For law graduates and laid-off lawyers who are fretting over who will hire them, a measure of hope lies in smaller firms like the Royse Law Firm.

Roger Royse opened his five-attorney firm in 2006. Since then, he’s added two lawyers and opened an office in Los Angeles. The Palo Alto, Calif., business lawyer may not be growing exponentially, but he does keep an open mind. He says he doesn’t shun the green or the unemployed in interviews, and hopes to hire for next year. Legal Pad caught up with Royse this afternoon to see how the statewide expansion has been going.

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