Associates

1878 ABA Journal Associates articles.

Will partner offices shrink to associate size after the pandemic?
Law firms are moving toward smaller, single-size offices, as remote work is expected to remain an option after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Have COVID-19 bonus wars begun? Milbank matches higher scale for special bonuses

Milbank is paying special bonuses to its associates that match those of Davis Polk & Wardwell while sweetening the payout for top performers. “We called it yesterday. The COVID-19 bonus wars are upon us,” says one publication.

Afternoon Briefs: Police reform part of Breonna Taylor settlement; state chief justice dies

Louisville will pay $12M to family of Breonna Taylor

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit by the family of Breonna…

Davis Polk announces special bonuses that top Cooley’s and promises year-end bonuses, too
Davis Polk & Wardwell has announced special bonuses of up to $40,000 for U.S. associates while also promising year-end bonuses that likely will be no lower than last year.
Afternoon Briefs: Godmother feels betrayed after law firm money theft; state AG staffer probed over BLM buttons fuss

Bookkeeper accused of embezzling $740K from godmother’s law firm

A former bookkeeper and office manager accused of embezzling $740,000 from a Rhode Island law firm has agreed to plead guilty…

Does firm size matter? Retired lawyer muses on pros and cons of BigLaw and SmallLaw
The concept of BigLaw only recently crossed my radar. Though I had an idea of what it means, I wan’t sure and so I Googled it and went straight to one of my most trusted word reference texts, the Urban Dictionary.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump’s census count order blocked; lawyer dies by suicide as cops close in

Court blocks Trump’s census count order

A special three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has blocked President Donald Trump’s order to exclude…

BigLaw firm offers associates a voluntary year off and stipends to help
Ropes & Gray is offering current and incoming associates a year off from the law firm, along with financial help to do it.
Federal judicial nominee lacks enough experience, ABA says in letter explaining ‘not qualified’ rating
The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has given a “not qualified” rating to Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Working Mother’s list of best law firms for women marks progress over 5 years
The number of female lawyers promoted to equity partner has increased by almost 25% in the past five years, according to Working Mother Media’s latest list of best law firms for women.
Lawsuit over parental leave policy will continue against Jones Day
Jones Day must face a lawsuit brought by former associates who accuse the firm’s parental leave policy of discriminating against fathers, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled last week.
Afternoon Briefs: Another firm trims salary cuts; lawyer is accused of writing $400K in bad checks

Kelley Drye trims some salary cuts

Kelley Drye & Warren is reducing 10% pay cuts to 5% cuts for associates, special counsels and staff earning more than $100,000. Reductions…

Skadden is latest firm to announce layoffs; experts say more law firms will follow
As several law firms announced layoffs this week, consultants warned of more bloodletting ahead. One consultant spoke of overcapacity among nonequity partners. Others said staff members are at risk as lawyers working at home are becoming more self-sufficient.
Surveyed midlevel associates discuss snacks, decor, boring work and burnout
Midlevel associates waxed philosophical, critiqued office food and decor, and discussed burnout in verbatim comments collected in an American Lawyer survey.
Layoffs hit furloughed staffers at 2 BigLaw firms, lawyers and staffers at another
Updated: Layoffs are hitting workers at Baker McKenzie, Davis Wright Tremaine and Venable.

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