Lawyers

Unequal spending on legal services isn't a crisis, and doesn't need this solution

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The last time we heard from Lanny Davis, he was doing what he does best: representing a dictator. This was all the way back in 2010, when Davis signed up with the Ivory Coast's president, Laurent Gbagbo, who held on to power after losing an election. Davis claimed there was "documentary evidence" that Gbagbo won. (He—Gbagbo, not Davis—is currently incarcerated in The Hague after nearly starting a civil war over succession).

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The Crisis at Washington's Ultimate Power Firm

Patton, Boggs and the End of Big Law

When I wrote last month about the loud wheezing noises coming from the world of Big Law—that is, the 200 or so biggest, most profitable law firms in the country—the industry’s staunchest defenders protested that I had the story all wrong: Big Law may have had a tough recession, they said. But it was bouncing back with aplomb, just the way it always had. Any suggestion that it was facing an existential crisis was either naïve or deliberately alarmist.

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Earlier this week, we ran a symposium featuring prominent legal experts discussing what could be done to fix law schools. The symposium attracted numerous responses, including this one, from the University of New Hampshire's Leah Plunkett. 

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How the prototypical TV lawyer has changed throughout the ages.

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How to Fix Law School

Six experts tell us what they'd change

Alan Dershowitz, Dahlia Lithwick, and other experts tell us what they'd change.

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The legal profession's economics may be in trouble. But its office aesthetics remain luxurious.

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The Last Days of Big Law

The money is drying up—and America's most storied firms are terrified

A dispatch from the last days of big law

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Had you been at the U.S. Supreme Court on February 28, you might have thought you'd wandered into the middle of a revolution. The first sign the old order was crumbling was the line of 200 people in front of the building. This was hardly unusual in itself. Many landmark cases attract throngs of local lawyers, interns from surrounding offices, even concave-chested high school boys who would die happy having glimpsed Earl Warren's robe. But there was something different about these people. They didn't look like they had dressed for the occasion, or really any occasion at all.

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