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Partner Exits Magnify Woes of Destabilized Firms

online.wsj.com — A freewheeling market for high-end legal talent is ratcheting up the pressure on law firms that stumble. Law firms are facing increased competition for work at a time of slack demand for legal services, making rainmaking partners at troubled firms especially tempting targets for rivals looking to gain an edge.

Two Kentucky women's players sidelined by car accident

UK football: LSU run game poses huge threat to Cats' defense

kentucky.com — The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online. Serving Fayette, Bourbon, Franklin, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford and Scott counties in Kentucky, Kentucky.com offers local breaking, weather, crime and sports news.

Planned UK football facility will have it all

kentucky.com — The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online. Serving Fayette, Bourbon, Franklin, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford and Scott counties in Kentucky, Kentucky.com offers local breaking, weather, crime and sports news.

Denis McInerney Returns to Davis Polk from DOJ

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Prevalence of the $160,000 Starting Salary for Lawyers Is Eroding

blogs.wsj.com — Clients increasingly question the value of recent law graduates. Still, for much of the past decade the starting salary for first-year associates at many of the country's biggest law firms has remained a healthy $160,000, despite scaled-back entry-level hiring and client pushback on legal bills.But the latest look under the BigLaw hood by the National Association for Law Placement indicates the prevalence of that $160,000 top salary has eroded significantly since the economic downtown.

After year among worst, Kentucky boasts one of nation's best pass defenses

kentucky.com — The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online. Serving Fayette, Bourbon, Franklin, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford and Scott counties in Kentucky, Kentucky.com offers local breaking, weather, crime and sports news.

Survey: Client Efforts to Tamp Down Legal Costs Are Gaining Steam

blogs.wsj.com — Here's some meh news for law firms looking to catch a break in tough times: client efforts to rein in legal spending appear to be paying off, particularly when it comes to money spent on outside lawyers.

After mystery ailment had him sitting for a month, Cats lineman West was outstanding

kentucky.com — The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online. Serving Fayette, Bourbon, Franklin, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford and Scott counties in Kentucky, Kentucky.com offers local breaking, weather, crime and sports news.

Cooley Law Plans To Shutter Ann Arbor Campus

blogs.wsj.com — In yet another sign of the pressures facing law schools, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School-which is among the largest in the country by number of students-is shutting down its campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. The move follows the announcement this summer that Cooley planned to halt first-year enrollment at Ann Arbor, the smallest of its five campuses.
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Oct 21, 2014

Judge says former SAC's Mathew Martoma can't stay free on bail while he appeals insider trading conviction. on.wsj.com/1ny9cKI via @WSJ

Oct 21, 2014

I imagine some are tired of earning it RT @reidepstein: Chris Christie: "I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am."

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