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Can law students improve contracts drafted by accomplished lawyers?

The answer to this question begins with a story from many years ago.


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Being smart isn't as admirable as you may think

There are certain things that matter more to me than I care to admit. Chief among them have been my accomplishments when compared to my peer group and how I am perceived by others. Along these lines, I used to place a lot of value in being described as smart.



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Remembering RFK and the lawyers' committee he inspired

Fifty years ago this month, one of the most significant voices of our time was silenced by an assassin’s bullet. Robert F. Kennedy’s passionate advocacy on behalf of the poor and dispossessed was born of his belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings.


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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 those fresh out of law school. What followed was an outcry in the legal media and reports that unhappy clients…



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Gaining the confidence to write what you have to say

When I started my law blog in June 2016, I did so without too much trepidation. I was essentially briefing cases and writing about my practice in ways I was pretty comfortable with. But then I wanted to branch out. I started to have ideas about things other than recent…



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Lawyers weigh in: How to prevent stress, substance abuse and depression in the profession

Recently I wrote the Your Voice column "Lawyers weigh in: Why is there a depression epidemic in the profession?" Even though I’ve learned a lot about this topic through my job at Rocket Matter, I was still shocked by the responses and by how attorneys view their own industry.


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How one millennial and his firm see law practice today

Millennials now make up the largest single generational group at big law firms, according to a report by the American Lawyer. While most millennial attorneys are still associates, it is only a matter of time before they become the majority of partners.


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Your Voice: Abandoning law school admissions testing would harm students, not help

Since 1980, I have been consistently reviewing law school applications. Even then, as a first-generation black American college work-study student in the admissions office at Columbia Law School, it was pretty clear to me that admission to elite law schools was preordained by one’s academic pedigree. Some of the faculty…



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Lawyers weigh in: Why is there a depression epidemic in the profession?

Through my job as director of content at Rocket Matter, I’ve learned a lot about this profession. One thing that has really stood out to me is how many lawyers are suffering.

Our website recently ran a five-part series on depression, substance abuse and wellness in the legal…



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The rules on being general counsel in the cyber century

In what we are calling the cyber century, the first signs of danger appear on a screen; a hack, a viral video, a tweet. Any of these can be the opening shot of a bruising battle that can quickly escalate to a crisis.

As general counsel, are you ready to…



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