By Jaime Bochet
Of the Legal Staff
Welcome to your daily round-up of stories in today's edition of The Legal Intelligencer. Click the links below to access stories directly, or head to The Legal homepage. (Some stories may require registration or a paid subscription.)
Just as a heads-up, tomorrow's Friday issue will be devoted mainly to a special section on the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In commemoration of the anniversary, we asked readers to send us their stories of what they remember about that day, and what they feel about it now - and you won't want to miss the amazing stories you sent in.
But for now, today's paper features a ton of business of law stories, so let's get to them!
Leading the front page on this soggy Thursday morning, senior reporter Gina Passarella has a salary story of particular interest: "With some evidence that associate salaries are on the rise, one might start to think that it's a case of back to the future. But this time around, firms appear to be treading lightly. After a few years of taking advantage of a down market and decreasing associate salaries, some firms are starting to edge up what they pay first-year associates. Whether this means a wholesale increase across all associate levels is unclear." Read the full article here.
Alongside Gina's story, sharing the top of the front page, Zack Needles reports on a lateral move that may surprise you: David H. Marion, a 25-year veteran of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads who served as the firm's chairman for seven years until 2003, has left the firm to join the Philadelphia office of Haddonfield, N.J.-based Archer & Greiner.
Below the fold, U.S. Courthouse Correspondent Shannon P. Duffy has a (non-business of law-related) ruling from the 3rd Circuit: When an employer is hit with a proposed collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it cannot "pick off" the lead plaintiff by making an offer of judgment that moots her claim before any other workers have the chance to "opt in" to the case, according to the court.
Zack also has today's Page 3 Regional News story, reporting on a Philadelphia-based firm's expansion to the western part of the commonwealth: Insurance defense firm Bennett Bricklin & Saltzburg announced the opening of a Pittsburgh office Tuesday, citing a desire to bring in more of its clients' Western Pennsylvania-based work.
As always, our People in the News section is on Page 2, and the top stories from our sister publications across the country make up the Page 4 National News section.
Today's Page 5 "Insight on Diversity" column is by Christopher A. Lewis of Blank Rome, who takes a deeper look at the business case for diversity.
Page 7 is where you'll find our weekly "Young Lawyer"or "YL" page, which today features a story from the Connecticut Law Tribune, a Legal affiliate. It looks at the emerging trend of recent law grads going solo because of the down economy.
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