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Ladies & Gentlemen, with one month left in Q2, some will fall short of our numbers. Others will hit them. I can’t speak for all of us here, however, I can speak for myself. That being said, I will NOT be one that comes up short of my number. Now, this leads me to you all, to present a question. If you have to prospect, if you’re looking for new business, is it worth $1500 to put 95% of your prospecting process on autopilot? If so, let’s chat.

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Does anyone have ideas for employee appreciation day? We have employees in US, Mexico and Canada

Top 10% in billable hours, got a below-market bonus. So annoyed

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Gave my two weeks yesterday and the case transition will be completed within a few days. Do I stay the full two weeks even though I won’t have more than 2-4 hours to bill a day (if I stretch it out)? Advice on what to do.

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Hi everyone! Looking for some guidance on resources you use for benchmarking for workforce planning/DEI specifically in the tech space?

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Fellow litigation associates, how long does it take you to review e-mails in a document production from the other side? For example, how long would you estimate to review 1000 pages of emails?

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You said: “We have accepted all changes in your redline.” The Truth-O-Meter (aka “Compare Docs”) determined that was a lie.

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Question- if someone sues you on state law claims. You want to then claim violation of a federal law in a counter claim can you remove to federal court without diversity of citizenship

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Thinking about doing a startup in the law space. I have always been frustrated editing contracts. Would any of you be interested in a searchable clause bank that lived in Microsoft word? You would be able to search for a particular clause and then add or replace it to your current document.

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Hello please can I find Victoria’s boot camp I keep hearing about this being great to study for shrm exam but I can’t find it anywhere thank you

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Are there any CA family law firms looking to contract out work (legal research, drafting briefs, disclosures, forms, discovery, etc.)? I have over 6 years of experience and am well-versed in family code and case law. (My attorney is on family leave so we don't have the workload I'm used to right now, and my husband might be switching jobs with a pay cut, so it wouldn't hurt to earn some extra money.) Thanks!

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What are some games I can play with my team? We are spread out all over the US, would love to get my gang together virtually for happy hour and games. Any suggestions?

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Hello! I have a two part question: 1) is it worth it to obtain an SHRM specialty credential if I don’t have the broader SHRM certification? 2) has anyone gotten the People Analytics or Talent Acquistion credential? If so, how valuable was it from a learning perspective? Do you feel it significantly contributed to your knowledge in either area? Thank you!

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Let’s talk staff gifts for the holidays. For those in BigLaw, how much do you all usually spend on secretary and paralegal gifts?

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Hi everyone, Looking for a M&A HR checklist that includes due diligence through integration. I have one but would like to see what else is out there and compare. Happy to share my email directly.

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Found out from an administrator at the firm that the firm’s hours have been low across the board over the past couple months. Is this cause for concern as an associate?

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What training or guidance are you giving managers at your firms about managing hybrid teams? There is a lot out there on remote teams, but a lot of us are going back three days a week which means people at home and people in the room. Any tips to pass on?

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Job hunting: For writing samples, would employers prefer a redacted due diligence memo (PowerPoint format) or a redacted memorandum?

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I’m mid-level in my HR career at my current company and an upcoming Master’s graduate. Studying for my SHRM-CP too. How did you make the transition to that next level? What skills do you need, or is it really just based on YOE (I am the youngest compared to my teammates, many who have 10+ YOE)? I feel like career pathing is not very clear at my company. Each time I ask for guidance on this from my manager, I get told they’ll look into it.... would love some external mentorship and thoughts 🙏🏼

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If you are feeling sick or something during the day and WFH, do you feel comfortable napping it off and then getting back to work and working late if needed? I have friends that say this is totally normal and okay but I feel weird about it and can never actually rest to feel better if I do lay down

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Does anyone have any thoughts on what’s currently market for an in-house counsel job at a healthcare company (most are PE backed)? Currently a third year big law associate that works in the healthcare group doing primary working on PE healthcare transactions. Starting to put out feelers at a few companies (all of which have asked my expected starting comp) and want to avoid the sticker shock of the decrease in comp 😂

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Ladies do any of you from EY know if we can move to another firm immediately after maternity leave?

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Anyone work or worked at Morningstar ? Interview coming up

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How long after applying with a referral at accenture until you typically hear back?

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What’s socially acceptable to wear to a work holiday party? In desperate need of help!!

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My parents came to the US in February under B2 visitor visa. They already extended visa one time for 6 months. Can they request another extension after staying here 1 year? Has anyone done it before?

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Who else is flummoxed at KPMG being in top 100 mother-friendly firm?? This recognition has annoyed me every single of the last 3 years that I’ve been a mom.

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Have seen comp for NACR (restructuring) listed at around 150-200 for analysts, 200-275 for associates, and one mention of senior associates at 375k. Supposedly NACR gets crushed in terms of hours. But i've also read that targets are around 2000 hours per year? Something doesn't add up.....e.g. Associate $550/hr * 25% cap rate * 2000 billable hrs = $275k.......but 2000 hours is slightly over 40 hours a week (including 4 weeks vacay), not the 80 hr/week. So is there a ton of time on vacation?

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Do any AmLaw 200 firms offer fee splitting for associates? As a senior associate, I originate more than my salary and I know that many others with the same title in my firm originate little/nothing. Yet we are all paid about the same base and our bonuses are underwhelming. Sounds like a rant but am just curious.

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Uh...CLEAR pre check at IAD... What in the actual fuck?

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Best tapas bar? Specifically somewhere with boquerones and on the west? The place I usually go to, las ramblas, is temporarily closed 🥲

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Would you rather have a project with an average 8-9 hours of work everyday or a project where you barely work at all?

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Have you ever woke up late for a morning client meeting but found out it got cancelled by client last night as they couldn’t make it? It felt good!

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Question on form I-693 (medical exam): should I include it right now along with my I-485 application or wait till I'm called for interview?

Has anyone had an heirloom diamond & platinum ring re-set? How much did it cost (& what city / COL area)? Trying to gather more benchmark data points for mine (same design). TIA

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Looking to take advantage of my company being virtual while I can, and I want to do July/Aug working outside of my home city; ideally anywhere with mountains (eg Montana). I wouldn’t mind doing it alone, but there are limited options that are quite expensive. Any recommendations for finding a potential travel partner to go in on housing? None of my friends are virtual anymore.

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Help! On PowerPoint when I would press ALT + arrow key it would select the object to the right. Now when I do it, it moves my currently selected object to the right most end of the PP page. Have I messed with my settings somehow or am I forgetting what the shortcut is to select the object to the right/left/up/down?

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Raise your hand if you saw a colleague post something dumb on fishbowl today 🙋🏻‍♂️

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Anyone have any insight into Garfunkel wild (ny/nj/ct)? I’m a healthcare junior associate looking to relocate from elsewhere in the NE and like to keep tabs on health law practices in that area.

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At a MCOL B4 and on track to be promoted to manager this year but unsure what the pay increase will look like. I’ve always thought of moving somewhere for a couple years but unsure if I should wait for what my current promotion would be (potential rotation in my ideal city for 2 yrs next spring), take a 15% increase job offer for diff B4 in the same city (unsure of travel), B4 offer of 35% increase but relocating to a HCOL city, or switching to industry for 20% increase (same city). WWYD? Lol

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