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Hefty Prices for .Attorney and .Lawyer Domains

By Lisa Shuchman |

It appears that lawyers are being faced with some expensive choices.

Maximizing the Summer Associate Experience for Both Sides

By Patrice M. Turenne |

As my summer associate position draws to a close, I've developed the following list of 10 tips that I believe can maximize the summer associate experience for both sides.

Iowa Supreme Court building in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa Weighs Dropping Bar Exam for In-State Law Graduates

By Karen Sloan |

The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to extend the “diploma privilege” to graduates of the University of Iowa College of Law and Drake University Law School.

Slaying the Inertia Dragon to Reach Your Full Potential

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Working with lawyers for more than three decades has revealed one overriding lament of those who have introspectively glanced back at their careers.

Helping Employees Come Back From Maternity Leave

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

If your little bundle of joy has left you with a big bundle of nerves about returning to work after maternity leave, Hilary Pearl of the Harvard Business Review says you’re not alone.

Tricks of the Software-Based Patent Trade

By Christopher Hall |

A consensus is emerging among colleagues in the patent bar that the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank is not a disaster for software-based patents, as some originally feared.

Why U.S. Companies Are Increasingly Fleeing the Tax Man

By The YL Editorial Board |

U.S. companies are increasingly utilizing a procedure referred to as a tax-inversion merger to "relocate" abroad.

Pen in hand

Improve Your Contracting Strategy

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

If the contracting operations at your legal department look more like Mad Libs, with lawyers filling in clauses and precedents seemingly at random, it may be time for a rethink.

Hayes Hunt and Arthur P. Fritzinger

The Rise and Risk of Obstructionist Discovery Tactics

By Hayes Hunt and Arthur P. Fritzinger |

With fewer trials and an increasing focus on using the discovery process to leverage a favorable settlement or resolution, it is common for litigation counsel to be obstructionist during discovery.

Goldstein & Russell's Thomas Goldstein

A New Type of Amicus Brief: No Clients, No Side Taken

By Tony Mauro |

A little-noticed brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall may launch a new genre of friend-of-the-court filings.

The Five Types of Appellate Briefs You Don't Want to Write

By Cameron W. Gilbert |

When an attorney inevitably finds himself or herself against a deadline to file a brief, the rush to get the job done often has adverse consequences.

ABA Undertakes Study of Substance Abuse, Mental Illness

By Karen Sloan |

Research suggests that lawyers suffer addiction at double the rate of the general population, but some experts fear the situation is even more dire.

Helping Employees Think Fast and Decide

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

“In the corporate landscape, many employees aren’t given enough business context to be able to spot or distinguish threats and opportunities."

Peter F. Vaira

Conducting Witness Interviews: A Primer for New Lawyers

By Peter F. Vaira |

Seldom is there any emphasis or assistance on how to conduct an interview of a person who may be a helpful or harmful witness in litigation for a client.

For Women In-house Counsel, a Need for Networks

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Put yourself out there—that’s the advice Pamela Yeo, general counsel and senior vice president of AIG Property Casualty Asia Pacific, had for in-house counsel in a recent interview with The Glass Hammer’s Michelle Hendelman.

10 Tips for a Successful Mediation

By Steven Atlee and Diana Cho |

If your company is headed to a mediation, you’re in good company.

Make Business Development a Priority From Day One

By Traci Stuart and Michael Bond |

Graduating from law school and passing the bar are major accomplishments. Now the question becomes, "How do I build my career?"

<b>KATE ARMSTRONG:</b> The experience left her “a lot more confident” in career choice.

Interns Thrive in 'Boot Camp'

By Karen Sloan |

University of Colorado School of Law student Kate Armstrong spent her 10-week summer internship at technology consulting firm Ciber Inc., sitting in on business deals, observing the general counsel's interaction with other executives, researching overseas laws and writing draft agreements.

Kevin R. Johnson, Dean, UC Davis School of Law

In Chase for Students, UC-Davis Is Turning Heads

By Maria Zilberman |

Law school applications nationwide dropped again in 2014. But at least one California school is defying the trend.

Law Clinic Students Stop Patent Troll

By Lisa Shuchman |

When a California-based startup called CarShield was hit with a patent infringement lawsuit in January, its founders got mad.

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe

Harvard's Tribe Joins Campaign Against Teacher Tenure

By Tony Mauro |

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe on Thursday signed on as an adviser to Students Matter, the group that won a lawsuit in June striking down California’s teacher tenure law.

Vik Jaitly

How to Succeed in Your First Year of Practicing Law

By Vik Jaitly |

Although it might be difficult to predict your professional future, here are a few tips that will help you succeed in your first year.

American Bar Association in Chicago.

ABA Delegates Approve Law School Reforms

By Tony Mauro |

Standards for law schools would require students to take a minimum of six hours in a legal clinic or other “experiential” environment; encourage 50 hours of pro bono service; and allow students to take up to 15 credit hours of distance courses, up from 12. Students won’t be limited to 20 hours of outside work per week anymore.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

It may seem "elementary," but it took a court of law for the public domain to come out ahead in the case of who owns characters related to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, according to Brent Lorentz of Duets Blog in a recent post.

Katherine Missimer

Take Advantage of Technology to Connect With Clients

By Katherine Missimer |

In "Information Technology and Lawyers," Anja Oskamp and Arno Lodder wrote that "information technology is fast, schematic, and futuristic; lawyers are cautious, verbose, and old-fashioned."