Associate Life

Tips for Developing Self-Confidence So You Can Flourish

By Dena Lefkowitz |

I turn to "The Sound of Music" for an assist in addressing another competency of emotional intelligence: self-confidence.

From Deputy GC to NHL Commish? It Could Happen

By Sue Reisinger |

Jessica Berman, deputy general counsel of the National Hockey League, might just become the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league—at least one media outlet says so.


How to Start Out Successfully on Your First Day of Work

By Justin J. Koterba |

The first day at your new job can be an anxiety-provoking yet exciting time, and the first few years of your legal career can be some of the most important of your professional life.

The Other Big Online Threat: Reputational Attacks

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Cyberthreats aren’t just coming from hackers seeking the personal information of your customers.

Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?

By Karen Sloan |

Legal educators are cautiously optimistic that the 2015-16 academic year will mark the low point for law school enrollment, and that the number of applicants next year will start to recover from a five-year slide.

As a Law Grows Older, We Feel Younger

By Timothy P. Van Dyck and Timothy H. Powell |

It is practically a rite of passage that on your 40th birthday you will be bombarded by friends, family and other ostensible well-wishers with reminders that you are now, officially, "over the hill." This clichéd expression, while an unwelcome reminder of impending mortality, also rings hollow these days.

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Millennials and Baby Boomers on Work-Life Balance

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Any number of recent headlines would suggest the tensions between Millennials and Baby Boomers in the workplace are more explosive than your average Fourth of July celebration.

<b>MILITARY MONDAYS:</b> A veteran confers with counselors at a Starbucks in Virginia.

Law Clinics Answer the Call

By Karen Sloan |

Coffee? Check. Pastry? Check. Advice on filing for disability benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? Check.

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Five Things Your In-House Client Is Unlikely to Tell You

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

This month's column is the first in a series that examines "five things" that various key persons in the practice of law may not volunteer to their most interested audience.

Before Hiring, Bring the Family for an Interview?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

A novel interview technique to screen potential candidates has popped up in Silicon Valley, the hub of innovation and all things entrepreneurial. But according to Zosha Millman of LXBN, the process, which involves speaking with the interviewee’s family, may be innovating outside the bounds of the law.

Michigan State Helps Lawyers, Students Harness Social Media

By Karen Sloan |

Attention law students and lawyers: Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, with a professional-looking photo? Are you blogging on legal topics in your areas of expertise and interest? Do you use Twitter to follow potential career contacts and make connections?

Cultivate Optimism to Grow Your Practice and Your Life

By Dena Lefkowitz |

For me, optimism is not a default setting. Raised in a deeply cynical home by a mother whose family fled Europe to avoid persecution, I was not inclined to look for that spot of silver in a dark cloud.

A No-Pregnancy Policy Is a No-Go Policy

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Hot tip of the day: if you want to implement a particularly bad employee policy at your company, try a “no pregnancy in the workplace” policy.

(l-r) Fordham University School of Law Professor Susan Scafidi, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and Fordham University Provost Stephen  Freedman announced Monday that the law school will offer an LL.M. and a separate master's degree for nonlawyers in fashion law.

Fordham Expands Fashion Law Studies With Degree Programs

By Karen Sloan |

Now the school is following up with two first-of-their-kind degree programs in fashion law: an LL.M. for attorneys and a master of studies for nonlawyers.

An Email Is 'In Writing,' But Is It a Contract?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

According to Jeff Neuburger of Proskauer Rose, electronic communication can create a lot of confusion as to when an exchange equals a binding contract.

A woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Law Schools: Give Migrant Children Legal Representation

By Karen Sloan |

The U.S. government should guarantee legal representation to unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, end expedited processing of those children and families, and begin recognizing gang violence as a basis for asylum claims.

Julie Q. Brush

How Do I Find a New Job After Being Fired?

Q: I was fired from my job. How to I address this issue in an interview without compromising my candidacy?

10 Things Appellate Specialists Should Tell Trial Counsel

By Robert J. Stumpf Jr., Karin Vogel and Guylyn Cummins |

Appellate specialists focus on the courts of appeal. But they also can help their colleagues get ready to present their cases in the trial courts.

Arizona Summit Defends Encouraging Grads to Delay Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

The stipends are part of the Unlock Potential (U.P.) program, which dean Shirley Mays called a "creative and innovative" way to help students who simply wouldn’t be ready to sit for the exam otherwise.

Darrel Pae, 3L law student at George Washington University Law School, interning at the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C.  February 14, 2014.

Plan to Allow Paid Law Student Externships Advances in ABA

By Karen Sloan |

An American Bar Association panel has taken a step toward allowing law students to draw both pay and academic credit for externships.

Bits of Bitcoin Wisdom for In-House Lawyers

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Here are some key digital currency takeaways for in-house lawyers.

Lawsuit: Infilaw Paying Law Grads To Put Off Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

A former assistant director of financial aid at Arizona Summit Law School has sued the school, alleging it unlawfully fired her in 2013 after she refused to submit false state tax documents and complained of misleading information about student success.

Stella M. Tsai

How Stereotypes Can Interfere With Objectivity and Logic

By Stella M. Tsai |

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, would be astonished to see how much the world has changed since the 18th century.

GCs Need EQ and IQ in Equal Measure

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

It’s an era when general counsel’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is just as important as their IQ in the workplace, according to Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Uniform Bar Exam Gathers Steam as New York Signs Up

By Karen Sloan |

For nearly a decade, the biggest knock against the uniform bar exam was that no large jurisdictions had embraced it. Not anymore.