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Based on some of the ominous posts/articles about firms going back to stealth layoffs, should I be weary about lateraling to BigLaw in a non-corporate practice area?

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Have an offer in hand for an AmLaw100 lockstep. Corporate / M&A mid level associate. Didn’t use a recruiter (attorney referral from inside firm). Mostly satisfied with the offer. Procedurally how should I go about negotiating things like signing bonus, full bonus vs pro rated bonus / Covid bonus eligibility? Obviously this would normally be done recruiter to recruiter. Do I contact the internal recruiter or one of the head partners I interviewed with? Email vs call?

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I started interviewing with a company back in January but they were taking while to make a decision so I put them out of my mind. Fast forward to last week and I found out that I’m newly pregnant. Now, I was offered the job. I don’t know what to do! I hate my current job and this new company seems like a better fit. Do I tell them before I accept the role? I know it’s very early and anything could happen with this pregnancy but I’m torn. Advice would be so helpful!

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Did anyone only start using their middle initial when they became an attorney? I have no idea where I got the notion but I felt like it was too formal at all my jobs before I went to law school but totally appropriate once I was licensed. Is this a custom?

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12 yr lawyer here, just moved to CA due to a spouse transfer and am not sure if I want to start over here. I have a good network in my home state. Any remote contract lawyers? How do you find work?

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Which books would you recommend to a product counel for tech startup about strategy, management, and leadership?

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As a company we are looking at going digital with our employee personnel and medical files etc. What are some of the ways you have done that? Any advice/recommended process?

Still crickets or avoidance at this Am100 law firm.

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I got distracted yesterday drafting an appellate brief and completely forgot to show up for a warm body hearing involving a coverage MSJ that has nothing to do with my client. Regardless, I am mortified and of course apologized to the partner. Do I need to address anything with the court or OC or is this nbd?

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Do "market" firms pay recruiters similarly? I feel mine is making special effort for a recent submission as opposed to others and I'm cynically wondering if it's because this firm pays a bigger fee.

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1) Billable ID attorneys, HOW do you consistently bill 8-10 hours a day. Idk how to bill besides that you need to do it immediately. And 2, how long did it take for you to get comfortable billing.

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I’m a Canadian lawyer at an Aml50 firm in the US on a TN visa. I would like to take steps to change over to an immigrant visa (H1-B). Has anyone done this? If so, how did you bring up the conversation? How long were you employed before asking for this? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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When, if ever, do you use “Esquire”, or “Esq.” after your name?

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How long, on average, did it take you to study before you could pass the PHR/SPHR exam? Did you think it was worth it?

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Does anyone have HR goals around regrettable versus non-regrettable turnover?

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Anyone have insight on DLA from a litigation associate perspective?

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How long do you typically allow for self assessments and manager assessments for year-end? This year we gave employees a week and managers 3 weeks (holidays not included), but they still said it wasn’t long enough even though most waited until the very last day to complete them.

When a partner sends back your doc with tracked changes, should I do anything more than accept changes and proofread again? Seems like I am constantly just volleying minor changes back to them.

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I’m interested to know opinions on which service is better for in-house counsel, Practical Law or Lexis Nexis? Or another option that I might be unaware of? Im an in-house generalist at a medium sized, service based company and handle a range of matters including general business, contracts, employment/international employment, IP, privacy, and technology. I want to be able to access templates, practice guides, and checklists.

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How much nonbillable time is too much? I’m a second associate at a midsized firm and I have 30-50 non billable hours each month. An associate at another firm told me this was really high. Thoughts?

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Today I had an interview with a recruiter from Oliver Wyman and she asked sal expectations and I said around 100 and she said “wow great that fits well into our budget” aka... did I say the wrong thing? Should I have asked for more? *the moment I realized acn pay is no bueno*

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Can we aggregate all the “how many points” questions into a single thread. What happened, and how much were you compensated for it?

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I knocked out admin, app builder, and sales cloud certs. What’s the next easiest cert? Also how should I study for service cloud - heard it’s hard

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For anyone who’s started at a company fully remote (Covid or otherwise)… when ramping into your new role, what did you do to feel more connected to your team/sales dept? I’m finding that I have questions that I don’t know how or whom to ask, I don’t know who anyone is and my manager can be MIA. This is my first fully remote role and it’s thrown me for a bit of a loop

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Canadians who worked in Canada and are working and living in America — when you retire in the US, do you also get Canadian social security benefits?

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I recently found out I’m pregnant and am going to be due around Christmas time. I typically take PTO for the last two weeks of the years anyways because it only ends up being like 6 days for 2 weeks because of all the holidays. If I have the twins a little early (which is very likely) but during my PTO time, do you think they would be okay with the maternity leave starting 1/1 instead of when the babies are born? Or is it very strict on when it starts?

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Do you keep your automatic replies internal only, or do you use for external (aka client) emails, as well? I’ve gone both ways but have noticed increasing trend to keep internal only. I have a classic situation coming up where my project was delayed, so it is now overlapping with vacation. I am very tempted to go 100% off email (colleagues/clients have my cell) but wondering if this will reflect poorly on me and the firm.

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Pros and Cons of leveraging an offer from another Big 4 at your current firm? I am hoping to transfer offices, but I also want exposure to different types of engagements

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Are there any free sources online that track the performance for the more known mid to larger PE funds? Not looking for years of historical info just a the most recent IRR and MOIC and pitch book has this info but it’s under the paid membership

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This covid surge in India is raising a dilemma for me. I’m settled here in the us and my parents live in India. It’s impossible for me to move down there and my parents are reluctant to move here....

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Any insight into what the “skills” interview consists of at Accenture Tech Strategy? Specifically for the Accenture Tech Strat & Advisory offering. Not sure what types of skill questions will be asked since this isn’t a technical implementation role. TIA!

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This is a long shot but wondering if anyone has experienced this. I just changed to H1B status last Oct and my bank mailed me recently after tax filing deadline (I have filed tax in time using H&R block) asking me to fill out W9 if I am a resident alien / another form if I am not. This has never happened in previous years. Does it mean I missed a form using H&R block or is it related to the status change…?

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I feel bad about an expensive car. But I like it. Don't need it. I rationalize every expense ad nauseam. I don't know if I should do this.

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Trying to break into consulting and I think networking and building relationships is the best way to do so given I have a non target MBA. I’ve had some good luck with reaching out through email but should I not even bother this week given the short week? Would it come off as more of a hassle given the crunch this week?

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Anyone know if it's possible to get a PCR test at DTW airport?

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Is anyone who switched to industry from consulting while on h1b willing to chat? Thanks in advance!

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Has anyone lost 30 to 40 pounds? If so, what did you do? I lost 20 lbs and I want to lose at least 30 lbs more. I have stalled a bit and I am trying to figure out what to do next.

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I made Alison Roman’s Strawberry Shortcake Cobbler. Quick and easy dessert that tastes less than an hour!

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How does everyone like working at Moss Adams?

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