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.



September 23, 2016

1. "ABA Beats Back Bid to Limit Accreditation Power," 09.22.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the Education Department announced Thursday that the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will continue to have full accreditation power over law schools, defying the earlier recommendation by its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity to suspend for a year the ABA's power to accredit new schools."

2. "Legal Project Managers: The New Rainmakers?," 09.22.16.
Law.com reports that clients are increasingly seeking out law firms that have established deep expertise in project management.

3. "Litigation Demand Down for Law Firms Despite Steady Filings," 09.22.16.
Law.com reports that new data released by Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor shows that litigation work slowed at most firms in the first half of this year, continuing a fifth straight year of declines.

4. "There's Been a Surge of Bet-the-Company Lawsuits, Study Finds," 09.22.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the number of corporate legal departments dealing with bet-the-company work has quadrupled over the past two years." (While this might seem like good news for large law firms, CC reports that overall outside legal spend has changed little, and that as more money goes to law firms for high-end work, less money is being spent on other work.)

5. "Another Day, Another Big Firm Merger in Canada," 09.22.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "two of Canada's largest provincial law firms announced their intention to merge on Wednesday…[creating] one of the largest full-service firms in western Canada." (Winnipeg-based Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson and Regina-based MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman (MLT), the largest firms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are expected to merge as of January 1, 2017.)

    a. "How client succession is driving law firm consolidation," 09.22.16.
    And somewhat related, Jordan Furlong, writing for his Law21 blog, concludes that a lack of succession planning is in part what is driving the recent spurt of law firm mergers.

6. "Amid Global Growth, Firms Weigh Risks and Rewards," 09.22.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the DC meeting this week of the International Bar association, where participants discussed, among other things, the upsides and downsides to law firms' global expansion.

7. "Hats Off to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee," 09.22.16.
The Editorial Board of The Connecticut Law Tribune writes to praise a recent decision of the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee to allow some foreign trained lawyers who complete an LLM degree to sit for the Connecticut Bar Exam.

8. "For Law Grads, Are the Big Bucks in Smallville?," 09.21.16.
Karen Sloan at Law.com has dug up the August publication by GoodCall that ranks the top 100 best cities for law graduates based on lawyer job prospects, salaries, local lifestyle amenities, and lowest cost of living & Hot Springs, Arkansas tops the list. You can read the original GoodCall piece here.

9. "Dentons subsidiary invests in tech startup aimed at simplifying corporate legal transactions," 09.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Dentons subsidiary Nextlaw Labs in investing in its second legal tech startup — having already invested in Ross Intelligence, purveyor of artificial intelligence for the legal services arena, it has now plunked money down for Doxly, whose software "simplifies corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, creating automated tasks to help manage the process."

10. "Sagging July Bar Exam Results in Florida and Elsewhere Defy Predictions," 09.20.16.
Law.com reports that despite a slight increase in the average score earned by bar examinees in July, at least seven of the early reporting jurisdictions have reported declines in their overall pass rate figures.

11. "Few Recent Graduates Were Actually Forced to Work as Baristas, Study Finds," 09.20.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that finds few college graduates actually occupied low-skill service positions even during the worst of the recession: "While there is some truth behind the popular image of the college-educated barista, this picture is not an accurate portrayal of the typical underemployed recent college graduate. Recent graduates were much more likely to work in higher-paying jobs that do not require a degree but earn more in those positions than co-workers without one."

12. "Contract Lawyer Ranks to Grow as Firms Seek to Protect Profits," 09.19.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on the growth of law firm use of contract and staff attorneys as part of a broader alternative staffing strategy to increase firm profitability.

13. "As legal profession loses popularity, can law schools get new jolt of life?," 09.19.16.
So fascinatingly, the Chicago Tribune has reprinted this editorial from Monday's The Japan News/Yomiuri; the parallels between Japan and the US with declining law school enrollment and falling bar passage are spooky and probably important.

14. "Class of 2015 NALP Data: The Mid-Law Crunch," 09.19.16.
Matt Leichter, blogging for the Law School Tuition Bubble, crunches the NALP employment data for the Class of 2015 and finds a shrinking number of entry-level jobs with mid-size law firms.

15. "The Future of Legal Services," 09.19.16.
The Editorial Board of The Connecticut Law Tribune reviews the key findings and recommendations of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services for closing the justice gap in the United States.

16. "A Tightened Bar Passage Standard is Needed," 09.19.16.
This National Law Journal op-ed, by two US law school deans, argues for adoption of the more stringent bar passage standard that has been proposed to the ABA Council.

17. "Choate Hall, Kaye Scholer Again Top Summer Associate Rankings," 09.16.16.
The American Lawyer publishes the results of its annual Summer Associate Survey, finding that most summers were a happy lot this past summer.

18. "Harvard Overhauls Student Orientation to Promote Inclusion," 09.19.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on Harvard Law School's updated orientation program for first-year students that was designed to foster an inclusive atmosphere.

19. "Software Exec Says Bar Exam Mistake Wasn't the Company's Fault," 09.19.16.
The Daily Report reports that "the head of a software firm being sued over Georgia bar exam scoring mistakes says the debacle wasn't his company's fault."

20. "Student Diversity at More Than 4,600 Institutions," 09.18.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes an interactive data table that shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of students at 4,605 colleges and universities in the US, based on US Department of Education data from the fall of 2014.

21. "Law Schools Cut Tuition to Entice Applicants," 09.16.16.
Law.com reports that a number of law schools are cutting tuition to combat declining enrollment in JD programs.

22. "UGA Students Clamor for In-House Experience," 09.16.16.
The Daily Report reports that the University of Georgia School of Law is expanding its corporate counsel externship program in the face of increased student demand for in-house experience.

23. "How to Succeed In-House: A Chat With HP CLO Kim," 09.16.16.
Corporate Counsel talks to Hewlett-Packard chief legal officer, Kim Rivera, about succeeding in the in-house role.

24. "Why Are Law Firms Failing on Diversity?," 09.15.16.
Insights, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, writes about the findings of a new study that suggests lateral mobility may be one reason law firms struggle with diversity.

25. "Elite Retreat: Do Women From Top Law Schools Leave the Law Earlier?," 09.15.16.
The ALM Intelligence research staff suggest the answer to this question is yes, that women graduates of top ten law firms leave law firms at a higher rate than women from less elite law schools.

    a. "Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can," 09.20.16.
    ALM Careerist blogger Vivia Chen, writing here for Law.com, provides commentary on this research, offering her own explanation for why women from elite schools seems to leave law firms at a higher rate than women from less elite schools: "the reality is that privileged women do have choices…and often, the choice is to not stick it out in a job that's pressured and unfulfilling."

26. Bonus Track: "I Used to Be a Human Being, or, Technology Almost Killed Me," 09.18.16.
And in a piece that is not directly related to our industry but is applicable to all of us and everyone we know, Andrew Sullivan, writing here for New York Magazine, writes thoughtfully about the importance of putting your smart phone down, and the perils of not learning how to do that. It's a long format read, but worth your time.



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.



September 16, 2016

1. "Gains in Minority Grad Student Enrollments," 09.16.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "graduate student enrollments increased nearly 4 percent last year, with the biggest relative gains seen among underrepresented minority students."

2. "Associate Salaries: What Am I Worth?," 09.15.16.
The Young Lawyers Editorial Board of The Legal Intelligencer weighs in on the current salary structure for new law firm associates.

3. "Latham Provides New Benefit for Nursing Mothers," 09.15.16.
Law.com reports that Latham has rolled out a breast milk shipping program for working mothers, calling it the first of its kind at a law firm.

4. "GC's Have Moved $4B Worth of Work In-house in 2016, Study Finds," 09.14.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "citing dissatisfaction with the services they receive from their outside attorneys, general counsel have moved a whopping $4 billion in legal spending back in-house so far this year," according to new survey results.

5. "Dealing With Ageism in Today's Job Hunt," 9.14.16.
This article in The Recorder takes a look at some common objections employers raise when they think a candidate is too old for the job, and provides some suggestions for combatting these misperceptions during the interviewing process.

6. "Smith Gambrell Raises Associate Pay as Others Mull Options," 09.14.16.
The associate pay hike continues to reverberate, as the Daily Report notes the continued movement of associate starting salaries in Atlanta.

7. "Rise Of The Machines Continues As Another Top Firm Signs AI Deal," 09.14.16.
Law.com reports that Slaughter and May, a UK magic circle firm, has signed an artificial intelligence deal with a new tech startup.

8. "Ginsburg Urges Law Firms to Make 'Balanced Life' Easier for Lawyers," 09.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports that during comments made at an Association of Corporate Counsel event in DC this week, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg urged law firms to be more flexible about work arrangements so that more lawyers can have a home life and a work life.

9. "Law school cuts tuition by 35%," 09.14.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the University of Tulsa College of Law is reducing tuition and ending a scholarship program under which 100 percent of students received scholarships.

10. "Diversity In The Legal Profession," 09.14.16.
The GC for Aflac, writing for the September issue of Today's General Counsel, writes about the importance of diversity. (View the full article in the digital edition of the magazine here.)

11. "Soaring Student Debt Prompts Calls For Relief," 09.13.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a tripling of student debt over the past decade to more than $1.3 trillion has led to intense efforts from lobbyists across multiple industries to push for legislation to forgive or reduce student debt. (Subscription required.)

12. "GCs Back ABA Push for Law Firm Diversity Data," 09.12.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that high-powered GCs from major corporations are joining with the ABA in efforts to require law firms to disclose even more detailed diversity data than they now do.

13. "Committee OKs proposal to tighten ABA bar pass standards; some members hope more will be done," 09.12.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA's Accreditation Standards Review Committee has approved a proposal that would require schools to show that 75 percent of their graduating classes pass a bar exam within two years.

14. "Paralegals Edging Out First-Years as Firms Face Profit Squeeze," 09.12.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that as law firms continue to face pressure to trim costs for clients, they are shifting work down the food chain, often tasking paralegals with work that new associates used to do.

15. "Suit Targets Software Company for Bar Exam Fiasco," 09.12.16.
The Daily Report reports that a class action has been filed on behalf of the 90 Georgia bar candidates who were erroneously told they failed the exam against a software company whose software was used to scale the scores of the essay portion of the exam.

    a. "'Barmageddon' Lawyer Predicts Lawsuits Over Ga. Bar Exam," 09.09.16.
    And the Daily Report predicted this litigation.

16. "Deloitte, Other Accounting Giants, See Legal Services Growth," 09.09.16.
Law.com reports that as the big accounting firms move more aggressively into the delivery of legal services, the legal services arm of Deloitte is growing at a rate of 10 percent per year, and now has 1,677 lawyers or other legal professionals working for them, a headcount that would rank them 21st on the Am Law Global 100 list.



September 9, 2016

1. "Emerging Technology in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Presents Growth Opportunity for Big Law," 09.08.16.
Law.com and ALM Legal Intelligence identify the practice of law related to unmanned and autonomous systems (think drones and self-driving cars) as an emerging hot practice area, and report that there are already approximately 400 Big Law lawyers practicing in this area.

2. "Revenues Climb at China's Biggest Firms," 09.08.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its revenue rankings for the top-grossing law firms in China, finding overall head-count and revenue growth with total revenues of $5.5 billion in 2015, and describing an overall growing market despite a depreciating currency and a turbulent market (and no surprise, Dentons, with more than 6,500 lawyers, topped the rankings list).

3. "Success in First-Year Civil Procedure Course Points to Bar Passage," 09.08.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, takes a look at a new study coming out of Texas Tech University School of Law that takes a look at factors that correlate with bar passage; among the best predictors, the study found, are LSAT scores and law school grades (especially civil procedure and legal writing and research), but not undergraduate GPA or clinical experience.

4. "Despite Stronger Demand, Calif. Firms Could Be Facing Layoffs," 09.08.16.
The Recorder reports that some analysts think that "because of heavy downward pricing pressure across the industry, the combination of stagnant demand and rising salary costs could still trigger firms [in California] to trim their rosters."

5. "UK Law Firm Profits Fall…And Next Year Is Unlikely To Be Any Better," 09.07.16.
Law.com reports that profits per equity partner have fallen at 16 of the UK's 50-largest law firms, and because of the economic uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, "next year's results are unlikely to be any better."

    a. "UK top 50 firms achieve sixth year of revenue growth as partner profits stall," 09.06.16.
    More on UK Big Law revenue and profits from Legal Week.

6. "How Artificial Intelligence is Already Transforming Legal Services," 09.07.16.
Legaltech News debriefs from ILTAcon and takes a look at the ways artificial intelligence is being implemented in today's legal departments.

7. "Pay Equity Suits Could Impact Recruitment of Female Partners," 09.07.16.
The American Lawyer takes a look at what the growing number of pay equity suits brought by women against law firms might mean for Big Law's efforts to increase the number of women partners.

8. "Testing New Legal Aid Model, Big Law Associates Name First Grantees," 09.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports that The Associates Committee, a group of Big Law associates who have organized to raise funds to support legal services for the poor, has awarded its first grants totaling $200,000 to four legal services groups.

9. "Nonprofit Law Firms Benefit Disenchanted Attorneys, 'In-Between' Clients," 09.07.16.
Law.com takes a look at "the growing popularity of nonprofit law firms aimed to help the 'in-between' economic demographic."

10. "90 Georgia Bar Exam Takers Were Wrongly Told They Failed," 09.06.16.
The Daily Report brings the news that because of scoring errors, 90 takers of the Georgia bar exam in July 2015 and February 2016 were mistakenly told they had failed the bar exam when in fact they had passed.

    a. "Georgia Bar Exam Scoring Error Among the Worst Historically," 09.07.16.
    More on this from Karen Sloan at Law.com: "The erroneous failure of 90 Georgia Bar Exam takers in the past year looks to be the worst scoring mistake ever on the all-important licensing test."

    b. "For Test Takers, Bar Exam Snafu Brought 'Grief and Hardship,'" 09.08.16.
    The Daily Report talks to some of the test-takers who were erroneously told that they had failed the bar exam in Georgia.

11. "5 Reasons Why Legal Ops Rules," 09.06.16.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at why the number of in-house legal departments with legal operations staff has doubled in the last year, with almost half of respondents to a recent ACC survey reporting that they now have at least one legal operations staffer.

12. "To Bridge Justice Gap, Recruit Retiring Lawyers," 09.02.16.
This American Lawyer op-ed argues that retiring baby-boom lawyers could have a sizeable impact on economic and social justice through meaningful pro bono work.

13. "Legal Industry Job Growth Remains Flat," 09.02.16.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest USBLS numbers, "the legal industry did not add any new jobs in the month of August."

14. "When Lawyers Fail at Handling Failure," 09.02.16.
Law.com's Leigh Jones speaks with a former Big Law lawyer who is now a psychotherapist about why lawyers as a group are so bad at dealing with setbacks, and how they can learn to move forward more effectively after failure.

15. "NALP at ILTACON, and on TV," 08.29.16.
NALP Executive Director James Leipold talks to ILTA Executive Director Randi Mayes, about the latest news from NALP, the entry-level job market, and challenges facing the industry. (video)



September 2, 2016

1. "Surprisingly, Bar Exam Multiple-Choice Scores Improved in July," 09.01.16.
Law.com reports that according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, "law graduates' performance on the multiple-choice portion of July's bar exam rose slightly, indicating a reversal from the steep two-year slide in test scores overall."

2. "Midlevel Associates Are Happier Than Ever," 09.01.16.
The American Lawyer publishes the results of its annual Midlevel Associates Survey, noting that "Midlevels at Am Law 200 firms were even more satisfied this year than last…[perhaps because] their average salaries, bonuses, and hourly rates increased faster than their billable hours."

    a. "Ranking: Top Firms for Midlevel Associate Satisfaction," 08.29.16.
    And here are the national and regional rankings from The American Lawyer, with Paul Hastings again holding the top spot.

3. "Georgetown University Plans Steps to Atone for Slave Past," 09.01.16.
The New York Times reports that "nearly two centuries after Georgetown University profited from the sale of 272 slaves, it will embark on a series of steps to atone for the past, including awarding preferential status in the admission process to descendants of the enslaved."

    a. "Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins," 08.31.16.
    The chair of Georgetown University's working group on slavery, memory and reconciliation, writing here for The New York Times, recounts the history of Georgetown's 17th century slave ownership and sale of slaves to raise money, and its current efforts to pursue present day reconciliation.

4. "A New Wave of Legal Rebels," 09.01.16.
The ABA Journal names its eighth round of Legal Rebels — "those men and women who are remaking their corners of the legal profession."

5. "In $100M Suit, Partner Alleges 'All-Male Dictatorship' at Chadbourne," 08.31.16.
Law.com reports that "a female litigation partner from Chadbourne & Parke has filed a $100 million class action complaint alleging that the firm…pays women partners less and provides them fewer leadership opportunities than men."

    a. "Female Lawyer's Gender-Bias Suit Challenges Law Firm Pay Practices," 08.31.16.
    The New York Times also reports on this gender-bias litigation development.

6. "ABA Tightens Up," 08.31.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the ABA has begun to take a harder line on law schools amidst criticism that it is not doing enough to help struggling law school graduates.

7. "Is Pot Luring More Applicants to the U. of Colorado Law School?," 08.31.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, suggests that a surge in applications to the University of Colorado Law School may be attributable to the boost in the state's economy that has come about as a result of the legalization of marijuana in that state. (And best headline of the week goes to…)

8. "New Lawyers Target Lower Income Clients to Build Practices," 08.31.16.
The Daily Report looks at the growing legal incubator movement, programs that help young lawyers start solo practices.

9. "Amazon and Wells Fargo End Student-Loan Partnership," 08.31.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "Wells Fargo has stopped offering Amazon customers reduced interest rates on private student loans" about a month after the controversial program began.

    a. "Amazon Ends Marketing Deal with Wells Fargo," 09.01.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

10. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Where Big Law Can Look To Address Its Gender Problems," 08.31.16.
Law.com suggests that law firms could expand the diversity of the pool of entry-level associates by recruiting at a broader range of law schools.

11. "Gov. Vetoes 50-Hour Pro Bono Mandate for Bar Admission," 08.30.16.
The Recorder reports that the Governor of California has vetoed legislation that would have required law students to complete 50 hours of pro bono work as a condition of admission to the state bar — Governor Jerry Brown cited the high costs of law school in support of his decision: "I believe it would be unfair to burden students with the requirements set forth in this bill."

12. "Another IP Firm Dissolves as Andrews Kurth Absorbs Kenyon Lawyers," 08.29.16.
Law.com reports that "Andrews Kurth, a 354-lawyer Houston-based firm, will hire 55 lawyers from New York-founded IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon, which will then dissolve."

    a. "Kenyon Lays Off Staff, Associates After Andrews Kurth Deal," 08.31.16.
    Law.com reports that that Kenyon & Kenyon "this week laid off some staff and associates, just days before its deal with Andrews Kurth will become effective."

    b. "Kenyon's Closure Follows Trend of Disappearing IP Boutiques in NYC," 08.31.16.
    The New York Law Journal takes a look at a string of IP boutique closures in New York amidst an evolving and competitive patent marketplace.

    c. "Andrews Kurth, Kenyon & Kenyon Vote to Merge, Not a Done Deal," 08.26.16.
    Law.com reports on the rumors that swirled at the end of last week about a potential merger between these two firms.

13. "Indiana Law School Launches First JAG Corps Scholarship Program," 08.30.16.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington, has launched a new scholarship program for active duty Army personnel who aspire to be judge advocate generals.

14. "At BASF, It's Alt-Fees or Firms May Not Get the Work," 08.30.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that law firms bidding for legal work with BASF Corp. are required to present alternative fee arrangements in order to be considered.

15. "Publicly Traded British Law Firm Sees Gross Revenue Growth," 08.30.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Gateley, a British firm that last year raised $45 million in a landmark initial public offering, saw its gross revenue rise 11 percent in 2015-16."

16. "Midwest Report: A Regional Analysis," 08.29.16.
The National Law Journal publishes an annual special report of regional analysis of law firms in the Midwest, with stories and analysis for Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Detroit.

17. "9 Best Cities for Women in Major Law Firms," 08.29.16.
The ALM staff have matched the NLJ's Women in Law Scorecard data with Nerdwallet's Best Cities in the Workforce for Women data to come up with a list of best places for women to work (spoiler alert: New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco are not on the list!).

18. "Study Says Female In-House Counsel Are More Cost-Conscious (and Paid Less)," 08.29.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "a new survey coming out of the UK shows that legal spend and priorities within the department differ based on whether a male or female is in charge," and that "females are being paid significantly less than their male counterparts."

19. "Baby Boomers Are Retiring and Law Firms Aren't Ready," 08.29.16.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on the baby boomer law firm retirement phenomenon, with six accompanying feature articles and columns, noting that 16 percent of partners will retire in the next five years and 38 percent will retire in the next decade.

20. "Anemic IPO Market Is Poised for a Rebound," 08.29.16.
In what is surely good news for law firms, The Wall Street Journal reports that a flood of IPOs is expected to "invigorate the listless market for initial public offerings after the Labor Day holiday," but cautions that the activity may be short-lived. (Subscription required.)

21. "DC Firm Finances See Lag Amid Election Year Doldrums," 08.26.16.
The National Law Journal reports that the most recent bank reports from Citi and Wells Fargo show that in this slow growth environment, DC firms are seeing even slower growth, with revenue rising only 3.1 percent for the first half of the year compared with 4.1 percent nationally, and lawyers' overall hours in Washington falling 0.6 percent while nationally they rose 0.6%.

22. "Texas Law Schools Battle in Court Over Name Change," 08.26.16.
Texas Lawyer reports the ongoing court battle between the former South Texas College of Law (now Houston College of Law) and the law school at the University of Houston (a federal judge presided over a contentious preliminary hearing late last week).

23. ILTA News Roundup:

    a. "Note to Lawyers from ILTA: You're Ethically Obligated to Understand Technology," 09.01.16. (Legaltech News)

    b. "The 'New Ecosystem': Law Firms, Clients and Vendors Working Together (experts are saying that client-vendor collaboration is the future of legal)," 09.01.16. (Legaltech News)

    c. "The New, Data-Driven World of Firm E-Discovery Operations," 09.01.16. (Legaltech News)

    d. "Was Susskind Right? 3 Keys to Understanding the Direction of Legal Tech at ILTA: Where legal tech is, should be, and may be going…" 08.31.16. (Legaltech News)

    e. "Tech Divide Looms in Access to Justice Efforts," 08.31.16. (Legaltech News)

    f. "3 Simple Steps Toward Embracing Data and Automation," 08.31.16. (Legaltech News)

    g. "As Clients Demand More Efficiency, Many Law Firms Have Yet to Leverage Tech," 8.30.16. (Legaltech News)

    h. "ILTA Tech Purchase Survey Reveals Firms' Cloud Skepticism, Cybersecurity Spend and AI Interest," 08.30.16. (Legaltech News)

    i. "3 Big Ideas on Change for the Future Tech-Driven Workplace at ILTA 2016," 08.29.16. (Legaltech News)

    j. "4 Tips For A Strong Law Firm Website," 08.26.16. (Legaltech News)



August 26, 2016

1. "Softer Demand, Rising Salaries May Lead to Layoffs, Analyst Warns," 08.25.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the third mid-year financial report to hit the streets, this one from Wells Fargo Private Bank, that measures softening demand for legal services and rising law firm expenses — Wells Fargo senior director Jeffrey Grossman predicts that some firms will face layoffs before the end of the year.

2. "Law Students From Rival Schools Face Off Through Negotiation Class," 08.25.16.
Law.com reports on a program in which "students from Stanford Law School and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law will square off this semester in a simulated international business negotiation," as part of a collaborative international business negotiation class that will involve at least 27 US law schools.

3. "A Trio of New Deans at Law Schools Across the State," 08.25.16.
The New York Law Journal takes a look at some of the challenges facing new deans at City University of New York School of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

4. "Duke Law to Acquire EDRM to Advance E-Discovery Education," 08.24.16.
Legaltech News reports that "Duke University School of Law announced that it would be acquiring EDRM, the leading standards organization for the e-discovery market. The organization will become part of Duke Law's Center for Judicial Studies as part of an initiative to expand the center's involvement in electronic discovery and information governance."

5. "Florida Firms Among Top Recruiters in NYC This Year," 08.24.16.
The Daily Business Review reports that "several Florida-founded law firms...have rapidly expanded in Manhattan this year."

6. "Why Did Cravath Increase Associate Salaries?," 08.23.16.
The research folks at ALM crunch a lot of numbers and take a deep dive into the Cravath associate pay hike, why the firm might have made the move in the first place, and what it is likely to mean for the rest of the AmLaw 50.

7. "In-House Salaries Are Up. But Many Say They're Underpaid," 08.23.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on a recent in-house counsel compensation survey that shows "compensation for in-house lawyers has increased slightly, but many still think they're worth more money than they're getting."

8. "Demand Strong for Student Loan Forgiveness," 08.23.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that about 432,000 borrowers have applied to have the balance of their student loans forgiven in 2017, the first group that would be eligible for the public service loan forgiveness under the program that began in 2007.

9. "Back to (Law) School: The Full Report," 08.22.16.
Law.com and The National Law Journal have gone to press with their special back-to-school edition, publishing a collection of feature stories about legal education and the profession, some of which are collected below. You can read the full report, with links to all the features, here.

    a. "What's New in Law School Course Offerings This Year?," 08.22.16.
    Law.com takes a look at some of the new courses being offered at law schools this fall, including courses on the Zika virus, venture capital, and transgender issues.

    b. "Why I'm Starting Law School in a Tough Job Market," 08.22.16.
    A 1L and former journalist, writing here for The National Law Journal, explains why he is going open-eyed into the legal profession at mid-career.

    c. "The Most Important Law School You've Probably Never Heard Of," 08.22.16.
    Law.com visits Litchfield Law School, now a museum, founded in 1784: "Litchfield is the first place to conceptualize a law school as we think of a law school — a place that is academic, post-collegiate, pre-professional, and brings together people from different parts of the country and provides them with training in the law in a fairly abstract and yet practical way."

10. "MSU Course Teaches Law Students to Use Automation Tools," 08.22.16.
Legaltech News Reports that "law students at Michigan State will use ThinkSmart's TAP automation tool to learn about best practices and automation in legal operations" as part of a new course called "Litigation: Data, Theory, Practice & Process."

11. "For Midsize Firms, Salary Hikes Raise Rate Dilemma," 08.19.16.
The New York Law Journal takes a look at the bind that the recent associate pay hike creates for midsize law firms that are trying to balance "retaining and recruiting top talent while maintaining clients through competitive, lower rates."



August 19, 2016

1. "New York State Bar Ethics Panel Approves Practice of Law Firms Billing for Work by Unpaid Interns," 08.18.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that a New York State Bar ethics committee has waded into controversial territory by issuing an opinion that approves the practice of law firms billing clients for the work of unpaid student interns, a practice on which the US Department of Labor and the Second Circuit have taken different stances, and a practice that many say is generally unfair to low-income and minority law students.

2. "What Your Outside Law Firms Really Think About You," 08.18.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new survey confirms that clients and their outside counsel don't agree about much, including how good the various parties are at their jobs — both sides take shots at each other when asked.

3. "Zero Hours Billed? No Problem for These First-Year Associates," 08.18.16.
The American Lawyer profiles one of the first-year associates in DLA Piper's program that "lets two new associates spend their entire first year at the firm working exclusively on pro bono matters while getting paid like all other first-years."

4. "New Mass. Equal Pay Law Means More Work for Employers," 08.18.16.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at the new Massachusetts law that bans employers from asking about job applicants' salary histories.

5. "Why Won't Law Firms Innovate? Clients Don't Make Them," 08.18.16.
Law.com looks at the results of a variety of surveys and concludes that there is a disconnect between law firms and clients when it comes to willingness to innovate.

6. "Salaries for New Graduates Rise While Employment Rate Remains Unchanged, Number of Private Practice Jobs Tumbles," 08.17.16.
NALP released its employment and salary findings for the Class of 2015 with this accompanying press release. (You can read the complete Selected Findings report here.)

    a. "Percentage of Grads Landing Big Law Jobs Is Up, Number in Private Practice Sinks," 08.17.16.
    Karen Sloan, writing for The National Law Journal at Law.com, reports on the latest NALP report on the employment and salary outcomes for the Class of 2015.

    b. "Law School Graduates Finding Fewer Private Practice Jobs," 08.17.16.
    The Wall Street Journal reports on the NALP job numbers for the class of 2015, noting that "the number of law school graduates entering private practice after getting their degrees has shrunk to the lowest level in nearly two decades."

    c. "2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice," 08.17.16.
    The New York Times also reports on the NALP jobs findings for the Class of 2015.

    d. "New Law School Graduates Find Jobs at Steady Rate," 08.17.16.
    Bloomberg News reports on the NALP employment numbers, noting that the employment rate held steady for the Class of 2015.

    e. "Are law firm jobs declining? Private practice jobs drop 7.6 percent for class of 2015," 08.17.16.
    And the ABA Journal also reports on the new NALP jobs stats, noting that "last year's law school graduates snagged fewer private practice jobs than any class since 1996."

7. "Arizona Summit Law School seeks university affiliation, requires mock bar exam passage," 08.17.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the Arizona Summit Law School is taking steps to affiliate itself with a university, and to bolster its bar passage rate.

8. "Disparity in Salaries Between Genders Has Provoked Debate," 08.17.16.
A labor and employment lawyer, writing for Corporate Counsel, provides a good article the current state of gender-based pay discrimination and pay equity.

9. "Five Ways to Boost Potential For Law Firm Innovation," 08.17.16.
This piece in LegalTech News shares "some quick helpful hints for legal administrators to jumpstart innovative thinking in law firms."

10. "Which Law Firms Will Be Hurt Most by Associate Salary Increases?," 08.16.16.
The research folks at ALM have taken a look at the likely impact of the associate salary hike on the Am Law 200, concluding that "the salary increases announced over the past two months will have drastically different impacts on the finances of different firms." (They provide a table showing that "some firms will walk away with relatively limited impacts on their financial model, while others will see significant decreases in profitability.")

11. "Graduates Suing Widener Law School Over Job Stats Lose Appeal," 08.16.16.
Law.com reports that the Third Circuit has upheld the 2012 rejection of a class action law suit filed by the schools' graduates (the suit had alleged inflated placement statistics) — the appeals court upheld the denial of class certification.

    a. "Suit over Widener law school's job statistics can't be brought as a class action, 3rd Circuit rules," 08.17.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

12. "Dispatches from Law School On-Campus Interviews: East Coast Edition," 08.16.16.
Law.com provides this spotlight on OCI at NYU and GW.

13. "What Frosh Know and Don't Know," 08.16.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the annual Beloit College mind-set list that describes what new students on college campuses have and have never experienced, making the rest of us feel generally very old. The Beloit College Mindset List itself, describing the Right Now generation, can be found here (this fall's entering college students were born in 1998!).

14. "Citi Report: Growth Slowed in the Second Quarter," 08.15.16.
Dan DiPietro and Lauren Harsha from Citi, writing for The American Lawyer, report that demand for legal services slowed in the second quarter after a very robust first quarter, and predict "low-single-digit profit growth" through the end of the year.

    a. "Texas Firms See Greatest Drop in Demand in First Half of 2016," 08.16.16.
    Texas Lawyer reports that demand for legal services at Texas law firms dropped by 7.1 percent during the first half of 2016 according to the newest report from Citi.

    b. "Southeastern Firms Buck Demand Slowdown in Uncertain Market," 08.16.16.
    The Daily Report writes that firms in the Southeast have fared better than firms in other parts of the country in the second quarter.

    c. "Demand Growth at California Firms Beats US Average, Report Finds," 08.17.16.
    The Recorder reports that "law firm demand was up in both Northern and Southern California during the first six months of 2016, outpacing a modest demand increase of 0.3 percent nationally for the first half of the year."

    d. "Demand Is Down. Why Are Billing Rates On the Rise?," 08.17.16.
    The American Lawyer reports that the latest Citi law firm financial data show that while demand for legal services grew at just 0.3 percent in the first half of the year, average billing rates have grown by 3.2 percent over the same period.

15. "After $180K Salary Bump, What About Benefits in Big Law?," 08.15.16.
Bloomberg Law takes a look at the growing number of perks and benefits being offered by Big Law, including benefit packages that include "flexible schedules, child care and elderly care assistance, student loan assistance programs, paid parental leave, unlimited paid vacation, private banking, subsidized gym membership and career and family coaching services."

16. "What's Culture? No Bonuses to High-Ranking Partners at Gibson Dunn," 08.15.16.
Bloomberg BNA takes a look at the culture and partner pay scale at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, including their policy that partners at the top do not get bonuses.

17. "This GC Is on a Mission to Improve Legal Writing," 08.15.16.
Corporate Counsel profiles a general counsel whose quest is to improve lawyer and law student writing.

18. "To Hire More Women, Follow These Steps," 08.15.16.
A researcher at Harvard, writing for The American Lawyer, provides practical, concrete ways for improving the odds of hiring more women.

19. "Law Schools," 08.15.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report for law schools and law students — the feature articles are collected below. (You can read or print the entire report as a PDF here.)

    a. "Easing the Transition From Law Student to Practicing Attorney," 08.15.16.
    An attorney, writing for the New York Law Journal, provides some good advice for young lawyers transitioning from law student to professional attorney.

    b. "An Alternative Field Manual for Law Job Hunters," 08.15.16.
    A senior in-house lawyer, writing here for the New York Law Journal, urges law grads to consider first jobs with corporations, both in the legal department and beyond it as well.

    c. "Law Practice Management Reimagined," 08.15.16.
    Two law professors, writing for the New York Law Journal, urge law schools to implement more rigorous and more creative law practice management courses.

    d. "Harness the Skills of the Introverted Lawyer," 08.15.16.
    An author and law professor, writing for the New York Law Journal, argues that "existing legal education and law practice training models undervalue the natural strengths of the introverted law student and lawyer."

20. "15 Best Places to Live and Work in Big(gish) Law," 08.15.16.
The folks at ALM have matched the best places to live in the country with the largest Big Law offices in those markets — Denver and Austin top the list.

21. "More Than 80 Percent of Partners in UK Expect to See Law Firm Jobs Cut Because of Brexit," 08.15.16.
Legal Week reports that "the vast majority of partners in the UK expect to see law firm layoffs in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, while over half say their firms will cut back on recruitment."

22. "Ave Maria Law School in Trouble with ABA Over Admissions Policies," 08.12.16.
Law.com reports that the ABA has placed Ave Maria School of Law on a remedial plan that gives them two years to come into compliance with the ABA's admission standard that requires law schools to have sound admission policies and to "refrain from admitting applicants who don't appear capable of satisfactorily completing its program of legal education and being admitted to the bar."

23. "Five Tips for Female Attorneys Entering Law Firm Life," 08.12.16.
A partner and an associate, writing for Texas Lawyer, provide some good advice for women who are beginning new jobs with law firms.

24. "Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Unveils New Campus Monday," 08.12.16.
Law.com reports that Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has opened its new $129 million downtown Phoenix campus.

25. "The ABA's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," 08.12.16.
Steven J. Harper, doing his thing here for The American Lawyer, reacts to the release of the transcripts from the ABA's meeting with the Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (on the question of renewing the ABA's power to accredit law schools) — no surprise, he is not a fan of the ABA and is critical of their role as the accreditor and the oversight they exercise over American law schools.

26. "Imparting Your Legal Legacy — Essentials For A Mentor Considering An Investment In A Mentee," 08.12.16.
A good piece for lawyers on mentoring from Jason Levin writing for Above the Law.

27. "Law Practice Today: The Young Lawyers Issue," August 2016.
Law Practice Today has published its annual Young Lawyers Issue, with a number of very good articles for young lawyers and those who work with them.



August 12, 2016

1. "Rising Associate Salaries: Will Corporate Counsel Compensation Be Affected?," 08.11.16.
Law.com raises the question of whether the recent rise in Big Law associate salaries will have a negative effect on law departments in that it may become increasingly hard to recruit for in-house jobs as the salaries grow more disparate.

2. "ABA Starts Technology-Based Legal Services Center," 08.11.16.
Law.com reports that "the American Bar Association is launching a new initiative intended to help the legal profession better utilize technology and deliver legal services more efficiently."

3. "Legal machines give lawyers the structure we need," 08.11.16.
D. Casey Flaherty, writing for the ABA Journal's New Normal column, and noting that "technology is absolutely essential to the modern practice of law," argues for a data-driven way forward.

4. "New Texas law school not recommended for ABA accreditation," 08.10.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA's accreditation committee has recommended that the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law not receive accreditation."

5. "New Company Aims to Tackle Law Firms' Alcohol Problem," 08.10.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "the lead author of a landmark study that found problem drinking rampant in the legal profession…has launched a consulting firm to help law firms deal with addiction and other mental health issues among partners and employees."

6. "Non-lawyer ownership laws in UK allow some firms to thrive," 08.10.16.
Citing an American Lawyer article, the ABA Journal reports that the 2011 UK law that allowed outside investments in UK law firms has helped some firms grow.

7. "ABA's Veterans Legal Services Initiative aims to create online resource, mobilize lawyers," 08.10.16.
The ABA Journal provides more details about new ABA President Linda Klein's initiative to provide legal representation and resources for veterans.

8. "ABA President-Elect Hilarie Bass Calls for Law Schools to Innovate," 08.09.11.
Law.com speaks with the ABA's president-elect: "One of Bass' priorities for her term in office is to help law schools evaluate how to train lawyers for the future."

    a. "Hilarie Bass calls for an embrace of technology as she accepts position of ABA president-elect," 08.09.16.
    More on the ABA president-elect from the ABA Journal: "she blamed fear of losing work to innovative ways of providing legal services for the legal profession being behind other professions in adopting technological advances."

9. "Where the Lawyers Are: Top US Legal Markets by Head Count," 08.09.16.
The American Lawyer publishes an infographic of the US cities with the largest counts of big-firm lawyers, and it lists the most dominant firms in those markets.

10. "The new Calgary Curriculum: what we've done," 08.08.16.
Ian Holloway, dean of law at the University of Calgary, and member of the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees, writing here for Canadian Lawyer Magazine, reflects on what his law school is doing to meet the challenges of legal education in the 21st century.

11. "Inside OCI: The Scoop on This Year's Law School On-Campus Interviews," 08.09.16.
Law.com has this special report on OCI, with four feature articles.

    a. "Competition Between Law Firms Conducting On Campus Interviews Heats Up," 08.09.16. (Law.com)

    b. "On-Campus Interviews Remain Steady, Amid Salary Hike," 08.09.16. (Law.com)

    c. "What's It Like In There? Dispatches from Berkeley On-Campus Interviews," 08.09.16. (Law.com)

    d. "Hiring Partners Share War Stories from On-Campus Interviews," 08.09.16. (Law.com)

12. "ABA Leadership Endorses Rule Against Harassment by Lawyers," 08.09.16.
Law.com reports that "the American Bar Association's policy-making body on Monday adopted a controversial measure that makes harassment or discriminatory conduct by lawyers an ethical violation."

    a. "ABA Adopts Disputed Antidiscrimination Rule," 08.09.16.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog also reports on the adoption of the new model rule.

    b. "Discrimination and harassment will be legal ethics violations under ABA model rule," 08.08.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

13. "ABA Approves Pay for Law Students' For-Credit Externships," 08.08.16.
Law.com reports that "after more than two years of debate, the American Bar Association has lifted its ban on law students receiving both pay and academic credit for externships."

14. "Organization that administers GRE offered to share exam results with Law School Admission Council," 08.09.16.
The ABA Journal reports on ongoing developments in the LSAT/GRE battle.

15. "ABA Futures Panel Calls For Broad Changes in Legal Services," 08.08.16.
Above the Law does a good job of reporting on the final report of the ABA's Commission on the Future of Legal Services, noting that the report "provides a frank, thorough and frequently bleak assessment of the state of legal services and the legal profession's complicity in inhibiting innovation, while also heralding the promise of emerging delivery models and technologies to bring about change."

16. "Create more opportunities for demographically diverse attorneys, House of Delegates urges," 08.08.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA House of Delegates has approved a resolution urging legal services providers to expand opportunities for attorneys of all backgrounds.

17. "Law Firms Are 'Terrible' at Billing, Says GE's GC," 08.05.16.
Corporate Counsel speaks with GE's new GC, who does not think that law firms do a very good job of billing their clients: "A law firm should describe what they did and why they are charging what they did."

18. "NYC Lateral Season Lengthens as Firms Bet on Corporate Work," 08.05.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the largest firms in New York have continued to hire lateral partners at a rapid clip this year, extending far into the summer months."

19. "As Demand Slumps, Legal Industry Registers Modest Jobs Decline," 08.05.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, noting modest month-to-month headcount declines in June and July, significant growth year-to-date over last year, but reminds readers that "at this point in 2007 there were nearly 50,000 more people working in the legal industry than there are today."



August 5, 2016

1. "Five Takeaways for Managing Student Debt," 08.05.16.
Law.com reports on the key takeaways from a Thursday session here at the ABA Annual Meeting on "Navigating the Waters of Student Debt."

2. "Diversity and Discrimination Issues Top the Agenda for ABA Leadership," 08.04.16.
Law.com reports on proposals that will be taken up by the ABA House of Delegates this week, including whether to add a non-discrimination provision to the rules of professional conduct, and two other innovative diversity resolutions.

3. "ABA's Incoming President, Linda Klein, Marshals Legal Aid for Veterans," 08.04.16.
Law.com reports that the new ABA president will use her leadership role to create a clearer path for veterans legal assistance.

4. "The Empire Strikes Back, Part II: LSAC Stops Certifying Matriculant Admissions Data In Response To Law School Use Of GRE," 08.04.16.
Paul Caron at the TaxProf Blog reports that the Law School Admission Council sent a letter to ABA approved law schools this week announcing that it would no longer certify the accuracy of matriculant admissions data — this in response to some law schools' use of the GRE instead of the LSAT for admission consideration.

    a. "LSAT Group Pushes Back Against GRE in Law School Admissions," 08.04.16.
    Law.com, reporting that "the six-month-old fight over the use of the GRE test in law school admissions has flared up again," writes that "the organization that administers the Law School Admission Test has said it will stop helping the American Bar Association police the accuracy of the LSAT scores law schools report."

    b. "Law School Council May Stop Certifying Admissions Data," 08.05.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    c. "Raising The Stakes In The Fight Over The LSAT," 08.03.16.
    And even more on this from Above the Law.

5. "Davis Polk Senior Counsel Named New Dean at Touro," 08.03.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Harry Ballan, who is senior counsel to Davis Polk & Wardwell, has been named the new dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

6. "Illegal in Massachusetts: Asking Your Salary in a Job Interview," 08.03.16.
The New York Times reports that in an attempt to close the wage gap between men and women, Massachusetts has become the first state to bar employers from asking about applicants' salaries before offering them a job.

7. "Why Now for Another Supreme Court Clinic?," 08.03.16.
The Supreme Court Brief reports that Jenner & Block and the University of Chicago have launched a new Supreme Court clinic.

8. "Diversity, Consumer Groups at Odds over Tougher Bar-Pass Rule Proposed for Law Schools," 08.02.16.
Law.com reports that "factions are forming in the battle over the American Bar Association's bar-passage standard for law schools, with diversity and consumer advocates at odds over a proposal to strengthen the rule," and notes that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will hold a public hearing on Saturday during the ABA's annual meeting in San Francisco.

9. "Former Law Department Interns to Clerk at SCOTUS," 08.02.16.
Law.com reports that three graduates of the 2012 New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program are headed to the US Supreme Court to clerk for three different justices.

10. "Staking Out Sides on Student Debt Discharge," 08.02.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the US Department of Education has received more than 10,000 comments in response to a proposed rule for federal loan forgiveness for students whose colleges have defrauded them."

11. "External Investment in UK Law Firms Fuels Massive Revenue Growth," 08.02.16.
Law.com reports that UK firms have been taking advantage of a change in legislation that allows professional investors and nonlawyers to hold equity stakes in law firms (US attorneys have resisted similar changes, although this past April the ABA reopened this long-running debate on external investment).

12. "Federal panel 'sent a signal' to ABA about law school loans and accreditation enforcement," 08.01.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the release of the transcript from the recent Department of Education hearing that led to a vote to recommend suspending the ABA from accrediting law schools for one year.

13. "The 24 best schools for securing federal clerkships," 08.01.16.
Business Insider has compiled a list of the 24 law schools that send the most graduates on to federal judicial clerkships. (See also Business Insider's article from last week, "The 50 Best Law Schools in America.")

14. "Student-Loan Defaulters in a Standoff With Federal Government," 08.01.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that some seven million Americans are in default on their student loans: "these borrowers have gone at least a year without making a payment — ignoring hundreds of phone calls, emails, text messages and letters from federally hired debt collectors." (Subscription required.)

15. "Appeals Court: Title VII Doesn't Cover Sexual-Orientation Discrimination," 08.01.16.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Title VII's employment protections do not extend to sexual orientation discrimination in an opinion that is at odds with the view now held by the EEOC.

16. "Canary in the Coal Mine," 08.01.16.
This essay from Inside Higher Ed look at how the disrupters in the legal services industry are posing an existential crisis for many non-elite law schools, and suggests that the disruption is a sign of things to come for much of higher ed. The authors' underlying research report, "Disrupting Law School: How disruptive innovation will revolutionize the legal world," can be found here.

17. "Warning Signs for Big Firms as Report Sees Demand Drop-Off," 08.01.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor data that show a drop in demand for legal services in the second quarter of 2016, the first such drop after nine consecutive quarters of growth in demand. (The report also shows a steep jump in expenses, fueled by "the fastest attorney hiring in four years.")

18. "The A-List: Our Exclusive Rankings of the Best-of-the-Best 20 Law Firms," 08.01.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual A-List, in which they rank firms on four criteria — revenue per lawyer, pro bono efforts, diversity scores, and the results of their midlevel associate satisfaction survey.

19. "Women in Law: Where are They?," 08.01.16.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on women in law.

    a. "The Best Firms in Big Law for Women," 08.01.16.
    The American Lawyer lists the top 100 firms for women.

    b. "Minority Women Still Struggling to Win Top Law Jobs," 08.01.16.
    The American Lawyer takes a look at the serious under-representation of women of color in the partnership ranks of large law firms.

20. "GCs Say Many Law Firms Still Stuck in the Past," 07.29.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on new survey data that show many general counsel feel that a majority of law firms are stuck in the past.

21. "Banking on a $180,000 Entry Salary? Check This Out," 07.29.16.
Kyle McEntee, writing for Bloomberg Law, explores the NALP salary curves for California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.

    a. "Law Grad Salary Distribution By State," 08.01.16.
    The TaxProf Blog also picked up the new NALP state salary curves.

    b. "NALP's Salary Curve Disaggregated," 08.01.16.
    You can read Judy Collins' original NALP Bulletin article on the state salary curves here.

22. "Littler Program Promoting Diverse Associates Sees Some Success," 07.29.16.
The American Lawyer reports on some of the early successes of the diversity program at Littler Mendelson, including reduced minority associate attrition.

23. "Why Are Older Women Leaving Big Law?," 07.29.16.
Vivia Chen, writing for Law.com, looks at some recent research from ALM that she says shows that even women who are beyond their child-bearing years are leaving law firms in greater numbers than men: "Women do not leave the law disproportionately at a specific time in their lives or careers."

24. "Another Year, Another Uptick in the Nonequity Partner Proportion," 07.29.16.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that for nine years in a row the number and proportion of nonequity partners at firms in New Jersey has increased, now making up 46.2 percent of the partners in the state.

25. "Here's How Law School Grads Would Fix Law School," 07.26.16.
Fortune says that law students want more experiential learning, more diversity, and reformed grading policies.



July 29, 2016

1. "The endangered partner," 07.28.16.
More good reading from Jordan Furlong at Law21, this week making the case that the law firm partnership structure is obsolete and ill-suited to compete in the 21st century.

2. "Gender Bias Suits Stack Up Against Legal Employers," 07.28.16.
Law.com reports on the growing number of cases alleging gender-based pay disparities that are being brought against large law firms, including the latest one this week filed against Sedgwick.

    a. "Pursuing Gender Pay Equity Still Risky At Many Firms," 07.28.16.
    And this accompanying piece in Law.com argues that women have turned to litigation to fight pay inequalities because other strategies have not worked.

    b. "Seeking Equal Pay for Women, Sedgwick Partner Sues Her Firm," 07.27.16.
    Law.com reports that "a current nonequity partner at Sedgwick has accused the firm of systemic discrimination against women in a class action suit filed Tuesday in a California state court."

3. "Rising Associate Salaries: Should Law Departments Foot the Tab?," 07.28.16.
Law.com takes another look at the recent associate pay hikes, making the cases both for and against passing those additional costs along to clients.

4. "At Coke Event, a Push for 'Diversity 3.0'," 07.28.16.
The Daily Report writes about the Coca-Cola Co.'s annual diversity event that brings together corporate law departments with minority- and women-owned law firms.

5. "Houston College of Law Fires Back in Trademark Fight Over Name," 07.27.16.
Law.com reports that Houston College of Law has filed a counterclaim against the University of Houston's law school, asking a federal judge to cancel the University of Houston's trademark on the work "Houston."

6. "These law firms are named the best for women," 07.27.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the results of the latest Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyer list of top 50 law firms for women.

7. "Massachusetts Joins the Uniform Bar Exam Crowd," 07.26.16.
Law.com reports that "the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Monday adopted the uniform bar exam," bringing to 24 the number of states (plus the District of Columbia) that have adopted the test.

8. "'Character' Is Essential for New Attorneys, Legal Skills Not So Much, Survey Finds," 07.26.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on the findings of a new survey of 24,000 attorneys, a report that concludes that "character — including integrity, resilience, worth ethic and common sense — is valued most highly in new lawyers."

    a. "What skills do new lawyers need now — and what can wait? Database lets you search for answers," 07.26.16.
    And the ABA Journal has more on this new study.

9. "Why In-House Lawyers Are In-Demand Law Professors," 07.26.16.
Law.com reports that amidst a changing law school curriculum, many law schools are making an effort to hire corporate counsel with real-world experience.

10. "How 'Neutral' Layoffs Disproportionately Affect Women and Minorities," 07.26.17.
This Harvard Business Review article shows that when companies downsize, diversity takes a hit — a phenomenon we certainly saw play out in the law firm world in 2009-10.

11. "Why Diversity Programs Fail," 07.26.17.
This article from the July-August issue of the Harvard Business Review reports that despite the rise in diversity programs, diversity is not improving in the financial services industry, and then looks at why that might be.

12. "Why Do Lawyers Resist Ethical Rules Requiring Competence With Technology?," 07.25.16.
This Slaw post takes a look at changes made to the Mode Rules of Professional Conduct in Virginia that impose a responsibility on lawyers for managing the risks and benefits associated with technology.

13. "Number of Women Named Partner in UK Declines in 2016," 07.26.16.
Law.com via Legal Week reports that "the number of women promoted to partner at the UK's top 10 law firms fell by more than 25 percent this year."

14. "GCs Asked to Do More With Less: Survey," 07.25.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new survey has found that "83 percent of GC respondents said that they are facing pressure to both improve legal department efficiency and lower costs."

15. "DOJ: New Environmental Attorneys to Gain Experience Fast," 07.25.16.
Bloomberg BNA takes a look at the current hiring initiative of the DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division.

16. "But What About Lawyers? A Q&A With Richard Susskind on AI in Law," 07.25.16.
Legaltech News talks to Richard Susskind about how artificial intelligence is likely to change the practice of law.

17. "BigLaw's Gender Diversity Problem Is The Traditional Model Itself," 07.25.16.
A thoughtful blog post on LexTalk about gender diversity in law firms: "Diversity will be achieved when the traditional law firm partnership model has its sunset."

18. "Access Group Releases Loan Calculator for Law School," 07.25.16.
Insider Higher Ed reports that the Access Group, has released a new student loan calculator, a free tool that helps students determine the cost of law school and the federal loan repayment options they may qualify for after graduation.

19. "Law Students Help Transgender Clients With Name Changes," 07,22,16.
The National Law Journal reports on John Marshall Law School's new clinical program, the Gender Maker and Name Change Project that helps transgender clients legally change their names.

20. "Bar Associations in New York Call for Diversity CLE," 07.22.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the New York City Bar Association and a coalition of bar groups for women and minorities are calling on the state court system to require attorneys to take courses in diversity and inclusion as part of their biennial registration."

21. "Time for a Change? Lessons for Avoiding Lateral Mistakes," 07.22.16.
Law.com takes a look at lateral regret, and offers some advice for avoiding buyer's remorse when making a lateral move.

22. "The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love," 07.22.16. ," 07.22.16.
The New York Times' Upshot column takes a look at what social science has to say about job satisfaction, and human happiness.

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