Asked and Answered

151 ABA Journal Asked and Answered articles.

Why Many Midsize Law Firms Are Prospering During the Recession (Podcast)
As corporate legal budgets continue to shrink, many general counsel are turning to midsize law firms in lieu of their more expensive, BigLaw counterparts. In fact, many midsize firms have reported significant success in the Great Recession. Listen to find out why.
Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights Aims to Right Wrongs of Discrimination
ABA Journal interview with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, honorary co-chair of the ABA's Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.
Do Reduced-Hour Workloads Derail Partnership-Track Careers? (Podcast)
Work-life balance is always a hot topic among our readers, but this month our podcast guests were the ones fired-up in a heated discussion about the realities of practicing law, raising children and making it all work.
Justice Ginsburg Chats About Balancing Career & Family When Her Children Were Small (Podcast)
Ginsburg on Her Gender Discrimination Cases and the Country’s Changing Views of Equality (Podcast)
Should Lawyers Fresh Out of Law School Start a Solo Practice? (Podcast)
Where to Start & What to Charge for Lawyers-in-Training (Podcast)
New Rainmaking Tricks Even Old Dogs Can’t Afford to Ignore (Podcast)

Yesterday’s service partners can be today’s niche lawyers. So says a panel of business development experts, who discussed a variety of tools for the transition.

Attorneys in SCOTUS’ Honest-Services Cases Discuss Future of Fraud Prosecutions (Podcast)
How Law Schools Can Help Next Gen Lawyers Take Gamble Out of Hefty Tuition (Podcast)

More and more, critics of ever-increasing law school tuition say enrolling only makes economic sense if students don’t have to pay tuition, or graduate from a top-tier school.

Chemerinsky, Stras & Turk on Kagan’s Nomination (Podcast)

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After weeks of speculation, it was leaked yesterday that Elena Kagan would be President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. It’s doubtful many were surprised by the news,…

Management on Social Media: Good Employee Communication Tool or Liability? (Podcast)

Using social media is as easy as sending an e-mail and is quickly becoming the preferred way for many to communicate.

But is it the right platform for managers looking for ways to keep their employees informed and engaged? Or are they risking too much by exposing themselves and their companies to unnecessary liabilities?

Lat, Volokh & Thai on Front-Runners & Dark Horses to Replace Stevens (Podcast)

Long before Justice John Paul Stevens made it official, U.S. Supreme Court watchers were speculating about who would be named to fill his shoes.

Alt. Billing is Part of Fundamental Shift in Buying Trends, Corp. Counsel and Partners Say (Podcast)

The topic of alternative billing keeps coming up as the antidote to the oft-vilified billable hour. But when we’ve tried to pin down law firm leaders and chief legal officers to ask them if they’re using alternative billing and how, we get silence or lots of excuses and finger pointing to explain why they aren’t opting for billable hour alternatives.

This made us wonder who is actually using alternative billing. For those who are using it, how’s it working out? For those who aren’t, why not?