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  • Tue, May 30, 2017 3:14 PM | Deleted user

    By: Meghan Tribe, Law.com

    Minority lawyers working in Am Law 200 firms and NLJ 250 firms stood at just 15.6 percent in 2016, up from 15.0 percent in 2015. The percentage of minority partners among the firms also saw only incremental growth, up only 0.4 percentage points to reach 8.6 percent last year.

    Trying to boost those percentages, especially in the partner ranks, general counsel at Facebook Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. have all announced in recent months initiatives that will require more diversity among their outside counsel—or put those firms at risk of losing fees.

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  • Thu, May 25, 2017 2:49 PM | Deleted user

    By: Lizzy McLellan, Law.com

    Large law firms have been seeking feedback about how they give feedback. And what they’re finding is that associates want to know whether they’re doing well, far more than once per year.

    As young lawyers clamor for praise or constructive criticism, a number of firms are moving toward real-time performance reviews. British firm Allen & Overy turned heads on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this month when it unveiled an ongoing pilot program abandoning annual appraisals in favor of “consistent feedback and dialogue” about lawyer performance.

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  • Mon, May 22, 2017 1:30 PM | Deleted user


    Attorney Recruiting Assistant


    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    6 months. The first meeting I attended, WALRAA brought in a speaker about subconscious stereotypes and I thought it was such a great move on their part and a very entertaining lecture.

    What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
    The first month I was here we had a big meeting with some top partners and associates in our DC office to pick out our small summer associate team. Preparing the materials for that and then getting to be a part of that meeting made me realize what sort of responsibility I had here and what impact I was really going to be making.

    What is the best professional advice you have received? 
    Get to know the partners and associates. I realize now that they're much more willing to attend events, conduct interviews, etc. when they know who I am and ask them personally. An email is always fine, but a phone call or an in person drop by with a little small talk involved can go a long way.

    What do you like to do for fun? 
    I play on a flag football team on the weekends and ref volleyball games on the weekdays. I also volunteer at a women's shelter in Anacostia where I teach a curriculum on communication specifically via the internet and social media. While sometimes challenging and quite a bit of work, it's always a rewarding time.

  • Fri, May 19, 2017 9:14 AM | Deleted user
    By: Rebecca Cohen, The Recorder

    Richard Hsu, a popular podcaster and intellectual property partner at Shearman & Sterling in Silicon Valley, has left the Am Law 100 firm to become a managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa in San Francisco.

    The move by Hsu, who served as global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling, as well as co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data protection team, will now see him focus on partner recruitment.

    “I’ve been a practicing lawyer for all of my career, 25 years,” Hsu said Tuesday. “I’ve been in management. I’ve been a practice group leader. A lot of the things I’ve been doing have involved building relationships. I thought legal recruiting would be a great way to leverage that.”

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  • Fri, May 19, 2017 9:11 AM | Deleted user

    By: Alyse Kalish, The Muse

    Whether we’re dealing with an unhappy client, or assigned a last-minute project to complete by the end of the day, or just going through the everyday trials and tribulations of our job, we all experience stress. And there’s no denying it—it stinks.

    Luckily, there are easy ways to combat it without sacrificing your whole day (and making yourself even more overwhelmed).

    Need some suggestions? I’ve got 12 that’ll do the trick in no time at all.

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  • Tue, May 16, 2017 9:35 AM | Deleted user

    By: Meghan Tribe, The Am Law Daily

    As law firms brainstorm more and more ways to reach and retain their younger lawyers, legal consulting giant Major, Lindsey & Africa announced Monday the launch of a new talent management consulting group specifically geared towards helping law firms and general counsel coach and manage their teams.

    The endeavor, led by Major Lindsey partner and vice president Miriam Frank and managing partner Barrett Avigdor, came after two years of discussions with their clients about how to address law firm and in-house legal teams’ specific needs related to the development and growth of their lawyers, extending beyond the legal consultancy’s traditional role in placement.

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  • Wed, May 10, 2017 3:31 PM | Deleted user

    By By Katherine A. Mazzaferri, Amy Bess and Patricia Wald, Bloomberg Law

    While the ratio of men and women entering law school is now equal, there is still a major discrepancy when looking at lawyers in leadership roles. According to a 2017 report by the ABA, less than 30 percent of partners of law firms in the U.S. are women.

    Here are a few things young women lawyers can keep in mind as they work their way through and upward in the legal profession.

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  • Mon, May 08, 2017 2:23 PM | Deleted user

    By: Scott Flaherty,The Am Law Daily

    Former Grant & Eisenhofer director and practice leader Adam Levitt is leaving to lead a newly formed plaintiffs firm, along with a pair of lawyers formerly of Cleveland's DiCello Law Firm.

    The new firm, DiCello Levitt & Casey, announced its launch Monday morning and will be helmed by founding partners Levitt, Mark DiCello and James Casey. The plaintiffs firm will start with 11 lawyers, a full support staff and offices in Chicago and Cleveland.

    Beyond the founders, the new firm will also count as partners John Tangren, formerly of Grant & Eisenhofer, Amy Keller, formerly of Wexler Wallace, and Robert DiCello, who comes from DiCello Law and is Mark DiCello's brother.

    Levitt, who left Grant & Eisenhofer's Chicago office after serving as head of the firm's consumer protection and product liability group, said in an interview that he felt the time was right to branch off.

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  • Fri, May 05, 2017 4:23 PM | Deleted user

    By: Olga Mack and Katia Bloom, Above the Law

    As long-term dwellers of Silicon Valley, we often-times feel like we are members of the disrupt generation. It’s hard to go grab coffee with a friend, or attend any type of event without the word “disrupt” making a solid appearance. This got us thinking: what do we think will disrupt the legal industry in the short term? Below are the four trends that we think are going to change the practice of law, and how we can all be ready for them.

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  • Fri, May 05, 2017 10:28 AM | Deleted user

    By Elizabeth Olson, New York Times

    Harvard Law School, expanding a pilot program for Harvard undergraduates, said Wednesday that it would allow juniors accepted from any college to defer admission as long as they finish college and spend at least two years working, studying or pursuing research or fellowships.

    The expanded program will be open to students applying starting this fall. The existing pilot program, for Harvard juniors, was started in 2014 to encourage students to gain work experience before entering law school and to encourage those studying science, technology, engineering or math to pursue the legal profession.

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