1. States where the lawyer population is growing (or not). If you are wondering where to hang your shingle, take a look at AssociatesMind.com's state-by-state chart of lawyer growth rates over the last 10 years.
First, the five states with the highest growth rates in lawyers:
Nevada +54 percent
And the five states with the lowest or negative growth rate in lawyers:
Alaska + 8 percent
Massachusetts - 8
Rhode Island -19
And where do California and New York fit? Both had respectable growth—21 percent for each of those states.
2. This is so unfair! So many rules that prevent lawyers from cashing in. According to a new opinion issued by the Professional Ethics Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, lawyers shouldn't be allowed to collect whistleblower bounties when they reveal confidential information about their clients.
The committee was concerned that "a financial incentive might tend to cloud a lawyer's professional judgment," reports New York Law Journal.
Lawyers placing their financial interest before their clients' welfare? What an exotic concept.
3. How shocking: Law reviews are boring! Looks like no one—not even those who work on them—likes flipping
through the pages. Academics, student editors, judges,
and practitioners say that law review articles
are too long and largely irrelevant to those in practice, according to a survey reported in The National
The survey is discussed in Loyola Law Review. Gee, I wonder how long that piece is and how many people will find it a must-read.
4. You're that pure? Puh-leeze! A survey from Corporate Responsibility Magazine (who knew there's such a publication?) finds that 69 percent of Americans wouldn't take a job with a company with a bad reputation—even if they're unemployed, reports Corporate Counsel.
Not to worry, people aren't totally crazy: The majority of respondents said that they would consider taking a job at a company with a sullied reputation if they got paid a lot more—like a "50 and 100 percent bump in salary."
Nice to know that everyone has a price.
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