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Former Jones Day Partner Sues Firm for Gender Bias

Jones Day has a mysterious history, which started more than 100 years ago when a founding partner was murdered in Cleveland.

Today, the firm is a multi-billion dollar business with some 2,500 lawyers around the world. But mystery again surrounds the law firm as a former partner has sued over a secretive "black box" compensation system.

Wendy Moore, on behalf of other female attorneys, claims the firm has a "code of silence" about pay that discriminates against women.

It would serve paralegals and other law firm employees well to remember the tale of William Weller, the softball playing paralegal that got drafted, then shafted after he tore his Achilles. Weller's injury required surgery, and put him off work for 3 months.

Weller worked for a law firm that was a bit ball crazy, some might say. In fact, interviewees could expect to be asked whether they played ball. Weller did, and he was hired, and he started playing on the firm's softball team. Unfortunately, Weller was seriously injured. Making matters worse, after his worker comp claim was accepted, on appeal, the state court reversed the decision, effectively denying his claim.

Law Firms Open Doors to Dogs as 'Wellbeing Initiative'

Hyder Simpson said it best when he pondered a heaven without his dog Rip.

"Anyplace that's too highfalutin for Rip is too fancy for me," the old hillbilly told the gatekeeper in the Twilight Zone. "How thoroughbred does a dog have to be before you let him in there, anyway?"

Well, at one London law firm, you don't need a pedigree to take your dog to work. Eversheds Sutherland has opened an entire floor for staff members and their dogs.

New Associate Tips: How to Prepare for the First Day on the Job

'Let's do this! Let's do this!'

You gotta love the little guy's attitude in that Kia commercial, when he strides into the office like he's an NBA player walking onto the court. He reaches out to slap hands with his co-workers before he slaps the boss's butt.

So maybe that's a little over the top, but it's the attitude we love. It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog. This is about getting ready for the big game -- your first day on the new job as a lawyer.

Tips for Adapting to Law Firm Culture

Ever gone somewhere, like another country, and tried to adapt to a foreign culture?

Maybe you had to learn a language, or at least a few phrases, to get around. The food, the dress, the music -- everything that made it interesting also made it a challenge to fit in.

That's what it's like when you enter a new law firm culture. You want to get along with your co-workers, and the last thing you want to be is a tourist.

The law remains one of the most homogeneous professions in America. But when it comes to efforts to bring a little more diversity into the nation's biggest law firms, you'd expect strong support from those firms' junior lawyers, right? After all, Millennials aren't just the most diverse generation today, they're significantly more likely than their elders to view diversity and inclusion as an important factor when considering a job.

Yet, when it comes to diversifying the legal profession, Millennial associates' enthusiasm for diversity is significantly lower than their firm's partners', according to a new survey.

If Hollywood is to be believed, the typical lawyer's day is filled with crime solving, last minute deal making, dramatic closing arguments, and maybe some romance or political intrigue. Sadly, actual, real-life legal professionals know better. Our days are much more likely to be spent reviewing documents, making sure forms are properly filed, or researching obscure points of law. It's not exactly the stuff that gets your pulse racing.

And now the rest of world has found out our secret. Legal professionals are the most bored professionals, according to one recent survey.

For the first time ever, there are more women in law school than men, and women continue to make up an increasing percentage of the lawyers. But when it comes to making partner at many BigLaw firms, well, it's still very much a boys' club.

But some firms bucked that trend in 2016. According to an analysis by Bloomberg Big Law Business, 21 BigLaw firms had 2016 partnership classes that were 50 percent female or higher. Indeed, three firms promoted only women to partnership in 2016.

The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation's largest gay civil rights organizations, has released its 2017 Corporate Equality Index, ranking major employers on their policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employee rights. Hundreds of companies participated, including 156 major law firms, and this year saw the highest ever amount of businesses earning a perfect score.

The law was the best of the best when it came to industry-wide performance, with the highest number of top scores. Almost every firm scored an 85 out of 100 or above -- except for a few firms who ranked low. Really low. What's up with that?