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The legal industry will need a new breed of lawyers

The field of law will eventually require attorneys with entirely new skill sets, writes Jaap Bosman, and the role of lawyers will be significantly different from today.

Would millennial lawyers trade pay for better work-life balance? A significant percentage say yes

In a new survey of millennial lawyers, 47.1% say workloads have increased since compensation increases for associates rippled across BigLaw. And a significant portion of millennials would be willing to…

ABA president supports House discussion of equal pay for equal work

ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to key members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor on Tuesday, expressing his support for proposed improvements to the…

More than half of law firms provide flexible work arrangements, says new report

The legal sector is increasingly providing nontraditional benefits, such as flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time and pet-friendly offices, according to a new report.

The 2019 Salary Guide for…

As more law firms match Cravath bonuses, some surpass them; top associates at this firm get $225K

More than two dozen law firms have announced they are matching year-end bonuses set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore last month. A few are going beyond its scale of…

Study finds male partners make an average of 53% more than female partners at top law firms
The difference in average compensation for male and female partners at top U.S. law firms amounts to a 53 percent pay gap, according to a survey released on Thursday.
Only 57 percent of new partners are satisfied with pay; they may earn less than senior associates

For many lawyers, partnership is the brass ring they have long sought. But compensation and other aspects of partnership are not necessarily in line with their expectations.

The New Partner…

Cravath announces associate bonuses of up to $100K; Paul Weiss quickly announces a match
Cravath, Swaine & Moore has once again announced year-end bonuses for associates that range from $15,000 to $100,000.
Texas attorney earned more than $460K representing indigent defendants last year

A lawyer who earned more than $460,000 representing indigent defendants in Collin County, Texas, last year is no longer receiving felony appointments.

Collin County has conducted an initial audit of…

Michael Avenatti ordered to pay $4.85M to former lawyer at his law firm

A Los Angeles judge has ordered lawyer Michael Avenatti to pay $4.85 million to a former contract lawyer at his now-defunct law firm, Eagan Avenatti.

Avenatti was accused of breaching…

Former LeClairRyan partner who sued for gender bias asks court to confirm $1M arbitration award
A former LeClairRyan partner who claimed the firm unfairly favors males in compensation decisions has asked a federal court to confirm a $1 million arbitration award that includes more than $700,000 in attorney fees.
An open letter to potential law students: Know the truth
With the recent news that some BigLaw starting salaries are rising to $190,000, it’s no wonder that law school continues to be a top destination for recent college graduates. However, the truth behind those starting salaries—and given the volatility of the legal job market and the effects of globalization and technology on the business of law—should give one pause before taking out $200,000 in school loans.
Median salaries for new law grads jump to $70K as BigLaw boosts hiring of newbie lawyers

Median salaries for law school graduates in the class of 2017 was $70,000, up $5,000 from the previous class, according to statistics released Thursday by the National Association for Law…

ABA reveals $1.3M theft by a now-former staff member on tax form
The American Bar Association has posted a tax form that reveals a onetime staff member diverted about $1.3 million from the ABA over a period of eight years.

The ABA became aware of the theft by a nonmanagerial staff member last September, according to Form 990 (see page 118) and an interview with ABA Executive Director Jack Rives.
Median pay for public service lawyers rises modestly, NALP reports
Salaries for public service lawyers continue to slowly increase, but their pay is still below that of lawyers in private practice, according to a salary survey by the National Association for Law Placement.

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