Associate Life

Legal Blogging as Relationship Building

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Kevin O’Keefe questions whether general counsel understand the intersection between social media, blogging and relationship building.

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Elon School of Law Placing Practical Training ‘On Steroids’

By Amanda Bronstad |

“We really took a very good program—and a program that did put students into real world experiences in a variety of ways—but we ramped it up.”

Viewpoint: Want to Learn to Think Like a Lawyer? It's 'Elementary'!

By Rachel Van Cleave |

Maria Konnikova's book, "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," effectively captures what it means to think like a lawyer in a way that is both meaningful and relevant to the transformations occurring in legal education and in the practice of law.

Reports Show Playing Team Sports Benefits Women's Careers

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

The benefits associated with playing sports have been extolled in this column over the years.

When They Leave You in a Lurch

By Nicholas A. Sarokhanian and Victor D. Vital |

You walk into the office Monday morning, and the first thing you hear is that on Friday, Jones left the company and joined the competition.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners, and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton special counsel

Avoid Legal Malpractice Headaches by Closing Old Files

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

As the end of the year approaches, now is a great time for attorneys and law practices to do one of the most important tasks for effective legal malpractice prevention—close files that need to be closed.

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Keeping Your Marketing Efforts Current

By Sharon Berman |

Changes in what is effective in marketing seem to happen today at the speed of light.

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Overcoming the Odds Against You as a Young Lawyer

By Michael J. Joyce |

hroughout my first few years of practice, I sometimes found myself receiving assignments that were "losers" with no reasonable chance of success.

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Make Networking a Priority to Obtain Long-Term Success

By Christopher M. Varano |

Your mentors should include a range of individuals who can help you develop the various facets of your career.

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New Rules For Law Students' Legal Work in D.C.

By Zoe Tillman |

The first major overhaul in decades to rules dictating how and when law students can practice in the District of Columbia was approved last week by the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners, and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton special counsel

Three Signs It's Time to Break Up With a Problem Client

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

One of the most effective legal malpractice claims prevention techniques is knowing when and how to end an attorney-client relationship destined for trouble.

You're Hired! Now Go Take a Paid Vacation

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

First there’s unlimited vacation days, and now there’s “precation”?


Life After Law School: An Intern-Associate Interview

By Neha Mehta and Ashley Kenney Shea |

I decided to take advantage of one of the closest resources at my disposal—the third-year associate at the law firm where I am currently interning.

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Using Social Media Content to Defend Employment Lawsuits

By Jessica Neufeld and David S. Weber |

It is no surprise that such a ubiquitous aspect of American culture would contain information relevant to litigation.

Can 'The Virgin Way' of Unlimited Vacation Time Work?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Unlimited annual leave. Is it a) an employee’s dream; b) an employer’s nightmare; or c) a scheme only Virgin Group Ltd. CEO Richard Branson could have concocted?

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Dismissal of Fraud Claims Against Law Schools Affirmed

By Karen Sloan |

Graduates of Chicago law schools who claimed administrators duped them with exaggerated job-placement statistics have found no relief from an Illinois appeals court.


Finding the Right Mix of Mentors in Your First Year

By Elana Baurer |

"Ask about their mentoring programs," urged a recent law school graduate and friend of mine when I began interviewing with firms during the summer before my 2L year.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners, and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton special counsel

Legal Ethics Lessons for a Digital World

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

An online presence is undeniably an effective marketing technique for attorneys and law firms. However, it is not without risk.

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How to Build a Better Law Professor

A good legal education offers more than an understanding of case law.

In-house Counsel Take Stock of Work-Life Balance

By Sue Reisinger |

For most in-house lawyers who also are family caregivers, achieving a work-life balance is a significant consideration in choosing a job, according to a new study from the Association of Corporate Counsel.

If Unchanged, Legal Education Will Remain a Business in Decline

By The YL Editorial Board |

Without changes and a renewed sense of accountability, the decline will continue.

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Preventing the Leak of Embarrassing Information Online

By Hayes Hunt and Jillian R. Thornton |

You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other.


There's More to Life Than Billable Hours

By Robert J. Foster |

The other kids were dressed as princesses, firemen, athletes and other idolized professions. On that day, Raymond put on a suit and tie, walked confidently into class with his briefcase and, while handing his teacher a business card, announced he was there to represent her.

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In a Selfie Situation, Who Owns the Shot?

By Peter Perkowski |

For selfies, the ownership question appears to have an easy answer.


Marketing 101: Take Action Now, Thank Yourself Later

By Matthew H. Haverstick and Shannon Duffy |

Shouldn't the first couple of years of hands-on experience for an associate be focused primarily on research and brief writing and, in turn, proving your intellectual worth to your superiors?