Columns and Blogs

Law Libraries: The Last Refuge for Print?

By Alan Cohen |

Despite the advantages of e-books, most law libraries remain tied to printed material. What's holding them back?

The Careerist: Only Women and Wimps Work Part-Time

By Vivia Chen |

What the latest Yale Law Women's report on law firms really tells us.

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

By Vivia Chen |

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

One Reason the Legal Industry's Crisis Persists

By Steven J. Harper |

When debating the future of the legal profession, facts matter. At least, they should matter.

Exclusive: Ex-SEC Lawyer Speaks Out on Agency Failings

By Susan Beck |

Senior writer Susan Beck interviews James Kidney about what he sees as the SEC’s misplaced priorities.

The Careerist: 5 Rules When You're Divorcing a Big Law Partner

By Vivia Chen |

Lessons learned from the nasty divorce of a Cadwalader partner.

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The Careerist: All You Need Is Botox

By Vivia Chen |

Time for another round of quirky, strange news.

The Careerist: Are You Buying the Balanced Life Pitch?

By Vivia Chen |

Both law firms and I-banks want to show you how much they care. Watch out!

How Dewey Probe Became a Case of Prosecuting Victims

By Steven J. Harper |

As the Manhattan district attorney continues to pursue the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf as a criminal matter, it seem that the quest for convictions is in some ways more important than the search for justice.

The Careerist: I Slept Through Equal Pay Day

By Vivia Chen |

Why did I ignore Equal Pay Day? Well, it's a bit depressing.

The Careerist: They Are Soulful

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law partners have a sensitive, spiritual side. Honestly.

The Careerist: Are Female Lateral Partners Getting Respect?

By Vivia Chen |

Women partners are just as happy as the men when they switch firms. But watch out for the differences.

A Dewey Plea That May Yield More Than Anyone Expected

By Steven J. Harper |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Frank Canellas copped a guilty plea that could lead to some surprising places.

The Careerist: Stop Picking on Low-Ranking Law Schools!

By John Gerboth |

A reader takes the Careerist to task for being too elitist about legal education.

8 Tips for Lateral Partners From Those Who Made a Move

By Aric Press |

Practical advice from 1,100 lawyers who have already switched firms. Do as they say.

What Critics of Lateral Hiring Get Wrong

By Brad Hildebrandt |

For more than two years, law firm consultant Brad Hildebrandt says, an array of critics have shared a ride on the anti-Big Law bandwagon, with lateral partner hiring the latest target of their scorn. Here, Hildebrandt defends that practice specifically while also arguing that the problems plaguing large law firms have been greatly overstated.

A Message From The American Lawyer's New Editor-in-Chief

By Kim Kleman |

Laying out an agenda for the high-end legal industry's publication of record.

The Careerist: Too Sexy Looking for Your Own Good?

By Vivia Chen |

Are female lawyers dressed too sexily these days?

The Careerist: Randy Mastro Says He's No Sexist

By Vivia Chen |

Gibson Dunn partner responds to charges that his Bridgegate investigation was sexist.

False Advertising Posing as Legal Scholarship

By Steven J. Harper |

Is there a crisis in legal education? Who are you going to believe—another law professor who says it's all media hype, or your lying eyes?

The Careerist: Hey, Let's Do Lunch

By Vivia Chen |

What associates should do (but don't). DLA Piper's co-managing partner Sang Kim chats with the Careerist.

America's Happiest and Most Miserable Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

What makes attorneys happy? The answers might surprise you.

'After the J.D.' Study Offers Weak Evidence of J.D.'s Value

By Matt Leichter |

It's no shock that the most recent batch of data culled from a study of lawyers who passed the bar in 2000 shows that nearly one in four weren't practicing law in 2012. What is surprising is that the researchers behind the study believe this cohort was faring better before the recession than their own findings suggest.

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The Careerist: Third-Rate Law Schools Try Harder

By Vivia Chen |

They lack cachet, but they are the innovators of the legal academic marketplace.

Dewey Demise Claims More Collateral Damage

By Steven J. Harper |

Three former Dewey leaders get indicted—and a former Dewey underling gets a trip through the looking glass.

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The Careerist: Female Leaders Are in Vogue?

By Vivia Chen |

American workers favor feminine leadership styles, says new study. But that's different from wanting female leaders.

The Careerist: Duke Law Cracks Top 10; NY Law School Gets Ranking

By Vivia Chen |

The latest law school ranking from U.S. News & World Reports is out. And there are some surprises.

A Reporter Called About Your Case. Now What?

By Eric Herman and Tracy Schmaler |

The Web has changed the rules for taming and feeding the media beast in high-profile matters.

The Careerist: Her Novel Is a Hit—and She's Quitting

By Vivia Chen |

First-time novelist Helen Wan hits the jackpot. (Includes link to video interview.)

Is the End of the Country's Lawyer Glut Really Here?

By Steven J. Harper |

With all the attention being paid to the decline in law school applications, could it be that the crisis in legal education is over? Not a chance.

The Careerist: Rationality in the Law School Marketplace?

By Vivia Chen |

Law school enrollment is down. But some schools are defying that trend.

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The Careerist: Lawyer Depression Begins Early

By Dan Bowling |

Lawyers have one of the highest proportions of suicides among all occupations—and the bar admissions vetting process could be making the situation even worse.

The Careerist: An Uncomfortable Client

By Vivia Chen |

Why is a respected Big Law firm taking on this kind of client with this kind of cause?

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

By Aric Press |

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Misguided Big Law Lessons From a Harvard Law Study

By Steven J. Harper |

When smart people are determined to see things a certain way, facts get ignored and the truth becomes a casualty.

Is It Time to Ditch Your iPad?

By Alan Cohen |

In a head-to-head workplace comparison, Microsoft's Surface 2 proves itself a worthy rival to Apple's ubiquitous tablet.

The Careerist: What Firms Won't Talk About—the Gender Gap in Pay

By Vivia Chen |

More firms are refusing to participate in NAWL's survey on women—and many won't answer questions about partners' compensation. Part 2 of our two-part series on NAWL's survey.

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The Careerist: Female Equity Partnership Rate Is Up! (Just Kidding)

By Vivia Chen |

Nuggets of hope in the latest report on women in the legal profession? Keep digging. (Part 1 of our two-part report on NAWL's findings.)

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The Careerist: Columbia Is Big Law's Favorite School

By Vivia Chen |

Law schools most beloved by Big Law. And what does "Go-To" law school mean anyway?

Are Rainmakers a Breed Apart?

By Aric Press |

New research points at four traits found in client magnets.

ABA Task Force Report: Part Good, Part Baffling

By Matt Leichter |

Last month, the task force created by the American Bar Association to study the legal education system produced its final report and recommendations. While some of the panel's conclusions deserve praise, others are as confused as those put forward by similar bar groups in various states.

A Big Law Lesson From the Business World

By Steven J. Harper |

Most large law firm leaders like to run their firms as businesses, except when businesses suggest ideas that they don't like.

The Careerist: How Much Portable Business Do You Need?

By Vivia Chen |

Jeffrey Lowe of Major Lindsey & Africa chats about lateral partner trends.

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The Careerist: Law Schools Where Enrollment Dipped Over 30%

By Vivia Chen |

Law School News: Schools that are hungry for students; Ohio's bargain basement; and survey of prospective students.

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The Careerist: We Are All Barbie

By Vivia Chen |

Barbie is the ultimate career gal—she's been a prom queen, astronaut, and lawyer—and more. How sexist to pick on her for the way she looks!

How Soon Before One Law School's Troubles Spread?

By Steven J. Harper |

Albany Law School has attracted some unwanted publicity recently, but the problems it faces could be a harbinger of grimmer things to come.

Partner Profits and the Fight Over Cash Accounting

By Tony Williams |

Proposed legislation could force firms into accrual accounting and hit partners with big tax bills.

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The Careerist: Valentine's Day News

By Vivia Chen |

News roundup: What men/women want for V-Day; vroom; and return of Anthony Weiner.

The Careerist: Bloggers Were Put on Earth for a Reason

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist chief blogger Vivia Chen chats with Above the Law managing editor David Lat at LegalTech New York about the benefits and complications of blogging for lawyers.

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The Careerist: A Little Spanking

By Vivia Chen |

People loved lawyer Jamie Casino's ad during the Superbowl. Except the State Bar.

For Partners, It's the Anxious Season

By Aric Press |

But how much fear is reasonable? The data tell the story.

Taking the Measure of a Storied Lateral Hire

By Steven J. Harper |

Two years ago, DLA Piper recruited Tony Angel with great fanfare as a high-profile lateral partner brought in to run the firm. The current news about him is more subdued.

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The Careerist: Work from Costa Rica? No Prob, Says Quinn Emanuel

By Vivia Chen |

What kind of perks do associates value? Let's see what Quinn Emanuel and Gibson Dunn offer.

The Careerist: Don't Look for Absolution in Law

By Vivia Chen |

News about fabulist Stephen Glass, the English Maiden, and Dilworth's new chairman.

Leaders of Large Law Firms 'Get It'? Says Who?

By Steven J. Harper |

Sometimes the effort to defend what passes for leadership is a fool's errand.

The Careerist: Asian American Associates Up, Black Associates Down

By Vivia Chen |

A look at NALP's newly released survey on minorities.

A Personal Take on This Year's Lateral Report

By Robin Sparkman |

After six years at the magazine's helm, The American Lawyer's editor in chief issue makes a move of her own and uses the occasion to reflect on two trends that capture Big Law's split personality.

The Careerist: Powerful Women Are Scary (and Kinky)

By Vivia Chen |

Are strong women portrayed unfairly in the media? A look at the recent fuss over Hillary Clinton's depiction as a giant leg.

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How to Train Junior Lawyers (Hint: Not the Big Law Way)

By Stephen Susman |

Why are junior associates unhappy? Probably because they're not thrown into the fire soon enough, says Steve Susman, founding partner of Susman & Godfrey.

Should Firms Grade Lawyers on a Bell Curve?

By Vivia Chen |

Let's Kill Those Law Firms Rankings!

By Vivia Chen |

Oh, No—Naughty Santa Is in Town!

By Vivia Chen |

Female Associate Numbers Decline—Again

By Vivia Chen |

Time to Come Out with Your Househusband?

By Vivia Chen |

Law Schools Slash Tuition—But Will They Come?

By Vivia Chen |

Madonna Doesn't Dress Her Age. Why Should You?

By Vivia Chen |

Gobble, Gobble

By Vivia Chen |

Rejected From Harvard Law? No Sweat—Try Again.

By Vivia Chen |

Male Bosses Are Still More Popular

By Vivia Chen |

Newsbriefs—What Women Want (and Don't Want)

By Vivia Chen |

7 Tips on Prepping for Your Annual Review

By Vivia Chen |

What Men Want: Domestic Bliss

By Vivia Chen |

Milbank's Bête Noire Is Now Law School Dean

By Vivia Chen |

LSAT Taker Numbers Fall 45 Percent Since 2008

By Vivia Chen |

An Accused Insider Trader's Spectacular Lies

By Steven J. Harper |

A phony law school transcript may be less important than the larger questions it raises.

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The Careerist: Groupon for Law Schools

By Vivia Chen |

The latest news/gossip about law school sales. And more.

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The Careerist: Kids Won't Kill Your Career

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that economists with two or more kids outperform colleagues who are childless or have just one child.

The Big Problem With the Ongoing Law School Bailout

By Steven J. Harper |

When it comes to moral hazard, it's hard to top what's already happening at many of the nation's law schools.

The Careerist: Why Cooley is Cooler

By Vivia Chen |

Stephen Neal, the chairman of Cooley, dishes with The Careerist about his competitors, the type of hire who succeeds at his firm, and why his shop is one of the "nice" firms in Silicon Valley.

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Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

By Vivia Chen |

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

By Robin Sparkman |

The American Lawyer's editor in chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

Rethinking the Law Firm/Law School Relationship

By Aric Press |

What the profession can learn from a model program that pairs students and firms to help Iraqi refugees.

No, It's Still Not a Good Time to Apply to Law School

By Matt Leichter |

Various factors, chiefly the apparent collapse in interest in law school, have prompted some to argue that it's still worthwhile to apply. In truth, the evidence for being bearish about legal education still outweighs any lingering reasons for optimism.

Toward a Broader Definition of Diversity

By Robin Sparkman |

Why firms need to include law students from low-income backgrounds when they look for a diverse workforce.

Art, Life, and A Big Law Lesson From The Good Wife

By Steven J. Harper |

A hit television series about fictional attorneys strikes a resonant chord in the real world.

The Am Law 200's Failure of Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

The American Lawyer's latest survey of law firm leaders reveals more about managing partners than they might like.

Poor Judgment?

By Chris Johnson |

After arguing that Malaysia's highest court cribbed his opponents' brief, a lawyer faces possible jail time.

Big Deals

Continental Breakfast: How Dewey's Management Got One Thing Right

By Chris Johnson |

The decision to sell Dewey & LeBoeuf's international offices raised money for its creditors, helped cover a chunk of its pension obligations, and ensured a seamless transition for clients.