015 law school year is now in full swing. 1Ls are grappling with the strange new world of the Socratic Method and briefing cases. 2Ls are hoping to score some sort of job out of the fall interviewing season. And 3Ls are wondering just what the heck they’re even doing on campus. If, in fact, they are even on campus at all. ATL’s law school experts have designed this challenge to help determine how much you know about the realities of the 3L experience.

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For most attorneys, time spent managing the books is a necessary evil at best. Yet it is undeniably a crucial aspect of running a successful practice. With that in mind, we invite you to join Above the Law and our friends at Clio to learn how to better manage your finances in a free webinar.

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The legal industry is being disrupted at every level by technological advances. While legal tech entrepreneurs and innovators are racing to create a more efficient and productive future, there is widespread indifference on the part of attorneys toward these emerging technologies.

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In an increasingly competitive global economy, companies continue invest heavily in data analytics as a tool to win business. Whether the interest is to learn more about customers, or how to improve operational performance, data lines the the heart of solving the problem. While other corporate departments dominate the use of data analytical resources, in-house legal departments often go left behind.

At the core of many discovery requests are: (1) email, in a structured data environment; and (2) electronic documents, typically in an unstructured environment. Simply put, structured data requires know-how on how the software manages the data within it, and unstructured data is comprised of loose documents stored nearly anywhere that data can be saved.

Unfortunately, legal departments are often considered to be a cost center within a business and are left battling for budget. Some businesses have had the opportunity to acquire electronically stored information (ESI) tools to use in their discovery of mailboxes, documents and to help preserve data. Using review tools like these in order to maintain market position have added analytic engines (predictive coding) to their platform software while others may even offer to process data for free within the software. To date, however, no tools are readily available on the market solve the root complexity of data discovery, which is information governance with an emphasis on ESI discovery. Despite corporations’ continued efforts to converge upon the outside counsel base, pricing models for ESI services encourage misaligned interests.

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