I'm Not Latham Vibrant or Watkins Approachable

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QI’m sure you’ve seen it by now that Latham Watkins is redoing its law firm website and has instructed us associates to look “sophisticated, modern, vibrant and approachable.” As I write this, the photos have not yet been taken. And while I do consider myself sophisticated and modern, I’m definitely not vibrant and approachable. I’ve built my career—albeit a short …

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Bitter Brief 12: One Last Freakout Before the Bar Exam

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[powerpress] In this installment of the Bitter Brief, we send off this summer’s bar examinees with one last bar exam freakout, things get real with our discussion of a rather depressing job offer, it’s time for bloggers—and, apparently, anonymous commenters—to beware, and one law firm’s unusual want ad lands a Chicago lawyer in deep poo-poo. Subscribe to the Bitter Brief on iTunes!

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Buy This Book and Become an Expert Ambulance Chaser. Or Not.

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This is not a paid advertisement. This is just me ranting about attorneys masquerading as experts. As a member of a state bar, two federal bars and three bar associations it is unsurprising that my contact information lands in the hands of many different people that want my time and money. Every day at the office, I receive solicitations for …

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Mr. Law School: Does Not Play Well With Court Staff

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When law students get internships, the hope is that you get to go to court. Court is where all the action happens, and you get the true. hands-on experience of what it’s like to be part of a trial. You see how lawyers interact with judges, their clients, opposing counsel, and the court officers. On this week’s episode of Mr. …

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Bitter News, Week of July 18th, 2011

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Here are your headlines from the Bitter Newsroom, where we quit our jobs with style! 212® or 213™? Anheuser-Busch InBev wants to trademark over a dozen major U.S. area codes. The Belgian beer-maker, seeing the local marketing success of 312 Urban Wheat Ale by Goose Island (a company it acquired earlier this year), decided to do what any large corporate parent would do: …

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Bitter Brief 11: Sexism, Parenting, and Clarence Thomas Bobbleheads

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[powerpress] In this week’s installment of the Bitter Brief, our perennial punching bag, Mr. Law School, gives us networking “advice” with which we, naturally, take issue. We take umbrage at the sexist undertones of Law Firm 10’s latest musings on marriage and parenting and Matthew Richardson’s equating the declining value of mid-level associates with the declining hotness of women. And, on the lighter side, Clarence …

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