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Your next cocktail hour might feature a kale-wheatgrass smoothie rather than a Manhattan. That is, if the latest Millennial trend takes hold: the sober happy hour. Youths these days are adding some good, clean fun to their socializing and we can see it making its way into the legal industry sooner or later.

Is the sober happy hour the worst thing ever invented or could this be a welcome addition to our booze-soaked trade?

NJ Law Firm Manager Allegedly Traded Sex for Legal Services

According to, a prominent law firm's manager exchanged sex from both male and female clients for the firm's services. A complaint filed in Camden County Superior Court last December against the Law Offices of Conrad J. Benedetto alleges the firm manager John Groff (also a convicted felon) manipulated clients and exchanged legal services for sex.

An exchange of service for service, one could say.

Reed Smith Boots 45 Attorneys. More to Come?

If you follow BigLaw at all (3Ls, we're looking at you), you already know of the 45 lawyers laid off by Reed Smith last week. Reed Smith cites belt-tightening and "shifting in the legal landscape" for reasoning behind the shifts.

The question remains: are the Reed Smith layoffs a harbinger of things to come?

Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia and seventh most trafficked website in the world, turned 15 years old last week. And as maligned as the crowd-sourced encyclopedia is, it certainly beats shoving an Encarta '96 CD into your computer or, God forbid, pulling a book off the shelf.

Sure, Wikipedia can be unreliable, amateur, biased, unstable. But where would we be without it? After all, you use Wikipedia all the time. We all do. And it's nothing to be ashamed of.

An Introverted Lawyer: Still a Good Thing

According to Eva Wisnik, president of Wisnik Career Enterprises in New York City, more than half of lawyers are actually introverts. Surprised?

In fact, there's good evidence to indicate most adults are extroverts, but that lawyers tend to favor the more reserved and staid. It looks like flamboyant and booming litigators have set the tone for the rest of us. It is, at first glance, sobering news for a world that has idolized the extroverted. But introversion has its advantages too.

Managing Your Work-Related Stress as a Busy Lawyer

If you went into the law because you were looking for something that was low stress, boy did you ever choose the wrong profession. It was well known before you attended law school that the law is a high stress, often thankless job.

Lawyers, at their worst, can be heart attack-prone pessimists. But we can also manage ourselves. Here are a few things to watch out for during your work day and solutions to help you manage your stress.

Burnout is endemic in the legal profession. And we're not talking run of the mill dislike for your job -- if you're not skipping in to work every morning, we don't blame you -- but full-on "I'd rather in be in an ISIS prison than here" giving up.

But just because burnout is common doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. With a little awareness and a little work, attorneys can help make sure they're not debilitated by depression, dread, and dislike for their job. Here are five simple resolutions that can help you stave off, or recover from, lawyer burnout.

You're hosting a holiday party. You're attending a holiday party. You just want a quick, but fancy and seasonally-appropriate, nip to get you through the last few hours of some late night work.

What you need is a nice holiday cocktail, fit for a festive attorney. No, we're not talking spiked eggnog. Tasty, festive, merry, kind of impressive, these holiday cocktail recipes definitely beat Santa's cookies.

New lawyers might need to brush up on securities fraud claims or federal energy regulations, sure. They are, after all, new. But their writing? Associates have spent years writing, from their undergrad thesis papers, to their torturous legal writing courses, to their summer internship memos. Writing is their strong point -- right?

Not if you ask partners, who can quickly rattle off a litany of problems with their associate writing. Here's a brief rundown of partners' biggest complaints.

Move over doctors, tech bros, and Academy Award nominees. When it comes to being the whitest, malest profession in America, the law has everyone else beat.

And it's only getting worse, as the percentage of minority associates stagnates and, for black lawyers, shrinks.