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In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, employee Lara Herzog trims away leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary.

Law Schools Firing Up Marijuana Law Classes

By Karen Sloan |

"For most students, this is an inherently interesting topic," Robert Mikos said. "They read about it in the media all the time, and so many are curious about it. As more states confront this issue, the interest will only grow."

Bringing Emotional Intelligence In-House

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

How smart are you … emotionally? It’s a question recently asked by Patricia MacInnis in Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Gina F. Rubel

Law Firm Diversity Action Plan: The Working Parent

By Gina F. Rubel |

Did you know that the United States is the only developed country not to offer paid maternity leave as part of a federal policy? I certainly didn’t.

Three Tips for Senior Lawyers on Resumes, Tech and Networking

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Senior lawyers, especially if they had been major producers or had managed their firms, are given more latitude, but the pressure that exists in firms to produce now has put a major dent in the benevolence of yesteryear.

Teaching Transactional Law to New Lawyers

By David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer and David Birnbaum |

The current educational approach fails to properly educate the many law school graduates—especially from the top schools—who do not go on to practice litigation.

Brian Tamanaha.

Law School Enrollment Continues Historic Decline

By Karen Sloan |

Law school enrollment fell for the fourth straight year in 2014, according to figures released Tuesday by the American Bar Association.

Kate Sweeny.

Study Gauges the Stress of Waiting for Bar Exam Results

By Karen Sloan |

A pair of psychologists at the University of California, Riverside, tracked the emotional states of 50 law graduates who sat for the California bar exam in 2011.

4 Key Issues When Conducting Cross-Border Investigations

By Carlos F. Ortiz, Shawn M. Wright, Stephanie C. Chomentowski and Kierstan L. Carlson |

Internal investigations in the United States can be complicated enough, but venturing into non-U.S. jurisdictions during the course of the investigation can create an additional set of challenges that need to be addressed.

Michael J. Joyce

Be Thankful for the Good Things, Young Attorneys

By Michael J. Joyce |

With so many distractions (many of which are generally welcome), young practitioners may lose sight of the many things to be thankful for during the holiday season.

Christopher Cotropia.

Study: Women Law Professors Cited More Often

By Karen Sloan |

For years, evidence that scholarly research produced by women is cited less frequently than that written by men has fed concern about bias and women’s ability to advance within the academy.

2014 Law Department Metrics Benchmarking Survey

If it's one thing we've learned over the years about corporate counsel, it's that they love data.

Rendering of the Arizona Center for Law and Society.

Three Law Schools Reap Gifts Galore

By Karen Sloan |

It’s the season of giving, and it’s come early for three law schools that have received donations of more than $1 million in recent weeks.

Don't Let Bullies Bully Their Way Into the Workplace

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Despite what your parents may tell you, bullying doesn’t end in high school.


A Guide to Navigating Origination as a Young Attorney

By Jessica Rebarber |

A guide to start navigating your own path to origination, whether you are an associate in a firm or hanging a shingle.

A Rogue Employee Armed With Social Media Can Be a Disaster

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

For those companies with more foresight, here are some tips for creating a sound and legally enforceable social media policy.

Concordia University Law School, Boise, Idaho.

Law School’s 3Ls Ineligible To Take July Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

The inaugural class of students at one law school likely won’t be able to sit for the July 2015 bar exam because the new school has not yet been accredited by the American Bar Association.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton partner

Don't Let Your Clients Land You in Jail

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

A string of recent, high-profile verdicts, pleas and arrests shows that criminal exposure for a financial charge is not just a concern for financiers, politicians or corporations.

Are Associates Getting Dimmer?

By Vivia Chen |

Beside the shrinking pool of law school applicants, more people are flunking the bar exam.

A GC Goes Outside to Stay In-house

By Sue Reisinger |

Caught in a routine corporate downsizing, general counsel Dan Caldarone offered his Toronto-based coffee company a novel deal.

Reduced Rate Legal Services as an Alternative to Pro Bono

By Sigrid Irias |

An option to be considered, rather than taking on a pro bono case in an area completely unfamiliar to you, is the provision of services in the area you normally practice in, but for a substantially reduced fee for clients of limited means who otherwise could not afford legal services.

3 Tips for Better Social Media Information Governance

By Rebekah Mintzer |

There’s no need to look any further than this week’s accidental tweet by Anthony Noto, Twitter’s CFO, to understand why social media can be a simultaneous blessing and curse for companies.

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Knowing When You Are Not Prepared to Offer Legal Advice

By The YL Editorial Board |

So you recently graduated from law school and just found out you passed the bar. You must be able to jump right in and practice law, right?

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton partner

Five Things to Avoid When Facing a Legal Malpractice Claim

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

Many attorneys respond in a way that makes them worse, causing legal malpractice claims to become nightmares.

Expanding Corporate Pro Bono Partnerships

By Marie Ma and Hilary Gevondyan |

For in-house attorneys, finding quality pro bono opportunities is not always easy.

Frank D'Amore

Five Essential Components to Becoming a Winning Lawyer

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

I had asked the leader of a major law firm what separated the highest achievers in his firm from their peers. The memories of that discussion with my coaching mentor came flooding back, as the managing partner reeled off a list of traits that mirrored, in many respects, the qualities that my coach had espoused.