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Frank D'Amore

Five Things Your In-House Client Is Unlikely to Tell You

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

This month's column is the first in a series that examines "five things" that various key persons in the practice of law may not volunteer to their most interested audience.

Before Hiring, Bring the Family for an Interview?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

A novel interview technique to screen potential candidates has popped up in Silicon Valley, the hub of innovation and all things entrepreneurial. But according to Zosha Millman of LXBN, the process, which involves speaking with the interviewee’s family, may be innovating outside the bounds of the law.

Michigan State Helps Lawyers, Students Harness Social Media

By Karen Sloan |

Attention law students and lawyers: Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, with a professional-looking photo? Are you blogging on legal topics in your areas of expertise and interest? Do you use Twitter to follow potential career contacts and make connections?

Cultivate Optimism to Grow Your Practice and Your Life

By Dena Lefkowitz |

For me, optimism is not a default setting. Raised in a deeply cynical home by a mother whose family fled Europe to avoid persecution, I was not inclined to look for that spot of silver in a dark cloud.

A No-Pregnancy Policy Is a No-Go Policy

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Hot tip of the day: if you want to implement a particularly bad employee policy at your company, try a “no pregnancy in the workplace” policy.

(l-r) Fordham University School of Law Professor Susan Scafidi, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and Fordham University Provost Stephen  Freedman announced Monday that the law school will offer an LL.M. and a separate master's degree for nonlawyers in fashion law.

Fordham Expands Fashion Law Studies With Degree Programs

By Karen Sloan |

Now the school is following up with two first-of-their-kind degree programs in fashion law: an LL.M. for attorneys and a master of studies for nonlawyers.

An Email Is 'In Writing,' But Is It a Contract?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

According to Jeff Neuburger of Proskauer Rose, electronic communication can create a lot of confusion as to when an exchange equals a binding contract.

A woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Law Schools: Give Migrant Children Legal Representation

By Karen Sloan |

The U.S. government should guarantee legal representation to unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, end expedited processing of those children and families, and begin recognizing gang violence as a basis for asylum claims.

Julie Q. Brush

How Do I Find a New Job After Being Fired?

Q: I was fired from my job. How to I address this issue in an interview without compromising my candidacy?

10 Things Appellate Specialists Should Tell Trial Counsel

By Robert J. Stumpf Jr., Karin Vogel and Guylyn Cummins |

Appellate specialists focus on the courts of appeal. But they also can help their colleagues get ready to present their cases in the trial courts.

Arizona Summit Defends Encouraging Grads to Delay Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

The stipends are part of the Unlock Potential (U.P.) program, which dean Shirley Mays called a "creative and innovative" way to help students who simply wouldn’t be ready to sit for the exam otherwise.

Darrel Pae, 3L law student at George Washington University Law School, interning at the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C.  February 14, 2014.

Plan to Allow Paid Law Student Externships Advances in ABA

By Karen Sloan |

An American Bar Association panel has taken a step toward allowing law students to draw both pay and academic credit for externships.

Bits of Bitcoin Wisdom for In-House Lawyers

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Here are some key digital currency takeaways for in-house lawyers.

Lawsuit: Infilaw Paying Law Grads To Put Off Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

A former assistant director of financial aid at Arizona Summit Law School has sued the school, alleging it unlawfully fired her in 2013 after she refused to submit false state tax documents and complained of misleading information about student success.

Stella M. Tsai

How Stereotypes Can Interfere With Objectivity and Logic

By Stella M. Tsai |

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, would be astonished to see how much the world has changed since the 18th century.

GCs Need EQ and IQ in Equal Measure

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

It’s an era when general counsel’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is just as important as their IQ in the workplace, according to Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Uniform Bar Exam Gathers Steam as New York Signs Up

By Karen Sloan |

For nearly a decade, the biggest knock against the uniform bar exam was that no large jurisdictions had embraced it. Not anymore.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons US partners and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton partner

Five Tips for Avoiding Trouble as Replacement Counsel

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

Coming in after a case is already "broken" involves a series of unique challenges and risks for the new counsel. Here are five tips for reducing those risks.

Benefits and Pitfalls of Communicating With the Media

By The YL Editorial Board |

In the wake of the Amtrak tragedy, lawyers from our community found ways to express themselves in traditional and social media. Some gave expert analysis to media outlets. Some offered heartfelt prayers on Twitter. And, yes, some attorneys solicited clients on their Facebook pages.

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?

Frank D'Amore

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.