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Diversity Scholarships Announced at Two Major Law Firms

Diversity Scholarships Announced at Two Major Law Firms

In an effort to improve their diversity profiles, two major law firms this week awarded scholarships to nine law students hailing from diverse backgrounds. On the one hand, Ropes & Gray LLP awarded $25,000 individually to five law students who will join the firm as summer associates in 2017. Two join the Boston office; one

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When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Couldn’t Land A Job (Review)

Book Review   My Own Words   By Ruth Bader Ginsburg   Simon & Schuster. 288 pages. $39.99.               Ruth Bader Ginsburg has famously been given the moniker “Notorious RGB” — a pun on the name of the late rapper the Notorious B.I.G. – for her powerful dissents from the

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Should the Lawyer Suing Chadbourne Have Contacted More Women Partners?

Earlier this week, 14 women partners at Chadbourne & Parke fired off an angry letter to the plaintiff’s lawyer who is suing their firm for gender discrimination. “…your firm made no effort to speak to any of us before filing the lawsuit,” they wrote. “You did not make our voices heard, as you claim, but rather have attempted

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Norton Rose Inks the Latest Canadian Mega-Merger

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP announced on Wednesday it is combining with a 126-year-old Vancouver-based law firm, Bull Housser, making it the latest global law firm to expand its reach in Canada. The deal gives global giant Norton Rose Fulbright a first-time presence in British Columbia and marks the opening of its sixth office in

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Can Two Dozen GCs Bring Diversity to Law Firms?

Paul Dacier, general counsel of EMC, says half of the direct reports he manages are women, many of whom are working mothers. It’s why his 120-member legal team is among the most diverse groups at his company. So why can’t law firms figure how to achieve the same thing? “Diversity is a very important matter for our society and

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Hogan Lovells’ Partner On Digital Currency

Hogan Lovells announced this week that Gregory Lisa is joining its litigation and international trade practices group in Washington D.C. Lisa joins from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, better known as FinCEN, where he was interim director of the office of compliance and enforcement. It is the Treasury Department’s lead regulator for overseeing and enforcing anti-money

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Sex Discrimination 101: How Law Firms Can Prevent It

This week brought big news in the legal community — somewhat of a rarity for the final days of August and going into the long Labor Day weekend. One of the biggest stories focused on a $100 million sex discrimination lawsuit against Chadbourne & Parke, which struck a chord after two other similar lawsuits were filed

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Chadbourne & Parke Slapped With Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

By Meredith Mandell, Special to Big Law Business A  Chadbourne & Parke partner on Wednesday filed a federal gender discrimination class-action lawsuit in Manhattan on behalf of current and former women partners, that seeks $100 million from the law firm and levels explosive allegations — which the firm is denying. The plaintiff Kerrie Campbell, a  partner

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At Hogan Lovells, China is the Future

By Meredith Mandell, Special to Big Law Business Not many western law firms have been able to break into the Chinese market as fully as they would like. In 2015, Baker & McKenzie formed a first-of-its kind joint operation with FenXun Partners in the Shanghai free-trade zone — a move that Hogan Lovells would like to emulate. In an

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Did School Officials Cross the Line By Hiring Their Old Law Firm?

Last month, the Chicago Board of Education agreed to a contract paying as much as $250,000 to law firm Jenner & Block, where Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool and General Counsel Ron Marmer formerly worked. Did this move violate the school system’s code of ethics, given the officials’ former relationship with Jenner? The deal

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