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    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Privacy Please

    Biglaw, why not just let us lock our doors and keep working? We can bill and breastfeed at the same time, if only you’ll let us.

    44 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 1:21 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.18.15

    * An Ohio attorney was charged with making bomb threats at two state courthouses, but only after he was indicted for allegedly making bomb threats at a third courthouse. Wow, it’s almost like this guy didn’t do his homework motions or something. [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

    * Loretta Lynch, our would-be replacement for Eric Holder as attorney general, still hasn’t been able to get confirmed, and the delay — which is being blamed on our Senate Majority Leader’s “inept leadership” — is now being referred to as “unconscionable.” Lovely. [CNN]

    * What’s happening at #ATLConverge today? Check out our Twitter feed! [Converge]

    * Earlier this week, Morgan Lewis combined with Singapore firm Stamford Law Corp. Effective April 1, ML&B will become one of the largest Biglaw firms in the world, rivaled only by the likes of Baker & McKenzie and Dacheng Dentons. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * More federal prosecutors are stepping down from their jobs and returning to their former Biglaw homes in private practice. Once you realize government work is a giant revolving door, soon enough, it’ll be your turn to leave. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * If you’re still making a decision about which law schools to apply to, you can use the U.S. News rankings to help yourself. In the alternative, you can use the ATL Top 50 rankings to see if you’ll be able to get a job after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    20 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: The 30/10 Rule

    Columnist Gaston Kroub shares a handy rule of thumb for evaluating whether your marketing efforts are promising and likely to result in new work for your firm.

    6 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.17.15

    * A ballsy decision dripping with prestige? It seems that a few too many students at Yale Law School requested access to their student admissions evaluation records under FERPA, so instead of handing them over, Yale deleted them. [New Republic]

    * Here’s some good news for women attorneys visiting clients in Massachusetts jails: you’ll no longer be forced to lift up your shirt and shake out your bra if your underwire makes the metal detector go off. Instead, you’ll get felt up a pat down. [Boston Globe]

    * According to early data culled for the Am Law 100 rankings, from revenue to profits per partner to revenue per lawyer, Winston & Strawn posted record financial results in 2014. Perhaps the days of no-offers and layoffs are long gone for this firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Just because more people took the LSAT in February, it doesn’t mean that the law school crisis is over. It does, however, mean that law school administrators may soon be wishcasting the year-over-year growth of their first-year classes. [National Law Journal]

    * Rahul Gupta, the graduate student who used the tried and true “my girlfriend did it” defense during his trial for the fatal stabbing of a Georgetown Law student, was convicted on first-degree murder charges yesterday. He’ll be sentenced on April 16. [WJLA]

    24 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Biglaw

    Quinn Emanuel’s New Marketing Initiative: An Interview With John Quinn

    John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel explains — and defends — his firm’s new requirement of associates and counsel.

    45 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 12:42 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.16.15

    * Last week in court, a murder suspect in Louisiana apparently pooped his pants during a case status hearing, wiped said poop all over his face, and muttered to himself that “life is like a box of chocolates.” Sorry about that crappy candy, dude. [New Orleans Advocate]

    * According to early Am Law 100 data, New York’s most elite and prestigious firms have once again broken away from the rest of the pack when it comes to both revenue and partner profits. Biglaw’s best may be back to models and bottles. [Am Law Daily]

    * Michelle Lee, the first woman to ever serve as director of the USPTO, was sworn in on stage at SXSW Interactive. Michelle Lee, who worked with the Girl Scouts to issue a patent patch (instead of more makeup and sewing patches), is pretty damn awesome. [Mashable]

    * The federal judiciary has plans to decrease the word limit of appellate briefs from 14,000 to 12,500, and lawyers are pissed. Lawyers from Brown Rudnick say it could result in more acronyms, confusing construction, and less “punctilious citation,” oh my! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Lee Smolen, the ex-Sidley Austin partner who faked $69,000 in travel expenses while at the firm (and possibly $379K more), has been suspended from practice for one year and will have to undergo psychiatric treatment. [Legal Profession Blog via ABA Journal]

    * Taking New York’s lead, California is considering requiring all would-be attorneys in the state to complete 50 hours of pro bono work within one year of being admitted. Leave it to people who don’t know what they’re doing yet to close the justice gap. [Los Angeles Times]

    29 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Biglaw

    Top Law Firm Withholding Bonuses Unless Associates Do A ‘Marketing Project’

    A good idea meets seriously flawed implementation.

    37 Comments / / Mar 13, 2015 at 5:25 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.13.15

    * The law school ranking for the career-oriented: which law schools produce the most Biglaw partners? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Uh oh. More students took the LSAT in February. The bubble begins anew. [LSAT Blog]

    * The saddest part of this story is that it’s impossible to be surprised about it: the NYPD is going into the Wikipedia entries of Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and other police brutality victims and making selective edits. [Colorlines]

    * Judge throws out “Lebellus” cause of action. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Most people understand the criminal justice system is broken. Fewer understand how busted the civil system is. [LFC 360]

    * Speaking of the broken civil justice system, it looks like class actions are an endangered species, according to Professor Brian Fitzpatrick. Maybe CrowdSuit can help. [SSRN]

    8 Comments / / Mar 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM
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    Biglaw

    Stats Of The Week: The Mythical Non-Elite S&C Partner

    The only thing amazing about this is that anybody would be “amazed.”

    8 Comments / / Mar 13, 2015 at 3:59 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.13.15

    * Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will officially be appealing the $7.4 million “Blurred Lines” verdict that was handed down against them earlier this week. Both musicians were likely decidedly unhappy about having to give up their spare pocket change to pay for a lawsuit they thought they should’ve won. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Another law school is teaching a marijuana law class, and it’s scheduled on Fridays so students won’t take it as a novelty course. For potheads, having to drag your ass out of bed when you don’t have other classes is a disincentivizer. [Columbus Dispatch]

    * After reaping the benefits of serving as lead counsel in Detroit’s bankruptcy, Jones Day decided to pay the city back by opening an office. The firm will recruit for the new office internally. Raise your hand if you’re excited to move to Detroit, associates. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I don’t know where he is. I haven’t got a clue.” Paul Ceglia, the man who claimed he owned half of Facebook based on a faux contract and is now facing fraud charges, has suddenly and conveniently disappeared ahead of his May trial. Dislike. [Bloomberg]

    * If for some reason you’re still interested in applying to law school, here’s a timeline that will help you get through the application process. Step 1: Figure out if you actually need to go to law school. Step 2: Abandon the rest of the steps. [U.S. News & World Report]

    11 Comments / / Mar 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Attorney Misconduct, Jury Duty

    Small-Firm Lawyer Wishes Biglaw Associate ‘Good Luck In Hell’

    Four years later, and this lawyer still couldn’t get over the fact that he lost a case.

    75 Comments / / Mar 12, 2015 at 1:04 PM
  • Gary J. Ross RF

    Legal Ethics, Small Law Firms

    Ethics And The SmallLaw Practitioner

    One thing about being your own boss in a small firm is that you get the chance to find out how ethical you really are.

    15 Comments / / Mar 12, 2015 at 11:02 AM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Flex-Time And Fire Drills

    Real fire drills will always be there, and Mommy Dear always standing ready to put out those real fires. But she’s getting burned out real quick chasing after smoke, and she have a baby to take care of, too.

    64 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 1:59 PM
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    Biglaw, Job Searches, Law Schools

    No T14 Law Degree? No Problem! You Can Still Work At Sullivan & Cromwell

    It may be hard to believe, but this elite law firm is willing to hire graduates from law schools that may not be the very best.

    20 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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    Biglaw, Lateral Moves

    Winston & Strawn Pillages Pillsbury In Massive Lateral Raid

    Winston reached out and took what it wanted from Pillsbury: a bevy of heavy hitters, including some department heads.

    9 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 11:15 AM
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    Biglaw, Kasowitz Benson, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Sweeping Job Cuts For ‘Superior Legal Minds’

    How many attorneys were let go this time?

    93 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 10:12 AM
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    Biglaw, Old People, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: The Wisdom of Age

    If you are an associate and are fortunate to have one or more “elders” at your firm — seek them out. You will learn something useful.

    13 Comments / / Mar 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.10.15

    * “While some argue that going to law school is still a safe bet, little evidence exists to support this position.” This law professor thinks law schools are in a “death spiral,” and that a “top” school may soon be in danger of closing. Uh oh! Which one could it possibly be? [Washington Post]

    * “Rascal was the perfect law student because he never missed a class. If Rascal was asked a question he never said ‘pass.'” In 1937, Samford’s Cumberland School of Law graduated its first and only dog. In 2015, dogs bark and howl at Samford because of its new U.S. News rank. [Alabama.com]

    * “You do not need to have a law degree to understand how troubling this is.” Politicians are pissed at Hillary Clinton over the email scandal she got herself into at the State Department, but it turns out she technically obeyed the law. [National Law Journal]

    * Why do law firms fail? Dean Frank Wu of UC Hastings Law thinks that it’s because “[s]mart people overestimate the importance of being a smart person” — that is, your firm can still flop even if its lawyers are the best lawyers in the world. [Huffington Post]

    * According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after two months of soul-sucking declines in the market, the legal sector gained 3,100 jobs in February. Wow, we only need 40,000 more jobs until all of last year’s class is employed. [Am Law Daily]

    15 Comments / / Mar 10, 2015 at 9:13 AM