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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?

Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Law School To Review Use of Controversial Seal

By Nell Gluckman |

As college students nationwide press their institutions to confront the experiences of campus minorities, law schools and their students and alumni are increasingly being drawn into the debates.

Shanghai's Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower viewed from Shanghai Pudong, China.

Seeking China Beachhead, McGuireWoods Inks Shanghai Deal

By Scott Flaherty |

McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

More Dentons Combo Deals Help Firm Enter Latin America

By Julie Triedman |

Dentons’ drive to become the preeminent global legal giant continued after Thanksgiving as the 7,300-lawyer firm announced agreements to absorb full-service shops in Colombia and Mexico into its growing Swiss verein network.

U.K. Mergers Forge Two New Quarter-Billion Pound Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

Personal injury giant Irwin Mitchell and West Sussex-based private client firm Thomas Eggar have already exchanged contracts on a merger, while regional U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard is in advanced talks with leading Scottish practice Maclay Murray & Spens.

Law Firm Accounting: Opening the Books

By Susan Beck |

Law firm accounting has gray areas that don't exist for other big businesses. After Dewey, is it time for more clarity?

Special Report: Litigation 2015

The American Lawyer's annual review of news and trends from the nation's courtrooms.

The Year in Review

By Kim Kleman |

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

December Crossword Puzzle: Entitled

By Victor Fleming |

"Entitled" is this month's legal theme. Or, best-sellers penned one per year.

How to Size Up Sectors and Practices for Future Growth

By William Henderson and Evan Parker |

Most of The Am Law 200 will only be able to grow by taking market share. Here are ways to think about industries and practice areas that will bear fruit for your firm.

Product Review: Apple's iOS 9

By Alan Cohen |

The latest mobile operating system improves multitasking, but not enough to make the iPad a true laptop replacement for lawyers.

Red Flags About Your Firm's Financials

By Chris Johnson |

Lots of third-party debt to cover short-term debt? The unexplained exodus of your CFO? These and other events should set off alarm bells.

How Well Is Your Firm Governed? Nine Questions to Ask

By Chris Johnson |

These factors don't apply equally to all firms. But they can identify weaknesses, experts say.

Shown (from left) are some of the 2014-2015 Supreme Court law clerks Jones Day has hired: Benjamin Flowers, Vivek Suri, Andrew Bentz, Lauren Pardee, Brinton Lucas, Ryan Snyder and Robert Stander. Not shown are Ilana Gelfman, Amanda Rice and Eli Savit.

Jones Day Sets Record for Supreme Court Hiring Spree

By Tony Mauro |

The firm nabs a record 10 high court clerks. Hiring bonuses for these prized associates are said to be $300,000 apiece.

The Price of Influence: Law Firms Go Beyond Lobbying

By Katelyn Polantz |

What Big Law earns from lobbying—and from less traditional public policy work.

Headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

The Client's View: News and Trends Affecting Inside Counsel

By ALM Staff |

Short reports: The SEC and general counsel; AIG to help companies slash outside legal spending; how to deal with regulators.

How To Be A Better Partner

By Chris Johnson |

In the age of the mega-firm, it's more crucial than ever for partners to take an active role in overseeing the business they own.

The Dentons Client Mix

By Julie Triedman |

Survey: Firm Leaders Are Optimistic Going Into 2016

Our annual Law Firm Leaders Survey finds managing partners hopeful, if uncertain, about their firms' prospects for next year.

Judge Turns to Cooley to Fight Recusal Order

By Julie Triedman |

Directed to stop hearing matters involving Iranians, an Iranian-American immigration judge turned to Cooley. The result: the DOJ will settle with Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor for $200,000.

For Latham Lawyers, a Hot Ticket

By Jennifer Henderson |

A perk of doing work for Lucsasfilm? An early screening of the new Star Wars film.

My Top 10 Predictions for Big Law in 2016

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist offers her forecast for law schools, associates, equity partners, nonequity partners, women in Big Law, Boomers—and Alan Dershowitz.

A Few More Women Join the New Partner Ranks

By Julie Triedman |

One-third of lawyers promoted to partner this year were women, a study finds.

Big Deals

Dentons' Fast Growth Has Potential Rewards, and Risks

By Julie Triedman |

Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.

No Truce Between Icahn and Wachtell

By Susan Beck |

After a hotly contested takeover, the billionaire investor settles with two banks, but not with Wachtell.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

The DOJ Wants You!

By Jenna Greene |

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

Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Collections Push Could Be More Intense Than Usual

By Nell Gluckman |

Realization rates are lower this year, a new report shows. That's partly because of discounts that firms sometimes offer under pressure from clients or to incentivize clients to pay faster.

Big Suits

United States v. Credit Agricole; Quadrant Structured Products v. Vertin; Chickasaw Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior; Bard v. Gore