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Potential SCOTUS nominee Childs helps others succeed; is ‘typical corporate lawyer’ work a problem?

U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, a potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee, wins high praise from lawyers who practiced before her and those who worked with her. But some liberal critics see her work for a management-side labor law firm as a negative.

5 tips for new lawyers who want to go solo

“Ten years of practicing law is an appropriate time to contemplate the past and reflect on what worked and what didn’t. If you’re a young lawyer or law student ... , I hope my experiences as a solo practitioner and the following lessons can help you.”

NYC firm has taken the unusual step of hiring a psychologist to assist clients and lawyers

It is not uncommon for law firms to contract with jury consultants and other professionals knowledgeable about litigation to assess how witnesses are being perceived and how they may want to present themselves. But Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler leaders call the decision to hire a psychologist as a member of the firm’s staff a unique initiative.

Some lawyers are reluctant to return to the office and leave their pets

One side effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that lots of people have adopted pets. Turns out, a lot of these pet parents enjoyed spending time at home with their furry friends—some so much so that they refused to be separated from their best buddies. In fact, 75% of U.S.-based remote workers surveyed in July said they wanted to stay remote so they could take care of their pets.

Legal Limbo: Firms and their clients scramble to meet the federal vaccine mandate

Goodwin Procter offers to pay for associates’ weeklong vacations

Goodwin Procter is providing “thoughtfully curated weeklong” trips to associates and some other billers, so they can get relaxation time on the law firm’s tab.

2 BigLaw firms try new tacks in battle to acquire more lawyers

The battle for legal talent has led two BigLaw firms to try new tacks to bolster recruitment.

Will fewer BigLaw firms match Milbank’s new pay hike for associates? At least 10 firms are on board

Several BigLaw firms have matched Milbank’s new higher pay scale for associates, but there could be some that are unable to keep up, according to legal consultants who spoke with Reuters.

Nelson Mullins adds 52 lawyers from midsize firm, expands product liability practice

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is adding 52 lawyers from a midsize firm and launching four new offices.

Former Vedder Price shareholder gets 3-year suspension for double billing, false expense requests

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended a former Vedder Price shareholder after a hearing board found that he double billed for legal services and then sought reimbursement for fake expenses from the money wrongly collected.

Milbank smashes the associate pay scale with yet another raise

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Cooley is praised for refusing to fire associate disliked by Elon Musk because of past SEC work

Cooley has reportedly refused to fire an associate at the behest of its client Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, and it is apparently losing some Tesla business as a result, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Ropes & Gray is accused of ‘unrelenting’ workload that caused UK barrister’s meltdown at work

A London barrister has sued Ropes & Gray for an alleged “unrelenting” workload that left her unable to continue with her career.

How this contracts platform uses AI to help users manage and analyze key documents

Evisort co-founder Jake Sussman says when the company began developing its contract management and analysis platform, its goal was to use artificial intelligence as a last resort.

The 2021 class of summer associates was ‘most diverse ever measured in every way,’ new NALP report says

The percentage of summer associates of color in major U.S. law firms increased by nearly 5 percentage points in 2021, increasing to 41.34%, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

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