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A New Trend in Student Loan Policy?

The ramifications of defaulting on student loans are serious. Those who default may be sued for the entire amount of the loan, face garnished wages, ruin their credit or even have their professional licenses revoked, among other potential consequences. As student loan debt grows, some states are considering rolling back sanctions for default. In Montana, Democratic State Rep. Read More >

Why Is Silicon Valley So Un-Family-Friendly?

I find it endlessly fascinating and perplexing that technology, which is supposed to better our lives and simplify them, often proves to complicate our lives and make them more difficult. And it's not just the products that do this but the companies themselves-the employers behind the products. Read More >

Law School Class of 2010 is Still Screwed

It's hard for me to believe I graduated from law school almost five years ago. In a sense, the time has flown; aside from some musculoskeletal complaints and a few new wrinkles (I did work in BigLaw for a time, after all), I don't really feel much older. But 2010 was far enough in the distant past, apparently, that it warrants a case study of us graduates to test the strength of the legal job market. Read More >

How Student Debt Piles Up (And How to Stop It)

About half of American college students underestimate their debt levels, according to the Brookings Institution. It's especially easy to see why this can be the case for law students, who face high costs over multiple loans to cover three full years of school. With finals approaching, it's a great time to take stock of your debt load and make a plan for repayment when graduation arrives. Read More >

Can Working on Wall Street Save Lives?

I have a friend who's worked in BigLaw, for a big Wall Street bank, and for one of the biggest swinging hedge fund managers in the world. In other words, he's made very big bucks. In addition, he has donated a big amount of money to charities and worthy causes. Read More >

Is it Cool to Work for the IRS?

According to the IRS it is. Thing is, the Internal Revenue Service is full of middle-aged employees nearing retirement age, and so the IRS needs some young blood to help it collect taxes and keep the country afloat. And to try to lure young folks into its ranks, the Service has unveiled a new campaign that makes it seem cool and hip to serve your country by making sure its citizens pay their fair share. Which does sound rather democratic. Read More >

5 Tips For Perfecting the Professional Humblebrag

Many people find it challenging to promote their own successes, worried that they'll be viewed as overly boastful. However, whether you've been promoted, won an award, or just achieved a major milestone, it's OK to occasionally toot your own horn - as long as you do it right! Here's how to "humblebrag" in a way that is genuine and relatable.    Watch Your Language  Sometimes the key to not sounding overly boastful is as simple as choosing the appropriate phrasing. Read More >

Mad Men's Career Girls

This Sunday, AMC's Mad Men will begin its seven-episode farewell. It's a sad time for Mad Men viewers. But it's also an exciting time. Over the next two months, viewers will find out where their favorite Mad Men characters end up at the close of Matthew Weiner's seven-act teleplay. And though much of the pre-finale focus has been on where ad man Don Draper will end up (dead or alive? in the ad game or out? Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Most Alums at Apple?

According to an analysis conducted by The Recorder, Morrison & Foerster appears to be somewhat of a feeder firm to one of the hottest in-house gigs in town-Apple Inc.'s legal department. There are nine MoFo alums working in the general counsel's office at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, CA, which is the highest number of alums from any law firm. Read More >

Will the Scarcity of Lethal Injection Drugs Lead to More Executions by Firing Squads?

Controversy surrounding the death penalty has intensified following Utah's recent enactment of legislation that would allow convicted capital offenders to be executed by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The bill's sponsor, Republican Paul Ray, claimed that a firing squad was "probably the most humane way to kill somebody. Read More >

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