Associates

1853 ABA Journal Associates articles.

We worked harder than today’s young lawyers, nearly half of surveyed partners say
Partners have a less-than-rosy view of associates’ work habits and dedication to work, according to a study of generational dynamics at law firms released on Thursday.
Pryor Cashman furloughs some associates during coronavirus crisis
Pryor Cashman has furloughed some associates whose workflow was affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Cadwalader cuts pay, pauses partner distributions because of coronavirus financial impact
The law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is imposing temporary pay cuts and pausing partner distributions because of the financial effects of the novel coronavirus crisis.
Pay cuts, layoffs, lower partner distributions part of BigLaw response to COVID-19 impact

The economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic is hitting BigLaw. “Businesses around the world are bracing for the short-term and potential long-term economic impacts of COVID-19,” said one firm.

On-campus interviews in January? Top law schools consider delays amid law firm pressure

Columbia Law School has decided to push back on-campus interviews for summer associates until January 2021 amid pressure from law firms, according to a published report.

Several other law schools…

NALP report shows historically high offer rate for summer associates; what’s to come?
Offer rates from summer associate programs reached a historic high of nearly 98% last year, according to a report by the National Association for Law Placement.
State supreme court gives 2-year suspension for lawyer who forged signatures of judge and clerk

The Kansas Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer, who forged the signatures of a judge and a clerk, for two years. In its Feb. 28 opinion, the court said its suspension of Laurel Kupka is “warranted given the serious nature of the respondent’s acts.”

New leaders share power at Boies Schiller amid lawyer departures and compensation issues
Recent partner defections at Boies Schiller Flexner are a sign of the firm’s natural evolution, according to one of the law firm’s new managing partners, Nicholas Gravante.
The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave

In this new episode of Asked and Answered, Ripa Rashid of Culture at Work talks to the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward about how can firms keep female and minority lawyers from leaving and the potentially high cost if and when they depart.

Percentage of black associates in large firms finally tops 2009 level, but not by much
The percentage of black associates in major law firms finally surpassed 2009 figures this year, according to a new diversity report by the National Association for Law Placement.
Afternoon Briefs: Missing ex-associate died in crash; Harvey Weinstein says his work has been forgotten

Missing ex-Littler associate died in a car crash

A former Littler Mendelson associate who was reported missing had died in a car crash, police in Georgia announced Friday. Demetrice Allen’s…

BigLaw partner who said she worked 3,173 billable hours is suspended for overbilling
A BigLaw partner who relied on her assistant to create first-draft billing records based on her work product has been suspended for six months for overbilling.
Law firms are ‘poised to grow’ as they report more success in lateral hiring
Law firms have an eye on expansion as revenues continue to grow.
Sanctions motion by BigLaw firm alleges plaintiffs made up pay-bias claims ‘out of whole cloth’
Jones Day has filed a motion seeking sanctions against plaintiffs who filed a $200 million lawsuit alleging that the law firm discriminates based on gender and motherhood.
Startup aims to give promising law grads another way into BigLaw
A startup called Legal Innovators is hiring and training law grads who show promise and is offering them to law firms and corporations at reduced rates.

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