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.



May 26, 2017

1. "ABA seeks summary judgment in suit over lawyers dropped from loan forgiveness program," 05.25.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA filed a motion for summary judgment on Wednesday in its lawsuit against the US Department of Education for its decision to drop some lawyers from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program."

2. "Millennials generation 'ushers in era of demanding clients and responsive lawyers'," 05.25.17.
Legal Futures talks to Jordan Furlong about what it will look like as millennial lawyers take over the leadership of law firms from retiring baby boomers.

3. "Exclusive Report: The 2017 Am Law 200," 05.24.17.
The American Lawyer publishes the numbers for the second hundred law firms ranked by gross revenue.

    a. "Profits Per Partner," 05.24.17.
    The American Lawyer reports that the Second Hundred grew PPP at 1.5 percent in 2016, compared to the 3 percent growth of the Am Law 100, and presents a ranking of all 200 firms by PPP.

    b. "The Am Law 200's 'Hollow Middle'," 05.24.17.
    The American Lawyer describes the precariously slow growth of the middle of the pack in the Am Law second hundred.

    c. "Am Law 200 Rankings Bring Bad News for Some NY Firms," 05.24.17.
    The New York Law Journal reports that "in contrast to the double-digit growth enjoyed by many top Wall Street firms, most New York firms in the bottom half of the Am Law 200 saw little to no expansion last year."

4. "One of Canada's Largest Firms Heads to New York," 05.24.17.
The American Lawyer reports that Toronto-based McCarthy Tétrault will open an office in New York "in an effort to capitalize on US clients looking to do business in Canada."

5. "Wanna Raise? Top Silicon Valley Counsel Give 8 Tips for Women Lawyers," 05.24.17.
The Recorder reports on the proceedings at an industry event in Silicon Valley that was focused on women and compensation in the legal industry, including "panelists' best tips for negotiating pay when either asking for a raise or jumping to a new job."

6. "Hoge Fenton Introduces Student Loan Repayment Benefit for Associates," 05.24.17.
According to a firm press release, this Silicon Valley firm will begin providing financial assistance with student loans for their associates through a third-party provider.

7. "The Law Firm Secondment: Thomson Reuters Explores a New Client Strategy," 05.24.17.
Legaltech News reports that Thomson Reuters has implemented a secondment program for the company's project and implementation managers: "intended as short-term, free of charge commitment, the goal would be similar to secondment programs for law firms with their corporate legal department clients."

8. "Trump's Bid to Axe Public Service Loan Forgiveness Would Sever Lifeline, Opponents Say," 05.24.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on reactions in the profession to the President's budget proposal that would "axe the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program."

9. "The New Short-Term Solution: Inside the Growing Legal Gig Economy," 05.23.17.
Legaltech News reports on the "Online Marketplace" model in the legal services industry, noting that "legal contract and temporary work has exploded as attorneys face layoffs and a desire for flexibility, but not all is rosy for startups in the space."

10. "US Companies Are Biggest Spenders on Legal Services Globally," 05.23.17.
Corporate Counsel reports on new market research that shows "companies in the United States spend 166 percent more on legal services per dollar of revenue compared to companies in other parts of the world."

11. "Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in Merger Talks," 05.23.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing and Chicago-based Arnstein & Lehr are in talks to combine."

12. "Managing Partners Frustrated by Slow Pace of Big Law Change, Survey Says," 05.23.17.
The American Lawyer reports on the findings of the ninth annual Altman Weil Law Firms in Transition Survey, noting that 65 percent of managing partners reported that resistance to change by their partners was one reason that firms are not doing more to respond to changes demanded by clients (that number was 44 percent just two years ago).

    a. "Law firm leaders report lawyer oversupply and 'chronically underperforming lawyers'," 05.24.17.
    More on the Altman Weil survey from the ABA Journal: 52% of respondents said their equity partners are not busy enough, and 25% said their associates do not have enough work.

13. "With New Lobbyists, Charlotte Law Disperses Federal Student Loans as School Year Ends," 05.22.17.
The National Law Journal reports that the US Department of Education has released federal loan money to some students at Charlotte School of Law.

    a. "Some Charlotte School of Law students receive federal loan money," 05.22.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

14. "Trump Turmoil Tempers Law Firm Business Forecasts," 05.22.17.
The New York Law Journal reports that after cautious optimism following the elections in November, law firm leaders are increasingly pessimistic about the business climate and the demand for legal services as the potential for getting things done deteriorates in Washington.

15. "Inside the C-Suite: With Expanded Roles, COOs Gain Influence," 05.19.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on the rise of the law firm chief operating officer: "The future of law firms may lie in the hands of nonlawyers as experienced chief operating officers gain stature at firms of all sizes."




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.



May 19, 2017

1. "Can Litigation Solve Big Law's Gender Equity Problem?," 05.18.17.
The American Lawyer speaks with David Sanford, the lawyer representing about a dozen women in at least five bias claims suits against large law firms, some of which have not yet been made public: "I think it's…fair to say that the legal industry has a problem as an industry. The numbers aren't good across the country in Big Law."

2. "Trump's Budget Could Eliminate Public-Service Loan Forgiveness," 05.17.17.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the administration's budget proposes the elimination of the public-service loan forgiveness program.

    a. "White House Would Slash Student Aid and NSF," 05.19.17.
    More on this development from Inside Higher Ed: "the forthcoming budget calls for eliminating the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, letting the Perkins Loan program expire and ending the subsidy that pays the interest on some undergraduate loans while borrowers are in college."

3. "Law school applicants will soon have option to take LSAT more frequently," 05.17.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "beginning in September, there will be no restrictions on how many times one can take the Law School Admissions Test during a two-year period."

    a. "LSAT Retake Limit Lifted," 05.19.17.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    b. "The LSAT Tries To Be More Competitive With The GRE," 05.18.17.
    And Above the Law provides its spin on this development.

4. "Chemerinsky Named Law Dean at UC Berkeley," 05.17.17.
The Recorder reports that Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will be the next dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, beginning July 1.

5. "ABA President Urges Senate to Restore Legal Aid Funding," 05.17.17.
The ABA Journal reports that ABA President Linda Klein has submitted written testimony to a Senate subcommittee urging the US Senate to continue funding for legal aid.

6. "Mass Layoffs at Seyfarth Shaw Hit Lawyers, Staff," 05.16.17.
The American Lawyer reports that "Seyfarth Shaw is laying off a substantial number of lawyers and staff members following soft demand in the first quarter."

    a. "Seyfarth reportedly lays off 40 lawyers and several staffers," 05.17.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

    b. "HUGE LAYOFF REPORT: BiglawFirm Lays Off Associates, Staff, And Partners," 05.16.17.
    Above the Law broke this story on Tuesday.

7. "The 2016 Law Grads Hiring Report," 05.16.17.
Law.com, after a false start, parses the ABA's employment data for the Class of 2016, identifying the schools with the top employment rates and providing a number of analyses and charts.

    a. "These Law Schools Aced the 2016 Job Market," 05.17.17.
    The National Law Journal reports that "The University of Chicago Law School sent a higher percentage of 2016 graduates into law jobs than any other school."

    b. "Where the Law Jobs Are: The 2016 Edition," 05.16.17.
    Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on the ABA employment data, noting that the percentage of grads in full-time, long-term jobs that require a law degree is up, but that the overall number of those jobs is down 4 percent: "The only factor propping up the overall employment rate is that 2,869 fewer law graduates were in the entry-level job market last year, a decline of more than 7 percent."

    c. "Top 5 Law Schools If You Want An Actual Legal Job," 05.17.17.
    And Above the Law reports out on the same data, and provides some links to other commentary on why the overall number of legal jobs continues to go down.

8. "Napping Pods: One Firm's Solution for Tired Lawyers," 05.16.17.
The American Lawyer reports that "White & Case has installed two 'energy pods' in its DC office," noting that the chairs are reportedly "the world's first chair designed for napping in the workplace."

9. "Drake University announces law school scholarship program with three HBCUs," 05.16.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "in an effort to increase diversity, graduates of three Historically Black Colleges and Universities will receive scholarships covering at least half of tuition upon admission to Drake University Law School."

10. "Reed Smith Tries Low-Cost Parenting Perks to Retain Women," 05.16.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that Reed Smith has announced that "it now provides breast milk shipping for lawyers on business trips, and that it has installed hospital-grade, multiuse breast pumps in its offices' lactation centers."

11. "IBM Says New Watson Tool Could Dramatically Reduce Outside Counsel Spend," 05.16.17.
Corporate Counsel reports that IBM's new Watson tool Outside Counsel Insights has "the potential to save as much as 30 percent on outside counsel spend."

12. "Big Legal Recruiter Offers Talent Management Expertise," 05.15.17.
The American Lawyer reports that "Major, Lindsey & Africa announced on Monday the launch of a new talent management consulting group specifically geared towards helping law firms and general counsel coach and manage their teams." (The article also notes that Susan Manch has been hired by Winston & Strawn as the firm's new chief talent officer, and Jennifer Queen has been hired by Bracewell as its new chief talent officer.)

13. "The Gender Pay Gay Is Largely Because of Motherhood," 05.13.17.
The New York Times takes a look at some of the latest research on the gender pay gap, finding that women lose out at every juncture, whether they have children or not.

14. "Calif. Bar Exam Pass-Rate Slides Again, Falling Below 35 Percent," 05.12.17.
The Recorder reports that just 34.5 of those who sat for the February bar exam in California passed the test: "The pass rate is the lowest for a spring sitting in eight years and the third worst over the last 30 years."

    a. "California's Bar Exam Results Are Absolutely Abysmal," 05.12.17.
    More on this from Above the Law.

15. "The Big Picture Revealed by the Am Law 100 Results," 05.12.17.
The American Lawyer provides some perspective on last week's release of the new Am Law 100 rankings, noting that over a longer arc of time the gap between the top 20 law firms and all the rest is growing and that "profits on the Am Law 100 are increasingly concentrating in a small tier of leading firms."

16. "Young Lawyers Demand More Feedback, Firms Deliver," 05.12.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on various ways that Philadelphia area law firms are experimenting with performance reviews and implementing innovative attorney feedback mechanisms.

17. "Beyond Broad Strokes: How CLOC Broke Down the Legal Industry's Transition," 05.12.17.
Law.com provides an overview of last week's CLOC conference, and notes that "today, legal operations is one of the fastest growing, and an increasingly important, part of the legal department."

    a. "Microsoft and Cisco Test the Waters With AI Contract Management Pilot Programs," 05.16.17.
    More from Law.com on last week's CLOC conference, here recounting how two large corporations' legal departments are experimenting with artificial intelligence to manage their vast contract management systems.

    b. "Head of Legal Ops at Google Shares Her 2017 CLOC Institute Closing Remarks," 05.16.17.
    More CLOC conference coverage from Corporate Counsel.

    c. "Takeaways From CLOC: What Happened in Vegas Won't be Staying in Vegas," 05.17.17.
    Susan Hackett, writing for Corporate Counsel, provides a recap and post mortem on the recent CLOC institute.

18. "Tips For Applying To SmallLaw Jobs," 05.11.17.
Above the Law provides some tips for lawyers and law students who want to find jobs with small law firms.




May 12, 2017

1. "Law Grad Employment Rate Rose, As 2016 Class Shrank," 05.11.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com. reports on the newly released ABA jobs data for the Class of 2016, noting that bar passage required jobs and JD Advantage jobs both made up a higher percentage of jobs obtained by graduates from that class, but that the overall number of jobs in both of those categories continued to fall.

    a. "4% decline in jobs requiring bar passage for law class of 2016, ABA employment data shows," 05.11.17.
    And the ABA Journal reports on the newly released ABA jobs data, noting that "the number of graduates of the law class of 2016 in jobs that require bar passage is down 4.1 percent from the class of 2015."

2. "Citi: Biggest Firms Fared Best in First Quarter," 05.10.17.
Citi provides The American Lawyer with an analysis of its law firm financial data for the first quarter, noting "stronger top-line results and greater expense pressure for larger firms," with tepid demand growth and increased billing rates driving moderate revenue growth. ("…expenses increased 5.6 percent, outpacing revenue growth. Lawyer compensation expense growth, at 9.1 percent (versus 3.1 percent growth in operating expense), drove much of this increase as, for the first time, we can see the full effect of the associate compensation increases many firms have implemented since mid-2016.")

3. "Amazon's Alexa can now track billable hours," 05.10.17.
The ABA Journal reports that Thomson Reuters has unveiled its new Workspace Assistant functionality that enables Amazon's Alexa to interact with law firms' time keeping systems.

    a. "Thomson Reuters Brings Amazon's Alexa to Timekeeping," 05.11.17.
    More on this from Legaltech News: "The app allows users to add billable hours, calculate and post time to specific client matters, and ask Alexa for overview information."

4. "Vermont Law receives $17 million loan from US Department of Agriculture," 05.10.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "Vermont Law School has received a $17 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture," to restructure debt and further develop an online education program.

5. "ABA launches study of biases encountered by LGBT-plus and disabled lawyers," 05.10.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA is launching a nationwide study to identify biases encountered by LGBT-plus and disabled lawyers in the legal profession."

6. "LSAT-Maker Gets New CEO, Eyes Additional Test Dates," 05.09.17.
Law.com reports that "University of Washington School of Law Dean Kellye Testy will be the next president and chief executive officer of the Law School Admission Council."

7. "For Junior Associates, Going In-House Is Risky," 05.09.17.
A partner at a legal search firm, writing for Law.com, considers the risks of an in-house move by a junior associate.

8. "Allen & Overy Drops Performance Reviews, and Everyone Cheers (Especially Women)," 05.09.17.
More on this development from last week by the ALM's Careerist, Vivia Chen, writing for the American Lawyer: "Studies have shown that performance reviews are riddled with gender bias, and that women are often judged much more harshly than men."

    a. "Biglaw Firm Eliminates Performance Reviews, Earns Praise From Female Associates," 05.1017.
    More on this from Above the Law.

9. "Columbia Law Gets $15M From Jerome L. Greene Foundation," 05.09.17.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Columbia Law School has received a $15 million donation from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation…. The funds will establish new scholarships for students interested in public interest, academic, and government careers, and create a new clinical professorship."

10. "Law Firms Take Notice as Salary Gag Rules Loom," 05.09.17.
The New York Law Journal, via the Texas Lawyer, provides more information on legislation in New York, Massachusetts and Philadelphia that bars employers from asking job candidates questions about wage history.

11. "Disability and the Practice of Law," 05.09.17.
A good Slaw post that argues "the way we practice law is in itself discriminatory against people with disabilities."

12. "Richard Susskind on the Growing Influence of the Legal Operations Boss," 05.08.17.
Law.com speaks with Richard Susskind, who spoke at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium annual institute in Las Vegas this week: "The future of legal departments will depend on the increasingly important roles of legal operations directors and chief operating officers of legal departments."

    a. "The 12 Core Competencies that Define the Future of Legal Operations," 05.08.17.
    Law.com provides a primer on Legal Ops as the CLOC conference kicks off in Vegas.

    b. "Making the Future Now: Corporate Legal Operations Experts on How They Use AI," 05.09.17.
    Law.com covers the Artificial Intelligence developments that were reported and discussed at the CLOC conference in Las Vegas this week.

    c. "The Changing Legal Profession: An Insider's View of the Future of Legal Services," 05.10.17.
    Law.com reports on the proceedings at the CLOC conference this week.

    d. "Legal's Tipping Point of Change," 05.11.17.
    More on the CLOC proceedings from Law.com, including an overview of sessions on the most recent developments in contract management, workflows, and systems driven efficiencies.

13. "Ousted Cincinnati Law Dean Settles Suit Against School," 05.08.17.
Law.com reports on the ending to this story: "Jennifer Bard, the embattled dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has agreed to resign her deanship in exchange for receiving two years of academic pay at her full dean salary — $300,000."

    a. "Cincinnati law dean settles suit against university and resigns, reportedly with full salary," 05.08.17.
    The ABA Journal also reports on this development.

    b. "Law Dean Settles With University," 05.09.17.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

14. "Lawsuit Presses the Issue of Lower Pay for Female Law Partners," 05.07.17.
The New York Times reports on the lawsuit filed against Chadborne & Parke: "The class-action suit asks for $100 million for sex discrimination and pay inequity."

15. "Jobs Report Shows Slight Improvement for Legal Employment in April," 05.05.17.
The American Lawyer reports that the latest USBLS numbers show that the legal industry gained 1,100 jobs in April after three months of job losses.

    a. "Legal sector gains jobs in April after three down months, data indicates," 05.08.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.



May 5, 2017

1. "Dewey Survivors Share Lessons From Their Old Firm's Demise," 05.04.17.
Five years after Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for bankruptcy, The American Lawyer speaks with five former Dewey lawyers who offer reflections on the collapse and what they learned along the way.

2. "Purdue Buys Kaplan's Online-Only JD Program in Education Milestone," 05.03.17.
Law.com reports that Purdue University will purchase Kaplan University, and as a result "Concord Law School is poised to become the first fully online Juris Doctor program at a public university."

    a. "Big Ten University Purchases Online Law School With Abysmal Bar Passage Rates," 05.04.17.
    More on this from Above the Law.

3. "If We Close Some Law Schools, Legal Education Will Be Saved! Wrong.," 05.03.17.
This column on Above the Law argues that there aren't too many law schools, but rather "too many law schools operating under an antiquated model and that is why we are turning out too many under-educated lawyers who cannot qualify or compete in a changing market."

4. "Harvard Law Will Save Undergrads a Spot — Terms and Conditions Apply," 05.03.17.
Law.com reports that Harvard Law School will expand a pilot program that has allowed "juniors at Harvard College to apply and gain early admission with the agreement that they work, study, complete a fellowship or conduct research for at least two years after finishing their undergraduate degrees and before starting their legal studies," by opening up the program to juniors from any college or university.

5. "Law school leader among four deans dismissed from Florida A&M," 05.03.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the dean of Florida A&M University's College of Law was dismissed this week after less than 18 months on the job," in a shake-up at the university that involved the firing of four deans in different academic units.

    a. "Another Struggling Law School, Another Dean Ousted," 05.04.17.
    More on the changes at Florida A&M from Law.com.

6. "Legal Aid Leaders Warn: Disaster Still Looms," 05.03.17.
The Daily Report reports that while the spending agreement brokered by Congress this week retains $385 million for the Legal Services Corp., the proposed budget for 2018 still contains no funding for LSC.

7. "Lawyers' salaries slipping compared to other professions, data indicates," 05.02.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the median salaries of information systems managers, pharmacists and nurse anesthetists are now higher than the median salary for lawyers, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics," and after adjusting for inflation, the median annual lawyer salary has decreased 2.9 percent from 2006.

8. "3 Ways Big Data Will Change the Lawyer's Role," 05.02.17.
Legaltech News identifies some of the ways that the lawyer's role will change as a result of technology becoming more integrated into human lives.

9. "Law Schools Gone Innovating," 05.02.17.
Michael Horn, writing for Forbes, reports on some of the innovations currently taking place at law schools around the country.

10. "New Group Seeks to Unite Women-Owned Firms," 05.02.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "a Philadelphia lawyer has organized a national organization to support women-owned law firms and the lawyers who lead them."

11. "A British Reboot Of Legal Education — Law School Optional," 05.01.17.
Forbes reports that the body that oversees the legal profession in England and Wales has announced an overhaul of solicitor licensing requirements, and licensure will now be based on a competency-based exam and will not require a law degree.

    a. "'Super' exam for UK solicitor candidates coming in 2020," 05.01.17.
    And the ABA Journal also reports on this development: "The two-part test will include computer-based multiple choice questions and a practical element that may be combined with work-based training."

12. "Prudenti Named Hofstra's New Law Dean," 05.01.17.
The New York Law Journal reports that "A. Gail Prudenti is the next dean at Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law."

13. "GSU Law Dean to Step Down This Summer," 04.28.17.
The Daily Report reports that "the dean of Georgia State University's law school, Steven Kaminshine, will step down this summer."

14. "NALP 2017: Observations And Takeaways From The 'Super Bowl' Of Legal Recruiting," 04.28.17.
Lateral Link's Scott Hodes, writing for Above the Law, calls the NALP conference "the Super Bowl of legal recruiting," and provides his top five takeaways from this year's conference.

15. "The Am Law 100 2017: warning signs for the UK market as America's biggest get bigger," 04.28.17.
Legal Week reports that "the rankings now raise questions about the long-held dominance of the global vereins in revenue terms."

16. "Rising to the Challenge: Junior Attorneys in the Courtroom," 04.27.17.
A litigation partner, writing for the New York Law Journal, makes the case for including more young lawyers in trial practices: "Creating opportunities for young lawyers to take an active role in today's trials is not, however, just a way of preparing the legal profession for the future. It is also an important strategy for serving clients in the present."

17. "Can Firms in The Am Law 51-100 Keep From Falling Further Behind?," 04.26.17.
The American Lawyer analyzes the particular plight of the second fifty firms from the Am Law 100 — firms that in general saw profits per partner dip in a year that the top fifty firms generally saw growth in that number.

18. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Ogletree Posts Another Year of Revenue, Profit Gains," 05.02.17. (Daily Report: Revenue up 7%, PPP up 3.8%)



April 28, 2017

1. "Law Architects: New legal jobs make technology part of the career path," 05.01.17.
The ABA Journal magazine reports that "solutions architects" will become mainstream in law firms with BigLaw's growing acceptance of "solution architecture, a tech-infused approach that tackles a client's needs beyond providing a legal answer."

2. "Rethinking rewards: What BigLaw can do about pay," 04.27.17.
A former general counsel, writing for the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels series, takes on "the fallacy of tying performance just to money and its corrosive effect on firm culture and strategy," and suggests other ways forward.

3. "Still no federal loans for Charlotte School of Law students; state AG opens civil investigation," 04.27.17.
The ABA Journal reports that the North Carolina attorney general's office is investigating Charlotte School of Law under the state's civil consumer protection laws.

    a. "Teetering Charlotte Law School Seeks to Toss Class Actions," 04.26.17.
    Law.com reports that Charlotte School of Law has moved to dismiss all three federal class actions brought by Charlotte Law students.

4. "State Releases Results of February Bar Exam," 04.27.17.
The New York Law Journal reports that the passage rates for all test takers and for first-time test-takers on the state's February bar exam both increased by about four percent.

5. "The 2017 Am Law 100," 04.26.17.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual report on the top 100 law firms ranked by gross revenue: "The Am Law 100 posted solid gains in gross revenue and profits in 2016, but the revenue per lawyer figure dropped on stronger growth in head count…The results show continuing stratification among the top and bottom of the list as well as more volatility."

    a. "Choppy Seas for The Am Law 100," 05.01.17.
    The American Lawyer provides this commentary and analysis to accompany its newest Am Law 100 rankings.

    b. "Is Your Firm Super Rich?," 05.01.17.
    As firms become ever richer, The American Lawyer has had to redefine its criteria for its classification of the most profitable firms in the Am Law 100 — 24 firms made the cut in 2016.

6. "Lifting Kids to College," 04.26.17.
Frank Bruni, writing for The New York Times Op-Ed page, highlights the work that USC had done "to address inadequate socioeconomic diversity at the country's most celebrated colleges" and says that the university "outpaces most of its peers in trying to lift disadvantaged kids to better lives."

7. "Graduation Rates and Race," 04.26.17.
Inside Higher Ed highlights new research that shows "on average, white and Asian students earn a college-level credential at a rate about 20 percentage points higher than Hispanic and black students do."

8. "Stay-at-Home-Rainmakers: A Growing Threat to Big Law," 04.25.17.
The American Lawyer reports on the rapid growth of cloud-based law firm Culhane Meadows, noting that it has attracted "a horde of Big Law refugees."

9. "Reinventing Professionals: Why are 'legal operations' pros important to corporate law departments?," 04.25.17.
Ari Kaplan interviews Connie Brenton, the senior director of legal operations at NetApp, and president and chairman of the board of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, along with some of her CLOC colleagues, for the ABA Journal: "Legal operations has already fundamentally changed how we purchase legal services. Legal operations centralizes spending and, as a result, it fundamentally changes how the business operates, both in-house and externally."

    a. "Grading Legal on Operational Excellence," 04.21.17.
    Corporate Counsel previews the CLOC conference that will take place next week in Las Vegas: "The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's (CLOC) annual institute in Law Vegas will allow general counsel and legal operations professionals to discuss the nuances of running an efficient and data-driven legal department."

10. "Salary History Law Adds Hurdle to Law Firm Hiring," 04.25.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports with the law poised to change in Philadelphia as it has in other jurisdictions, prohibiting employers from asking questions about job applicants' salary histories, legal recruiters are rethinking their practices.

11. "4 Trends Shaping Our Legal Future," 04.24.17.
Olga Mack, our almost Friday plenary speaker in San Francisco before the lights went out, writing with a colleague for Above the Law, identifies four trends that are going to change the practice of law, and talks about how the profession can be ready for them.

12. "The Touchiest-Feeliest Law Jobs Conference Of The Decade," 04.24.17.
Some snarky ATL coverage of the NALP conference by Elie Mystal, who in the end isn't wrong: "Millennials aren't in charge at law firms yet, but they will be. And their numbers are so great even as juniors that their wishes cannot be ignored. Whether your firm is able to interact with these people, on their terms, will have a lot to do with whether your firm retains its best talent. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of that equation, so…either you update your review process to give actual feedback and constructive help, or you're going to lose your people."

13. "Is Whittier Law School's Closure a Big Mistake? Some Think So.," 04.24.17.
Law.com reports that the decision to close Whittier's law school is "drawing sharp debate" as legal academics and students argue over "whether the move is prudent or foolhardy."

    a. "Whittier Law Students Protest, Demand More Information About School Closure," 04.24.17.
    Above the Law reports on the student protests that have followed in the wake of the announcement that Whittier Law School will close.

    b. "Closing of Whittier Law School illustrates 'generational wealth shifting,' professor says," 04.25.17.
    The ABA Journal reports on a blog post by a law professor from Pepperdine who argues Whittier Law School is closing because it (and schools like it) missed an opportunity to "shed retirement-age faculty during the economic downturn."

    c. "What Comes After Whittier Shutdown?," 04.25.17.
    Inside Higher Ed tackles this vexing question with an in-depth look at how things got to this point and what it might mean for other law schools.

    d. "Some Sad Truths About The Closing Of Whittier Law School," 04.24.17.
    More on the Pepperdine law prof blog post from Above the Law.

14. "Ousted Cincinnati Law Dean Sues School to Get Job Back," 04.24.17.
Law.com reports that former University of Cincinnati College of Law dean Jennifer Bard "has sued to get her job back after being placed on administrative leave last month following clashes with faculty over proposed budget cuts."

    a. "Law dean sues University of Cincinnati over ouster, seeks reinstatement," 04.24.17.
    And the ABA Journal also reports on this development.

    b. "Law school dean sues UC," 04.24.17.
    More on this from Cincinnati.com.

15. "Partner Promotions Dip at New York's Largest Firms," 04.24.17.
The New York Law Journal reports that partner promotions at New York-based Am Law 100 firms dipped by 14 percent in 2016, but that the slowdown was less pronounced than in other parts of the country.

16. "First Participants in Texas Bar Legal Incubator Program Help Close the Justice Gap," 04.24.17.
Texas Lawyer reports that the first participants of the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator have finished a three-week boot camp that will enable them to launch solo careers that will serve poor and middle-income Texans.

17. "Foley & Lardner Explores Union With New York's Friedman Kaplan," 04.23.17.
The American Lawyer reports that Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner has approached New York-based Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman about a possible merger.

18. "Bilzin Sumberg Sets Its Own Standard for Success," 04.21.17.
The Daily Business Review profiles Bilzin's financial success: "Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod isn't on the Amlaw 200 list of top grossing US law firms. But it regularly ranks among them in terms of profits per partner and revenue per lawyer."

19. "Linklaters scraps individual partner targets in effort to boost focus on teamwork," 04.19.17.
Legal Week reports that "Linklaters is moving away from individual financial targets for partners, in a bid to improve teamwork at the magic circle firm."

20. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Fox Rothschild Grows Revenue 14 Percent, Profits Stay Flat," 04.26.17. (American Lawyer)

    b. "Fisher & Phillips Posts Double-Digit Rise in Revenue," 04.24.17. (Daily Report: Revenue up 11.7%, PPP up 6.4%)




April 21, 2017

1. "Whittier Law School, Unable to 'Right-Size,' Will Close," 04.19.17.
The Recorder reports that "the Board of Trustees of Whittier College announced on Wednesday that Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, will close."

    a. "Whittier Law School Says It Will Shut Down," 04.19.17.
    The New York Times reports that "Whittier is the first law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association to announce plans to close."

    b. "Whittier Law School To Close, Will Not Admit A 1L Class This Fall," 04.19.17.
    TaxProf Blog publishes the message from the Whittier Board of Trustees.

    c. "Whittier Law School's Collapse Won't Be the Last: Experts," 04.20.17.
    Law.com speaks with pundits who foresee more law school closures ahead "because its economic troubles are not unique."

    d. "Whittier Law to close; profs fighting to keep it open," 04.20.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal, reporting that "a group of law professors…have filed a temporary restraining order motion asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to halt the decision."

    e. "Whittier Law School Won't Enroll New Students," 04.20.17.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

2. "Law school transfers grow, taking achieving 1Ls to higher-ranking schools," 04.19.17.
The ABA Journal takes a look at the implications of the ever increasing numbers of law school transfer students, with successful first-year students easily moving to higher-ranked schools to complete their degrees.

3. "Embracing Digital, LSAT Loosens Its Grip on the No. 2 Pencil," 04.19.17.
Law.com reports that reports that "the Law School Admission Council…will conduct the first national digital [LSAT] exam with 1,000 prospective law students taking the test on tablet computers."

4. "'Smart Contracts' Demand Sharper Tech Skills From Lawyers, Experts Say," 04.19.17.
LegalTech News writes that "as 'smart contracts' become more common in more sectors of the economy, lawyers will need to increase their technical know-how."

5. "Addicted or Depressed Lawyers Need More than 'Wellness'," 04.19.17.
A behavioral health consultant focused on the legal industry, writing here for Law.com, tackles wellness programs and the role they can play when more serious issues are in play.

6. "Salary bump keeps more BigLaw associates from going in-house, but will partners feel a pinch?," 04.18.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the big bump in BigLaw associate salaries last year has slowed the movement of young lawyers to in-house jobs."

7. "Will Law Schools' LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump's 'America First' Stance?," 04.18.17.
The National Law Journal reports that "law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States."

    a. "Executive Order Targeting H-1B Could Hurt Schools and Universities, Immigration Attorney Says," 04.18.17.
    Corporate Counsel speaks to an immigration partner to explore the potential implications of this week's executive order to retool the H-1B visa program.

    b. "Trump's New Order on Visas Could Make American Colleges Less Appealing Overseas," 04.19.17.
    More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

8. "New Movie's Profits to Fund UCLA Law School Human Rights Institute," 04.18.17.
The Recorder reports that, in an unusual deal, a new human rights institute at UCLA's law school will be funded with a $20 million gift partially generated from profits of the upcoming film "The Promise," starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.

9. "Study Shows Gender Diversity Varies Widely Across Practice Areas," 04.18.17.
The American Lawyer reports "a recent study found that women still lag significantly behind their male counterparts in certain key Big Law practice areas," including banking, corporate, and litigation.

10. "Why Diversity Really Matters," 04.18.17.
An employment law lawyer writing for Above the Law provides five tips for employers seeking to enhance diversity.

11. "Dentons Culls Partners Amid Budget Shortfall," 04.17.17.
According to The American Lawyer, "as many as 20 or more partners have been forced out" at Dentons. ("Dentons acknowledged last month that it had laid off 60 staff members in the US following consolidation from the McKenna Long merger. It also cut lawyer and staff jobs in the UK this year.")

    a. "Dentons reportedly ousts 20 or more partners," 04.18.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

12. "Berkeley Law, Ex-Dean Settle Suits Over Alleged Harassment," 04.15.17.
The National Law Journal reports that "UC Berkeley has reached a settlement with ousted law school dean Sujit Choudhry, ending a tumultuous saga that erupted last year after his former executive assistant sued him for sexual harassment."

    a. "Accuser gets $1.7M from UC Berkeley in settlement over unwanted touching," 04.17.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

13. "Big Law Bends to Challenge Midsize Firms on Flexibility," 04.14.17.
Law.com reports on a wave of BigLaw flexibility announcements that it says are already common place at midsize and smaller firms.

14. "The Young Lawyers Issue," April 2017.
Law Practice Today has published its annual Young Lawyers Issue, with more than a dozen articles that will be of interest to young lawyers.



April 14, 2017

1. "Interim dean at Charlotte School of Law resigns after less than a month on the job," 04.13.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the interim dean of Charlotte School of Law abruptly resigned on Thursday after he worked in the position less than a month."

    a. "Seen as last hope, Charlotte School of Law dean resigns three weeks into job," 04.13.17.
    More on this, including an interview with outgoing dean Scott Broyles, from The Charlotte Observer.

    b. "Dean Of Struggling Law School Quits After Less Than A Month On The Job," 04.13.14.
    And more on this from Above the Law.

2. "A Perfect Global Storm: In-House Leaders See Rough Waters, Similar Challenges," 04.13.17.
New survey research findings from in-house legal leaders show that their top concerns remain regulation and cybersecurity threats, according to analyses by Corporate Counsel (so we're good with those compliance jobs).

3. "Multistate bar exam scores drop to lowest point ever; is there a link to low-end LSAT scores?," 04.12.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "the average score on the multistate bar exam in February 2017 dropped by another point, reaching the lowest level since the exam was first administered in 1972."

    a. "Most Law Schools Did Horrendous on This State's Bar Exam," 04.11.17.
    Above the Law reports on the results of the February 2017 Florida bar exam that had its lowest pass rate since the February 2009 exam.

4. "How Gender Bias Corrupts Performance Reviews, and What to Do About It," 04.12.17.
This Harvard Business Review article by Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio says research shows that women are more likely than men to receive critical subjective feedback in performance reviews. (See the May issue of NALP's Professional Development Quarterly about things employers can do to move the needle forward on gender diversity.)

5. "Recent Grads Are Drowning In Debt, Think It's Too Easy To Get Into Law School," 04.12.17.
Above the Law reports that according to a new survey by Kaplan Bar Review, 64 percent of graduates from the class of 2016 think that law schools should raise their academic standards for admissions.

6. "How to bring about change in law firms," 04.12.17.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, this week on why law firm change is particularly difficult ("lawyers fight change more aggressively and successfully than other people"), but has never been more important — with some self-admittedly shameless promotion of his new book (watch your June NALP Bulletin for a review of his book by yours truly).

7. "A Duty to Be Technologically Competent: Coming Soon to a Professional Code of Conduct Near You?," 04.12.17.
This post in Slaw reports that the Federation of Law Societies in Canada is considering a change to its Model Code that would add an ethical duty for lawyers to use technology competently, as the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, recognized by 27 US states, now requires.

8. "For Law Firms, It's from Alternative Fees to Alternative Business Models," 04.12.17.
Legaltech News reports on a panel discussion in Palo Alto that addressed "how technology plays a part in changing the billable hour and the law firm partner structure."

9. "Dollars & Data: Law Firms Increasing Marketing, Business Development Tech Spend," 04.12.17.
Legaltech News reports that new survey results from Bloomberg Law/Legal Marketing Association shows that "law firms are focusing on marketing as an arena ripe for technology use."

10. "Black college graduates are losing wealth. Here's what can help.," 04.12.17.
This op-ed in The Washington Post reacts to new research that shows "between 1992 and 2013, college-educated whites saw their wealth soar by 86 percent while college-educated blacks saw theirs plummet by 55 percent," and suggests some strategies for combatting the trend.

11. "Clients Not Ready to 'Talk to a Robot,' but Jackson Lewis Bets on Automating Compliance Tasks," 04.11.17.
Legaltech News reports that Jackson Lewis has announced the beta launch of new client-facing technology to handle compliance.

12. "Gay Twins Strive for Equality in Big Law," 04.11.17.
Leigh Jones, writing for The American Lawyer, profiles two Big Law partners who happen to be twins, and gay: "The 44-year old lawyers are both openly gay, and they are adamant about improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people."

13. "What's Next in Legal Tech? A Podcast From Stanford's FutureLaw," 04.10.17.
Law.com provides this podcast from Stanford's recent FutureLaw conference, where "if there was an overriding theme at this year's event…it was that the current law firm model is unsustainable and isn't serving the needs of clients or society generally."

14. "Addressing Large Employment Gaps on Your Resume," 04.10.17.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, provides lawyers with advice about addressing employment gaps on a resume.

15. "Harry Reid Takes Fellowship at UNLV Law School," 04.10.17.
Law.com reports that former Senate majority leader Harry Reid will be a distinguished fellow in law and policy at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

16. "Another Biglaw Firm Raises Billing Requirements In The Wake Of The Pay Raise," 04.10.17.
David Lat, writing for Above the Law, says there are four ways for law firms to pay for the recent associate pay hike — by raising billing rates, by taking money out of partner pockets, by laying off staff, and by raising billable hour requirements — and suggests that the market reveals firms are doing all of those things.

17. "How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid," 04.10.17.
A high school student from Flint, Michigan, who will attend the University of Michigan in the fall as a first-generation college student, and writing here for The New York Times, writes about what he learned at a summer program at Phillips Exeter: "To get into elite colleges, one must train for standardized tests with the intensity of an athlete."

18. "Billing and Fees: The Trends, the Feuds, and the Future," 04.10.17.
ALM provides a special report on current billing trends and "how clients are changing the billing game."

19. "Firms Announce Flextime Policies. How Exciting.," 04.10.17.
Vivia Chen, ALM's Careerist, writing here for The American Lawyer, suggests that recent law firm announcements about new flex time policies are no big deal.

20. "Fixing Student Debt: A Common-Sense Approach," 04.09.17.
The President of Indiana University, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, suggests a strategy for curbing student debt that has been piloted at his school, and is the basis for a proposed House bill that "would require colleges and universities that accept federal aid to send an annual 'debt letter' to every student, estimating their total loan debt and future monthly payments." (Subscription required.)

21. "The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews," 04.08.17.
A Yale management professor, writing for the Sunday New York Times, argues that research shows job interviews are generally worse than useless: "They can be harmful, undercutting the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees."

22. "Number of LSAT Takers is Up, But Law School Applications Are Down," 04.07.17.
Law.com reports that according to the Law School Admission Council, the number of LSAT test takers is up 3.3 percent across the last four testing dates, but as of March 31, the number of law school applicants was down 1.9 percent.

    a. "Number of LSAT test-takers is up, but the surge isn't helping law schools," 04.11.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

23. "Jobs Report Brings More Bad News for Legal Employment," 04.07.17.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest numbers from the USBLS, the US legal sector lost 1,500 jobs in March, the third month in a row of job losses for the sector, which remains down more than 50,000 jobs from the pre-recession high in 2007.

    a. "Legal sector loses 1,500 jobs in March," 04.07.15.
    More on this from the ABA.

24. "5 Things First-Years Need To Do To Survive Biglaw," 04.07.17.
Lateral Link provides advice for new associates on Above the Law.

25. "Small But Scrappy, Independent Law Firms Make Their Stand," 04.07.17.
The American Lawyer previews a gathering of small and independent law firms that will take place later this year in London.

26. "New York City just banned bosses from asking this sensitive question," 04.06.17.
The Washington Post reports that New York City has joined Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and Philadelphia in banning employers from asking job applicants about what they make in their current or past job. (The Post reports that more than 20 other city and state legislatures have introduced similar provisions.)

    a. "Employment Law Experts Question Bill Banning Salary History Questions for Job Applicants," 04.07.17.
    The New York Law Journal takes a look at this development.

27. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Kirkland's Gross Revenue, Partner Profits Hit New Highs," 04.11.17. (American Lawyer: Revenue up 15%, PPP up 14%)

    b. "New York's High-Flying Firms Hit New Heights in Profits, Revenue," 04.10.17.
    ALM reports on the 2016 financial performance of a group of New York law firms: "Top firms in New York outperformed their Am Law 100 counterparts across the country last year, with several reporting double-digit growth in profits and revenue."



April 7, 2017

1. "Top 3 Reasons for Associate Attrition and 3 Ways to Combat It," 04.07.17.
Legaltech News identifies the top three reasons for costly associate attrition, including lack of associate training and mentoring, and suggests three ways to combat it, including, not surprisingly, technology.

2. "Up to 100,000 Taxpayers Compromised in Fafsa Tool Breach, IRS Says," 04.06.17.
The New York Times reports that "the Internal Revenue Service said on Thursday that the personal data of as many as 100,000 taxpayers could have been compromised through a scheme in which hackers posed as students using an online tool to apply for financial aid."

    a. "Breach of Financial-Aid Tool May Have Compromised Data on 100,000 Taxpayers," 04.06.17.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "nearly 100,000 taxpayers may have had their personal information compromised by a security breach of an Internal Revenue Service tool that makes it easier to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Fafsa."

3. "Crackdown on For-Profit Law Schools," 04.06.17.
Inside Higher Ed takes a look recent ABA sanctions against "some of the lowest-performing institutions it accredits," including Arizona Summit Law School and Charlotte School of Law, both owned by Infilaw System.

4. "Can changing how we measure lawyer performance unlock diversity?," 04.06.17.
Paul Lippe, writing for the ABA Legal Rebels column, argues that "diversity is one of a number of reasons law urgently needs to improve how it measures performance."

5. "ASU Law Bets on Video Education With New Facility Integration," 04.06.17.
Legaltech News reports that Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has opened a new law campus in downtown Phoenix that integrates the Mediasite video capture platform.

6. "Legal Depts. Ask Firms for Diversity, Make Efforts In-House," 04.05.17.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's Pathfinder program that aims to teach minority lawyers with three to six years of experience about networking, career development, and personal branding.

7. "Law Firm Merger Mania Continues in First Quarter of 2017," 04.05.17.
The American Lawyer reports that according to Altman Weil, "law firm merger activity in the first quarter of 2017 continued to accelerate as legal services shops gained growth and market share through acquisitions."

8. "Ex-Cincinnati Dean Claims Her Removal Was Improper," 04.05.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that an attorney representing the former dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Jennifer Bard, has said that "the university violated its own internal rules when it pushed her out of the dean job on March 22."

9. "How to Get Addiction Treatment Without Killing Your Legal Career," 04.05.17.
A behavioral health consultant writing for Law.com provides advice for practicing lawyers who are fearful of seeking help for substance use or mental health problems for fear of damaging their careers.

10. "Women and Rejection," 04.04.17.
Vivia Chen, writing as The Careerist for Law.com, takes a look at a recent study reported in the Harvard Business Review that finds "women are less likely to apply for a job if they had been rejected for a similar position in the past."

11. "Another Woman Law Dean Appointed, This Time at U. of Missouri," 04.04.17.
Law.com reports that the University of Missouri School of Law has selected Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky as its next dean.

12. "Top Black Lawyers Share Advice with Young Attorneys of Color," 04.04.17.
Bloomberg Law speaks with some of the participants at the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, held last week in Chicago, and asks them what advice they have for their younger peers.

13. "Student Debt May Prevent Some Americans From Buying Homes," 04.03.17.
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, "Americans continue to default on student loans at a 'stubbornly high' rate, and a small share of borrowers are unable to buy homes due to high levels of student debt." (Subscription required.)

    a. "Student Debt and Home Buying," 04.04.17.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

14. "While Not a 'Tech Unicorn,' Allen & Overy Joins Law Firms in the Tech Hub Circuit," 04.03.17.
Law.com reports that Allen & Overy has joined the growing list of law firms that have created technology hubs — with its announcement that its London office will launch a tech innovation space called Fuse — this will be "a collaborative environment for A&O lawyers and their clients and technology companies to brainstorm and develop technologies for transacting deals, regulatory compliance, and the delivery of legal services and advice."

15. "The 2017 Pro Bono Hot List," 04.03.17.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual Pro Bono Hot List.

16. "Four Iconic DC Law Firms Travel Distinct Paths to Growth," 04.03.17.
The National Law Journal takes a look at the four different growth strategies used by Arnold & Porter, Covington, Hogan and Wilmer.

17. "Crowell & Moring, Herrick Call Off Tie-Up Talks," 04.03.17.
The National Law Journal reports that "advanced merger talks between Crowell & Moring, and Herrick, Feinstein have ended."

    a. "Crowell and Herrick Feinstein call off merger talks," 04.04.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

18. "Facebook Pushes Outside Law Firms to Become More Diverse," 04.02.17.
The New York Times reports that "Facebook is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters."

19. "Dallas Legal Market is Smoking Hot in 2017," 04.01.17.
The American Lawyer, via Texas Lawyer, reports that "the Dallas legal market is rollicking like it never has before."

20. "In 'digital-first strategy,' National Law Journal will switch weekly newspaper to monthly magazine," 03.31.17.
The ABA Journal reports that The National Law Journal will discontinue its weekly newspaper and replace it with a monthly magazine and enhanced daily online reporting.

    a. "Requiem for a Weekly Newspaper," 04.03.17.
    And in an eerie bit of legal publishing synchronicity, the Canadian publication Lawyers Weekly will cease print publication and replace it with online legal news reporting — here Jordan Furlong, writing for Slaw, provides an eloquent requiem.

21. "Dechert Debuts New Talent Team With Fried Frank, AP Hires," 03.31.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that Dechert has hired Alison Nina Bernard as chief talent officer, and Satra Sampson-Arokium as director of diversity and inclusion.

22. "Big Law Rainmakers Spill Their Secrets," 03.30.17.
The American Lawyer speaks with rainmakers about their secrets for developing great client relationships.

23. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "DC Cheat Sheet: How 10 Washington Firms Fared in Revenue, Profits," 04.05.17.
    The National Law Journal aggregates the 2016 year-end financial results for some of DC's largest law firms.

    b. "Schulte Roth Holds Steady With Modest Increases in its 2016 Financial Results," 04.03.17. (American Lawyer: Revenue up 1%, PPP up 2.6%)



March 31, 2017

1. "Law firms use data to judge lateral hires' potential success," 04.01.17.
The April issue of the ABA Journal magazine reports that an increasing number of law firms are "turning to statistics and performance analytics to help them determine which of their laterals are delivering and which are not."

2. "Underestimate Harvard's New Admissions Strategy at Your Own Risk," 03.30.17.
Bill Henderson, writing for Law.com, suggests that Harvard's decision to accept the GRE is a marker of a much bigger paradigm shift in legal education.

3. "If It's a New Dean, It's Likely a Woman," 03.30.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "six of the eight new law deans appointed this month are women [and] well over half of the new deans taking the reins starting this summer are women."

4. "Cincinnati Law Dean Is Put on Leave After Proposing Ways to Cut Budget," 03.30.17.
The New York Times takes a deep dive into the firing of the Cincinnati law dean last week, finding that school's fact pattern of troubled finances emblematic of what is happening at many other law schools across the country.

5. "Student Interest Drives New Tech Law Program at Cornell Law's NYC Campus," 03.29.17.
Legaltech News reports that "Cornell Law will offer a program in Information and Technology Law from its New York City campus…that focuses on legal issues surrounding modern technology, cybersecurity, and online privacy, and the constitutional and regulatory implications of emerging technologies and big data."

6. "South Florida's Billing Rates Remain Flat As Small Firms Get More Than Half the Work," 03.29.17.
The Daily Business Review reports that "lawyer billing rates in the South Florida market grew more slowly than in most large markets through 2015, and a larger percentage of the work went to smaller law firms."

7. "Legal Leaders Discuss Pathways to Success for Black Women," 03.29.17.
The New York Law Journal reports on the proceedings at a bar association program, "Black Women Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership," that was hosted this week at Goodwin Procter.

8. "185 Corporate Counsel Urge Congress to Fund LSC," 03.28.17.
The National Law Journal reports that "leaders of corporate legal departments…urged Congress in a letter on Tuesday to preserve the LSC at a funding level of $450 million."

    a. "Why General Counsel Oppose Trump's Legal Services Cuts," 03.19.17.
    The National Law Journal takes a look at what motivated the GC letter, noting that "many of the volunteer hours that in-house lawyers spend doing pro bono…would not be possible without the funding and structure LSC provides for local legal aid groups across the country."

    b. "More than 160 Law School Deans Pen Letter of Support for Legal Services Corporation," 03.24.17.
    And in related news, LSC reports that "more than 160 law school deans sent a letter to Congressional leaders on Thursday, March 23, urging support for the Legal Services Corporation."

    c. "Law deans and GCs join campaign to save Legal Services Corp. funding," 03.29.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "Arizona Summit Law School Slapped With Probation," 03.28.17.
Law.com reports that "the American Bar Association has placed Arizona Summit Law School on probation for violating a number of its standards, including rules covering admissions, bar passage and academic support."

    a. "ABA puts Arizona Summit School of Law on probation," 03.27.17.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

10. "Supreme Court lets stand ruling in favor of ABA in blind man's LSAT disability suit," 03.28.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the US Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling in favor of the ABA in a suit by a blind man who claimed accreditation standards discriminate against law school applicants with disabilities."

    a. "Blind Law School Applicant Loses High Court Case, But Vows Continued Fight," 03.28.17.
    More on this from Supreme Court Brief.

11. "In answer to ABA lawsuit, Education Department says it never changed loan forgiveness rules," 03.28.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "in response to a lawsuit from the American Bar Association, the US Department of Education appears to be arguing that it has never issued any approval to participate in its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program."

    a. "Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says," 03.30.17.
    More on this from The New York Times: "In a legal filing submitted last week, the Education Department suggested that borrowers could not rely on the program's administrator to say accurately whether they qualify for debt forgiveness. The thousands of approval letters that have been sent by the administrator, FedLoan Servicing, are not binding and can be rescinded at any time, the agency said."

12. "Law Students Share How It Feels to Win a Man's Freedom," 03.28.17.
Law.com reports on the release of a man held in prison for 32 years for a murder he didn't commit, and the role that law students from Loyola Law School played in securing his freedom.

13. "Study: Income-Based Repayment Reduced Defaults," 03.28.17.
Inside Higher Ed reports on a new study that finds that the federal income-based repayment program has led to fewer student loan defaults.

14. "Partners Question 'Unreasonable' Deutsche Demands on Junior Lawyer Pay," 03.28.17.
The American Lawyer reports on partner reactions to last week's announcement by Deutsche Bank that it would no longer pay law firms for the work of junior lawyers.

15. "Emory Law Dean to Step Down In July," 03.28.17.
According to the Daily Report, "Emory University School of Law's dean, Robert Schapiro, has announced he will step down as dean and return to teaching when his term ends this summer."

16. "Are In-House Lawyers Happy With Their Outside Counsel?," 03.28.17.
Above the Law reports on new research that measures the happiness of in-house lawyers, and their happiness with their outside counsel: "While in-house lawyers generally like their current jobs better than their old ones (many are Biglaw refugees), they could be made a little happier by the improved performance of their outside counsel."

17. "Low-Cost Bar Prep Materials? Unbundling To Drive Down Costs," 03.28.17.
Kyle McEntee, writing for Above the Law, interviews the founder of a new company that is looking to unbundle bar prep materials so that students have affordable options.

18. "Law school debt — and private school tuition revenue — may be declining," 03.27.17.
The ABA Journal reports that according to new analyses of the US News numbers, "when inflation is calculated in, 115 law schools have seen students' debt loads decline between 2013 and 2016." (The research suggests that "a potential reason for the trend…could be that fewer law school students pay full tuition.")

19. "M&A's Missing Women," 03.27.17.
The American Lawyer takes a look at how women, long absent from the deal table, are slowly changing mergers and acquisitions practices.

    a. "The Gender Divide Among Dealmaking Laterals," 03.27.17.
    And in a related piece, The American Lawyer takes a look at the breakdown along gender lines of lateral movement among dealmaking practices, finding that women seem to switch firms faster than men.

20. "With Hourly Rates Rising, Report Shows Spotty Record for GC's Cost-Constraint Tactics," 03.27.17.
The American Lawyer reports that "hourly rates are rebounding strongly from the post-recession doldrums and Big Law is leading the way in capturing more money for their time [while] overall demand for lawyers' time continues to fall."

21. "ABA May Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes," 03.24.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the American Bar Association is considering deep-sixing a rule requiring full-time faculty to teach at least half of every law school's upper-level courses."

    a. "More Law School Courses for Adjuncts?," 03.29.17.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

22. "Women Leaders Forum Co-Founder Kim Stuart Presents a 360-Degree Case For Diversity," 03.24.17.
Above the Law reports on a program hosted by the Women Leaders Forum in Washington, DC, and speaks with the leader of the group about the importance of redoubling law firm diversity efforts: "I want to see those small percentages of women in leadership roles increase substantially in my lifetime."

23. "Could Biglaw See Another Associate Pay Raise — Followed By A Recession?," 03.24.17.
David Lat, writing for Above the Law, opines that there is actually historical precedent for a double pay bump for associates: "one raise is followed by another raise or raises in fairly short succession — followed by multiyear periods of no raises at all."

24. "Law Firm Spinoffs an Option as Lawyers Look to Go Lean," 03.24.17.
The Legal Intelligencer finds mounting evidence that "for lawyers looking to reinvent the way they practice, sometimes the best option is to just start from scratch."

25. "Biglaw Associates Offered Work/Life Balance Perks That Go Unused," 03.23.17.
Above the Law reports on the latest Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Survey that finds not many associates actually use perks geared toward improving their work/life balance.

26. "What Does It Take to Climb Up the Ladder?," 03.23.17.
An interesting Op-Ed in The New York Times takes a look at some new research that shows when it comes to professional and economic success, "cognitive skills are important, but so are harder-to-measure strengths that fall under the heading of what is sometimes called character."

27. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Revenue Creeps Up, Partner Profits Dip at Kilpatrick," 03.30.17. (Daily Report: Revenue up 1.2%, PPP down 1.5%)

    b. "Growth Surge Ends at Debevoise, But Ex-Partners Return," 03.30.17. (American Lawyer: down 2.9%, PPP down 8.2%)

    c. "Kasowitz Reports Down Year; Trims Firm Name as Ex-Partner Assumes Ambassador Post," 03.30.17. (American Lawyer: Revenue down 7.5%, PPP up <1%)

    d. "Still in Growth Mode, Squire Patton Boggs Boosts Partner Profits," 03.29.17. (American Lawyer: Revenue up 6%m PPP up 15%)

    e. "Wilmer Grows Partner Profits, Trims Head Count as California Beckons," 03.28.17. (National Law Journal: Revenue flat, PPP up 3%)

    f. "Seyfarth Grows Revenue, Profits as Lean Investment Pays Off," 03.08.17. (American Lawyer: Revenue up 6%, PPP up 3%)

    g. "Am Law 100/200: The Early Reports," 02.03.17. The American Lawyer is collecting law firm year-end financial reports here as they are published.


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