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Four Law Firms Listed on Annual Best Companies to Work For List

Who knew? Working at a law firm is actually a great job. How do we know this? Because four law firms landed on Fortune's top 100 companies to work for list:

  • Alston & Bird was recognized was having its own child-care campus a block away from its offices which provides full day care to 110 children.
  • Bingham McCutchen was recognized for diversity and a comittment to community service and pro bono committments. Also scored second highest on the list regarding associate salary, with $219,888.

'Is Law School a Losing Game?' New York Times Asks

Law school grads have watched job opportunities dry up while their law school debt piles up. One such law school graduate is Michael Wallerstein. Michael Wallerstein has a staggering $250,000 in law school debt and can't afford to pay it down, according to the New York Times. He now dodges calls from creditors in order to keep his sanity intact.

While there are plenty of law school graduates warning future law students about this dismal job market, it seems that few are heeding the warning. "Avoid this overpriced sewer pit as if your life depended on it. Unless of course, you think that you will be better off with $110-190k in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a degree that qualifies you to wait tables at Battery Park Bar and Lounge," warns the blog Third Tier Reality. However, student enrollment in law schools remains at an all-time high.

Will LSAT Be Optional To Get Into Law School?

Is cramming for the LSAT going to be a thing of the past for undergraduates aspiring to get into law school? While that may seem like an applicant's dream scenario, it just may become a reality.

The American Bar Association is considering a proposal to drop the LSAT requirement for admission into accredited law schools, the ABA Journal reports. As of now, accredited law schools are required to ask applicants for results of a "valid and reliable admission test." If the ABA drops this requirement, Dean Polden from Santa Clara University Law School still believes that most law schools will still require the admissions text because it will be another way to work through applications. So it looks like future law students may still need to study and take the LSAT even if it is not required.

Greenburg Traurig Associate: Stole $500K, Gets 15 Months in Prison

Now this is what you call a greedy associate.

Ever been really fed up with your law firm? Michael Shaw, a former Greenberg Traurig associate got so fed up that he stole around half a million dollars from them. From 2003 to 2009, Shaw specialized in bankruptcy and commercial-foreclosure litigation, as well as skimming money off the top.

He pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. He has been disbarred by the Georgia State Bar. He will also have to perform 100 hours of community service, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

Young Attorney Disbarred in Pa. and Del., But Not New Jersey

It turns out that attorneys can get disbarred from a jurisdiction where they are not even admitted to practice.

Attorney Leonard Kingsley has been disbarred from Delaware and Pennsylvania for helping an accountant prepare estate documents. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but not Delaware, according to the ABA Journal.

As a result, Leonard Kingsley was charged with engaging in and assisting in the unauthorized practice of law and related violations in the state of Delaware.

Kathy Bates To Star As Fired Lawyer In New NBC Legal Drama

If you're a big fan of David E. Kelley legal dramas like Ally McBeal, The Practice, and Boston Legal, then you are in for some good news. Actress Kathy Bates will star in a new legal drama called Harry's Law, Reuters reports. The new television drama centers on how an older patent attorney gets fired from her big law firm job and has to set up her own practice in an abandoned shoe store in Cincinnati.

While Kelley originally wrote the lead character to be a man, he decided to cast Kathy Bates in the role after he had a hard time finding the right actor to play the role. While there is that one change, the storyline remains the same and will probably be relevant to a lot of attorneys.

Deputy Prosecutor Charged for Scratching, Biting Lover's Wife

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but what happens when that woman is a deputy prosecutor? Well if you happen to be deputy prosecutor Kirmille Welbon, you break into your lover's home on more than one occasion and get into a physical fight with your lover's wife.

Marion County deputy prosecutor Kirmille Welbon, 28, has been charged with criminal entry, trespassing, and battery, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In a story straight out of a Lifetime movie, WISHTV 8 reports that Kirmille Welbon was arrested on charges of felony residential entry and misdemeanor charges of battery and trespass late Sunday night after she pushed her way into Devann's Johnson's apartment. She is alleged to have started a fight with his wife Kiewanin Johnson.

LA Firm Sued for Bikini Holiday Party, Buying Associates Lapdances

While most law firm holiday parties are hotly anticipated by most employees, it seems like the employees at the Century City law firm Glancy Binkow & Goldberg got more than they bargained for at the 2009 party. The Los Angeles Times reports that a former employee has filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit because she alleges that the founding partner Lionel Z. Glancy took his employees to a Los Angeles bikini bar called Fantasy Island after their 2009 holiday party.

The lawsuit claims that Lionel Glancy paid for the employees' admission fees and bought a lap dance for at least one employee.

Prostitutes, Mobsters, Cops Mingled at Rothstein's Law Firm

Interested attorneys can now take a glimpse into life at disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein's law firm. Transcripts of his December 14 deposition testimony were released this week. And boy did the place sound seedy: hookers, cops, and criminals all strolled around freely in the firm's heyday.

Rothstein was the brains behind a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme in Florida. He was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison over the fraud. Rothstein was the co-founder of the now-defunct law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler.

Maybe it was because of the criminal association, but apparently clients weren't the only ones that visited the office. On any given day, prostitutes, mobsters, and cops could be seen circulating -- and mingling -- in the law firm's halls, according to his testimony.

Does this sound exciting? Well, we haven't even gotten to the good part.

Jilted Bride Sues: Attorney Wants $95K After Being Left at Alter

Runaway brides are fairly popular, at least in Hollywood. But grooms with cold feet create their fair share of wedding day disasters. But what happens when a jilted bride is also an attorney? A Chicago man is learning that answer the hard way, to the tune of a $95,000-lawsuit from his ex-fiance.

Dominique Buttitta, a Chicago-based attorney and former bride, has sued her runaway groom for the costs associated with planning their elaborate wedding after being informed just four days before their nuptials that the marriage was off, MSNBC reports.