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As more law firms adopt 3-day-per-week schedule, one ties attendance to cash

As more law firms mandate or encourage three days per week in the office, one is using the threat of reduced bonuses to get associates back in the building.

‘Routine performance management’ can’t be basis for fired associate’s bias suit, BigLaw firm argues

Kirkland & Ellis is arguing that a fired associate’s lawsuit against the firm should be tossed partly because a harassment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act can’t be based on “routine performance management.”

Former BigLaw associate gets suspension for inflating time spent on document review project

A former Dentons associate in Chicago has received a short suspension for his claim that he had reviewed 425 documents for a client, when in reality he had reviewed only 20 of those documents.

Lawyer faces ethics charges after his IT person accesses exiting employee’s personal emails

A Connecticut lawyer is accused in an ethics presentment of violating laws on unauthorized access to a computer system, after his network administrator downloaded emails from an exiting associate’s personal email account.

Diversity increases among associates, but ‘we are nowhere near’ expected progress at partner level, NALP president says

Lawyers of color continue to make gains in the associate ranks at major U.S. law firms, but their progress at the partnership level “has moved at a more sluggish pace,” according to a report released Thursday by the National Association for Law Placement.

Citing slowdown, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan confirms layoffs

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has laid off nine lawyers and 18 staff members and business professionals.

Goodwin Procter plans layoffs of lawyers, paralegals and staff members

Goodwin Procter announced lawyer and staff layoffs in an internal memo Thursday that will affect 5% of its timekeepers and nonlawyer professionals.

The value of a small-town lawyer and a law student’s summer experience

Covington County, Alabama, a quaint yet inviting area near the Florida line, is where I spent the summer before my final year of law school at the University of Alabama. With a population of 37,000, Covington County would perhaps appear to be an unusual location to fully maximize early professional connections and final pregraduation experience. However, summer 2022 in that rural community was more valuable than any job a big city could have afforded me.

Girl Scouts mom is ousted from Rockettes show after facial recognition IDs her as lawyer in banned law firm

A New Jersey mom taking her daughter to see a show featuring the Rockettes as part of a Girl Scouts field trip was recently ousted from the Radio City Music Hall because facial recognition technology identified her as a lawyer at a law firm that sued a related venue.

Weekly Briefs: Giuliani committed ethics violation, committee says; Justice Kavanaugh criticized for attending party

Rudy Giuliani committed ethics violation in election suit, committee says

A hearing committee in Washington, D.C., made a preliminary finding Thursday that lawyer Rudy Giuliani committed at least one ethics…

Help Wanted: Self-described GOAT law firm seeks associate with kindergarten-acquired skills, dial-up internet

A California law firm is looking for a real estate litigation associate fluent in Latin and the flexibility to work “extremely long hours” to handle “all work that the managing partner is simply too important to handle.”

How an Am Law 200 firm created an incubator program for associates to learn business, leadership skills

An intrepid cavalier King Charles spaniel inspired a microincubator program aimed at giving associates room to develop leadership skills, foster creative thinking and facilitate collaboration with colleagues in different locations and practice areas.

As more law firms announce bonuses, some pay extra for higher hours

Updated: Several law firms are following the lead of Baker McKenzie and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in announcing year-end bonuses tracking their scales, but some are offering even more money for high-billing lawyers or exceptional work.

Citing ‘overcapacity,’ Cooley lays off 150 lawyers and professionals

Cooley has laid off 78 lawyers and 72 paralegals and business professionals as a result of “overcapacity” following an “unexpected economic downturn.”

Cravath mostly matches Baker McKenzie bonuses; what about the class of 2015?

Updated: Cravath, Swaine & Moore is paying year-end associate bonuses on a scale that mostly matches that of Baker McKenzie.

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