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2021 ABA Journal Associates articles.

Law firm leaders are still mostly white and male, ABA diversity survey says

White male attorneys continue to constitute the highest percentages of equity partners, non-equity partners and associates at law firms, according to an ABA report released Monday.

Prosecutors will seek 18 to 24 months in prison for 2 lawyers accused in Molotov cocktail attack on cop car

Prosecutors and two lawyers accused in a Molotov cocktail attack on an unoccupied police car have reached a plea deal that would spare the defendants some prison time.

Law firm profitability ‘dropped markedly’ in first quarter amid 12% hike in associate compensation

Law firm profitability decreased in the first quarter of the year, as direct expenses increased 13.1% and overhead increased 9.9% from the same period last year, according to the Thomson Reuters Law Firm Financial Index.

About one-fifth of lawyers and staffers considered suicide at some point in their careers, new survey says

A new survey of lawyers and staff members hailing mostly from BigLaw has found that anxiety, depression and isolation remain at concerning levels, despite a slight decrease in the percentages since the survey last year.

As associate hiring spiked in 2021, how many new hires left within the first year?

Associate hiring and attrition spiked last year, leading to “boomerang” hiring and a greater percentage of associates leaving within one year, according to a survey of law firms released last week by the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education.

DLA Piper adds 27 private equity lawyers; ‘this is just the beginning,’ says US vice chairman

A group of 27 private equity lawyers is leaving Honigman to join DLA Piper in Chicago.

What factors drive attorney turnover? Compensation isn’t the only issue, new report says

Compensation may be the proximate cause that entices associates to leave their law firms, but “the root cause may run deeper,” according to a report released Thursday.

Which law firms are tops for flexibility? For culture? Yale Law Women releases 2022 findings

There is some good news to celebrate, as women and people of color continue to progress in the legal field, according to Yale Law Women’s Top Firms Report for 2022.

Law firms increasingly offer title of partner to lure lateral associates

Law firms are increasingly dangling the prospect of partnership status to lure needed associates from other law firms.

43 restructuring lawyers jump from this law firm to Paul Hastings

Forty-three restructuring lawyers, including 18 partners, are leaving Stroock & Stroock & Lavan to join Paul Hastings in what is one of the largest lateral group moves of the 21st century.

Lateral hiring rebounded at an unprecedented rate of nearly 111% in 2021, NALP says

Lateral hiring at law firms was up nearly 111% in 2021 following a 30% decline in 2020, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

Fewer associates appear ready to move to new firms after ‘great reshuffling,’ recruiters say

The hot market for associates is cooling slightly, as associates appear more reluctant to make lateral moves and law firms are becoming more cautious in hiring, recruiters told Law.com.

Alleged phony lawyer practiced law at New York law firm

A Buffalo, New York, law firm hired a phony lawyer who represented at least nine clients, according to a press release announcing charges against the alleged fraudster.

Yale law grad, a ‘Survivor’ contestant, says career can’t rule out ‘lifelong dreams that you’ve had for decades’

Keller Lenkner associate Daniel Strunk is back on the job in Washington, D.C., after participating as a Survivor contestant in season 42, which premiered March 9. He has been a Survivor fan since he was 7 or 8 years old.

After BigLaw associate goes missing, her husband is named a person of interest

The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have joined the search for an Indianapolis associate at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani who has been missing since late February.

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