Advancing the increasingly-important dialogue on gender diversity and equality in the legal profession while illustrating the business imperative for the retention and succession of female leadership

June 6, 2013 ~ New York, NY

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Featuring key contributions and candid viewpoints from:
Patricia Gillette, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Anastasia Kelly, Co-Managing Partner, DLA Piper USA
Lisa A. Borsook, Executive Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Cathy Fleming, Managing Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Madeline Cahill-Boley, Managing Partner, Sullivan Hill
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Since 1998, Law Preview has taught thousands of law students what to expect and how to truly excel in law school. During our week-long, intensive summer prep courses, our distinguished faculty of law school professors provide substantive overviews for each core first-year course so Law Preview students don’t have to read cases in a vacuum like their uninitiated classmates. In addition, we teach how to brief cases, outline for each class, study effectively and manage your time — all proven academic strategies that are critical to earning great grades during the first year of law school. Perhaps most importantly, students learn our unique exam-taking methods and practice them on real law school exams.

Law Preview students learn proven success tactics to help them excel because 1L grades matter most. We build better law students and have the results to prove it — in a recent survey of Law Preview students from 2005-11, the median class rank after the 1L year was the top 16%.

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The answer to the question of where you should be with just a couple of weeks until finals is “it depends.” Of course, every law student knows that almost every question can be answered with “it depends,” so the following will discuss what it depends on and why.

First, it depends how you learn. What I mean by that is that while most law students are busy outlining, the students I coach (at are doing a variety of activities, some of which include outlining. Why do law students outline or study from outlines? The simple answer is that your exams will require you to show that you can work with the law and use the law in a manner that is structured and well thought out. It makes sense, then, to prepare in a manner that forces you to examine how the rules of law fit together, that forces you to categorize and to make decisions about what rules are related and how they are related. Creating an outline can thus be a very valuable study activity.

The downside of an outline, however, is that it works best for those who think in straight lines. In a traditional outline, things are related in only one or two possible ways. Concepts are either separate enough to be side-by-side or one concept is a subcategory of another. However, legal concepts often have a more complex relationship….

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Firms are relying on social networks such as LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter as standard practice to gauge candidates’ suitability for a job. At most firms, resumes and standard online applications are still the first step of the recruiting process which provides little depth about candidates. Let’s face it; depth is what employers are constantly seeking and what gets candidates hired. Employers are most interested in what people are like, how they are to work with, and how they think.

Demonstrating depth on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper is a tall order. There is an entire industry of “resume tweakers” out there advising you on keywords, format, and impact strategy. Once your resume has been adequately honed, consider this; you’re essentially presenting yourself to employers in the same format your parents did. Sure, you may have sent it electronically or uploaded it to the firm’s applicant tracking system, but your resume is frighteningly similar to your mom’s.

Done with intent and preparation, video profiles coupled with traditional candidate documentation will provide the employer with tangible insight into the person. The depth not discernible on your resume will be visible before the face to face. Know what you want to say and get it across succinctly and professionally in a controlled and secure format.

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Finance and Accounting Principles for Lawyers
Philadelphia, PA
April 26, 2013

More and more, knowing and understanding the fundamentals of accounting and finance principles is becoming a requisite for lawyers. This session, geared specifically for practicing attorneys, will teach you the basics of accounting and how to read the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. You’ll learn about fraud and manipulation as well as Sarbanes-Oxley and how lawyers are impacted.

This is an interactive session with an opportunity to ask questions, review case studies and complete problem sets that will help make the concepts clear and relevant. Lawyers who have attended these sessions have given them rave reviews, praising how clearly and simply the concepts were explained and taught.

BARBRI has introduced this new professional development offering, exclusively for legal professionals, to help them broaden their business acumen in order to better serve their clientele. Our financial skills courses help lawyers truly understand financial concepts, allowing them to “speak the language” of their clients. Courses are relevant for attorneys in all practice areas and for all levels, from associate to partner. Courses are accredited for CLE. Visit to learn more.

Your first instinct may be to use the entire thing to pay off part of that epic student loan, but here’s how to divvy up your paycheck the right way—so you can cover rent on your pad, debt repayments and those requisite happy hours.

When that first huge chunk of money hits your bank account, you may just get stars in your eyes. Suddenly, table service every Saturday night, a sweet loft and a rotating tie rack of Hermés ties (or Theory blouses, if you’re of the female persuasion) all seem within reach.

But think back to your bankruptcy law course. It’s crazy how people can blow through all of their assets, right? To avoid the same fate, take this quick crash course in how to divide up your earnings like a boss—ahem, partner.

For starters, let’s discuss some general guidelines, which make up what we like to call the 50/20/30 Rule:

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Logan Harper is the community relations coordinator for MPA@UNC, an online master’s degree in public administration offered through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a contributor to Online MPA Degrees — a top resource for MPA rankings. Follow Logan for program updates and news: @MPAatUNC.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires the federal government to disclose government records to private individuals after they submit a formal request. While the FOIA only applies to the federal government, each state in the U.S. has developed similar laws governing the disclosure of government records under “right-to-know” laws. In the years following 9/11, the use of security cameras has become increasingly common. As a result, the question of whether or not the videos created by these cameras are “public records” under the local right-to-know laws has become an important topic for discussion.

Videos are Public Records

Generally speaking, records created and kept in the course of government business must be disclosed under right-to-know laws unless there is an exception that prevents disclosure of all or part of the record requested. Video recordings, whether on tape or in a digital medium, with or without an audio component, are considered public records for the purpose of right-to-know laws, even though they are not a traditional “writing.” Thus, the question becomes whether or not there is an exception that prevents their disclosure.

The Privacy Exception

Privacy is one exception that is often raised by local governments to reject a request for disclosure and is an increasing concern with respect to the disclosure and production of security videos.

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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 six years. You can reach them by email:

We hesitate to make big predictions on the China economy, since we don’t employ economists at Kinney and even those folks have a hard time making such predictions with any accuracy recently. However, we do have our own set of data points to go on that are unique in the US biglaw industry in Asia. We have been cautiously optimistic since late October that ’13 looks to be a very good year HK / China.

Our Asia team is in daily contact with partners at top US and UK firms in Asia, especially in HK / China, where our Asia team has made more US associate placements than any other recruiting firm over the past 5 years. In fact, our Evan Jowers has alone made more than 150 US associate placements in Asia in the past five years. All of this activity gives our Asia team the opportunity to have close relationships with most of our firm clients in Asia. Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney have developed friendships or at least close business relations with most of the key US hiring partners in HK / China over the years and this enables them to get on the phone and have in person meetings with such persons on a regular basis.

Since November, we have noticed a much more positive outlook in HK / China from our US partner contacts there. Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney make frequent trips to Hong Kong and other Asia markets and it is not unusual for them to have 8 meetings per day with US partners while on such trips (its a lot of coffees, beers and diet cokes). These conversations usually focus in large part on how busy the partner’s practice has been and expectations in coming months and the following year, as well as the state of the market in general.

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No other law firm in history has voluntarily waived $500,000 in legal fees and absorbed $100,000 in expenses simply to help 500 first-time entrepreneurs incorporate; but that’s exactly how Jeff Unger, Los Angeles-based attorney and founder of eMinutes, a corporate law firm, spent most of the last 12 months. Today, Mr. Unger announced he is ready to do it again, this time waiving nearly three-quarters of a million dollars — $725,000 — to help 725 first-time entrepreneurs in California, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia form their businesses for free. To learn more about the program, visit

eMinutes is a corporate law firm with a very narrow focus.  For more than 15 years, the firm has formed corporations and LLCs for A-list celebrities, athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs.  Its $135/year eMinutes Entity Management service handles the corporate minutes and Secretary of State filings for more than 12,000 companies.

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 six years. You can reach them by email:

As our regular readers know, Kinney Recruiting has always been a big supporter of the Chinese Business Lawyers Association. Please note that the CBLA will be co-hosting (along with Asian Pacific American Law Students Association) a career panel at Yale Law School this Thursday evening. You are welcome to attend, if you can make it out to New Haven. These career panels are a great way for law students and major law firm associates to learn more about working as a biglaw associate in Asia and how to best position one’s early career for an easier lateral move to (or a career start in) Asia in the future. As usual, our Evan Jowers will be participating on the panel and will be available before and after the event to meet individually with those interested. Evan will also be available for meetings in NYC parts of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Also, please note that the CBLA will be having its 2013 Lunar New Year Banquet this Friday evening at S. Dynasty Restaurant in NYC. This event was originally scheduled for February 8, but was postponed due to the winter storm Nemo. Please feel free to stop by Kinney’s table at the dinner if you would like to meet with our Evan Jowers and Danielle Cyr there.

The Yale career panel will be held at room 120 at Yale Law School and will begin at 6.30pm Friday, February 28, with wine & cheese served beforehand at 6.10pm.

The panelists are:

• William Primps, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney (Yale Law School class of 1974)
• Xiaowen Qiu, Partner, Sidley Austin
• Xiu-Kay Hung, Associate, Shearman & Sterling
• Evan Jowers, Managing Director, Kinney Recruiting
• Jonathan Birenbaum, Director, Lateral Link
• Geoffrey Sant, Special Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney

Here below are the details for the CBLA Lunar New Year Banquet:

S. Dynasty Restaurant
511 Lexington Avenue 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10017
Open Bar: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm
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2013 CBLA Special Award:
Mr. Ko-Yung Tung, Morrison Foerster
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Performance by the New York Chinese Cultural Center
Raffle Prizes
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Please contact for tickets

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