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The Diversity Dish: A Weekly Update on Legal Diversity News
Posted by Millie Bond on Friday, February 24, 2012
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We've got big news in the Diversity Dish this week.  The Supreme Court has decided to revisit the legality of race-conscious admissions policies at public universities.  Additionally today’s update includes an article about law schools working to increase diversity and some positive news from the census data. 

  • 3.1.12 Corporate Counsel reports, “Constrained by court decisions and ballot measures, public law schools have had to find new ways to boost their minority enrollment.”  The article goes on to outline  steps several state schools have taken to increase the diverse student enrollment while compiling with court decisions and state ballot measures.  This may become a more daunting task as the Supreme Court prepares to consider the University of Texas race conscious admissions case later this year.

  • 2.23.12 The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights some of the most recent census results around minority gains higher education.  According to the paper, “From 2001 to 2011, the number of Hispanics 25 and over with a bachelor's degree or higher rose by 80 percent, the figures show. Among blacks, the increase was 47 percent, and among non-Hispanic whites, it was 24 percent.”
  • 2.21.12 The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to hear Fisher v. Texas a case that deals with the University of Texas’s race-conscious admissions policies.  If you are a regular reader of this blog you know we’ve been writing about the case for some time now.  You can read more about the Court’s decision to hear the case and what the decision might mean for admissions offices around the country on the SCOTUSblog and in The Washington Post.  If you are looking for some more in-depth analysis around the issue of race-conscious admissions  policies be sure to read this New York Times Room for Debate series.

 

 


Weekly News Digest for Legal Career Professionals -- Week Ending 2/24/12
Posted by James G. Leipold on Friday, February 24, 2012
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Here is the NALP Industry News Weekly Digest for the week ending February 24, 2012. Good morning from San Antonio, where NALP is hosting its annual Newer Professionals’ Forum, our boot camp for those newest to the industry. In the news this week, the US Supreme Court’s decision to take up another affirmative action case dominated the headlines, and higher ed analysts predict that the absence of Justices O’Connor (retired) and Kagan (who has recused herself) does not bode well for the preservation of colleges and universities ability to exercise race conscious admission decisions. There is a nice article in The American Lawyer about Sue Manch’s new gig, and an interesting ABA interview with K & L Gates’ Peter Kalis about the changes happening in the law firm world. Penned by Wash U law professor Tamanaha, a new book called ‘Failing Law Schools’ is about to hit the streets, and will surely reinvigorate the debate about whither the future of legal education. In the one story completely unrelated to our industry, the NYT says that KLM will now let air passengers choose their seatmates based on Facebook and LinkedIn profile details…oh my. And finally, at the bottom of the page, further reporting in the ongoing roundup of 2011 year-end law firm financial results. Enjoy your weekend!


The Diversity Dish: A Weekly Update on Legal Diversity News
Posted by Millie Bond on Friday, February 17, 2012
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This week’s Diversity Dish includes interviews with the authors of Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500 and the Boston Bar Association President Lisa C. Goodhard, an in-house counsel perspective on talking about diversity, an affirmative action case in California, a Canadian law student’s efforts to encourage other Black students to attend law school, and controversy over a diversity workshop in Idaho.  We also have a video of a Supreme Court Justice who apparently had no trouble getting to Sesame Street. 


 

 


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Weekly News Digest for Legal Career Professionals -- Week Ending 2/17/12
Posted by James G. Leipold on Friday, February 17, 2012
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Here is the NALP Industry News Weekly Digest for the week ending February 17, 2012. There is a pretty full plate of news this morning, starting with the latest from Law School Transparency at the top of the hour and a round-up of law firm year-end financial reporting at the bottom of the hour. The big news this week was the release of the Hildebrandt/Citi 2012 Client Advisory. The bottom line? Modest (and we mean modest!) growth is the new normal. While the first half of 2011 saw demand for legal services surge, the second half saw screeching brakes applied, and the report advises that 2012 is likely to be challenging. Citi legal division chair Dan DiPietro says 2012 will feel a lot like 2009. Legal Industry pundits like Ed Reeser and Steven Harper see all kinds of cause for alarm, including a lateral hiring bubble that is poised for bursting and danger in the spread of equity partner pay between partners in the same firm. The end of the year again saw the growth of law firm expenses exceeding the growth of law firm revenues – “Danger, Will Robinson!” So with all of that good news on the table, go ahead and enjoy your weekend. I dare you.


Weekly News Digest for Legal Career Professionals -- Week Ending 2/10/12
Posted by James G. Leipold on Friday, February 10, 2012
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Here is the NALP Industry News Weekly Digest for the week ending February 10, 2012. Good morning from New York City, where the business day gets started a bit later than in other cities around the country. There is nothing terribly earth-shattering in this morning’s news digest, which is a bit of a relief. There are lots of law firm year-end financial reports, almost all of which continue to be up and up reports (downsizing has a positive effect on the bottom line). There are a handful stories from around the country that continue to document the tough job market and tough financial spot new law grads are finding themselves in. The good news is that the legal sector has actually begun adding jobs, albeit slowly, after shedding positions for the last two years.


The Diversity Dish: A Weekly Update on Legal Diversity News
Posted by Millie Bond on Friday, February 3, 2012
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This week in the diversity dish the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigates a bias claim from an Asian student who was denied admission to Harvard University, a law professor makes the case for the importance of school diversity for white students, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s judicial nominees are scrutinized, and a Canadian firm apologizes for jokingly callings its associates “slavies.”


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Weekly News Digest for Legal Career Professionals -- Week Ending 2/3/12
Posted by James G. Leipold on Friday, February 3, 2012
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Here is the NALP Industry News Weekly Digest for the week ending February 3, 2012. If I were you I would get a cup of coffee and sit down. The news digest is a long one this morning. If you had any doubts that this industry was changing rapidly, a quick perusal of this week’s headlines ought to convince you otherwise. The big news of course is the new class action law suits filed against an additional twelve law schools. I have collected here only a fraction of the enormous amount of ink spilled over this development this week. In other news, end-of-the-year law firm financial results are trickling in, and the common theme seems to be that after two years of decline, both gross revenues and profits per partner are up (remember that last year’s trope was that revenues were still down but that due to effective cost-cutting (read layoffs) profits per partner were up). It is clear that lateral partner hiring is moving along at a frenzied pace, but the jury is out on whether or not that is a good thing. In news that may or may not make law schools feel better, a prominent undergraduate college was caught this week inflating (for six years!) its admission statistics. There are some things not to be missed in this long list of articles: I found the UC funding proposal (“No Money Down”) fascinating, and Ed Reeser’s analysis of current law firm staffing trends (“Crazy Like a Fox”) compelling reading. Further down the page, the WSJ story (“Law Firms Keep Squeezing Associates”) is a must-read if you have not already seen it. And keep an eye on Obama administration higher education policy: keen industry observers have long predicted that the “gainful employment rule” might well be applied to all of higher education, including law schools. I wish I had some happy news to share this morning – it has been a lovely weather week in Washington, DC. The groundhog said six more weeks of winter, but here in the nation’s capital we have been enjoying spring!



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