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February 28, 2013
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Legal News in Brief

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  • Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary
    Twenty Republican senators joined Democrats in confirming Jack Lew as U.S. Treasury secretary. The 71-26 vote came despite some concerns about Lew's experience in the private sector. Lew said his priorities will be reducing expenses of entitlement programs, revamping individual and corporate tax codes and encouraging China to shift to an exchange rate determined by the market. Bloomberg (2/28), The Wall Street Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Employment Focus 
  • How IBM might alter the 401(k) landscape
    Companies took note last year when IBM said it would make once-a-year contributions to employees' 401(k) plans instead of providing a 401(k) match with each paycheck, says Mike Alfred, CEO of Brightscope. The move will save IBM money because it won't need to pay the 401(k) matches of employees who quit midyear, and many companies may use similar strategies, Alfred says. San Antonio Express-News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
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  • Boutiques look for opportunities in white-collar defense
    The market for white-collar defense has grown increasingly crowded, leading some to wonder whether boutique firms will survive in that field. Others say there are enough opportunities for everyone. "You don't need to do any more than open the newspaper and see that there's another investigation. The opportunities have increased for boutiques in several ways," said Steven Molo, a partner at a boutique firm. New York Law Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • Welcome to management -- here's how to get started
    Newly appointed leaders can feel like they've been thrown out of an airplane without a parachute, writes Roberta Matuson. To avoid hitting the ground, you'll need to learn quickly to master office politics, handle workers respectfully and effectively, and hire superb people. "You will shine the most when those around you are beaming," Matuson writes. Fast Company online (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apply product marketing to your job search
    Use the marketing principles of product, place, price, promotion and persona to find a job, Richard Sellers advises. For example, you can promote yourself as the right person for the job by discussing a similar role in your past, and you can price yourself correctly if you've had a previous salary in line with what's being offered, he writes. B2C Marketing Insider (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • Audio Briefing Helps to Accelerate Associates' Learning and Development
    Mentoring is an essential investment in legal talent because firms cannot function or survive without well-prepared and confident associates to meet current and future client needs, become law firm partners, and serve as law firm leaders. The March 4 audio briefing Mentoring: The Best Kept Secret to Success in the Recovery will examine the mechanics of mentoring and present strategies for making mentoring successful in your firm. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Who's Who on the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
    One of the subcommittees of the House Judiciary Committee is the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. The House IP subcommittee has primary jurisdiction over all matters relating to intellectual-property matters. On PLI's Patent Law Practice Center, Gene Quinn dishes on which members of Congress he thinks will most likely be the leaders on this subcommittee. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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