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NEW YORK - MAY 7:  A job applicant (L) speaks with recruiter Renee Chandler (R) during an interview May 7, 2003 at the offices of Metro Support Group in New York City.  The nation's jobless rate climbed to six percent in April, rising for the third straight month, adding up to half a million lost jobs.  New York's job market has especially been hit hard, with many applicants being unable to find work. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Robins Kaplan Increases Diverse Hires With Rooney Rule

Robins Kaplan Increases Diverse Hires With Rooney Rule

Over a decade after Dan Rooney shook up NFL hiring practices, at least one law firm has begun to see measurable results from a policy that requires its leaders to review a diverse slate of candidates for each new hire. Robins Kaplan said that it quadrupled the percentage of attorneys of color it hired for

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Former Dentons Associate Arrested on Extortion Charges

A former Dentons litigation associate was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday on charges that he tried to extort the firm for $210,000 and a piece of artwork from the office. Michael Potere, 32, accessed one of his partner’s email accounts, downloaded sensitive documents, and then threatened to leak them to Above the Law if the

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FBI Agent Shares Cybersecurity Tips For Big Law

Corporate clients are now checking to ensure their law firms are taking steps to secure valuable information. In April, the Association of Corporate Counsel issued its first-ever guidance on what data security measures in-house counsel should expect from their firms, Bloomberg BNA reported. Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge in the cyber division of the New York


Hunton & Williams Replaces D.C. Leadership Following Exits

Hunton & Williams’ on Monday announced several leadership changes in Washington, D.C. following the departure of its former office managing partner for Shearman & Sterling. The firm’s new D.C. managing partner Wendell L. Taylor has replaced antitrust lawyer David A. Higbee, who recently left the firm with four other Hunton & Williams attorneys for Shearman

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Men Six Times Less Likely to Say Gender Pay Gap ‘Definitely’ Exists

Women lawyers working in-house are far more likely than men to make lower salaries, and yet in a recent survey of over 1,800 in-house counsel, 34 percent of men said they do not “at all” believe a gender compensation gap exists. According to the report published this week by the Association of Corporate Counsel, there

Jordan Cross Ministries of Oroville volunteers carry boxes and a cot at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds evacuation center in Chico, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Crews worked overnight into Wednesday to reduce the risk of catastrophic flooding at the nation's tallest dam, racing to stay ahead of rains forecast for Wednesday. As the authorities lowered the level of the reservoir behind the dam, more than 100,000 people who had been evacuated began to return to their homes in the valley below it. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

O’Melveny To Offer Paid Volunteer Days For Staff

Law firms have long given attorneys the chance to pursue volunteer work and passion projects through pro bono hours. But those benefits don’t always extend to staff members, who can make up nearly half of a BigLaw firm’s workforce.  They will soon at O’Melveny & Myers, which will be offering one paid volunteer day per

A Panasonic Corp. Megahonyaku intelligent megaphone, essentially a smartphone paired with a handheld loudspeaker— that can issue commands in Chinese, English and Korean. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Panasonic GC Would Take More Work In-House, If He Could

Damien Atkins, General Counsel of Panasonic USA, believes in-house counsel play “the most important role” in diversifying the legal industry because he’s experienced it first-hand.  “My personal story is that I got some opportunities because some clients at my former law firm started asking the diversity question,” Atkins said during a recent interview with Big Law Business.

Ricardo Anzaldua.

MetLife GC Ricardo Anzaldua To Retire This Summer

MetLife’s General Counsel Ricardo Anzaldua, who has been a leading advocate for greater diversity in the legal profession and who waged a legal battle to remove the insurer’s designation as ‘too big to fail,’ will be stepping down on June 30. He will continue as a special legal advisor to MetLife CEO Steven Kandarian and plans to