New Attorneys

17 ABA Journal New Attorneys articles.

Self-awareness, mentors and family propel former C student to Harvard Law acceptance

Rehan Staton has always done things differently. “People say I take notes differently, I learn differently. People say in general I have a peculiar way of doing things, but it always worked for me,” Staton, 24, says.

Why Generation Z isn’t the feared ‘zombie’ generation

Gen Z individuals most certainly are or will be entering the workforce in droves, writes lawyer Kristen A. Foltz. Although she predicts some initial cultural clashes, smart firms can capitalize on the skills and knowledge this generation possesses.

Most law firms will shorten their summer programs and switch to virtual format, NALP study says
While the vast majority of law firms still plan to offer a summer program this year, almost two-thirds will shorten those programs between five to six weeks, and more than half will transition them to an entirely virtual format, according to a National Association for Law Placement study released Thursday.
Is my law firm preparing me for success in the next decade?

Every lawyer, from the solo practitioner to lawyers in large international firms, should ask themselves this question, says lawyer Thomas Aertgeerts. For young lawyers and law students, this is even more important.

Some law firms delay start of summer associate programs because of novel coronavirus
Some law firms have announced that they are delaying the start date of their summer associate programs and shortening their length because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethics and civil procedure are most important knowledge areas for new lawyers, survey says

A survey of nearly 15,000 lawyers sought to determine what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed by newly licensed attorneys.

Afternoon Briefs: Utah allows bar admission for DACA immigrants; first openly gay federal judge dies

Utah allows bar admission for DACA immigrants

The Utah Supreme Court has approved a new rule that allows immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to gain admission to…

BigLaw firm defends its commitment to diversity after Al Sharpton’s criticism
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is defending its diversity efforts after the Revs. Al Sharpton and Dale D. Dennis II criticized the law firm for having few racial minorities in its Wilmington, Delaware, office.
What can you learn from a lawyer born the same year that you graduated law school?

In this new episode of Asked and Answered, Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward talks to Karen Kaplowitz about ways the experience pairing works well, having more diverse legal teams, and finding better ways to use social media in marketing.

Oregon bar considering paraprofessional licensing and bar-takers without JDs
The Oregon State Bar's board of governors took major steps to liberalize rules around paraprofessional licensing and allowing people without law degrees to sit for the bar exam.
For Kirkland junior associates, mock trial program creates court experience

The firm created the Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy, a lengthy civil mock trial program for associates that includes professional actors as witnesses, partners playing judges and hired jurors.

ABA group offers $5K scholarships to support LGBT public interest work
Law students or recent law school graduates who plan to work in the LGBTQ public interest field still have a few days to apply for a new scholarship being offered by the ABA's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
30% of young lawyers in this state wouldn’t go to law school in a do-over

Many young lawyers in Florida are having some misgivings about their choice of a legal career or their particular field of practice.

A survey by the Florida Bar’s Young…

Jobs for Class of ’18 overall see ‘modest increase’ but with fewer graduates than last year
There was a slight uptick in law firm, government and public interest jobs for the Class of 2018, according to employment outcomes released Monday by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Law school group helps first-gen law students get ‘a leg up’

Some say that law school is a game, and you’re at a loss if you come in not knowing how it’s played.

“There are times when you don’t know how…

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