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Former Associate Demands More High-quality Work, with Disastrous Results

Associates at large law firms typically aren't assigned the most ground-breaking or intellectually stimulating work during their first years, but one former Kasowitz associate believes that his unjustly mundane workload merits a 75-million dollar suit against his former employer. Gregory S. Berry...

Are Lean Times the “New Normal” in New Attorney Hiring?

There are no short memories when it comes to the actions law firms had to take to stay afloat during the recent recession, and recurring nightmares about it continue to mean reduced prospects for those at the bottom rung of the legal profession ladder. Even as the economy begins to rebound and business...

Increasing Billable Hour Targets: Can Higher Expectations be Sustained?

More Hours? Firms had already begun to set billable hour targets and minimum requirements for their partners and associates. [1] Conventional wisdom at the time held 1500 as the maximum number of hours lawyers could reasonably expect to bill, equating to just over 30 billable hours per week making...