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Associates Continue Raising Money, Look at Firms

Associates Continue Raising Money, Look at Firms

A grassroots effort to empower law firm associates to be more charitable has gained some momentum, and some help. Last year, Corey Laplante, then an associate at Skadden Arps, launched The Associates’ Committee, a group that raised more than $200,000 from Big Law associates for legal aid groups and litigation non-profits for the homeless, veterans, survivors of

The building that houses Blackstone Group headquarters is reflected in the Doubletree Hotel in New York, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Blackstone Group LP's $6.6 billion takeover of Alliance Data Systems Corp. is near collapse after the leveraged-buyout firm said bank regulators had placed extraordinary requirements on the deal. Photographer:  JB Reed/Bloomberg News

Dispatches From Law Firm Interviews at NYU

Tourists hoping to get to their rooms at the DoubleTree Suites in Times Square on Thursday likely encountered some unexpected elevator traffic. Across nearly 20 floors of the hotel, rising second years at New York University Law School shuttled up and down throughout the day, some catching a moment’s break from their marathon effort to land Big


The Law Firm World According to Associates

One criticism of Vault’s annual ranking of the top 100 most prestigious law firms is that the ranking and review company surveys associates, not partners, says editor Matt Moody. “Firms may criticize our methodology and say associate views are not credible, but I disagree with that,” said Moody, in an interview following Vault’s release on

NEW YORK - MAY 7:  A job applicant (L) speaks with recruiter Renee Chandler (R) during an interview May 7, 2003 at the offices of Metro Support Group in New York City.  The nation's jobless rate climbed to six percent in April, rising for the third straight month, adding up to half a million lost jobs.  New York's job market has especially been hit hard, with many applicants being unable to find work. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Ex-Big Law Associate Claims His Ethical Concerns About Partners Got Him Fired

A former associate of King & Spalding has sued the law firm for wrongful termination, saying he was fired in December 2016 because he reported ethical misconduct to the firm’s management. David A. Joffe worked as a New York commercial litigation associate at the firm from January 2012 to December 7, 2016. In a 15-page


Are Big Law Associates Less Concerned With Diversity Than Their Partners?

Young Big Law attorneys say they value diversity and inclusion less than partners, according to survey of Above The Law readers released this week. But is that really the case? In the survey, conducted on the ATL website by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, 39 percent of associates strongly agreed that diversity should

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Where Have All the Big Law Associates Gone? (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: This column is written by two legal recruiters. By Bob Graff and Michelle Fivel, Major, Lindsey & Africa Sourcing and recruiting qualified, experienced mid-level associates has become difficult. Today, there are significantly fewer candidates than there had been previously, and law firms, as well as in-house legal teams, are feeling the pinch. There


What Associates Want: At One Big Firm, It’s Not Making Partner

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione, Bloomberg BNA, and Casey Sullivan, Big Law Business Do most associates even want to make partner anymore? “We have found that that is not the case,” said Paul Hastings Greg Nitzkowski at Big Law Business’s Summit in Los Angeles last week. Nitzkowski responded to comments made by Andrei Iancu, managing partner

Homeless people gather underneath Interstate 10 where over 100 homeless people sleep each night December 16, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Affordable housing stocks have dwindled with rents rising 45 percent and homelessness has more than doubled to almost 12,000 individuals in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Associates: I’ll Take a Year of Pro Bono, Please

Jennifer Eldridge, a first year associate in DLA Piper’s Chicago office, has big aspirations for the next 12 months: She hopes to assist domestic violence victims, file asylum paperwork for refugees, and help some past offenders clear their juvenile criminal records. It’s a bit different than the standard associate workload because Eldridge is one of

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What if Associates Donated a Sliver of That Big Salary Raise to Legal Aid?

A group of 200 law firm associates have put a small portion of their recent salary raises to good use. The group, known as The Associates Committee, has awarded $200,000 worth of grants — pooled together through individual contributions of $1,000 per participating associate member — to four organizations aimed at improving the U.S. justice system.