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    Biglaw

    Biglaw Firm Decimates Summer Associate Program

    Major firm announces that it’s more or less eliminating its summer associate program. Is this the beginning of a trend? And if it is, is that a good thing?

    24 Comments / / at 9:52 AM
  • Sorry, summers, but this is going away soon.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.30.15

    * Which Biglaw firm is going to be changing up the way that it recruits new attorneys? That would be Quinn Emanuel. It’s planning to majorly scale back on summer associates and do something completely different. We’ll have more on this news later today. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * An undergrad who once had high hopes for law school decided to ditch his legal aspirations in favor of stand-up comedy. His mom is mad since it’s a “path that has no specific stability.” She obviously hasn’t read up on law school job stats lately. [Indy Channel]

    * Justice Kennedy should consider trading in his robes for a superhero’s cape, because he just swooped in to the rescue, again. With a 5-4 vote, SCOTUS stayed the Fifth Circuit’s decision regarding the closure of the majority of abortion clinics in Texas. [NPR]

    * Damn you, Dewey leaders! Per recent testimony in the criminal trial of the failed firm’s former top brass, but for news of the criminal probe spreading like wildfire throughout the profession, D&L could’ve merged with any number of firms to save itself. [Am Law Daily]

    * Some pretty major firms think they have better things to spend their Biglaw bucks on than donations to legal aid organizations. Only five firms were willing to publicly disclose more than $1 million in donations. [DealBook / New York Times via American Lawyer]

    4 Comments / / at 9:01 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.29.15

    * Senator Ted Cruz describes his experience clerking for Chief Justice Rehnquist. We also learn what Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says about Internet porn. It’s not as exciting as Cruz would want you to think. Personally, I’d hoped she’d say something about “Long Dong Silver,” but alas. [POLITICO]

    * If you thought Justice Scalia was interminably grumpy before, today he exhibited some downright bizarre behavior. [Slate]

    * Lawyer disciplined for stealing wine. Lots and lots of wine. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Has marriage equality rendered Chief Justice Roberts a footnote to history? [Reuters]

    * An in-depth look at New York’s Riker’s Island facility from the perspective of those who live and work there. And let’s not undersell the word “live,” since we have kids living there for 7 years awaiting trial. [New York Magazine]

    * Shearman & Sterling’s Doreen Lilienfeld discusses building gender balance in Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A thorough guide to Bitcoin for judges. But more importantly, a solidly academic title, “Realm of the Coin.” I see what you did there. [Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law via SSRN]

    * Congratulations to former Bloomberg media attorney Charles Glasser, who will be teaching a course about investigative reporting at NYU’s Institute for Journalism. Too bad there aren’t really investigative journalism jobs anymore. Perhaps these are the kinds of classes that can bring those jobs back. [Talking Biz News]

    * The regret of every young person must be that they will never be able to duplicate this experience. [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    On ‘4 Ways Associates Screw Up’

    Biglaw partner turned in-house counsel Mark Herrmann offers his take on some contradictory career advice identified by lawyer turned therapist Will Meyerhofer.

    19 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM
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    Biglaw, Food

    Which Biglaw Firm Is Being Compared To A ‘Sweatshop’?

    Has this high-powered Biglaw firm been running afoul of state labor laws all this time?

    45 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 2:14 PM
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    Biglaw, Small Law Firms

    Biglaw Blinders

    Biglaw blinders are on your head so you don’t accidentally see reality and trample people on your way out the door.

    11 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 1:45 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
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    Biglaw, Quote of the Day

    Biglaw Partner Tells It Like It Is

    Think the head of your firm might be reading your emails? Might as well put him on blast.

    5 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 3:57 PM
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    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Legal Ethics

    Biglaw Partner And Associate Destroyed Evidence, Suborned Perjury

    What Biglaw firm is in hot water for ordering the destruction of dox?

    49 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 3:02 PM
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    Biglaw, Kids

    Biglaw Mommy: It’s Work, Either Way

    No one ever talks about wishing they could give up the career in favor of the family. It’s just not something that us professional women are supposed to want.

    43 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 2:33 PM
  • Silly partners.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.24.15

    * Partners at this law firm tried a threesome, but it didn’t exactly work out as expected, so now they’re scaling it back to just one at a time. (And by this, we of course mean that Porter Scott’s three co-managing partners plan was a no-go.) [Sacramento Business Journal]

    * More than 40 class-action suits have been filed since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, with many litigants alleging that they were “duped” into its purchase. Maybe one of them will pack a better punch than the so-called “Fight of the Century.” [National Law Journal]

    * Just because one Biglaw firm went under, in part, because of its brand-spanking new administrative hub, that doesn’t mean your firm shouldn’t consider opening one. The risk might be worth the reward of saving millions in expenses. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Concordia Law launched a media campaign to attract students, touting the fact that it’s been kind of provisionally approved by the ABA as its selling point. It’s new slogan is likely “Meh, we’re good enough for the ABA, so we’re good enough for you.” [Idaho Statesman]

    * Here’s some good news for the people who are actually considering taking the D.C. bar exam instead of just waiving in like the rest of civilized society: the D.C. Court of Appeals will finally allow you to type the essay portion of the exam on your laptops. [Legal Times]

    23 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 9:03 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.23.15

    * Hillary Clinton is making a mad dash for Biglaw bucks to support her presidential run. This week, she’ll be at an event hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell, and next week, she’ll be at an event hosted by a Chadbourne & Park partner. Ooh la la, fancy schmancy! [Bloomberg Politics]

    * Dewey know why this firm failed? Back before D&L declared bankruptcy, the firm’s most successful rainmakers were asked to give up half of their gigantic salaries in an attempt to stave off the worst… but they didn’t want to. We suppose that’s the way the cartel crumbles. [Am Law Daily]

    * Bickel & Brewer, the fearsome Texas litigation boutique, recently broke up, and now it’ll simply be known as Brewer. John Bickel, who invoked the firm’s partnership retirement clause, is now ensconced as senior counsel at Fish & Richardson. [Texas Lawbook]

    * This career services dean is here to tell you a tale about law school job stats. You see, law schools don’t have an unemployment problem — instead, they have a “J.D. Advantage” problem (aka, jobs they took because they couldn’t get lawyer jobs). [Huffington Post]

    * This is yet another reason why people are considering Fordham’s Fashion Law LL.M.: “Every designer should have a minimum degree of legal literacy, if only to know when to seek a legal opinion — and to avoid being sent to sit at the kids’ table.” [New York Times]

    20 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Amal Clooney (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.22.15

    * Amal Clooney’s firm reportedly has a lawyer working for £1.50 an hour, which in U.S. dollars is “piddly squat.” [Legal Cheek]

    * People are pretty worked up over raisins. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * “A video shot in court shows a lawyer tussling with bailiffs and being forcibly removed in handcuffs from a foreclosure hearing.” Go on… [Daily Business Review]

    * Maybe that outsourcing thing was a bad idea for Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Keith Lee reviews Lat’s Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Associate’s Mind]

    * Yahoo! General counsel Ron Bell discusses the challenges and rewards of representing the tech giant. [Hsu Untied]

    * Speaking of Yahoo!, on the eve of Obergefell, here’s a quick guide to the American government’s war on gays. [Yahoo!]

    * Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, discusses the Affordable Care Act with Bob Garfield. Listen now while the ACA is still a thing. [On The Media]

    22 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM
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    Biglaw, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    11 Reasons Why It’s So Hard Being A Lawyer (Part II)

    What do lawyers wish non-lawyers understood about them, and why is it so hard to be a lawyer in the first place?

    38 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 3:44 PM
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    Biglaw, Rankings, Women's Issues

    Which Firms Offer Women The Most Power And Highest Pay? (2015)

    In a profession ruled by men, these Biglaw firms have taken steps to level the playing field for women.

    10 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 1:14 PM
  • Not my corner office! (Image via Shutterstock.)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.22.15

    * Everyone’s a winner at Nixon Peabody, especially the millennials! The firm is doing away with the corner-office model in favor of office space reminiscent of that of tech companies, where everyone’s offices — from paralegals to partners — are the same size. [Washington Post]

    * A former North Dakota Law student is suing the school, as well as several administrators and professors, because he alleges they dismissed him via email in May due to problems with his application. Man, that’s almost as harsh as a break-up text. [WDAZ]

    * Justice Kennedy knows a lot of people who are gay, but that doesn’t mean he’ll recognize a constitutional right to same-sex marriage just because of his circle of friends and colleagues. He’ll likely do it because he knows “how meaningful this is.” [New York Times]

    * The Supreme Court is currently considering an emergency appeal out of Texas after the Fifth Circuit refused to stay a decision that would all but close the vast majority of abortion facilities in the state. Give this law the good old coat hanger, SCOTUS. [Associated Press]

    * Last week, Justice Kennedy basically invited litigants to challenge the constitutionality of solitary confinement because it “exacts a terrible price.” Step right up and become one of the first to test the power of the SCOTUS swing vote on this issue. [Los Angeles Times]

    * “Having a woman leader is no longer exceptional.” The number of women law school deans is on the rise. They make up 40 percent of incoming law school leadership, and currently comprise 30 percent of all law deans. Nice work! [National Law Journal]

    * After pleading guilty to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter back in March, California lawyer Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti was recently sentenced to four years in prison for killing a cyclist while driving high on prescription drugs Xanax and Suboxone. [Daily Mail]

    27 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 8:49 AM
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    Biglaw, Technology

    Will Legal Tech Eventually Disrupt Biglaw? A Conversation With Lex Machina’s Owen Byrd

    Biglaw has remained relatively unaffected by legal tech, but this company may soon shake Biglaw to its core.

    8 Comments / / Jun 19, 2015 at 5:45 PM
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    Biglaw

    Office Porn: How Does Your Firm’s Art Collection Stand Up?

    This Biglaw office shows off its impressive art display.

    20 Comments / / Jun 19, 2015 at 1:43 PM