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The Best Biglaw Firm For Pro Bono

(image via Getty) Ed. Note: Welcome to our daily feature Trivia Question of the Day! According to data collected by Law.com, which Biglaw firm tops their Pro Bono Scorecard which ranks Am Law 200 firms based on their pro bono work performed by U.S.-based lawyers? Hint: At this firm, the average number of pro bono […]

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New Legal Innovators Initiative Targets The Challenge For Firms Of Supporting Diverse Staffing During Pandemic

Among the lessons for law firms that came out of the recession of 2008 was that diversity and inclusion initiatives suffer during an economic downturn, says Bryan Parker, chief executive officer of alternative legal services provider Legal Innovators. It took a decade before the numbers of Black and LatinX attorneys at large law firms returned […]

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Be Prepared, Because More Biglaw Layoffs Are Coming

Firms are getting to grips with the idea that the economy will stay down for a while. The next step is structural change. Clients are thinking about how to lower legal costs and still meet their needs, and as we get into the fall, two things will happen: firms don’t want to be seen doing […]

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Biglaw’s Push For The Equal Rights Amendment

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The battle for the Equal Rights Amendment — a constitutional amendment to guarantee equal treatment based on sex — has been going on for over 100 years. Now that 38 states have ratified the amendment, the ERA is closer than ever, but it’s far from a given. There’s a whole […]

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Q: Do You Have Time? A: What’s The Project?

Surely you’ve overheard this conversation: Partner: “Do you have time?” Associate: “What’s the project?” Partner: “There’s no reason for me to waste time explaining the project if you don’t have time to do it.” Associate: “I may be able to squeeze in something, but I just need a few details. What’s the project?” Here’s the […]

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Shrinking Biglaw Firms Still Need To Get Smaller

(Image via Getty) Ed. Note: Welcome to our daily feature Trivia Question of the Day! According to data collected by Law.com, which NLJ 500 firms shrank their headcount in 2019, but have laid off or furloughed employees during the economic turmoil caused by COVID-19? Hint: At these firms, headcounts went down between 1 and 2.7 […]

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Do Today’s Work Today

My grandfather used to have a saying: “Do today’s work today.” This is, I appreciate, not a unique idea, and indeed is pretty widespread, but I’m going to attribute that to it being a generally good universal principle to live by. Fleetwood Mac, whose songs are all secretly productivity tips, even sang about the idea […]

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Fake Emergencies Are A Real Problem

Thoughts: You have no idea how much I wanted to drop everything on my Sunday morning to take care of your fake emergency! Words: “No worries! How can I help you?” Every lawyer, definitely in-house lawyer, had this experience at least once! ‍ Educating your clients about the definition of “emergency” is a solid investment. […]

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Biglaw Firms That Used PPP Loans Were Trying Some Pandemic ‘Innovation’

Is this a departure? To some degree yes. But, I think every firm now is trying to keep the wings on the plane while they’re flying it. There are a lot of attempts at innovation. — Heidi Gardner, a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School who advises law firms, commenting on the fact that […]

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Biglaw Start Dates: When’s Your Firm Welcoming New Associates?

COVID-19 keeps on messing up… everything. And with a whole mess of states not even close to controlling the outbreak, well, it isn’t going to end any time soon. In normal times, the Biglaw year has a certain rhythm to it. The Summer Associates start in June, on-campus recruitment starts in August, the class of […]