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Law school blocks Net access in its classrooms The University of Chicago Law School began blocking student access to the Internet in classrooms last month to help them concentrate on course instruction, the school said. Saul Levmore, who is dean of the school, said he had been trying to simply persuade students not to distract themselves with the Internet during class, but turned to simply shutting off access when he found that the school’s building had the capability to block wired and wireless access. “It got a lot easier when I found I had technology on my side,” he said in an interview. Keeping students from surfing the Internet during class is similar to keeping them from picking up calls on their cellphones, he said. Law firms are providing more retirement options Employees of law firms retire at about the same age as workers in other professions and, increasingly, have more options for planning retirement, according to an annual survey. The study found that retirement ages for the legal profession “remains anchored” at 65. About half of firms have mandatory retirements, generally between 67 and 70. A growing number of firms offered participants two to four retirement plan options. Also, fewer firms than in previous surveys offered just one retirement option. The survey included 146 law firms, ranging in size from about 10 to more than 100 lawyers or more. The survey was produced by Altman Weil Publications, a part of ALM, which also owns The National Law Journal. Littler Mendelson adds 10 attorneys from Thelen San Francisco-based Littler Mendelson has added 10 attorneys from Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner to its offices in New York; Newark, N.J.; and New Haven, Conn. Richard L. Hartz, office managing shareholder of the New York and Melville, N.Y., offices, said the additions “reinforces the firm’s leadership position in labor and employment law in the Tri-State region and nationally.” In the New York office the new Littler attorneys include shareholders Joel L. Finger and Jean L. Schmidt. I. Michael Kessel joins the firm as special counsel to the Newark office. Four Heller Ehrman partners defect to DLA Four corporate and securities partners at Heller Ehrman’s San Diego office have defected to DLA Piper. The departures indicate a continuing instability in Heller’s San Diego office, which saw nearly half of its corporate practice head for the exits in a six-week period this time last year. Joining DLA Piper are Michael Kagnoff, Martin Nichols, Jeffrey Thacker and Ross Burningham. All four originally joined Heller as part of a large group that came from Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison as that firm was collapsing. Most GCs like their jobs; one-third plan to hire Eighty-five percent of chief legal officers and general counsel find their careers rewarding despite increased corporate governance demands and sometimes tense relationships with independent auditors, according to a new Association of Corporate Counsel survey. Chief legal officers responding to the association’s eighth annual survey also anticipate that nearly a third expected to add staff during the next year and that records management would be an emerging issue for in-house attorneys this year. During the next 12 months, 32.3% of respondents expected to hire more in-house lawyers, 54.6% did not, and 13.1% weren’t sure. A total of 59% of chief legal officers and general counsel revealed that increased monitoring by law enforcement and regulators had only a modest influence on their career satisfaction.

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