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Professional Development

224 ABA Journal Professional Development articles.

Ropes & Gray sets ‘anchor days’ for in-office work as many BigLaw firms skirt issue

Ropes & Gray is telling its lawyers that they have to work in the office on “anchor days” of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Responses wanted: Motherhood penalty and caregiver bias will be evaluated in new ABA survey

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is launching a new survey to assess how the motherhood penalty and other caregiver bias impacts the careers of female lawyers.

Should would-be lawyers have to disclose full criminal records? New York asked to consider change

New York is considering scaling back a question that requires would-be lawyers to disclose their complete criminal records for a character and fitness review.

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Law firm leadership and the ‘Lemonade’ conference

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with with Debbie Foster, the managing partner of Affinity Consulting, a company focused on optimizing law firm performance. They discussed why efficiency, productivity and profitability have become a focal point for leaders in the legal industry, the technology applications that have the greatest impact on a law firm’s success, and the "Lemonade" virtual conference.

New Mexico allows immigrants here illegally to obtain law licenses

Immigrants who are in the country illegally won’t be barred from law practice in New Mexico, according to a rule change approved by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

ABA calls on legal professionals to ‘step up’ and serve as poll workers in upcoming 2022 elections

The ABA is mobilizing lawyers to serve as poll workers in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Sick of meetings that go off the rails? ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’ can help

It’s no secret that lawyers are asked to attend or preside over many kinds and types of meetings. But not everyone has formal training in running them.

ABA project aims to help Afghan legal professionals establish themselves in the United States

In the weeks following the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on Aug. 15, the ABA Journal is highlighting the ABA’s efforts to help judges and lawyers from Afghanistan resettle, obtain immigration benefits and secure jobs using their legal skills. This is part one in our series.

Why this BigLaw firm adopted a permanent work-from-anywhere policy for its lawyers and staff

As things are opening up again and people are getting back to how they lived before the COVID-19 pandemic, will that spell the end of the remote-work era?

Advances in legal tech and regulatory innovation explored in new ABA report

The ABA Center for Innovation on Tuesday released its inaugural Innovation Trends Report, which explores developments in the legal services industry by focusing on internal ABA innovation, advances in legal technology and regulatory innovation.

NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals hire first in-house counsel in team’s history

The National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals—which made an unexpected run to last season’s Super Bowl but ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Rams—have hired the first in-house attorney in the team's 55-year history.

Why it helps to have some clients

Clients. If you have a private law practice, it helps to have them. But what does one do to land clients—and more important, the right ones?

Columbia tops list of law schools that cost more than $100K per year

The cost of attending Columbia Law School in New York City has hit a new high, as students can expect to pay $110,450 for the current academic year.

New York is first state to require CLE course in cybersecurity

Lawyers in New York will have to take at least a one-hour cybersecurity course as part of their continuing legal education requirements beginning in July 2023.

ABA amicus brief asks Supreme Court to uphold use of race-conscious admissions policies

The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold Grutter v. Bollinger, its decision from 2003 that allowed colleges and universities to use race as one factor in admissions decisions, the ABA said in an amicus brief filed Monday.

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