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In-house budgets rose 20% between ’04 and ’06 In-house legal budgets rose more than 20% on average between 2004 and 2006, according to the most recent Association of Corporate Counsel census. Departments with six attorneys or fewer reported budget hikes of 30% from more than 1.4 million to nearly $1.9 million. The increase was similar at legal departments employing between six and 20 lawyers, where budgets rose 33% to $8.1 million, up from $6.1 million. Departments with at least 21 lawyers spent about 17% more, with budgets of $32.3 million, up from $27.5 million. The increases exclude litigation spending, which increased by an average of 10% across companies. In contrast, all departments budgeted an average 30% more for online research. Coleman goes to Yetter from Weil Gotshal Gregory S. Coleman, head of New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ national appellate litigation practice and Texas’ first solicitor general, left Weil Gotshal’s Austin, Texas, office last week to join litigation boutique Yetter & Warden as a partner. This week Coleman will open an Austin office for 23-lawyer Yetter & Warden and start an appellate practice at the firm. Coleman said he expects to hire a few lawyers in Austin to help him build an appellate group at Yetter & Warden, but he declines to say if anyone else from Weil Gotshal in Austin will join him at his new firm. Firms predicting more work and less equity Lawyers can expect to be pushed for more billable hours while facing a harder struggle to make equity partner, according to the first managing partner confidence index � a survey of more than 100 Am Law 200 firm leaders � released this week by Citigroup Private Bank, which serves as banker to 550 law firms. And the ranks of associates and nonequity partners will rise much faster than any increase in equity slots, law firm leaders said. “As an industry trend, I think it is correct, because a lot of firms are rebalancing their demographics to fit the new world of law practice,” said Ralph Baxter Jr., Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman and CEO, whose firm saw a slight dip in equity partners last year. Spitzer may end forced retirement of judges New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said he wants to review the state constitution’s 150-year-old mandate that judges retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70. Just after attending a swearing-in ceremony last week for Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to a term that will end when she is forced to step down on Dec. 31, 2008, Spitzer said that leaders in private industries and professions “are wondering whether rules of that sort make any sense.” “I’m serious about it,” he said. Nixon Peabody gets 16 from Jenkens for Chicago Nixon Peabody has snared 16 intellectual property attorneys from the Chicago office of Jenkens & Gilchrist to open a new office in that city. With the Chicago additions, Nixon Peabody said in a release, the firm will now have about 90 professionals and attorneys in its intellectual property practice firmwide. Stephen Rudisill, one of the Jenkens & Gilchrist attorneys making the move, has become the managing partner of the new Nixon Peabody Chicago office and is senior counsel to the firm. Partners from Dallas-based Jenkens & Gilchrist who are also changing firms include Daniel Burnham, Janet Garetto, Paul Kitch, and Jodi Rosen Wine.

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