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  • Fri, January 26, 2018 4:34 PM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)


    By Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker

    With its emphasis on transparency, the jobs site Glassdoor aims to upend corporate power dynamics.

    One day in 2007, in Seattle, Rich Barton, the C.E.O. of the real-estate Web site Zillow, was getting ready for the company’s annual reviews. The process—talking to each employee about his or her performance and whether he or she would be getting a raise—called for discretion and tact. On his computer, he pulled up a spreadsheet containing the salary and stock options for every employee, and pressed Print. However, instead of sending the document to his personal printer, he sent it to one in the middle of the open-plan office. When Barton’s assistant realized the mistake, she rushed across the room to retrieve the document before anyone could read it. She succeeded, but the moment stayed with Barton. As he likes to tell people, it led him to wonder: why, exactly, was this information secret, aside from the fact that making it public could be extremely awkward?

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  • Tue, December 19, 2017 9:48 AM | Dmitriy Galyutin (Administrator)


    2018 Membership Drive

    WALRAA's 2018 Membership Drive is now open! To renew or update your membership, login to your profile https://www.walraa.org/Sys/Profile.

    WALRAA memberships are valid from January 1 through December 31 of the membership year.

    During this year's membership drive, we are able to process online payments (click on the link for more details) via credit card or PayPal.

    While our preferred payment method is by credit card or PayPal, you are still able to pay via check. Please make checks payable to WALRAA and indicate whose membership dues the check covers. Mail your checks to:

    Caroline Waters, WALRAA Secretary
    Cooley LLP
    1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20004

    Payment must be received by February 2, 2018 or your membership will be suspended.

    Thank you!

  • Wed, November 29, 2017 9:53 AM | Tani Santos (Administrator)

    By Tracy Jan, The Washington Post

    Minority lawyers now make up 16 percent of law firms -- a record high -- but remain scarce at the top, where only 9 percent of law partners are people of color, according to new data collected by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

    Put another way, nearly half of their white counterparts make partner, while the vast majority of minorities remain associates.

    The disparity is also reflected in the corporate world, where only 11 percent of general counsels at Fortune 500 companies are black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American even though minorities make up a third of the legal profession as a whole.

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  • Tue, November 28, 2017 10:28 AM | Dmitriy Galyutin (Administrator)


    It's GivingTuesday and we are almost at our $1,000 goal. To date, we have raised $715, and we look to you today to help us reach our final amount!

    DONATE NOW!

    This year’s charitable donation will go to help those affected by recent natural disasters. WALRAA will be making a $1,000 donation and will match every member donation up to $1,000.

    The American Red Cross is the recipient of this year’s donation.

    A special thank you to those that have already made a contribution:

    Stephanie Aladj, Kyra Anderson, Rob Cacace, Sarah deLozier, Stephanie C. Denney, Kevin Donovan, Dmitriy Galyutin, Jennifer Kraemer Gewertz, Drana Ghorbani, Stephanie Kaczynski, Lauren Marsh, Julia Mirsky, Rebecca Newberger, Matthew Pascocello, Janie Piemonte, Caroline Springer, Briana Vermeulen, Katherine White.

  • Wed, November 15, 2017 2:55 PM | Tani Santos (Administrator)


    By: Daniella Isaacson, Esq., Senior Analyst, ALM Intelligence 

    Succession planning, the final and arguably most important piece in the employee lifecycle, is integral to the long-term success of any enterprise. Businesses are not immortal; their continued existence, once created, is far from guaranteed. In the current age of innovation and disruption, planning for the future in the present is more critical than ever.

    This holds true particularly for the legal sector, an industry where individuals, in the form of equity partners, have outsized impacts on the fortunes of their firms. To ensure their organizations’ future, firm leaders must face of a governance structure that traditionally incentivizes short-term profit maximization for individuals at the expense of long-term strategic planning and stability for the firm. Consequently, failure to plan the stewardship of the business and its passing to the next generation puts the future of the firm at great risk.

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  • Tue, November 07, 2017 10:59 AM | Tani Santos (Administrator)

    By: Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Law Journal

    Keith Wetmore, former chair and chief executive partner of Morrison & Foerster, is leaving the law firm at the end of the year to join Major, Lindsey & Africa’s San Francisco office as a managing director.

    Wetmore tells Bloomberg Big Law Business that legal recruiting “has actually been something of an escape fantasy for me for years.”

    “I love talking to people about their careers and I love helping partners succeed,” Wetmore tells Bloomberg.

    Wetmore was chairman of Morrison & Foerster for 12 years beginning in 2000, and has served as chairman emeritus since then. He was one of the first openly gay men to lead a large law firm, the Recorder (sub. req.) reports. A press release is here.

    Wetmore will be joining another BigLaw recruit in the San Francisco office—Richard Hsu, formerly an intellectual property practice leader at Shearman & Sterling. Hsu joined Major, Lindsey & Africa in May.

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  • Wed, November 01, 2017 10:44 AM | Tani Santos (Administrator)

    By: Jeff Kauflin , FORBES 

    For anyone contemplating a career as an attorney, researching law schools is a critical part of the process. And to help with the search, the Princeton Review released its annual list of the best law schools for career prospects. It used several factors to create the ranking, including graduates’ median starting salaries, schools’ employment outcomes and the number of students who pass the bar on their first try. It also incorporated student survey responses, such as how prepared they felt upon graduation. The Princeton Review polled 19,900 students at 169 law schools for the list. Full methodology details are available here.

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  • Fri, October 13, 2017 10:42 AM | Tani Santos (Administrator)

    By : Stephanie Ward, ABA Journal

    After recent announcements from various law schools that they will accept the GRE from applicants in addition to the LSAT, an American Bar Association section committee recently made various accreditation standard recommendations (PDF), including doing away with the separate admissions test rule entirely.

    In March, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar sought notice and comment for a proposed revision to Standard 503—which covers admission tests—that called for the council to establish a process that determines the reliability and validity of other tests besides the LSAT. That’s a change from the current version, which directs law schools using alternate admissions tests to demonstrate that the exams are valid and reliable.

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  • Tue, October 03, 2017 11:54 PM | Dmitriy Galyutin (Administrator)
  • Tue, September 26, 2017 5:13 PM | Tani Santos (Administrator)

    By:  Katelyn Polantz, The National Law Journal

    Sean Marotta put on Twitter an open offer to have coffee, thinking that one or two young lawyers in Washington, D.C., might have interest in meeting him, a seventh-year associate in Hogan Lovells’ appellate practice.

    But then the requests multiplied. Marotta, whose Twitter presence is among those central to the #AppellateTwitter online community, ultimately met with 15 summer associates this year from a variety of law programs in the nation’s capital. He would greet them in Hogan Lovells’ concourse, walk them over to a nearby Starbucks and then talk for an hour.

    After two separate summer legal interns with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requested coffees, he upgraded their chat to Shake Shack. After each meeting, the summers posed for selfies with Marotta to prove to their tweeps the power of online connections

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