Associates

1816 ABA Journal Associates articles.

Associate pay raises push law firm expenses higher; demand softens while rates rise

Law firms are facing rising expenses that are partly fueled by associate pay raises, according to two reports on the economic outlook for law firms in the first quarter of…

Bullying and sexual harassment ‘are rife in the legal profession,’ global survey finds

One in three female lawyers have been sexually harassed in a work context, while one in two women have experienced bullying in the workplace, according to a recently released global…

For law firms, the ampersand is a character worth saving

For more than two centuries, the ampersand flourished in its preferred environment: BigLaw titles. No one can dispute that the ampersand served BigLaw well, adorning the titles of virtually all the most prestigious members, says lawyer Norm Tabler.

New program will pay some law school admittees to defer studies and work in public interest

Weil, Gotshal & Manges recently announced a program that funds yearlong public interest positions for individuals admitted to a handful of prestigious law schools who are willing to put off…

15 lawyers have left this law firm, whose head count is shrinking
Fifteen real estate lawyers have left Kasowitz Benson Torres to join the New York office of Vinson & Elkins.
Jones Day says gender bias lawsuit painted ‘distorted picture’

Jones Day is responding to a gender bias lawsuit with a statement that cites an “inclusive culture” and a partnership that includes 240 women.

A $200 million lawsuit filed April…

Would millennial lawyers trade pay for better work-life balance? A significant percentage say yes

In a new survey of millennial lawyers, 47.1% say workloads have increased since compensation increases for associates rippled across BigLaw. And a significant portion of millennials would be willing to…

Female lawyers describe ‘fraternity culture’ at Jones Day in $200M sex-bias lawsuit
A $200 million lawsuit filed Wednesday against Jones Day alleges that female associates are discriminated against based on gender, pregnancy and maternity.
BigLaw firm criticized for lack of diversity is now No. 1 for black lawyers, new report says

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison took a hit on social media in December when a partnership promotion photo appeared to show just one woman and 11 white men. Now, the firm is finding vindication in a recent report by the nonprofit Lawyers of Color.

Lawyer accused of using hidden camera to record undressing colleague agrees to 6-month suspension

A law firm associate accused of secretly recording video of a colleague when he changed clothes in the office has been suspended for six months.

Lawyer Michael Thomas Herbst agreed…

Associate offer rates reach record high; how do 2Ls pick law firms?

Law firms offered jobs to nearly 97 percent of associates coming out of summer programs last year, a historic high, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

Eighty-eight percent…

This BigLaw firm is offering $10K reward for information on associate’s shooting

Ballard Spahr chairman Mark Stewart never expected that his role would include announcing a reward for information on the shooting of an associate.

But now he’s telling the news media…

Law firms shouldn’t overlook value of soft skills
Soft skills do not get much attention in law firms. That was my experience when I was practicing in small, medium and larger firms, and it still is the case today.
Firm uses minorities as ‘diversity props’ to impress clients, suit alleges

A black associate has filed a lawsuit claiming that her North Carolina law firm uses minorities as “diversity props” to impress clients and also misrepresents its inclusiveness to potential employees.

Law firm sues associate for alleged breach of employment contract

Recruiters are questioning the wisdom of a Louisiana law firm’s decision to sue an associate for allegedly breaching an employment contract that requires three years of employment.

The associate, Jane…

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