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Last year, Airbnb, the tech company that allows users to rent out their spare rooms or empty apartments to travelers, launched its first business travel venture. The tech company claims that using Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel will help business travelers feel more at home when they're abroad, while simultaneously allowing them to be inspired by their unique surroundings.

As lawyers, we're skeptical. While Airbnb can give you a native's perspective of a city, it also lacks many of the amenities of a hotel service, the kinds that you most desperately need when you're traveling for business. You be the judge, though. Here are some of the pros and cons of using Airbnb for business travel:

Working at a big firm this summer? Congrats! Summer associate positions aren't easy to come by. You've had to work hard to land the spot and you'll work hard throughout it. But, it's not like a summer associate position isn't without its perks.

Indeed, while you should treat the summer as a season-long interview, the firm will also be trying to sell itself to you. Good pay, good food, good work -- or at least lots of work -- are just some of the perks awaiting you.

Mark Fuller, possibly the most reviled judge in recent history, has finally resigned. Fuller came into the spotlight in summer 2014, when he was arrested on a domestic violence charge. The assault occurred after his wife accused him of carrying on an illicit relationship with a clerk.

During his time on the bench, Fuller came under scrutiny for his private business interests that allegedly conflicted with his obligations as a judge. Specifically, he owned a significant interest in Doss Aviation, Inc., a government contractor. It was estimated that his annual income from stock in the company was worth up to $1 million in a single year.

Voters in Ireland go to the polls today to vote on whether the Emerald Isle will legalize gay marriage. If the vote is successful, Ireland will be the first country to adopt marriage equality by popular referendum.

Meanwhile, gay marriage fans and foes alike in the United States are left waiting for the Supreme Court to decide whether the Constitution protects an individual's right to marry a same-sex partner. According to some, they might have a hint of how the Court will eventually rule, based on a figurative wink and nod Justice Ginsburg gave as she officiated a same-sex marriage last weekend.

Lawyers don't just carry their clients troubles on their shoulders -- we also have to drag along notebooks, filings, legal pads, computers and even the rare law book. Some days it's enough to make you feel like a highly-paid Sherpa.

That's no excuse for wearing a backpack, though. Or even a bad briefcase. As a lawyer, you need to look the part -- back pain be damned.*

5 Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! This is the day when you appreciate the person in your office who prints, copies, files, types, answers the phone, and handles your calendar logistics.

Don't worry, the actual day isn't until April 22. If you forgot about it, there's plenty of time to get a gift for your administrative professional.

Do Lawyers Need Business Cards Anymore?

There's no worse feeling than going to a networking or social event, then forgetting your business cards. How gauche! How unprofessional! You have to resort to scribbling your email address on whatever scrap of paper you can find, while all the other lawyers compare business cards a la "American Psycho."

And then you wonder, "Do we even need business cards anymore?" The answer is: Yes. Yes, we do.

The Board of Directors of the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter has retained attorney Stephen Jones, best known for representing Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. The hire comes after the chapter was recently barred from campus and evicted from their frat house following the release of video footage of showing members' racist chanting.

In a press conference Friday, Jones said that he had not been retained to initiate litigation, Oklahoma City's KOKH-TV reports. This raises the question: What exactly prompted the disgraced chapter to take on an attorney best known for representing America's most famous, (and reputedly racist) domestic terrorist?

5 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Lawyers

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and it's time to start thinking about what to get the special lawyer in your life. (You could also wait until the last minute and get a Whitman's Sampler from Walgreen's, but all that says is "I forgot about Valentine's Day.")

Hopefully, your BigLaw associate significant other doesn't have to work late into the night. And even if he or she does, here are some gift ideas that will making coming home at 1 a.m. all the better:

Lawyers: 5 Ways to Jazz Up Your Drab Office Wardrobe

Even if you're not in court, your office may have a suit-and-tie dress code. These are recipes for blandness; basically, you've got three possible colors of suit, unless you want to get into plaids, stripes, and windowpanes (which you should).

In the absence of awesome suit patterns, though, there are some cheap and easy ways to add a little bit of flair, color, and personality to an otherwise suffocating "Mad Men"-esque dress code. Here are five fashionable suggestions: