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Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

Kimberly Kitchen charged with forgery and a few other things

(Newser) - A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced yesterday. Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law, and felony records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen... More »

Report: Robots Could Make Most Lawyers Obsolete

Experts point to possible 'structural collapse' at law firms

(Newser) - A new report looks at the state of the legal profession in 2030, and it doesn't look too pretty as far as employment is concerned, io9 reports. "It is no longer unrealistic to consider that workplace robots and their AI processing systems could reach the point of general... More »

Lawyers Have Lost $70M to ... Email Scammers

One will be prosecuted this fall

(Newser) - Even lawyers can be taken in by email scams—and one US Postal Inspector estimates law firms have lost at least $70 million to such scams since 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scammers email lawyers—known for their eagerness to gain new clients, often via the Internet—with a... More »

Firm Posts Job Opening for Lawyer—Salary $10K a Year

And plenty of people apply...

(Newser) - Just how bad is the job market for young people? So bad that a Boston law firm recently posted a job for a new, full-time associate that's expected to pay just $10,000 a year, WBZ reports. That might be less than minimum wage, but the firm, Gilbert &... More »

Dewey & LeBoeuf Broke: Worst US Law Firm Collapse

Dewey & LeBoeuf files for bankruptcy

(Newser) - Dewey & LeBoeuf, a storied law firm with roots going back a century that once employed more than 2,500 people, filed for bankruptcy last night, marking the largest law firm collapse in US history. The firm embraced aggressive growth, often snagging lawyers with huge pay packages it eventually couldn'... More »

Facebook Cited in 33% of Divorces

Flirting, cheating ways often uncovered online

(Newser) - All that flirting on Facebook is leading to a sad but hardly surprising outcome: divorce. One-third of divorce filings based on unreasonable behavior are citing Facebook these days, and such filings are up by half over the past two years, says the law firm Divorce-Online. "People contact ex-partners and... More »

GOP-Hired Law Firm Quits DOMA Case

Paul Clement, who was to argue case, resigns from King and Spalding

(Newser) - The law firm hired by the GOP to defend the Defense of Marriage Act is quitting the case, for reasons it hasn’t specified, notes Politico . “In reviewing this assignment further, I determined that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate,” said King and Spalding’s... More »

UK's Hottest Holiday Gift: Divorce Voucher

Inquiries for London law firm's coupons are pouring in

(Newser) - Debating whether to give a holiday gift to your cheating spouse? Try a divorce voucher—they’re all the rage in London. A law firm is offering discounted vouchers for divorce advice, just in time for the merriest of all seasons, and so far, they’re selling quite well. “... More »

Imprisoned Ponzi Schemer: It Happens to the Best of Us

Jailed Ponzi lawyer just wanted a beach house. $380 million later...

(Newser) - Before he left house arrest in his posh New York apartment to start serving a 20-year sentence, Ponzi schemer Marc Dreier attempted to explain his bizarre actions. Dreier sold bogus debt to expand his law firm, impersonating execs from other companies to do so. His criminal enterprise, he tells Vanity ... More »

Law School Grads Scramble as Big Firms Slash Hiring

(Newser) - Top law school grads are competing this fall for just half the number of entry-level positions big firms offered last year, in what the New York Times calls the most difficult employment season in half a century. One of New York's biggest firms has cut its hires by more than... More »

Lawyers Rush In to Grab Work From Lobbyists

Having fewer restrictions on lawyers' activities attracts clients

(Newser) - The Obama White House may have toughened rules on lobbyists, but the bonanza of new spending and regulation ushered in by the new administration has created a gold rush of lobbying opportunities, nonetheless, and law firms are horning in on the action, Politico reports. Staffing up with experts who provide... More »

Lehman Bankruptcy Nets Record Fees for Lawyers

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing is a gold mine for lawyers. One New York firm asked a bankruptcy judge this week to authorize a $55 million payment—the largest quarterly fee ever for a bankruptcy case, the Wall Street Journal reports. When all is said and done, this firm alone—Weil,... More »

NYC Firm Pays Lawyers for Not Going to Work

Cost-cutting measure gives employees $80K for taking a year off

(Newser) - Amid nationwide layoffs and salary freezes, how could a New York law firm justify paying some of its employees $80,000 to stay away from the office? It makes more sense when you know that the lawyers usually make three times that: The partners have found a way to cut... More »

All Those Years We Were Racing to Nowhere

Investors Wasted 12 Years

(Newser) - For years, denizens of Wall Street have been living a frantic existence, sleeping, eating and otherwise living at the office, “because whatever it is that had to happen had to happen immediately, or yesterday,” writes Elizabeth Wurtzel in the Wall Street Journal. And what did this feverish “... More »

Economy Sees Law Firms Defer New Hires

(Newser) - The sluggish economy has more law firms deferring offers of positions to graduating law students, Time reports. The idle young lawyers join more than 3,000 attorneys who have lost jobs since January 2008; the industry is expected to earn up to 10% less this year than last. One upside:... More »

Jade's Funeral Date Set

Plus, Rihanna house hunts, and more

(Newser) - The funeral for Jade Goody, the British reality star who died of cervical cancer, will be held April 4, the BBC reports. A funeral procession will go from her house to a nearby church. Elsewhere:
  • Rihanna was spotted house-hunting yesterday in the Hollywood Hills, the Sun reports.
  • Struggling-for-cash Lindsay Lohan
... More »

Chrysler Hires Bankruptcy Firm

Privately owned automaker preparing for Chapter 11 should feds not help out

(Newser) - Chrysler has contracted a law firm to help it prepare for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hiring of Jones Day suggests the automaker faces immediate failure if Congress decides to deny financial assistance to Detroit automakers. Jones Day has experience in automotive matters and has represented the United... More »

Law Firm Escapes Criminal Charges in $75M Deal

Milberg will pay $75M, admit wrongdoing

(Newser) - Ducking criminal charges, law firm Milberg LLP will pay the government $75 million and admit wrongdoing in a settlement following a 2-year-old indictment, the Wall Street Journal reports. The firm, which deals with shareholders' class-action lawsuits, acknowledges it paid kickbacks to attract clients between 1979 and 2005, enabling the firm... More »

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