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Vault Releases List: Top 100 Law Firms for Prestige for 2018

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Vault based its ranking on scores from nearly 18,000 law firm associates surveyed earlier this year, who were asked to rate law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige.

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International Association of Defense Counsel Publishes Defense Counsel Journal Spring 2017 Edition

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The International Association of Defense Counsel has published the spring 2017 edition of its Defense Counsel Journal, which is available for free to non-IADC members via the IADC website.

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Bored by $1,000-an-Hour Pay, a Lawyer Hunts Wall Street Scores

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Bloomberg Law profiles lawyer Dan Brockett, who ditched a job representing the world’s biggest banks for $1,000 an hour, and started earning his keep by suing the very companies that used to pay his bills — working on a contingency.

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GC Requires Outside Law Firms to Encrypt Communications

GC Requires Outside Law Firms to Encrypt Communications

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Marsh & McLennan Companies’ GC now requires the company’s biggest outside law firms to use an anti-hacking electronic communication technology known as Transport Layer Security, according to a report from Bloomberg Law.

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Hogan Lovells Combines with Collora, Adding Boston Office

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Global law firm Hogan Lovells is joining the Boston market through a combination with Collora as of September 1, 2017.

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How to Make the Case for a Smaller Law Firm to Your Board

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With a smaller law firm, seasoned attorneys are the norm, rather than the associates who typically handle day-to-day business for the big law firms, writes Norm Finkel of Schoenberg, Finkel, Newman and Rosenberg, LLC.

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ConnectLive 2017 London Scheduled in London

Event, June 27-28, 2017
ConnectLive London 2017 will bring together iManage customers including CIOs, IT professionals, technical architects, legal administrators and professional services firm executives to learn and share ideas on how professional work is changing and how the management of work product is adapting in response to those changes.

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Making the Most of Your Legal Blog

Making the Most of Your Legal Blog

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Amy Boardman Hunt of Muse Communications discusses how to make the most of your legal blog, including the major elements of blog writing and maintenance, as well as some of the back-end SEO elements that will help drive readers to your content.

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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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