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.


Week Ending October 31, 2014

1. "Paralegals and legal assistants are taking on expanded duties," 11.01.14.
The ABA Journal reports that paralegals are becoming law firms' go-to technology staffers.

2. "Special Report: Big Law's Reality Check," 10.29.14.
The American Lawyer provides an exceptionally good analysis of the current market written by ALM publisher Aric Press and his team at ALM Legal Intelligence.

    a. "Has the BigLaw recovery arrived? Revenue per lawyer is at a low point, when adjusted for inflation," 10.30.14.
    The ABA Journal highlights the Aric Press piece in The American Lawyer.

3. "Thomas Jefferson sells building, claims solid financial footing," 10.29.14.
The National Jurist reports that Thomas Jefferson Law School has sold its building to bond holders as part of a major debt restructuring deal under terms that will have the school renting the building back from its new owners.

    a. "Thomas Jefferson Law Restructures, Slashes Debt by $87M," 10.30.14.
    More on this from The National Law Journal.

4. "Rules for Effective Client Communications," 10.29.14.
A trial lawyer, writing for The Recorder, offers his simple rules for communicating with clients.

5. "Have the Money Talk With Associates," 10.29.14.
The Daily Report offers advice about talking to associates about law firm financials.

6. "Diversity in Academe," 10.29.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has published its annual special report on diversity in higher education, focusing this year on black men, with more than a dozen articles and opinion pieces that take up the topic.

7. "Big Ten and the Next Big Thing: Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions," 10.28.14.
Inside Higher Ed reports that three Big Ten-affiliated universities are experimenting with competency-based programs — Michigan, Purdue, and Wisconsin have each announced programs that will try a different form of instruction, affirming a new emphasis on student learning outcomes.

8. "Avvo launches service providing on-demand legal advice for a fixed fee," 10.27.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Avvo Inc., has launched a new on-demand legal service that provides legal advice at a fixed rate: "Users of Avvo Advisor pay $39 for a 15-minute conversation with an attorney. Users enter their zip code and the nature of their legal inquiry and...then get a phone call from an attorney within 15 minutes or they get a refund."

9. "LegalZoom products will be sold at a discount through Sam's Club," 10.27.14.
The ABA Journal reports that LegalZoom and Sam's Club have announced a partnership to develop multiple legal solutions for Sam's Club members, including a suite of estate planning products.

10. "Hiring up at law firms, but far from pre-recession levels," 10.26.14.
Crain's Detroit Business reports on the rebounding legal employment market in Detroit.

11. "Survey: Profession Still Struggling for Equal Opportunity," 10.24.14.
The National Law Journal reporting on the publication of the NALP Foundation's After the JD III, notes that "the profession is still struggling to establish race and gender equality."

    a. "Racial and Gender Inequality Still Prevalent in Legal Industry," 10.24.14.
    More on the AJD III study results from JD Journal.

12. "Law School Carnage Enters Its Fifth Year," 10.24.14.
Paul Caron, writing for the TaxProf blog, provides graphics to show just what the dramatic four-year decline (now entering its fifth year) in LSAT test-takers looks like.

    a. "Number of LSAT Takers Continues to Slide," 10.24.14.
    More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog: "test takers are on pace to reach lows that we haven't seen since the late 1990s."

13. "Law School Admissions Officers Guardedly Optimistic," 10.28.14.
Notwithstanding the continuing decline in LSATs being taken, The National Law Journal reports that a Kaplan survey finds law school admission officers optimistic that the downward trend in the number of law school applicants will reverse itself.

    a. "Are Law Schools Getting Less Gloomy About the Future?," 10.27.14.
    And more about the allegedly upbeat attitude at law schools from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

14. "What Partners Do That Non-Partners Don't," 10.20.14.
A good blog post from Juliet Aiken, Lori Berman, and Heather Bock, published here on the Talent Think Tank blog, arguing that partners make plans and seek feedback far more regularly than non-partners. (Hat tip to Caren Ulrich Stacy.)

15. "What Law Schools Can Learn from Dental Schools in the 1980s Regarding the Consequences of a Decline in Applications," 10.20.14.
Jerry Organ, writing earlier this month for the Legal Whiteboard Blog, looks to the dental school closings of the 1980s to try to predict what will happen to law schools and his prognosis is not good.



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.


Week Ending October 24, 2014

1. "Major New Research Study on Lawyer Careers Reveals a Changing Profession, but Little Progress on Race and Gender Equality," 10.23.14.
The NALP Foundation and The American Bar Foundation have formally announced the publication of After the JD III: Third Results of a National Study of Legal Careers, a study that examines factors such as legal education, debt, job mobility, race and gender, family formation, and the impact of the Great Recession on a cohort of lawyers who joined the profession in 2000.

2. "Kaye Scholer says goodbye to old offices and 95% of its law books," 10.23.14.
In a sign of the times, the ABA Journal reports that when Kaye Scholer recently moved offices in Manhattan, it got rid of 95% of its library holdings.

3. "Once-booming Boston law firm struggles to survive: Boston's Bingham McCutchen may resort to merger," 10.22.14.
The Boston Globe speaks with Bingham managing partner Steven Browne about the firm's potential merger with Morgan Lewis, and about the less likely prospect of the firm filing for bankruptcy.

    a. "Bingham Faces Internal Battle Amid Uncertain Future With Morgan Lewis," 10.22.14.
    More (much more, actually) on the current state of affairs at Bingham from the Am Law Daily. (With links to this week's Wall Street Journal, ABA Journal, Bloomberg, and other stories related to these developments.)

4. "LSAT test-taker numbers down again in October," 10.22.14.
The Law School Admission Council sent an email to its members on Wednesday reporting that the number of October LSAT test-takers was down 8.1% from last October; the overall number of test-takers has fallen 40% since the 2009-2010 testing year, and test-taker volume for the October test administration, historically the largest test administration of the year, has fallen 50% since the October 2009 test administration (complete and up to date LSAT volume data can be found on the LSAC website).

5. "As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age," 10.22.14.
The ABA Journal reviews a blog post by law professor Bill Henderson who argues that even though there have been more law school graduates, it has been harder for them to get absorbed into the legal job market, leading many of them into non-legal jobs, and as a result the median age of practicing lawyers has actually been getting higher. (See Henderson's Legal White Board post here.)

6. "Harvard Law Graduates Top Salary Survey: Alumni Earn More Than Those of Any Other Graduate School by Career Midpoint," 10.22.14.
The Wall Street Journal reports on new salary data from more than 600 graduate schools that show, among other things, that "the midcareer median salary for seven of the top 10 graduate programs were law schools." (Subscription required.)

    a. "Why Huge Salaries Don't Necessarily Make Law Grads Rich," 10.22.14.
    More on the new mid-career salary data for graduate school degree-holders, from Bloomberg Businessweek.

7. "Mentorship: Why You Need It, and Why You Might Have to Work to Get It," 10.22.14.
This piece in the Daily Report argues that mastery of basic lawyer competencies comes much faster to young lawyers with good mentors, and that this happens much more readily at smaller law firms.

8. "Wayne State law school guarantees scholarships to every incoming student," 10.22.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Wayne State University Law School has announced that it will freeze incoming tuition and will guarantee every incoming student a scholarship of at least $4,000 (a figure that amounts to a 14% tuition cut for all incoming students).

9. "Repair or Replace: Essay on the nature of change in education and the media," 10.21.14.
A very interesting piece in Inside Higher Ed on the challenges facing higher education, challenges that are not unlike those, the article argues, that have faced the newspaper and book businesses in recent years.

10. "Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live," 10.20.14.
The New York Times reports on new research that describes a shift in where college-educated people aged 25 to 34 are choosing to live, and while their destinations are mostly urban, some of their choices may surprise you.

11. "Law schools revamp for new era and anemic job market," 10.20.14.
The News & Observer reports on changes that are happening at law schools in North Carolina as they attempt to adapt to falling enrollment and a sluggish demand for new law school graduates.

12. "Elon School of Law Placing Practical Training 'On Steroids'," 10.20.14.
The National Law Journal reports on Elon University School of Law's new program of study for the JD degree, a program that will be shorter in length and focus much more heavily on practical skills training.

13. "Partner Exits Magnify Woes of Destabilized Firms: When Stronger Lawyers Leave, Turnaround Efforts Get Harder," 10.19.14.
The Wall Street Journal takes a hard look at partner departures, noting that while switching firms no longer carries a stigma for lawyers, it can have a terrifically destabilizing effect on law firms. (Subscription required.)

14. "Maryland program seeks connection between HBCUs, law school," 10.19.14.
USA Today reports on a program in Maryland that is preparing students from historically black colleges and universities for law school — the program includes a prelaw bootcamp as well as scholarships to attend law school.

15. "College Brings Opportunity, but Paying for It Offers Challenges, Fed Chair Says," 10.17.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on formal remarks on higher education delivered last week by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who said that while the return on investment in higher education had grown, the growth of the debt burden required of some makes it less attainable than it used to be.

16. "Partner compensation: Start making sense," 10.16.14.
A very thoughtful article on partner compensation by the ever-wise Jordan Furlong, published here in his Law21 blog.



Week Ending October 17, 2014

1. "Better Leadership, Better Gender Balance," 10.17.14.
Corporate Counsel reviews an article from the Harvard Business Review that argues that gender imbalance in the workplace is a leadership problem.

2. "Underemployment Hits Recent Graduates the Hardest," 10.17.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that new survey research suggests that "graduates over a broad range of college majors have significant levels of underemployment.... [C]riminal justice, business management, and sociology...have underemployment rates of over 50 percent."

3. "Texas Ethics Committee to Reconsider Opinion 642: The Texas Ethics Committee has agreed to reconsider its prohibition of 'officers' and 'principals' in non-lawyer job titles," 10.16.14.
Law Technology News reports that the Texas Ethics Committee has issued letters saying it will reconsider its ban on C-Suite job titles for non-lawyers.

4. "How Global 100 Firms Rate on Pro Bono Work: Our first survey of pro bono efforts among non-US global law firms," 10.15.14.
The American Lawyer reports on pro bono hours outside of the US, finding that non-US lawyers lag far behind their American peers when it comes to pro bono hours worked.

5. "Albany Law School Dean Says She Will Step Aside," 10.15.14.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Penelope Andrews, the president and dean of Albany Law School, has announced she will resign at the end of the school year, concluding three years in the role."

6. "On Campuses and Beyond, the Job Market for New Graduates Looks Up," 10.14.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to new survey research, job growth for new college graduates is expected to increase in double digits during 2014-15, the result of a decade of pent-up demand. ("Why the brighter outlook? The economy is improving, employers are looking ahead, and retirements are starting to trickle out.")

    a. "Job Prospects Are Up for New Graduates," 10.14.14.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "Industries anticipating the most significant growth are information services (up 51 percent over last year) and finance and insurance (up 31 percent)."

7. "Cardozo Law Offers New Technology Programs: Reed Smith's Patrick Burke serves as executive director of the new Cardozo Data Law Initiative," 10.14.14.
Law Technology News reports that Cardozo has announced multiple new programs focused on technology that are "designed to prepare students for legal challenges brought by the rapidly changing tech world."

8. "First-Year Associates Handbook," 10.14.14.
The New York Law Journal has published a special feature for new associates that offers advice for new law firm lawyers from partners, consultants, and senior associates.

9. "Law school applications plummet - at U of L too," 10.14.14.
In a sign of the times, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that law school applications are down dramatically at all three Kentucky law schools, as they are at most law schools across the US.

10. "Job Hunting? Check out the DOJ App," 10.13.14.
Law Technology News reports that the US Department of Justice has released DOJ Law Jobs, an app that "features listings of current openings for experienced and entry-level lawyers, as well as paid and volunteer internships for law students."

11. "Include White Men in the Conversations About Diversity," 10.13.14.
The director of diversity for the Philadelphia Bar Association, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, argues that "too often, white men are not included in conversations about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession."

12. "More Small and Midsize Firms Might Be Merging," 10.13.14.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that the small and midsize firm market is likely to continue to be an active area of merger activity "in large part due to the fact that firms are now in a position to start implementing their more long term growth strategy."

13. "Definition Of Big Firms Changing: New players match elites for size, but not pay rates," 10.13.14.
The National Law Journal reports on NALP's release last week of its 2014 Associate Salary Survey findings, noting the diminishing prevalence of $160,000 as a starting salary at large law firms.

    a. "Highest lawyers starting salaries remain at $160,000," 10.14.14.
    More on the NALP associate salary data from Bloomberg.

14. "Neal Gerber Eisenberg's COO Sonia Menon Named to Profiles in Diversity Journal's List of "Women Worth Watching," 10.13.14.
Sonia Menon, former NALP Board officer and current NALP Annual Conference Chair, and more importantly the recently named chief operating officer of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP, has been named to Profiles in Diversity Journal's 2015 list of "Women Worth Watching" (the annual issue honors 160 executives and organizations that recognize, employ, and promote women in the workforce).

15. "Corporations Drive Drop in Law Firms' Use of Starting Lawyers, Study Finds," 10.10.14.
The New York Times reports that new research confirms that corporations' drive to cut their legal costs has had a direct impact on declining first-year associate billable hours over the last five years.


Week Ending October 10, 2014

1. "Top Salaries for First-Year Associates Remain Flat at $160,000, But Prevalence Shrinks as Large Law Firm Market Becomes Less Homogenous," 10.09.14.
NALP has released its 2014 Associate Salary Report, noting that first-year large law firm salaries of $160,000 are still common, though not nearly as common as they used to be. Read the NALP press release.

    a. "Change in BigLaw ranks leads to shrinking prevalence of $160K starting pay," 10.09.14.
    The ABA Journal reports on the results of NALP's latest associate salary findings.

2. "Before You Go To Law School," 10.09.14.
A thoughtful essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education about whether or not to go to law school.

3. "Should Firms Use Personality Tests?," 10.09.14.
The ALM's Careerist blogger Vivia Chen says "law firms are dinosaurs in the way they hire newbie associates."

4. "New City Bar Program Offers Assistance to New Graduates," 10.09.14.
The New York Law Journal reports that the New York City Bar Association has launched a training and mentoring program.

5. "Elon Law to cut total tuition by nearly $14K and offer law degree in 2.5 years for all," 10.09.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Elon Law School has announced a new seven-trimester curriculum that will allow students to graduate in 2.5 years, and at the same time announced that it will be lowering its tuition.

6. "$2M Gift Fuels Tulane Energy Law Center Campaign," 10.08.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Tulane University Law School has received a $2 million gift to create an endowed faculty chair in energy law.

7. "'US News' Says 2 Colleges Misreported Rankings Data," 10.08.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on more (seemingly pretty minor) bad data reporting to US News.

8. "Good Intentions and Rhetoric Won't Suffice," 10.08.14.
A good blog post on law firm diversity (or lack thereof) in Canada, appearing here on Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, and spurred by the publication of Data and Diversity In the Canadian Justice System, a paper that calls for the collection of more robust diversity data from law firms in Canada.

9. "Cooley law school plans to close its Ann Arbor campus at year's end," 10.08.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School intends to close its Ann Arbor campus at the end of December (according to the ABA Journal, in 2010 enrollment at Cooley across all of its campuses was about 4,000, but by 2013 the number had fallen to 2,477).

10. "Millennials like government work, but don't stay long, survey finds," 10.08.14.
The Washington Post reports that employees born after 1980 now make up 16% of the federal workforce, but that on average they intend to stay only 3.8 years.

11. "How debt loads are changing for young and old consumers," 10.08.14.
The Washington Post reports that new research shows that for people in their twenties, the share of debt from student loans has tripled while mortgage debt has shrunk from 2005 to 2014.

12. "New Rules For Law Students' Legal Work in DC," 10.07.14.
The Legal Times reports that the DC Court of Appeals has approved new rules for certifying students to participate in law school clinics, modernizing what many had complained was an archaic and convoluted process.

13. "Court System Seeks Comment on Adopting Uniform Bar Exam," 10.07.14.
The New York Law Journal reports that the state court system of New York is seeking comment as it considers whether to adopt the uniform bar exam: "New York would become the largest and most influential state to use the Uniform Bar Exam."

14. "Grant Allows Case Western to Expand IP Law Clinic," 10.07.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Case Western University School of Law has received $679.400 to expand its intellectual property law clinic.

15. "Flat SAT Scores," 10.07.14.
Inside Higher Ed reports that average SAT scores for the Class of 2014 were mostly flat while score gaps between students from different socioeconomic and ethnic groups remained high.

16. "Number of Job Openings Hits 13-year High," 10.07.14.
The Wall Street Journal reports that August data from the Department of Labor indicate that US employers had 4.84 million jobs open in August, the most since 2001. (Subscription required.)

17. "As Autumn Leaves Fall, So Too Do Legal Sector Jobs," 10.03.14.
Meanwhile, the Am Law Daily reports that September Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that the legal sector lost 4,600 jobs for the month, the biggest monthly drop so far this year. (Cute headline.)

    a. "Legal Services Jobs Drop Sharply in September," 10.03.14.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog also reports on the new BLS numbers, noting that legal sector employment numbers are about 46,000 jobs below pre-recession levels set in 2007.

    b. "Legal Sector loses 4,600 jobs in September," 10.06.14.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

18. "Law Firms: Cut Costs, Attract Clients, Boost Profits," 10.06.14.
A consultant, writing for Law Technology News, offers a four step plan for law firms to lower operational costs, improve processes, and as a result attract and maintain clients.

19. "Law Firm Mergers Continue Their Record Pace," 10.03.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that Altman Weil has reported that law firm mergers are on pace to surpass last year's record setting number of firm consolidations.

20. "Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess — Conclusion," 10.03.14.
Steven J. Harper concludes his three-part series for the Am Law Daily, singling out law schools with high average student debt and low employment rates for this week's disapprobation.


Week Ending October 3, 2014

1. "Survey Finds Modest but Slowing Increase in Legal Spending," 10.02.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that new survey results suggest that for the third year in a row, corporations have reported a modest increase in their legal spending, but at a slower rate than in the past, growing at just two percent over two years.

2. "Albany Law School Master Plan Might Include Affiliation," 10.02.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Albany Law School's board of trustees is considering whether to affiliate with the University at Albany, a SUNY school (under the proposal the law school would remain private).

3. "Law Firm Tech Adoption Sluggish," 10.02.14.
Law Technology News reports that new survey results show legal tech spending has been relatively stagnant in the last four years.

4. "Overcoming the Odds Against You as a Young Lawyer," 10.02.14.
An associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides advice about overcoming some of the challenges that face new practitioners.

5. "LinkedIn ranks colleges by whether their graduates get 'desirable' job: Networking company joins crowded market with real-world data on career success," 10.01.14.
The Hechinger Report writes that LinkedIn is using its vast data collection to determine which colleges send students to the most desirable jobs, loosely defined as jobs with companies with low turnover.

6. "In rural America, there are job opportunities and a need for lawyers," 10.01.14.
The ABA Journal's cover story for October explores the growing dearth of lawyers in rural America, noting that 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, though just 2 percent of lawyers practice in those areas and many of those lawyers are poised for retirement.

7. "KPMG gains legal services license," 10.01.14.
The Financial Times reports that KPMG has received a license to deliver legal services in the UK, "the latest of the 'big four' to take advantage of legislation aimed at opening up the market for legal services. (Subscription required.)

8. "Fox Rothschild acquires Dallas boutique firm," 10.01.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Fox Rothschild has established a presence in Texas by acquiring the 18-lawyer Dallas-based law firm David & Goodman.

9. "Widener Law Asks Marketing Firm to Assess Possible Name Change," 10.01.14.
The Delaware Law Weekly reports that Widener University School of Law has retained a marketing and public relations firm to consult about a name change in anticipation of the proposed split between its Harrisburg and Wilmington campuses.

10. "Game Change: The ABA and Self-Help Legal Shops Seek Common Ground: The American Bar Association turns to an unexpected player to help consumers get affordable legal services and lawyers get business," 10.01.14.
Law Technology News takes a look at the nascent collaboration between Rocket Lawyer and the ABA, as they seek solutions to the vexing problem of providing access to legal services to the up to 80 percent of Americans who cannot afford to hire a lawyer, while also providing access to work for solo and small law offices, all through the application of new technologies and online tools.

11. "How This Lawyer Ended Up With $350,000 In Debt And Near Poverty-Level Income," 09.30.14.
In the feel-good story of the week, Forbes profiles a 2009 law school grad working in a small law office and relying on food stamps to feed her family. (This is one half of a two-part story by Forbes on whether graduate school is worth it. The companion piece is called "Is Grad School Worth It? 7 Steps To Calculating The ROI.")

12. "Groundbreaking for New Campus at South Carolina Law," 09.30.14.
The National Law Journal reports that the University of South Carolina School of Law has broken ground on a new $80 million law school facility that will open in 2017.

13. "Does Law School Ignore Technology and Efficiency?," 09.30.14.
Law Technology News rehashes a blog post that suggests law school teaches concepts of law but ignores legal processes and technology.

14. "Setting the bar: Is law school the right move for you?," 09.30.14.
USA Today takes a look at the decision about whether or not to apply to law school at a time when the job market is recovering and the number of law school applicants is continuing to decline.

15. "Changes to Law School Standards Eliminate Waste," 09.30.14.
Matt Leichter, writing for the Am Law Daily, takes a look at the ABA's recent revision to the standards for the accreditation of law schools to see which changes have the potential for reducing waste and ultimately saving students money.

16. "2014 Global 100: Top-Grossing Law Firms in the World," 09.29.14.
The American Lawyer has released its annual Global 100 report on the top hundred grossing law firms in the world, along with all of the requisite charts, analyses, and commentary.

    a. "A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms: A surge in dealmaking boosted the top and bottom lines," 09.29.14.
    The American Lawyer provides this summary analysis of the continuing "tentative post-recession recovery" for the Global 100, noting 4.3% aggregate growth for the firms on the list, to a record $88.7 billion.

    b. "The Global 100: Most Revenue," 09.29.14.
    The 2014 American Lawyer list of the world's 100 highest-grossing law firms can be found here. (Subscription required.)

    "Revenue at Biggest 100 Law Firms Rose 4.3% in 2013," 09.29.14.
    And The New York Times Dealbook reviews the American Lawyer numbers for the Global 100.

17. "The World's Best Legal Brands: These firms, with good reputations among global clients, have lessons to teach all firms," 09.29.14.
Aric Press, writing for The American Lawyer, reviews the results of the latest Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index from Acritas, noting that "14 firms have placed in the top 20 on their global brand index for the last five years."

18. "Women Find a Way Back Into Big Law Careers: One-third of OnRamp Fellowship participants belong to minority groups," 09.29.14.
The National Law Journal reports on some of the early success of Caren Ulrich Stacy's OnRamp Fellowship program, an on-ramp program that places women who have been out of the profession for at least three years into positions at large law firms.

    a. "Area Firms Join Program for Women Reentering Practice," 09.26.14.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that two Pennsylvania law firms are among the 15 firms that have agreed to hire fellows as part of the OnRamp Fellowship.

    b. "Firms Hiring Women Returning to Practice" Business of Law," 09.25.14.
    Bloomberg Business Week reports on the growth of the OnRamp Fellowship program.

    c. "OnRamp Program Adds More Destinations," 09.22.14.
    The Recorder also reports on the OnRamp growth, noting the California law firms that will be participating in the current fellowship cycle.

19. "Dismissal of Fraud Claims Against Law Schools Affirmed," 09.29.14.
The National Law Journal reports that "a three-judge panel of the Illinois Appellate Court's First District has affirmed the dismissal of consumer fraud class actions against DePaul University College of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and The John Marshall Law School."

20. "The Changing Definition of Value: What Matters Most to In-House," 09.29.14.
Tim Corcoran, writing for the blog Talent Think Tank, waxes thoughtful on "the evolving definition of value and what matters most to in-house counsel."

21. "How to Build a Better Law Professor," 09.29.14.
Inspired by a new book that attempts to identify top law teachers, The National Law Journal has published a special report that reviews the book and spotlights some of the teachers profiled in the book. (The special report contains 7 articles, only two of which are collected here.)

    a. "Professor Kingsfield Couldn't Cut It Today: A four-year study discovers a blueprint for teaching in a fast-changing environment," 09.29.14.
    Karen Sloan, writing for The National Law Journal, reviews the new book What the Best Law Teachers Do, and takes a look at the current state of law teaching.

22. "Fighting the Law Firm 'Motherhood Penalty'," 09.26.14.
A law firm partner from Irvine, writing for The Recorder, tells her story of BigLaw success, departure from the practice of law to raise a family, and return to practice as a partner with a smaller firm.

23. "Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess, Part II," 09.26.14.
More from Steven J. Harper in the Am Law Daily, taking a skeptical look at some of the new law school buildings that have been built with the hopes that the new facilities will attract more students at this time of shrinking law school enrollment.

24. "White & Case Opens Back Office in Tampa," 09.26.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that White & Case "has moved 45 back-office staff positions to Tampa" noting that the firm is the latest large firm in recent years to set up a back office in a low cost locale in order to reduce costs.

25. "The Exponential Law Firm: An exploration of the technological practice of law," September 2014.
Ryan McLead from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog has published a very good piece on technology and the practice of law. (Free registration required.)


Week Ending September 26, 2014

1. "$10M Gift Will Help Build ASU Law's New Phoenix Campus," 09.25.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has received a gift of $10 million that will go toward the construction of the school's new downtown Phoenix campus.

2. "Law Student to Westlaw: There, I Fixed That For You," 09.25.14.
The Recorder reports that a Berkeley law student has designed and released Bestlaw, a Chrome browser extension that allows users to generate citations with one click.

3. "CUNY Law Announces Part-Time JD Program," 09.25.14.
The New York Law Journal reports that the City University of New York School of Law will begin offering a part-time JD program that will allow students to complete their degree in four years.

4. "If Unchanged, Legal Education Will Remain a Business in Decline," 09.25.14.
A provocative editorial by the Young Lawyers Editorial Board for The Legal Intelligencer, arguing that law schools have failed to adapt their business and education models quickly enough to continue to thrive (and maybe even to survive).

5. "US College Enrollment Drops for 2nd Year in a Row Census Bureau Reports," 09.25.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to new Census Bureau data, overall college enrollment has dropped ten percent over the last two years.

6. "As Law School Struggles to Stay Open, Some See 'a Canary in the Coal Mine'," 09.24.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that the financial crisis facing Thomas Jefferson School of Law may portend the future of things to come for other law schools struggling to make financial ends meet in an environment of dramatically declining law school enrollment. (Subscription required.)

7. "Law school gets $759K federal agriculture grant," 09.24.14.
Vermont Law School has received a grant of $759,000 from the US Department of Agriculture that will fund a three-year partnership between the school's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and the USDA's National Agriculture Library.

8. "Dear Associate: Resist the Temptation to Be Nasty," 09.24.14.
A law firm partner, writing for the Daily Report, has advice on civility for young associates.

9. "Six Steps to Extraordinary Communication Skills," 09.24.14.
A consultant writing for the New Jersey Law Journal provides advice about effective professional communication for lawyers.

10. "Solving legal problems will take multidisciplinary help, says Richard Susskind," 09.23.14.
The ABA Journal reports on remarks made by author Richard Susskind at the Clio Cloud Conference 2014 this week, where he told participants that in the future business's legal problems will have to be solved by teams of multi-disciplinary professionals of which lawyers make up just a part.

11. "Life After Law School: An Intern-Associate Interview," 09.23.14.
In this Legal Intelligencer feature, a third-year law student asks a third-year associate questions about success.

12. "Veteran Law Deans To Step Down at Buffalo, Tulsa," 09.23.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Deans at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and the University of Tulsa College of Law have announced plans to step down.

13. "Law Schools Continue to Build Out: New facilities designed with an eye on the future," 09.22.14.
The National Law Journal reports that despite the slowdown in law school enrollment, US law schools continue to plan and open large new state of the art law centers.

14. "In-house Counsel Head Back to School at Colorado Law," 09.22.14.
Corporate Counsel profiles the University of Colorado Law School's Corporate Counsel Intensive Institute, a program that "will provide in-house attorneys...an immersive opportunity to learn about legal department best practices from seven Fortune 500 in-house leaders."

15. "Blacks and LGBT's (More than Women) Want to Be Leaders," 09.22.14.
ALM's The Careerist blogger Vivia Chen writes about new survey results from the job site Career Builder that show "women have the least desire to pursue leadership positions compared to minorities, gays and the disabled."

16. "Bingham, Morgan Lewis Strike Tentative Deal to Merge," 09.21.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that "Bingham McCutchen's management has announced to its partnership a plan to merge with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius."

    a. "Morgan Lewis Merger With Bingham a 'Strategic Change'," 09.23.14.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that the proposed merger with Bingham would be a departure for Morgan, a firm that has grown by acquiring small groups of lawyers from other law firms.

17. "In Tough Times, Law Schools Focus on Jobs, Skills Training," 09.19.14.
The Recorder spoke with leaders at a variety of California law schools to find out what they are doing to cope with the crises facing legal education, noting that "schools are simultaneously under pressure to offer new programs and cut the cost of attendance."



Week Ending September 19, 2014

1. “Legal Diversity Council’s Efforts Showing Promise,” 09.18.14.
The National Law Journal reports that new survey research seems to confirm that the programs of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity are making a difference in reducing attrition among diverse associates and increasing the trajectory of their career paths.

2. “Drexel Renames Law School After Kline Donates $50 Mil,” 09.18.14.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that “Drexel University’s law school is to be renamed the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of the Philadelphia litigator’s $50 million donation to the university.”

3. “Three Steps for Finding an Ideal Job Fresh Out of Law School,” 09.18.14.
An associate in Pittsburgh, writing here for the Legal Intelligencer, provides job-seeking advice for new law school graduates.

4. “So Your College Offers Students an ‘Employment Guarantee’?,” 09.18.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at the growing practice among undergraduate schools that are marketing their colleges with an ‘employment guarantee’: “A closer look reveals that such guarantees are largely a way to motivate students to make themselves more employable. To qualify for the guarantee’s benefits, students often must observe a long list of requirements, such as participating in a career-planning program, holding internships, or earning certain grades.”

5. “Orrick Hires Five Former Supreme Court Clerks,” 09.17.14.
The Supreme Court Brief reports that Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired five US Supreme Court clerks into its growing Supreme Court and appellate practice.

6. “Law school misses bond payment, seeks to restructure obligations,” 09.17.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Thomas Jefferson School of Law has defaulted on its $133 million debt.

    a. “A Troubled Law School,” 09.19.14. More on Thomas Jefferson’s financial problems from Inside Higher Ed, detailing the debts the law school has accumulated.

7. “Bingham Loses Bulk of London, Frankfurt Office to Akin,” 09.17.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that Bingham has lost 22 partners from its London, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong offices to Akin Gump.

8. “Why You Should Consider Associates to be ‘Partners in Training’,” 09.17.14.
A big law associate, writing here for the Daily Report, offers both partners and associates advice for ensuring that associate careers thrive.

9. “Firm Size a Driver in Higher Billing Rates, Report Finds,” 09.16.14.
The New York Law Journal reports that according to new survey research, “law firm size is the most influential factor in determining attorney billing rates.”

10. “Bringing ‘Moneyball’ Stats to Employment Strategy,” 09.16.14.
Corporate Counsel looks at the pros and cons of applying a Moneyball statistical methodology to professional services hiring.

11. “Ohio Law School Cuts Tuition to Stay Competitive,” 09.16.14.
The Daily Report reports that the University of Toledo’s law school has announced that it will cut in-state tuition by thirteen percent in order to stay competitive in an environment where law school application volume continues to shrink.

12. “Should partners lose their couches and corner offices? Paul Hastings considers changes,” 09.16.14.
The ABA Journal reports that “Paul Hastings plans to shrink its Manhattan office space by about 25 percent when it moves into a new location in 2016, despite plans to add lawyers to its roster.”

13. “Choate Hall, Foley Hoag Bask in Summer Associate Glow,” 09.15.14.
The American Lawyer has released the results of its annual Summer Associates Survey (3,645 summer associates from 135 firms completed the survey).

14. “Falling Down: Florida Law School Applications Tanking,” 09.15.14.
The Daily Business Review reports that applications are down at most Florida law schools, even as some schools resort to Candy Crush to try to find new applicants.

15. “University of Maryland Puts Science in Law Program: Francis King Carey School of Law will start a new Masters of Science in Law program next year,” 09.15.14.
Law Technology News reports that the law school at the University of Maryland will begin offering a new MSL program for non-lawyers that will focus on three areas of study – health care law, environmental law, and crisis management.

16. “Valley Is Peak for Partner Compensation,” 09.15.14.
The Recorder reports that “partners in Silicon Valley are the highest-paid in the nation, with partners in the region reporting an average total compensation of $1,167 million in 2013.”

17. “$3M Gift Means Growth for Case Western’s IP Law Center,” 09.15.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Case Western Reserve University School of Law has received a $3 million gift that will support its intellectual property law center.

18. “Xerox legal ‘leans’ on law firms for diversity statistics,” 09.15.14.
Canadian Lawyer Magazine reports on remarks made by Xerox GC Don Liu at the law school at the University of Toronto, where Liu talked about the diversity survey completion that Xerox requires of its outside counsel and noted the consequences for failure to meet diversity benchmarks.

19. “Pay Gap Increases Between Equity and Nonequity Partners,” 09.15.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that according to new research by Major, Lindsey & Africa, “the compensation gap between equity partners and nonequity partners at the nation’s largest law firms is growing.”

20. “Tips for Successfully Launching Your Legal Career,” 09.15.14.
Law Practice Today provides some good advice for entry-level associates.

21. “Law Firms Face New Competition – Their Own Clients,” 09.15.14.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that many companies are cutting back on their use of outside law firms, and instead are growing the talent pool in their own offices to allow them to handle more matters internally.

22. “Singapore Law Students to Face Tough Job Market,” 09.15.14.
The Asian Lawyer reports that law schools in Singapore will soon be producing too many lawyers for the limited legal job market in Singapore.

23. “Law Firm, Chase Bank Join Forces on Trainee Program,” 09.14.14.
The Wall Street Journal reports on a joint venture between the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and its client JP Morgan Chase, to train young associates is a collaborative variation on the traditional secondment.

24. “Law Firm Tech Spending Up,” 09.12.14.
Law Technology News reports that a joint survey from ILTA and InsideLegal shows that tech spending is up at both large and small law firms.

25. “A Bingham-Morgan Merger Would Be Big in California,” 09.12.14.
The Recorder speculates on a potential merger between Bingham and Morgan Lewis, “a combined firm that would instantly be a major player in the California legal market.”

26. “Young Households Are Losing Ground in Income, Despite Education,” 09.12.14.
The New York Times reports that new research from the Federal Reserve Board shows that median family income is falling in inflation-adjusted dollars and the differential between those with higher education and those without is shrinking.

27. “Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess,” 09.11.14.
Steven J. Harper, writing for the Am Law Daily, discourses on the naked politics behind Congressional gridlock on student loan issues and the particular moral hazard fazing law schools as a result.

28. “Schooled, Indebt, Struggling & Broke: There Are Too Many Lawyers. What’s One Law School Dean to Do?” 09.09.14.
SF Weekly provides a fascinating look at one dean’s struggle to meet the challenges of running a law school in the new normal. (Dean Wu fans this is for you.)



Week Ending September 12, 2014

1. "Student-Loan Debt Skyrockets for Elderly, Government Report Says," 09.11.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office, the amount of student loan debt held by older Americans has increased sixfold in less than a decade.

    a. "Senior (Citizen) Student Debt Rising," 09.11.14.
    Inside Higher Ed also reports on the new report documenting ballooning student loan debt for Americans past retirement age, noting that both the default rate and interest rates are higher for loans held by this group.

2. "Get It Right the First Time: Making a Good Impression," 09.11.14.
A law firm associate, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, offers advice for those lawyers who are just starting their first jobs with a law firm.

3. "Ribbon-Cutting for Syracuse Law's New Building," 09.11.14.
The National Law Journal reports that Syracuse University has opened a new 200,000 square foot, $90 million law center that brings all of the law school's functions under one roof in a "state-of-the-art learning environment."

4. "Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Sign Letter of Intent to Merge," 09.10.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman Palmer have agreed to merge, creating a new firm that is expected to have 1,076 lawyers in 23 cities with combined gross revenues of $675 million.

    a. "Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Leaders Discuss Proposed Union," 09.10.14.
    The Am Law Daily talks to the leaders of the merging law firms.

    b. "Law firms Locke Lord, Edward Wildman ink plans to merge," 09.10.14.
    More on this from Reuters: "In the latest sign of the consolidation hitting the US legal industry, two law firms that are among the 100 largest in the United States said Wednesday they have drawn up plans to merge."

5. "Iowa Supreme Court Declines to Waive Bar Examination," 09.10.14.
The National Law Journal reports that "the Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a proposal to extend a 'diploma privilege' that would allow graduates of the state's two law schools to practice without having to pass the test."

    a. "Iowa won't end bar exam for state law grads but considers scheduling test during 3L year," 09.08.14.
    The ABA Journal reports that while the Iowa Supreme Court declined to waive the bar exam for in-state law grads, it will take up several other questions, including "whether law students should be able to take the exam in their third year of school, and whether the state should adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, which is accepted in 14 states."

6. "A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income," 09.10.14.
This New York Times 'Economy' column argues that our overall economic prospects would improve if we closed our education gaps, noting that the US trails nearly all other industrialized nations when it comes to educational equality.

7. "10 Reasons You Won't Get Hired," 09.10.14.
A consultant and career coach, writing for The Recorder, provides ten reasons that many aspiring lawyers or career-changing lawyers don't get hired (hint, it is not for a lack of available jobs).

8. "Associates, Here's What You Need to Know to Serve Yourselves Best," 09.10.14.
A law firm partner, writing for the Daily Report, offers advice for incoming associates.

9. "Attorneys who can address clients' operational problems as well as their legal ones have an edge," 09.10.14.
Nicole Bradick, writing for the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels series, argues that modern lawyers can provide competitive differentiation by becoming knowledgeable about their client's management related problems and how to solve them.

10. "Student-Loan Forgiveness Programs Encourage Borrowers to Take On More Debt, Report Says," 09.10.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research that asserts that the federal income-based loan repayment program and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program have encouraged students to borrow more (students show a greater willingness to borrow when they know the debt is eligible for forgiveness because the additional costs of borrowing more money are negligible to them) and that in turn has "allow[ed] institutions to charge higher tuitions, especially for certain programs, like health care, social work, education, and government, where borrowers would go on to qualify for PSLF."

    a. "When you can max out student loans — and not have to pay it all back," 09.10.14.
    More on this from The Washington Post, noting that IBR and PSLF seem to be encouraging people going into public sector and non-profit work to borrow more heavily than is necessary for a degree without having to pay it all back.

11. "Redefining the Law Firm Career Ladder," 09.09.14.
Valerie Fontaine, writing for The Recorder, tackles the ever-morphing lattice of lawyer jobs at big law firms: "Law firms have multiple tiers of positions with different titles, duties and pay levels.... these include nonequity partner, senior counsel, of counsel, special counsel, career associates and so forth, with the title and criteria for each set by the particular firm."

12. "It Takes a Mentor," 09.09.14.
New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman reviews new research from Gallup that finds "successful students had one or more teachers who were mentors and took a real interest in their aspirations, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school."

13. "US News college rankings: Amid predictability, some major shifts," 09.09.14.
The Washington Post reports that US News published the 30th edition of its college rankings on Tuesday.

    a. "The US News college rankings guru," 09.09.14.
    And just because it is hard to look away, here is a Washington Post interview with US News' Bob Morse.

14. "Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class, and Poor," 09.08.14.
And just to add spice to the college rankings season, the New York Times had published its College Access Index: "We combined data on enrollment and tuition costs to measure how hard each college is trying to attract and graduate poor and middle-class students." (Here is the NYT list in descending order of "the most economically diverse top colleges.")

    a. "In 'New York Times' Ranking, Elite Colleges Are Judged on Economic Diversity," 09.09.14.
    And The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at the NYT new college ranking scheme.

15. "Where Are All the Law School Applicants?," 09.08.14.
This editorial from The Connecticut Law Tribune asks what the reasons are for the dramatic decline in law school applications, and concludes that a weak job market and a growing wariness about student debt were the double whammy that led to the collapse of the admissions pool.

16. "The door closes on more Toronto articling jobs," 09.08.14.
Precedent Magazine reports that the number of Bay Street law firm articling opportunities for new law school graduates has been steadily decreasing for the last six years.

17. "Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, On The Evolution Of Legal Consumers," 09.08.14.
A fascinating interview in Forbes with Columbia and Fordham law prof Hodges Silverstein on how corporate legal services purchasing behaviors have changed in recent years.

18. "Alternative Structures Offer Other Visions of the Future," 09.08.14.
This New York Law Journal op-ed argues that it is time for the US to consider allowing alternative business structures to provide legal services, and warns that if the US does not move in this direction (as has the UK, Australia, the Internet, and likely soon Canada as well) then it will be at a competitive disadvantage.

19. "The Hidden Barriers Resulting From Unconscious Bias," 09.08.14.
A law firm partner and diversity committee chair, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, tackles unconscious bias in law firms.

20. "Little Diversity Seen in Big Tech's Trial Teams," 09.05.14.
The Recorder reports that there is little racial/ethnic diversity among the outside lawyers used by Silicon Valley's big tech companies.

21. "Legal Sector Jobs Rally in Final Month of Summer," 09.05.14.
The Am Law Daily reports that the legal industry added 3,300 jobs in August, according to the latest figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    a. "Legal Sector Back in Positive Territory for 2014 After August Job Gain," 09.05.14.
    More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, noting "The sector has added more than 3,000 jobs since January, reaching its highest total since early 2009. Employment numbers are still well below the pre-recession record levels set in 2007."

    b. "Black unemployment is always much worse than white unemployment. But the gap depends on where you live," 09.05.14.
    The Washington Post reports that based on the latest jobs report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for blacks was more than twice that for whites in August, noting that "black unemployment has always been higher than white unemployment."



Week Ending September 5, 2014

1. "Jobs Report: US Payrolls Climb 142,000, Short of Expectations," 09.05.14.
The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that "US job growth slowed to its lowest level of the year in August."

2. "Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage," 09.04.14.
The New York Times reports that according to new research, mission-driven colleges and colleges with a specific focus have a distinct advantage over generalist institutions when candidates are choosing between alternatives.

3. "For Some Graduates, College Isn't Worth the Debt: Roughly a Quarter Earn Barely More Than Those With High-School Diploma," 09.04.14.
The Wall Street Journal reports on new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that shows "overall, a college degree significantly boosts income."

    a. "Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better," 09.05.14.
    More on this, and with a better spin, from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4. "Starting Salaries Climb 7.5 Percent for Class of 2014 Grads," 09.03.14.
NACE reports that "the overall starting salary for Class of 2014 college graduates stands at $48,707, up 7.5% from the average of $45,327 posted by the Class of 2013."

5. "Changing Law Dept. Demands Drive Law Firm Changes," 09.03.14.
Corporate Counsel reports on the latest update from Robert Half Legal's annual Future Law Office research series, Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession, a report that indicates that corporate legal departments are becoming more aligned with business operations at many companies, a trend that is driving the growth of the use of career associates in law firms, among other things.

6. "How Much Student-Loan Debt Is Too Much," 09.03.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education asked students, recent graduates, parents, and experts, what is the most that a student should borrow for a bachelor's degree? There were a range of responses.

7. "Penn State Dickinson Law Prepares to Fly Solo," 09.03.14.
The National Law Journal reports on Dickinson Law School's return to stand-alone status after its seven-year affiliation with Penn State.

    a. "Pa. Law School Aims for 'Practice-Ready' Lawyers," 09.04.14.
    More on the Dickinson transition from the Associated Press, published here by the AtLaw Blog via the Daily Report.

8. "What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do at Your Callback — 7 Tips," 09.03.14.
Vivia Chen, ALM's The Careerist blogger, offers some practical do's and don'ts for callback interviews.

9. "Suffolk Law Launches Legal Tech Audit," 09.03.14.
Law Technology News reports that Suffolk Law School will partner with Mitch Kowalski to launch an audit service that will allow general counsel to assess the technical skills of their outside lawyers.

10. "Suffolk law school offers buyouts to all tenured faculty," 09.02.14.
The ABA Journal reports that Suffolk University "has offered buyouts to all tenured law faculty and to law professors with renewable long-term contracts."

11. "Law Schools Boost Enrollment After Price Cuts: Some Institutions Trim Tuition Amid Dearth of New Students," 09.02.14.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a number of law schools that cut tuition substantially this year have seen a jump in first year enrollment at a time when other institutions continue to see declines.

12. "Pioneering Latina Moran Stepping Down as UCLA Law Dean," 09.02.14.
The National Law Journal reports that "Rachel Moran, dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, has announced plans to step down."

13. "'Aspiring Adults Adrift'," 09.02.14.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the publication of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates, published this week, a book that tells "the story of a generation's difficult transition to adulthood."

    a. "'Adrift' After College: How Graduates Fail," 09.02.14.
    More on this new book from The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Many recent college graduates struggle to transition into adulthood, and their alma maters must share some of the blame."

    b. "Do Americans Expect Too Much From a College Degree?," 09.02.14.
    And even more on this book from The Chronicle: "As colleges have sold themselves as economic-development vehicles, and their degrees as tickets to the middle class, the ethos of the marketplace has become their master, overshadowing their civic and intellectual purposes."

14. "US Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men," 09.02.14.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the publication of a new report, Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education, that tackles the problem of Black men lagging behind their peers from other races when it comes to graduation rates from both two-year and four-year colleges. ("The report makes 11 policy recommendations aimed at better preparing and tracking students as they progress from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, it offers four that specifically relate to higher education.")

15. "Associate Morale Is High, But So Is Angst," 08.29.14.
The Recorder reports looks at the results of the Midlevel Associate Survey, released last week, and finds that while satisfaction levels are high, midlevels also report anxiety about their futures in the industry.

    a. "Midlevel Report: Who Actually Takes Their Vacation Time?," 08.28.14.
    The Am Law Daily looks at data from the Midlevel Associates Survey to identify the firms where associates report taking the most and the fewest vacation days.

16. "Welcome, Freshmen! A New Class Leads Am Law 100 Firms," 08.29.14.
The American Lawyer reports that "new leaders are beginning at nearly one in four Am Law 100 firms since January 2013."

17. "Report Finds NY Law Schools Prepared for Pro Bono Rules," 08.28.14.
The National Law Journal reports that a new report from the New York County Lawyers' Association suggests that law schools are prepared to meet the challenges presented by New York's new pro bono requirement for bar admission.

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