Associate Life

Judges and Lawyers Work to Understand Courtroom Science

By John Caher |

In the modern courtroom, a judge is as likely to encounter Watson and Crick as Brandeis and Cardozo, despite the fact that the jurist's formal education in science may have ended with high school chemistry.

The Law Quadrangle on the central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Alum, Accused of Stalking, Loses Suit Against Law School

By Karen Sloan |

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a law school alumnus who sued both the university and a classmate after he was investigated in 2011 for alleged criminal stalking.


Fourth-Year Takes on HP Argument, Pro Bono Case and Motherhood

By Gina Passarella |

In the midst of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' representation of longtime client Hewlett-Packard in a securities fraud suit against the company and its former chairman, Mark Hurd, the federal judge in California overseeing the case issued what can only be described as a very unusual order.

6 Immigration Law Mistakes GCs Make When Going Global

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Moving into new markets overseas can provide big opportunities for many companies. In some countries, corporate growth comes with high-profile security problems and political pitfalls.

Leaving the Law Dept. to Help Rethink the Law Dept.

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Chalk up one for the alternative legal services provider.

Slain Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel

Professor Made Reputation Online, and Is Remembered There

By Karen Sloan |

The prevailing wisdom holds that law professors are wise to wait until they earn tenure before they start sharing their opinions in the rough-and-tumble legal blogosphere. Dan Markel wasn't interested in waiting around.

Frank D'Amore

Five Key Factors to Success in Cross-Selling Efforts

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Although some firms do quite well at cross-selling, it has become a Holy Grail for many others.

Left to right: Paul Hastings associates Nikhil Vijaykar, Claire Hoffmann and Anna Cressman

Associate Training Goes From Ad Hoc to All-in

By Maria Zilberman |

Like most large law firm partners, Alexander Lee had heard grumbling from clients unhappy to be billed for work performed by first-year associates.

A Marketing Consultant's Argument for the End of 'Dress Casual'

By Stacy West Clark |

I am going to give you my very best advice today that could make all the difference in your practice. It will be very short and sweet and I am sorry, but you may not like it.

Go Ahead, Blame Your BYOD Troubles on Millennials

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Arik Hesseldahl gives you leave to blame this cohort yet again, this time if the IT department is having trouble with a Bring Your Own Device initiative.

Six Tips to Build a Rainmaker's Rolodex

By Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria |

Developing a meaningful network of potential clients and referral sources may seem overwhelming, but it is simpler than you may think.

<b>LAW SCHOOL:</b> No longer “the path into the middle class that it once was.”

Law School Enrollment Slump Continues

By Karen Sloan |

The number of applicants to American Bar Association-accredited law schools declined by about 8 percent this year, dashing hopes for a reversal in a four-year downward trend.

Changing Firms? Transparency and Caution Can Smooth the Process

By Robert W. Hillman |

What are some of the dos and don'ts of changing law firms for the lawyer who wants to stay on the right side of law and ethics?

Things Are Looking Up for In-house Counsel Hiring

By Rebekah Mintzer |

A new legal hiring trends survey finds that the future is bright for in-house legal professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

What You Need to Know About Corporate Designee Depositions

By Hayes A. Hunt and Joshua N. Ruby |

In a world where the overwhelming majority of cases never make it to trial, depositions take on outsized importance.

7 Ways to Keep Your Computer From Wasting Your Time

By John Edwards |

Computers are great productivity tools—until they begin wasting your time.

Facebook's campus at 1601 Willow Road in Menlo Park, CA

Protecting the IP in Social Media

By John M. Persinger |

How much would your company pay for a "like" on Facebook?

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

Legal Productivity Doesn't Happen in a Vacuum

By Dan Currell and Victor Gamez Barrera |

You may want to add Eliyahu Goldratt’s “The Goal” to your summer reading list—and then rethink what you mean by “legal productivity.”

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Take Ownership of Assignments to Have Independent Value

By Christopher M. Varano |

To succeed in this profession, you need to be a problem-solver and an independent thinker. Being a hard worker and doing an adequate job is simply not enough.

Young Lawyers: It Pays to Ask 'Why' When Doing Your Work

By Michael Schafle |

I find that it is always important to ask the most simple of questions regarding your work.

St. Mary's University.

Law Schools Unveil Targeted Academic Scholarships

By Karen Sloan |

A law degree just got cheaper for certain students.

Having the Courage To Speak Up When It Counts

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

It’s hard to be a “no” or “maybe” man (or woman) in a “yes” man’s world.

Ex-Google Lawyer on Becoming an Ex-Google Lawyer

By Sue Reisinger |

Michael Yang, a former deputy general counsel at Google before joining Pinterest in 2012, has plenty of good things to say about his former employer in "Should I Leave Google Legal?"

3 Rules for Using Metadata in Litigation

By John Burchfield |

There is much more to metadata than what you can find by looking at the “properties” tab in Microsoft Office.

Five Tips to Instill Client Confidence

By Sigrid Irias |

You need more than just technical expertise, but you don't need to be a 20-year veteran.