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As some employers offer ‘pawternity leave,’ Susman Godfrey joins the pack

Susman Godfrey sees no reason to keep its lawyers on a short leash.

The law firm offers unlimited paid parental leave and unlimited vacation to associates. And the vacation…

Susman Godfrey offers associates unlimited gender-neutral paid parental leave

Susman Godfrey’s parental leave for associates—regardless of gender—is now limitless.

The policy allows for some time to be applied towards year-end bonuses, including “up to 12 weeks for any…

BigLaw associate sues ex-fiancée for return of pricey engagement ring

A Troutman Sanders associate has sued his former fiancée for return of a 4-carat engagement ring that cost about $100,000.

Ryan Strasser filed the suit Monday in Washington, D.C.,…

Remainder of product liability group from Quinn Emanuel follows Sheila Birnbaum to Dechert

Dechert has added the remainder of the products liability group from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after acquiring its two co-chairs and another partner in May.

The entire group consists…

It’s not the associate salaries, it’s the human skills that challenge law firms

Earlier this month, New York-based Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy announced it will increase its associate salaries across the board by $10,000 to $15,000—a starting salary of $190,000 for…

Several firms follow Cravath after it beats Milbank on associate pay raises and adds bonuses
Cravath set a new standard for associate pay on Monday when it announced it was paying salaries ranging from $190,000 to $340,000. Now several other law firms have announced they are matching Cravath’s salaries.
Some law firms match Milbank’s $190K starting pay for associates
A few major law firms are jumping on the bandwagon and raising starting pay for new associates to $190,000.
Some BigLaw firms abstain from alcohol-centered events for summer associates
Some major law firms are opting for healthier and cultural-based events for their summer associates.

Two law firms making the switch are Goodwin Procter and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the American Lawyer reports.
Milbank boosts associates’ starting pay to $190K
New associates at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy will be paid $190,000, the law firm announced on Monday.
Wait for partnership at Weil is reduced by 2 years in bid to retain more associates
Weil, Gotshal & Manges hopes to improve associate retention by cutting the wait for partnership by two years.
Federal judge finds King & Spalding’s reasons for firing associate ‘incredibly hard’ to believe

A federal judge told King & Spalding on Tuesday that she finds its stated reasons for firing an associate “incredibly hard” to believe and she was planning to deny its…

In an era of the vanishing trial, would-be litigators aren’t getting valuable experience, op-ed says
Edward McCarthy handled his first jury trial 55 years ago, just a few months after passing the bar. McCarthy was representing a taxi owner sued for property damage in a collision case. The judge and opposing counsel were patient and kind, and McCarthy won.
What do associates want from their firms? You may be surprised

The associates you hire want to do a good job. They strive to become good lawyers. They recognize the demands that are placed on them for their time, attention and…

‘Mommy track is a dead end’ at Morrison & Foerster, associates allege in $100M suit
Three associates at Morrison & Foerster have filed a would-be $100 million class-action suit that claims the firm maintains a “family-friendly façade” even as it discriminates against lawyer moms.
Fish & Richardson offers bonuses of up to $115K for Federal Circuit clerks
Former judicial clerks from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will now receive up to $115,000 in bonuses at Fish & Richardson.

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