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Law Firm Going Green and Saving Cash

Balch & Bingham of Atlanta encourages their employees to work four days instead of five in attempts to help alleviate the gas shortage in the South created by Hurricane Ike. Employees of the firm may decide whether to take Tuesday through Thursday off while still working the same number of hours.

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram and Verizon Create Child-Safe Internet
In an effort to keep children safe on the Internet and raise awareness of how to avoid the dangers that lurk online, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, child advocates and others joined forces with Verizon to create a partnership for a child-safe Internet. The officials announced the partnership during an interactive town hall meeting and panel discussion Tuesday, October 28th, at New Jersey Network studios here.

Associate Bonuses May be a Disappointing This Year
Last year a few large law firms were able to pay associates bonuses totaling up to $100,000. This year it is likely to be a different story. Practices in real-estate are especially going to feel the blow from their slowdown of legal work and dismal profits. Not only may bonuses be displeasing, but decisions about bonus distribution may come later than usual. For example, Michele Martin of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius said the delay will give the firm time to conduct ''substantive evaluations'' and discuss the compensation. This also gives the firm time to check the outlook of 2009. Firms in smaller cities that haven't been hit as hard by the economic slowdown or are tied to Wall street may offer bonuses more in line with 2007.


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