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Will a bad economy force more changes in the profession?
While some people hope the flagging economy will get law firms to rethink how they bill clients, others are warning that associates had better churn up the billable hours or face the prospect of losing their jobs.

Marjorie and Stephanie WallaceEasing the pain of re-entry
These three women hardly sound like they would fear re-entering the job market:

  • Susan Nash: Cal Poly undergrad, Stanford Law School Order of the Coif. Law clerk to Judge David V. Kenyon, U.S. District Court, Los Angeles. Associate, Latham & Watkins. Lecturer, UCLA Law School. Panel attorney, California Appellate Project. Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson.
  • Marjorie Wallace: UCLA undergrad cum laude, UC Hastings College of the Law. Yale Law School, LLM. University of Pittsburgh, M.S. in Information Science. Law Professor, Duquesne University School of Law. Perez & McNabb business litigation associate. Solo practitioner.
  • Marie Curry: University of Rochester magna cum laude. Harvard Law School cum laude. Associate, Hanson, Bridgett LLP.

Attorneys take on foreclosure crisis
One recent fall morning, nearly 80 attorneys, paralegals and housing counselors streamed into San Francisco’s Practising Law Institute — another 166 arrived via the Internet — to learn how to better help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.

New parties move to intervene in bar exam suit
Twenty-three people who applied to take the California bar exam between 1972 and 2007 filed a motion last month to join a lawsuit in support of the State Bar’s refusal to turn over bar records for use in evaluating law school admission policies.

Court win for online law school grad
When Ross Mitchell graduated from the nation’s first online-only law school four years ago, he knew that the school’s lack of American Bar Association (ABA) approval would disqualify him from taking the Massachusetts bar examination. But he sought permission anyway, taking his case all the way to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court — and, in November, he got it.

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