Matt Moody

Matt is Vault’s Law Editor and writes about legal industry news and career advice on Vault’s Law Blog. Prior to joining Vault, Matt worked as a litigator at two Vault 100 law firms. Matt has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida.

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How to Become a Harvard Law-Trained Novelist

by Matt Moody  |  February 22, 2017

Jeremy Blachman came to legal world fame a decade ago through his blog Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical view of BigLaw firms through the eyes of a fictitious partner. Though still a Harvard Law student at the time, Jeremy's hilarious view of law firm life attracted lawyers' and students' attention and led him to write his first novel, also called Anonymous Lawyer. Last year saw the release of his second novel The Curve, co-written with Cameron Stracher. Set in a fictional failing law school on... Read More >

America Is Having Trouble Focusing at Work These Days

by Matt Moody  |  February 17, 2017

With the hectic pace of executive orders, emergency hearings, crazy Sean Spicer press conferences, and relentless protests, it can be hard to focus on work these days. If you're having trouble staying on task, you're not alone. A new survey by BetterWorks and Wakefield Research found that 29% of full-time workers report being less productive since the election and 87% read political social media posts during the work day. And employees are not just reading political stories onl Read More >

How Satisfied Are BigLaw Associates?

by Matt Moody  |  February 14, 2017

When I worked in BigLaw, it seemed no associates were truly happy. It's a stressful job, with long hours, demanding bosses, and an employment model that requires most associates to leave the firm before ever having the chance to make partner. But when we asked BigLaw associates in Vault's 2016 Associate Survey how satisfied they were with their jobs, they were a pretty happy bunch. On a scale of 1-10 (completely unsatisfied to completely satisfied), the average score was an 8.08. But this... Read More >

The Best Law Schools for BigLaw Jobs

by Matt Moody  |  February 10, 2017

Working as an associate in a BigLaw firm is the brass ring for many law school students. If that's your goal, it may seem logical to go to the highest ranked law school that accepts you. But that might not necessarily be the choice. Fortunately, Vault has conducts the largest survey of law firm associates and has collected data to help us figure out which schools are the biggest feeders to BigLaw. First, let's look at some raw numbers. There were 15,673 BigLaw associates who participated... Read More >

Lawyers are Heroes of the Trump Resistance

by Matt Moody  |  January 31, 2017

Just hours after President Trump signed his immigration executive order barring entry to nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries, lawyers got to work to fight the ban. Attorneys from the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU, and law students from Yale's Worker and Immigration Law Center worked all Friday night putting together a complaint seeking to free two Iraqi men detained at JFK airport and any other travelers so detained because of the travel ban. The complaint was filed... Read More >

Will Repealing Obamacare Bring Job Lock?

by Matt Moody  |  January 26, 2017

One of the underreported purposes, and results, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that it freed many Americans from "job lock"-the inability or unwillingness of an employee to leave a job because doing so will result in the loss of their health care.  And freeing people from job lock is good for individual employees, good for businesses, good for entrepreneurship, and good for the economy. With the GOP fully in control of Congress and the White House, the ACA is on its deathbed. On the... Read More >

How Obama Could Get Garland on SCOTUS Before Trump's Inauguration

by Matt Moody  |  November 09, 2016

The nomination of a justice to fill the late Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court was the shadow issue of this election. The seat that has sat empty since Scalia died in February of this year looks like it will actually be filled by President-Elect Trump, despite President Obama naming Merrick Garland as his nominee eight months ago and despite the Senate's constitutional duty to "advise and consent" on Obama's nominee. But is there a way Obama could still get Garland on the... Read More >

Hey Donald, 650K Docs Can Easily Be Reviewed in 8 Days

by Matt Moody  |  November 07, 2016

The "October Surprise" of this presidential election dropped on October 28th when FBI director James Comey announced that the FBI had found a trove of emails that may have information related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. While investigating disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner for allegedly sexting with an underage girl, the FBI located 650,000 emails on Weiner's laptop that were either sent or received by Huma Abedin, Weiner's estranged wife and Clinton's top aide.... Read More >

3 Things Trump & Clinton Have Done that Would Get You Fired

by Matt Moody  |  October 31, 2016

I'm no HR expert, but as a career advice writer, it's hard to sit through all the shenanigans of the 2016 presidential election without thinking that the candidates competing for the most important job in the country haven't exactly acted like model employees. In fact, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have done a bunch of things that would get you, me, or any normal office shlub fired in the blink of an eye. Fortunately for them, it's been a long time since either of them was anything... Read More >

How to Be Happy at Work, According to Science

by Matt Moody  |  October 05, 2016

Work can be a drag, even if you’re in a career that you love—and especially if you aren’t. But if you’re going to spend at least half your waking hours each weekday at work, you should make sure you’re doing your best to be as happy as you can be. There have been a plethora of studies in recent years on little ways to make us more happy throughout our work days. These four small steps can make a really big difference in how you feel Monday to Friday. Start the Day in the Right Mood Read More >

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