GOP, Bar Association Tangle Over Judicial Nominations

The American Bar Association has been a key gatekeeper for the federal courts since it began evaluating judicial nominees in the 1940s, but it is losing influence among Republicans in the U.S. Senate who view it as a liberal group.
 Tensions between Senate Republicans and the association, the largest organization of lawyers in the nation, have escalated in recent weeks after the ABA pronounced a Nebraska lawyer unfit to serve on the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, citing his “deeply-held social agenda.”

How lawyers can avoid burnout and debilitating anxiety

Soon after graduating from New York University School of Law and joining the corporate practice of a white-shoe Manhattan law firm, Will Meyerhofer gained 45 pounds, was sleep-deprived and was frequently sick. "I was a nervous wreck. I was shattered," says Meyerhofer, who'd also graduated from Harvard. "Even though I got to the very top, I was treated like an idiot and I felt I didn't belong in the field. I was a mess. At the end of the day, I really only looked forward to seeing my dog."

I Have Been A Law Firm Partner For A Year. How Is It Different From Life As An Associate?

So when the shareholders at my law firm extended me an invitation to become an owner, I hesitated. The thought of becoming a business owner troubled my inner commitment-phobe. But eventually I signed on, mostly out of curiosity and also because the thought of having people call me their boss sounded hilarious.

Top 10 law schools for people who actually want to become lawyers

No huge surprise: The list is dominated by schools in the top 15 of U.S. News & World Report’s law school ranking. However, Yale -- the No. 1 law school in the country according to U.S. News -- doesn’t make the top 10: It has an employment rate of 91.3%, lower than most of its top tier rivals, and a bar pass rate of 91.9%, only good enough for 14th place in that category.

How to: return to the profession

How do you revive your legal career after taking a lengthy break? Jonathan Rayner found out at a returner course.
The room is crammed with dormant talent primed to awake. Delegate after delegate talks from the floor of years in practice, some in the City, others in-house, still others in government. But their careers, we hear, are currently ‘paused’, to use a newly popular term, by children and other caring commitments. Or they have followed, often abroad, where their partners’ careers have led. It is a familiar story and there is no apparent bitterness. It has ever been thus, seems the common perception.