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Littler Mendelson Moving to Downtown Nashville

The Littler Mendelson law firm is moving its Nashville office from West End to Downtown Nashville by mid-January, according to the Nashville Business Journal. The firm will take over 6,000 square feet of space on the 14th floor of the AT&T building. Jennifer Robinson, managing shareholder at the firm, said the move will put the company closer to clients and accommodate future growth. Since opening the Nashville office in 2011, the firm has grown from two to six attorneys. The new space will accommodate 11 attorney offices.

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Employment in Legal Sector Back Up

September data, released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that 5,900 more people are employed in the legal sector now than were at the same point last year, and that the industry has seen a net gain of 2,900 jobs since the start of 2012. Friday's report raises the total number of people employed in the legal sector above 1.12 million, a figure that -- with the exception of July 2012 -- the industry had not reached since July 2009. Prior to the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, the legal industry regularly employed roughly 1.17 million people. The AmLaw Daily has more

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Baker Donelson Recognized for Project Management System

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has been recognized by the International Legal Technology Association with a Project of the Year Award for development of a patent pending legal project management system. The firm also was recognized for being one of the first in the United States to create and implement a Legal Project Management Office. A spokesperson said the system would help attorneys be more efficient and make the practice of law more transparent for clients. Read more

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First Year Salaries Down at Big Firms, NALP Reports

The median salary for first-year associates at large law firms has decreased steadily within the past three years, The ABA Journal reports. Major markets such as New York and Chicago are still offering the standard BigLaw salaries, but the prevalence of such offers is declining according to research by the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). The median first-year salary at firms of all sizes, however, has increased in the last year, based on a survey of 570 law firms.

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Butler Snow to Move to Nashville's Pinnacle

After making a big splash in Nashville by recruiting most of Miller & Martin's local attorneys this summer, Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada has signed papers to lease the 15th and 16th floors at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, the Nashville Post reports. The firm will take up 46,000 square feet in the city's newest office tower and expects to be able to move into its new space in the first quarter of 2013.

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Legal Industry Survey Reports Firms Struggling with Expenses

Many law firms are struggling to control expenses in the face of stagnant revenue growth, AmLaw Daily reports. A survey of 115 firms by Wells Fargo’s Legal Specialty Group found that financial troubles are affecting firms across the board, the publication says. Legal Specialty Group national managing director Jeff Grossman was cautious in forecasting 2012 results. "Profit is a question mark," he said. "All indicators suggest it'll be down, but it depends on how firms manage expenses."

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Adelman Law Merges with Mississippi Firm

Adelman Law Firm of Memphis has announced it will merge with Wilkins Tipton PA, based in Jackson, Miss., effective Jan. 1, 2013. The Adelman firm was founded by Rebecca Adelman in 2001. The merger will allow the firms to expand offices in Memphis and Nashville as well as Jackson and Greenville, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., and Charlotte, N.C. The firms have long-term plans also to expand to Arkansas. Learn more about the merger

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Survey: Not Many Love 'Alternative Fees'

Only 26 percent of legal departments and 11 percent of law firms reported they were "very satisfied" with alternative fees or flat-fee system, according to a recent survey. ABAJournal.com reports

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Lawyers Still Falling for Fake-Check Web Scams

Despite widespread publicity about law firms targeted in Internet and email scams that have siphoned five- and six-figure sums out of their bank accounts, some are still falling victim to the schemes. The problem is, legitimate clients do business in much the same way as the scammers, often contacting counsel via the Internet or by email. ABAJournal.com looks into it

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Husch Blackwell Increases Starting Associate Salaries

After a comprehensive review of salaries firm wide, Husch Blackwell LLP says it will raise starting associates’ salaries effective Sept. 1. The raise applies to associates in eight cities, including Chattanooga, where the new rate will be $95,000. In addition to starting salary increases, existing associate compensation is being evaluated. The firm rolled back starting salaries in 2009 in four markets and froze levels at other offices in response to recessionary pressures.  The Chattanoogan reports

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Attorneys Sought for Document Review

Counsel On Call seeks experienced litigation attorneys to assist with electronic discovery review and analysis for a number of Fortune 50 companies located across the country. The full-time positions would be located in the company's service center in Nashville. Requirements include at least two years of litigation experience (preferably in a law firm or corporate environment), solid academic credentials and an active Tennessee law license. Prior electronic document review experience is preferred but not required. To be considered, submit resumes to resumes@counseloncall.com. Learn more on JobLink

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Planning Begins for E-filing in Shelby Co. Criminal Courts

Before he was elected Shelby County Criminal Court clerk in 2010, Kevin Key worked on an e-filing system in circuit court that made its debut this week. Now Key is working toward an e-filing system for the criminal court. Requests for proposals are set to go out soon for vendors to tie all the different criminal justice systems into a central hub. Key’s part of the system includes the ability to file court documents by computer or scan them into the system. Anticipating the task ahead, he says, “It’s going to be the largest single computer system ever implemented by Shelby County government.” The Memphis Daily News reports

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Memphis Courts Propose E-Filing Rules

The 30th Judicial District Circuit Court and Chancery Court have proposed amendments to their local rules to allow for e-filing. Comments are due by May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Central. The proposals will take effect June 25 unless the court amends, modifies or withdraws them. Lawyers may submit comments on the chancery court rules to Clerk & Master Donna Russell at donna.russell@shelbycountytn.gov or in writing to Russell at the Chancery Court of Shelby County, 140 Adams Ave., Room 308, Memphis 38103. Comments on the circuit court rules should be submitted to Van Sturdivant at van.sturdivant@shelbycountytn.gov or in writing to Clerk Jimmy Moore, Circuit Court of Shelby County, 140 Adams Ave., Room 320, Memphis 38103.

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Site Stores Bankruptcy Docs for Free Reading

A new website called Inforuptcy is being touted as a cheaper alternative to PACER for those accessing bankruptcy documents. The site charges the regular PACER fee for documents that are not yet in its database, but after a document is accessed, it remains in the database for future users to read for free. In addition, downloading a PDF of a case in the database costs half of the PACER fee. Inforuptcy co-founder Michael Mikikian says, “The more people who bypass PACER.gov and use our site instead, the more we will be able to share that information with the public.” The ABA Journal links you to the stories on the topic.

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Shelby County Courts Go Paperless

The Shelby County Circuit and Chancery Court clerks’ offices will go to electronic filing of all court records in June. Attorneys will still be able to file a paper version of proceedings but clerks will scan the documents, and the court will go completely to e-filing at some point. Until then, the court will phase in use of the technology with the goal of a two-hour turnaround in approving filings during business hours. Attorneys will be able to file after business hours and will receive an email confirmation later after the office has reviewed the filing. Provided there are no errors in the e-filing, the court record will show the document was filed when it was sent in, instead of when it was reviewed. The Memphis Daily News has more

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Arkansas Lawyer Develops iPhone Application to Connect Lawyers with Legal Aid Cases

A UALR William H. Bowen School School of Law graduate has developed the first interactive pro bono mobile app available to Arkansas pro bono attorneys free of charge through iTunes.

Through their iPhones, licensed Arkansas attorneys can now view pro bono cases representing low-income Arkansans, sort through those cases based on legal topic and county, and request cases with a push of a button.

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Law Tech Speaker Dies in Accident

Legal technology consultant and Kentucky lawyer Finis Price died in an accident Thursday night, just hours after speaking at the TBA’s annual technology CLE program. A regular speaker at the event, Mr. Price was also cofounder of TechnoEsq Presentations and served on the Board of Governors for the Kentucky Justice Association. Colleague Jones Ward wrote about Mr. Price in his Kentucky Injury Attorney Blog as did Ben Stevens, who also was on the Law Tech program.

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