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Judge Rakoff Sounds Off on Law Firm Billing

Judge Rakoff Sounds Off on Law Firm Billing

The invisible hand of the free market hasn’t been able to exert much control over law firm billing rates, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said Monday night at a Cardozo School of Law panel discussion about the high cost of the legal system. The judge cited data from a 2016 Cardozo Law Review article, “The

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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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Prominent IP Lawyer on 100 Lawyers and Staff Leaving Ropes & Gray

One of the big stories last week was Ropes & Gray’s announcement that it would spin off its patent prosecution practice, resulting in 100 lawyers and staff departing the large Boston-based law firm to form a new entity. On Friday, Big Law Business caught up with Greg Sueoka, the former managing partner of Fenwick &

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Are Cyber Lawyers Poised to Play Bigger Role in M&A?

While speaking at a conference in Texas last month, Vinson & Elkins partner Devika Kornbacher asked two in-house lawyers who specialize in privacy law whether they sit at the table when their companies participate in M&A deals. They said no. Kornbacher thinks privacy lawyers are poised to take on a bigger role in M&A deals,

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When Alex Acosta and Chief Justice Roberts Rubbed Elbows

When Department of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis in 1996, he worked on a case alongside future U.S. Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. The two lawyers represented coal mining companies in a union dispute with mine workers, according to a search of Bloomberg Law. Roberts, while

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