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Percentage of women and minorities at law firms increased slightly in 2017, NALP report says

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:32

Nearly 35 percent of lawyers at major U.S. law firms are women, while about 15 percent are minorities, according to statistics released Friday by the…

A top lawyer for the Texas attorney general resigns after criticizing ‘pathetic’ MeToo claims

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:35

A top aide to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton resigned on Thursday after criticizing the #MeToo movement on Facebook.

Associate Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie…

Will complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct by Kozinski have any impact?

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:39
As more women come forward with allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct against Judge Alex Kozinski, the question arises: Will the complaints have any impact?

Anger issues, impulse disorder could explain ‘baffling phenomenon’ of lawyers who shoplift

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:00

Experts offer differing assessments of the reasons why some lawyers risk shame and loss of their license by shoplifting.

The “baffling phenomenon” of lawyers who…

Critics ask why Dowd and Cobb have failed to assemble a ‘battalion of lawyers’ for the president

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:34
Donald Trump’s legal response to a well-staffed effort by special counsel Robert Mueller is led primarily by John Dowd and Ty Cobb, leading critics to…

Susman Godfrey announces hefty bonuses; other boutique firms also exceed Cravath standard

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:53

Susman Godfrey has announced it will pay median bonuses of up to $170,000 for its longest-term associates, though two associates received bonuses of more than…

Supreme Court law clerks are still mostly white men; which justices had the most diverse clerks?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:00
U.S. Supreme Court law clerks in the last dozen years are mostly white men, a number that highlights “near-glacial progress” since the first demographic study…

ABA is ‘greatly concerned’ about low percentage of female and minority US attorney candidates

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:14

ABA President Hilarie Bass has sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that asks him to urge senators proposing U.S. attorney candidates to take…

Lawyer works and sleeps in shack to raise money for her nonprofit law firm

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:30

A Detroit lawyer who founded a nonprofit law firm to help the poor is working and sleeping in a makeshift shack until she raises at…

BigLaw partner breaks a record held by Thurgood Marshall

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:00

Neal Katyal has broken the record held by Thurgood Marshall for the minority lawyer with the most oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Katyal,…

Lessons from the past can propel your future

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:35

For me, this career has always been about having choices and the freedom to create the life I wanted. Growing up, I was aware of…

ABA works to address attorney substance use and mental health disorders

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:50

In December, our thoughts turn to the holidays. For most, it is a joyous time, full of parties and quality time with family. But for…

Chicago special prosecutor’s career nearly came to a premature end

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:25

woman in court

Holmes announced indictments in June. AP Photo

As Burr Oak…

Minorities are still scarce among law firm partners and general counsel

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:38

Minority lawyers are an increasing percentage of lawyers at law firms, but their numbers still lag at the partnership level, according to the Minority Corporate…

Former law firm secretary awarded more than $277K in her overtime suit

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:06

A Los Angeles judge on Monday awarded $277,000 in attorney fees to a former legal secretary who prevailed on her claim that the law firm…

Cravath announces bonuses that repeat last year’s amounts; other firms follow suit

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:36

Year-end bonus season for BigLaw associates began Monday when Cravath, Swaine & Moore announced bonuses of up to $100,000.

The bonuses don’t differ from amounts…

Husch Blackwell cuts about 40 lawyers through layoffs and retirements

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:58

Husch Blackwell says it is cutting about 40 partners and of counsel from its ranks through retirements and “year-end transitions.”

The percentage of lawyers leaving…

Lawyer is suspended partly for bringing toothbrushes and red pepper to prison client

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:09

A Wisconsin lawyer has been suspended for four months for bringing toothbrushes to an imprisoned client and for failing to adequately communicate with a drunken…

Law firm associate’s viral #MeAt14 hashtag highlights inability to consent

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:00
A law firm associate expressed her outrage on Twitter after former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was accused of pursuing teen girls while in…

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