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Consider teaching law in business school as an alternative career

A JD degree is a gateway to various career alternatives. One of these opportunities, teaching law in a business school, receives little publicity and often is overlooked by law school graduates.

Is the recent wave of law firm layoffs a sign of things to come?

Hiring partners seeking to rightsize their workforce have a lot on their minds right now. Too many lawyers? Too few? As with Goldilocks’ search for the perfect porridge, the answer can be elusive.

Lawyers who know their role can become ‘Rainstars’

My grandfather used to say, “Life is a movie, and we’re all just actors in that story.” And just as all good stories have heroes, understanding who they are and what they want can help lawyers learn to become what I call a “Rainstar.” A Rainstar is a lawyer with a tremendous ability to generate significant revenue for their firm while excelling at client satisfaction and retention.

Jurisdiction and Choice of Law: Which state standard should apply?

Despite epic success and a legendary reputation, this BigLaw founder isn’t resting on his laurels

If John B. Quinn wasn’t a real person, Hollywood might have invented him. Quinn has been called a legal titan, and his firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, has been labeled one of the most feared litigation firms in the world.

May judge attend law firm celebration with free food and drinks? Not in this state, draft opinion says

A draft ethics opinion says California judges should not attend law office celebrations with free food and drinks.

Former Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain reflects on life in law and politics

“The president’s time is the most precious resource we have at the White House,” Ron Klain tells me. As President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, it fell to Klain to make certain that it was used wisely.

This BigLaw firm’s ‘modified hybrid work model’ will require 4 days per week in office

Lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom will have to show up at the office four days per week beginning in September.

Judge finds out why brief cited nonexistent cases—ChatGPT did research

A federal judge in New York City has ordered two lawyers and their law firm to show cause why they shouldn’t be sanctioned for submitting a brief with citations to fake cases, thanks to research by ChatGPT.

Weekly Briefs: New ethics rule considered in Virginia; name partner launches new firm

Virginia proposes ban on agreements limiting ethics complaints

A proposed ethics rule in Virginia would ban lawyers from making agreements with clients or former clients that limit their right to…

BigLaw firms find themselves in ‘lateral playpen’

A few large, diversified law firms with growing profits are taking advantage of a market lull to lure partners away from rivals they have outperformed.

Supreme Court decision in wetlands case will impair flood control, affect water quality, Kavanaugh warns

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in its bid to classify an Idaho property as protected wetlands.

SCOTUS rules for grandmother in tax foreclosure takings fight; Jackson again pairs with Gorsuch

Updated: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 94-year-old woman could pursue a claim that a tax foreclosure sale violated her rights under the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause.

BigLaw firm lays off 47 business services employees

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has laid off 34 employees across its U.S. offices and another 13 employees overseas, the law firm announced Thursday.

Legal tech CEO and GC discuss the expanding influence of legal ops and what’s on the horizon

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Marc Zamsky and Marla Crawford, the CEO and general counsel, respectively, for Cimplifi, an integrated legal services provider that aligns e-discovery and contract analytics for corporate legal departments and law firms.

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