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277 ABA Journal Professional Development articles.

More law firms may close if recession hits; recruiter: ‘Once this party ends, it’s going to end very quickly’

A recession could be the final nail in the coffin for struggling law firms.

The prior recession was an aggravating factor in the dissolution of several law firms, Bloomberg…

Do you doodle at work? Does it help you stay focused?

Fast Company recently reported that doodling at work may help people be more productive.

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.

What was your best or worst public speaking experience?

Whether you’re a public speaking pro or a sometimes-nervous Nellie, most people at some point in their lives have had to address a crowd of people—albeit small or large.


Do you act like a lawyer with your family and friends?

Lawyers are often taught in their careers to develop proper communication, analytical and research skills; to be able to pay attention to detail; and to have plenty of resilience and…

A smoking-gun document offered by ex-employee of opposing party? Beware ethical risks, opinion says

The scenario: A lawyer is offered access to a document from an opposing party’s former employee, who is not represented by counsel. The lawyer is told that the document will…

Jobs in legal services sector increase for third straight month

The legal services sector gained jobs in July, the third straight month of gains.

The July gain was small—the sector added only 100 jobs—but the increase from the same period…

2 bright spots in law-grad hiring: more BigLaw jobs, higher rate of JD-required employment

The job picture improved for law school graduates in the class of 2018, with increases in both the overall rate of employment and the percentage of graduates who secured full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

First-year lawyer offers self-care tips and shares how he learned to quiet his mind post-law school

In this episode of Asked and Answered with the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward, Michael R. Anspach talks about his road to success after law school, his self-care tips and how he learned to quiet his mind.

State orders training for judges after rape comment controversies; ‘good family’ judge resigns

Judges throughout New Jersey will undergo enhanced training following media coverage of controversial remarks made by judges in sexual assault cases.

The mandatory training will focus on sexual assault, domestic…

Want to go to law school? This teen has some tips

In this episode of Asked and Answered with the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward, teen Haley Taylor Schlitz talks about her organization plans and how she’ll be spending the summer before starting law school at Southern Methodist University this fall.

ABA issues new guidance for splitting fees in contingency cases when a lawyer is replaced

On Tuesday, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released Formal Opinion 487, which addresses fee splitting arrangements when a lawyer in a separate firm replaces the first counsel rather than works together on a contingency-fee case.

What one thing do you wish you were told about legal practice?

Mark Herrmann takes on a flinty, severe persona to lay down the law on legal practice in the real world. But as law grads draft their first pleadings, the former…

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.

Are law schools doing enough to help with student stress?

Few recent graduates think that their law schools made an effort to help students with school-related stress, according to a new survey from the test prep company Kaplan Bar Review.

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