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Any insights into Sherman & Howard? Denver office, in particular.

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I feel like when I have something challenging to work on like a brief or something time sensitive, I am very productive. But with everything else, I can't seem to focus or get anything done. Does … more

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Are there any ethical implications of an associate withdrawing from a case (i.e. leaving the firm) a month before a huge trial?

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I’m new counsel at a firm with a partnership track of a few years based on business origination. It’s pretty slow a lot of time. I try to fill my time with CLEs, writing articles, or targeting new cli… more

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Non-US attorneys: what is considered an average billable requirement where you practice? I’ve always wondered if it is different in other countries especially for big law

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My firm (in Canada) just announced they have bought iPad Pro’s and apple pencils for all attorneys in the hopes of going paperless. I’m very happy with this announcement as my firm was behind technolo… more

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I train attorneys, clerks, staff, and judges on how to complete legal research. Typically, these trainings and CLE presentations would be in-person. Due to COVID, I’m stuck doing them all virtually. W… more

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I’ve been practicing for seven years and have not stayed at a firm longer than 2.5 years. I have left roles usually due to moving cities for SO or more money. How bad does this look?

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I'm fresh out of law school (2020 grad) and I don't enjoy where I work or the practice area. I found a better opportunity. Is it too soon to leave? I've been here less than 3 months.

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Has anyone left a job after < 1 year, specifically to go to an in-house position? Is this poor form even if the opportunity is too good to pass up?

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I feel stuck in my current position. I am contract specific but being early in my legal career (5 years in) I want to expand my knowledge and consider other fields I.e securities, m&a, real estate… more

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IP LAW Hi - I’m a lawyer based in the UK, and looking to improve my IP law knowledge. Has anyone done the PGDip in IP Law at Oxford? Or can anyone give any suggestions on some good courses / resource… more

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And so, the healing begins.

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been pretty much unable to get anything of substance done. I have work (that I enjoy) and really need to be billing, but I just sit and stare at the screen. It’s lik… more

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Pretty sure everyone has had to deal with colleagues who love taking credit for your work, and not saying so much as thank you for your work. I have had instances where my colleagues (superiors) prese… more

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Are you allowed to hold individual stocks at large law firms that aren’t firm clients?

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Question for biglaw corporate associates - would you expect a 2018 grad (new 3rd year) to be able to draft all NVCA financing documents without much help from a senior attorney? For M&A, what beyo… more

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In need of a gut check: I lateraled a year and a half ago to move to a location closer to my husband’s parents. I loved my old firm and was given good opportunities and was extremely cautious about la… more

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So frustrated with my fellow associate - I am supposed to transition into this person’s role on a deal because this person is moving to another team. But they refuse to give me a list of issues and wh… more

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Thinking of going back to my former in-house gig after being in corporate private practice for the last year and a half but its a situation where I wont have a good mentor to learn from. I’m in my 6th… more

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From those who aren’t not in biglaw, how do you view associates from biglaw? All opinions welcomed. 5th year currently in biglaw at a v30 and was thinking about switching to a smaller firm.

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I will be taking and defending my first depositions ever next week. I have never even sat in on one, and now I'm being thrown to the wolves. While I am excited to finally get these under my belt, … more

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What are your least favorite phrases of legal corporatespeak?

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Top areas of law for an attorney starting her own firm? Any suggestions on how to start/get clients? I work for a defense firm and the culture of law is too inflexible.

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Setting aside Dry January (for those who partake), how many days per week do you consume alcohol? What day (before today) was the last day you consumed zero alcohol? For those working from home, what … more

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What is the least writing intensive legal job that you know of?

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Lord save me from this profession. From the moment I started practicing I’ve hated it. That is all.

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My motivation and focus have been dwindling this month and I hate it. What are ways you all get back on track with your focus and how do you stay motivated?

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Do we have multiple Trial Lawyers now? I’m confused

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What would you say is the value of joining a board of a non-profit as an associate?

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Is Amazon really that bad? I have seen a few posts on here and articles about how the culture at Amazon is toxic and how it’s miserable going in house there. Compared to NYC Big Law, the thought of Se… more

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I’m currently practicing at a small firm doing various forms of litigation/corporate work. My fiancé and I are looking to move from the NYC/NJ area to a rural area in the south this year. I’ve receive… more

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What is your best piece of job search advice for moving to a new firm? Lots of people on here post about how one should “just get a new job” in a bad situation, but I’m looking for concrete advice. Fo… more

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Looking for an attorney located in TX bell county for association for pro hac Vice application and a filing to transfer case to OH. Have TX bar authorization letter. Case should get transferred as nei… more

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Probably a long shot, but anyone in here practice in South Dakota? Thinking about moving back home to Rapid City, but have no idea salary range I would be looking at.

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Business litigation. Thoughts on this practice area? Thinking about making a move to a firm that exclusively practices this from insurance defense.

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Been In-House for 1 year at a big company. Doing mostly L&E work. However, feel like the volume of work is not enough for me. don’t really have much work going on it’s been like this the past coup… more

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Im at a firm now but thinking about taking a position in-house. I have some clients I work closely with and 1 in particular that I brought to the firm. How much time is sufficient notice to everyone … more

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I can’t tell if it’s this profession or the pandemic that is making me feel so unmotivated and exhausted. Probably like many associates, I just feel like I can never catch a break!

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Anybody have recommendations for recruiters in the Philadelphia area?

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