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Pope Francis' First Year: The Next Great Harvard Business School Case Study?

If the Roman Catholic Church were a public company, its share price would have doubled in the past year and its CEO would now be in a strong position to ask the board for a raise. This is more or less what The Economist implied last week when it published an article called "The Francis Effect," comparing the Pope to great turnaround CEOs "such as IBM's Lou Gerstner, Fiat's Sergio Marchionne, and Apple's Steve Jobs. Read More >

Which Lawyers Are Lining Up for Botox?

OK, maybe not in the literal sense, but if you are an aspiring attorney interested in getting a piece of the pharma pie you can start salivating now. On Tuesday drug companies announced deals potentially worth a total of $74 billion, and the top law firms are all over that. Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian company, announced a $46 billion hostile bid for Botox-maker Allergan. The deal is backed by Valeant shareholder Pershing Square Capital Management, a private equity firm. Read More >

Deutsche Bank's $4 Billion Hangover, Part 2

Three years ago, just after the Deutsche Bank-owned Cosmopolitan hotel and casino opened in Las Vegas, I spoke with a Vegas insider about the German bank's big Sin City bet (you can read part of that conversation in a previous post here). Read More >

Why Attractive People Make Bad Bosses

Okay, so that headline might be a little over the top, but it's definitely implied in the findings of a recent series of research papers by Stanford Graduate Business School professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi. The pair's research examined how individual mindsets can be affected by perceptions of their own attractiveness. Read More >

8 Interview Questions That Will Catch Hiring Managers Off Balance

If you're at the point where you're preparing yourself for an interview, then you've already fought half the battle. You've made it through the gauntlet of application questions, recommendations, and resume touch ups. Now is your final shot. You need to not only ace the hiring manager's interview questions, but also another critical element - your questions for the interviewer.  Hiring managers spend all day interviewing candidates, so it's critical that you stand out. Read More >

Does this Study Prove that Law Firm Partners are Racist?

So it turns out that partners at law firms are racist, and they don't even know it. The legal industry, particularly, BigLaw, has long struggled with diversity. While improvements have been made in the hiring of diverse associates, many law firms still fail to retain and promote minority and female associates. Read More >

‘Testament’ to One of World’s Most Dangerous Jobs

This past Easter Sunday marked the third anniversary of the death of Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist who was killed in 2011 while on assignment in Libya. Hondros, who spent most of his career documenting war, took photographs that according to Mother Jones are "critically important in our understanding of what's going on in the world [and] critical in getting people to pay attention. Read More >

Law Profs: Two-Year J.D. is a Terrible Idea

Two acclaimed law professors have made their case against the two-year law degree while attempting to quell fears that legal education is in crisis. With all the negative talk about dropping law school enrollment and in-debt, unemployed law grads, it's refreshing to hear a different perspective. Read More >

Google Wants 600,000 More Square Feet of NYC Office Space

Earlier this week it was revealed that Google, which already occupies 750,000 square feet of office space in New York, is on the hunt for 600,000 more. The tech firm wants the space to house another 3,000 employees in New York. When I mentioned this to a coworker, she joked: So, does that mean I should work on my resume? Read More >

Maintaining Your Sanity During Law School Exams

As we meet mid-April, law students either find themselves in exam week lockdown or feverishly outlining while pretending to do their reading for their last few classes before exam week and solitary confinement officially begin. In my experience, there were three types of law students: (1) Over-prepared; (2) Do not GAF and (3) Just need one more day to study. Read More >

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