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Decloaking devices: Legal (blogger) aid for big-law associates

In "A New Low in the Sandbox," Monica Bay says legal bloggers are coming to the aid of big-law associates whose firms are hiding their talents from would-be poachers.

This meme began last week, when Bruce MacEwen riffed on a National Law Journal story that big law is whitewashing firm Web sites to remove bait for recruiters. In his post, MacEwen urged a reality check for recruiters and managers alike. Carolyn Elefant agreed.

Over the weekend, the story caught fire. Now Bay reports that some bloggers are rising to the occasion with de-cloaking devices--such as Kevin Heller, who has devoted a portion of his Web site to the cause. He writes:

"If you want to make yourself 'available for hire' then please submit your information to me and I will post it on the Legal Jobs Blog under the title: Available: ....

"If you simply want to have your contact information and biographical information listed then you can submit that and I will create a new directory entitled Decloaked Associates..."

For more links, see The Common Scold. She spells out the blogosphere's reaction in terms that no big-law recruiter could fail to understand:

"This is the stupidest move I've heard in a very long time. WHEN are law firm partners going to understand that you don't gain loyalty, commitment, and a sense of participation by treating people like second-class citizens. Can you say "caste system?"  Oh please. As several of my colleagues have observed, no wonder some top bloggers insist on remaining anonymous." More here.

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