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    Biglaw, Money

    Biglaw Firm Only Wants Big $$$ Clients

    Which Biglaw firm wants attorneys to “reduce the burden” of small clients… within 30 days?

    25 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM
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    Sponsored Content, Summer Associates

    What ATL Editors Wish They Knew As Summer Associates

    When the ATL editors were young summer associates.

    / May 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM
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    Biglaw, Kids

    Biglaw Mommy: Misery Loves Company — And That’s Okay

    Being a working mom can be a very isolating experience, particularly if you work in an office without a lot of other working mothers.

    43 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.27.15

    * It’s summer associate season in Biglaw, so here are some tips to help you not completely screw up your futures. (But if you do catch someone misbehaving, make sure to send your friends here at ATL a tip.) [MoneyBeat / Wall Street Journal]

    * Break out the vuvuzelas, because Loretta Lynch just scored herself a gigantic GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Several of FIFA’s top officials were arrested in Switzerland for extradition to America to face federal corruption charges over years of alleged racketeering and wire fraud. [New York Times]

    * “Not all the evidence that you hear and see will be riveting.” The Dewey & LeBoeuf financial crimes trial may be sexy for Biglaw aficianados, but at least one of the prosecutors on the case had the courtesy to warn jurors they’d be bored. [Am Law Daily]

    * Which Biglaw firms are the best places for new fathers to work? According to a recent report from Fatherly, a digital parenting resource for men, Arnold & Porter, Alston & Bird, and Baker Donelson all have pretty nice paternity leave policies. [Nooga.com; Fatherly]

    * At some law firms, working part-time or on a flexible schedule isn’t necessarily a career killer for women, but that doesn’t change the fact that at other firms, doing so means that “they’re no longer on that partnership/management track.”[Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Daniel Meltzer, Story Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, former Principal Deputy Counsel to President Obama, and federal courts scholar, RIP. [Legal Theory Blog]

    12 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Biglaw, Music

    Skadden D.C. Really Has No Idea What It’s Doing

    Skadden told their lawyers they “negotiated” with the band hurting their precious ears? What does a Skadden “negotiation” actually look like? You’ll be embarrassed. At least they should be.

    45 Comments / / May 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.26.15

    * What Dewey think the leaders of this failed firm — Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine, and Joel Sanders — were doing during Memorial Day Weekend? Odds are at least one was working on his tan prior to opening arguments at tomorrow’s trial. [American Lawyer]

    * Sofia Vergara will be heading back to court after a judge granted Nick Loeb, her ex-fiancé, permission to amend his complaint to seek custody over the couple’s frozen embryos. “There is no legal issue. Embryos are not children,” says her lawyer. [ET Online]

    * After making great hay of the school’s apparently dire financial straits in a last-ditch effort to woo InfiLaw back into its lonely arms, Charleston Law will be enrolling new students after all. We’ll have more on this desperate move later. [Post and Courier]

    * Cuba Libres for everyone! The Florida Bar is sending a parade of lawyers into Cuba to explore potential business opportunities while Biglaw firms are breaking into their stashes of Romeo y Julietas in preparation for an influx of post-embargo billable hours. [Reuters]

    * Students at Northern Kentucky Law may soon be doing time at a local jail to complete their educations, since the administration is considering moving the school there. At least they’ll have practice for their residence in debtors’ prisons in the future. [NKY.com]

    8 Comments / / May 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Biglaw, Minority Issues

    Stat Of The Week: Only 50% Of White Attorneys In Firms Are Partners

    The findings of the Law360 Minority Report will amaze you (if you don’t know anything).

    40 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 1:01 PM
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    Biglaw

    Top 100 Law Firms For Minority Attorneys

    Law360 just released its comprehensive study of minorities in the law, collecting data from nearly 300 firms, and the findings are predictably grim.

    14 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.22.15

    * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t the only politician who will be joining Dentons. After Dentons completes a merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge, former DNC Chair Howard Dean will also be working for the largest law firm in the world. YEEEAAAH! [The Intercept]

    * Now that New York has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, other states are considering it. Hurry up, because the UBE will “break down the long persistent barriers that keep lawyers from moving” — which isn’t a bad thing. [National Law Journal]

    * In half a century of reproductive and gay rights cases, it’s worth noting that “arguments based on a right to privacy have tended to weaken and crack; arguments based on equality have grown only stronger.” Let’s see what SCOTUS does in June. [The New Yorker]

    * All six of the Baltimore police officers who were arrested following the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted on homicide and assault charges. Despite the fact there’s now an indictment, the officers’ lawyers are calling the prosecution’s case weak. [New York Times]

    * “Can you #trademark a #hashtag?” It’s somewhat of a tricky issue for people who are trying to register their marks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but these attorneys from IP powerhouse Morrison & Foerster have a pretty good explanation. [Law.com]

    31 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 8:31 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.21.15

    * Preet Bharara is the hottest speaker on the law school graduation circuit. I guess if you can’t get Mindy Kaling… [Business Insider]

    * An octopus is a vertebrate under some statutes. A reminder that law will not bow to your precious “science.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * It’s tempting to feast on the carcass of a collapsing law firm, but partners should take this advice before rushing into a lateral hire. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA ]

    * The importance of not looking like a creep in front of a jury. [What About Clients?]

    * Boy Scouts Prez Robert Gates thinks it’s time that the organization lift its ban on gays. In other news, Robert Gates is the president of the Boy Scouts now? [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

    * Too often disasters slip out of our consciousness before the problem is truly solved. In that vein, consider donating to Nepal Earthquake relief. [Help Nepal Network]

    * Judge Richard Kopf reviews Mark Herrmann’s book, Inside Straight (affiliate link). [Hercules and the Umpire]

    6 Comments / / May 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM
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    Biglaw

    Why Are D.C. Lawyers Such Frigging Babies?

    Which law firm called THE SECRET SERVICE to file a damn noise complaint?

    39 Comments / / May 21, 2015 at 3:03 PM
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    Biglaw, Politics

    Newt Gingrich To Colonize Biglaw Firm Instead Of Moon

    Which firm will the former Speaker of the House be working for?

    20 Comments / / May 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.15

    Judge settles sexual harassment case brought against him by his former court reporter; Elizabeth Wurtzel talks about Biglaw inefficiencies; Vermont has banned litigation financing for a year; Crowdfunding police abuse lawsuits…and more.

    10 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Career Alternatives, Job Searches

    alt.legal: Leaving Law Behind. Sort Of.

    You can be both a lawyer and something else, as columnist Leigh McMullan Abramson explains — and in balancing two career tracks, you may find ways to harmonize your passions and your legal career that will surprise you.

    35 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM
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    Biglaw, Kids

    Biglaw Mommy: Pick Your Poison Childcare

    * Thus far, five law schools — Hawaii, Iowa, St. John’s, Drake, and Buffalo — have decided to drop the LSAT for top-performing applicants, and it’s no surprise that all five law schools have watched their enrollment numbers take traumatic tumbles. [Bloomberg Business]

    * “[E]veryone calls colleagues for advice, particularly when we get gnarly jury notes.” As it turns out, judges in the Southern District of New York are big proponents of the “phone a friend” lifeline for their trickier cases. FYI, those friends are never law profs. [New York Times]

    * Well, that was incredibly quick! Josh Seiter, the 2013 graduate of Chicago-Kent Law who’s built a successful career stripping, working as an escort, and appearing on reality TV shows, didn’t even make it past the first rose ceremony on The Bachelorette. [Heavy]

    * Without WARNing? Butler & Hosch, one of the largest foreclosure firm’s in the country, decided to abruptly close up shop, leaving hundreds of attorneys and staff members of out work. Sources have told us that the firm was unable to make payroll. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Sorry, boutiques, but according to Lexis/Nexis CounselLink’s Enterprise Legal Management Trends report, the biggest of all Biglaw firms are controlling the market when it comes to performing specialized IP litigation work. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * As we mentioned previously, Sam Kamin of Denver Law is the first professor to hold a pot law professorship. Here’s an interesting Q&A with the law firm partner who came up with the idea. See Prof. Kamin at our marijuana law event in June. [National Law Journal]

    33 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Biglaw, Summer Associates

    Biglaw’s Top Rated Summer Programs

    Which firms are most highly rated by their summers? Our survey asks current and former summers to rate their employers based on the categories of Compensation, Hours, Firm Morale, Training, and Culture and Colleagues.

    5 Comments / / May 19, 2015 at 5:16 PM
  • "Oh, I see! You were just joking about defiling my daughters. How droll."

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.15

    * Yeah he told a client he’d waive his legal fees “in exchange for a sexual encounter with Client and her daughters” (emphasis added), but you know, he was “just teasing.” [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Hipster lawyers. Seriously. That’s how they market themselves. Their office is even a repurposed factory. They’re in LA now, but you know they’re just dying to move to Portland. [LA Weekly]

    * Are you following these Biglaw managing partners on Twitter? Because LOL totally RT worthy. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * Three Wisconsin Supreme Court justices skipped out on Marquette’s swearing in ceremony. One more development in the ongoing bats**t insane happenings on that court that previously included “[conservative Justice] Prosser put his hands on the neck of [liberal Justicee] Bradley in front of four of the other justices as they argued about a case.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    * I get called out for being clickbaity. But I’m really just indirectly teaching lawyers lessons in marketing they really should learn. [Law and More]

    * What would an interview with Tom Brady about Deflategate look like? [Coverage Opinions]

    * Bloomberg BNA introduced a new corporate law product that’s “set to dramatically change the workflow for transactional lawyers.” [Dewey B. Strategic]

    * President Obama’s immigration executive action should have kicked in today. It didn’t because the Fifth Circuit are a bunch of layabouts. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * The Irish same-sex marriage referendum hit a snag when someone realized the Irish language version would probably render heterosexual marriages unconstitutional. If you can’t write a neutral version of the law without encountering this problem… kind of proves a point, doesn’t it? [The Irish Times]

    * R.I.P. Bob Foster, former dean of University of South Carolina School of Law . [The State]

    9 Comments / / May 19, 2015 at 4:59 PM