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Preparing for Your Professional Headshot

Preparing for Your Professional Headshot

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Photographers for lawyers are relying on a series of ‘environmental’ photo backgrounds, full body–length images, candid poses and other techniques that can add distinction and a degree of personality, according to Androvett Legal Media and Marketing.

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Dechert Lets Multiple Associates Go After Performance Reviews

Dechert Lets Multiple Associates Go After Performance Reviews

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Dechert’s announcement this week that it has laid off several associates after a round of performance reviews may signal a boldness and lack of concern for public criticism that could spell trouble across the industry, writes Joe Patrice for Above the Law.

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Download: In-House Counsel’s Legaltech Buyer’s Guide

Download: In-House Counsel’s Legaltech Buyer’s Guide

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The LawGeex book includes practical advice based on dozens of interviews, real life experiences and personal recommendations from in-house lawyers and legal experts who have used technology to cut costs and reduce legal inefficiency.

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At Lunch With David Boies, 20 Years After His Departure From Cravath

At Lunch With David Boies, 20 Years After His Departure From Cravath

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Above the Law profiles legendary litigator David Boies, 20 years after he left Biglaw to found his own firm.

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Managing Partners Say Their Lawyers Are Underperforming and Slow to Change

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One of the findings is that business is moving in-house, and managing partners recognize that: 67.9 percent of respondents said they are already losing business to in-house legal departments.

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June 28 Event: Experts Explore Ways to Control Litigation Costs

June 28 Event: Experts Explore Ways to Control Litigation Costs

Event, June 28, 2017, San Francisco
Leading in-house and outside counsel will discuss where they believe legal departments face the most pressure and how to successfully transform the management of litigation.

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Invitation: Summer Legal Conference, Berlin

Invitation: Summer Legal Conference, Berlin

Event, July 23-29, 2017
The CLE-qualified sessions will feature a diverse group of speakers, including a broad range of nationalities, backgrounds and ages, according to Knowledge Nomads.

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Bookkeeper Embezzled More Than $850,000 From Law Firm, Suit Alleges

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The family of the late Daniel Lilley, Maine’s highest-profile lawyer, is accusing a former bookkeeper of embezzling more than $850,000 from his law firm over a little more than four years, reports the Portland Press Herald.

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Biglaw Firm Lays Off Associates, Staff and Partners

Biglaw Firm Lays Off Associates, Staff and Partners

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One source who was briefed on the layoffs said the downsizing affects 40 lawyers, including associates and counsel, as well as 27 staff members, reports Bloomberg’s Casey Sullivan.

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Fear of Career Damage Led Woman to Sue Proskauer Anonymously

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Bloomberg Law is reporting that Proskauer Rose has become the latest Big Law firm to be hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit by a female partner.

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Planning Key to Handling the Death of a High-Profile Attorney

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Failing to take a few necessary steps when a prominent member of the law firm dies is a recipe for potential confusion and consternation among the attorneys at your firm, the firm’s clients, and, importantly, the lawyer’s family, writes Bruce Vincent for Muse Communications.

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Former Executive at Bankrupt NYC Law Firm Convicted of Fraud

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A jury in Manhattan convicted Joel Sanders, the law firm’s former chief financial officer, on three criminal counts arising from what prosecutors said was a scheme to hide the firm’s failing finances from financial backers, reports The New York Times.

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BigLaw Headhunter’s Sexist Rant Leads to Apology, Leave of Absence

BigLaw Headhunter’s Sexist Rant Leads to Apology, Leave of Absence

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The managing director of a BigLaw recruiting firm somehow managed to describe “most legal recruiters” as women who “are quite attractive and fit,” as well as “a little ditzy and [who do] not have the other sorts of qualifications that would make them qualified for the job,” reports Above the Law.

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Five Takeaways From Annual BigLaw Financial Report

Five Takeaways From Annual BigLaw Financial Report

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Bloomberg Law has put together a summary of five takeaways from Thursday’s release of The American Lawyer’s annual report on the top 100 law firms, ranked by gross revenue.

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Your Professional Portrait Is Much More Than a Picture

Your Professional Portrait Is Much More Than a Picture

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Most attorneys make their first impressions online rather than face-to-face, so the photo that accompanies a lawyer’s online presence is their first chance to impress prospective clients, employers and referral sources, advises Amy Boardman Hunt of Muse Communications.

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4th Big Law Business Diversity Symposium Set for May 10

4th Big Law Business Diversity Symposium Set for May 10

Event, May 10, 8-10 a.m.
Bloomberg Big Law Business is convening leaders of corporate legal departments and law firms to address the diversity and inclusion challenge at a unique invitation-only event – the 4th Big Law Business Diversity Symposium.

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The Repeat Ethical Offenders of Social Media

The Repeat Ethical Offenders of Social Media

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There are three types of social media violators that all lawyers should know about and avoid emulating: the double agent, the rebel, and the frenemy, writes Christina DiPinto of Muse Communications.

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Dallas-Based Bailey Brauer Earns Spot Among BTI’s ‘Best Branded’ Law Firms

Dallas-Based Bailey Brauer Earns Spot Among BTI’s ‘Best Branded’ Law Firms

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Dallas-based litigation boutique Bailey Brauer PLLC has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of the law firms with the “best brand standing” in the country, based on a survey of corporate counsel and executives at the world’s largest organizations.

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U.S. District Judge Sounds Off on Law Firms’ High Billing Rates

U.S. District Judge Sounds Off on Law Firms’ High Billing Rates

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The invisible hand of the free market hasn’t been able to exert much control over law firm billing rates, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said at a Cardozo School of Law panel discussion about the high cost of the legal system, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Companies Use Diversity Data to Hold Law Firms Accountable

Companies Use Diversity Data to Hold Law Firms Accountable

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Facebook’s new policy comes on the heels of HP’s announcement in February that it would start withholding fees from law firms that don’t meet diversity requirements,” reports Bloomberg Law.

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