Above the Law reports that one of this country’s largest law firms, Fish & Richardson, recently announced a second round of layoffs. Although the last round of layoffs included mostly support staff, this round included one-third of its incoming first year associates, who were “cold offered”. Another third of the associates will start on time, with the last third being deferred until October 2010. This is seen as a poor move by those who thought they would be moving to another location and had planned on taking state bars this summer. Now they will have to rethink where they want to locate to practice, and if it is somewhere other than where they had planned, sign up for the next bar exams in February. Let’s hope that those bright attorneys who received these “pink slips” find a better firm to work with.