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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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Notes on a Law Firm Pitch From an In-House Attorney

Notes on a Law Firm Pitch From an In-House Attorney

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On Bloomberg Law, Dennis Garcia, Microsoft Corp, assistant general counsel, offers an insider’s perspective on how in-house counsel trying to “sell” themselves to their business clients and senior legal department leaders.

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Legal Marketing Lessons for Real People

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Two Dallas lawyers are good examples of professionals who have found clever ways to make their personal passions part of their legal marketing efforts, writes Amy Boardman Hunt in a post on the website of Muse Communications, LLC.

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BigLaw Layoff Watch: 60 Staff Positions Across 22 U.S. Offices

BigLaw Layoff Watch: 60 Staff Positions Across 22 U.S. Offices

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Above the Law is reporting on another big layoff of BigLaw staff, asking the question: Has the Great Associate Pay Raise of 2016 ushered in the Not-So-Great Staff Layoffs of 2017?

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Boosting Legal Marketing Through Targeted Emails

Boosting Legal Marketing Through Targeted Emails

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One of the most effective tools for lawyers to attract the attention of referral sources can be found in a well-orchestrated email campaign, writes Bruce Vincent in a blog post for Muse Communications.

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Freeborn & Peters and Hargraves, McConnell Announce Combination

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The combination of Chicago-based Freeborn & Peters LLP and the New York City firm of Hargraves, McConnell & Costigan P.C. is driven by client needs and success of the firm’s growing insurance practice, the combined firm said.

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Norton Rose and Chadbourne to Combine in Latest Merger of Large Law Firms

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The combination of Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke will create a single entity with more than 4,000 lawyers and expected annual revenue almost $2 billion, The New York Times reports.

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How to Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Small Law Firm

How to Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Small Law Firm

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Amy Boardman Hunt of Muse Communications explains some of the main concepts of content marketing and discuss how it can be a potent tool for solos and small law firms with limited marketing budgets.

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HP GC to Law Firms: Meet Diversity Mandate or Forfeit Up to 10% of Fees

HP GC to Law Firms: Meet Diversity Mandate or Forfeit Up to 10% of Fees

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The general counsel of HP has informed its outside law firms that the company may withhold up to 10 percent of invoiced fees for failure to meet its diversity standards, reports the ABA Journal.

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BigLaw Layoff Watch: 150 to 200 Jobs Is a Lot of Jobs

BigLaw Layoff Watch: 150 to 200 Jobs Is a Lot of Jobs

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Above the Law has fleshed out earlier reporting about significant staff layoffs at K&L Gates, this time with fairly specific numbers of people who have lost their jobs with the big law firm.

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Jury Awards Ousted General Counsel $8M

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A federal jury awarded the former general counsel of BioRad Laboratories $8 million in back pay and damages – which will increase to $11 million – for whistleblower retaliation involving potential bribery in China, according to a Courthouse News article.

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Judge Wants Review of Legal Bills After Firms Reveal 9,000 Hours Of ‘Inadvertent’ Double-Billed Times

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The hourly rates claimed in the firms’ filings, which ranged from $335 to $500 an hour, were often 10 times more than what the lawyers normally earned, according to The Boston Globe.

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Law Schools Ranked by Their Graduates’ Salaries

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Cornell ranked first in a recent report that looked at salaries of recent law graduates, according to a Bloomberg Law article.

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Challenges Women Lawyers Face in Business Development

Challenges Women Lawyers Face in Business Development

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Women promoting their careers or their law practices need to understand that they’re marketing their skillset, and everything they do is marketing, advises Andrea S. Kramer.

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Billable Hour Pricing is Effectively Dead Because of Budget Caps, Report Says

Billable Hour Pricing is Effectively Dead Because of Budget Caps, Report Says

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The ABA Journal reports on a study released by Georgetown Law’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.

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Hunton & Williams Launches Sustainability and Corporate Clean Power Initiative

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Hunton & Williams LLP announces the formation of a global cross-disciplinary legal team to advise corporations and investors on issues related to sustainability and efforts to increase utilization of renewable energy

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