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.


July 31, 2015

1. "Job Placements Up For Smaller Class of Law School Grads," 07.30.15.
The National Law Journal reports that new NALP findings confirm that "the law school class of 2014 enjoyed slightly better success in the entry-level job market than did its predecessor."

    a. "Shrinking number of law graduates boosts employment rate for class of 2014," 07.30.15.
    The ABA Journal also reports on NALP's new analysis of the employment outcomes for the Class of 2014.

    b. "Employment Rate for New Law School Graduates Rises by More Than Two Percentage Points — But Overall Number of Jobs Falls as the Size of the Graduating Class Shrinks," 07.30.15.
    Read NALP's press release on the employment picture for the Class of 2014.

    c. "Employment Rate of New Law Graduates Up for the First Time Since 2007," 07.30.15.
    Read NALP's report, "Employment for the Class of 2014 — Selected Findings." (PDF)

2. "Law Schools Fight Bar Association Over How Graduates' Jobs Are Counted," 07.30.15.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the debate about law school funded positions that will take place at the ABA Council meeting today in Chicago. (Subscription required.)

3. "ABA To Debate Attorney Mental Health Disclosure," 07.30.15.
The National Law Journal reports that next Monday the ABA's House of Delegates will take up "a resolution urging attorney licensing bodies to eliminate questions about a candidate's mental health history during the character-and-fitness review process."

4. "A Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers," 07.30.15.
The American Lawyer reports that a growing number of attorneys are choosing to work well beyond 60 or 65, and that firms with mandatory retirement ages are giving rise to a growing wave of senior lateral lawyers who are finding new homes late in their careers.

5. "The Best Legal Job Market for Millennials? Tax Law," 07.30.15.
The Huffington Post makes the case that for new law school graduates, "pursuing an in-demand specialty like tax law only increases the chances of successfully finding lasting employment."

6. "How to Harness Emotional Intelligence to Ensure Success," 07.30.15.
A certified coach, writing for the Young Lawyer column in The Legal Intelligencer, provides EQ tips for young attorneys.

7. "Mindfulness for Anxious Lawyers," 07.29.15.
And while we're at it, Law.com has advice about mindfulness for anxious attorneys by the author of a forthcoming book on becoming a happier lawyer.

8. "ABA Panel: Better Student Debt Counseling Needed," 07.29.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA House of Delegates will be asked on Monday to consider a "resolution that calls upon law schools to offer students better financial counseling and to disclose more information about financial aid and their own revenues." (This is part of the Final Report of the ABA's Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education.)

    a. "ABA Should Just Say No to Student Debt Report," 07.24.15.
    Steven J. Harper, writing for the Am Law Daily, urges the ABA House of Delegates to reject the Final Report on the Financing of Legal Education that is being submitted by the ABA's Task Force on Financing Legal Education, arguing that the report does not go nearly far enough in calling out the problem of "marginal law schools...relying on exploding student debt to produce revenue streams that are keeping them alive."

    b. "ABA Task Force Report Dodges Student Debt Reform," 07.29.15.
    Matt Leichter, writing for the Am Law Daily, also weighs in on the ABA task force report, arguing that despite its warning that "the current system of financing law school education harms both students and society," the report does not go nearly far enough in tackling the student debt crisis.

9. "In the Future, More Legal Tech to Serve Corporate Clients," 07.29.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on predictions that "by 2020 technology will take over standardized legal work, such as documentation and due diligence...while the more innovative law firms serving corporations, such as Axiom in New York or Riverview Law in the United Kingdom, will flourish."

10. "Legal Process Outsourcing Comes Back Onshore," 07.29.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that outsourcing for legal departments and law firms is taking place increasingly onshore and LPO service providers are increasingly opening domestic offices.

11. "Four Steps to Take When Changing Firms," 07.29.15.
Four law firm partners, writing for The Recorder, provide advice for success for attorneys who are changing law firms.

12. "NYU Law School will research decline in civil jury trials with $2M gift," 07.29.15.
The ABA Journal reports that New York University School of Law has received a $2 million gift to conduct research on civil juries.

13. "'Elite' Law Firms May Be Among Earlier Adopters of Artificial Intelligence Platforms: Many clients appear to be moving forward with the Watson technology," 07.28.15.
Legaltech News reports that cognitive computing platforms are gaining momentum with law firm corporate clients.

14. "'Best Firms' Report Shows Top 50 Shops for Women," 07.28.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers has released their annual 'Best 50 Law Firms for Women' list.

    a. "50 best law firms for women are named," 07.28.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

15. "California bar exam to be one day shorter, but could be just as difficult," 07.28.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "California bar officials have voted to cut the length of the state's bar exam from three days to two."

16. "BU Law, Alumni Boost Public-Interest Fellowships," 07.28.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Boston University has received a $2 million gift to bolster its public interest fellowship program.

17. "Top 10 Tips for Career Climb," 07.28.15.
The Recorder provides the "top ten pieces of advice to build and maintain a successful legal career."

18. "Fewer Candidates Expected to Sit for July Bar Exam," 07.28.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the number of candidates who were to sit for New York's bar exam this week was expected to be slightly smaller than the group that sat in July 2014.

19. "The 2015 A-List: The New Elite," 07.27.15.
The American Lawyer publishes its 2015 A-List, a ranking of law firms that blends scores for revenue per lawyer, pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity, that this year leaves Paul Hastings in the number one spot again.

20. "Investigation Finds High Dropout Rates at Unaccredited Law Schools," 07.27.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that an Los Angeles Times investigation has revealed that "nearly nine out of 10 students who attend unaccredited law schools in California drop out within four years." Read the LA Times story here.

    a. "90% Drop Out of California's Unaccredited Law Schools," 07.27.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    b. "About 85 percent of law students at California's unaccredited schools drop out," 07.27.15.
    And even more on this from the ABA Journal.

21. "Black Students Are Among the Least-Prepared for College, Report Says," 07.27.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to new research by ACT and the United Negro College Fund, "African-American students' college readiness is lagging compared with that of other underrepresented students."

22. "George Washington U. Won't Make Applicants Submit SAT or ACT Scores," 07.27.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that George Washington University has become one of the most prominent colleges to announce that it will not require the results of standardized testing for college admissions.

    a. "George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests," 07.27.15.
    More on this from The Washington Post.

    b. "George Washington U Goes Test Optional in Admissions," 07.28.15.
    And more on this from Inside Higher Ed.

23. "Mind the Gap: Hot Market for Midlevel Real Estate Associates," 07.27.15.
The Daily Report notes that "midlevel real-estate associates have become a hot commodity."

24. "Schools Collaborate on Baltimore Legal Practice Incubator," 07.27.15. ," 07.27.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law are launching an incubator to help recent graduates launch solo practices while serving low-income clients."

25. "Prelaw Students Sweating Over Earning Good Grades," 07.24.15.
The National Law Journal reports on the results of new survey research by Kaplan Test Prep that showed for 89 percent of LSAT test takers, achieving high grades was the top worry.

26. "The Push Against Performance Reviews," 07.24.15.
The New Yorker reports that many major corporations are rethinking traditional performance evaluations, and in many cases are doing away with them entirely.


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.


July 24, 2015

1. "Indiana Tech Law School Gives 100% Scholarships To Every Student In Effort To Retain 57 2Ls/3Ls, Recruit 20 1Ls In Wake Of Accreditation Denial," 07.23.15.
This just in from the Tax Prof Blog. Just wow.

    a. "Indiana Tech Law Offers Free Ride for All Students," 07.23.15.
    The National Law Journal reports that "Indiana Tech Law School will provide free tuition to every student nest year" — the move comes in the wake of the ABA's decision in June to deny accreditation to the new law school (the school plans to reapply for ABA accreditation rather than appealing that decision).

2. "How to Start Out Successfully on Your First Day of Work," 07.23.15.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides advice for new lawyers on how to have a successful start in a new career.

3. "How a New Report May Hasten the End of Racial Preferences in Admissions," 07.23.15.
The author of a new book on affirmative action, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, reports on new research that shows most colleges did not change their admission practices in the aftermath of the 2013 Fisher decision, and suggests that may embolden opponents of affirmative action as the Court prepares to hear that case again.

4. "Citi Report: Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Dipped in 2nd Quarter," 07.22.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that law firm managing partners expressed lower expectations for improved growth in the legal industry and the economy during the second quarter of 2015 according to the latest managing partner index figures released by Citi Private Bank Law Group.

5. "EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplace," 07.22.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

6. "What Same-Sex Marriage Means for Employers," 07.22.15.
Corporate Counsel looks at some of the issues employers need to consider in the aftermath of the Obergefell decision on same sex marriage, noting that "the decision will primarily impact employers when it comes to benefits administration and mandatory leave laws."

7. "$1 Million Gift for Religious-Freedom Project at Emory Law," 07.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Emory University School of Law has received a gift of $1 million that will fund a four-year project on religious freedom.

8. "Legaltech West and the Rising Influence of Legal Operations," 07.22.15.
Ari Kaplan, writing for LegalTech News, provides a debrief on the recent Legaltech West conference, and writes about the growing primacy of operational efficiency in the delivery of legal services.

9. "Law Firm Combinations Will Continue, But There's a Ceiling, Consultants Say," 07.21.15.
This piece from the Am Law Daily suggests that the legal industry will never see the same sort of consolidation experienced by the accounting industry, for a variety of reasons, including conflicts rules and the relatively small size of the overall legal market.

10. "Lawyers Push to Diversify Major Corporate Legal Departments," 07.21.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the National Asian Pacific Bar Association has kicked off a new initiative to ensure that there are 20 Asian-American lawyers in Fortune 500 hundred general counsel seats by 2020 (there are currently 13).

11. "7 Myths About Campus Diversity," 07.21.15.
More prognosticating on the likely future of affirmative action in college admissions after the rehearing of the Fisher case by the US Supreme Court next term, here in a Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Arthur L. Coleman.

12. "Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?," 07.20.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a recent "LSAT spike fuels hope for enrollment turnaround" among law schools.

13. "Moody's Upgrades Higher Ed's Outlook From 'Negative' to 'Stable'," 07.20.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, citing improvements in the financial health of both public and private colleges, reports that Moody's Investors Service has upgraded its outlook for the higher-education sector from negative to stable — higher education has been assigned a negative outlook since January 2013.

14. "Five Things an Associate May Not Tell Partners in Their Firm," 07.20.15.
A former law firm partner and GC, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, analyzes five things associates are unlikely to tell partners in their firms.

15. "Educators and young lawyer take opposing sides at hearing over academic credit for paid internships," 07.16.15.
The ABA Journal reports on the public hearing held by the ABA last week on the proposed change to the law school accrediting standards that would allow law students to get paid for credit-bearing externships, noting that the Society of American Law Teachers and the Clinical Legal Education Association argued against the change while the ABA Law Student Division argued in favor of it.

16. "Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loan Debt," 07.17.15.
The New York Times takes a look at what may be a growing willingness on the part of some bankruptcy judges to revisit the question of whether federal student loan debt can be discharged in bankruptcy proceedings.

17. "Alumnus' Widow Gives Rutgers Law $1M for Scholarships," 07.17.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the widow of a lawyer who graduated from the Rutgers School of Law — Newark has given the law school $1 million for student scholarships."

18. "Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Results from the Swimming Lessons for Baby Shares/Above the Law Millennial Survey," 07.17.15.
Grover Cleveland, writing for Above the Law, presents the findings from his new survey of millennial lawyers.

19. "Silicon Valley struggles to hack its diversity problem," 07.16.15.
The Washington Post reports that days after Facebook reported on its stubbornly low diversity numbers, "Yahoo disclosed last week that African Americans made up just 2 percent of its workers, while Hispanics stood at 4 percent."

20. "Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools," 07.15.15.
This Huffington Post blog post from Adam Leitman Bailey continues to attract attention: "In order to strive to become one of New York's best real estate law firms we do not hire law school graduates from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia or any of the other traditional highest tier schools."

    a. "Law Firm Imposes Ban on Hiring Ivy League Graduates," 07.15.15.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog takes up the Huffington Post blog post, and speaks with Adam Leitman Bailey.

    b. "We want to be the best, so we don't hire Ivy League law grads, says small-firm chief," 07.16.15.
    The ABA Journal takes a look at this story, noting that the firm says it is looking for lawyers with grit rather than pedigree.

    c. "Law Firm Bans Hiring of New Ivy Grads," 07.20.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

21. "The Micro Law School," 07.07.15.
This Law.com piece suggests that a growing number of law schools with incoming classes of 50 students or fewer are a sign of things to come as law schools rethink the minimum viable size of a law school.




July 17, 2015

1. "Boston Law Schools Launch Joint Practice Incubator," 07.16.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "three Boston law schools [Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern] are teaming up to launch a practice incubator that will serve low- and modest-income clients."

2. "Unpaid Internships Here to Stay?," 07.16.15.
Inside Higher Ed makes the case that last week's federal appellate court ruling on unpaid internships likely means that unpaid internships are not going to go away, as had been widely feared after an initial ruling by the district court.

3. "Is the LSAT overrated by law school officials? Study shows need for holistic assessment, profs say," 07.15.15.
The ABA Journal reports on new research that finds that law schools rely much too heavily on the LSAT in making law school admission decisions.

    a. "New Study Tries to Predict Law School Grades," 07.13.15.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog also reports on this new research that found "law school admission test scores are an overvalued predictor of law school grades."

4. "The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners," 07.15.15.
The American Lawyer announces its list of annual Global Legal Award Winners for 2015, honoring law offices and in-house legal departments that played a substantial role in the most distinguished international work in the last year.

5. "The 2015 GC Compensation Survey," 07.15.15.
Corporate Counsel publishes the results of its annual salary survey of general counsel, including a list of the top 100 in-house earners.

6. "NYU Law Unveils Clemency Pro Bono Law Office," 07.15.15.
The American Lawyer reports that "New York University School of Law is launching a yearlong pro bono law office that will help federal prisoners seek clemency."

7. "Medicine, Law, Business: Which Grad Students Borrow the Most?," 07.15.15.
NPR takes a look at graduate student borrowing, finding that students studying law and medicine borrow the most, typically more than a hundred thousand dollars.

8. "How law firms are innovating when it comes to hiring," 07.15.15.
A law school dean, writing for the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels New Normal column, takes a look at some of the recruiting innovations being undertaken by law firms.

9. "Disrupted: Exploring the Five Forces Changing the Legal Landscape," 07.14.15.
Legaltech News reports on the proceedings at Legaltech West this week, including discussions about emerging trends in e-discovery technology and rapidly changing legal processes.

10. "Female Lawyers Less Likely to Be First Chair Study Finds," 07.14.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that according to new research from the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, "women comprise a disproportionately low percentage of lead trial counsel compared to their representation in the overall legal profession."

11. "After a Dip, Patent Litigation Is on the Rise," 07.14.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "more than 3,000 patent lawsuits were filed in the first six months of the year, the highest number...on record."

12. "Op-Ed: Law School Scholarships Foist Surtax On Neediest: Students with less-educated parents and lower LSAT scores accrue the most debt," 07.13.15.
A law professor, writing for The National Law Journal, uses LSSSE data to argue that the neediest students are doubly disadvantaged in the current model for doling out law school financial aid.

13. "The Withering of a Once-Great State University," 07.13.15.
This Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed provides some insight into the impact of the dramatic changes taking place at the University of Wisconsin.

14. "A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to the Middle Class," 07.13.15.
The New York Times takes a look at the growing role of apprenticeships in the post-recession economy.

15. "The Upside of the Legal Profession's Crisis," 07.13.15.
A law professor at the University of Tennessee, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, identifies four different interlocking trends that are squeezing American lawyers and law schools, and argues that "after some rough sledding, the public, the profession, and the professoriate will all benefit from the laws' transformation." (Subscription required.)

16. "Embracing White Men as Diversity and Inclusion Allies," 07.13.15.
The director of diversity for the Philadelphia Bar Association, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, urges greater engagement of more white men in the diversity and inclusion conversation.

17. "LSAT test takers increase for third time in a row," 07.13.15.
The ABA Journal reports that the number of LSAT test-takers has increased three times in a row after decreasing steadily for 14 test administrations in a row between February 2010 and December 2013, suggesting that perhaps the number of law school applicants has finally bottomed out and may be turning towards positive territory with the next application cycle.

    a. "Jump in LSAT Takers Gives Law Schools Finally Something to Cheer," 07.10.15.
    More on the recent rise in LSAT test-takers from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

18. "Brooklyn Law School Offers a Safety Net for New Students," 07.12.15.
The New York Times reports that "Brooklyn Law School is offering to repay 15 percent of total tuition costs to those who have not found a full-time job nine months after graduating."

    a. "Brooklyn to Offer Partial Refunds to Jobless Grads," 07.14.15.
    The New York Law Journal also reports on the new refund program announced by Brooklyn Law School this week.

    b. "This law school will offer partial tuition refund to grads who don't find full-time jobs," 07.14.15. (ABA Journal)

    c. "Law School: Jobless grads will get some money back," 07.14.15. (Oneida Daily Dispatch)

    d. "Brooklyn Law School pledges to repay 15 percent of tuition if grads are jobless after 9 months," 07.14.15. (The Republic)

    e. "Law School's 15% Refund to Grads Who Can't Find Jobs," 07.13.15. (Inside Higher Ed)

    f. "Brooklyn Law School: Jobless grads will get some money back," 07.13.15. (Newsday)

19. "Duane Morris Tries Different Spin on Summer Externship," 07.10.15.
The Recorder reports that Duane Morris, rather than hosting a traditional summer associate program at its Bay Area offices, instead hosts 3L term-time externs, though the positions do not generally lead to offers to return as associates.

20. "Indiana Law Freezes Tuition, With Three-Year Guarantee," 07.10.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington is freezing and locking in tuition" for the next three years.

21. "OCI Is Around The Corner; How Can Law Students Ace The 20-Minute Interview?," 07.10.15.
A seasonal piece for law students from the folks at Above the Law.

22. "Can An Ex-Lawyer Help Law Firms Hire Better?," 07.10.15.
Forbes takes a look at the work of The Right Profile, lawyer Mark Levin's operation that has worked with the NFL and MLB to try to improve hiring, to see if the psychological testing used in that process can improve the ways that law firms hire lawyers.


July 10, 2015

1. "Court's Decision Clarifies the Role of Unpaid Internships," 07.10.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "last week the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that unpaid internships may be legal as long as the intern is the primary beneficiary of the intern-employer relationship." (Subscription required.)

    a. "Circuit Adopts Employer-Backed Intern Pay Standard," 07.06.15.
    The New York Law Journal reports that the Second Circuit has rejected the Department of Labor's six-factor test for determining whether a company has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by using unpaid interns, and has instead adopted a standard advocated by employers.

    b. "Hollywood intern case dealt setback by federal appeals court," 07.02.15.
    And more on this from the Los Angeles Times.

2. "Pro Bono Report 2015: Treading Water," 07.09.15.
The American Lawyer has published its annual Pro Bono Report, with Jenner & Block and Arnold & Porter earning the number 1 and 2 spots on the list of firms ranked by their US pro bono commitment.

3. "Rutgers Law Given $1M to Promote Public-Interest Jobs," 07.09.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a Rutgers Law alum has donated $1 million to the school to establish the Maida Public Interest Scholars Program that will fund one-year post-graduate fellowships for graduates working in public-interest law.

4. "California's Practical-Skills Plan Alarms Out-of-State Deans," 07.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that deans from around the country are objecting to the State Bar of California's plan to require candidates for admission to the profession to have completed 15 hours of practical training.

5. "New Gowling WLG Leader Says No US Union on Horizon," 07.08.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that "Ottawa-based Gowling Lafleur Henderson and British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. have agreed to merge into a 1,400-lawyer firm called Gowling WLG."

    a. "UK and Canadian firms OK 1,400-lawyer merger of equals, setting stage for more international growth," 07.08.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

6. "Stabilizing the Seismic Shifts of Disruptive Innovations," 07.08.15.
LegalTech News previews the LegalTech West trade show that opens in LA next week in a discussion with panelists about five forces shaping the legal landscape.

7. "As Graduate-Student Debt Booms, Just a Few Colleges Are Largely Responsible," 07.08.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research that shows that a small group of colleges are responsible for a huge share of graduate debt — the institutions include such unlikely bedfellows as NYU and the University of Phoenix. (Subscription required.)

8. "A Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors: Zero in Most States," 07.07.15.
The New York Times reports that new research shows that 66% of states that elect prosecutors have no blacks in those offices, that about 95% of elected state and local prosecutors across the country are white, and 79% are white men.

    a. "Elected prosecutors are mostly white males, study finds," 07.07.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "Harvard, UNC Want Student-Admissions Suits Put on Hold," 07.07.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Harvard University and the University of North Carolina have asked two federal district courts to delay litigation charging them with illegal race-based admissions policies until the US Supreme Court rules next term" in the Fisher case.

10. "New Dean at Illinois Law Negotiated His Salary Down," 07.07.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Vikram David Amar, an associate dean at the University of California, Davis School of Law, will become the next dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.

11. "For Summer Law Interns, the Livin' Is Easy," 07.07.15.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at bells and whistles at some of the 2015 law firm summer associate programs.

    a. "Summer associate perks proliferate: pay is $3,000 a week at some firms," 07.07.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

12. "Disruption: 3 Forces Shaping the Legal Landscape," 07.07.15.
LegalTech News takes a look at three forces that are bringing major disruptive transformation to the legal industry.

13. "Mayer Brown to Form Hong Kong Alliance With China's Jingtian," 07.07.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that Mayer Brown will ally itself with Hong Kong-based Jintian & Gongcheng, potentially giving it access to a large number of Chinese clients.

14. "Gross Revenues Mostly Flat at Clifford Chance, Freshfields," 07.07.15.
The Am Law Daily reports on the 2014-2015 fiscal year financial performance of the Magic Circle firms.

15. "Education Dept. Dismisses Asian-American Groups' Bias Complaint Against Harvard," 07.07.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the US Department of Education has dismissed a complaint against Harvard University that asserted it had discriminated against Asian-American students in undergraduate admissions; the complaint was dismissed because a similar lawsuit is being considered by a federal court (see above at number 9).

16. "Education Dept. Takes Steps to Ease Repayment for Student-Loan Borrowers," 07.07.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Department of Education will publish a proposed rule that would expand the Pay-as-You-Earn income-based federal loan repayment program.

17. "Why the Boss Is Younger Than You Are: Generational changes in the executive suite as more companies hire chiefs in their late 40s," 07.07.15.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Generation X is moving into the corner office in corporate America. (Subscription required.)

18. "Law Firms Consolidating at a Record Setting Pace," 07.06.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that "the pace of law firm mergers is steadily increasing, according to a report released Monday by legal consultancy Altman Weil."

    a. "Law firm mergers continue at a blazing pace, survey finds," 07.06.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

19. "Suits by law profs claim they were fired for opposing law school's sale to InfiLaw," 07.06.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "two tenured law professors at Charleston School of Law have filed lawsuits claiming they were fired because they opposed the school's sale to InfiLaw."

20. "LSU Law Dean Steps Aside, Citing Faculty Dissent," 07.06.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Jack Weiss, dean and chancellor of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center has announced that he will resign as of August 1.

21. "Law Clinics Answer the Call," 07.06.15.
The National Law Journal reports that an increasing number of law schools have clinics that are serving the legal needs of military veterans.

22. "Jobs Report: Legal Services Industry Takes a Hit," 07.02.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that the latest USBLS jobs data show that the legal services industry lost 800 jobs in June, while showing a net gain of 2,000 jobs in the 12-month period ending in June 2015.

23. "Class Certification Denied in Suit Over Widener Law Job Stats," 07.02.15.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that "a federal judge in Newark has denied class certification in a suit brought on behalf of graduates of Widener University School of Law who claimed the school's marketing materials overstated their postgraduate job prospects."

    a. "Suit claiming Widener law school used misleading job stats can't proceed as class action, judge says," 07.06.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

24. "Ontario court upholds Law Society's decision not to accredit Trinity Wesleyan University," 07.02.15.
The Star reports that "an Ontario court has upheld the Law Society of Upper Canada's decision not to accredit an evangelical Christian law school that forbids students from having sex outside of heterosexual marriage."

25. "Widener Split Takes Effect: There Are Two Law Schools Now," 07.02.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Widener University's two law school campuses began operating as separate law schools last week, after announcing the separation in March.

26. "Partner Pay Spreads: Minding the Gap," 07.02.15.
The American Lawyer provides partner pay spread data for 103 Am Law 200 firms.



July 2, 2015

1. "Signs of Slower Growth for US Firms in Asia," 07.01.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that based on the results of the most recent NLJ 250 and 350 surveys, lawyer hiring by US law firms in Asia, while showing remarkable growth over the last ten years, is beginning to slow.

2. "McKenna and Dentons Seal the Deal," 07.01.15.
The Daily Report notes that "McKenna Long & Aldridge's long-awaited merger with global megafirm Dentons took effect Wednesday."

    a. "Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot," 07.01.15.
    The Am Law Daily interviews Dentons global chair Joe Andrews and global CEO Elliott Portnoy as the much-reported merger with McKenna finally takes place.

3. "In This Alternative Universe, Harvard Law Ranks No. 1," 07.01.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a University of North Carolina law professor has published an alternative law school rankings list: "The simplified formula produced results markedly similar to the US News rankings. In fact, the same top 15 schools land on both lists, just a handful moving more than a few spots."

4. "Goodwin Procter Leader Says Firm Committed to Diversity, Growth," 07.01.15.
The Am Law Daily interviews Goodwin Procter Chair David Hashmall, successor to longtime leader Regina Pisa.

5. "The Rise of Compliance," 06.30.15.
Today's General Counsel, repurposing a story from Bloomberg, reports on the fast-growing rise of the career field of compliance since the 2008 financial crisis. (The original Bloomberg story can be found here.)

6. "Impacts of Marriage Equality on Benefits and HR Policies," 06.30.15.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at the implications of the US Supreme Court's ruling last week in Obergefell v. Hodges on employers' policies and benefits, noting that in states without LGBT workplace protections, the new ruling does not prevent employers from discriminating against LGBT employees.

    a. "Fate of Domestic Partner Benefits in Question After Marriage Ruling," 06.28.15.
    The New York Times takes a look at domestic partnership hiring in the aftermath of the Court's ruling on marriage equality, noting that some corporations have already eliminated some domestic partnership benefits in states that have previously approved same-sex marriage.

    b. "What the Landmark Ruling on Gay Marriage Means for Higher Education," 06.26.15.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at what the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality is likely to mean for colleges and universities.

7. "Supreme Court to Weigh Race in College Admissions," 06.29.15.
The New York Times reports that "the Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take a second look at the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, reviving a potent challenge to affirmative action in higher education."

    a. "Justices Take UT Affirmative Action Case for Second Time: High court agrees to review admissions policy at University of Texas at Austin," 06.29.15.
    The National Law Journal reports on the SCOTUS decision this week to grant review in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case for which a decision can be expected at this time next year.

    b. "Colleges Brace for Supreme Court Review of Race-Based Admissions," 06.30.15.
    The New York Times takes a look at what effect a broad general statement by the Supreme Court that it's unconstitutional to consider race in college admissions would likely have on both public and private colleges and universities across the country.

    c. "What to Expect as the Supreme Court Revisits Race in Admissions," 06.30.15.
    More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription required.).

    d. "Affirmative Action at Risk in Supreme Court Case," 06.30.15.
    And a bit more from Inside Higher Ed.

8. "Quinn Emanuel to Scale Back Summer Associate Program," 06.29.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has announced that it will mostly eliminate its summer associate program beginning in 2016, in favor of recruiting 3Ls and former law clerks.

    a. "Quinn Emanuel to slash summer associate program; savings will go to signing bonuses," 06.29.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

    b. "Quinn Explains Decision to Whack Summer Program," 07.01.15.
    The Recorder interviews Quinn Emanuel chair John Quinn about the firm's decision to mostly do away with its summer associate program.

9. "Special Report: The Justice Gap," 06.29.15.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on the justice gap.

    a. "How Big Law is Failing Legal Aid," 06.29.15. (The American Lawyer)

    b. "Editorial: Big Law and Legal Aid," 06.29.15. (The American Lawyer)

    c. "Fellowships Are Another Way to Support Legal Aid," 06.29.15. (The American Lawyer)

10. "Washington State Experiments with Legal Technicians," 06.29.15.
Bloomberg BNA reports on the first graduates of Washington's Limited License Legal Technicians who passed their licensing exams in May (legal technicians will have more authority than a paralegal and less authority than a lawyer, according to the article).

11. "National Cannabis Bar Association's Shabnam Malek," 06.29.15.
The Recorder reports on the formation of the National Cannabis Bar Association to support the budding practice of marijuana law (recall that the University of Denver now has an endowed professorship in marijuana law and policy).

    a. "Self-Described 'Cannabis College' Sprouts Offshoots as More States Legalize Marijuana," 06.30.15.
    And because why not, here is a related story from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

12. "Behind Silicon Valley's Self-Critical Tone on Diversity, a Lack of Progress," 06.28.15.
More from The New York Times on the dismal lack of diversity among employees at Silicon Valley technology firms, prompted this time by Facebook's release of its workplace diversity numbers this week.

13. "End of the corner office: DC law firm designs its new space for millennials," 06.21.15.
The Washington Post reports that Nixon Peabody will move from traditional office space to new space that is designed for modern times with all offices the same size, lots of glass walls, and common meeting, conference and work spaces throughout.

14. "Chinese, More than Americans, See Benefits of US Law Degree," 06.15.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that based on the most recent test and application data from the Law School Admission Council, even as the overall number of law school applications continues to fall, applications from Chinese students for both JD and LLM degree programs are soaring (applications from Chinese JD candidates were up 63% between 2008 and 2014).



June 26, 2015

1. "Dechert Preparing Leadership Transition," 06.26.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Dechert is about to begin a yearlong leadership transition as the firm announced changes to half of its two-person executive team."

2. "First Pro Bono Scholars Admitted to the Bar," 06.25.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the first class of Pro Bono Scholars [in New York], a program that allows 3L students to spend their final semesters of law school working in the field, was sworn in this week."

3. "From Fitbit to Fogo de Chao, Big Firm Lawyers Enjoying IPO Party," 06.25.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that despite a slowdown in Silicon Valley IPOs, June is shaping up to be the best month by volume for IPOs since 1999.

4. "Michigan State Helps Lawyers, Students Harness Social Media," 06.25.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Michigan State University College of Law will host a two-day social-media workshop for students and lawyers.

5. "Education Department Now Plans a College-Rating System Minus the Ratings," 06.25.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the US Department of Education has reversed course on its plans to publish a college-ratings system, and has announced that it will instead publish a "customizable, consumer-oriented website."

6. "Money never sleeps: First-year business graduates on Wall Street are earning more than ever raking in salaries of $125,000 but they are working fewer hours," 06.25.15.
The Daily Mail reports that "new business school graduates are making more money than ever on Wall Street [nearly 43% of new business school graduates will make $125,000 in 2014], but are working fewer hours and taking more weekends off, a recent study found."

7. "Can an Algorithm Hire Better Than a Human?," 06.25.15.
An interesting Upshot column in The New York Times explores whether new, automated, software driven hiring processes can do a better job than human beings when it comes to hiring highly skilled, more diverse candidates who are a better match for employers.

8. "Fordham Expands Fashion Law Studies With Degree Programs," 06.24.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Fordham University School of Law has introduced an LL.M. in fashion law, as well as a related master of studies for nonlawyers: "the school announced the programs on Monday with a press conference that featured Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America."

9. "Why Firms Need Three Women at the Top (Not Just One)," 06.23.15.
The American Lawyer reports on new research that shows that "firms that had compensation committees with two or more women members typically also had near-parity in compensation among men and women equity partners."

10. "DC to Allow Laptops For Bar Exam Essay," 06.23.15.
The Legal Times reports that the DC Court of Appeals has announced that July bar exam candidates for the District of Columbia will be able to use laptops for the essay portion of the exam, catching the District up with at least 43 states that now allow laptops for that purpose.

11. "In Pricey Markets, Midsize Firms Must Acquire to Grow," 06.23.15.
The Legal Intelligencer makes the case that midsize firms grow best through merger and acquisition, rather than opening new offices in expensive markets.

12. "Female Deans Taking Charge: They make up 40 percent of incoming leadership," 06.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that women make up 30 percent of law school deans and 40 percent of incoming law deans.

13. "Northwestern Law Rolls Out Program for STEM Students," 06.22.15.
Legaltech News reports that Northwestern University School of Law has rolled out a one-year masters of science in law degree program for students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) backgrounds.

14. "State Senate Proposes Stripping $3M from UNC Law," 06.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a budget amendment that would cut $3 million dollars from the law school in Chapel Hill.

15. "First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to DC Federal District Court," 06.22.15.
The Legal Times reports that "US District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the US District Court for the District of Columbia."

16. "ABA Task Force: Bring Law School Costs Down," 06.19.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education has issued its report and recommendations, calling on law schools to experiment with ways of making the law degree more affordable.

    a. "ABA task force on law school financing calls for reforms," 06.19.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

17. "New Rule Spells Trouble for For-Profit Law Schools," 06.19.15.
Matt Leichter, writing for The American Lawyer, takes a look at what effect the US Department of Education's 'gainful employment rule' would have on the small handful of for-profit law schools that are accredited by the ABA.

18. "After a Break, Women Find Path Back to Law," 06.19.15.
The Recorder reports that six of the seven women who have completed Caren Ulrich Stacy's OnRamp fellowship have landed permanent jobs with law firms.

19. "Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power," 06.19.15.
ALM's Careerist blogger Vivia Chen takes a look at the Women in Law Empowerment Forum's Gold Standard Certification list and finds some good news for women and power in American law firms.

20. "State Bar Governors Narrowly Approve Incubator Program Funding," 06.19.15.
The Daily Report reports that "the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors on Friday narrowly approved funding for a new lawyer incubator program through which up to 30 new graduates from Georgia law schools will receive mentoring, office space and other help to start small practices."

21. "Inside the Boom: Lawyers, Oil Workers And Me," 06.19.15.
Inside Energy reports on the wave of young lawyers moving to North Dakota to take advantage of the work afforded by the oil boom there: "North Dakota is probably the only place in America where you can safely say there aren't enough lawyers."

22. "Can the Incubator Movement Help Save Legal Education?," 06.18.15.
Dan Lear, writing for Law.com, questions what role the burgeoning legal incubator movement can have on the overall chronic problem of the underemployment of recent law school grads.

23. "IPO Slump Throws Valley Lawyers a Curve," 06.18.15.
The Recorder reports that IPO activity in the first half of 2015 is down markedly from last year, causing a slowdown for lawyers who work in this area.



June 19, 2015

1. "State Bar Updates Guidelines on Use of Social Media," 06.18.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the New York State Bar Association has issued new guidelines on lawyer use of social media, including a statement that knowledge about how social media work is a required core skill and basic competence for lawyers practicing in New York.

2. "Dean's Job at New Mexico Law Called Too Big for One Person," 06.17.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of New Mexico School of Law has named co-deans to the school — Alfred Mathewson and Sergio Pareja are both professors at the law school.

3. "Dean of Syracuse Law to Leave Post," 06.17.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Hannah Arterian, dean of the Syracuse University College of Law for the last 13 years, will step down from her post Aug. 1."

4. "Put Lawyers Where They're Needed," 06.17.15.
This New York Times op-ed argues that we ought to be able to close the justice gap by matching unemployed and underemployed law school graduates with the millions of Americans who lack access to basic legal services.

5. "The Rise of Student Debt for Those Who Get Degrees," 06.16.15.
University of Michigan professor Susan Dynarski, writing for The New York Times Upshot column, looks at student borrowing levels for those who earn degrees: "Of the $1.2 trillion in outstanding student-loan debt, 40 percent is borrowing for graduate school. Borrowing is highest among law and medical graduates; their median debt (combined undergraduate and graduate) is $141,000 and $162,000, respectively, for 2012 graduates."

6. "Law Schools: Give Migrant Children Legal Representation," 06.16.15.
The National Law Journal reports that 13 Jesuit law schools have partnered to make the case that the US government should guarantee legal representation to unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.

7. "Public Interest Leadership Changes Reflect National Trend," 06.15.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that recent changes in leadership at public interest legal organizations in that city reflect changes happening nationwide as many baby-boomers in leadership roles in legal services age out at the end of their careers.

8. "Technology Is Necessary to Serve Client Needs," 06.15.15.
This piece in Legaltech News argues that technology has become a necessary, not optional, condition of serving a client's needs.

9. "Five Things Your In-House Client is Unlikely to Tell You," 06.15.15.
This column in The Legal Intelligencer presents "five things that in-house lawyers are unlikely to tell the private practice lawyers with whom they work."

10. "The NLJ 350 Regional Report," 06.15.15.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual regional analysis of its NLJ 350 survey results, including data by city, state and country.

    a. "Growth — Or Lack of It — in NLJ 350 Cities," 06.15.15.
    Leigh Jones, writing for The National Law Journal, looks at lawyer headcount increases and decreases in firms by city (for example Minneapolis, Miami, and Philadelphia saw headcounts increase while Phoenix and Dallas saw marked decreases).

11. "NYLJ 100," 06.12.15.
The New York Law Journal publishes is annual analysis of law firm lawyer headcount within the state: "After years of post-recession stagnant or shrinking head counts, New York state's largest 100 law firms showed solid growth in 2014, with gains spread across the New York City multinationals as well as the statewide regionals."

12. "Dell and Axiom Partner in Five-Year Managed Services Contract," 06.12.15.
Legaltech News reports that Dell and Axiom have entered into a multi-year partnership in which "Axiom will provide a managed service to capture, manage, report and analyze legal and commercial information in Dell's worldwide sales agreements."

13. "Law school applications continue to fall," 06.11.15.
The ABA Journal reports that with about 95% of applications in for this cycle, the Law School Admission Council has reported that law school applications are down a further 4.6% for the fall of 2015.

    a. "Law School Applications Keep Falling," 06.09.15.
    More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

14. "Colleges Should Share the Risk for Student Loan Defaults," 06.08.15.
An economics professor, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that it would be in the best interests of students, taxpayers, and the economy if colleges were penalized in proportion to the percentage of their graduates who default on their student loans.



June 12, 2015

1. "Arizona Summit Defends Encouraging Grads to Delay Bar Exam," 06.11.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the dean at Arizona Summit Law School has responded to charges that it paid low achieving students to postpone taking the bar exam, explaining that the program was meant to allow students more time to prepare for the test.

2. "Research and Writing Will Help You Beyond Law School," 06.11.15.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, makes the case for the importance of young lawyers writing for publication — from blog posts to industry newsletter to journals and magazines.

3. "ABA Denies Accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School," 06.10.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA has denied provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School.

4. "New Report: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Critical to Access to Justice," 06.10.15.
NLADA has released new survey results that show that "dramatically reducing student loan forgiveness for lawyers working in the public interest would profoundly diminish access to justice for low-income people."

5. "Interactive Chart: Law Firm Diversity Remains Elusive," 06.09.15.
The American Lawyer uses data from its recently published Diversity Scorecard report to create an interactive graphic that charts the number of minority lawyers at 220 firms.

6. "Littler Cuts 113 California Employees," 06.09.15.
The Recorder reports that "Littler Mendelson is eliminating 113 staff positions in California as it moves forward with its plan to consolidate some operations at its global services center in Kansas City, Missouri."

7. "Maryland Launches LLMs in Crisis Management, Cybersecurity," 06.09.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has launched two new post-JD graduate programs.

8. "The NLJ 350," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual NLJ 350 analysis, noting that the entire group of top-earning law firms grew by just 900 lawyers in 2014, for a growth rate of 0.6%.

    a. "A No-Growth Year for Nation's Largest Law Firms: Less than 1 percent increase in total partners and zero expansion in associate ranks in 2014," 06.08.15.
    More on this from the NLJ's Am Law 350 analysis.

    b. "Associate Hiring Stood Still at Firms Last Year: The number of junior lawyers fell by 27 on the entire NLJ 350, dropping 0.04 percent," 06.08.14.
    And more analysis from The National Law Journal, rubbing salt in the wound.

9. "Elite Female Lawyers Still See Few Name Partners Among Them: The NLJ honors 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports on its event this week that honored 75 female lawyers who excel in the profession. A complete list of the NLJ's Outstanding Women Lawyers can be found here.

10. "Plan to Allow Paid Law Student Externships Advances in ABA," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has voted to put out for a period of public comment a proposal that would allow law students to earn both pay and academic credit for externships.

    a. "Proposal to allow academic credit for paid externships moves forward in ABA," 06.08.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

11. "Concordia Law Secures Provisional ABA Accreditation," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted over the weekend to provisionally accredit Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho.

12. "Transactions Attorney Tapped as North Carolina Law Dean," 06.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of North Carolina School of Law has named law firm partner Martin Brinkley to be its next dean.

13. "Obama names trans attorney to presidential commission," 06.08.15.
The Blade reports that "the White House announced on Monday President Obama has appointed civil rights attorney and long-time LGBT advocate Shannon Minter to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, making him among the senior transgender appointees in the Obama administration." (You may recognize Minter as long-time NALP friend and resource on transgender issues — he has been a frequent NALP conference speaker and contributor to the NALP Bulletin.)

14. "Jobs Report: Legal Employment Inched Ahead in May," 06.05.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that the USBLS jobs data for May show that the legal sector gained a mere 300 jobs in May, notching overall growth of 3,400 jobs for the 12-month period ending in May 2015.

15. "Interim Dean Gets Top Job At Wake Forest Law," 06.05.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Suzanne Reynolds, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and the current acting dean has been named dean of the law school effective July 1, marking the first time the school has selected a woman for the position.

16. "Summer Hiring Plateaus Again, Despite Some Signs of Life," 06.04.15.
The New Jersey Law Journal takes a look at law firm summer hiring volume in New Jersey.


June 5, 2015

1. "New Data Shows Patent Litigation Filings Up in 2015," 06.05.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that the number of patent lawsuits filed in federal courts was up in the first five months of 2015.

2. "Infilaw Paying Law Grads To Put Off Bar Exam," 06.04.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a lawsuit has been filed that alleges Infilaw Corp., the company that owns Arizona Summit Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law, and Charlotte School of Law, "in May 2014 began paying poorly performing students $5,000 to delay taking the bar exam to prop up declining bar-passage rates."

3. "UCLA Law Selects Evidence Expert Mnookin as Its Dean," 06.04.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law has selected professor Jennifer Mnookin as its next dean."

4. "Albany Law, University Move Toward Partnership," 06.04.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Albany Law School and the University at Albany announced they are finalizing an agreement to affiliate."

5. "Paid Law Student Externships Top ABA Council's Agenda," 06.03.15.
The National Law Journal reports that when they meet this weekend in Minneapolis the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will again take up the question of whether law schools can grant students academic credit for externships that pay.

6. "First Female Leader Takes Over as McDermott's DC Partner-in-Charge," 06.03.15.
The Legal Times reports that Carolyn Gleason will take over as the lead the Washington, DC office of McDermott Will & Emery.

7. "For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is Even Wider Than the Enrollment Gap," 06.02.15.
The New York Times Upshot column takes a look at new research on socioeconomic status and college completion rates, noting that educational achievement does not explain the gap in bachelor's degree completion rates: "a poor teenager with top scores and a rich teenager with mediocre scores are equally likely to graduate with a bachelor's degree."

8. "We don't need fewer lawyers. We need cheaper ones," 06.02.15.
The Washington Post tackles the vexing twin issues of unemployed law school graduates with massive loan debt and the worsening access to justice gap in the United States.

9. "Affinity Groups Are the Path to Inclusion," 06.02.15.
A senior associate and law firm diversity committee member, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, argues that affinity groups can serve as an important hub for the professional development of women and minority attorneys.

10. "Seven people pass test to become nation's first legal technicians," 06.02.15.
The ABA Journal reports that nine people took Washington state's first exam for limited license legal technicians, and seven of them passed.

11. "A New Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives," 06.02.15.
A law firm diversity director, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, argues for diversity and inclusion engagement through leadership development.

12. "Watch out college professors, the robots are coming for your jobs," 06.02.15.
Well this is fun. Citing a 1963 Jetsons episode, The Washington Post posits that robot professors might well be the future of higher education.

13. "Seven partners will share $38 million in first UK law firm IPO," 06.01.15.
The Financial Post reports that the law firm of Gately will be the first UK law firm to go public under the UK Legal Services Act, making 30 percent of the firm available to the public.

14. "Google's diversity numbers changed little in past year," 06.01.15.
It's not just law firms. The Washington Post reports that Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies continue to have "dismally small numbers of women and minorities."

15. "A New Career Path — Legal Residencies: Paid, two-year program imparts practical skills," 06.01.15.
The National Law Journal looks at the arrival of legal residency programs, modeled on medical residency programs, notably with alternative legal services providers.

16. "$1M Gift to Northwestern Law Benefits Health Initiative," 06.01.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Northwestern University School of Law will expand its global Access to Health Project with a $1 million donation from [a] university alumnus."

17. "Legal Aid Jobs Await Law School Graduates," 06.01.15.
A law professor, writing for The National Law Journal, makes the case that working for low- and middle-income clients can be a rewarding way to practice law but that recent law school graduates need more financial incentive to be able to make it work.

18. "Empire State Merger Could Forge A New Am Law 200 Firm," 06.01.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that "New York-based Hiscock & Barclay and Buffalo, New York-based Damon Morney have agreed to combine operations into a 275 lawyer entity called Barclay Damon."

19. "Contract Attorneys Push for Better Pay, Working Conditions," 06.01.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports on the formation of United Contract Attorneys, a new group called that seeks to raise awareness and combat "poor conditions for document reviewers." (The Wall Street Journal also reports on a related law suit: "Lawyer Sues Skadden for Overtime: Lawsuit claims document-review work should qualify for overtime pay." Subscription required.)

20. "The End of Lockstep? Not So Fast," 06.01.15.
The Am Law Daily, noting that venerable UK law firm Linklaters is modifying its lockstep, takes a look at the evolution (not death) of this compensation system.

21. "The 2015 IP Hot List," 06.01.15.
The National Law Journal presents its annual IP Hot List, recognizing "15 law firms that accomplish great things in the realm of intellectual property law."

22. "City firm announces first articled apprenticeships," 06.01.15.
The Law Society Gazette in the UK reports that "global firm Mayer Brown has become the first firm to offer an articled apprentice program...a non-graduate route to qualification as a solicitor." (Hat tip to Jordan Furlong for bringing this one to our attention.)

23. "Arnold & Porter, Others Make Best Firms for Families List," 05.29.15.
The National Law Journal reports on he 2015 release of the Yale Law Women's list of 10 most family-friendly firmst.

24. "New Dean Hopes to Promote Toledo Law's Intimate Environment," 05.28.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Widener University School of Law Associate Dean Benjamin Barros has been named the new dean at the University of Toledo College of Law.

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