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Legal Blog Tracks Lateral Hiring at Firms

There seems to be no shortage of blogs tracking law firm layoffs. Anyone with a penchant for punishing news can read about the latest downsizing at sites such as, Above the Law and plenty of others. One blog, Law Shucks, even has its own dedicated Layoff Tracker, where we learn that, as of Nov. 15, major U.S. law firms have laid off more than 14,000 employees since Jan. 1, 2008.

Surely, it can't all be doom and gloom. Someone out there must be hiring.

Turns out they are. And Melissa Sachs is letting us know about it. At a time when so many blogs bear only bad news, Sachs is using her blog,, to deliver the good news of lateral openings at large law firms. Sachs is scouring the Web sites of Am Law 100 firms for job listings and compiling them on her blog. She plans to update this every week or two and also send the list out through her newsletter.

Job drought? Sachs lists more than 150 lateral openings at major law firms throughout the United States. Akin Gump is hiring associates in New York and Washington, D.C. Cooley Godward has openings in San Diego, San Francisco and D.C. DLA Piper lists a whopping 11 openings for associates, staff attorneys and counsel in Chicago, Palo Alto, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and D.C.

"We hear all of the news about law firm layoffs," said Sachs, a lawyer and former recruiter who provides legal career consulting and technology training. "Perhaps it's time to highlight the law firm hirings?" Plus, she adds, it is interesting to note which firms are hiring and in which practice areas.

Granted, it is a big gap between 160 or so openings and 14,000 layoffs. But it is a start. And if the trend of layoffs turns to hiring, at least one blog will be following it.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 24, 2009 at 10:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)


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