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  • Jul 10, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Advocacy for the unpopular: Where’s the line? | U.S. Rep. Raskin on impeachment | Bill of Rights for the earth?

When someone hires a lawyer, they are entitled to a level of zealous advocacy. Ethical guidelines bind the lawyer to be loyal and give their clients their all.  But there are limits to even zealous...

Earth through crystal ball
  • Jul 2, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Law schools ranked by employment | IRL office debate | A Declaration of Independence reading

Rankings of all sorts can be controversial, especially for those being ranked when their numbers never materialize or slip. Yet, they continue to be incredibly important for the marketing of law schools, law firms, etc. ...

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  • Jun 24, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Pricing and hirability | New Solo crash course | Elder fraud on the rise

At the top end of the legal profession, in terms of pay, salary wars are well underway. Starting associate salaries have jumped over the $200K mark and are rising. But for much of the rest...

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  • Jun 18, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

‘F’ for Solos on Cybersecurity | Responses to Ransomware | 20 Time & Tech Tips

Look to the left, look to the right. If you’re a solo/small firm, it’s a fair bet that one of your firms has been a victim of a cyber attack. According to the 2020 ABA...

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  • Jun 11, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Summer reading list | When citizen sleuths slip up | Regulating riots

Ever notice how when someone asks for reading recommendations on social media, the comment threads blow up?  Folks love to share their favorite reads. They seem to equally enjoy seeing what books are on the...

Steps made of books
  • Jun 4, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Landing the job you want | Over-enrollment blues | Musings on UFOs, embracing sales

Decisions about law school were intensely complicated because of the pandemic. Should students go all in? Defer? Bail altogether?  Conversations on Above the Law’s Thinking Like a Lawyer and the ABA’s Law Student Podcast reveal...

UFO self parking
  • May 28, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Reigning-in risks | ‘Limitless’ vacation, pro or con? | Authors talk toxins and labor camps

As noted recently by Digital Detectives, ransomware and cyber breaches spiked during the pandemic.  There are some understandable reasons for the increase in hacking. One is that data security protocols took a back seat in...

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  • May 21, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Why hackers are thriving | Startling cyber-attack stats | Court-packing or SCOTUS reform?

If you sensed that hacking and ransomware attacks spiked during the pandemic, your suspicions were accurate. A perfect storm of lapses in security, a rise in scripted attacks, and increased professionalized hacking have led to...

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  • May 14, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

5 key metrics to track | Getting to inbox zero | A ’70s-era kidnapping | Crisis lawyering, a niche practice

When exploring different ways to improve a practice, work habits, whatever really, a common piece of advice is to look at the data. But what does that mean? Which data points? What metrics matter? Legal...

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  • Apr 30, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

‘Radium Girls’ and workplace safety | Press under arrest | Growth of legal-adjacent careers | Becoming an influencer

One of the benefits of listening to podcasts is getting the opportunity to hear directly from people intimately involved with the stories they’re sharing.  Independent filmmaker Ginny Mohler came across the story of “dial painters”...

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  • Apr 29, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Legal commentary offers insights into Chauvin trial strategy & tactics

Special thanks to our sponsor Nota. Even those who binge-watched the high-profile trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin are unlikely to have absorbed its nuances and unusual legal issues. Legal Talk Today took a...

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  • Apr 23, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

$2K per hour? | WFH hacks worth keeping | Chauvin trial strategies examined

Revelations about former AG Eric Holder’s $2,295 hourly billing rate created a media buzz. Is the rate (which as reported reflects a 10% discount) too high? Or is it completely fair given Holder’s specialized expertise?...

Dollar signs
  • Apr 9, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Editor’s Picks: Reputation management and the birth of Gritty | ‘Spark of life’ evidence | Young Lawyer Rising

There’s really never any risk that a conversation with Jared Correia will be boring. That said, when I saw his latest podcast featured reputation management, I was expecting a fairly straightforward interview. I should have...

Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot
  • Apr 2, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Editor’s picks: The Varsity Blues mastermind | Open carry bans | Right to counsel’s complex matrix

When you have a child, it’s only natural to want to assure they have all the advantages you can afford. When that child has all the benefits, why would the parents need to cheat to...

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  • Mar 26, 2021
  • by Molly McDonough

Editor’s Picks: Legal Trends for Solos | BigLaw Bonuses | Lead Magnets | ‘Watergate Girl’ Dishes

Clio broke new ground five years ago by turning its internal data outward and sharing what it was learning about the legal profession. The Legal Trends Report quickly gained prominence in the industry data space...

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