There are plenty of ways for young lawyers to get their foot in the door at a blue-chip firm: Have a connection to a partner, clerk for a federal judge, play a role in a high-profile case. Then there are the more creative approaches.

Gregory Hawn, an associate at the Washington, D.C., office of Bracewell & Giuliani, is accused of falsifying his r�sum� and altering his law school transcript in an effort to get a job at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, according to the D.C. Bar Counsel, which has filed a series of ethical charges against Hawn.

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