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One of the emerging trends resulting from the legal market slump of the past few years is law firm mergers. While the largest law firm merger between Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae went down in infamy and lead to the eventual new firm's bankruptcy, mergers are still happening.

Last year alone, Altman Weil tracked 88 law firm mergers, reports The Wall Street Journal. While firms merge with the goals of boosting revenue and obtaining new clients, how will your law firm's merger affect your career?

Here are a few ways you can approach your law firm's merger.

Study after study on implicit bias has shown that, when it comes down to it, we're all racists. Some studies use word association and split-second reactions to show that people are subconsciously racist -- that is, they tend to associate positive words with Caucasians, and negative words with African Americans. Others test the confirmation bias -- the tendency to notice facts that confirm your inherent biases.

The Nextions leadership consulting firm wanted to test this latter bias in a law firm setting, so they sent out a mistake-ridden research memo to law firm partners for review. (H/T to She Negotiates.) The average grade for the Caucasian-labeled candidate was a 4.1 out of 5. The African American? A mere 3.2.

I remember my first year as an associate at BigLaw. I had my own office, and I shared an admin -- I hit the big time! But with admins, come responsibilities my dear young newbie associates; and one of those responsibilities are upon us -- Administrative Professionals' Day.

Yes, that's a thing. And it's next Wednesday, April 23.

Here's how to figure out whom to gift, and what to gift on Administrative Professionals Day. Ask yourself the following questions:

Starting Out in Criminal Defense? Here Are Some Mistakes to Avoid

You'd think that for $100,000 dollars or so, law schools would teach you everything you need to know to hang out your shingle and start out in criminal defense, but it just ain't so. Hopefully you've got good mentors, good practice guides and good malpractice insurance.

In case you have all of the above but could use a few more tips, here are a few criminal law "gotchas" you'll want to avoid.

In a recent interview on NPR, Shankar Vedantam shared a theory on why men outnumber women in business school, and eventually later in the c-suite. And, surprisingly, it may have to do with ethics -- or the lack thereof.

Vedantam spoke with Professor Laura Cray, of the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and discussed a few studies she conducted regarding the gender gap in ethical considerations and negotiations. In her studies, she's made two findings, "What I found is firstly that men tend to have more lenient ethical standards than women, and secondly, that negotiators are more likely to tell a blatant lie to a female counterpart than a male counterpart."

Ok, I can hear it coming: "What does this have to do with us? We're in law school." Or, "we're lawyers, not MBAs." What does this have to do with you? Everything -- here's why.

We've all heard that it's not what you say, but how you say it, but do you ever consider that advice in your work life? Sometimes we're concentrating so much on getting the facts and legal analysis right, and meeting a deadline, that we neglect common communication.

One of those times when you really need to be aware of your body language is in meetings. We do so much work sitting alone at our desks that we forget that when we are in a meeting, we need to watch our body language, as well as what we say. Here are some tips for ensuring that your body language is not saying something that you don't want it to.

Attorneys have a pretty bad rep when it comes to alcoholism and substance abuse. Maybe you have a serious problem, or maybe just one night you had a few too many and made the wrong decision to get in your car. But now you find yourself arrested for driving while intoxicated (or under the influence, depending on where you live).

Now what? You have a few options: Represent yourself, get a buddy to help you, or find a great DUI lawyer. Which one do you think is the way to go?

In the latest episode of "Women and Body Shaming in the Legal Industry" we have a slide from a memo presented by Loyola Law School's externship director to law students, which Above the Law shared. It says, in relevant part: "I really don't need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate office wear (outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I? Yet I'm getting complaints from supervisors ... "

Look, I'm not going say that I'm immune from this -- I've given my share of fashion advice on this blog (for summer associates, OCI interviews and office parties). But, I'd like to think I did it in a reasoned, low-key manner -- and oh yeah, this is a blog -- it's written in part for entertainment, and is not the same as advice from your school, employer, or judge for that matter.

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Lawyers

Spring is upon us. (Hooray!) That means spring cleaning is upon us, too. (Hooray?) If your long-and short-term goals have been in hibernation, now's a good time to rouse them from their slumber.

But where do you even start? Here are five areas every lawyer should add to their spring cleaning list:

Do you know what tomorrow is?

It's the Roman New Year. "Beware the Ides of March," a soothsayer once said. The warning, unfortunately for Julius Caesar, was ignored. It's been 2,058 years since that fateful day, but things haven't changed all that much. Treachery and betrayal live eternal in the hearts of ambitious men and women, nowhere more than a law firm.

At your firm, are you the assassin, Marcus Brutus, or the assassinated, Julius Caesar? Let's talk backstabbing and betrayal.