Columns and Blogs

The Dirty Little Secret of Law Firm Billing

By Steven J. Harper |

As the media reports soaring hourly billing rates, they’re missing the real story.

Teamwork Sucks for Women

By Vivia Chen |

Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.

Here's Why Plaintiffs Lawyers Deserve Those Fat Fees

By Jenna Greene |

In a Duracell battery case, plaintiffs lawyers got $5.7 million. Their clients got just $345,000. Here's why that's fair.

Is Hillary Too Loud for You?

By Vivia Chen |

Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?

Chasing Lateral Growth, Big Law Leaders Lose Their Way

By Steven J. Harper |

The evidence suggests that most managing partners are unable or unwilling to learn from their errors. Their firms pay the price.

Roberta Kaplan with her client Edith Windsor, right, addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments over the fate of same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Roberta Kaplan Gets Personal

By Vivia Chen |

A Q&A with the Paul Weiss partner about sexuality, stereotypes and her work in the case that legalized gay marriage.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means that important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Global Lawyer: Will Daimler Blow Up Terror Litigation?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler v. Bauman is undermining anti-terror law on jurisdictional grounds.

Want to Hire Smarter? Try Tougher Interviews

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.

The 10 Best and Worst Cities for Young Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.

Is It Time To Set an LSAT Minimum for Law School Admission?

By Vivia Chen |

The number admitted law students with LSAT scores below 145 has increased 60 percent since 2010.

Another Chance to Tackle Student Loan Debt

By Steven J. Harper |

An old program offering student debt relief has sprung to new life—for now.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves as she arrives on stage to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.

Fashion, Sarah Palin and Power

By Vivia Chen |

Palin has redefined what ambitious women should wear.

The Government's Dismal Job Outlook for Lawyers

By Matt Leichter |

Law school enrollment is declining, but so are prospects for future legal employment.

Carrie Cohen, left, and Sheldon Silver, right.

Top Prosecutor Says U.S. Attorney's Office Is Family Friendly

By Vivia Chen |

Meet the mother of four who prosecuted one of the most powerful politicians in New York.

What ALM's Acquisitions Mean For Our Readers

By Kim Kleman |

You're expanding, and so are we, with a stronger presence in London and Hong Kong and with new strength in insurance and other areas.

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

By Steven J. Harper |

Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.

Ted Cruz in Texas in 2009.

Which Big Firms Are Supporting Ted Cruz?

By Vivia Chen |

The Tea Party darling has friends in Big Law—even in New York City.

The Crisis in Legal Education Is Over!

By Steven J. Harper |

Wishful thinking is never a sound strategy for success.

Harvard Law School Through the Back Door?

By Vivia Chen |

One way to upgrade your law school: Transfer.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivering his annual State of the State address in January 2015.

'Bridgegate' Takes a Strange Turn

By Steven J. Harper |

Just when you think a story is dead, it springs to life.

Fewer (and Dumber) Law Students in 2015

By Vivia Chen |

A year-end roundup of the latest news about law students, bar passage, Texas and more.

The Year's 7 Most Intriguing Quotes

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist's annual pick of funny, sad, weird quotes by the famous, infamous and the not-so-famous.

Big Law's Short-Termism Problem

By Steven J. Harper |

When it comes to client advice, the best lawyers see around the next corner and act accordingly. When it comes to running their law firms—not so much.

The American Lawyer's All-Star Team

By Kim Kleman |

Meet the judges who pored over 108 entries in our Litigation Department of the Year contest.

The Year in Review

By Kim Kleman |

Four broad themes defined 2015: mergers, financial pressures, the nature of partnership and leadership challenges.

Gender Reversals Gain Acceptance

By Vivia Chen |

House hubbies and breadwinner moms are no longer scorned.

Dewey, the DA and Secrets

By Steven J. Harper |

The Manhattan district attorney's office continues its streak of bizarre decisions in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12:  Alleged Bonanno crime family captain Vincent Asaro walks with his lawyers outside of a Brooklyn court house  after a jury found him not guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two extortion-related counts on November 12, 2015 in New York City. Asaro, 80, was charged in connection with the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport. The famed crime inspired part of the plot in the 1990 mob film

The Women Who Won Over Jurors in 'Goodfellas' Mobster's Trial

By Vivia Chen |

Mobster Vince Asaro owes his freedom to two female lawyers.

The DOJ Wants You!

By Jenna Greene |

But pot, hookers and debts can kill a security clearance for a would-be government lawyer.

How Will History Judge You?

By Steven J. Harper |

Woodrow Wilson is in trouble. Who’s next?

Making a Lateral Move? Here's How to Get a Signing Bonus

By Dan Binstock |

More than ever, firms are offering laterals signing bonuses.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: Using the Courts to Fight Climate Change

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The Paris climate talks won't be enough. Can courts grab control of the thermostat?

Is Your Jewelry Hurting Your Career?

By Vivia Chen |

Maybe women should follow Amal Clooney's lead and ditch the bling.

Lunching with the Right Wing

By Vivia Chen |

Does a Christian anti-abortion, anti-gay group stand a chance of enlisting New York lawyers to its cause?

Are Women Allergic to Power?

By Vivia Chen |

Women partners push back against a new study's findings.

Women Rising at Arent Fox, Ropes Gray, Simpson Thacher

By Vivia Chen |

Good news about women (for a change).

Frank Wu, dean of Hastings College of the Law

Hastings' Dean Is Out + More News

By Vivia Chen |

News and gossip about Hastings Law School, Debevoise's foodie; MCCA's Joe West and more.

Visitors outside the U.S. Supreme Court on August 29, 2015.

The Marble Palace Two-Step

By David L. Brown |

Ten years in, the Roberts Court has mastered the art of doing big things in a stealthy way.

Ivan Fong, general counsel of 3M, in St. Paul, MN.

The Go-To Headhunter for Asian American Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

An influential Asian American lawyer group honors—gasp—a recruiter!

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 9: Tents remain on the Mel Carnahan quad on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned today amid protests over racial tensions at the university.

Law Firm Lessons From Mizzou

By Steven J. Harper |

What can the legal profession learn from the ouster of Tim Wolfe as president of the University of Missouri system? A lot.

Jessup competitor Areej Alragabi.

The Global Lawyer: White & Case Goes Hollywood with 'ALL RISE'

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Hugh Verrier just made a film on the Jessup moot court. And that isn't even his most out-of-the-box idea.

Is Washington Finally Tired of Welfare for Law Schools?

By Matt Leichter |

It took nearly a decade, but lawmakers are finally realizing that unrestrained lending to law students enriches law schools while harming many students.

What, Me Worry? Why Negative Thinking Can Be Positive

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that negative thinkers are more resilient than those with positive outlooks.

The Global Lawyer: A Tale of Two Terror Strategies

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The outcomes have been far different for terror victims and their families suing Saudi Arabia than for those suing Iran.

Legal Education's Strange Bedfellows

By Steven J. Harper |

Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.

Wage Gap Is Worse for Women at the Top

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that executive and high achieving women suffer greater compensation gaps.

I Heart Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Lawyers are so easily bruised. Thank goodness we have Love Your Lawyer Day.

Hillary Clinton.

Hey, Boss, You Are Gorgeous!

By Vivia Chen |

Thou shall not compliment female colleagues about their looks—unless she's the boss.

Game-Changer: The Legal Education Crisis Goes Public

By Steven J. Harper |

To the chagrin of many legal educators, when The New York Times speaks, powerful people listen.

Dumping Your Spouse Could Jump-Start Your Career

By Vivia Chen |

A strong marriage can help lawyers get ahead. But what happens once you've arrived?

Women in Big Law Are Losing Ground

By Vivia Chen |

NAWL's survey is out—and the picture for women is bleak.

The Strange Case of Student Loan Debt

By Steven J. Harper |

In the policy debates over student debt, lofty rhetoric collides with ugly reality to create a bipartisan mess.

Paul Ryan and family, 2012.

Paul Ryan Wants (Demands) Work/Life Balance

By Vivia Chen |

Is the conservative congressman promoting a feminist agenda?

When Your Boss Is a Jerk

By Vivia Chen |

How to handle an abusive boss.

Can Female Lawyers Ditch the Pantyhose?

By Vivia Chen |

Anna Wintour wouldn't wear them, but should female lawyers?

Alan Hruska (left) and a production still from Laugh it Up, Stare it Down (photo by Richard Termine)

Cravath Was His Opening Act

By Vivia Chen |

Who says there's no life after Big Law? Former Cravath partner Alan Hruska writes novels and plays—and more.

The Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 13, 2015 at Wrigley Field.

Making the Playoffs: Baseball and Big Law

By Steven J. Harper |

The Cubs may offer lessons that go beyond baseball.

Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in

Do You Have a Jennifer Lawrence Problem Too?

By Vivia Chen |

Are women too concerned about being "liked" to advocate forcefully for themselves?

Four Lessons From a Failed Law School Experiment

By Steven J. Harper |

Northwestern has suspended its accelerated J.D. program. What will others learn from its failure?

For These Women Lawyers, an Arab Oasis

By Vivia Chen |

For some women lawyers, a move to the Middle East offered a career boost.

The Global Lawyer: Herman Schwartz's Amazing Legacy

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Meet the U.S. lawyer responsible for civil society in Israel.

Dewey & LeBoeuf: 10 Lessons Lost

By Steven J. Harper |

The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial obscured the most important lessons to be learned from the firm’s collapse.

If You Teach a Lawyer to Fish...

By David L. Brown |

...she can help an entire community. A conversation with our Equal Justice Works intern.

You're Everywhere: The Global 100

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

Here's encouraging news: Post-recession, the world's top-grossing firms have achieved solid and steady growth.

Bar Passage at 27 Year Low

By Vivia Chen |

Passage rates on the multistate are down drastically in some states. What does this mean to the client?

Advice to Firm Leaders: Mind Your Tech

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

Your associates, clients and even legal pioneers are telling you: Employing the best technologies needs to be top of mind.

Product Review: The Apple Watch

By Alan Cohen |

Tethered to your phone, the watch handles notifications superbly, but some other uses fall short.

Midlevel Malaise

By Vivia Chen |

You're say you're happy. That won't last.

A Tragic Failure of Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

If the crime doesn’t get you, the cover-up will.

A Loan Repayment Plan That Punishes Law Grads

By Matt Leichter |

The Department of Education has concocted yet another income-based repayment plan, but this one adds a twist: making graduate debtors pay more.

The Intractable Crisis in Legal Education

By Steven J. Harper |

To understand why the crisis in legal education persists, take a look at how law deans and professors are wishing it away.

Brown Rudnick Partner Is Accused of Misogyny

By Vivia Chen |

Is complimenting a woman on LinkedIn about her photo sexist?

Are You Ready for the Cubicle?

By Vivia Chen |

Shock and indignation greet Paul Hastings' plan to house junior lawyers in cubicles.

The True Meaning of Labor Day

By Steven J. Harper |

Do you work to live or live to work? The better question is: Why should you have to choose?

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in the series Mad Men.

I Am Peggy (Or How I Became an Ad Lawyer)

By Linda Goldstein |

The chair of Manatt Phelps' advertising practice writes about carving a niche in Big Law.

Rocky Balboa on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, from the film

Is Pennsylvania the Next Hot Legal Market?

By Vivia Chen |

Pennsylvania firms are sleepy no longer. Profits, rates, demand and salaries are all up.

Topless Feminists

By Vivia Chen |

Should feminists rally behind the topless women at Times Square?

Lawyers Are Prone to Fall for Email Scams

By Vivia Chen |

Lawyers are susceptible to fall for phishing scams, finds study.

Taking Care of the Kids Will Help Your Sex Life

By Vivia Chen |

A new study says that couples who share equally in childcare have better sex.

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

How To Answer Annoying Interview Questions

By Vivia Chen |

Here are the five most annoying questions law firms love to ask.

Big Law Lessons in Amazon’s Workplace Jungle

By Steven J. Harper |

Jeff Bezos disagrees with The New York Times’ description of his company’s culture. Could Bezos and the Times both be right?

Gary Osen showing jurors a video clip of Steve Averbach's deposition during closing arguments in <em>Linde v. Arab Bank</em>.

What Drove Arab Bank to a Billion Dollar Settlement?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Plaintiffs got three big breaks in the case, which underscore the power of trial judges in settlements.

Wachtell Puts Lawyers on Tight Leash

By Vivia Chen |

Wachtell Lipton is now monitoring lawyers 24/7.

Stranger Danger for Florida Firms

By David L. Brown |

Fear of a Big Law invasion has Florida lawyers fighting a reciprocity plan.

Is Big Law Kinder Than Amazon?

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law professes to care about work/life balance, but is it really that different from the dog-eat-dog world of Amazon?

Is Happiness at Work Overrated?

By Vivia Chen |

New research questions if happy workers are more productive.