Author Archives: Rebecca Beyer

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Cloud-Based Law Firm Founder on Recruiting and Growth

Cloud-Based Law Firm Founder on Recruiting and Growth

The mark of success for FisherBroyles, a cloud-based law firm with more than 200 lawyers in 22 offices around the United States, was actually a loss. In 2013, 16 attorneys representing 25 percent of FisherBroyles at that time, departed to start their own competing cloud-based firm. But the takeaway for firm co-founder James Fisher was

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Chatting with Fish & Richardson’s New D&I Chief

Kia Scipio, the new diversity and inclusion manager at Fish & Richardson, sees more discrimination lawsuits on the horizon for law firms if they can’t succeed in diversifying their ranks and welcoming more diverse attorneys into the fold. “You’re also going to see a lot of clients taking their business elsewhere,” if firms fail to achieve

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Decades-Old Gender Bias Case Marked Turning Point in Big Law

A decades-old settlement in Manhattan federal court serves as a measuring stick for how far Big Law has come in the fight for gender equality. In May of 1977, Sullivan & Cromwell agreed to publish salary data to make it easier for women to compare how they fared in relation to men at the firm

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Manatt Looks Outside U.S., Adds Former African Development Bank GC

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips doesn’t have any offices outside the U.S., but the firm is looking to expand its profile on international work.  As part of that effort, this week the firm announced Kalidou Gadio, a Mauritanian-born lawyer who spent 25 years at the African Development Bank, including eight as general counsel, will join to serve as co-chair

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Suffolk Law Dean Discusses GRE and the New Legal Realities

In many ways, Suffolk University Law School is emblematic of recent changes in the legal profession. Like most other law schools, it saw a steep decline in applications after the Great Recession burst the Big Law, billable hour bubble. And its employment outcomes reflect the difficulties students have faced finding a footing on the traditional

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UNH Law’s New Dean: Legal Education Needs to Change

Megan Carpenter thinks legal education has been isolated from other academic disciplines for far too long and that law schools need to come back into the fold. As the newly appointed dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Carpenter is one of a handful of people around the country in a position to make this happen. “We’ve

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Former International Trade Commissioner Shrugs Off ‘Doomsday’ Predictions

Trade became a hot topic this year: Out on the campaign trail, President Donald J. Trump railed against the threat of products imported from countries such as China and Mexico, and vowed to impose tariffs. He and Hillary Clinton both denounced the Obama Administration’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. On his first full day in office, Trump followed through and

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