Associate Life

Villanova University School of Law

Utilizing Your Alumni Network for Personal Development

By Dana Gittleman and Marrielle Van Rossum |

At every opportunity, we shake the hands of managing partners, storied litigators, judges and esteemed general counsel. There is so much to learn from their war stories and commitments to their practices, bar associations and alma maters.

<b>UNDERCOVER:</b> “Housing discrimination cases are very hard to move forward,” said Dion Irish, left, of Boston’s office of Fair Housing and Equity. “For me, it felt therapeutic. It felt like kicking ­discrimination in the face,” graduate Regina Holloway, right, said of her role in the clinic.

Housing Clinic Exposes Underhanded Discrimination

By Karen Sloan |

Students pose as would-be renters to expose landlords who refuse leases unfairly.

<b>REAL WORLD:</b> Students confer in Labaton’s New York office.

Clinics Let Students Get Real

By Karen Sloan |

Enrolling in a clinical course wasn't an option when Joel Bernstein was a student at Brooklyn Law School in the early 1970s — lectures and seminars dominated the curriculum.

For Lawyers Who Took Time Away, an In-House 'ReEntry'

By Sue Reisinger |

A talented young woman lawyer decides to leave her law firm in midcareer to tend to her family for four years. And then she wants to restart her career. But how?

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When You Should Pick Up the Phone (and Not Text or Email)

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

It is my opinion that, despite how often we communicate, and the myriad ways in which we do it, the quality of our interactions has generally deteriorated.

Tips for Writing an Effective Demand Letter

By Sigrid Irias |

Here are suggestions for getting to that goal, regardless of whether you're on the plaintiff or defense side.

Hawaii Law Will Admit Students Who Haven’t Taken LSAT

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law is the latest to allow certain undergraduates to apply without taking the Law School Admission Test.

Securing a Document Review Center: A Practical Guide

By Michel Sahyoun |

Providing the tightest security possible to every step of this process is no longer optional.

Picking Outside Counsel: Savings and Relationships Rule

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Whether they’re negotiating an agreement during an M&A transaction or beating back the threat of a lawsuit, many general counsel say they are only as good as their team—and that team often includes outside attorneys.

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Law Firm Innovations Heavy on Investment, Business Acumen

By Gina Passarella and Hank Grezlak |

Dilworth Paxson, long seen as a very traditional regional law firm, was probably not on anyone's list of the most innovative law firms just two years ago.

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‘Deflategate’ Class Seen as Lure for Potential Law Students

By Karen Sloan |

Michael McCann spent Monday in eager anticipation. The National Football League was expected to announce its decision in the “Deflategate” scandal at any minute, and the University of New Hampshire School of Law professor was preparing to offer commentary to Sports Illustrated, where he serves as a legal analyst.

Seven Essential Tips for Effective Legal Brief Writing

By David M. Brown |

So you have your first brief-writing assignment, or maybe you are canvassing the Internet for some insight on legal writing after a court ordered you to show cause why you should not be sanctioned for bad legal writing. In either case, there is hope.

Law School in Two Years? Most Grads Say Yes

By Karen Sloan |

Well more than half of the nearly 300 recent law graduates surveyed in by Kaplan Test Prep this year—56 percent—said law school should be condensed to two years.

Two Marketing Standbys to Get Your Process Going

By Dena Lefkowitz |

For some people who are finishing up school or are in the early stages of a career, the M-word they fear most is marriage. For many, though, that word is marketing.

Law Prof’s Assault, Workplace Claims Cleared for Trial

By Karen Sloan |

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit brought by a professor at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law against the university and a colleague to move forward.

Measuring Legal Department Success: 3 Key Metrics

By Rebekah Mintzer |

If general counsel want to change legal department practices, it’s important to be able to measure them. But it’s not always obvious to GCs and their in-house colleagues which metrics need to be identified and tracked.

The Greatest Article Ever Written About Puffery!

By R. Scott Oswald and Adam Augustine Carter |

Puffery exists somewhere between basic claims about a product's qualities, and outright lies about the same product.

Charts: Where the Jobs Are

Here is the latest American Bar Association jobs data that shows which schools had the most graduates in clerkships, large law firms, and government and public interest jobs.

Be Mindful of Mental Health in the Workplace

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Employers need to be ready to deal with this likelihood by understanding the legal and practical implications.

Three Things Lawyers Can Learn from Hackers

By Dan Lear |

Grappling with a legal profession in a time of transition, lawyers would be wise to look beyond the borders of their own discipline to innovative ideas that have successfully sparked change and moved other industries—and society—forward.

(Clockwise, from top left) Donald Verrilli Jr., John Bursch, Doug Hallward-Driemeier, and Mary Bonauto.

Taming the Butterflies Before a Supreme Court Argument

By Marcia Coyle |

On the morning of the historic same-sex marriage arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court, Michigan special assistant attorney general John Bursch, who is defending his state's marriage ban, will don his trademark bow tie, walk into the ground level of the court building and rub the toe of the bronze statue of Chief Justice John Marshall for luck.

Frank D'Amore

Questions and Answers Regarding Business Development

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Business development-related queries are quite popular; this month, the two most common submissions are addressed.

Your LinkedIn Profile Is Not a Consumer Report

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

LinkedIn may be the go-to social media site for job hunters (and in-house counsel), but a number of users recently sued the company because they couldn’t get hired.

Fast-Moving Risks for Companies Using Social Media

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Social media may be a marketing imperative for today’s companies, but James Sherer and Melinda McLellan of BakerHostetler are warning organizations that it can turn against them—fast.

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchberg Law Center collaborated with the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County to create the justice patch, which aims to teach girls how the law impact their lives and expose them to women leaders in the field.

These Girl Scouts Are Going to Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Forget arts and crafts. Girls Scouts in suburban New York will soon get a close look at legal careers and the many ways the law shapes their lives because of a collaboration between scouting and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Pro Bono: Helpful or Hurtful to Do Something for Nothing?

By The YL Editorial Board |

Some questions to consider before taking on any pro bono work: Does my employer have a policy on pro bono work? Will my pro bono hours be credited to my billing requirement?

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Associate Pay Still Lags Behind Prerecession Levels

By Karen Sloan |

The country’s largest law firms have largely rebounded from the recession, but associate pay has yet to fully recover, according to a law report released Thursday by the National Association for Law Placement.