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BCGSearch State of the Market Report Spring 2013 - Legal Industry Trends for Attorneys
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State of the Market Reports for U.S. and International Regions

a. Northern California (San Francisco and Silicon Valley)
b. Southern California (San Diego,Los Angeles and Orange County)
c. Northwest (Seattle and Portland)
d. Southwest (Las Vegas, Phoenix and Colorado)
e. Midwest (Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Utah, Chicago, Wisconsin and Michigan)
f. Northeast (Philadelphia, New York, Boston/New England and Washington D.C.)
g. South (Texas, Louisiana, Atlanta and Charlotte/North Carolina)
h. Southeast (Florida)
i. Foreign Markets (Europe and Asia)

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Recruiters as Agents: What Should You Look for in an Agent?
By Jamie Bailey
Partner, BCG Attorney Search

On a daily basis, recruiters serve as agents for their candidates, with different degrees of success. What exactly is involved in effective and efficient agency on behalf of a client, and what should you look for in a recruiter/agent? In this article, we'll discuss some of the most significant components of effective agency: Advocacy, Goodwill, Ethics, Navigation, Competition, and Yield.

The ability to advocate on behalf of a client is one of the most significant characteristics a recruiter must possess to serve as an effective agent. When clients are looking for agents, they seek out individuals who possess the skills to serve as strong advocates for their causes. Strong advocates always keep the best interests of their clients in mind, and a good recruiter will always act in the best interests of the client and not their own self-interests. Advocacy also involves a high level of personal interest and commitment to the client. An effective recruiter will look beyond the surface and take the time to listen, probe, ponder, and ask the questions that will ultimately bring about an understanding of the client's goals, motivations, fears, and major accomplishments. Armed with what might be described as the client's special "nuances," a recruiter serving as the client's agent will be better equipped to more effectively market the client.
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2013 is a Good Year to Make a Lateral Law Firm Moves in Philadelphia
By Robyn Ginsberg, Esq.,
Senior Managing Director-East Coast, BCG Attorney Search

As a Philadelphia native and graduate of Penn Law, I feel a strong kinship with the city and pay close attention to hiring trends in the market. For the first time since the economic downturn, the Philadelphia legal market is showing clear signs of a consistent increase in lateral law firm activity. This makes 2013 a great year to consider making a law firm move.

In my recent visits back to Philadelphia to see family, friends and clients, it is clear that the city's energy has shifted during the last few months. There is a feeling of revitalization in the city's art and food culture and a sense of renewed excitement about what Philadelphia has to offer and what makes it a unique place. Indeed, the city of Philadelphia was recently declared by Lonely Planet to be a top U.S. travel destination for 2013.1

In short, the city of Philadelphia seems to be in the midst of a resurgence of sorts. This renewed vigor appears to be impacting not just Philadelphia's art and food culture, but also the city's economy. Recent economic surveys suggest that Philadelphia's economy is growing at a steady, if slow, rate.2 The city's real estate market is also looking strong in early 20133 - a fact which could generate increased relocation to and interest in the Philadelphia area on the part of businesses and employees.
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IP Lawyers Must Learn to Adapt To New Rules
By Nicole Callahan
Recruiter, BCG Attorney Search

Prior to the Roberts' Court, it was a rare occurrence for the Supreme Court to hear a case involving intellectual property issues. In the last few years, however, the percentage of intellectual property cases heard by the Supreme Court has more than doubled - and 2013 is no different. In fact, the Court has already granted certiorari to several IP cases. This trend is not really surprising. Technology is ever-advancing and drives our economy. It is difficult for the law to keep up and, evidently, the Supreme Court has determined that some broad ground rules now need to be set. These rules will greatly affect the practice of IP law.

One significant case on the Court's calendar is the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. There is one main question at issue in this case - are human genes patentable? In other words, do human genes fall under one of the categories of patent-ineligible subject matter: (1) laws of nature, (2) natural phenomena, and (3) abstract ideas.
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