New app aims to find you a sub in a second

A typical day for a criminal defense attorney often involves court appearances in several different courthouses spread across various parts…

Team approach keeps pregnancy leave from stalling careers




However, for many female attorneys who choose to exercise their rights, they face plenty of professional…

What will lawyers be doing in 5 to 10 years?

Coming into Las Vegas to attend Avvo’s sixth annual Lawyernomics conference, I was bombarded with concert billboards, including ones for the latest extended residencies.…

It’s a mobile world—embrace digital marketing and learn Google’s secrets, Lawyernomics speakers say

Here in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley may still be the king. But for the legal industry, it’s mobile devices that are wearing the crown (or…

How should you reboot your legal marketing? Lawyernomics speakers will explore

It’s only fitting for someone with the nickname “the rock star of digital marketing” to play Las Vegas.

Mitch Joel, president of digital marketing and…

True innovation in the legal industry requires outside views and thinking, summit speakers say

Corrected: To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, it takes a village in order to have true innovation within the legal industry—especially when it comes to closing the…

Summit on legal innovation in legal services gets underway in Silicon Valley

It might be strange to attend a conference about innovation in legal services and hear the names Carole King and Herbert Hoover invoked as major…

Georgetown Law teams up with 2 firms to create ‘low bono’ law firm

When Sheldon Krantz, a retired DLA Piper attorney and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, published his book, The Legal Profession: What Is Wrong…

When making things free means gaining more interest

Law firms aren’t known for giving away their services, especially when it comes to a time-consuming process like paperwork.

So…

Sedgwick ex-chair writes about what he knows in new novel

Former Sedgwick chairman Kevin Dunne is coy about how much of his debut novel, The Chairman, is autobiographical. Case in…

Creator of the DuPont model makes an inside move

After spending his entire 37-year career with DuPont, Tom Sager admits it's going to take a while before he feels…

Firms bet on growth potential of drone law

For most people, unmanned aircraft systems—aka drones—are only slightly more popular than Ebola. That’s because when most people think of a drone, they think of…

How profitable are alternative fee arrangements, in practice?

Alternative fee arrangements have been a reality for lawyers and law firms for several years now. But are they profitable? The answer depends on whom…

After playing his ACES, GC Jeffrey Carr sits out a round

Plenty of lawyers and law firms are on Twitter, but when it comes to making important announcements, the microblogging service…

Industry, not practice, makes perfect

For most lawyers practicing today, law firms have always been divided into practice groups. Trial lawyers join the litigation group.…

New Blackphone could help lawyers safeguard client information

While covering this year’s ABA Techshow, I reported on a session that focused on tools and services available to lawyers…

Jenner & Block names Terrence Truax as new managing partner

One week after Jenner & Block’s managing partner Susan Levy announced her departure from the firm she had led since 2008, the Chicago-based…

Judge: Let’s make apps for ex-cons

This is Rachel M. Zahorsky’s last Law Scribbler column. The column is going on a temporary hiatus.

Last spring, U.S.…

Minority women find blocks on the path to the top

Minority women make up only 2.16 percent of the nation’s law firm partners. In fact, for our June cover story…

Tech geeks gather to reinvent the law

They gathered without ties or adherence to a century-old model for legal services. Instead, those in the crowd of tech…

Virtual law firm plans to multiply like magic

One part law firm and one part business entity, Washington, D.C.-based Clearspire aims to expand its nontraditional legal-services model across…

‘Law is broken.’ Will these legal tech gurus bring about change?

Corrected: “The law is broken, change is coming.”

So said Axiom Law Managing Director Henry Jones at a one-day session not for the many U.S.…

Why don’t law grads participate in loan repayment programs?

Posed by a law school dean, the question above comes amid reports of rising student loan default rates. Although 1.6…

Law school’s ‘Debt Wizard’ breaks down loan repayment by cities and salaries

As the demands for more transparency from law schools grow louder, one school has built an online tool for would-be lawyers to calculate various potential…

Now is the time to go to law school, at least in this state, dean says

Updated: While critics continue to disparage the state of legal education, at least some of its top figures continue to balance calls for change with…

Women partners shelve work-life balance talk, say money and power needed for real change

Sullivan Hill managing partner Madeline Cahill-Boley doesn’t want to talk about work-life balance. Neither does Lisa Borsook, executive partner of Canadian law firm WeirFoulds. Nor…

New lawyers and military veterans both benefit from school’s legal clinic

In her own words, Kyndra K. Rotunda had a bee in her bonnet. The Chapman University law professor had turned…

Is it worth the risk to hire lawyers from a failing firm?

Is your firm at risk if you hire laterals from a dissolving law firm?

As two New York federal district…

New-model firm plans hiring spree, 50 to 100 lawyers a year

One part law firm and one part business entity, Washington D.C.-based Clearspire aims to expand its nontraditional legal services model across the country with the…

1 in 10 will click on attachments in phishing emails, study finds

Graphic by Stephen Ravenscraft This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue…

3Ls and old pros differ on whether new grads are prepared for practice

Graphics by Stephen Ravenscraft This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of the ABA Journal with…

NALP leader finds an interesting synchrony between law school, jobs figures

Graphics by Stephen Ravenscraft • Read the NALP study "Perspectives on Fall 2014 Law Student Recruiting" (PDF) for more…

2014 was a year of gains for law firms

Graphics by Stephen Ravenscraft This article originally appeared…

82 law firm mergers got the green light in 2014

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of the ABA Journal with this…

Corporations are adding to their in-house legal departments, cutting outside expenditures

Survey results show corporate cost-cutting had more effect on law firms in the U.S. than outside: Outside the U.S., legal spending rose 4 percent, with in-house spending up 4 percent…

Because it’s still who you know

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the ABA Journal with this…

A lawyer’s value, hour by hour

Graphics by Jamie Gannon

Firms keep a tight rein on employees’ mobile access to networks

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of the ABA Journal…

Solos go for tech in 2014

Graphics by Jamie Gannon

Lateral hiring drops again in 2013

Graphics by Jamie Gannon More statistics can be found at NALP’s Entry Level and Lateral Hiring page.

Law firms have shown little growth in recent years

Graphics by Jamie Gannon Click here (PDF) to see the 2014 Report on the…

How correct were predictions about firms’ 2013 profits?

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of the ABA Journal…

Face time holds steady, but digital interactions are changing client communications

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of the ABA Journal…

2013 surveys foresee future doldrums in legal spending

Two reports from early autumn may have brought on the chills for the legal profession. Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group polled law firm…

Legal data storage is moving online

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of the ABA Journal…

Rough winter ahead, in terms of law firm growth

Jeff Grossman, senior director for banking for Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group, describes the six-month figures on law firm growth as “anemic.” The bank surveyed more than 120…

Lawyers—if not jobs for lawyers—are trending upward

YOU ARE HERE A snapshot of the legal profession from the 2013 ABA National Lawyer Population Survey. Graphics…

Going mobile: A special tech trends report (gallery)

The data used in this special report was taken from The 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report.

Shrinking legal spending: Corporate clients cut back on outside representation

A survey of in-house law departments shows corporate clients netting major savings by using certain tactics to reduce spending on outside law firms. Huron…

Social standings: A special tech trends report

This month for Law by the Numbers, we present a special tech trends report. The following are data excerpts from the 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report. The six-volume 2013 Legal…

Lawyers say they like storing data online

For a profession sometimes criticized as being slow to change, the law seems to be flying into use of cloud computing for legal work. The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s…

Predictive coding is on the rise in courts

Last April, Law by the Numbers first appeared in the ABA Journal with a study of the effectiveness of technology-assisted review in e-discovery cases. For our first anniversary, we return…

2013 raises to peak for midlevel associates at midsize firms

Smack dab in the middle may be the best place to be as far as 2013 salary increases are concerned, the Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide reports. “Average starting…

Should firms move to the cloud? Legal IT professionals are split

Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on whether key technology functions should become Internet-based–a process commonly known as moving to the cloud. The online…

Who’s Up, Who’s Down in Partner Pay

Major, Lindsey & Africa’s 2012 survey of partners at large law firms showed some significant differences in income depending on not only equity or nonequity status but also location, type…

Online Rain: Survey Says a Virtual Presence May Pay

The ABA’s 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report documents some good news from survey respondents who use Web 2.0 services in their practices—double-digit percentages…