Associate Life

Get It Right the First Time: Making a Good Impression

By Anthony M. Bottenfield |

Over the years, I have come to the inevitable conclusion that the older I get, the less I know. However, I do have a few tips for the green attorneys entering practice. What I've learned might help those of you just starting out.

Incorporating Karma Into Practice of Law Can Reap Benefits

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Winning is important, of course, and zealously representing clients is mandated in the ethical rules. Nevertheless, those objectives can still be achieved when others are treated as respected adversaries and not combatants.

How and When to Seek Business From Your Social Circle

By Sharon Berman |

Asking for business in social situations has both risks and rewards.

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Top 10 Blogging Basics Young Associates Should Know

By Madlen J. Miller |

Once you know the procedure, utilize the following tips for your next blog entry.

Tips for an Effective Anticorruption Monitoring Program

By Kim Nemirow, Amanda Raad and Tina Yu |

Multinational companies understandably struggle with the practical realities of implementing such a monitoring protocol.

When a Lateral Move Is a Package Deal

By Eric Dewey |

A surprising turn of events brought the issue into view.

Bye-Bye BYOD, Hello MDM and EMM

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Bring Your Own Device, better known as BYOD, was so last season.

For Communicators, It's Back-to-School Season, Too

By Jeff Jubelirer |

It doesn't just have to be a time of wonderment and curiosity for students; it can also be a time when you as an attorney with communications responsibilities for your firm or organization can get geared up to learn new things.

Making Quick Work of a Case

By Sigrid Irias |

The current emphasis on formal alternative dispute resolution and mediation can make it easy to overlook having a completely informal dialogue with the other side about settlement.

Venable attorneys and others participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge on the rooftop of the firm's D.C. offices.

Throwing Cold Water on the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Lisa Shuchman |

The nonprofit ALS Association recently filed two trademark applications for “Ice Bucket Challenge” and "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.”

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.

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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.

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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.