Author Archives: Stephanie Russell-Kraft

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Law Firms Promote Flexible Work Arrangements Lawyers Don’t Use

Law Firms Promote Flexible Work Arrangements Lawyers Don’t Use

Even though many Big Law firms tout progressive flex-time, reduced hours and telecommuting policies, most of their attorneys aren’t taking advantage of them, according to the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, a think tank focused on diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. In a survey of 28 Big Law firms published Wednesday, the alliance found that

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Ex-Chadbourne Partner of 35 Years Decries Firm’s ‘Origination Inheritance’ System

Add Mary Yelenick, a longtime Chadbourne & Parke partner and onetime head of the product liability group, to the list of women who say the “male-dominated culture” of the firm’s management committee has led to decades of systematic discrimination against female attorneys. In a sworn declaration filed in Manhattan federal court, Yelenick took aim at Chadbourne’s

Thomas "Tom" Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), listens during an open meeting to vote on internet regulations in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Ex-FCC Enforcement Chief ‘Concerned’ About Future of Agency

Boies Schiller Flexner announced Thursday that it recruited Travis LeBlanc, the outgoing top enforcement lawyer at the Federal Communications Commission, as a partner who will work on privacy and cybersecurity matters. While at the FCC, LeBlanc led the charge on enforcement actions related to consumer protection and fraud but he fears the agency will move in

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Goldman Sachs Lawyer On Joining Cadwalader Immigration Clinic

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Goldman Sachs are teaming up on an unusual project given their lines of business: helping eligible undocumented immigrants apply for lawful permanent residency in the U.S. Cadwalader’s Black & Latino Association, a mentorship, leadership and advocacy group for attorneys at the firm, originally started the clinic two years ago as a way

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LGBT Rights Lawyer on Why Not to Despair after SCOTUS Rejects Bathroom Case

Kramer Levin’s Jeffrey Trachtman has been working on LGBT rights’ litigation for long enough to see the silver lining in every setback. After the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear a major case on transgender rights, Trachtman — who filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of U.S. religions and clergy members that advocate for equal treatment

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Lawsuit: Chadbourne’s Women Partners Earned Fraction of What Men Earned

Female partners at Chadbourne & Parke earned approximately 72 percent as much as their male counterparts for three straight years from 2013 to 2015, according to a statistical analysis by a former and current Chadbourne partner who have filed a proposed gender discrimination federal class-action against the firm in Manhattan. The numbers were disclosed after a federal judge overseeing

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Are Top College Grads Starting to Think About Law School Again?

Has the law school so-called “brain drain” stopped? It’s been well-documented that the graduates of elite universities are applying to law school in smaller numbers. But a recent look at 11 elite colleges by Keith Lee of the legal blog Associate’s Mind suggests that law schools’ worst days could be coming to an end. In an

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Half of Law Firms Made Fewer Summer Associate Offers, Report Finds

Competition for entry-level Big Law jobs was fierce last summer, but new data suggests recruiting may have peaked. For the first time in four years, more than half (51 percent) of the law firms that responded to a National Association of Law Placement survey said they had made fewer summer associate offers than in the previous year.

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Seyfarth Hires DLA Partner to Open Hong Kong Office

Seyfarth Shaw is opening a new office in Hong Kong, further expanding the presence of its international employment law practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Julia Gorham, who is departing from her position as the head of DLA Piper’s Asia employment practice in Hong Kong, will head up the new office. Darren Gardner, chair of Seyfarth’s

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