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NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

The New York City Bar Association is gearing up for a summer leadership training program that hopes to put diversity and inclusion tools in the hands of those who might need it most: associates. Over the course of five Fridays this summer, 50 associates, ranging in experience from fourth years to eighth years, will convene for

Kim Koopersmith and Steve Immelt

Hogan Lovells’ CEO & Akin Gump’s Chair Interview Each Other

Part 1: the Trump administration and travel ban, Brexit’s impact on the industry, and diversity and inclusion at large law firms.   Last year Big Law Business launched a video series featuring one-on-one conversations between leaders of top grossing law firms. The idea is to see a face-to-face discussion of the most important issues facing law firms today; a

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Trump Crackdown Confronts California Sanctuaries in Court

by Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg News The Trump administration has embarked on a border patrol agent recruiting drive and begun aggressive stings to arrest undocumented immigrants amid the president’s call for upping deportations. Standing in its way are so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to detain some potential deportees. Those jurisdictions are fighting back, with two of


Are Big Law Associates Less Concerned With Diversity Than Their Partners?

Young Big Law attorneys say they value diversity and inclusion less than partners, according to survey of Above The Law readers released this week. But is that really the case? In the survey, conducted on the ATL website by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, 39 percent of associates strongly agreed that diversity should

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Chadbourne Partner Seeks to Block Firm’s Vote to Oust Her

The three women suing Chadbourne & Parke for alleged gender discrimination asked a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday to enjoin the firm’s “misleading, coercive” and “abusive” communication with potential class members, and to block an upcoming vote to expel lead plaintiff Kerrie Campbell from Chadbourne’s partnership. The move comes one week after Chadbourne announced the firm’s partnership would


An Interview with the First Black Woman Appointed to the Seventh Circuit

As Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made her way up in the federal judiciary, she couldn’t turn to anyone who looked like her for advice. As the first-ever black woman appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and later the first

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Justices Can Be Great Again After Filibuster’s End

After the nuclear option, what’s next? There really are only two choices to react to the Republican decision to eliminate the Senate filibuster permanently for Supreme Court nominations: mourning or celebration. So for the record, let me begin by saying that Judge Merrick Garland should’ve been confirmed after he was nominated to this seat by


Top Black Lawyers Share Advice with Young Attorneys of Color

As hundreds of attorneys convened in downtown Chicago last week for the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, the focus was on the future: mentoring and supporting the next generation of black women entering the legal profession. As a group, black women remain disproportionately underrepresented in Big Law. According to a January report by the

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Wake Up Call: Crowell & Moring and Herrick Talks Have Ended

• The 440-lawyer firm Crowell & Moring and 132-lawyer Herrick Feinstein, which were said last December to be talking about a merger, said the talks have gone nowhere. (BLB) • BLB recently talked to Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, about the fund’s decision to fire Morgan Lewis & Bockius as its outside firm because of

Sheryl Sandberg, billionaire and chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., participates in a panel discussion during the 2017 MAKERS Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. MAKERS partners with companies and organizations to celebrate and acknowledge their female employees and connect them to a larger network. The conference tackles issues ranging from violence against women to inclusion of men. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Facebook Pushes Outside Law Firms to Diversify

• A new Facebook policy that kicked in Saturday directs its outside firms to ensure that women and ethnic minorities make up at least a third of legal teams working on Facebook matters. The policy also requires firms to show they “actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunities for women and minorities” for those matters. The move comes amidst efforts