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Why Does BigLaw Have So Few Black Partners?  [Video]

June 3, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Aric Press, editor-in-chief at ALM, talks with Lee Pacchia about a recent survey released by The American Lawyer that shows large law firms struggling to recruit black lawyers and promote them to...more

Friedman: Abramson Dismissal a 'Teachable Moment' for Companies  [Video]

May 27, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Gary Friedman, partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's National Employment Litigation group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recent firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. The...more

New Program Helps Women Lawyers Return to BigLaw  [Video]

May 23, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Just when they thought they were out, this program brings them back in. Caren Ulrich Stacy talks with Lee Pacchia about founding OnRamp Fellowship, a program that matches women attorneys who left...more

Decision Time: Patton Boggs Partners Mull Merger With Squire Sanders  [Video]

May 21, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Beleaguered after years of carrying too many lawyers and not enough work, law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs has tried and failed several times to merge with another law firm. Casey Sullivan, law...more

Employment Law update newsletter from DKLM LLP (UK)

UK Employment Law Update – October 2013 Following on from the recent costs litigation between Lord Sugar’s company and 2010 Apprentice winner Stella English, this employment law update includes a Q&A about the costs regime...more

Q&A - Costs in the UK Employment Tribunal

A short Q&A about the costs regime in the UK Employment Tribunal

A short Q&A about the costs regime in the UK Employment Tribunal by leading UK law firm DKLM LLP. ...more

A short introduction to UK employment law for Chinese Businesses

A short introduction to UK employment law for Chinese Businesses This note sets out a précis of some of the issues that Chinese businesses may wish to consider when establishing, or furthering, a commercial presence in the...more

Zimmermann: Law Firm Partner Layoffs Should Be Routine [Video]

July 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- Strong law firms routinely lay off partners, having adopted the General Electric model of annually dismissing those individuals who are under-performing their colleagues, law firm consultant Kent...more

How to Escape PowerPoint Video Hell

I’ve been thinking a great deal about PowerPoint recently, and not in a good way. At Cogent Legal, we have been working hard on a number of cases that involve extensive use of PowerPoint for the client, and I often feel that...more

Execution on Judgments in Arizona

Execution of a judgment is a process where the sheriff or constable seizes property of a judgment-debtor and then sells that property at a public sale. The money realized from the sale is then used to reduce the balance of...more

Handling Aging Accounts

In most cases, the longer an account sits past due, the more difficult it is to collect. Thus, it is important for businesses to closely monitor their aging accounts. ...more

Lat: Law Firms Must Get Big, Profitable or Lost  [Video]

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- David Lat, founding editor of Above the Law, speaks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the prospects for big law firms in 2013. While David sees many challenges out in the US economy, he is...more

Consultant: Crisis of Confidence in Leadership Sunk Dewey & LeBoeuf [Video]

May 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, and Bill Rochelle from Bloomberg News talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf's bankruptcy filing in the Southern...more

Leverage is Back: The Return of the Pyramid Business Model for Law Firms, with a Twist

In the second half of the last century, BigLaw developed and then fine tuned its pyramided business model. The name of the game was leverage: put an increasingly large cadre of associates at the base of the pyramid, have...more

Essential Elements for Interviewing a Law Firm Lateral Candidate

Lateral hiring of partners by law firms can bring on great risks and result in huge financial disappointments. Lateral hiring can also create enormous rewards. We have seen a spate of law firms literally fail because of...more

A Jewel [v. Boxer] is a Law Firm Bankruptcy Trustee’s Best Friend; Unfinished Law Firm Business Taxes Departing Partners and Their...

Since 1988, when Finley Kumble filed for bankruptcy protection, some 32 major law firms have failed. In each of those cases, liabilities far exceeded assets and in most of these cases, partners of the defunct firm and the new...more

Now that Clients Won’t Pay for Training Young Associates, How are We Going to Teach Young Lawyers the Skills of Lawyering?

We still need to train our young lawyers the practical skills of day to day to day lawyering. We used to run a great gig under which we took raw law school graduates whose only particular skill was to “think like a lawyer” ...more

Law School Merit Scholarships: It Doesn’t Matter How Smart You Are. You Can’t Beat the Programmed Odds in a Gambling Slot Machine...

The New York Times just exposed one of the various scams law schools utilize to attract new students in a market with an ever dwindling demand for new lawyers. This recently revealed law school hucksterism is a blatant...more

Why Some Law Firms Have Lousy 401(k) Plans

My father is an electrician and my mother always joked that whenever we needed electrical work done in the house, we need to hire an electrician. The story is similar to the tale of the shoemaker’s children that needs shoes....more

Business Leadership and The Managing Partner

What law partners and Managing Partners of law firms forget about some times is that a law firm is a business. It is a business like any other business, it’s no different than an accounting firm or an electrical contracting...more

Immigration Statistics

Statistical data on immigration have been published annually by the U.S. government since the 1890s. Over the years, the federal agencies responsible for reporting on immigration have changed, as have the content, format, and...more

The Debacle Surrounding Employment-based Visa Availability and Unavailability

Now that the dust is starting to settle on the unconscionable and unprecedented visa number debacle witnessed at the beginning of this month, we can reflect on the chain of events surrounding the sudden news that...more

The Dead Lawyers' Society

An enterprising associate attorney vs. a law firm uninterested in real enterprise. Sort of like the irresistible force vs. the immovable object. I fought the law firm and the law firm won. A law firm is a business like any...more

Two Practices, One Life: Why Your Life Outside The Law Matters

A short article on the stress lawyers face in their practice and the importance of managing that stress for a successful career....more

Why You Shouldn't Hire Your Payroll Company To Run Your 401(k) Plan

The top payroll providers offer services as third party administrators (TPAs) for 401(k) Plans. While it may be a natural segue from providing payroll, there are many reasons why you should avoid using them as your 401(k)...more

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