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Want Your Attorney Salary to Go Further? Leave NYC for Dallas

Attention attorneys: Want to know where you should move to stretch your dollar? NALP has the best cities for attorney salaries. Just take a look at the "buying power index" for the class of 2010.

The buying power index illustrates the difference in purchasing power between two cities.

Apparently, Texas is at the top of the charts. Dallas leads the way, as an associate who makes $67,870 per year would have the same relative buying power as their New York City counterpart making $150,000 a year.

Lawyer Fashion 101: 'What Not to Wear' in Your Free Time

There's been a lot of criticism of courtroom fashion in recent years, but little has been said about lawyer fashion outside of work.

A recently aired episode of TLC's guilty pleasure What Not to Wear demonstrates just this point. Hosts Stacy and Clinton ambushed Sarah, a then-2L from Nashville School of Law. What she wore at the courthouse wasn't necessarily inappropriate for a cash-strapped law student.

But what she wore on a day-to-day (and nightly) basis?

It left a lot to be desired.

Are Female Law Partners Too 'Emotional' to Keep a Legal Secretary?

Most law firm associates recognize the importance of legal secretaries.

They can help streamline a case. They arrange your appointments, make sure you have all the right documents when you're zipping out of the office, and can be the vital figure that ensures all your motions get filed on time.

But are you at a disadvantage in getting that perfect secretary if you're a female attorney? You might be.

Top 10 Law Schools for Career Prospects

It's that time of year again, which means The Princeton Review has released its newest edition of The Best 167 Law Schools. Now, we know you normally only care about the all-powerful U.S. News rankings. But this year's Best list has some possibly useful information.

It includes a ranking of the Top 10 Law Schools for Career Prospects.

Yes, career prospects. Apparently they still exist. Well, if you go to one of the following schools.

NJ Court Censures Attorney Who Forged Con Law Grade to Law Firms

It appears as though desperation isn't a new trend amongst law students and lawyers.

New Jersey attorney and Rutgers Law School graduate Philip Prothro has been censured by the state's highest court.

His misdeed? Forging his law school transcripts in 2002, and again in 2008. His Constitutional Law grade went from a C+ to an A, and his Torts and Legal Research grades migrated from B to B+.

It's not always easy to deal with stubborn clients. Sometimes you have to tell them to follow a judge's orders. Even if they really don't want to. NYC artist Andy Golub's attorney can surely relate.

You see, Mr. Golub has a thing for public nudity. The artist is known for body painting nude women. OK, no biggie, right? Well, Golub insists on creating his works of art in Times Square in broad daylight.

This is a little over the line, at least according to a New York judge. The artist was charged with misdemeanor public lewdness after he painted two of his models in Times Square.

Golub has been ordered to keep G-strings on his models until after dusk. Bras, however, can come off in daylight.

First-Year Associates Just Aren't Worth $300 Hour

First-year associates at law firms are getting overpaid for fetching documents from a box of discoverable documents.

Is this really all that surprising to anyone?

When you first graduated from law school, did you really think your clumsy services were worth a good $200-300 an hour? Be honest.

Law school may have taught newly-minted attorneys how to do Westlaw research, but how many actually graduate knowing how to be a real lawyer?

Not that many.

Will Latest BlackBerry Outage Force DLA Piper, Other Firms to Switch?

A number of law firms shunned the iPhone upon its initial release, but this week's worldwide BlackBerry outage is causing some big firms to reconsider their options.

Like many an older attorney, DLA Piper has been steadfast in its commitment to the CrackBerry. But another round of backed up inboxes and dropped text messages has the firm's leaders frustrated.

Higher-ups will soon enter discussions about whether to make a change.

Will DLA Piper pick iPhones, or will Google Android prevail?

Akin Gump Sued for Malpractice Over Outdoor Sign Advice

Akin Gump has a lot of shiny offices and attorneys sporting pin stripes. But the firm may not be the best place to go for outdoor signage law guidance.

The BigLaw firm is facing the type of lawsuit that every lawyer or law firm dreads: malpractice.

World Wide Rush, one of the Akin Gump's former clients, says that the firm gave it erroneous advice.

Akin Gump was retained to consult the company about using outdoor signage in Los Angeles. A city ban prohibited the use of "supergraphic" signs. These signs are large and scale the sides of some of the city's tallest buildings.

Chicago Lawyer Suspended for Calling Other Attorneys Gay Slurs

If you weren't already aware, gay slurs are inappropriate fodder for attorneys, and using them can lead to disciplinary sanctions.

Chicago-based traffic attorney Thomas Guadagno, 66, knows this first hand. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has slapped him with a month-long suspension and two years of probation.

He's been accused of describing his colleagues as "gay scum" for at least the last six years.

Expensive Lawyers Being Replaced by Robo-Lawyers

Attorneys everywhere: watch out. You might get outsourced soon, replaced by an army of hard-working robo-lawyers.

No, robo-lawyers aren't android-like machines sporting pinstripes and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger from "Terminator."

Instead, these automated machines are more like software. They can process disputes and help settle claims, much like a regular attorney. Except at a fraction of the cost. This is why even large global companies like General Electric are turning to "robotic" help.

GE is currently testing out the computer program in Italy. Right now it's being used mainly on disputes amounting to $65,000 and less.

BigLaw Attorneys Miss Death Penalty Appeal, Draw Ire of Supreme Court

The first week of the Supreme Court's October 2011 term was not a pretty one for lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell or the Office of the Alabama Attorney General.

On Tuesday, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of death row inmate Cory Maples. Maples missed his appeal deadline as a result of an S&C mailroom mix-up and a lazy clerk of the court.

Alabama doesn't care, and still wants to put him to death.

'Horny' Univ. of Miami Law Prof Arrested for Solicitation Again

Donald M. Jones, a University of Miami law professor, was arrested for solicitation last September.

Prof. Jones teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Employment Discrimination. He's been a faculty member since 1988, according to the UM website.

You'd think that a law professor who teaches criminal procedure would be well-versed in most crimes.

And this isn't even the first time that Jones has been arrested.

Tesla Model S: For Attorneys Who Need a Super Fast Electric Car

Green is the future, and the Tesla Model S electric sedan might just be a part of yours.

Tesla Motors opened up its Fremont, California factory this weekend to customers who have already preordered the car. Buyers were treated to a sneak peek along with a much-coveted test ride in one of the company's prototypes.

And lucky for you, reports from the event paint a picture of a car perfect for the BigLaw associate.

Sick of Billable Hours, Pointless Motions? Become an Entrepreneur

The economy's down, and your firm may be scaling back. Or, you may just be sick and tired of billable hours. If so, you might want to consider joining the growing ranks of attorney turned entrepreneurs.

Why quit your relatively cushy firm job - if you have one - to start a business?

Working at a firm borders on slave labor. You put in thousands of billable hours a year. And, unless you're enamored with motions to show cause, you may be living an incredibly unsatisfying life.

1 in 4 Lawyers Plan to Hire in 4th Quarter, Especially Litigators

It's that time again! Legal hiring projections for the fourth quarter are out, and they're looking semi-good.

Overall, 24% percent of legal employers plan to hire in the next three months, according to the Robert Half Legal Hiring Index.

That's six points lower than last quarter's projections, but still well above a number of other similarly situated professions.

Eighty-two percent of lawyers also expressed confidence in their companies' growth prospects for next quarter. Alternatively, they failed to express confidence in your skills.