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Does anyone here work as a private mediator?how is the demand for mediations? Are you able to get enough mediations or do the big mediation shops take most of the demand?

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I exclusively use Westlaw for my legal research but recently found 2 unpublished district court opinions that were only on Lexis and not Westlaw.

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3rd year here - I have a big interview tomorrow for a firm I really want to be at.

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So just gave my notice at my firm. When I gave notice, it was just devoid of any emotion. Almost like this happens so often and we are used to it. Been a little frosty with co workers. Admittedly … more

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Why do law firms frown on associates taking vacation? If an associate is known to be responsive and to meet their hours, I don’t understand why it is taboo to take a week off for vacation. Every other… more

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How many hours do biglaw associates actually work in a week? What are y’all’s schedules like? I’ve only heard about billables, and opinions on whether the workload is manageable or insane. I’ve seen t… more

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Thinking about leaving biglaw to join a small PI firm. Would love to get trial experience. Pay cut is substantial. 225 to 115. Has anyone made this switch? Curious on thoughts.

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How much do personal injury attorneys work on a weekly basis?

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Who's stuck working through their Saturday? I normally don't mind but the weather looks so lovely outside, I hate being stuck indoors in front of a computer with a pile of dusty books when the… more

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FL question: have a CMO deadline for final witness and exhibit lists due. Still in discovery process and trying to set the CME. Would want the CME report as an exhibit. Is listing "any CME report… more

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Tips on balancing the desire to be a "set and forget" associate with the advice that "there are no dumb questions"? I've often heard senior attorneys praise junior attorneys wh… more

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I’m a first-year & I often draft pleadings/motions. We have cases in many federal courts, & some states. I waste so much time trying to format papers properly per the jd (ie- is the caption fo… more

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Thoughts on Lewis Roca in general? SF office specifically.

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I just did a small claims case and the plaintiff (a mom and pop shop) won $1,000 against my client (a multi-hundred million dollar company). I asked for a W9 and the plaintiff refused—they’re like “ju… more

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Has anyone tried Lexis AI? One of the partners asked me to demo it and give feedback. I’m going to do the demo but it only lasts two days which is not really enough time to get very familiar with it,… more

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Any insight into first year associate salary in HCOL area? Non insurance defense, not big law

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For those working in insurance defense, particularly associates: How much (what percentage) of the time you’re working is actually captured in your billing? It would be most helpful if answers factor … more

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Can someone explain what it’s like to work in employment litigation? Considering a slight career pivot to that area from med mal/ID and I’d just like to know what I’d be getting into.

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I recently switched markets and have been thrown into a lot of New York State court litigation for the first time. Prior to this my experience was primarily in federal court. Does anyone have any reco… more

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Anyone else’s practice quiet at the moment? In a commercial litigation team in BigLaw in London.

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Does anyone know what the salary is at Morvillo, say for a 4-6 year? I know they're black box, but any insight would be helpful! Thank you!

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Which area of law In civil realm that gets you trial experience ?

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Tips for litigating complex litigation and sexual abuse cases?

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What are the best educational resources you’ve encountered post-school? 1 year into practicing and always looking for any books /podcasts/online seminars on a a broad array of relevant topics. So far… more

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Opinions on Wilson Elser?

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I understand and generally agree with the "don't cut your own hours" advice for associates. But what if I can't bear the shame of how long something takes me? I struggle with perfect… more

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What topics are generally addressed in an interview? I have one coming up that is scheduled for several hours and I am unsure what to expect. Any insight would be appreciated thanks!

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I am looking for input on Litchfield Cavo. Pay, office environment, benefits, etc.

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I am an in-house counsel who focuses on litigation. I’m looking to make the switch in-house. Any advice?

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Im a fairly new atty.I have no idea how to pose this question to Plft. Pltf was going to make a left on turn signal. Driver2 ran red light hit P's passenger side. D2 was going pretty fast so impac… more

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After three years in an unsatisfactory practice area, I'm moving to a new team. Frustrated with my work and constant criticism from my boss, I sought a transfer. Despite never sharing my concerns,… more

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Second day at a new firm. Partner said to take 1-2 hours researching a nuanced issue. I am 5 hours in and have not found anything on point. Can I tell the partner that there is not on point case law?

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Is my dissatisfaction with employment law due to being underutilized? Since transitioning to management-side in 2021, I've changed firms yearly due to toxic bosses and limited exposure. My work is… more

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Favorite skip tracer in California?

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I’ve been struggling with the workload at my job for a few months now. We are understaffed and overworked, and I have particularly demanding cases. I need to get through a trial in 2 weeks and then th… more

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Tips for litigating family law cases?

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Recently, my boss has become critical, focusing on my mistakes. Despite my efforts, I feel nothing I do is enough. I’m also struggling with monotony in my work, leading to a lack of motivation and ful… more

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