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Nicole Weber

Nicole is Vault’s Law Editor, and covers news and career advice relating to the legal industry on Vault’s Law Blog. Nicole has a J.D. from Georgetown Law and a B.A. from Williams College. Prior to joining Vault, she worked as an employment law associate at a large New York law firm.

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2013: The Year of the Law Firm Merger

by Nicole Weber  |  November 26, 2013

Citing irresolvable conflicts of interests between their respective government clients, yesterday Orrick (#37 in the Vault Law 100) and Pillsbury (Vault Law #60) called off their anticipated mega-merger that would have created one of the 10 largest U.S. law firms. The commitment-phobia must have been contagious: less than 24 hours later, Dentons (Vault Law #93) and McKenna Long & Aldridge called off a tie-up that would have created one of the three biggest law firms by headcount... Read More >

The Partner Track: Dare You Proceed?

by Nicole Weber  |  November 14, 2013

The American Lawyer recently published its 2013 New Partner Survey, shedding light on how it really feels to reach the supposed Holy Grail of BigLaw. The survey gathered responses from nearly 500 attorneys at AmLaw 200 firms who joined the partnership ranks between 2010 and 2013 and asked them to rate and comment on various criteria including compensation, how well their firms prepared them to be partner, and general career satisfaction. Two-thirds of the respondents were men. Partners... Read More >

Meditate Your Way to Success

by Nicole Weber  |  November 08, 2013

Besides fame, what do George Stephanopoulos, 50 Cent and Lena Dunham have in common? According to an article in last Sunday's New York Times, they all practice meditation. The article profiles a program called Wisdom 2.0, a series of panel discussions and conferences with a waiting list in the hundreds that teaches professionals "how we can live with technology without it swallowing us whole." Programs like Wisdom 2.0 that teach the practice of mindfulness meditation have become increasingly... Read More >

It’s Pro Bono Week! Which Firms Top Vault’s List?

by Nicole Weber  |  October 23, 2013

This week lawyers nationwide are participating in the National Pro Bono Celebration, a week-long initiative launched by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Now in its fifth year, the Celebration unites bar associations, law firms, public interest organizations, and courts around the country to recognize the importance of pro bono work. Through recruitment events, awareness campaigns, and training sessions, the Celebration honors the tremendous... Read More >

Court is Back in Session: Law School Advice from the Pros

by Nicole Weber  |  October 11, 2013

The first Monday in October proceeded as usual this year, at least for the U.S. Supreme Court. In spite of the partial federal government shutdown, the court began its new term on Monday, October 7, and has announced that it will operate normally at least through October 18 (further announcement will be provided if the lapse of appropriations continues beyond that date). Issues the court will wrestle with this term include abortion, religious freedom, affirmative action, the presidential... Read More >

Your Law Career in Six Words

by Nicole Weber  |  October 03, 2013

Six words tell a great story. So great, in fact, that last week SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir project expanded its sphere of influence to reach the legal blog universe. Inspired by the Six-Word Festival on Twitter, held from September 24-26, several legal websites including the ABA Journal and the WSJ Law Blog invited readers to share six-word stories about law school, law careers, or the law in general. Just a week earlier, legal writing professor Lisa Mazzie of Marquette University Law... Read More >

Summer Associate Decision Time

by Nicole Weber  |  September 27, 2013

It's that time of year when 2Ls who are lucky enough to have multiple offers for summer associate positions must make their big decision. If you have yet to accept an offer, you are likely wrestling with some serious questions that will not only shape your upcoming summer, but the rest of your career. It is extremely important to have a positive summer experience during which you get to know your future colleagues, try your hand at some serious legal work, and hopefully, secure yourself an... Read More >

Halloween Preview: Scariest Law Firms

by Nicole Weber  |  September 18, 2013

Autumn is upon us.  With the chilly weather slowly creeping in on the East Coast and Halloween season not too far away, it seems appropriate that BTI Consulting Group released its "Fearsome Foursome" list just last week.  This year, according to BTI's annual survey of in-house attorneys, the "Most Feared Firms in Litigation" are… (cue haunted house sound effects please)… Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Quinn Emanuel, and Skadden Arps.  BTI collects its data through one-on-one interviews of... Read More >

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