On Friday the 13th, Law.com reported 800 associates and support staff in some of the largest firms in the nation lost their jobs. For these people, Friday the 13th will always mean bad things. The reason given for these layoffs was a downturn in the economy. These large law firms are finding they have to make large cutbacks in order to make a profit. In some cases, the employees were given generous severance packages, along with outplacement counseling. One firm rescinded offers to incoming associates and cut its summer program. We may see clients of these large firms looking for other representation as the higher paid attorneys start doing work that the lesser paid associates did in the past. I want to thank OverflowLegal and SpartyLaw which turned me on to this post.