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Don’t Just Step Off the Partnership Track; Bypass It Entirely

October 3, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I’m not sure whether any of you remember the TV show LA Law . Sometime in the second or third season, the firm’s young associate, Abby, was told that she wasn’t partnership material so she left to start her own criminal defense practice. A year or so later, Abby had established her reputation as a […]

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Jobs At Biglaw Limited – So Why Is This News?

September 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

This Wall Street Journal story about how lawyers from the lower ranks of lower tiered law schools have a tough time finding jobs has been getting lots of coverage, such as in thiscommentary by Susan Cartier Liebel; a round up of law professor blogs and this discussion at the WSJ Law Blog. As for me, […]

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Are Women Fighting for Equality At Biglaw Behind the Times?

August 4, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I was looking through some of these relatively new books on getting ahead in business and entrepreneurship that Marci Alboher reviewed in her Careers Column for the NY Times. (If you recall, I reviewed Marci’s book, One Person, Multiple Careers back here in February). What struck me about these three books – Anti 9 to […]

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Should We Rescue Biglaw, Part II?

June 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

A while back, I posed the question whether women at large firms have some kind of duty to rescue biglaw and save it from becoming the exclusive domain of white men. Well, here’s an article, Women Leaven which suggests that many women aren’t doing that. Instead, they’re leaving law firms in droves for greener pastures, […]

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You know what…this judge WAS a few fries shy of a Happy Meal

May 31, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Ever since I’ve started my site, I’ve blogged about situations where, in my view, judges have gone way over the line in sanctioning attorneys for conduct, such as sending a lawyer to jail for refusing to apologize or showing up late for a hearing. But typically, these sanctions have issued against solo and small firm […]

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Should We Rescue Biglaw, or Run From It?

April 5, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

At the Ms. JD conference that I attended last week, one woman responded to various remarks on the benefits of starting a firm (by some of us troublemakers in the picture) by saying something to the effect that “Starting a firm is all well and good, but if everyone flees biglaw life, firms will be […]

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Attention: RFP FOR PRO BONO SERVICE BY SMALL LAW FIRM. Honestly, do you think a large firm would respond?

February 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Imagine that your law firm issues the following Request for Proposals: Busy solo practitioner seeking large firm to partner on pro bono matters for small, walk in clients with no funds to retain an attorney at full rates.  Firm must turn these clients down in the absence of pro bono support.  Matters include messy family […]

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Teaching What It’s Like to Work For Biglaw: Seems Like a Silly Idea, But Not For the Reasons You’d Think

February 8, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

According to this article, Law school to simulate big-firm environment, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2/5/07) will require all third year students to participate in a new Law Firm Program, described in the article as “a series of courses that simulates big-firm lawyering.”  The course has been developed with input from large firm […]

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BigLaw In Violation of NY’s New Advertising Rules

February 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Both Eric Turkewitz of New York Personal Injury Law Blog and Nicole Black of Sui Generis have posted here and here on a number of large New York law firms that failed to comply with New York’s new advertising ethics rules by labeling their websites as “attorney advertising.” In this situation, I can’t say that […]

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Good News for Solo and Small Firm Estates Lawyers?

January 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

It’s not clear whether it’s too soon to call this a trend, but Joel Schoenmeyer at the Death and Taxes blog notes that at least one large firm, Chicago-based Sonnenschein has decided to get rid of its estates group.  Shoenmeyer writes: I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see other big law firms start to […]

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