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WILLOW SPRINGS, IL - JULY 25: Mourners gather at the grave site of Sandra Bland at Mt. Glenwood Memorial Gardens West cemetery, on July 25, 2015 in Willow Springs, Illinois. Bland's death roused suspicion nationwide after the 28-year-old was found hanging from a plastic bag three days after she was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper for a traffic violation. (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

About Sandra Bland’s Deadly Encounter

By Steven J. Harper |

To get the answers about Sandra Bland’s death, someone needs to start asking the right questions.

In Supreme Court Advocacy, Big Law Still Rules

By David L. Brown |

Am Law 200 firms get the lion's share of oral argument, an analysis finds.

ABA Task Force Report Dodges Student Debt Reform

By Matt Leichter |

The ABA's task force on law school financing was convened to push much-needed student loan reforms. Instead it concluded that everything is fine.

ABA Should Just Say No to Student Debt Report

By Steven J. Harper |

A plea to the organization that considers itself the nation's foremost organization for attorneys.

Is Law School Back in Vogue?

By Vivia Chen |

Here's a roundup of news from the law school scene.

Which Firm Is Right for You?

By Vivia Chen |

An opinionated guide for prospective first-years.

A Kick in the Kidneys

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A U.S. sting operation exposed rampant kidney trafficking in Israel. Now that country leads global anti-trafficking efforts.

The A-Team

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

The overall scores in our yearly A-List survey keep rising. But even among A-Listers, there's room to improve.

Tech Review: Which Airline Apps Are Best for Lawyers?

By Alan Cohen |

A new crop of airline apps aim to help you take control of your business travel experience.

Are Your Associates Too Entitled?

By Vivia Chen |

Maybe you're better off hiring less-credentialed associates who really want the job.

Too Macho for Women?

By Vivia Chen |

A new ABA study finds that women are seen, but seldom heard, in court.

Is Atticus 2.0 Breaking Your Heart?

By Vivia Chen |

Why are we still so invested in Atticus Finch?

Dewey & LeBoeuf, before the fall.

The Dewey Trial: Four Examples of Not-So-Funny Comic Relief

By Steven J. Harper |

Every trial has entertaining moments. You just have to recognize humor when you see it.

Greenberg Traurig Partner Throws a Fit

By Vivia Chen |

News and gossip about the private lives of Am Law partners.

The Global Lawyer: A Lack of Judgment

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

For 10 years, politics has kept America from ratifying the one treaty every lawyer agrees on. That has consequences.

Quinn Slashes Summer Program. Should Your Firm?

By Vivia Chen |

Is your firm better off without a summer associate program?

Words That Scare Women

By Vivia Chen |

Are words like "ambitious" and "competitive salary" turning women off?

What Your Clients Are Saying

By David L. Brown |

Turn their concerns into opportunities to become truly customer-focused.

Big Law and Legal Aid

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

The nation's largest and wealthiest firms must give more to help close the justice gap.

Your 80-Hour Week? Right.

By Vivia Chen |

A new survey shows that male consultants are far more likely to fake hours than their female colleagues. Lawyers, take note.

Dewey before the fall.

Dewey Don'ts

By David L. Brown |

The trial of three Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders for alleged criminal fraud offers critical lessons for partners everywhere.

Product Review: Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet

By Alan Cohen |

The ability to run a full version of Windows 8.1 makes the Surface 3 a compelling choice for lawyers.

Guest Column: Six Ways to Doom Yourself on the Bar Exam

By Mary Campbell Gallagher |

Here's what bar exam veterans say not to do.

Top 10 Numbers From Our Special Report on Women

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

We've uncovered some sobering statistics in our special report on women in Big Law.

Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power

By Vivia Chen |

Forty-four firms get WILEF's seal of approval.

New Rule Spells Trouble for For-Profit Law Schools

By Matt Leichter |

Accredited for-profit law schools will soon be subject to a new regulation that restricts federal loans to underperforming colleges. If only the government would hold all law schools similarly accountable.

Bye-Bye, Boys' Club

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

What Big Law can learn from corporate boards abroad.

Should You Go to UC Irvine Law School?

By Vivia Chen |

Q&A with admissions director Janice Austin.

When Supporting a Cause Undermines It

By Steven J. Harper |

Sometimes the most effective way to support a cause is to maintain a safe distance from it.

Childless Women Are Scorned

By Vivia Chen |

Think childless women are treated with more respect at the office? Hah!

Calling Mr. Mom

By Vivia Chen |

If more couples decided that he should stay home with the kids, women lawyers would thrive.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

The Dewey Trial: Truth, Justice or Neither?

By Steven J. Harper |

Will the trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders leave the most important questions unanswered? Let’s hope not.

Are Pro-Family Policies Hurting Women's Careers?

By Vivia Chen |

So many options. So many ways to kill your career.

J.D. or MBA?

By Vivia Chen |

There are more painless ways to make a six-figure salary.

Product Review: Apple's New Macbook

By Alan Cohen |

This light new laptop could be your perfect traveling companion, or it could drive you crazy. Here's how to tell.

Fertility Rate Is Up for Female Professionals

By Vivia Chen |

Women with advance degrees are having more kids.

Are Housewives with J.D.s or M.B.A.s Getting Bonuses?

By Vivia Chen |

Successful men are paying their wives bonuses.

Are Big Firm Lawyers Incapable of Happiness?

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that lawyers in lucrative, prestigious positions are miserable.

Cravath Gets It Right, Again

By Steven J. Harper |

There’s more to the firm’s latest lateral partner move than meets the eye.

Lifestyles of 
The Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen |

It's all a day at the beach, but which beach?

James Woolery

Another Colossal Lateral Mistake

By Steven J. Harper |

Most lateral hiring mistakes get shoved under big law firm rugs, but this one won't fit there.

'Human Capital' Theory Doesn't Explain Law Grad Earnings

By Matt Leichter |

The authors of a new study on law grads' earnings still avoid discussing the simpler reason law grads make more than most.

Best and Worst Law Schools in Job Placement

By Vivia Chen |

Cornell Law School trounces most top 10 schools in the job department.

Men Want Daughters To Be Independent (Wives, Not So Much)

By Vivia Chen |

Few men want housewives these days.

Boies and Dershowitz Go Mano a Mano

By Vivia Chen |

Boies strikes back at Dershowitz. And Dershowitz counters.

Boies Takes on Dershowitz in Sex Case

By Vivia Chen |

Another twist in the case involving allegations of underage sex and the Harvard professor.

Product Review: Android Lollipop Operating System

By Alan Cohen |

No empty calories here: Google's Lollipop operating system delivers privacy and security enhancements.

Profits Matter: A Defense of The Am Law 100

By David L. Brown |

Financial transparency won't ruin the profession.

Thinking Beyond the Am Law 100 Rankings

By Steven J. Harper |

The annual Am Law 100 rankings are only a slice of Big Law's story.

From the Editor: The Am Laws at 30

By Kim Kleman |

You're not getting older, you're getting better.

Should Cadwalader Be on Yale Law Women's Top 10 List?

By Vivia Chen |

Despite low female partner rates, the firm gets Yale Law Women's top honors.

Networking Doesn't Help Women

By Vivia Chen |

Business school study puts a damper on female bonding.

Dentons Strikes Again

By Steven J. Harper |

As Dentons merges with yet another firm, its leaders are out to shatter "myths" about law firm growth. But what if they're not myths?

Harvard Law School Now Wants Older Applicants

By Vivia Chen |

Want to get in? Don't apply straight from college.

Dershowitz Says He's 'Vindicated' in Sex Abuse Case

By Vivia Chen |

A federal judge hands Dershowitz a favorable ruling. Now what?

Mommy Time Is Overrated

By Vivia Chen |

Think the amount of time you spend with your kids will determine how they turn out? Ha!

Misreading the Legal Sector's Outlook

By Steven J. Harper |

An April 1 column by Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon in The New York Times gets it wrong by painting an optimistic picture of the legal sector despite dim forecasts.

Law School Diversity Improves at Schools With Worst Job Outcomes

By Matt Leichter |

An advocate for the legal profession's diversity ignores the dismal performance of law schools where minority enrollment is increasing.

The Global Lawyer: Seat Stays Vacant for State Department Legal Adviser

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

For 27 months, the Obama administration has gone without a confirmed candidate for this important post.

Weil Gotshal Associates Get Feisty

By Vivia Chen |

The firm plays a prank but the associates are not laughing.

The Relevance of Howard University School of Law

By Vivia Chen |

One-fifth of its law school grads go into Big Law, despite its No. 110 rank.

News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Orrick's sad, funny ad; the anti-sodomite lawyer.

Dear PR Professional

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.

Big Law, Big Med, Big Mess

By Steven J. Harper |

Too many big law firms share an unfortunate attribute with big hospitals: a lost sense of mission.

Tech Review: Microsoft's Outlook App

By Alan Cohen |

The mobile version of the ubiquitous email program strikes the right balance between features and usability.

Affirmative Action for White Conservatives?

By Vivia chen |

Legal academia is chock full of women and minorities.

Leadership 'Don'ts' for Lawyers From 'House of Cards'

By David L. Brown |

POTUS Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix series illustrates how not to behave.

Tech Review: The Best Scanner Apps for Your Cell Phone

By Alan Cohen |

Whether your priority is speed, sharpness or security, there's an app that's right for you.

Why Don't Clients Pressure Firms to Diversify?

By Vivia Chen |

There are few consequences from clients when firms fall far short of diversity goals.

Four Tech Trends Every Firm Should Watch

By David L. Brown |

Should more firms be investing in tech to survive?

Chinese Furniture Factory in the Guangdong Province, China

The U.S. Offensive in the China Trade War

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

When it comes to protectionism, China isn't blameless. But the United States wields its trade laws just as aggressively against Chinese companies.

Michigan Bumped Out of Top 10 Law School List

By Vivia Chen |

Law school rankings are out. And everyone is complaining.

News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Five firms on Fortune's list; the hubris of law grads; Amal's latest gig.

office, celebrate, workers

Networking Tips for Contrarians

By Vivia Chen |

How to network for those who think it's a waste of time.

Men Are Geniuses. Women Just Work Hard.

By Vivia Chen |

Genius has a gender. Who knew?

More Schools Dump LSAT Requirement + More

By Vivia Chen |

News for law students and lawyer wanna-bees.

Sneak Peeks

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

In this issue we feature hot practices, firm profiles and research you'll want to know about.

Firms Will Thrive as Agencies Enact U.S. Regulations

By David L. Brown |

Congress may stall, but as agencies speed to enact Obama's regulatory agenda, firms will have plenty of business.

Big Law's Top 10 Law Schools

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law's favorite 10 schools. Plus, the 10 underdog schools that outperform their ranking.

Steven Harper

Men Make Plans—God Laughs

By Steven J.Harper |

This post isn't about law schools, big law firms, or even the legal profession. Rather, it begins a new series that will end—well, I'm not sure when it will end—but I have a pretty good idea how it will end. A few days ago, I received an unfortunate diagnosis: pancreatic cancer.

Best and Worst Cities for Women and Minorities

By Vivia Chen |

Be careful where you launch your career. Location matters.

Minorities in Big Law: Few and Fewer

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that fewer blacks and Hispanics are going to top schools.

Should Firms Ban Sex Between Partners and Associates?

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard now bans certain relationships. Should Big Law do the same?

Best and Brightest? Or Dumb and Dumber?

By Vivia Chen |

Declining law school enrollment and LSAT scores are a wake-up call for the profession.

Women with $6 Million in Business Are Closing Pay Gap

By Vivia Chen |

Are firms showing women partners more respect? Maybe.

Asia: One Firm Goes Big as Another Goes Home

By Steven J. Harper |

Fried Frank and Dentons have implemented dramatically different China strategies. Maybe they're both correct.

Does Your Boss Have Your Back?

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that bosses who support their employees get better results.

John Attanasio

Ex-SMU Law Dean Entangled in Prostitution Scandal + More News

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic in sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese problem; names banned in France.