Weekly News Digest for Legal Career Professionals

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.



December 2, 2016

1. "10 to 15 law schools could close if enrollment keeps shrinking, higher-ed market analyst says," 12.01.16.
The ABA Journal reports on a new study of US law schools by a professor from Penn's Institute for Research on Higher Education concludes that if current market conditions persist, between 10 and 15 law schools will close.

2. "Mandatory tech CLE: An idea whose time has come," 12.01.16.
This ABA Journal Legal Rebels column makes the case that all jurisdictions should require continuing legal education on technological competence for lawyers.

3. "General Counsel Pay Just Keeps Rising," 12.01.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that according to recent survey results, "compensation for in-house counsel is up across the board, ranging from 3.7 percent to as much as 6 percent at some general counsel and expert counsel levels."

4. "Michigan program allows people to resolve legal issues online," 12.01.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Michigan, Ohio, and a small number of other states are adopting a software program called Matterhorn that allows individuals to resolve some legal issues online.

5. "How Social Media is Impacting Law Students," December 2016.
D Magazine takes a look at how an imprudent social media trail can negatively impact a law student's job search, highlighting the importance of mastering e-professionalism early in their student careers.

6. "'Leaky pipeline' study spotlights gender inequality in law schools," 11.30.16.
The Indiana Lawyer highlights a new report based on ABA data that suggests gender inequality in the profession begins in law school, and even before: "Women are applying to law school at a much lower rate than men, they are not admitted in the same numbers as their male counterparts and they are more likely to attend schools that have worse job placement rates."

    a. "More Law Degrees for Women, but Fewer Good Jobs," 11.30.16.
    More on this new report from The New York Times.

    b. "Law School Gender Gaps," 11.30.16.
    And even more on this from Inside Higher Ed.

7. "Law Schools Ranked by Employment," 11.30.16.
Another law professor tries another methodology for crunching the ABA employment data to come up with another numerical ranking of US law schools by employment rate, here on the blog Witnesseth.

8. "Allen & Overy posts record half-year revenues with 13% hike," 11.30.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Allen & Overy has become the first magic circle firm to announce financial figures for the first half of 2016-17, posting a double-digit increase in revenues."

9. "You're not selling what we're buying," 11.30.16.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, exploring why corporate legal departments are increasingly shifting their legal spend to multiple non-firm entities, mainly, he argues, because "clients are buying things that law firms don't sell."

10. "Wells Fargo Survey Sees Revenue Growth Masking Troubling Trends," 11.29.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest report from the Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group that finds low productivity, lawyer headcount that is too high, and soft demand for legal services, despite positive revenue figures.

11. "$108 Billion in Student Debt Is Likely to Be Forgiven, Government Says," 11.29.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the USGAO has released a new report that contains higher estimates of the overall amount of student debt likely to be forgiven under the income-driven repayment programs.

    a. "US Underestimates Cost of Loan Programs," 12.01.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "the Education Department drastically underestimated the cost of the government's income-driven repayment plans for student loans in its original estimate."

12. "Sutherland and Eversheds Are in Talks to Combine," 11.29.16.
The Daily Report writes that "Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is in talks to combine with Eversheds, one of the UK's largest firms."

13. "Houston's Legge Farrow Inks Merger With Leading UK Firm," 11.29.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Houston's Legge, Farrow, Kimmit, McGrath & Brown has agreed to merge with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the UK's 30 largest law firms by revenue."

14. "Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season, Other Firms Follow," 11.28.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Cravath will pay associate bonuses on the same scale as last year, and that other firms are following.

    a. "Associate Bonus Season: Method or Madness?," 12.02.16.
    The American Lawyer asks whether it makes sense for firms with disparate strategies, practices, staffing models, remunerations systems and profitability to all pay the same bonus rates.

15. "Big Law Leaders Say They're Bullish on 2017," 11.28.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the results of its 14th annual Law Firm Leaders Survey, noting that "69 percent of respondents said that there were moderately optimistic about 2017."

16. "Stepping Up for Diversity: Law Societies Must Begin to Address Challenges Faced by Racialized Lawyers and Paralegals," 11.28.16.
This Slaw post argues that the recommendations made by the report from the Law Society of Upper Canada's Working Group on the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees should not be ignored — the report calls for a requirement that all lawyers adopt and abide by a statement acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in their behavior towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.

17. "Access Group To Give $1.3 Million To Enhance The Legal Profession's Diversity Pipeline," 11.25.16.
Above the Law reports that Access Group has announced awards of nearly $1.3 million in grants to promote access, diversity and research in legal education.

18. "First-year lawyers in Delaware can make $160K — or $60K," 11.25.16.
The Delaware News Journal reports that law firm associate salaries are on the rise in Delaware.

19. "Georgetown Law to Launch Institute for Technology Law and Policy," 11.23.16.
Legaltech News reports that "Georgetown University Law Center is the latest law school to expand its offerings in the technology sector, launching its Institute for Technology Law and Policy this month."

20. "California Bar Exam Pass-Rate Reaches Low," 11.21.16.
The Recorder reports that the pass rate for the July bar exam in California was just 43 percent, the lowest pass rate in 32 years.

21. "Law Firms, Struggling Financially, Cull Partner Ranks," 11.21.16.
The New York Times reports that law firms continue to de-equitize partners in an attempt to cut costs and shore up profits.

22. "Law School Accreditors Raising the Bar," 11.21.16.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at ABA efforts to adopt a tighter bar passage requirement for law schools. (Subscription required.)

23. "Which Big Law Firms Get the Work?," 11.21.16.
The American Lawyer reports on a Corporate Counsel survey that measures how legal spending patterns have changed, and provides a list of the top go-to law firms used by Fortune 50 companies.

24. "New In-House Networking Group Helps Women Land GC Jobs," 11.21.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on SunLaw, a new group that provides networking and training opportunities to help midcareer women get the substantive legal knowledge they need to serve as GCs.

25. "Law schools experiment to increase ethnic diversity," 11.20.16.
The Financial Times takes a look at some innovative diversity initiatives being undertaken by law firms and law schools in the UK and the US.



Past News Digests

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.



November 18, 2016

1. "A Year Before Public-Service Loan Forgiveness Kicks In, Uncertainty Looms," 11.18.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that as the first wave of borrowers in the federal public-service loan forgiveness are poised to have their remaining debt forgiven next fall, neither borrowers nor government officials have a good sense of what to expect. (Subscription required.)

    a. "Trump's Election Fuels Worry Over Lawyer Loan Forgiveness," 11.16.16.
    The National Law Journal reports that student loan experts and public-interest advocates and anxious about what the new administration will do with student load programs, particularly those that provide for loan forgiveness after payment periods of ten or twenty years.

2. "ABA Sanctions Two More Law Schools for Lax Admissions," 11.16.16.
Law.com reports that the ABA has publicly censured Valparaiso University School of Law and Charlotte Law School, placing both schools on probation for violating accreditation admission rules by enrolling students who are not likely to graduate and pass the bar.

3. "Nearly 40 Percent of Law Firms Waste C-Suite Talent," 11.16.16.
The American Lawyer reports that new survey results show 39 percent of law firm C-suite executives feel they do not play a pivotal role in affecting the future of their law firms.

4. "Citi Report: Third-Quarter Growth Slowed," 11.15.16.
David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow from Citi, writing here for Law.com, say the Citi Private Bank data for the third quarter show continued challenges facing the legal industry, citing very slow growth in demand at just 0.3 percent, and modest revenue growth of 3.7 percent over the first nine months of the year with billing rate hikes remaining the primary driver of that growth.

    a. "Associate Salary Hike to $180K Cited as Strain to Law Firm Profits," 11.16.16.
    Bloomberg Big Law Business argues that the recent associate pay hikes are in part responsible for the slow profit growth reported in the Citi third quarter report.

    b. "McCarter & English Latest Firm to Bump First-Year Pay," 11.15.16.
    And even as higher associate salaries put a strain on law firm bottom lines, the pressure mounts for firms to move salaries up — here the New Jersey Law Journal reports that McCarter & English will increase first-year pay from $135,000 to $150,000 as of January 1.

5. "Mentoring Is a Win-Win-Win for Aspiring Attorneys, Mentors and Firms," 11.15.16.
Three partners and an associate, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, argue for the value of mentoring, and lay out some guidelines for making it more effective.

6. "Can Hiring an Attorney Be a Data-Driven Choice? This Startup Thinks So," 11.15.16.
Legaltech News reports that a new legal tech startup is focused on using data analytics to help clients hire the right lawyer.

7. "Overcoming Credential Bias from Legal Recruiters," 11.15.16.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, makes the case that "in today's legal profession, academic credentials have diminished as a sole marker to determine a candidate's viability…relevant work and industry experience, culture fit, presentation, quality of employer(s), and personal recommendations all play vital roles."

8. "Women in Law: Some Advice From Successful Women," 11.15.16.
Three law firm partners, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, argue that "measuring the number of female partners yields an unrealistic, overly pessimistic view of the contributions of women in the profession," and offer thoughts on alternative measures of success for women lawyers.

9. "Move Over LSAT, There's Another Test in Town," 11.15.16.
Law.com reports that an increasing number of schools are working with the Educational Testing Service to validate the GRE for law school admission purposes.

10. "Microsoft: Our Law Firm Diversity Push Is Working," 11.15.16.
The Recorder reports that Microsoft says its retooled diversity initiative is working and that it has seen marked increases in minority representation in law firm leadership and overall partner makeup at the law firms it uses for outside counsel. (Firms are rewarded for upping minority representation in firm leadership, relationship partners working directly with Microsoft, and attorneys working on Microsoft matters.)

11. "Enrollment From Abroad Sets Record at US Colleges," 11.14.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "the number of international students enrolled in US colleges and universities exceeded one million for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year, a 7% increase from the previous year and nearly double the level of 10 years ago." (Subscription required.)

    a. "International Student Numbers Top 1 Million," 11.14.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

12. "Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms," 11.14.16.
A good article in Law Practice Today by Terri Mottershead on the growing importance of law firm talent management. Note that Mottershead's new book, Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms: Developing tomorrow's legal workforce, will be published by NALP later this month, and Mottershead will be a keynote speaker at NALP's PDI conference next month.

13. "Top Women in the Law," 11.14.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report honoring top women in the law — some of the related articles are collected below.

    a. "Step Into a More Active Role: Advice From the Courtroom and Boardroom," 11.11.16. (New York Law Journal)

    b. "Five Tips for Working Moms to Maintain a Work-Life Balance," 11.11.16. (New York Law Journal)

    c. "Why No One Diversity Program Will Work," 11.11.16. (New York Law Journal)

    d. "Counsel's Table Should Mirror Real-Life Diversity," 11.11.16. (New York Law Journal)

14. "Indiana Tech: Another Law School Lesson Ignored: A law school that never should have existed bites the dust; systemic problems remain," 11.11.16.
The latest from Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, arguing that "the federal student loan program absolves marginal law schools of accountability for their graduates' poor employment outcomes while encouraging administrators to fill classrooms with tuition-paying bodies."

15. "The Profession and the Academy Reconnect About Legal Education," 11.11.16.
Slaw reports on the October meeting between the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and representatives of Canadian law schools to discuss the shared responsibilities for legal education, and the need to establish nationwide lawyer competencies for the future.

16. "Compliance Came to the Forefront of Legal Technology in 2016," 11.11.16.
Legaltech News reports that that regulatory compliance is placing ever-greater demands on technology, and is elevating its importance.

17. "For Law Students Upset About Trump Win, Schools Lend Support," 11.10.16.
The National Law Journal reports that a number of law schools hosted student and faculty forums after the election to allow law school communities to come together and discuss their feelings in the aftermath of the Trump victory.

18. "Employers should formalize marijuana policies now," 11.09.16.
Business Insurance, noting that eight additional states approved either recreational or medical marijuana use in the elections last week, argues that "employers should set up written rules and procedures now to deal with the issue if they have not already done so."



November 11, 2016

1. "Big Law Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life," 11.10.16.
To mark Veteran's Day, The American Lawyer takes a look at some of the Big Law pro bono programs that have been set up to provide legal services to veterans and help them transition from military to civilian life.

2. "Bar Exam Pass Rate Rose for Many Schools in First Year of UBE," 11.10.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "graduates of New York law schools who took the July bar exam — the first time the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) was administered — improved the state's pass rate by 4 percentage points, to 83 percent, bouncing back from its lowest rate in a decade." (See related chart: Bar Exam Pass Rates for New York Law Schools.)

3. "For Law Students Upset About Trump Win, Schools Lend Support," 11.10.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for The National Law Journal, reports that many law schools held events on Wednesday to give students an opportunity to meet with law faculty and staff to discuss the election.

4. "For Law Firms, AI is Becoming Part of Legal Practice," 11.10.16.
Legaltech News reports that artificial intelligence is increasingly being integrated into the workflow of law firms.

5. "Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer Agree to Combine," 11.09.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer, two firms with declining revenue and profits last year, announced Thursday morning that they have agreed to combine by Jan. 1, 2017, and form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer."

    a. "Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Attempts to Put Washington 'On the Map' In New York," 11.10.16.
    The National Law Journal reflects on the significance of the Arnold & Porter/Kaye Scholer merger.

6. "Per-Partner Revenue Slipped in 2015, Study Finds," 11.08.16.
The American Lawyer reports that reports that "law firms — especially small and midsize ones — faced a tough economic landscape in 2015, with sliding revenue and stagnant partner compensation, according to the latest survey of firm finances by ALM Legal Intelligence," noting that the 4.7% decline in per partner revenue is the largest since ALM began tracking that data in 1985.

7. "Many CLOs Are Cutting Outside Counsel Spend, Survey Finds," 11.08.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that according to Altman Weil's 2016 Chief Legal Officer Survey, legal departments are cutting costs by continuing to cut outside counsel spending.

8. "Name Change Ends Law School Suit," 11.08.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the Houston College of Law, formerly known as the South Texas College of Law, will now be known as South Texas College of Law Houston, following a lawsuit by the University of Houston Law Center.

    a. "South Texas College of Law announces its latest new name," 11.07.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "Report Shows Dip in Demand as Billing Rates Rise," 11.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports that according to new data released by Thomson Reuters, demand for legal services fell for the second quarter in a row after two years of steadily increasing demand.

10. "Survey: What It Takes to Become a New Partner," 11.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the results of its annual survey of new partners.

11. "Pittsburgh Startups, Law Firms Form Alliances," 11.07.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "three Pittsburgh-founded firms recently announced collaborations with members of the technology and startup communities."

12. "State Bar Can Keep Exam Data Confidential, SF Judge Rules," 11.07.16.
The Recorder reports that UCLA law professor Richard Sander has lost his most recent bid to compel the release of demographic data about California bar exam applicants.

    a. "Judge denies law prof's request for bar-exam racial data," 11.08.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

13. "Book Review: The Future of the Professions by Richard Susskind," 11.07.16.
Slaw provides a good review of Susskind's latest, published last year in the UK and now widely available in North America: "The Future of the Professions is a must read for anyone seeking a clearer picture of the future of legal services."

14. "Jobs Report Shows No October Surprise for Legal Sector," 11.04.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest jobs data from the USBLS, noting that the legal sector, down a scant 100 jobs in October, shows 1,500 more jobs than at this time a year ago, but still lags the pre-recession employment level by about 55,000 jobs.

15. "Percentage of women attaining partnership is steadily increasing, report finds," 11.03.16.
The ABA Journal reports that a new report from the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance indicates that "the percentage of women promoted to partnership in US offices at many of the nation's top law firms reached a five-year high of 37.3 percent this year."

16. "Texas Bar Pass Rates on the Rise, Latest Results Show," 11.03.16.
The Texas Lawyer reports that the first-time pass rate for the July 2016 Texas bar exam for graduates of Texas law schools rose by more than five percentage points compared to a similar group that took the exam in July of 2015.



November 4, 2016

1. "Milbank's Unique Harvard-Run Client Training Program Catching On," 11.03.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Millbank, Tweed & McCloy is taking its business development to the next level by offering clients extensive, in-depth business and leadership training at Harvard University — for free."

2. "Linklaters Partners Vote in Favor of Lockstep Reform," 11.03.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Linklaters partners on Thursday voted to approve a package of reforms to the firm's lockstep system at its partner conference in London…[giving] exceptional partners the chance to continue climbing the lockstep beyond [current] caps."

3. "Adderall in Law Schools: A Dirty Little Secret," 11.03.16.
Law.com reports that Adderall has become the drug of choice for law students: "a survey with responses from 3,400 law students published in August showed that 14 percent said they had taken a prescribed drug without a prescription within the last 12 months, and 79 percent of the students who had taken a controlled substance without a prescription identified Adderall as the drug they took."

4. "3 Reasons Why Associates Are Leaving Law Firms in Droves," 11.02.16.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, provides her take on why "scores of associates are leaving the prestige and big money to pursue other ventures."

5. "Legal Departments Are Decreasing Outside Counsel Spend, Study Finds," 11.02.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on new survey results that show "corporate spending on outside counsel decreased by 2 percent…and 80 percent of the law departments said they want to increase their use of alternative fees next year."

6. "Artificial Intelligence Has BigLaw Rethinking Associate Hiring," 11.02.16.
Law360 predicts that "BigLaw will hire fewer young attorneys and give them more sophisticated work as artificial intelligence and automation technology are increasingly used for more mundane legal work." (Subscription required.)

7. "Networking is key in job hunt for new attorneys," 11.02.16.
The Indiana Lawyer writes that networking is still the way that most new lawyers find their jobs.

8. "Microsoft Hits Milestone in Partnership With Diverse Law Firms," 11.01.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "more than $100 million of Microsoft's legal spend since 2010 has gone to women- and minority-owned law firms."

9. "10 Law Schools Where Starting Salaries Exceed Debt," 11.01.16.
US News & World Report has published a "short list" of "the 10 law schools where the salary-debt ratio was highest among 2014 graduates."

10. "How to Lure Lawyers to Small Town USA? Start There," 11.01.16.
Law.com reports on Nebraska's efforts to replenish its dwindling supply of rural lawyers, starting with high school students.

11. "Law Schools Flagged for Job Data," 11.01.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the preliminary findings of the ABA's inaugural audit of law schools' employment data.

12. "Access to Justice and Market Failure," 11.02.16.
A good Slaw column on the justice gap in North America — both what has caused it and how it might be solved.

13. "Diverse Legal Departments Are Within Reach, Says Former GC," 10.31.16.
Corporate Counsel talks to Major, Lindsey & Africa's Paul Williams about corporate legal department diversity.

14. "Georgia Bar Exam Scores Continue to Drop," 10.31.16.
The Daily Report writes that the overall pass rate for the July 2016 Georgia bar exam was down by 2.3 percentage points from last year, marking the second decline in two years.

15. "Indiana Tech Law School To Close, Citing $20 Million in Losses," 10.31.16.
Above the Law reports that Indiana Tech School of Law announced Monday that it would cease operation after June 30, 2017.

    a. "Indiana Tech Law School to Shut Down after Just Four Years," 10.31.16.
    Law.com also reports on the Indiana Tech closure notice, writing that "administrators announced to students and faculty on Monday that the university's board of trustees voted unanimously to shutter the school at the end of the academic year, after struggling to attract students and facing a dismal bar-pass rate by the inaugural class."

    b. "Dean of Failed Indiana Tech Law School: 'The Market Is What It Is'," 10.31.16.
    Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, spoke with Indiana Tech Law School dean Charles Cercone, about what went wrong.

    c. "Indiana Tech Law School to close next June; losses at $20 million," 10.31.16.
    More on this from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

    d. "Faculty, Students To File Suit Against Law School For Fraud," 11.01.16.
    And Above the Law somewhat breathlessly reports that "several faculty members and many students have retained counsel , and they plan to sue Indiana Tech…in a collective action alleging fraud, civil RICO, and misrepresentation, among other causes of action."

16. "Big Law Gets Smaller," 10.31.16.
The American Lawyer takes a look at the dramatic changes happening in law firm real estate and office use — gone are large corner offices and replacing them are cubicles and shared work spaces for lawyers — with less square footage for everyone.

    a. "Firms Shrink Footprints Amid New Real Estate Realities," 10.31.16.
    Law.com reports that "with rent for prime commercial real estate rising and revenue growth declining, law firms across the country are downsizing their office space."

    b. "DC Law Offices Set National Trends in Design, Price," 10.31.16.
    The National Law Journal reports that informal meeting spaces, glass walls, and smaller offices with optional treadmill desks define the new lawyer office spaces in DC.

    c. "Record Rents Drive Design Changes for San Francisco Firms," 10.31.16.
    The Recorder reports that the high cost of real estate in the Bay Area is causing San Francisco "law firms to rethink their office designs — shrinking or abandoning libraries, single-sizing attorneys' offices, or moving support staff offsite."

    d. "Philadelphia Firms Opt for Less Space, More Flexibility," 10.31.16.
    And from The Legal Intelligencer, the story is the same in Philly — "law offices in Philadelphia are adapting to new real estate realities, shaped by rising rents, transformative technologies and changing work habits."

    e. "Atlanta Firms Plot Moves in Tight Market," 10.31.16.
    And the Daily Report has its take on law firm real estate trends in Atlanta, noting that "in line with national trends, firms in Atlanta continue to reduce the amount of space they are using to lower occupancy costs…making lawyer offices smaller and doing away with libraries."

17. "'If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?': Reflections on the Law Society's Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Report," 10.31.16.
A good Slaw blog post on the diversity challenges the legal profession is facing in Ontario, and the law society's attempts to deal with them.

18. Movie Bonus Track: I don't usually go off script to make movie recommendations in this space but I am moved here this morning to urge everyone to go see Moonlight when you get a chance. I've just seen it and will see it again. For more on this see "The Striking Humanity of Moonlight," and "'Moonlight': Is This the Year's Best Movie?" (The New York Times)



October 28, 2016

1. "State Releases Results of July Bar Exam," 10.28.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the New York State Board of Law Examiners has released the names of the applicants who passed the July 2016 bar examination," with the first-time test takers passing at a higher rate than they did last year.

2. "Cornell Launches Center to Help Defeat Death Penalty Worldwide," 10.26.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that a $3.2 million gift has made possible "a new center at Cornell Law School [that] aims to help eliminate the death penalty across the globe through research and lawyer training."

3. "Assault on Wage Gap Forcing Industry to Pay More Than Lip Service,"10.24.16.
ALM and Law.com have prepared a series of articles on gender pay equity, some of which are collected below.

    a. "How Much Does Discrimination Explain the Gender Pay Gap?," 10.26.16.
    This Law.com piece provides a good overview of the data available on the gender pay gap, noting that "in the legal field, women make less than 57 percent of what men make," and suggesting that "discrimination — be it implicit or out-and-out sexism — has some effect on the wage gap, but less than it likely did in the past."

    b. "Gender Pay Gap in Financial Services Is One of the Widest," 10.26.16.
    Law.com reports that "research shows that women are underrepresented at every level of the financial profession, which is likely leading to one of the highest gender pay gaps compared to other industries."

    c. "Partner Pay Equity Long Overdue, Say Women Law Firm Leaders," 10.25.16.
    Law.com reports that women partners are increasingly taking an activist stance against longstanding pay inequities within law firms.

    d. "Law Firms a 'Petri Dish' for Bias, Gender Inequity," 10.25.16.
    This Law.com article suggests that the gender-based pay inequities among law firm partners are not the result of outright discrimination so much as the long-term accretion of small acts of unconscious bias.

    e. "What the Data on Law Firm Comp Shows About Partner Pay Equity," 10.24.16.
    ALM parses their data on the gender pay divide in this piece in Law.com, noting that "the greatest disparity between genders happens at the equity-partner level."

    f. "Professional Services Firms Increasingly a Target of Pay Equity Suits," 10.24.16.
    Law.com reports that law firms, accounting firms, software engineering firms, and other professional services firms are increasingly becoming the targets of gender-based pay-equity law suits.

4. "How One Law Firm Is Tackling Diversity," 10.24.16.
Forbes talks to Nixon Peabody managing partner Andrew Glincher about that firm's diversity initiatives and successes.

5. "Crime-Reporting 'Chatbot' the Newest Way Law Students Leveraging AI," 10.24.16.
Legaltech News reports that "four university of Cambridge law students have launched a chatbot that helps users in the UK determine whether or not they've been a victim of a crime." (And in case you were wondering, "Chatbots allow users to communicate using a chat interface with a set of software-driven responses. In conjuring responses, chatbots employ artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning, which allows them to base responses on particulars of queries and learn through use.")

6. "Bullying abounds at law firms, but it often goes unaddressed, survey finds," 10.24.16.
The ABA Journal reports that according to new survey research, "bullying is rampant at law firms, but many law firm leaders are reluctant to punish the offenders."

7. "Reinventing the Career Center," 10.23.16.
One in a series of articles from a special report published by The Chronicle of Higher Education about the sweeping changes that are happening in undergraduate career services — schools are much more proactively trying to find their students jobs and new for-profit companies have jumped in to provide additional bridge programs to careers. (Subscription required.)

    a. "Colleges Must Reinvent Career Counseling," 10.23.16.
    This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education argues that "the changing nature of work in the 21st century has serious implications for the job-preparation role that colleges play in our economy." (Subscription required.)

    b. "How Colleges Can Do Better at Helping Students Get Jobs,"10.23.16.
    This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education argues that after the recession, colleges and universities must increasingly prove their value in the marketplace, especially when it comes to graduates' professional success. (Subscription required.)

8. "Tighter Bar-Pass Rule Adopted by ABA Accrediting Body," 10.21.16.
Law.com reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted last Friday to tighten the bar exam-passage standard that schools must meet, despite the opposition of diversity advocates who have promised a challenge to the new standard in the ABA House of Delegates.

    a. "Legal-ed Council approves stricter ABA standard for bar passage rates amid diversity concerns," 10.21.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "How can law firms remove barriers to women in the profession?," 10.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports on a joint program it hosted with Mayer Brown last week, "Visible Difference: Reversing The Trend of Women Leaving Law Practice," that focused on best practices in confronting gender inequity in BigLaw.

10. "The 'Legal Ops' Trend Is Real, Survey Finds," 10.21.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that according to data collected by Thomson Reuters, "big companies are increasingly hiring legal department operations professionals, allowing in-house attorneys to focus more on substantive legal work."

11. "How to Dig Out of Federal Student Loan Default," 10.21.16.
In light of the report last week that showed many student loan defaulters often default more than once, The New York Times provides advice about various options for getting federal student loans out of default.

12. "Privilege Helps Men — but Not Women — Get Fancy Jobs," 10.18.16.
The Atlantic reports that new research suggests that in many cases the advantage of class privilege evaporates if the job applicant is a woman and in fact privilege that advantages a man's career prospects may actually hurt a woman's career prospects.



October 21, 2016

1. "Growing Racial Disparities in Student Debt," 10.21.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a new study released by the Brookings Institution finds disparities in student debt levels for black and white borrowers grow after graduation."

    a. "Black-white disparity in student loan debt more than triples after graduation," 10.20.16.
    You can read the Brookings report here.

2. "Panel Urges Big Reforms to Boost Law Firm Diversity," 10.20.16.
The American Lawyer reports on a panel discussion in Manhattan this week where panelists agreed that "bringing more women and people of color into law firm partnerships and leadership positions will require systemic changes to law firm business models."

3. "Legal Departments Have Leg Up on Firms in Closing Gender Pay Gap," 10.20.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "while in-house legal departments are not immune from pay inequity problems, they may be far better poised than their law firm counterparts to address the problem by analyzing pay data and making adjustments where gender inequities arise."

4. "More law schools are covering bar review costs: Is it improving pass rates?," 10.20.16.
The ABA Journal reports that more than 30 law schools now pay for their students' bar review.

5. "Will AI Rush in a 'Skills Renaissance' in Law?," 10.20.16.
Legaltech News makes the case that now is a good time to be a young lawyer, because "AI will mean more of a focus on interesting work for lawyers and less time spent on mundane tasks."

6. "Paul Hastings Latest Big Firm to Dabble in Data Analytics," 10.20.16.
Law.com reports that Paul Hastings has built an in-house team of mathematicians, data scientists, and e-discovery project managers to review data for electronic discovery purposes.

7. "On Happiness Scale, Partners Rank High (No, Really)," 10.20.16.
Vivia Chen, the ALM's Careerist, writing here for Law.com, finds the silver lining in the MLA partner comp survey from last week: 82% of partners described themselves as satisfied.

8. "A Guide to Four Technologies Disrupting Legal Tech," 10.19.16.
Legaltech News provides this guide to the four technologies that are transforming the role of the lawyer in the 21st century: blockchain, machine learning, the cloud, and analytics.

9. "Law schools must answer criticism, AALS executive director says," 10.19.16.
The Indiana Lawyer reports on remarks made by AALS executive director Judith Areen at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law this week during a presentation on the history of legal education in the United States.

10. "HBCU Law Deans Say ABA Bar-Passage Rule Changes Will Hurt Profession's Diversity," 10.19.16.
The National Law Journal publishes an opinion piece by six deans from HBCU law schools who make the case that "the entire profession should be deeply concerned at the potential adverse impact this standard would have on law schools associated with HBCUs."

11. "Midsize Firm Leaders Fight Gender Pay Gap With Data," 10.19.16.
In the wake of last week's release of the MLA study on partner pay inequity, The Legal Intelligencer talks to leaders of several midsize firms to find out about the measures they have taken to prevent such disparities in their firms.

12. "Fordham Launches Effort to Promote Access to Justice," 10.19.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Fordham University School of Law has launched a new access to justice initiative with the relocation of the National Center for Access to Justice to Fordham from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

13. "Understanding the Terms of Your Student Loans," 10.19.16.
This New York Times piece looks at some of the current data on student loans and provides answers to frequently asked questions all borrowers should know the answers to.

14. "Koch Foundation's Law School Gifts Received with Open Arms," 10.19.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the Charles Koch Foundation — the higher education-focused charity established by libertarian-leaning billionaire Charles Koch…has awarded nearly $17 million to four law schools since April."

15. "Compensation Remains One of the Most Important Decisions for a Law Firm," 10.19.16.
Two law firms partners, writing for The Recorder, argue that despite all the recent hype over associate pay hikes, partnership compensation remains one of the most important and most scrutinized decisions in law practice, or at least that it ought to, and offer some considerations to help firms assess whether their partner comp model fairly values partner contributions balanced against the firm's financial future.

16. "As Rates Soar, Some Firms Profit by Coming Down to Earth," 10.18.16.
The American Lawyer reports that a new report issued by Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor shows that firms that increased their billing rates more slowly have seen an increase in demand for their services and a growth in revenue.

17. "The Importance of Talking Explicitly About Race," 10.18.16.
A good blog post on Vitae by a professor at Penn on how important it is to be explicit about race in the classroom, and on "how exhausting it must be to be a black student today anywhere in the United States."

18. "Litigation Funders Planning a New Role: Law Firm Ownership," 10.18.16.
Law.com reports that at least two litigation funders are planning to invest in UK-based firms, where the law now allows nonlaywer ownership.

19. "EDRM Formalizes Tom Hnatowski as Director as Duke Law Integration Continues," 10.18.16.
Legaltech News reports that a director has been named to the e-discovery standards organization that Duke Law acquired earlier this year — the organization will "foster education and cooperation between judges, attorneys and e-discovery technology and service providers to promote e-discovery standards."

20. "New Legal Trends Report Provides Data Insights for Small- to Medium-Sized Law Firms," 10.17.16.
This Slaw post takes a look at the latest Legal Trends report from Clio, looking at average billing rates and utilization rates among other metrics for small- and medium-sized law firms.

21. "First Year Associates Handbook," 10.17.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report for new associates, with a collection of articles, collected below, some of which are by NALP member authors.

    a. "Getting Trial Ready Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    b. "All You Really Need to Know About Working With Support Staff," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    c. "If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You'll Probably End Up Somewhere Else," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    d. "What I Wish I'd Known as a New Lawyer," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    e. "Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    f. "Mastering Time Management as a Junior Associate," 10.12.16 (The Legal Intelligencer)

22. "Women Law Students Say Pay Disparity Is Systemic Problem," 10.17.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on her conversations about gender pay disparities among law firm partners with the leaders of several women's law student organizations, including student leaders at Harvard, Virginia and Penn.

23. "One-Third of Low-Income Student Borrowers Who Rehabbed Loans Could Default Again," 10.17.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report that suggests "one in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have 'cured' a loan default in the past year are likely to default again."

24. "Legal Project Management: Not Just For Law Firms and Techies," 10.17.16.
This piece in Corporate Counsel makes the case that "understanding legal project management and implementing a well-designed LPM program is quickly becoming recognized as a critical competency for in-house legal teams."

25. "Judge Agrees to Block Law School Name Change in Win for University of Houston," 10.17.16.
The Texas Lawyer reports that a federal judge has provisionally agreed to block South Texas College of Law from changing its name to Houston College of Law following a legal challenge by the University of Houston Law Center that argues South Texas infringed on its trademark.

    a. "U Houston Wins Ruling in Fight on Law School Name," 10.17.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    b. "Judge orders law school to stop using its new name," 10.17.16.
    And more still from the ABA Journal.

26. "Leading New York Law Firms Lag in Including Women and Minorities," 10.16.17.
The New York Times reports on the recently released results of an annual diversity survey by the New York City Bar Association: "The survey findings concluded that progress for women and minorities is hampered by high rates of lawyers leaving firms for varied reasons. Failure to attain equity, or owner, partnership — or the lack of prospects to become partner — appeared to have a significant effect on firm longevity. Salaried, or income, partners who were women or minorities had a turnover rate of 8.6 percent — double that of male equity partners who left at a rate of 3.2 percent."

    a. "Minority Representation in NYC Law Firms Stalls, Bar Survey Shows," 10.17.16.
    The New York Law Journal also reports on the findings of the New York City Bar Association's latest diversity benchmarking report, noting that "despite more than a decade of New York law firms pledging to enhance diversity in their ranks, minority representation within associate and partner levels stalled last year."

    b. "Decline in first-year female associates at large NY law firms raises pipeline concerns, survey says," 10.17.16.
    And more on the NY bar survey from the ABA Journal, noting that "women made up 45 percent of first-year associates in large New York law firms last year, a drop of five percentage points since 2004."

27. "Is Origination to Blame for Women Partners' Lower Pay?," 10.14.16.
Law.com talks to lawyers about the likely reasons for the huge gender-based partner pay disparities revealed in the MLA study that was released last week.

28. "Student Loan Debt: A Crisis for Law Students, Young Lawyers and Far Too Many Underserviced Communities," 10.14.16.
A good Slaw column by a Canadian law school dean on the ever increasing costs of legal education in Canada, and the impact of those costs on law graduates and the careers they pursue.

29. "6 Things Every Young Partner Should Do to Improve Their Finances," 10.12.16.
A VP at a wealth management firm, writing for Law.com, offers young partners advice about financial planning.

30. "World's First Publicly-Traded Law Firm Facing Securities Class Action," 10.12.16.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the world's first publicly-traded law firm, Australia's Slater & Gordon, is facing a securities class action on behalf of 3,000 shareholders. (Subscription required.)

31. "The Rise of the (Truly Awful) Webcam Job Interview," 10.12.16.
Bloomberg reports that robo-interviewing, "the human-free video interview is on the rise."



October 14, 2016

1. "Tech comes naturally to 'digital native' millennials? That's a myth," 10.13.16.
Columnists for the ABA Journal's New Normal column suggest that millennials are not actually very tech savvy, particularly when it comes to technologies used in the professional environment.

2. "Three Big Firms Hire New Diversity Officers," 10.13.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells, and Day Pitney have all hired new chief diversity officers.

3. "Why Lawyers Doubt Technology," 10.13.16.
A good blog post on lawyers adopting technology from Associate's Mind.

4. "Male Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Women, Survey Shows," 10.12.16.
Law.com reports on the results of Major, Lindsey & Africa's 2016 Partner Compensation Survey, including findings that "the average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners."

    a. "A 44% Pay Divide for Female and Male Law Partners, Survey Shows," 10.12.16.
    More on this from The New York Times: "female partners earned an average of $659,000 annually compared with an average of $949,000 for male partners."

    b. "Pay Disparity: Cronyism or Just Plain Sex Discrimination?," 10.13.16.
    And Vivia Chen weighs in on Law.com on the MLA partner salary disparity findings and suggests that "we are in denial that gender bias is more pervasive than we like to believe."

5. "Preventing the Preventable: Attorney Suicide," 10.12.16.
Two law firm partners, writing for The Recorder, tackle the issue of lawyer suicide and depression, and offer some practical advice for beginning to confront the problem and build support for lawyers who struggle with these health issues.

6. "Yale Law Dean to Step Down at End of Academic Year," 10.12.16.
Law.com reports that Yale Law School dean Robert Post is stepping down at the end of the academic year after holding the position since 2009.

7. "Time to Work Workflow Technology into the Law Firm Arsenal?," 10.12.16.
A columnist writing for Legaltech News argues that "to be successful in reducing costs without sacrificing their level of service, firms must consider…software that is built specifically to manage administrative workflow and task delegation."

8. "As U. of Florida Law Dean Calls Out Sexism, Her Rankings-Driven Regime Comes Under Fire," 10.12.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the turbulence at the University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where the school's first woman dean has polarized many. (Subscription required.)

9. "Give, and You Will Receive: The Power of the Network," 10.12.16.
A good column in Slaw on building a professional network.

10. "A Lawyer's Open Letter to Bar Examiner Chairman," 10.11.16.
The Daily Report publishes an open letter to the Chairman of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners written by one of the 90 test-takers who were told they had erroneously failed that state's bar exam.

11. "Without LSAT Requirement, U. of Arizona Trains Nontraditional Law Students," 10.10.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, takes a look at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law experiment with the GRE, and finds that the alternative admission program has provided access to legal education for a variety of nontraditional candidates. ("Of the 1,392 people who applied for a spot in the current first-year class, just 72 — or 5 percent — had GRE scores. Of those, the school accepted 16, and 12 enrolled. The 22 percent acceptance rate among the GRE applicants was lower than the overall acceptance rate of 35 percent. But the accepted GRE takers enrolled at a significantly higher rate.")

12. "Pa. Bar Passage Rate Dips to New Low," 10.10.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "the passage rates for first-time takers of the Pennsylvania bar exam reached a new low with results from the July test."

13. "7 Firms (Not on Wall Street) Make 'Best Place to Work' List," 10.10.16.
ALM's Careerist blogger, Vivia Chen, takes a look at Crain's most recent list of the 100 best places to work in New York, and finds no Wall Street firms made the cut.

14. "Where Are All the Female Partners? The Effect of the Lateral Hiring Process on Gender Diversity," 10.09.16.
An ALM Legal Intelligence analyst, writing here for Law.com, argues that the current lateral hiring process perpetuates the gender diversity problem in law firms.

15. "Law school admissions officers are optimistic about legal ed, but would like to see some closures," 10.07.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the results of Kaplan's annual survey of law school admission officers, noting that 92% reported feeling more optimistic about the state of legal education than they did a year ago, 78% reported expecting an increase in applications for the 2016-17 cycle, and 65% agreed it would be good if a few law schools closed.

16. "Harvard, Citing Justices' Affirmative-Action Ruling, Defends Admissions Policy," 10.07.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Harvard University's legal team, relying on the US Supreme Court's [Fisher] ruling in June for affirmative action, is urging a federal judge to dismiss two of six charges in a suit that accuses the university of discriminating against Asian-American student applicants."

17. "Legal Services, Take 2: Technology's Part in Closing the Justice Gap," 10.07.16.
Legaltech News reports on a recent discussion about the future of legal services in the US that took place at last week's Thomson Reuters' Law Firm Leaders Forum — the conversation focused on the role that technology could and should play in providing better access to legal services for most Americans.

    a. "Legal Technology and Access to Justice," 10.11.16.
    And here is a related blog post from Slaw that looks at technology and access to justice in Canada.

18. "In Changing Legal Market, Big Firm Model Faces Questions," 10.07.16.
More reporting on the proceedings at last week's Thomson Reuters' Law Firm Leaders Forum — here The American Lawyer reports on a panel discussion that included Bruce MacEwen ("most firms should convert to C-corps"), Steven Harper, Roger Meltzer, and Dr. Larry Richard.

19. "Jobs Report Shows Small Gains for Legal Sector," 10.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest USBLS jobs numbers, noting that "legal sector jobs ticked up ever so slightly in September," by just 400 jobs. ("Looking back over the last decade, legal employment reached its nadir in 2007, before a sharp decline sparked by the financial crisis and its aftermath. The industry would need to add about 55,000 jobs to reach pre-crisis levels — a tall order given slack demand for legal services.")

20. "We're All a Little Bit Biased, Even if We Don't Know It," 10.05.16.
A good piece on implicit bias from last week's New York Times.



October 7, 2016

1. "Law Firm Mergers See Major Dip in Third Quarter," 10.06.16.
Law.com reports that that the latest merger report from Altman Weil showed that law firm mergers slowed in the third quarter as "firms competed for a smaller pool of acquisition targets."

2. "NYC Law Department Hires 61 Recent Graduates," 10.06.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the New York City Law Department has hired 61 recent law school graduates in its various divisions, up from 56 new hires last year."

3. "Technology Proves Vital Force in the Future of Law Firm Business," 10.06.16.
Legaltech News reports on the Thomson Reuters' 21st annual Law Firm Leaders Forum that was held in New York this week, where keynote panelists agreed that "technology is a crucial force" for moving law firms forward — as one panelist put it "the rise of the machines is upon us."

    a. "Looking for the Perfect Law Firm Business Model? Good Luck," 10.06.16.
    The American Lawyer also reports on the proceedings at this gathering of law firm leaders in New York City this week, including remarks by Jamie McKeon, Ralph Baxter, and Aric Press, all of whom discussed the challenges of managing a law firm in the current market.

4. "George Mason Christens Antonin Scalia Law School," 10.06.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "six US Supreme Court Justices from across the ideological spectrum joined on Thursday to celebrate the renaming of George Mason University's law school for their late colleague Antonin Scalia."

5. "Meet Three Black Millennial Women Who Founded a Chicago Law Firm," 10.06.16.
NBC News profiles three millennial-aged black women lawyers who have joined together to form their own law firm.

6. "Which law school offers grads the best job prospects? Princeton Review issues its 2017 rankings," 10.06.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the Princeton Review has published its 2017 law school rankings, including a listing of law schools that offer students the best career prospects.

7. "ROSS Intelligence Lands Another Law Firm Client," 10.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has become the latest big firm to sign an agreement with artificial intelligence purveyor Ross Intelligence, a company that applies advances in machine learning to legal services.

8. "Small Firms Struggling to Take the Technology Leap," 10.06.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at the unique set of challenges facing smaller firms and solo practitioners when it comes to the adoption of technology.

9. "Is the Legal Operating Model About to Crash?," 10.05.16.
This piece from Corporate Counsel suggests that the in-house corporate legal model is no longer sustainable, and suggests three changes for crafting a new model for the 21st century.

10. "Need an Attorney? There's an App for That," 10.05.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at a number of apps that seek to match attorneys with project work.

11. "ADR Business Wakes Up to Glaring Deficit of Diversity," 10.05.16.
Law.com reports on the growing awareness of the nearly complete lack of diversity among alternative dispute resolution professionals: "alternative dispute resolution…has been a stubborn enclave of homogeneity."

12. "The Early Years Begin for AI's Transformation of Law," 10.05.16.
This piece in Legaltech News argues that naysayers notwithstanding, artificial intelligence is here to stay, and it will inevitably alter the legal profession as increasing numbers of law firms and legal departments embrace it.

13. "Delivering Feedback Fairly and Constructively," 10.05.16.
A good Slaw post with practical advice for those who must give feedback to others, with some tips for improving even if you're already good at it.

14. "3 Steps for Preparing for a Partner Retirement," 10.04.16.
Two BigLaw partners, writing for The Recorder, identify three considerations that attorneys and firms should keep in mind when planning for the transition of senior lawyers from the active practice of law to part-time or full-time retirement.

15. "Uber GC Urges Leaders to 'Be Intentional' With Hires and Promotions," 10.04.16.
The Recorder provides the remarks made by Salle Yoo, the general counsel for Uber Technologies, who delivered the keynote address at a dinner last week honoring this year's Women Leaders in Tech Law; Yoo spoke about the problems of gender diversity in law and tech, and offered some ideas for helping to solve the problem.

16. "New Kids on the Block: Influx of Millennials Could Remake Corporate Legal Departments, Survey Shows," 10.04.16.
Thomson Reuters reports on the results of a new survey that gauges the perceptions of in-house millennials, and how they are changing the workplace.

    a. "Are Legal Departments Ready for the Millennial Revolution?," 09.30.16.
    More on these survey results from Corporate Counsel.

17. "Retired M&A partner gives $7.7M to law school," 10.04.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Indiana University Maurer School of Law has received a gift of $7.7 million from an alumnus of the school, noting that "the money will benefit an endowment and a professorship with the law school's Center of the Global Legal Profession."

18. "In Defence of the Law Practice Program," 10.04.16.
Jordan Furlong, writing for Slaw, argues for the preservation of the LPP program in Ontario, at risk now after a recommendation made by the Law Society of Upper Canada's Professional Development and Competence Committee to eliminate it.

19. "Law Firms Come to Terms with Shifting Space Needs," 10.04.16.
Law.com reports on a new report that looks at changing law firm workspace trends, including less overall space, the standardization of office sizes, and a move away from corner offices for partners, as well as the continued movement of operational teams offsite to lower cost locales.

20. "EEOC Sues Univ. of Denver Law School Over Pay Disparity," 10.03.16.
Law.com reports that "the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday sued the University of Denver, alleging its law school underpaid at least eight female law professors compared with their male colleagues."

21. "Why Law Firms Should Support Legal Fellowships," 10.03.16.
The American Lawyer makes the case for sponsoring fellows through EJW, and profiles several recent fellows sponsored by ALM.

22. "Research Continues to Expose Implicit Bias," 10.03.16.
A managing partner, writing for the Daily Report, provides a good overview and update on implicit bias, "a growing area of science studying racial and gender attitudes that is so important in law that the ABA has devoted a section to the subject."

23. "What Do You Do?," 09.30.16.
This is a good, short, focused Slaw column on crafting one's elevator speech, that might be a handy reference for law students or associates, or any one of us.



September 30, 2016

1. "Law School Rolls Out 'Wheels of Justice'," 09.29.16.
Law.com reports that Mitchell Hamline School of Law has rolled out a mobile pro bono law office — a retrofitted RV that will allow students to travel around Minnesota to provide pro bono legal services to those in need.

2. "Default vs Diversity," 09.29.16.
The Action Group on Access to Justice, writing here for Slaw, on the perniciousness of the default values embedded in our culture, and why it is important to interrupt them, whether in planning conferences, building new technology, or trying to solve access to justice problems.

3. "Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Smarter Than You?," 09.28.16.
Law.com has collected several stories in a special report on AI and the law.

    a. "Inside ROSS: What Artificial Intelligence Means for Your Firm," 09.28.16. (Law.com)

    b. "Legal Artificial Intelligence, Explained," 09.28.16. (Law.com)

    c. "Five AI Pioneers to Watch," 09.29.16. (Legaltech News)

    d. "But What About Lawyers? A Q&A With Richard Susskind on AI in Law," 09.25.16.
    Legaltech News talks with Susskind, who predicts that artificial intelligence in law will take off in the 2020s.

4. "Law Schools Must Confront Students' Alcohol, Mental Health Problems," 09.28.16.
An attorney and board certified alcohol and drug counselor, writing here for Law.com, offers an op-ed arguing that law schools must take a more active role to combat the profession's addiction and mental health problems, noting that lawyers in the early stages of their careers are most at risk for developing an alcohol disorder.

5. "Cisco GC: Legal Departments Must Adapt or Fail," 09.28.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on remarks made by Cisco GC Mark Chandler at a recent Silicon Valley conference during which he told corporate legal departments that if they don't find ways to use faster, more efficient processes, they will fail.

6. "An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master's Degree for a Mere $7,000," 09.28.16.
The New York Times reports that Georgia Tech, with one of the top ten computer science departments in the nation, is offering an online master's in computer science degree for less than one-eighth as much as its most expensive rival.

7. "National Default Rate on Student Loans Declines for Third Straight Year," 09.28.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to US Department of Education data, "the overall three-year cohort default rate on federal student loans dropped [for] the third straight year."

8. "Indiana Bar Committee Examines Future of Lawyers with Increase of Online Legal Services," 09.27.16.
Legaltech News reports that "the Indiana State Bar Association Board of Governors has approved recommendations from its Future of the Provision of Legal Services Committee on how to promote legal services in the face of emerging technologies."

9. "On Law School Exam Answers, the Longer the Better," 09.27.16.
Law.com reports on new research by two BYU law professors that finds "there is a statistically significant positive correlation between the amount a student writes on a first-year essay exam and the grade on the exam."

10. "A Risky Appetite for Apps: Can Best Practices Help?," 09.27.16.
A good essay from Slaw on the potential benefits, and risks, of rapidly proliferating apps in the legal space.

11. "Costs Matter More to Female GCs," 09.26.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "a new survey from the United Kingdom shows that legal spending and priorities within the department differ according to whether a man or woman is in charge."

12. "Cheaper, Faster and Better? AI and the Future of the Profession," 09.26.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at artificial intelligence and employment, and the harder question of whether technological advances really are a threat to the profession and lawyer jobs.

13. "Firms Invest in Nonlawyer Industry Experts for Niche Services," 09.26.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that more law firms are expanding the way they use nonlawyer professionals in an ever-broadening list of practice areas, including IP, government relations, healthcare, real estate, and energy.

14. "Law Schools: Tackling Timely Issues of Race and Class," 09.26.16.
The National Law Journal publishes a special report on law schools that focuses on the intersection of race, class, and law, and how schools have responded to recent campus unrest over these volatile issues.

    a. "Law School Courses Delve Into Racial Strife," 09.26.16.
    The National Law Journal reports that US law professors are discussing current events and social justice movements in their courses, tackling race, poverty, and crime.

    b. "First Year Will Shape You For Decades to Come," 09.26.16.
    A law school dean, writing for The National Law Journal, urges new law students to work hard and connect with classmates from different cultures.

    c. "Law Schools Must Focus on Access to Justice," 09.26.16.
    The co-chairs of the Fordham Law Access to Justice Initiative, writing here for The National Law Journal, urge law schools to take a more active role in confronting the legal system's limitations and closing the country's justice gap.

15. "In These Times, Innovation in Legal Education Should be Applauded," 09.26.16.
A law school dean, writing for The National Law Journal, argues that the ABA should reverse course and accredit the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, an innovative school with a distinctive mission — to be a relatively low-cost school that provides legal education to those who otherwise would not be able to receive it.

16. "The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World's Biggest Firms," 09.26.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual ranking of the world's 100 top-grossing law firms.

    a. "For the World's Top-Grossing Firms, Slow and Steady Growth," 09.26.16.
    The American Lawyer reports that the world's 100 top-grossing law firms "continued a post-recession trend of slow and steady growth in 2015," with increased revenue of 3.1 percent, to $96.6 billion, and average profits per equity partner growth of 4.9 percent, to nearly $1.6 million.

17. "Survey Reveals the World's Best Legal Brands," 09.26.16.
The American Lawyer reports Baker & McKenzie tops the latest Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index, a survey that gauges brand recognition and favorability among in-house counsel around the world.

18. "Law School Admission Council President Dan Bernstine Dies," 09.26.16.
Law.com reports that "longtime Law School Admission Council President Dan Bernstine died late last week."

19. "Six Strategies for Dealing With Fear, Worry, and Self-Doubt," 09.26.16.
A good essay from Slaw on strategies for overcoming fear and self-doubt that can hold us back when facing professional challenges.

20. "More Junior Lawyers Would Please the Court," 09.25.16.
In light of the recent comments by a federal judge who chastised a law firm for sending an associate into court, The Wall Street Journal reports that there is "a growing movement among judges around the country to actively push younger lawyers into court."

    a. "What Clients Want — Court Time for Junior Lawyers but Also Control," 09.28.16.
    More commentary following last week's kerfuffle over a federal judge's remarks about sending a junior lawyer into court — here Law.com talks to in-house lawyers who have been working to get junior lawyers more courtroom opportunities.

21. "Diversity Metrics in Billing Could Push Law Firms to Rethink Staffing," 09.23.16.
Legaltech News reports that new software that links billing, staffing, and compensation data, allow corporate clients to see in real time who is working on their matters, and may finally change the way that law firms staff project for their clients.

22. "Bar Exam Error 'Came as a Surprise,' Georgia's Chief Justice Says," 09.23.16.
More on the Georgia Bar fiasco — here the Daily Report speaks to the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, who expresses surprise and concern.

23. "The Lawyer's Challenge: Meeting Client Demand in a Tech-Driven World," 09.23.16.
Legaltech News reports on the proceedings at last week's Legal Innovation Summit in New York where panelists discussed how technology is evolving the profession.

24. "Full Pay for Less Work Greets Proskauer Parents Returning From Leave," 09.23.16.
The American Lawyer reports that under a new program announced at Proskauer Rose, "primary caregivers returning to the firm from parental leave will be able to work on a 75 percent schedule for six months while receiving 100 percent of the pay they got before they took the leave."

25. "Government lawyers don't understand the Internet. That's a problem," 09.23.16.
The Washington Post reports that "the government's lawyers are struggling to grasp the increasingly technical cases that come before them…too few lawyers have the skill set or the specialized knowledge to make sense of the code, networks and the people who use them, and too few law schools are telling them what they need to know."

26. "Bridging the Gap: 3 Ways for Legal to Manage Client Expectations," 09.21.16.
Legaltech News reports that "law professor William Henderson spoke at Wolters Kluwer's ELM User Conference about the importance of reassessing expectations and collaborating on solutions."


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