Each week NALP's Executive Director, James Leipold, provides a summary of news articles of interest to legal career professionals. Read past issues here.
For news in the public interest arena, see the news digest from Christina Jackson, NALP's Director of Public Service Initiatives and Fellowships, at www.psjd.org.
June 26, 2015
1. "Dechert Preparing Leadership Transition," 06.26.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Dechert is about to begin a yearlong leadership transition as the firm announced changes to half of its two-person executive team."
2. "First Pro Bono Scholars Admitted to the Bar," 06.25.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the first class of Pro Bono Scholars [in New York], a program that allows 3L students to spend their final semesters of law school working in the field, was sworn in this week."
3. "From Fitbit to Fogo de Chao, Big Firm Lawyers Enjoying IPO Party," 06.25.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that despite a slowdown in Silicon Valley IPOs, June is shaping up to be the best month by volume for IPOs since 1999.
4. "Michigan State Helps Lawyers, Students Harness Social Media," 06.25.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Michigan State University College of Law will host a two-day social-media workshop for students and lawyers.
5. "Education Department Now Plans a College-Rating System Minus the Ratings," 06.25.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the US Department of Education has reversed course on its plans to publish a college-ratings system, and has announced that it will instead publish a "customizable, consumer-oriented website."
6. "Money never sleeps: First-year business graduates on Wall Street are earning more than ever raking in salaries of $125,000 but they are working fewer hours," 06.25.15.
The Daily Mail reports that "new business school graduates are making more money than ever on Wall Street [nearly 43% of new business school graduates will make $125,000 in 2014], but are working fewer hours and taking more weekends off, a recent study found."
7. "Can an Algorithm Hire Better Than a Human?," 06.25.15.
An interesting Upshot column in The New York Times explores whether new, automated, software driven hiring processes can do a better job than human beings when it comes to hiring highly skilled, more diverse candidates who are a better match for employers.
8. "Fordham Expands Fashion Law Studies With Degree Programs," 06.24.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Fordham University School of Law has introduced an LL.M. in fashion law, as well as a related master of studies for nonlawyers: "the school announced the programs on Monday with a press conference that featured Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America."
9. "Why Firms Need Three Women at the Top (Not Just One)," 06.23.15.
The American Lawyer reports on new research that shows that "firms that had compensation committees with two or more women members typically also had near-parity in compensation among men and women equity partners."
10. "DC to Allow Laptops For Bar Exam Essay," 06.23.15.
The Legal Times reports that the DC Court of Appeals has announced that July bar exam candidates for the District of Columbia will be able to use laptops for the essay portion of the exam, catching the District up with at least 43 states that now allow laptops for that purpose.
11. "In Pricey Markets, Midsize Firms Must Acquire to Grow," 06.23.15.
The Legal Intelligencer makes the case that midsize firms grow best through merger and acquisition, rather than opening new offices in expensive markets.
12. "Female Deans Taking Charge: They make up 40 percent of incoming leadership," 06.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that women make up 30 percent of law school deans and 40 percent of incoming law deans.
13. "Northwestern Law Rolls Out Program for STEM Students," 06.22.15.
Legaltech News reports that Northwestern University School of Law has rolled out a one-year masters of science in law degree program for students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) backgrounds.
14. "State Senate Proposes Stripping $3M from UNC Law," 06.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a budget amendment that would cut $3 million dollars from the law school in Chapel Hill.
15. "First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to DC Federal District Court," 06.22.15.
The Legal Times reports that "US District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the US District Court for the District of Columbia."
16. "ABA Task Force: Bring Law School Costs Down," 06.19.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education has issued its report and recommendations, calling on law schools to experiment with ways of making the law degree more affordable.
a. "ABA task force on law school financing calls for reforms," 06.19.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
17. "New Rule Spells Trouble for For-Profit Law Schools," 06.19.15.
Matt Leichter, writing for The American Lawyer, takes a look at what effect the US Department of Education's 'gainful employment rule' would have on the small handful of for-profit law schools that are accredited by the ABA.
18. "After a Break, Women Find Path Back to Law," 06.19.15.
The Recorder reports that six of the seven women who have completed Caren Ulrich Stacy's OnRamp fellowship have landed permanent jobs with law firms.
19. "Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power," 06.19.15.
ALM's Careerist blogger Vivia Chen takes a look at the Women in Law Empowerment Forum's Gold Standard Certification list and finds some good news for women and power in American law firms.
20. "State Bar Governors Narrowly Approve Incubator Program Funding," 06.19.15.
The Daily Report reports that "the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors on Friday narrowly approved funding for a new lawyer incubator program through which up to 30 new graduates from Georgia law schools will receive mentoring, office space and other help to start small practices."
21. "Inside the Boom: Lawyers, Oil Workers And Me," 06.19.15.
Inside Energy reports on the wave of young lawyers moving to North Dakota to take advantage of the work afforded by the oil boom there: "North Dakota is probably the only place in America where you can safely say there aren't enough lawyers."
22. "Can the Incubator Movement Help Save Legal Education?," 06.18.15.
Dan Lear, writing for Law.com, questions what role the burgeoning legal incubator movement can have on the overall chronic problem of the underemployment of recent law school grads.
23. "IPO Slump Throws Valley Lawyers a Curve," 06.18.15.
The Recorder reports that IPO activity in the first half of 2015 is down markedly from last year, causing a slowdown for lawyers who work in this area.
Prior digests for past weeks are provided below for reference; some articles may no longer be offered online or may have moved to different URLs than the links shown here.
June 19, 2015
1. "State Bar Updates Guidelines on Use of Social Media," 06.18.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the New York State Bar Association has issued new guidelines on lawyer use of social media, including a statement that knowledge about how social media work is a required core skill and basic competence for lawyers practicing in New York.
2. "Dean's Job at New Mexico Law Called Too Big for One Person," 06.17.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of New Mexico School of Law has named co-deans to the school — Alfred Mathewson and Sergio Pareja are both professors at the law school.
3. "Dean of Syracuse Law to Leave Post," 06.17.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Hannah Arterian, dean of the Syracuse University College of Law for the last 13 years, will step down from her post Aug. 1."
4. "Put Lawyers Where They're Needed," 06.17.15.
This New York Times op-ed argues that we ought to be able to close the justice gap by matching unemployed and underemployed law school graduates with the millions of Americans who lack access to basic legal services.
5. "The Rise of Student Debt for Those Who Get Degrees," 06.16.15.
University of Michigan professor Susan Dynarski, writing for The New York Times Upshot column, looks at student borrowing levels for those who earn degrees: "Of the $1.2 trillion in outstanding student-loan debt, 40 percent is borrowing for graduate school. Borrowing is highest among law and medical graduates; their median debt (combined undergraduate and graduate) is $141,000 and $162,000, respectively, for 2012 graduates."
6. "Law Schools: Give Migrant Children Legal Representation," 06.16.15.
The National Law Journal reports that 13 Jesuit law schools have partnered to make the case that the US government should guarantee legal representation to unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.
7. "Public Interest Leadership Changes Reflect National Trend," 06.15.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that recent changes in leadership at public interest legal organizations in that city reflect changes happening nationwide as many baby-boomers in leadership roles in legal services age out at the end of their careers.
8. "Technology Is Necessary to Serve Client Needs," 06.15.15.
This piece in Legaltech News argues that technology has become a necessary, not optional, condition of serving a client's needs.
9. "Five Things Your In-House Client is Unlikely to Tell You," 06.15.15.
This column in The Legal Intelligencer presents "five things that in-house lawyers are unlikely to tell the private practice lawyers with whom they work."
10. "The NLJ 350 Regional Report," 06.15.15.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual regional analysis of its NLJ 350 survey results, including data by city, state and country.
a. "Growth — Or Lack of It — in NLJ 350 Cities," 06.15.15.
Leigh Jones, writing for The National Law Journal, looks at lawyer headcount increases and decreases in firms by city (for example Minneapolis, Miami, and Philadelphia saw headcounts increase while Phoenix and Dallas saw marked decreases).
11. "NYLJ 100," 06.12.15.
The New York Law Journal publishes is annual analysis of law firm lawyer headcount within the state: "After years of post-recession stagnant or shrinking head counts, New York state's largest 100 law firms showed solid growth in 2014, with gains spread across the New York City multinationals as well as the statewide regionals."
12. "Dell and Axiom Partner in Five-Year Managed Services Contract," 06.12.15.
Legaltech News reports that Dell and Axiom have entered into a multi-year partnership in which "Axiom will provide a managed service to capture, manage, report and analyze legal and commercial information in Dell's worldwide sales agreements."
13. "Law school applications continue to fall," 06.11.15.
The ABA Journal reports that with about 95% of applications in for this cycle, the Law School Admission Council has reported that law school applications are down a further 4.6% for the fall of 2015.
a. "Law School Applications Keep Falling," 06.09.15.
More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
14. "Colleges Should Share the Risk for Student Loan Defaults," 06.08.15.
An economics professor, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that it would be in the best interests of students, taxpayers, and the economy if colleges were penalized in proportion to the percentage of their graduates who default on their student loans.
June 12, 2015
1. "Arizona Summit Defends Encouraging Grads to Delay Bar Exam," 06.11.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the dean at Arizona Summit Law School has responded to charges that it paid low achieving students to postpone taking the bar exam, explaining that the program was meant to allow students more time to prepare for the test.
2. "Research and Writing Will Help You Beyond Law School," 06.11.15.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, makes the case for the importance of young lawyers writing for publication — from blog posts to industry newsletter to journals and magazines.
3. "ABA Denies Accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School," 06.10.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA has denied provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School.
4. "New Report: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Critical to Access to Justice," 06.10.15.
NLADA has released new survey results that show that "dramatically reducing student loan forgiveness for lawyers working in the public interest would profoundly diminish access to justice for low-income people."
5. "Interactive Chart: Law Firm Diversity Remains Elusive," 06.09.15.
The American Lawyer uses data from its recently published Diversity Scorecard report to create an interactive graphic that charts the number of minority lawyers at 220 firms.
6. "Littler Cuts 113 California Employees," 06.09.15.
The Recorder reports that "Littler Mendelson is eliminating 113 staff positions in California as it moves forward with its plan to consolidate some operations at its global services center in Kansas City, Missouri."
7. "Maryland Launches LLMs in Crisis Management, Cybersecurity," 06.09.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has launched two new post-JD graduate programs.
8. "The NLJ 350," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual NLJ 350 analysis, noting that the entire group of top-earning law firms grew by just 900 lawyers in 2014, for a growth rate of 0.6%.
a. "A No-Growth Year for Nation's Largest Law Firms: Less than 1 percent increase in total partners and zero expansion in associate ranks in 2014," 06.08.15.
More on this from the NLJ's Am Law 350 analysis.
b. "Associate Hiring Stood Still at Firms Last Year: The number of junior lawyers fell by 27 on the entire NLJ 350, dropping 0.04 percent," 06.08.14.
And more analysis from The National Law Journal, rubbing salt in the wound.
9. "Elite Female Lawyers Still See Few Name Partners Among Them: The NLJ honors 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports on its event this week that honored 75 female lawyers who excel in the profession. A complete list of the NLJ's Outstanding Women Lawyers can be found here.
10. "Plan to Allow Paid Law Student Externships Advances in ABA," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has voted to put out for a period of public comment a proposal that would allow law students to earn both pay and academic credit for externships.
a. "Proposal to allow academic credit for paid externships moves forward in ABA," 06.08.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
11. "Concordia Law Secures Provisional ABA Accreditation," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted over the weekend to provisionally accredit Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho.
12. "Transactions Attorney Tapped as North Carolina Law Dean," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of North Carolina School of Law has named law firm partner Martin Brinkley to be its next dean.
13. "Obama names trans attorney to presidential commission," 06.08.15.
The Blade reports that "the White House announced on Monday President Obama has appointed civil rights attorney and long-time LGBT advocate Shannon Minter to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, making him among the senior transgender appointees in the Obama administration." (You may recognize Minter as long-time NALP friend and resource on transgender issues — he has been a frequent NALP conference speaker and contributor to the NALP Bulletin.)
14. "Jobs Report: Legal Employment Inched Ahead in May," 06.05.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that the USBLS jobs data for May show that the legal sector gained a mere 300 jobs in May, notching overall growth of 3,400 jobs for the 12-month period ending in May 2015.
15. "Interim Dean Gets Top Job At Wake Forest Law," 06.05.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Suzanne Reynolds, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and the current acting dean has been named dean of the law school effective July 1, marking the first time the school has selected a woman for the position.
16. "Summer Hiring Plateaus Again, Despite Some Signs of Life," 06.04.15.
The New Jersey Law Journal takes a look at law firm summer hiring volume in New Jersey.
June 5, 2015
1. "New Data Shows Patent Litigation Filings Up in 2015," 06.05.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that the number of patent lawsuits filed in federal courts was up in the first five months of 2015.
2. "Infilaw Paying Law Grads To Put Off Bar Exam," 06.04.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a lawsuit has been filed that alleges Infilaw Corp., the company that owns Arizona Summit Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law, and Charlotte School of Law, "in May 2014 began paying poorly performing students $5,000 to delay taking the bar exam to prop up declining bar-passage rates."
3. "UCLA Law Selects Evidence Expert Mnookin as Its Dean," 06.04.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law has selected professor Jennifer Mnookin as its next dean."
4. "Albany Law, University Move Toward Partnership," 06.04.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Albany Law School and the University at Albany announced they are finalizing an agreement to affiliate."
5. "Paid Law Student Externships Top ABA Council's Agenda," 06.03.15.
The National Law Journal reports that when they meet this weekend in Minneapolis the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will again take up the question of whether law schools can grant students academic credit for externships that pay.
6. "First Female Leader Takes Over as McDermott's DC Partner-in-Charge," 06.03.15.
The Legal Times reports that Carolyn Gleason will take over as the lead the Washington, DC office of McDermott Will & Emery.
7. "For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is Even Wider Than the Enrollment Gap," 06.02.15.
The New York Times Upshot column takes a look at new research on socioeconomic status and college completion rates, noting that educational achievement does not explain the gap in bachelor's degree completion rates: "a poor teenager with top scores and a rich teenager with mediocre scores are equally likely to graduate with a bachelor's degree."
8. "We don't need fewer lawyers. We need cheaper ones," 06.02.15.
The Washington Post tackles the vexing twin issues of unemployed law school graduates with massive loan debt and the worsening access to justice gap in the United States.
9. "Affinity Groups Are the Path to Inclusion," 06.02.15.
A senior associate and law firm diversity committee member, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, argues that affinity groups can serve as an important hub for the professional development of women and minority attorneys.
10. "Seven people pass test to become nation's first legal technicians," 06.02.15.
The ABA Journal reports that nine people took Washington state's first exam for limited license legal technicians, and seven of them passed.
11. "A New Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives," 06.02.15.
A law firm diversity director, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, argues for diversity and inclusion engagement through leadership development.
12. "Watch out college professors, the robots are coming for your jobs," 06.02.15.
Well this is fun. Citing a 1963 Jetsons episode, The Washington Post posits that robot professors might well be the future of higher education.
13. "Seven partners will share $38 million in first UK law firm IPO," 06.01.15.
The Financial Post reports that the law firm of Gately will be the first UK law firm to go public under the UK Legal Services Act, making 30 percent of the firm available to the public.
14. "Google's diversity numbers changed little in past year," 06.01.15.
It's not just law firms. The Washington Post reports that Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies continue to have "dismally small numbers of women and minorities."
15. "A New Career Path — Legal Residencies: Paid, two-year program imparts practical skills," 06.01.15.
The National Law Journal looks at the arrival of legal residency programs, modeled on medical residency programs, notably with alternative legal services providers.
16. "$1M Gift to Northwestern Law Benefits Health Initiative," 06.01.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Northwestern University School of Law will expand its global Access to Health Project with a $1 million donation from [a] university alumnus."
17. "Legal Aid Jobs Await Law School Graduates," 06.01.15.
A law professor, writing for The National Law Journal, makes the case that working for low- and middle-income clients can be a rewarding way to practice law but that recent law school graduates need more financial incentive to be able to make it work.
18. "Empire State Merger Could Forge A New Am Law 200 Firm," 06.01.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that "New York-based Hiscock & Barclay and Buffalo, New York-based Damon Morney have agreed to combine operations into a 275 lawyer entity called Barclay Damon."
19. "Contract Attorneys Push for Better Pay, Working Conditions," 06.01.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports on the formation of United Contract Attorneys, a new group called that seeks to raise awareness and combat "poor conditions for document reviewers." (The Wall Street Journal also reports on a related law suit: "Lawyer Sues Skadden for Overtime: Lawsuit claims document-review work should qualify for overtime pay." Subscription required.)
20. "The End of Lockstep? Not So Fast," 06.01.15.
The Am Law Daily, noting that venerable UK law firm Linklaters is modifying its lockstep, takes a look at the evolution (not death) of this compensation system.
21. "The 2015 IP Hot List," 06.01.15.
The National Law Journal presents its annual IP Hot List, recognizing "15 law firms that accomplish great things in the realm of intellectual property law."
22. "City firm announces first articled apprenticeships," 06.01.15.
The Law Society Gazette in the UK reports that "global firm Mayer Brown has become the first firm to offer an articled apprentice program...a non-graduate route to qualification as a solicitor." (Hat tip to Jordan Furlong for bringing this one to our attention.)
23. "Arnold & Porter, Others Make Best Firms for Families List," 05.29.15.
The National Law Journal reports on he 2015 release of the Yale Law Women's list of 10 most family-friendly firmst.
24. "New Dean Hopes to Promote Toledo Law's Intimate Environment," 05.28.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Widener University School of Law Associate Dean Benjamin Barros has been named the new dean at the University of Toledo College of Law.
May 29, 2015
1. "Four US Law Schools and UnitedLex Launch Legal Residency Program," 05.28.15.
Legaltech News reports on the launch of a new joint venture between four law schools (Emory, Miami, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt) and UnitedLex, a Kansas-based provider or legal outsourcing and business services, including e-discovery.
2. "2015 Diversity Scorecard: Minorities Gain Little Ground: The percentage of minorities at large firms has hardly budged, our Diversity Scorecard shows," 05.28.15.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual diversity scorecard, with little happy news.
a. "Minority Ranks at Large Firms Show Little Growth," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
b. "Diversity Scorecard: How the Firms Rate," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
3. "Special Report: Big Law Is Failing Women," 05.28.15.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on the plight of women in Big Law: "Consider that at the current growth rate of women equity partners, gender parity will be reached in the year 2181."
a. "Top 10 Numbers From Our Special Report on Women," 06.01.15. (The American Lawyer)
b. "A Few Good Women," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
c. "Firm Rankings: Percentage of Women Equity Partners," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
d. "Eight Firms Where Women Thrive," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
e. "Why Firms Need Three Women at the Top (Not Just One)," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
f. "Securing the Pipeline," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
g. "Bye-Bye, Boys' Club," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
h. "Calling Mr. Mom," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
4. "The 2015 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report," 05.28.15.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual list of those firms ranked 101 to 200 on its list of the nation's top grossing firms: "Overall, gross revenue was up 2.1 percent, revenue per lawyer climbed by 3.25 percent, and profits per equity partner improved 5 percent."
a. "The Am Law Second Hundred: The Financial Report," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
b. "The Am Law Second Hundred: Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue," 05.28.15. (The American Lawyer)
5. "Law is the least diverse profession in the nation. And lawyers aren't doing enough to change that," 05.27.15.
Stanford Law Professor Deborah Rhode, writing for The Washington Post, challenges lawyers to take personal responsibility for improving diversity in the legal profession.
a. "Law is the nation's least-diverse profession, law prof says," 05.28.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal: 88% of lawyers are white, compared with 81% of architects and engineers, 78% of accountants, and 72% of physicians and surgeons.
6. "Legal Aid, Law Firms & Lawyers of Color," 05.28.15.
And from former NALP-staffer Steve Grumm, now blogging from Wyoming, comes this counterpoint suggesting that public interest law may have a better handle on diversity than law firms, at least in terms of the representation of people of color within the leadership ranks of civil legal services.
7. "DOJ Releases Guidelines for Use of Drones in Law Enforcement Activities," 05.28.15.
Legaltech News reports that the Department of Justice has released a set of guidelines aimed at ensuring law enforcement agencies use drones ethically.
8. "Montana Law Receives $10M Gift, Name Change," 05.27.15.
The National Law Journal reports that as a result of a $10 million gift, the University of Montana School of Law will be renamed the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.
9. "Drinker Biddle Names Borden Chief Data Scientist: Newly created role will oversee the application of data analytics and other tools to the practice of law," 05.27.15.
Legaltech News reports that Drinker is one of the first firms in the world to identify a leadership position overseeing data analytics.
10. "Charleston School of Law lays off seven more faculty members, plans to enroll fall class," 05.26.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "the Charleston School of Law has announced it will enroll a fall class, but it will have to lay off seven more faculty members to remain viable."
11. "Long Odds in the Game of Life," 05.26.15.
A good New York Times op-ed about underemployment among college grads.
12. "How Lawyers Can Survive the AI-pocalypse," 05.26.15.
A good post from the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog about how lawyers can survive the coming technology apocalypse: "people and smart machines working together."
13. "Looking for law schools? Yelp says it can help," 05.26.15.
And in other news, the ABA Journal writes that Yelp is now providing law school reviews.
14. "The 2015 Midsize Hot List," 05.25.15.
The National Law Journal identifies twenty law firms with between 51 and 150 attorneys that excel at deal making, litigation, counseling, and other legal services.
15. "Top female lawyers and executives find that part-time isn't a career killer," 05.23.15.
Crain's Chicago Business reports that "when firms support professionals who choose part-time work, women remain in the management pipeline."
May 22, 2015
1. "Uniform Bar Exam Gathers Steam as New York Signs Up: New York becomes 16th state to adopt the uniform bar examination test," 05.21.15.
The National Law Journal considers what lies ahead in the wake of New York's decision to adopt the UBE.
2. "Two global law firms will use software to find standout UK hires from underprivileged backgrounds," 05.21.15.
The ABA Journal reports that Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells will be using social mobility software to identify standout candidates in London who have overcome underprivileged backgrounds.
3. "ACC Crowns Its Value Champions for 2015," 05.20.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on the Association of Corporate Counsel's 2015 Value Champions, a list of in-house legal departments (and some of their law firm partners) that have generated savings and more predictable outcomes for their organizations. (The honors are part of an initiative that encourages the use of tactics such as value-based fee arrangements, efficient use of technology, and process improvement).
a. "ACC Recognizes Efficiency, New Technology at Legal Departments: 'Every single one of the 2015 ACC Value Champions employed technology to bring innovation and efficiencies to legal matters'," 05.19.15.
More on this from Legaltech News.
4. "Maryland Law Fellowships Emphasize Business Experience," 05.20.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "a new fellowship program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will send students and graduates in-house to learn about corporate clients' needs and gain marketable experience."
5. "Bloomberg BNA Launches Corporate Transactions Tool: Bloomberg Law offers practical guidance in market standards for financial transactions with new drafting workflow," 05.19.15.
Legaltech News reports that Bloomberg has launched a new product that automates transactional drafting and integrates information from the BNA financial databases.
6. "2014 Bar Exam Takers to Get Refund for Software Glitch," 05.19.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "ExamSoft has agreed to pay $2.1 million to bar takers who ran into technical problems while trying to upload their exam responses last year."
7. "Why it's good news that fewer people are going to college," 05.19.15.
The Washington Post reports on new research that shows that as the US economy continues to improve, college enrollment continues to drop as more (mostly older) would-be college students opt to join the workforce directly.
8. "US Senator's Bill Would Make Public 4-Year Colleges Free for All," 05.19.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "Bernard Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and a long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make attending all four-year public colleges free."
9. "Facing Budget Deficit, Pace Law Decides to Trim Faculty Pay," 05.18.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that Pace Law School faculty salaries will be cut by ten percent and staff salaries will be cut by five percent for the 2015-2016 academic year (the move is aimed at narrowing a $5 million deficit).
a. "Paychecks will shrink for Pace Law School professors and staffers," 05.18.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
b. "In Wake of 35% Enrollment Decline, Pace Law School Dean Cuts Faculty Pay 10%, Eliminates Research Stipends And Sabbaticals, And Warns Faculty Not to Speak to Press," 05.14.15.
More on this from the TaxProf Blog, which broke this story late last week.
10. "For Lawyers Who Took Time Away, an In-House 'ReEntry'," 05.18.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on a new program at JP Morgan Chase & Co.'s legal department that provides a reentry internship experience for lawyers who have left the practice of law and wish to return.
11. "U. of Denver Law School Scores a Marijuana Professorship," 05.18.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law has established the world's first professorship of marijuana law.
a. "Q&A: How Denver Law's Pot Professorship Came to Pass," 05.19.15.
More on this from The National Law Journal in an interview with Brian Vicente, the founder of Vicente Sederberg, a "marijuana law firm" that made the donation to Denver's law school that made the new professorship possible.
12. "Numbers Flat at Top 25 Firms in Summer Associate Survey," 05.18.15.
The Texas Lawyer looks at 2015 summer associate programs at the top firms in Texas.
13. "Law Schools: This is the Moment — for Clinics," 05.18.15.
The National Law Journal, in its annual Law Schools Special Report, focuses on clinics:
14. "The In-State Tuition Break, Slowly Disappearing," 05.18.15.
The New York Times' Upshot columnist takes a look at the erosion of in-state tuition discounts at public colleges and universities over the last ten years, eroding one of the most important pathways to upward mobility.
15. "Foreclosure Firm Butler & Hosch Shuts Down," 05.18.15.
The Daily Business Review reports that "Butler & Hosch, one of the largest foreclosure law firms in the country with 11 office and about 700 attorneys and staff nationally, has abruptly closed its doors."
a. "Foreclosure law firm closes its doors; 700 workers lose jobs, are told there's no money to pay them," 05.18.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
16. "Profs Call Off Tenure Suite Against William Mitchell Law," 05.18.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "two professors at William Mitchell College of Law have voluntarily dismissed their breach-of-contract lawsuit against the St. Paul school," a legal challenge that could have disrupted the proposed merger of William Mitchell with Hamline University School of Law.
17. "Dentons to Develop New Technologies Through NextLaw Labs," 05.18.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that Dentons "has launched NextLaw Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary through which it will invest in and develop technologies so that attorneys can deliver services to their clients 'better, cheaper, faster'."
18. "What will lawyers be doing in 5 to 10 years?," 05.18.15.
The ABA Journal reports from the Lawyernomics conference in Las Vegas, taking up the question of what the practice of law will look like in the future.
19. "Can this legal maneuver save Charleston School of Law?," 05.18.15.
An ABA Journal update on the status of Charleston School of Law.
20. "City Bar Urges ABA to Drop Ban on Credit for Paid Work," 05.15.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the New York City Bar Association has urged the ABA to lift its ban on giving academic credit to students for the paid legal work they do for private employers.
21. "Employment Picture Improving for Conn. Law School Grads: Some practice areas are 'hot,' but seasoned lawyers offer stiff competition," 05.15.15.
The Connecticut Law Tribune takes a look at the job market for new law school graduates in Connecticut.
22. "6 Tips to Make Students Better Attorneys," 05.14.15.
An associate, writing for the Texas Lawyer, provides a list of six things law students can do while in law school to equip themselves to be successful young attorneys.
May 15, 2015
1. "New Cardozo, Suffolk Law Deans Plan Smaller Classes," 05.14.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Melanie Leslie will become the first female dean of the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Andrew Perlman will become dean at Suffolk University Law School.
2. "Survey: 49% of Recent Grads Say They're Underemployed," 05.14.15.
Inside Higher Ed reports that according to new survey research "forty-nine percent of students who graduated college in 2013 and 2014 consider themselves underemployed."
3. "Even Private Colleges Feel the Pain as Enrollment Falls Again," 05.14.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that total college enrollment fell by nearly two percentage points this year, and noting that the drop affected all sectors, public and private, four-year and two-year institutions. (The drop was fueled by the exit of older students from the system who are leaving school to rejoin the workforce as the overall unemployment rate continues to come down.)
a. "Enrollments Fall," 05.1 4.15.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed: improved economy leads to enrollment dips among two-year and four-year colleges.
4. "Utilizing Your Alumni Network for Personal Development," 05.14.15.
A good article on networking for young attorneys from The Legal Intelligencer.
5. "Hawaii Law Will Admit Students Who Haven't Taken LSAT," 05.13.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law will allow certain undergraduates to apply without taking the LSAT, a practice allowed under new ABA regulations and already adopted by at least four other law schools.
6. "Interest Rates on New Federal Student Loans Will Drop for 2015-16," 05.13.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "The rate on undergraduate Stafford loans will drop to 4.29 percent, down from 4.66 percent this year. Graduate Stafford loans' interest rate will be 5.84 percent, down from 6.21 percent. The rate on PLUS loans for parents and graduate students will be 6.84 percent, down from 7.21 percent." More on this from The Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed, and The Washington Post.
7. "Millennials Pose Risk to Corporate Mobile Security," 05.13.15.
Legaltech News reports that new survey results show that "despite being digital natives, millennial technology habits could compromise corporate-issued device security."
8. "Firm Leaders Say Overcapacity Is Hurting Profitability," 05.12.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that new Altman Weil survey results show that most law firm leaders still believe most law firm partners are not sufficiently busy, and that overcapacity is driving down profitability.
a. "Are nonequity partners at risk? 43 percent of surveyed law firms say they have too many," 05.13.15.
More on the Altman Weil law firm leader survey from the ABA Journal.
b. "Survey Indicates Use of Computer Learning Systems Is the Future of Legal Spending," 05.13.15.
Legaltech News also reports on the Altman Weil survey results, noting that as the costs of technology come down and the pressures on law firms to reduce costs remain high, law firms are likely to purchase computer learning technologies, like Watson, that will be disruptive to the sector.
9. "Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness," 05.12.15.
The New York Times reports that new research published in the George Washington Law Review suggests that lawyers in high-income jobs in large law firms do not report anywhere near the happiness and satisfaction levels reported by lawyers in public service jobs that pay the lowest salaries of all.
a. "Disappointed with earnings after law school? You're in good company, lawyer happiness study says," 05.13.15.
More on this research from the ABA Journal.
b. "What Makes Lawyers Happy?: A Data-Driven Prescription to Redefine Professional Success," by Lawrence S. Krieger with Kennon M. Sheldon.
You can read the GWLR article in its entirety here (PDF).
10. "Harvard Study: Women Lawyers Work More Than Men," 05.12.15.
Bloomberg BNA reports that "Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession...released the results of a widespread survey of its graduates which suggests women work more hours on average than men."
a. "Think Harvard law grads are more likely to stay in law practice than others? 28% ditched legal jobs," 05.13.15.
The ABA Journal also reports on the results of the new Harvard study, noting that "about 28 percent of Harvard law grads from four graduating classes are no longer practicing law."
11. "Entering the Job Market in a Fitful Time," 05.12.15.
The New York Times notes that the new crop of college and university graduates entering the job market this spring faces a strengthening job market but stagnant wages.
12. "Law School with goal of making legal education affordable has $3.8M deficit," 05.12.15.
The ABA Journal reports that the University of Massachusetts School of Law reported a $3.8 million deficit last year (UMass acquired what was previously called the Southern New England School of Law in 2010) largely because of falling enrollment. See more on this in The Boston Globe.
13. "Gateley is poised to become first UK law firm to go public, hopes to raise $15M in IPO," 05.12.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "a midsized commercial law firm is poised to become the first in the UK to go public," something now allowed under the UK's 2011 Legal Services Act.
14. "Firms Tell Gay Couples: Wed or Lose Your Benefits," 05.12.15.
The Wall Street Journal reports that amidst the push to make same-sex unions legal, some employers are telling gay workers that they must marry in order to keep benefits coverage for their partners. (Subscription required)
a. "As same-sex marriage gains ground, some employers cut benefits for same-sex couples who don't wed," 05.13.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
15. "Law School in Two Years? Most Grads Say Yes," 05.11.15.
The National Law Journal reports that 56% of law grads surveyed by Kaplan Test Prep say that law school should be reduced to two years.
16. "Native Americans Left Behind: In legal profession, they feel 'simply invisible'," 05.11.15.
The National Law Journal reports on the results of the first comprehensive survey of Native American lawyers, commissioned by the National Native American Bar Association, noting that Native Americans (including American Indians, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians) make up less than one half a percent of all US lawyers even though they make up about 1.6% of the US population.
17. "Legal Services Gains 2,300 Jobs in April, But Industry Layoffs Continue," 05.08.15.
The Am Law Daily reports on the latest USBLS jobs data for the legal sector, noting modest gains for the month of April but also reporting that the sector is still down about 59,000 jobs from its peak in 2007.
18. "Anonymous Benefactor Gives $4.5M to Case Western Law," 05.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Case Western Reserve University School of Law has received its largest donation ever — $4.5 million from an anonymous donor."
19. "Proskauer lays off 29 staff members," 05.07.15.
The ABA Journal reports that Proskauer Rose is laying off 29 staff members in New York.
May 8, 2015
1. "Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets," 05.08.15.
The American Lawyer identifies New York, Texas, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, as the hottest legal markets in the US.
2. "GC's Top 2 Concerns: Regulation and Costs," 05.08.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on new survey research that identifies the two key concerns of general counsel: "how to manage growing threats from regulators and how to keep costs down while adding value to the company."
3. "Fordham Law Offers Early Enrollment to RI School," 05.08.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "qualified undergraduates from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island who have completed at least three years of study can apply for early enrollment at the Fordham University School of Law" the schools announced this week.
4. "The Hidden Portion of Student-Loan Debt," 05.08.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education data blog looks at the hidden portion of student debt — namely family borrowing via home-equity loans and credit cards to pay for college tuition.
5. "Citi Report: Law Firm Expenses Outpace Revenue in First Quarter," 05.07.15.
Gretta Rusanow from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, writing here for the Am Law Daily, reports that demand for legal services was flat in the first quarter and the growth of expenses outpaced the modest growth of revenue, and notes wide continued dispersion across the market.
6. "Will Charleston School of Law close? Announcement expected next week," 05.07.14.
The ABA Journal reports that the Charleston School of Law is considering whether to admit new students for the fall.
7. "NY Law Grads Benefit From Less Competition for Legal Jobs," 05.07.15.
The New York Law Journal parses the ABA jobs data for the law schools in New York.
8. "New York State to Adopt Uniform Bar Exam," 05.06.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that New York has become the 16th state to adopt the UBE as its bar examination.
a. "New York will use Uniform Bar Exam to test bar applicants, starting in July 2016," 05.05.15.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
9. "$3M Gift Boosts 'Faculty Excellence' at Northwestern Law," 05.06.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Northwestern University School of Law has received a $3 million gift from an alumnus to create an endowed fund to support faculty excellence.
10. "'Human Capital' Theory Doesn't Explain Law Grad Earnings," 05.06.15.
Matt Leichter, writing for the Am Law Daily, critiques some of the recent scholarship on law school grad earnings, including the recent pieces by Simkovic and McIntyre, and by Deborah Merritt.
11. "All-MOOC MBA," 05.05.15.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has unveiled its new iMBA — a virtually free online MBA degree.
12. "The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers," 05.04.15.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual list of 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys.
a. "A Career of Advancing Women in the Law," 05.04.15.
This National Law Journal op-ed provides a remembrance of Marty Africa, and the central role she played in advancing the role of women lawyers over more than three decades.
13. "Firm Leaders Expect Corporate Work to Drive Revenue," 05.04.15.
The New York Law Journal reports on the results of its informal survey of law firm leaders after the first quarter, concluding that "corporate practices are strong, litigation is slowing down, and law firms continue to face pressure from clients to keep costs under control."
14. "True innovation in the legal industry requires outside views and thinking, summit speakers say," 05.04.15.
The ABA Journal reports on the proceedings of the National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services held this week at Stanford University.
15. "6 Tips For Smarter Lateral Hiring," 05.04.15.
David Lat at ATL reports on the contents of three panels on lateral hiring that he attended last month at NALP Annual Education Conference in Chicago.
16. "ABA committee wants to end use of alternative law school admission tests," 05.04.15.
The ABA Journal reports that an ABA committee has recommended eliminating the rule that allows law schools to admit up to 10% of their entering classes without an LSAT score.
17. "Changes at the Top at West Virginia, New Mexico Law," 05.04.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a new dean has been announced at West Virginia University College of Law (Greg Bowman) and that the dean at the law school at the University of New Mexico has stepped down (David Herring).
18. "Howard U. asks alumni to help clear student debts before gradation," 05.02.15.
The Washington Post reports that the President of Howard University has reached out to alumni to ask them to help cover the loan debt of graduating seniors.
19. "A Woman-Led Law Firm That Lets Partners Be Parents," 05.01.15.
The New York Times profiles "the Geller Law Group, a six-woman firm, the founding credo of which is family-friendliness."
20. "Five Questions to Ask Before Leaving Law Firm Life," 05.01.15.
The Recorder provides a list of things to consider before giving up a legal career for something in another industry.
21. "Student Loan Facts They Wish They Had Known," 05.01.15.
The New York Times "Your Money" columnist reports on what he learned when he asked readers what they wish they had known before they borrowed their student loans.
22. "New York Law School to Host Business School on Campus," 04.30.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the University of Rochester Simon Business School will move to the New York Law School's campus — the law school will hold classes on weekdays and the business school will host classes on weekends, and the two schools will be discussing how they can partner to cross offer classes between JD and MBA students.
April 24, 2015
1. "These Girl Scouts Are Going to Law School," 04.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, New York, are partnering with the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center to expose young girls to the profession and to women role models.
2. "Arizona State University to offer freshman year online, for credit," 04.22.15.
The Washington Post reports that Arizona State University will offer a freshman curriculum online through the nonprofit web site edX.
a. "Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program," 04.22.15.
More on this from The New York Times: "Arizona State University, one of the nation's largest universities, is joining with edX, a nonprofit online venture founded by MIT and Harvard, to offer an online freshman year that will be available worldwide with no admissions process and full university credit."
b. "Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All," 04.23.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education also reports on this development, noting that the project, the Global Freshman Academy, "opens a new low-cost, low-risk path to a college degree for students anywhere in the world."
c. "MOOCs for (a Year's) Credit," 04.22.15.
And finally even more on the development at Arizona State from Inside Higher Ed.
3. "Business Development Is an Essential Skill to Cultivate," 04.22.15.
The Daily Report provides business development advice for associates.
4. "What Makes an Outside Counsel a 'Trusted Adviser'?," 04.21.15.
A consultant, writing for Corporate Counsel, provides insights about how outside counsel become the trusted advisors of in house lawyers.
5. "In-House Lawyers Applying Metrics in New Ways," 04.21.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "In-House counsel are using an increasing array of metrics to drive behavior both inside their organizations as well as within external sources ranging from outside counsel to politicians."
6. "For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive," 04.21.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research from the American Enterprise Institute that finds "people without a college degree recognize its importance...but [don't] necessarily think they [need] a college credential themselves."
7. "Which law firms are most family friendly? Yale Law Women names top 10," 04.21.15.
The ABA Journal reports on the annual Yale Law Women list of the top ten law firms based on their family friendly policies.
8. "Concerned about lifestyle and balance? You probably won't amount to much in the law, recruiter says," 04.21.15.
The ABA Journal talks to legal recruiter Harrison Barnes, who says that "not everyone is cut out for practicing law in a high-pressure environment."
9. "The Business Case for Including Gay Lawyers," 04.20.15.
The National Law Journal reports on this week's second annual Out in Law leadership summit in New York.
a. "Wake Up Call: Lawyers in New York Promote LGBT Inclusion," 04.23.15.
More on this from Bloomberg BNA.
10. "Diversity and the Law: Old Problem, New Approach," 04.20.15.
The National Law Journal looks at some of the creative thinking behind new ways of solving the legal profession's diversity dilemma.
a. "Chart: Minorities in the Professions," 04.20.15.
And a related infographic from The National Law Journal that shows minority representation in various professions, including law.
11. "Why law schools are losing relevance — and how they're trying to win it back," 04.20.15.
The Washington Post adds no new news or information in this front page above the fold story about the challenges facing legal education.
12. "Special Report: Law Schools," 04.20.15.
The New York Law Journal publishes its annual Law Schools special report for law students, that includes the following articles:
a. "Changing the How But Not the Why," 04.20.15.
A law school dean writes about some of the changes taking place in law schools.
b. "JD Advantage Versus JD Required: The Old Rules No Longer Apply," 04.20.15.
A law school career services professional takes a look at the rise of JD Advantage jobs.
c. "The Writing You'll Do, and the Writing They'll Read," 04.20.15.
A consultant offers tips for becoming a better legal writer.
d. "Think Outside the Box to Showcase Skills Firms Really Seek," 04.20.15.
A career management consultant offers career and job-seeking advice to recent grads.
e. "Networking Your Way to a Great Legal Career," 04.20.15.
A consultant provides networking tips for law students.
f. "Note to Law Schools: Show Your Work on JD Advantage Jobs," 04.23.15.
Kyle McEntee, writing for Law.com, responds to Jill Backer's JD Advantage piece that appears in the New York Law Journal, above.
13. "When Associates Leave Their Jobs to Clerk at the Supreme Court," 04.17.15.
The National Law Journal takes a look at "the revolving door between the court and law firms."
14. "Dentons Strikes Again," 04.17.15.
Steven J. Harper writing for the Am Law Daily critiques the Dentons/McKenna merger.
15. Blog posts from the Library of Law and Liberty that provide a give and take between three academics on the future of legal education:
a. "Reasons to Be Cheerful: The Future of Legal Education," 04.01.15. (Andrew Morris, Dean, Texas A&M University School of Law)
b. "Reasons to Be Gloomy About Legal Education," 04.06.15. (Brian Tamanaha, Professor of Law, Washington University Law School)
c. "The Non-Virtuous Circle," 04.13.15. (Samuel Estreicher, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law)
16. NALP Associate Salary Survey Roundup:
a. "Pay for new lawyers in Pittsburgh lags metros, but one big employer has boosted starting salaries," 04.21.15. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
b. "Triangle attorneys earn less than the national average," 04.21.15. (Triangle Business Journal)
c. "The state of salaries for new US law school graduates," 04.20.15. (Quartz)
d. "Study: Large law firms paying more for first-year lawyers," 04.20.15. (New Orleans City Business)
e. "First-year DC lawyers still receive good salaries, but fewer are seeing top-market pay," 04.17.15. (Washington Business Journal)
f. "Lawyer salaries going up, NALP says," 04.17.15. (Minnesota Lawyer)
g. "Welcome to Your First Year as a Lawyer. Your Salary Is $160,000," 04.17.15. (CNBC)
h. "For New Lawyers, $160,000 Remains the Norm," 04.17.15. (Bloomberg BNA)
i. "Associate salary rises 8pc in US to median of $135,000 for first years," 04.17.15. (The Global Legal Post)
17. Year-end Law Firm Financial Results Roundup:
a. "Ford & Harrison Bumps Up Partner Profit Despite Flat Revenue," 04.22.15. (Daily Report, PPP up 13%)
b. "Saul Ewing Revenue Up 6.5%, RPL Up 4.3% Percent," 04.20.15. (The Legal Intelligencer)