Associate Life

Daniel Schaffzin.

Law Students Combat Urban Blight in Memphis

By Karen Sloan |

Memphis has been fighting urban blight for years, and now students from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are joining the battle.

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind.

From Law School to Congress

By Karen Sloan |

The sitting crop of lawyer-­lawmakers passed through 105 law campuses on their way to Washington.

Your Data Is Talking: Is Your Legal Department Listening?

By Joy Saphla |

Data has a lot to say in today’s world, if you know how to speak its language.

Sally Rosenberg.

A Partner for Second Time, McDermott Lawyer Reflects on Gender Diversity

By Katelyn Polantz |

Life sometimes gets in the way of lawyering. This year, Sally Rosenberg found herself for the second time earning a promotion to partner.

Bringing Stay-at-Home Parents Back to the Law Department

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Keita Young, a vice president and assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co., likely didn’t imagine herself in a choice law department position when she was a stay-at-home mom.

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

Protect Your Firm From Attorney Exit Blowback

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

It seems like every week is a game of musical chairs, with attorneys and practice groups constantly moving from one firm to another.

Goodwin Liu.

California Incubator Grants Put Young Lawyers to Work

By Karen Sloan |

Legal leaders in California hope to narrow the justice gap by steering cash to “legal incubators”—programs that help graduates jump-start their careers while providing low-cost legal help to people who otherwise couldn’t afford to hire lawyers.

Advice to Help Prepare for Defending Your First Deposition

By Laura Link |

You just got the call that you will be thrown into the ring for the first time to defend a client deposition, and you feel great. They trust you, and this is why you went to law school, right?

Gina F. Rubel

Defining and Succeeding in Your Firm's Corporate Culture

By Gina F. Rubel |

Ask yourself and colleagues who counsel or mentor you questions that will help to define your firm’s organizational culture. The answers will provide a starting point to understand the culture and build relationships that will support your subsequent efforts.

In-house Attorney-Client Privilege and 'Lawyerly Things'

By Kevin P. Allen |

Advice provided by in-house lawyers too often is at risk of being stripped of the protection of the attorney-client privilege.

10 New Year's Resolutions to Boost Your Marketing

By Dee A. Schiavelli |

In today's competitive marketplace, you cannot grow complacent. If you do not plan to act, you risk losing clients and new business opportunities. Here are 10 things you should do.

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

Minding the Fine Print in Law Firm Mergers

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

The trend is clear: law firm mergers are on the rise. But mergers are not for everyone.

Jerry Organ.

Study Looks At How to Get a Law Degree For Less

By Karen Sloan |

Despite rising tuition rates, law school can be more affordable if prospective students are strategic about where they study and select a school that offers the largest available scholarship award.

Saying 'I'm Sorry' in a Mediation Context

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

I’m Canadian, so saying “I’m sorry” comes as naturally to me as sleeping at night.

Georgetown University Law Center professor Wendy Williams surprises Ruth Bader Ginsburg by modeling a

Ginsburg—and Reform—Highlight Law School Gathering

By Karen Sloan |

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg got the rock star treatment during the Association of American Law Schools’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Tips to Kickstart New Business in the New Year

By Mark D'Argenio |

The reality, even for established attorneys, is that a vast majority of new clients will not be obtained in that kind of flashy manner.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's bobble head, produced by The Green Bag.

The Reasons Why Justice Breyer's Bobblehead Sits Atop a Bike

By Tony Mauro |

The latest U.S. Supreme Court bobblehead is out, and it’s sure to bring a knowing smile to anyone familiar with Justice Stephen Breyer’s unfortunate habit.

George Takach standing in MaRS atrium

Don't Look Now, but There's a Startup Frenzy Up North

By Julie Triedman |

George Takach recalls cringing one day when he landed in Toronto's Pearson International Airport after a trip to Sweden.

Protest at NYU Law School in support of Michael Brown, the black teenager that was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  December 1, 2014.

The Law School Files: 12 of The NLJ's Most Memorable Stories of 2014

By Karen Sloan |

A collection of most-read stories published this year in the NLJ about law schools and legal education.

'Tis the Season for Arcane Legal Jargon

By Marilee Silver Sweeney |

If your legal department colleagues aren’t throwing around terms such as “Nancy Reagan Defense” and “Piggy Back Registration Rights,” it may be high time to pick him or her up a copy of Latham & Watkins’ Book of Jargon—US Corporate and Bank Finance.

Unlikely Path to Big Law for Blind Melon Guitarist

By Ben Seal |

It's a Friday afternoon in November and Rogers Stevens is in the wrong city. A few hours ago he was in Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia office on Market Street and all was well.

Tamp Down That Instinct to Counterclaim

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Next time you’re feeling particularly litigious, remember Barnum v. Tubifi.

In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, employee Lara Herzog trims away leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary.

Law Schools Firing Up Marijuana Law Classes

By Karen Sloan |

"For most students, this is an inherently interesting topic," Robert Mikos said. "They read about it in the media all the time, and so many are curious about it. As more states confront this issue, the interest will only grow."

Bringing Emotional Intelligence In-House

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

How smart are you … emotionally? It’s a question recently asked by Patricia MacInnis in Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Gina F. Rubel

Law Firm Diversity Action Plan: The Working Parent

By Gina F. Rubel |

Did you know that the United States is the only developed country not to offer paid maternity leave as part of a federal policy? I certainly didn’t.