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After cutting lawyers in ‘a pace reminiscent of 2009,’ law firms see net income rise nearly 10%
Law firms saw a 9.9% growth in net income last year after cutting discretionary expenses and laying off lawyers, according to two reports released this week.
Afternoon Briefs: Governor seeks Sidney Powell’s disbarment; ex-Davis Polk associate avoids sanctions

Michigan governor seeks disbarment of election lawyers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking disbarment of Texas lawyer Sidney Powell and three Michigan lawyers for claims made in unsuccessful lawsuits…

Cole Schotz settles suit against lawyer accused of revealing confidential documents in bid to injure BigLaw
A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed Cole Schotz’s claims against a former bankruptcy associate whom it had accused of revealing two confidential law firm documents and threatening to disclose even more.
Female and minority lawyer representation in firms reaches historic highs, but gains are small, new report says
Progress is slow for law firms seeking to increase representation of female and minority lawyers, according to a new report by the National Association for Law Placement.
Coca-Cola general counsel gets tough with law firms that fail to meet diversity goals
Law firm diversity scorecards, committees, summits and action plans aren’t working, according to Coca-Cola general counsel Bradley M. Gayton.
Former Skadden associate is among 20 people granted clemency by Trump
Among those pardoned by President Donald Trump on Tuesday is a former associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who pleaded guilty in the special counsel probe of Russian election influence in 2016.
Some law firms that took paycheck protection loans banked the money, consultant says
More than 600 law firms received forgivable loans of more than $2 million under the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.
More law firms are announcing bonuses, and some are giving above-market money to top performers

Law firms are continuing to roll out their bonus announcements with some differentiation emerging. Baker McKenzie kicked off BigLaw bonus season in November, when it announced plans to pay bonuses to its U.S. associates ranging from $15,000 to $100,000.

Afternoon Briefs: Google hit with third antitrust suit; more troubles for Girardi Keese

Google is hit with third antitrust lawsuit

Google is facing a third lawsuit that alleges anti-competitive conduct. The new suit—filed Thursday by 35 states, along with Puerto Rico, Guam and…

Summer associate programs continue to shrink, new NALP survey says
Summer associate class sizes continued to shrink in 2020, mostly because of smaller programs in law firms of more than 700 lawyers, according to a survey released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.
Afternoon Briefs: Ex-Jones Day lawyers drop class action claims; ‘Grim Reaper’ lawyer fights sanctions bid

Ex-Jones Day associates drop class action claims in bias lawsuit

Former female associates suing Jones Day for alleged bias have agreed to drop their class action claims of systemic…

Afternoon Briefs: At least 86 judges reject election claims; granddaughter of Biden joins BigLaw

At least 86 judges reject election claims

At least 86 judges have rejected claims by President Donald Trump or his supporters in election lawsuits, according to a count published Dec.…

Afternoon Briefs: Prison contraband hidden in footballs; Kamala Harris’ husband gets teaching job

Sensing technology detects football contraband tossed into prison

Footballs and packages tossed into a Mississippi prison yard early Monday morning contained cellphones, marijuana, cigars and barbecue chicken wings. Officials at…

Law firms mostly fall in line with associate bonus scale; Boies Schiller offers 2 options

Most of the larger law firms that announced year-end associate bonuses this week fell in line with the prevailing bonus scale. Typically, law firms are paying bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, based on class year. Many are adding special bonuses.

Former BigLaw associate sues law firm for alleged pregnancy discrimination
A former labor and employment associate at Fox Rothschild has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired in December 2018 because of her pregnancy.

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