UNMOVED - The associate pay raises to $190,000 put in motion by Milbank last year have not resulted in lemming-like behavior from much of Big Law, Dylan Jackson reports. A new NALP report shows that while 29.3% of major law firms reported first-year associate salaries at that rate, a big chunk of firms reported flat associate salary growth in 2018.
TAKING ON - Compassion fatigue. It’s a condition that lawyers experience when they emotionally absorb the problems of their clients. As part of our Minds Over Matters project, Raychel Lean reports that while all legal professionals are at risk, experts say defense lawyers, legal aid staff and sex crimes prosecutors are particularly vulnerable to compassion fatigue. The Florida Lawyers Assistance Program and the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division have developed wellness webinars to address the problem, which can leave lawyers feeling alienated and anxious as their clients’ powerlessness transfers to them.
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