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Microsoft Announces Plans to Nearly Phase Out Billable Hour

Microsoft Announces Plans to Nearly Phase Out Billable Hour

Microsoft has quietly unveiled new parameters for its outside counsel, and, in an effort to step away from the billable hour, announced it hopes to shift 90 percent of its legal work into alternative fee arrangements within two years. David Howard, a corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at the company, wrote online Friday that

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In-House Compensation Report: Top 30 Money-Earners

By the time A.J. Kess joined Travelers’ Insurance Company as the chief legal officer in December 2016, the year was basically over. Nonetheless, Travelers tallied his total compensation that year as $8.7 million. For most of 2016, Kess had been a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which posted profits per partner of $3.47 million,


Whittier Law School Closing: The First of Many?

The Whittier College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it is closing its law school, making it one of, if not the first ABA accredited law school to shut its doors. But it likely won’t be the last, legal experts predict. “Once somebody does it, it becomes much more acceptable, psychologically and politically,” said Paul Campos, a professor

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Morgan Lewis’ Work For Trump Angers Client

Morgan Lewis & Bockius found itself in the hot seat again this week over its representation of President Donald Trump after a client cut all connections with the firm based on moral objections. In a letter addressed to the firm’s chair Jami McKeon, H. Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, wrote that he was

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PwC’s Takeover of ‘The World’s Best Tax Law Firm’

In a move that illustrates how the professional services market is changing, about half of General Electric’s tax department — once described as as ‘the world’s best tax law firm’ — is moving to PwC in April. Under the deal, about 600 people — the majority said to be lawyers or accountants — were offered positions at PwC where they

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Largest Immigration Law Firm in U.S. is Busy, Very Busy

The only large U.S. law firm in the country dedicated solely to immigration work is in crisis management mode in the wake of President Donald Trump’s immigration order. “It’s much like a natural disaster… in terms of getting people back to the United States and facilitating normal business processes,” said Blake Chisam, chief audit and privacy

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Law Schools Ranked by Their Graduates’ Salaries

Is the job market for law school graduates back to pre-recession conditions? Well, it at least looks that way at the top, if you ask Cornell Law School Dean Eduardo Peñalver. “We think our graduates are basically where they were pre-recession in terms of the mix of jobs they are finding,” said Peñalver. Cornell ranked first in a

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UPDATED: ALM Lays Off Senior Editors

In a push to become more digital, less top-heavy, and reduce costs, ALM Media, which owns The American Lawyer magazine, has conducted layoffs that affect at least 15 senior editors and employees on the business side. The news emerged Tuesday, with names of those affected circulating in legal media circles. Among those affected are Kim