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From The Career Files: 3 Ways For Lawyers To Reduce Substance Abuse That Actually Work  

Being a lawyer does not make you a drug addict or an alcoholic. But legal pedagogy and practice do set you up to be more susceptible to the appeal of drinking and drug use.

2017-08-18 22:06:28
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How Robyn Pollack Plans To Boost The Attraction And Retention of Millennial Women At Law Firms  

She thinks firms should be investing in millennial women to build the next generation of leaders.

2017-08-18 20:32:02
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A Woman Lawyer Of Firsts On The Federal Bench  

Do you know this bit of history about women in law?

2017-08-18 15:30:31
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What's Happening With Healthcare? Reactions From Leading Healthcare Attorneys  

Three leading practitioners on what they make of the Republicans' recent efforts to repeal the ACA.

2017-08-18 13:27:36
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Non-Sequiturs: 08.18.17  

* The first letter of every paragraph in this rebuke to President Trump from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities spell out the word "Resist." That's putting your English degree to its highest possible use. [Politico] * "[The Statue to Stephen Foster] was commissioned in 1900 by a local newspaper editor who imagined Foster, 'catching the inspiration for his melodies from the fingers of an old darkey reclining at his feet strumming negro airs upon an old banjo,' per a 2010 City

2017-08-18 11:24:30
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Pensions Accuse Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Et Al Of Being Just A Little Too Tight With Each Other  

Either the stock lending industry is truly a morass of collusion or some lawyers had too much time on their hands.

2017-08-18 10:42:17
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ALERT: Disgraced Judge Roy Moore Is Leading The Alabama Senate Race  

Next time Alabama asks to secede, let them.

2017-08-18 07:43:38
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The 'Renaissance Attorney': No, Lawyers Don't Need To Learn Math Or Science (Yet)  

The more you can do for a client, the more a client will rely on you, making you a more indispensable asset to their business.

2017-08-18 07:01:07
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Your Excuses Are Getting Old  

Notes to my (legal) self.

2017-08-18 03:57:27
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Horrible Justice No Longer Has Horrible Statue  

We'll remember the Chief Justice's legacy just fine.

2017-08-18 01:46:46
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Take A Stand To Be On The Right Side Of History  

Know this one?

2017-08-17 17:47:36
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Federal Judicial Nominations: A Quick Recap  

The August recess offers a good opportunity to evaluate the state of play in judicial nominations.

2017-08-17 14:51:25
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What Does NAFTA Renegotiation Have to Do With Netflix, Lions (Witches And Wardrobes), And Textbooks?  

On Wednesday, the United States began the first round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which will include a chapter on intellectual property. Trade agreements today are comprehensive agreements that cover a wide range of issues, including intellectual property, often with highly prescriptive provisions. Aside from the issue of whether intellectual […]

2017-08-17 14:22:54
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Let's 'Sweatt' The Technique: The Atlantic Looks At Plea Bargaining  

There are problems with the overwhelming prevalence of plea bargaining.

2017-08-17 14:11:02
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Non-Sequiturs: 08.17.17  

* Which celebrity court appearances were the very best? [Jezebel] * What's in a name? The legal battle over the trademark for "Charlotte." [The Fashion Law] * Going crazy waiting for bar exam results? Some tips to get through the waiting game. [Excellence in Law School] * A law prof asks: Should I retire? [TaxProf Blog] * ICYMI, here's a recap of yesterday's #LegalCareerChat on Twitter, with our very own David Lat. [ABA Legal Career Central] * The crimes in Charlottesville could b

2017-08-17 13:53:41
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It's Okay To Be The Office Lingerer  

As in-house counsel, lingering after a meeting is an excellent time for you to earn your salary.

2017-08-17 13:33:03
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Trump Is Right: I'm Desperately Trying To Erase His Disgusting Culture  

Wherein I Have To Defend Slaver George Washington From The Nazis Sullying His Name

2017-08-17 13:17:42
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Ebola, Trypanophobia, And Deafness: What Does The ADA Require?  

The questions raised by the Americans With Disabilities Act can't be answered with a simple yes or no.

2017-08-17 12:23:21
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Has President Trump Done More To Further The Paris Climate Agreement Than President Obama?  

President Trump has moved forward with the U.S. withdrawal despite support for the Paris agreement.

2017-08-17 11:36:36
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Biglaw Leaders Denounce Trump's Repulsive Rhetoric On Charlottesville  

What has your firm done to speak out against hate?

2017-08-17 10:47:51
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Morning Docket: 08.17.17  

* Leaders and prominent partners at Biglaw firms across the country are speaking out against President Donald Trump's most recent comments concerning the deadly Charlottesville rally, where he blamed "both sides" for the violence that occurred. Has anyone among the leadership at your firm denounced Trump's remarks? We'll have more on this later. [Big Law Business] * In case you missed it, James Alex Fields, the man accused of second-degree murder in the death of Charlottesville counter-protes

2017-08-17 09:57:59
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Judge Judy Allows Dog To Decide Animal Custody Case For Her  

The defendant in this case was really barking up the wrong tree.

2017-08-17 09:47:13
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Patents For Legal Services Technology Rose 484% In 2016  

A new report from Thomson Reuters documents the boom in patents relating to legal technology.

2017-08-17 06:47:11
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The 40-Year-Old SCOTUS Clerk  

Who's the oldest person ever to serve as a Supreme Court clerk?

2017-08-17 05:18:48
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Former Federal Judge Donated To White Supremacist Cause  

The former judge gave money to an organization whose stated goal is to "help" a known hate group.

2017-08-17 04:54:45
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Standard Of Review: Will Shonda Rhimes's Move To Netflix Bring About The First Great Streaming Legal Show?  

It's a good time to be streaming, according to our culture critic Harry Graff.

2017-08-17 04:24:29
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Picking A Jury Is Tough When No One Likes Your Client  

You don't mess with the guys from Shaolin.

2017-08-17 04:02:28
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Well This Is Certainly An Awkward Time For #Resistance Leader Lloyd Blankfein To Deal With A Racial Discrimination Suit  

'Segregation is alive and well on Wall Street.'

2017-08-17 01:52:18
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Treachery, Deception, And Bad Fashion Sense In International Surrogacy  

Surrogacy is a tough journey no matter what, but do your research.

2017-08-16 18:05:56
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Non-Sequiturs: 08.16.17  

* Not wasting any time: Judge Amul Thapar, recently confirmed to the Sixth Circuit, authors his first published opinion as a member of that court. [How Appealing] * "Can private employers fire employees for going to a white supremacist rally?" It depends, as Eugene Volokh explains. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post] * Joel Cohen explores special counsel Robert Mueller's decision to impanel a grand jury in D.C. [Huffington Post] * Neha Sampat identifies three ways to hire resilient la

2017-08-16 17:23:40
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How Dare You Send Me A Book On Addiction! Do You Think I Have A Problem?  

Lawyer well-being is becoming a mainstream priority, and Brian Cuban wants to help break the stigma of addiction.

2017-08-16 14:39:21
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The Best Lawyer The Seinfeld Gang Could Hope For  

Know this one?

2017-08-16 12:49:33
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White Kid Thinks Minorities Killed Charlotte School Of Law  

White grievance logic as applied to failing law schools.

2017-08-16 12:42:58
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Morning Docket: 08.16.17  

* Could this be the case that puts the nail in the death penalty's coffin? Justice Breyer probably hopes so. Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells has asked the Supreme Court to hear an Arizona death row inmate's case, arguing that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional and that it must be struck down. [BuzzFeed] * "[T]he Tiffany trademark is not something to be trifled with." Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York has ruled that Costco must pay more than $19 million

2017-08-16 12:23:24
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Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Doesn't Think He's Going To Jail  

His sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

2017-08-16 12:17:02
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Feds Kindly Ask Platinum Partners Founder's Lawyers To Refrain From Intimidating Key Witness  

No 'veiled threats' either, please.

2017-08-16 11:46:33
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6 Time Management Tips For Those Who Are Sick Of Calendaring  

Being the most productive requires you to be flexible and adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

2017-08-16 11:30:16
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Second Cities For Law Firms  

Where should you open an office?

2017-08-16 07:47:06
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Law School Grads Agree: Social Media Is 'Fair Game' For Employers  

Careful what you post.

2017-08-16 07:42:04
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This Teenager Is About To Take The Law School World By Storm  

Which law school will he be attending?

2017-08-16 06:14:53
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A Special Thanks To ATL's Advertisers  

A big thanks to our advertisers and sponsors from everyone here at Above the Law.

2017-08-16 05:04:39
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Law Student Found Dead In Car After Being Missing For Almost A Week  

He was a 'beloved' member of the law school community.

2017-08-16 04:19:44
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alt.legal: Car Bombs With Casey And The Crew  

Insights on innovation from legal tech guru Casey Flaherty, live from ILTACON.

2017-08-16 04:11:28
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'We're All In On The Cloud'  

A conversation with CTO Eric Sugden about Elite's current cloud strategies and why the cloud is the future of legal technology.

2017-08-16 04:01:17
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The Amazon Advantage  

Amazon has aggressively litigated its way to what amounts to a free pass on most IP infringement claims.

2017-08-16 02:06:16
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Election Law Takes Center Stage  

The assault on the right to vote continues.

2017-08-16 01:17:17
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Assessing California's Bar Exam Cut Score  

Should California lower the bar cut score?

2017-08-16 01:16:20
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Lack Of Curiosity Is The #1 Killer Of Legal Innovation… And Law School Is The #1 Killer Of Curiosity  

Unless we can figure out a way to re-ignite the spark of curiosity permanently dimmed by law school, the future of the legal profession doesn't look very bright.

2017-08-15 16:42:28
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A Step Backwards For Financial Transparency In Biglaw  

A leader in transparency falls back into the pack.

2017-08-15 16:38:05
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The Pace Of Change In The Law Is Killing Lawyers  

The pace of change in the legal industry is simply appalling.

2017-08-15 15:51:20
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A Trailblazing African-American Woman  

Know this one?

2017-08-15 13:21:04
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Non-Sequiturs: 08.15.17  

* Unwilling to relinquish his 15 minutes of fame, Anthony Scaramucci goes for laughs with Stephen Colbert. [The Hollywood Reporter] * If, and admittedly that's a big if, Donald Trump gets impeached, Mike Pence will be ready. Just ask his personal PAC. [Huffington Post] * Check out these tax professor rankings. [TaxProf Blog] * Should the 1st Amendment trump the 2nd Amendment? It is first, after all. [Slate] * Someone has had it with free speech absolutism. [Richmond.com] * Are

2017-08-15 12:20:08
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Michael Dell Fights Truth, Justice, And The American Way  

Nothing is sacred to the former Carl Icahn foil. Not even Derek Jeter.

2017-08-15 09:05:10
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Communication is Key. How Can You Improve?  

Are you really communicating effectively with your clients? How you communicate matters.

2017-08-15 06:04:35
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10 Things To Know About Working As An Attorney Overseas  

Do you have what it takes to secure one of these coveted positions?

2017-08-15 05:41:47
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3 Things You Need To Know How To Do Before You Open Your Own Law Practice  

Because you probably don't have your own IT department....

2017-08-15 05:24:19
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A Rising Tide Lifting Seaworthy Boats In Litigation Finance  

Litigation finance is growing rapidly and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

2017-08-15 02:26:54
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Non-Sequiturs: 08.14.17  

* In case you were confused with Trump's position on white supremacy because he condemned Nazis today, Trump is reportedly thinking of pardoning Sheriff Joe. Actions speak louder than two-day late statements read without taking questions. [The Hill] * Trump is launching a trade probe of China. Given the general competence of this administration, I expect a full report on Japanese trade practices in a few months. [Talking Points Memo] * In light of Ken Fraizer from Merck leaving the service

2017-08-14 22:03:15
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Woman Killed During Charlottesville Protest Was A Paralegal  

Authorities have now identified the sole fatality in the incident as Heather Heyer, a paralegal in the bankruptcy division of the Miller Law Group.

2017-08-14 13:40:39
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Trumped By 'Covfefe': 3 Reasons Why Trademarking Trending Names And Catchphrases Is A Bad Idea  

Why opportunistic plots to register trademarks for trending terms almost always fail.

2017-08-14 12:28:47
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Got Overflow Legal Work? Think Outside The Box  

3 tips for dealing with midlevel work overflow.

2017-08-14 11:08:11
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Constitutional Law In The Age Of Trump: Law Professors React  

Being a Con Law professor has never been more important.

2017-08-14 11:03:51
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Incoming 1Ls: Everything Is About To Change  

The most surprising change? You.

2017-08-14 09:50:17
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21 Business Casual Summer Shoes To Buy Now And Wear Through Fall  

Finding the perfect summer work shoes can be tricky.

2017-08-14 09:37:59
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Flying Solo As A Woman Attorney  

Toni Messina's message to women attorneys thinking of going solo out there is -- let's stick together. 

2017-08-14 08:44:38
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Canna Conflict: States, Not Feds, Control The Fate Of Marijuana Law And Policy  

The National Conference of State Legislatures has cut to the chase, mandating Congress de-schedule marijuana altogether.

2017-08-14 08:21:43
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As ILTACON Convenes In Sunny Las Vegas, A Cloud Hangs Overhead  

What prompted ILTA's last-minute reshuffling of several key management positions?

2017-08-14 08:06:47
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Merck CEO Quits President's Manufacturing Council Following Trump's Response To Charlottesville Violence  

Kenneth Frazier is the first person to step down over Trump's comments on Charlottesville.

2017-08-14 07:40:55
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White Terrorists Are Not The Problem, Intellectuals Who Give Them Aid And Comfort Are  

The violence is the tip of the spear, I'm more worried about the shaft.

2017-08-14 07:32:10
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Morning Docket: 08.14.17  

* James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old accused of ramming his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring numerous others, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene of an accident. [NPR] * Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in Charlottesville this weekend, was a paralegal at a small law firm where she managed the bankruptcy departme

2017-08-14 07:29:01
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Depression In Law School: What Your Friends Are Struggling With, But Won't Tell You About  

Mental-health awareness goes both ways: as some learn what to watch for, others learn what not to show.

2017-08-14 03:34:15
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Want To Find More Balance And Contentment? Start Small  

If you're unhappy, it's up to you to do something about it.

2017-08-14 03:33:25
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Is Litigation In 'Secular Decline'?  

And is it a good idea to emphasize corporate work and de-emphasize litigation today?

2017-08-14 03:08:58
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5 Things I Would Have Told You At #ILTACON2017  

Making it toLas Vegas for #ILTACON2017? I'm officially jealous.

2017-08-14 03:07:08
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This Fictional Lawyer Has Done It All  

Know this one?

2017-08-14 02:39:05
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Non-Sequiturs: 08.11.17  

* SNL's take on the Mooch. [Huffington Post] * Outside of the T14, the news for law schools isn't good. [TaxProf Blog] * Ethics, smethics. The one thing the Trump presidency is good at is making money -- for Trump. [Business Insider] * Penn Law is bucking the GRE trend. [Daily Pennsylvanian] * You aren't being paranoid, they're coming after your civil rights. [The Slot] * Advice for providing legal representation to iGen. [Law and More] * A look at the procedure involved in Sar

2017-08-12 06:02:14
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Law Professors Say White '50s Culture Is Superior, Other Racist Stuff  

Professors think things were better when women and minorities just acted more like white guys.

2017-08-12 05:30:07
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As Asian Americans Become More Pivotal In The Affirmative Action Debate, Both Sides Weigh In  

Two opposing viewpoints on affirmative action, from Cory Liu and Jenn Fang.

2017-08-12 04:40:35
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A High-Profile Prosecution Leads To Bigger Things  

Know this one?

2017-08-12 04:16:47
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Poll Shows Most Americans Want Trump Administration To Make ACA Work And Not Let It Fail  

Move on.

2017-08-12 02:28:50
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Overcoming The Awkwardness Of Establishing A Mentorship  

Notes to my (legal) self.

2017-08-12 01:50:07
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In Wake Of Trump, Liberals Start To Realize They've Had The Judiciary All Wrong  

Conservatives seem to ignite more passion for the judicial appointments... progressives are changing that.

2017-08-12 01:44:40
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Disruption And The T-Shaped Associate: How Young Lawyers Should Look To Develop In A Transforming Industry  

How should a young lawyer approach their career progression?

2017-08-12 01:39:06
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Rescission Watch: Which Biglaw Firm Is Pulling Offers?  

Which firm is making its would-be associates scramble for new jobs? Could it be yours?

2017-08-11 14:36:06
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Court Sends John Oliver, HBO Back To State Court To Fight Bob Murray  

Apparently if you're rich enough you can defeat diversity jurisdiction.

2017-08-11 12:08:12
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Why Is LSAC So Worried About The GRE? The LSAT Doesn't Seem To Be In Any Danger  

Pre-law students are still *really* eager to take the LSAT.

2017-08-11 11:22:38
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Paul Manafort Parts Ways With WilmerHale  

Say goodbye to Biglaw.

2017-08-11 10:01:05
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Morning Docket: 08.11.17  

* President Donald Trump rejects reports that he's considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller, while offering a less-than-ringing endorsement of his relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "It is what it is." [New York Times] * Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose house was the subject of a predawn raid by the FBI, parts ways with WilmerHale and goes back to his former lawyers at Miller & Chevalier. [National Law Journal] * Meanwhile, the Trump administrat

2017-08-11 09:27:24
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Are NYU Law Students Worried About Getting Biglaw Offers, Or Nah?  

When offers are being handed out like candy, it changes your perspective.

2017-08-11 06:37:58
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Fire, Fury, And Fox News  

A new lawsuit starts with Fox News and may end with the Oval Office.

2017-08-11 04:56:01
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Maximize Your In-House Counsel Job Opportunities  

Registering and maintaining an up-to-date profile with Cadence Counsel gives you exposure to unique and coveted in-house opportunities you won't find anywhere else.

2017-08-11 04:10:06
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From Jail To Yale — And Hopefully The Bar  

This young lawyer deserves a second chance.

2017-08-11 02:41:04
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Stop Wondering If You Did Something Wrong: You Can Always Get The Acai Bowl Tomorrow  

Dwelling on your mistakes won't change anything.

2017-08-11 01:08:38
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Lawyers Share Their Deepest Secrets Anonymously On Twitter  

Perhaps this can be the first step in opening up a dialogue about what it means to be a lawyer.

2017-08-10 20:14:30
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Can You Change Two Words To A Song And Claim A New Copyright?  

Litigation over a famous anthem of the civil rights movement presents an interesting issue of IP law.

2017-08-10 19:37:38
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Supreme Court Justices Write More Than Just Opinions  

Know this one?

2017-08-10 18:32:17
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Just Days Before Its Annual Conference, ILTA Reshuffles Its Management  

The timing isn't optimal, according to tech columnist Bob Ambrogi.

2017-08-10 18:06:07
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Skirts, Hair Follicles, The Flu, And The Mark Of The Beast — Say What?  

Religious discrimination cases are dominating headlines -- and raising thorny legal issues.

2017-08-10 17:11:37
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Smiling Should Never Be A Condition For Partnership  

Is this an acceptable request?

2017-08-10 15:48:04
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The Apple Watch And Women Lawyers: The Perfect Match  

Women attorneys in particular will appreciate the Apple Watch notifications.

2017-08-10 14:39:20
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