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.



April 29, 2016

1. "George Mason's Plans to Honor Scalia Spark Protests Over the University's Direction," 04.29.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the growing campus backlash at George Mason, including student and faculty protest against the law school name change.

    a. "New Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason Draws Fire," 04.28.16.
    The National Law Journal reports that "opposition is mounting" to George Mason's plans to rename its law school for the late Justice Scalia, and a member of the Virginia legislature has now joined the fray.

    b. "What's in a Name Change? Politics, Some at George Mason University Fear," 04.28.16.
    And The New York Times takes notice of the growing controversy, citing the enormous investments made by Charles G. Koch and other conservative donors have made to the university over recent years.

    c. "George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School," 04.27.16.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "George Mason University's Faculty Senate voted on Wednesday to condemn the renaming of the university's law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia."

    d. "George Mason Faculty Senate Questions Decision to Rename Law School After Scalia," 04.28.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed, noting that $10 million of the total $30 million funding for the name change comes from the Charles Koch Foundation.

2. "Pass Rates Slide for Takers of February Bar Exam," 04.27.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that the pass rate for test-takers of the February bar slid further in New York, with only 63 percent of first time test-takers who attended New York law schools passing, compared with rates of 68 and 67 percent in the two previous February administrations of the test.

3. "Charles Koch Foundation Gives SMU $3.5M to Establish Criminal Justice Center," 04.27.16.
The National Law Journal reports that SMU's law school has received a $3.5 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation that will help fund a new criminal justice reform program at the school.

4. "More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt," 04.26.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "more and more law firms are adopting initiatives to help lawyers refinance their law school loans at reduced rates."

5. "As Law School Applicant Pool Shrinks, Student Body Diversifies," 04.26.16.
NPR's All Things Considered interviews a law professor at St. Louis University to talk about diversity and the shrinking law school applicant pool.

6. "From Student to Master: E-Discovery Education Comes to the Forefront," 04.26.16.
Legaltech News writes that law schools are behind when it comes to formal technology and e-discovery education, noting that university programs have been faster to jump into courses and programs relating to cybersecurity.

    a. "E-Discovery Education in Action: A Look at Tulsa College of Law," 04.26.16.
    Legaltech News profiles Tulsa's first-year e-discovery practicum.

7. "Should nonlawyers be allowed to own law firms? ABA commission revisits the issue," 04.25.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services is taking up the question of whether the ethics rules that bar nonlawyer ownership of law firms is outdated.

8. "More Law School Applicants Expected for Fall Semester," 04.25.16.
The National Law Journal reports that at least one industry expert is predicting a rise of 5.5% in the number of law school applicants after five years of steady declines in those numbers.

    a. "Are law school applications rising? So far applicant pool is larger and stronger, law prof says," 04.26.16.
    The ABA Journal also reports on law prof Jerry Organ's predictions about law school application numbers.

    b. "Projections for Law School Enrollment for Fall 2016," 04.24.16.
    You can read Professor Organ's original Legal Whiteboard blog post here.

9. "The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law," 04.25.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual list of the top-grossing US law firms, noting that last year was "the slowest growth since the Great Recession."

    a. "The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown," 04.25.16.
    In reporting summary findings of its Am Law 100 rankings, The American Lawyer notes that lawyer headcount was flat in 2015, equity partner numbers fell, overall gross revenue grew by 3.7%, and overall profits per partner grew by 4%.

    b. "Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue," 04.25.16. (American Lawyer)

    c. "Firms Ranked by Profits Per Lawyer," 04.25.16. (American Lawyer)

    d. "Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth," 04.25.16.
    The American Lawyer interviews law firm leaders in the wake of the publication of their 2016 Am Law 100 financial survey results.

    e. "Am Law 100 Market Reports: Location, Location, Location," 04.25.16.
    The American Lawyer looks at five markets in conjunction with its newest Am Law 100 report: New York, London, Pennsylvania, California and Chicago.

    f. "Growth Slows at Largest New York Law Firms," 04.26.16.
    And the New York Law Journal weighs in on the 2016 Am Law 100 results, noting that "revenue and profit growth cooled at most of the largest New York law firms in 2015 after several years of rapid growth."

    g. "Top UK Firms Still Must Bridge a Big Gulf with The Am Law 100," 04.27.16.
    Legal Week reacts to the publication of the latest Am Law 100 rankings, noting the huge disparity in size and profitability between the bulk of UK firms and their counterparts in the US.

10. "Common Application to Change Gender-Identity Options," 04.25.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that two common application systems for undergraduate admissions will both change the way they collect information about applicants' gender.

    a. "Beyond Male/Female," 04.26.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "Both the Common Application and the Universal College Application are changing their applications to make it easy for applicants who do not identify as either male or female to describe how they wish to be identified."

11. "Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith End Merger Discussions," 04.22.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith have ended merger discussions."

    a. "What Caused 'Abrupt' End to Pepper-Reed Merger Talks?," 04.26.16.
    The Legal Intelligencer speculates about the reasons that merger talks between these two firms suddenly came to a stop.

12. "Making the Mental Transition From Student to Professional," 04.21.16.
A thoughtful post from Slaw on the transformation from law student to professional.

13. "Women lawyers at Wall Street firms are rarely partners, study finds," 04.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports on new research from Law360 that found "less than 19 percent of the partners practicing at Wall Street law firms are women."

14. "Comments are making the internet worse. So we got rid of them," 04.21.16.
An interesting piece by David Lat, writing for The Washington Post, on why they have eliminated comments on the Above the Law website.

15. "There is NOT An Explosion In LegalTech," 04.20.16.
In the spirit of point and counter-point, a post from the Associate's Mind blog that argues, contrary to a piece published last week, that there is in fact NOT an explosion in legal tech startups.

16. "The (Human) Lawyer's Role in the Future of Legal (Part 2)," 04.19.16.
LegalTech News presents the second part of its assessment of Susskind's predictions about the future of law and technology.



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.



April 22, 2016

1. "Law Firms That Prove They Know Technology Have a Better Chance of Survival," 04.21.16.
A great article in Legaltech News on the increasingly fundamental role that technology is playing in the practice of law, including the advent of Legal Operations and CLOC (more on that below).

2. "Morgan Lewis and Skadden Look to Shed DC Office Space," 04.21.16.
As law firms continue to evaluate how they use space, and the costs of large city center office complexes, The National Law Journal reports that two leading law firms are downsizing their real estate footprints in Washington, DC.

3. "Law Schools that Feed Big Law Partnerships," 04.21.16.
Vivia Chen, writing as The Careerist for The American Lawyer, reflects on the fact that those who make it to partnership don't always have the most stellar resumes.

4. "Mental Health Is a Professionalism Issue," 04.21.16.
A good blog post on Slaw about high rates of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues among lawyers, and what that means for the profession.

5. "How to Handle Professional Setbacks and Move Forward," 04.21.16.
A professional coach and lawyer, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides advice about how to recover from a professional setback: "Whether you were passed over for a promotion, didn't get a job you wanted, are disappointed with a decision your company made, or lost a case, there is always something you can to do move forward."

6. "There's an Explosion of Legal Startups," 04.20.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that the number of legal technology startups has more than doubled in the last two years.

7. "Syracuse Launches Online JD Program," 04.20.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Syracuse University College of Law plans to offer a so-called hybrid Juris Doctor program, in which students primarily attend class online."

8. "An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100," 04.20.16.
The American Lawyer collects its financial results reporting for the 100 top-grossing US law firms (the full Am Law 100 report will be available April 25).

9. "Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Sole Practitioner?," 04.20.16.
Slaw provides a self-assessment quiz to help young lawyers determine whether they have what it takes to take on solo or small firm practice.

10. "Microsoft to Fund New Pilot Project to Improve Legal Aid," 04.19.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Microsoft Corp. is committing $1 million to fund pilot projects for online legal portals that will direct low-income people to legal service providers."

11. "Canadian Report Shows Women In-House Lawyers Still Earn Less Than Men," 04.19.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that according to new survey research results, "women in-house counsel in Canada are earning on average about 15 percent less than their male peers."

12. "Harvard Law-Student Activists Demand Free Tuition," 04.19.16.
The National Law Journal reports that Reclaim Harvard, a group of student activists at Harvard that is pushing for greater diversity and inclusion, is calling for an end to tuition.

13. "How this woman got 54 law firms to talk diversity," 04.19.16.
BizWomen reports on Caren Ulrich Stacy's novel Women in Law Hackathon program, a Stanford Law School hosted event that will feature nine teams pitching law firm diversity solutions to a panel of judges. (According to the article, Stacy hopes the program will surface fresh solutions that will have an impact on the industry.)

14. "The CLOC is ticking: Will lawyers embrace operational excellence?," 04.19.16.
More from Paul Lippe, writing for the ABA Journal's New Normal column, on the advent of Legal Operations as a developing discipline, and the importance of the upcoming CLOC gathering in San Francisco next month. (Legal Operations professionals focus on technology and efficiency, heretofore mostly in Silicon Valley GC offices but coming soon to a client near you: "if we apply modern methods in creating legal work, we not only get better efficiency and quality in the legal work, but we can make law a more effective and integral part of how the client does business.")

15. "LAWPRO Student Magazine: What Do Law Firms Look For?," 04.19.16.
Slaw spoke with law firms across Ontario about their recruitment strategies, priorities, and philosophies.

16. "Inquiry Into BYU Law School's Expulsion of Ex-Mormon Proceeds," 04.18.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "the American Bar Association is moving forward with an inquiry into whether the expulsion of ex-Mormons by Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School violates ABA accreditation standards."

17. "Law Schools," 04.18.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report for law schools that will be of interest to CSO professionals and law school students as well. View the digital edition here. View some of the report's articles collected below.

    a. "Ask What the Bar Can Do for Law Schools," 04.18.16. (New York Law Journal)

    b. "Top 10 Tips for Acing Summer Associate Interviews," 04.18.16. (New York Law Journal)

    c. "Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers to Handle New Digital Problems," 04.18.16. (New York Law Journal)

    d. "Debunking Four Myths About Law Firm Job Offers," 04.18.16. (New York Law Journal)

    e. "Can Social Media Networking Help Your Job Search," 04.18.16. (New York Law Journal)

18. "The (Human) Lawyer's Role in the Future of Legal (Part 1)," 04.18.16.
LegalTech News takes up the question of whether technology may replace lawyers in the future, reporting on remarks made by Richard Susskind at a program at Vanderbilt Law.

    a. "ROSS and AI: The Next Step in Legal Tech," 04.14.16.
    In another program summary from the Vanderbilt program, LegalTech News asks whether artificial intelligence tools like ROSS can revolutionize law for practitioners and consumers.

19. "Are India's 1,200 Law Schools Enough?," 04.18.16.
The Asian Lawyer reports that India now has more than 2 million lawyers (the world's largest population of lawyers), fueled by a proliferation of law schools, over 1,200 in fact, 400 of which have opened in the last three years.

20. "Syracuse Appoints New Law School Dean," 04.16.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Syracuse University School of Law has named Craig Boise, the former dean at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, to be its next dean.

21. Above the Law reports on the NALP conference proceedings in Boston last week:

    a. "NALP 2016: Nobody Really Likes The New OCI, But Nobody Can Change It," 04.15.16. (Above the Law)

    b. "The Brain Drain Hasn't Destroyed Biglaw...Yet (NALP 2016)," 04.18.16. (Above the Law)

    c. "Now That There Aren't As Many Law Students, Hiring Has Stabilized (NALP 2016)", 04.21.16. (Above the Law)

22. "How to Run a Virtual Meeting That Isn't Awful," 04.15.16.
Corporate Counsel provides tips for improving virtual meetings.

23. "Kenyon & Kenyon is neither canceling nor guaranteeing its summer associate program," 04.14.16.
The ABA Journal reports that intellectual property firm Kenyon & Kenyon has announced that it cannot guarantee that it will honor summer associate offers made to students for this summer.

24. "Schools add bar exam class to curriculum and find success," 04.01.16.
The ABA Journal's April magazine reports that an increasing number of law schools are offering for-credit bar review courses as part of the curriculum.



April 15, 2016

1. "Spring Hiring Means New Deans at Five Law Schools," 04.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports on new dean appointments at the law schools at Syracuse, Loyola LA, Colorado, Denver, and BYU.

    a. "Drexel's First Law School Dean to Retire," 04.14.16.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that Roger J. Dennis, the founding dean of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, will retire next year.

2. "DOJ Civil Rights Head: 'Moral Imperative' to Close Justice Gap," 04.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports on remarks from the head of the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division who said at a program in Washington this week that "lawyers have a moral obligation to support organizations that provide civil legal services to low-income Americans."

3. "Uniform Bar Exam Adopted in New Jersey," 04.14.16.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that New Jersey has become the 22nd jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam.

4. "Is the herd finally embracing legal ops and procurement?," 04.14.16.
The ABA Journal's New Normal column reports on the rapid growth of legal operations, noting the upcoming first conference of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC). (For good background on the birth and growth of Legal Operations see this October 2015 ABA Journal article, "Where the jobs are: New tech and client needs create a new field of legal operations.")

5. "Could This Simple Idea Solve the Justice Gap?," 04.14.16.
The American Lawyer reports on an innovative legal aid hotline in Chicago.

6. "UC Law Schools Get $4.5M for Public Interest Fellowships," 04.13.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of California has established a $4.5 million annual public interest fellowship program open to students and recent graduates at four of its law schools."

7. "Bar Can't Shake Suit Seeking Race Data on Applicants," 04.13.16.
The Recorder reports that "a UCLA professor's yearlong quest to obtain data about California State Bar applicants will continue to trial this July."

8. "High Court's First Latina Justice Calls for More Diversity," 04.12.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in comments made at a public appearance in Brooklyn this week, "said that the entire legal field, from academia to the high court, could benefit from greater diversity."

9. "Why Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith Are Talking Merger," 04.12.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that Pennsylvania-founded law firms Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith are in early-stage merger talks.

    a. "Will Reed Smith-Pepper Hamilton Merger Leave Some Behind?," 04.14.16.
    The Legal Intelligencer speculates about how this merger might play itself out.

10. "Startups Take Root in New York, and Law Firms Take Notice," 04.12.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the growing venture capital market in New York and the law firm scramble to take advantage of it.

11. "Obama Administration to Forgive Billions in Student Debt for Disabled Americans," 04.12.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Education will forgive $7.7 billion in student debt for thousands of severely disabled Americans.

    a. "Feds May Forgive Loans of Up to 387,000 Disabled Borrowers," 04.13.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

12. "Bar Passage Stats Show Applicant Pool Declining," 04.11.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that the number of people taking the bar exam in Pennsylvania has reached a 13-year low.

13. "Charting a Course for Cuba: As relations thaw, law school programs heat up," 04.11.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "at least six law school classes have gone to Havana so far this semester and more schools are planning visits now that the US government has eased travel restrictions and renewed diplomatic relations."

14. "Training in the Business of the Law," 04.11.16.
Slaw blogs about the development of the law practice management module for the French language section of the new Canadian Law Practice Program, and notes that "changes in the profession also call for changes in the manner in which we train future lawyers."

15. "Are Financially Desperate Law Schools Using a 'Reverse Robin Hood Scheme' to Stay Afloat?" 04.10.16.
A law professor, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that in this lean admissions cycle "too many law schools are inducing students to take on debt that under no reasonable set of circumstances will they be able to repay," and that the practice is creating greater racial and ethnic disparities, with new research showing that "in 2015 almost 60 percent of black or Latino survey respondents said they expected to incur more than $100,000 in law-school debt, compared with 40 percent of white and Asian students."

16. "The Humble Law Firm Website Is Going Way Upscale," 04.08.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "firms are hiring marketing and image consultants and top-caliber professional photographers to make sure that their websites...stand out."

17. "Programs to Attract Millennials Are Waste of Time, Says KPMG Exec," 04.08.16.
Corporate Counsel comments on a new Harvard Business Review article that suggests members of different generations are more alike than they are different. (The HBR article, What Do Millennials Really Want at Work? The Same Things the Rest of Us Do, can be found here.)

18. "'Mini-MBA' Program Is Training European Lawyers to Be GCs," 04.08.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that a joint venture between a Dutch business school and a Dutch trade association for corporate counsel will send European GCs to Silicon Valley for 18-months of training and education.

19. "Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered," 04.08.16.
The New York Times reports on new research that shows that black and Hispanic students are only half as likely as whites and Asians to be included in programs for the gifted, and suggests that schools have contributed to these disparities by underestimating the potential of black and Hispanic children.

20. "Leadership Lessons: Value of Vision, Persuasion and Thoughtfulness," 04.08.16.
A thoughtful article on diversity and inclusion from a law firm diversity director, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, making the case that both the Civil War and the integration of Major League Baseball hold lessons for advancing law firm diversity.

21. "Getting a Student Loan With Collateral From a Future Job," 04.08.16.
The New York Times reports on an innovative program at Purdue University that will allow some students to raise money for the cost of their education through an alternative financing arrangement know as an income-share agreement.

22. "Insurer offers legal insurance directly to consumers for $16.25 a month," 04.07.16.
The ABA Journal report that "a second insurance company has decided to offer prepaid legal insurance to consumers."



April 8, 2016

1. "Top Four Things I Learned From Experiencing My First Trial," 04.08.16.
An associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, reflects on lessons learned from her first trial.

2. "More Than 40% of Student Borrowers Aren't Making Payments," 04.07.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports on new data that suggest "43% of the roughly 22 million Americans with federal student loans weren't making payments as of Jan. 1." (Subscription required.)

3. "Outside the Box: Firms Go Beyond the Law with New Ventures," 04.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "a growing band of pioneering firms are finding that nonlegal businesses can be a valuable sideline that strengthens client relationships, differentiates firms from competitors and produces new sources of revenue."

4. "Get rid of the billable hour — but then what?," 04.07.16.
The ABA Journal's New Normal column argues that "the billable hour is not the immediate cause of all that ails the legal industry."

5. "Rise in Firm Hiring Helps New Law School Grads," 04.07.17.
US News weighs in with an assessment of the job market for new law school graduates.

6. "Law School Co-Deans: 'Like a Marriage'," 04.06.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the rise of law school co-deans.

7. "Three Questions New Lawyers Should (But Don't) Ask in Job Interviews," 04.05.15.
A law firm partner, writing for The Recorder, poses three questions that she suggests law students and law clerks should ask before they accept an employment offer from a law firm.

8. "As Austin's Legal Market Explodes, Firms Rush In," 04.04.16.
The Texas Lawyer reports that the legal market in Austin is growing quickly.

9. "Diversity in the General Counsel's Office: Interview With Dianne Ralston," 04.06.16.
Corporate Counsel interviews Dianne Ralston, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at FMC Technologies.

10. "Metrics: Beyond the Billable Hour," 04.06.16.
Slaw suggests that Big Data can give firms a competitive advantage in finding ways to reduce costs and risks for their clients.

11. "Faced With Unfortunate Acronym, George Mason Renames Law School, Again," 04.06.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the role of social media in the tweaking of a law school's new name.

12. "Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown," 04.05.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "after a record-breaking year for M&A, firms are experiencing a slowdown in a range of transactional practices, without an uptick in litigation to make up for the slowdown."

13. "Debt, Diversity and Job Prospects After Law School Are Focus of Research Grants," 04.05.16.
The National Law Journal reports that the Access Group has awarded $335,000 in research monies to study law school admissions, costs, and employment after graduation (the grants will to go The American Bar Foundation, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education).

14. "Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?," 04.05.16.
The New York Times takes a look at the different paths taken from college to career, from sprinters to stragglers.

15. "A Conversation With Asian-Americans About Race," 04.05.16.
This is the latest in The New York Times short film series about race in America.

16. "The Susskinds on the End of Tomorrow's Professions," 04.03.16.
Slaw talks to the Susskinds about their latest book.

17. "More law firms raise starting pay to $160K outside New York; Holland & Knight is latest to do so," 04.01.16.
The ABA Journal reports that firms in Philadelphia, Delaware, and other markets, have all recently raised starting associate salaries to $160,000.

18. "Law Firm Leaders' Moneyball Mistake," 04.01.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, pushes back against the idea that predictive analytics can help law firms hire better lateral partners, citing the 'garbage in, garbage out' adage.

19. "Legal Industry Shares in Latest US Jobs Growth," 04.01.16.
The American Lawyer reports that based on March USBLS data, the legal industry added 1,200 jobs last month.

20. "Multistate Bar Exam average score falls to 33-year low," 03.31.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "the mean scaled score on the February administration of the Multistate Bar Examination fell to 135, down 1.2 points from the previous year and the lowest average score on a February administration of the test since 1983."

21. "Anxious About Law Student Loans? Top Tips to Help You Manage Payments," 03.31.16.
The Texas Lawyer provides tips for recent law school graduates facing student loan payments for the first time.



April 1, 2016

1. "How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession," 04.01.16
The ABA Journal's April magazine cover story explores the impact of artificial intelligence on the practice of law.

    a. "Why embracing artificial intelligence is in your law practice's best interests (podcast)," 03.28.16.
    The ABA Journal interviews Julie Sobowale about how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the practice of law.

    b. "Survey: Law firms plan more blog posting for more business," 04.01.16.
    The ABA Journal reports on new survey research from LexisNexis that found "a majority of law firms said they are planning to increase their investment in blogging and content marketing this year."

    c. "Some law firms look outside law practice to avoid their 'Kodak moment'," 04.01.16.
    In a related feature, the ABA Journal takes a look at how some law firms "have gone outside the traditional model to explore ways of using technology to enhance the practice of law and deliver services to their clients."

    d. "Why a JD Might Be Your Ticket To A Career In Tech," 03.28.16.
    And see this piece from OZY on the new tech-law career path for law school graduates.

2. "Michigan Law School Produces Most Influential and Prolific Judges, Study Finds," 03.31.16.
The National Law Journal reports that new research from the data analytics firm Ravel Law finds that the University of Michigan School of Law produces federal judges with more widely cited opinions than other law schools.

3. "Law schools in Rust Belt are in a 'survival of the fittest' mode, law prof asserts," 03.31.16.
The ABA Journal reports that new research from a law professor finds that law schools in the Midwest and Great Lakes region "are trying to survive by admitting larger numbers of less qualified ." (See also The Rust Belt Law School Crisis in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.)

4. "George Mason Law To Become Antonin Scalia School of Law," 03.31.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "George Mason University School of Law will be renamed for the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the request of an anonymous donor who gave $20 million to the school."

5. "With 'Gigs' Instead of Jobs, Workers Bear New Burdens," 03.31.16.
The New York Times reports that contractors and temps accounted for all of the job growth in employment in the last decade.

6. "Ensuring That Educators Are Honest About Job Prospects," 03.31.16.
In the aftermath of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law fraud case and the Corinthian College loan forgiveness decisions, The New York Times' Dealbook argues that there should be strict disclosure rules about graduate job prospects for all colleges and universities.

7. "Fired Charleston School of Law Professors to Return This Fall," 03.30.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "seven Charleston School of Law professors who were fired last summer amid InfiLaw Corp.'s unsuccessful bid to buy the school will return to campus in the fall of 2016 in a deal brokered by new owner Ed Bell."

8. "Corporations Are Moving Work to Less Traditional Law Firms," 03.29.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "general counsel have expressed a growing willingness to experiment with smaller firms and a skepticism of some the techniques used by larger firms to address costs."

9. "Law Firm Mergers Don't Benefit Clients, Report Finds," 03.29.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "a new report has been published that claims that the majority of law firm mergers fail to deliver benefits to clients and risk damaging partnership value."

10. "IPO Work at a Standstill," 03.29.16.
The Recorder reports that "not a single tech company in the entire United State went public" in the past three months.

11. "How to Hire a Home-Run Lateral? Look at Their Stats," 03.28.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "law firms are beginning to use statistical analysis similar to the methods used to evaluate ballplayers made famous by the book and film Moneyball," in their quest for profitable lateral partner aquisitions.

12. "Bar Study Loans Can Be Discharged in Bankruptcy, Judge Rules," 03.28.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "bar study loans are not subject to the same bankruptcy protections as traditional loans," according to a federal judge in New York in a case involving a Pace Law School graduate.

    a. "Law grad who obtained secretarial job can cancel bar-study loan in bankruptcy, judge rules," 03.28.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

    b. "Judge: Law Grads in Bankruptcy Can Cancel Loans for Studying for Bar," 03.28.16.
    And even more on this from Inside Higher Ed.

13. "Harassment Problem Is Bigger than Berkeley: Laws clash with culture of protection," 03.28.16.
The National Law Journal takes a deeper look the challenges universities face dealing with campus sexual misconduct: "Colleges are grappling with new rules and expectations in light of the US Department of Education's heightened enforcement of Title IX, which protects students and school employees from discrimination, harassment and assault."

14. "Execs Say Regulatory Scrutiny Is Their Top Risk," 03.27.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that for the fourth year in a row, the top concern of business executives worldwide is regulatory change and heightened regulatory scrutiny.

15. "Medical, Dental, 401(k)? Now Add School Loan Aid to Job Benefits," 03.25.16.
The New York Times reports that an increasing number of employers are offering young workers some student loan assistance as part of their benefits package.

16. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Patterson Belknap Holds Profits Steady," 03.31.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 0.8%, PPP down 0.3%)

    b. "Herrick Profits Rebound With Revenue Surge, Reduced Costs," 03.29.16. (New York Law Journal: Gross Revenue up 9.5%)

    c. "Katten Moves Upmarket," 03.28.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 4.5%, PPP up 8.2%)

    d. "Sutherland Holds Steady Course With Slight Revenue Increase," 03.28.16. (Daily Report: Gross Revenue up 0.2%, PPP up 3%)

    e. "Shook Hardy's Revenue Rises Amid Profit Dip," 03.25.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 2.1%, PPP down 6.8%)



March 25, 2016

1. "Law Graduate Who Sued Her School Loses at Trial," 03.24.16.
The New York Times reports that "a jury in San Diego on Thursday rejected claims by a law graduate, Anna Alaburda, that the Thomas Jefferson School of Law enticed her to enroll by using misleading graduate employment figures."

    a. "Grad Loses Job-Data Trial Against Thomas Jefferson Law School," 03.24.16.
    More on this from The National Law Journal, noting that a San Diego jury has found that "Thomas Jefferson School of Law did not defraud an alum by inflating its graduate employment statistics."

    b. "Jury: Law School Didn't Mislead Student With Jobs Data," 03.25.16.
    And more on this from Inside Higher Ed.

2. "Millennials Dish on What Their Firms Are Doing Right — and Wrong," 03.24.16.
Writing for The American Lawyer, three millennial lawyers gather feedback from their millennial peers on their thoughts about the prospects of making partner, work vs. life, diversity, training and mentoring, and pay.

3. "Would You Do Law School Again? 67% of Grads Say Yes," 03.23.16.
The National Law Journal reports on new research from Gallup and the Access Group that surveyed graduates from seven law schools and found that about half of law grads said they would do it again, though levels of satisfaction varied depending on job prospects and debt loads.

    a. "Was law school worth it? Only 20% of recent grads strongly agree, pilot study says," 03.24.16.
    The ABA Journal also reports on the new Access Group research, noting that "only 38 percent of recent grads said they had a 'good job' waiting for them at graduation, and only 20 percent of recent grads strongly agreed law school was worth the cost."

    b. "Recent Law Grads Don't Think Degree Was Worth the Cost: Survey," 03.24.16.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog also takes note of the Access Group/Gallup research on new law grads, taking a glass half-empty stance.

4. "Perkins Coie Offers Discount to Female-Run Startups," 03.23.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Perkins Coie will offer a 15 percent discount on legal services to venture capital-funded startups founded or led by a woman: "The program will be paired with educational seminars and networking events for women clients that are meant to give them a boost in the male-dominated startup world."

5. "The Law Offices of the Future Are Here, and Your Name Might Not Be On the Door," 03.23.16.
The National Law Journal reports on Reed Smith's new office space in which lawyers sit at changeable temporary communal desk spaces rather than in personal offices, a practice currently called 'hoteling.'

6. "Burford Boasts Big Year, Invests $100M in Law Firm Portfolio," 03.23.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the huge income growth of litigation funder Burford Capital LLL, which reported earnings of over $100 million in 2015; the article underscores law firms' increasing reliance on finance capital.

7. "Berkeley Law Names Interim Dean to Steer School Through Scandal," 03.22.16.
The Recorder reports that the UC-Berkeley School of Law has named 10-year faculty member Melissa Murray to serve as interim dean.

    a. "Berkeley Provost Got Law-School Appointment at Controversial Dean's Urging," 03.18.16.
    More on the developments at Berkeley Law from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    b. "After String of Incidents, Berkeley Announces Changes to Fight Sexual Misconduct," 03.24.16.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that The University of California at Berkeley has announced new initiatives to combat sexual misconduct on its campus.

    c. "Berkeley Vows to Improve Response to Sex Harassment," 03.25.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

8. "Alibaba Executive Gives $30M to Yale Law School," 03.22.16.
The National Law Journal reports that a Yale Law School alumnus has donated $30 million to his alma mater.

9. "Partnership," 03.21.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report for partners.

    a. "Firms Promote More Corporate Lawyers, Women to Partner," 03.21.16.
    (New York Law Journal)

    b. "To Merge or Not to Merge," 03.21.16.
    (New York Law Journal)

    c. "Key Steps to Successfully Integrate Government Laterals," 03.21.16.
    (New York Law Journal)

    d. "Professional Development: A Key Element of Law Firm Culture," 03.21.16.
    (New York Law Journal)

    e. "Improving Morale: Five Rules for Making Associate Assignments," 03.21.16.
    (New York Law Journal)

    f. "Are Law Firms Ready to Embrace Culture as a Path to Survival," 03.21.16.
    (New York Law Journal)

10. "Schiff Hardin lays off 11 current and incoming associates after 22 partners leave," 03.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Schiff Hardin has laid off seven current lawyers (mostly first-year associates) and four incoming associates.

11. "Which law schools charge the most and least?," 03.21.16.
The ABA Journal looks at the most and least expensive public and private law schools based on information published in the most recent US News law school rankings.

12. "What Law Students Gain When They Work as Corporate Externs," 03.21.16.
Corporate Counsel continues its series of articles on the corporate counsel externship program at SMU Dedman School of Law, here discussing career-related benefits of the program.

13. "A Return to Earth for Elite New York Firms?," 03.20.16.
The American Lawyer provides this special report on the financial returns for elite New York law firms in 2015, noting that "despite a record-breaking year for big-ticket M&A work, the most profitable New York-based firms saw much slower earnings and turnover growth on average in 2015." ("Revenue growth for a benchmark group of 17 elite New York-based firms averaged 2.3 percent last year, down from 4.5 percent for the same firms in 2014. Profits per equity partner increased by an average of 2.6 percent, compared with 5.6% in 2014.")

14. "Women Change Jobs Because They Want Better Pay, Not Work-Life Balance," 03.18.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on a Harvard Business Review article that argues "the top reason women in their 30s make a career move is better pay, not better work-life balance."

15. "Does Law School Reflect the Realities of the Legal Profession?," 03.18.16.
More from Slaw on the public debate about the future of legal education in Canada.

16. "How to Motivate Unproductive Employees," 03.18.16.
Corporate Counsel provides suggestions for getting wayward employees back on track.

17. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Kirkland & Ellis Keeps Revenue Rising," 03.24.16.
    (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 7.2%, PPP up 2.7%)

    b. "Blank Rome Grows Revenue 4.2 Percent, PPP 7.9 Percent," 03.24.16.
    (Legal Intelligencer)

    c. "Gross Revenue, Profits Surge at Nixon Peabody," 03.23.16.
    (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 13.3%, PPP up 19.1%)

    d. "Revenue Rises at Perkins Coie," 03.22.16.
    (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 5.4%, PPP up 0.5%)

    e. "BuckleySandler Couldn't Match 2014 Bonanza, Even With Second Contingency Collection," 03.22.16.
    (National Law Journal: Gross Revenue down 6%)

    f. "Winston & Strawn Grows Profits, Revenue," 03.21.16.
    (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 4.2%, PPP up 7.1%)

    g. "Duane Morris Revenue Up 1.5 Percent, PPP Flat," 03.19.16.
    (Legal Intelligencer)

    h. "Ogletree Enjoys Revenue Increase and a Bigger Profit Jump," 03.18.16.
    (Daily Report: Gross Revenue up 7%, PPP up 7.3%)



March 18, 2016

1. "Law Schools with High Dropout Rates Could Face ABA Wrath," 03.17.16.
The National Law Journal reports that under a proposal being considered by the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, "law schools that lose 20 percent of more of their first-year students to attrition might soon risk losing their accreditation as well."

2. "Full-time female lawyers earn 77 percent of male lawyer pay," 03.17.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "median pay for full-time female lawyers was 77.4 percent of the pay earned by their male counterparts, according to data for 2014 released earlier this month by the US Census Bureau."

3. "US News Law School Rankings: Few Shifts at the Top, Plenty Below," 03.16.16.
Law.com reports on the official release of the US News & World Report law school rankings.

    a. "Best Law Schools for Jobs and Prestige," 03.17.16.
    The American Lawyer's Careerist blog takes a look at the intersection of the National Law Journal's Go-To Law School List and the US News law school rankings: "You don't have to go to the tippy top law schools to get a job that pays big bucks. Truth is, the most elite schools are not always the biggest feeders of Big Law."

4. "After Low Bar-Pass Problems, La Verne Law School Gets ABA Approval," 03.16.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Ending a 17-year bid for accreditation, the University of La Verne College of Law has gained full approval from the American Bar Association."

5. "Calif. Bar Exam Shortened to Two Days," 03.16.16.
The Recorder reports that "the California Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to shorten the bar examination from three days to two days, starting in July 2017."

6. "Minority Female Lawyers Make Gains (But Not the Men)," 03.16.16.
Vivia Chen, blogging as The Careerist for ALM, reviews the latest MCCA survey on law firm diversity.

7. "Women could be majority of law students in 2017; these schools have 100-plus female majorities," 03.16.16.
The ABA Journal reports on new analyses of ABA law school enrollment data that predict that if current enrollment trends continue, women will outnumber men in law schools in 2017.

    a. "Law Schools Turn Pink: Women To Outnumber Men For First Time By 2017."
    This is the original source for this story, including the charts, posted on the Associate's Mind blog.

8. "Helping New Lawyers Become Practice-Ready," 03.16.16.
A good column in Slaw on the question of practice-readiness in Canada.

9. "2015 Saw a Near-Record Number of Patent Cases," 03.16.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of the 2015 Patent Litigation Year in Review report by data analytics company Lex Machina.

10. "Master of Laws Degree — Career Enhancer or Career Killer?," 03.15.16.
Corporate Counsel asks whether an LLM degree is of value to mid-career corporate counsel (the answer appears to be yes, and no).

11. "ABA Sets Stage for Stricter Bar-Passage Standard," 03.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar voted to put out for public notice and comment a revised bar passage standard that would require 75 percent of a school's bar takers to pass the exam within two years of graduation. (The Council also voted to eliminate the ABA's long-standing prohibition on students receiving both pay and academic credit for externships.)

    a. "Legal Ed Section's council proposes tighter bar-passage requirement for law school accreditation," 03.16.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

12. "California Dreamin' on Law Jobs?," 03.14.16.
Prompted by the trial in the lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson School of Law that alleges fraudulent publication of law grad employment statistics, The National Law Journal takes a look at job placement rates at California law schools.

    a. "Trial Over Law School's Job Statistics Symbolizes an Industry Gone Wrong," 03.14.16.
    Kyle McEntee, the executive director of Law School Transparency, and writing here for The National Law Journal, offers an op-ed arguing that "the law...should protect students from predatory practices of sophisticated parties."

    b. "Spreadsheets Consume SoCal Law School Trial," 03.14.16.
    More on the nitty gritty details of the Thomas Jefferson trial from the Courthouse News Service.

13. "New Dean Named at American University Law School," 03.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports that American University Washington College of Law has hired former Suffolk University Law School Dean Camille Nelson to be its next dean.

14. "UC President Wants Choudhry Banned from Campus," 03.14.16.
The Recorder reports on additional developments at UC-Berkeley School of Law, where the dean resigned last week amidst allegations of sexual harassment.

    a. "University of California to Overhaul Sex Harassment Reviews," 03.13.16.
    More on this developing story from ABC News.

15. "Struggling to Raise Membership, the ABA Guards Its Nest Egg," 03.14.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the growing membership woes of the ABA, and the resulting financial pressures facing the organization: "Our number of dues-paying members has gone down every year for the last 10 years. That's terrible."

16. "Study Finds Growing Debt-Related Stress Among Law Students," 03.14.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the results of the latest Law School Survey of Student Engagement, released Monday, that finds "a rising level of debt among law students has led to increased stress and anxiety among them."

17. "Accounting firm enters business law market," 03.14.16.
Law Times reports that a global accountancy firm is ready to "go mainstream" with their legal offerings in Canada: "Law firms should be afraid, very afraid."

18. "The kind of boss who doesn't like to promote women," 03.14.16.
The Washington Post reports on a new study of law firms, undertaken by two university professors who found that "women have a much harder time making partner when they work under male bosses who donate to Republicans." The research paper itself can be found here.

19. "Lawyers are No. 2 on list of highest-paying jobs," 03.14.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "lawyers trail only doctors on a list of the 25 highest-paying jobs in America in 2016."

20. "Indiana Tech Law School Wins Provisional Accreditation," 03.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA has granted provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School on its second attempt at accreditation: "The law school's dean, Charles Cercone, expects the move to help boost enrollment at the Fort Wayne, Indiana, school which enrolled just 13 first-years and 58 students total this fall."

21. "Want to make partner? Good. Luck.," 03.08.16.
Canada's Precedent Magazine offers how-to advice for would-be partners.

22. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "A Record Year for Mintz Levin," 03.17.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 13.9%, PPP up 11.5%)

    b. "Cozen O'Connor Grows Revenue 9 Percent, PPP 0.7 Percent," 03.17.16. (Legal Intelligencer)

    c. "Porter Hedges Revenues Drop With Oil Prices," 03.17.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 3.5%, PPP down 23%)

    d. "Munger Tolles' Metrics Take a Tumble," 03.16.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 1.9%, PPP down 2.4%)

    e. "Strasburger & Price Has Disappointing Financial Year," 03.16.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 5.8%, PPP down 1%)

    f. "Profits, Revenue Slip at Kaye Scholer," 03.15.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 1.3%, PPP down 2.1%)

    g. "Squire Patton Boggs Looks Beyond Washington For Revenue Growth," 03.15.16. (National Law Journal: Gross Revenue up 6.7%, PPP down 1.2%)

    h. "Partner Profits Hold Steady at Kramer Levin," 03.14.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 3.6%, PPP up 0.8%)

    i. "Schulte Roth Holds Steady in Revenue, Profits," 03.11.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 1.2%, PPP up 0.6%)

    j. "Boies Schiller Rides High on Litigation Waves," 03.11.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 10.1%, PPP up 2%)



March 11, 2016

1. "Partner Counts Increase in 2016 for Big Law in Texas," 03.11.16.
Texas Lawyer reports on the 128 associates promoted to partner in 2016 by 13 of the 25 largest law firms in Texas.

2. "Pennsylvania Firms Surpassing Expectations for Revenue, Profit," 03.11.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that many Pennsylvania law firms have outpaced predictions for growth, with many marking record years in 2015 for revenue and profits.

3. "Job Killing Technologies? They only look that way," 03.10.16.
Casey Flaherty, writing for the ABA Journal's New Normal column, reviews some of the most recent developments in technology that are changing the way lawyers practice, but concludes that "most legal technologies look like job-killers until the facts prove otherwise."

4. "Berkeley Law Dean Resigns," 03.10.16.
The Recorder reports that Sujit Choudhry, the dean of UC-Berkeley School of law has resigned two days after a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment was filed against him.

    a. "Berkeley Law Dean Put on Leave in Wake of Suit," 03.09.16.
    The Recorder reports that the UC-Berkeley law dean will take an indefinite leave in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment by his executive assistant.

    b. "Berkeley Law Dean Sued for Sexual Harassment by Former Assistant," 03.09.16.
    The National Law Journal reports that "the dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law has been sued for sexual harassment by his former executive assistant."

5. "Top US Firms in London Match UK Peers in Revenues, Profits," 03.09.16.
Legal Week reports on the growth of US law firms in London.

6. "Why the ABA's Bar-Passage Rule Isn't as Tough as it Looks," 03.09.16.
On the eve of the ABA Council's meeting here in Phoenix to consider the adoption of a new bar passage standard, Matt Leichter, writing for The American Lawyer, laments that the proposed rule change won't be that hard for schools to meet.

7. "There's Been a Slowdown in IPOs," 03.08.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the second half of 2015 saw a slowdown in initial public offerings, according to Proskauer Rose's '2016 IPO study'," released this week.

8. "Deloitte Forms Alliance with Kira Systems to Drive the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace," 03.08.16.
A Deloitte press release describes a new initiative to bring the power of machine learning to the workplace, "an innovation that could help free workers from the tedium of reviewing contracts and other documents," and that could have wide applicability in law firms and other legal services offices.

9. "The 2017 US News Law School Rankings Leak!," 03.08.14.
Above the Law reports the leak of a portion of the US News law school rankings (notably the T14) ahead of next week's scheduled release.

10. "Firms Bucking the System to Recruit Top Students: More of them are meeting potential hires before campus interviews start, and not everyone likes it," 03.07.16.
The National Law Journal reports that some law firms are beginning to recruit top talent well before the start of traditional OCI programs.

11. "The 2016 Go-To Law Schools," 03.07.16.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual special report on the US law schools supplying the most associates to the nation's largest law firms, including ten special features, some of which are collected below.

    a. "Columbia, Penn and Chicago Prove Most Popular: First-year associate hiring of 2015 graduates held steady at top firms," 03.07.16. (National Law Journal)

    b. "The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools: These schools sent the highest percentage of 2015 graduates to the largest 100 law firms," 03.07.16. (National Law Journal)

    c. "Explore the Data Behind the Go-To Law Schools," 03.07.16. (National Law Journal)

    d. "How to Ace On-Campus Interviews: Advice from students who found the right match in the job-search equivalent of speed dating," 03.07.16. (National Law Journal)

    e. "The Go-To Law Schools' Associate to Partner: The schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner during 2015," 03.07.16. (National Law Journal)

12. "Grooming the Next Generation of In-House Counsel," 03.07.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on a program at SMU Dedman School of Law that seeks to prepare students to work in-house through a corporate counsel externship program.

13. "Student Debt Basics: Income-Driven Repayment Plans," 03.07.16.
Equal Justice Works, blogging for The Huffington Post, explains income-driven student loan repayment plans.

14. "Law Graduate Gets Her Day in Court, Suing Law School," 03.06.16.
The New York Times reports on the commencement of the trial in a suit brought by a law graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, alleging that the school "inflated the employment data for its graduates as a way to lure students to enroll."

    a. "Is a law school lying about employment data? A struggling grad sues, and an unprecedented trial begins," 03.08.16.
    More on this from The Washington Post.

15. "Before Doing Differently, We Have to Teach Differently," 03.06.16.
A good post from Slaw on what the changing legal services landscape might mean for the future of the law school curriculum.

16. "Which College Majors Benefit Most and Least from Law School?," 03.05.16.
Law Professor Michael Simkovic, writing for Brian Leiter's Law School Reports, describes newly published research of his that attempts to ascribe a 'law premium' to various college majors to determine which ones receive the highest economic boost from a law degree (economics wins).

17. "Would-Be Lawyers May Have to Give It Away," 03.04.16.
The Recorder reports on the rekindling of legislation in California that would require state bar applicants to prove that they have completed at least 50 hours of supervised, volunteer legal service before they can be admitted to the bar.

18. "Jobs Report Shows Continued Legal Industry Declines," 03.04.16.
The American Lawyer reviews the latest USBLS jobs figures and reports that the legal sector lost 1,500 jobs in February, the second monthly loss in a row, but noted that the sector overall reported 3,300 more jobs than it did a year ago.

19. "Tech Firms Lead Way in Golden State," 03.04.16.
The Recorder reports that all of Silicon Valley's big native firms reported double-digit revenue growth in 2015.

20. "World's First Publicly Listed Law Firm to Restructure After Mammoth Loss," 03.04.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Australia's Slater & Gordon will undertake a restructuring of its operations following financial upheaval.

21. "2016 Law Student Issue of LAWPRO Magazine Is Out," 03.04.16.
Slaw reports that the 2015 student edition of LAWPRO Magazine is out, an issue that focuses on providing students with resources to help them make the transition from student to lawyer.

22. "Law Firm's First Latina Partner, With Boost From NYU Program," 03.03.16.
The New York Times profiles the first Latina to be named a partner at Cravath, and the role that a unique scholarship program at NYU Law School played in her success. (This article appeared in some editions of the paper under the headline "A Law School Opens Doors to a Rarefied Realm.")

23. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Revenue, Partner Profits Dip at Cahill Gordon," 03.10.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 4.1%, PPP down 7.1%)

    b. "Seyfarth Passes $1 Million Mark in Profits Per Partner," 03.10.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 6.3%, PPP up 8.5%)

    c. "A Big Year for Fried Frank as New Strategy Pays Off," 03.10.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 9.7%, PPP up 21.5%)

    d. "Reed Smith's PPP Drops 8.3 Percent, Revenue Falls 2.5 Percent," 03.10.16. (Legal Intelligencer)

    e. "Gross Revenue, Net Income Up in 2015 at Thompson & Knight," 03.09.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 3%, PPP up 11.1%)

    f. "Willkie Grows Revenue, Profits," 03.09.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 2.8%, PPP up 1.8%)

    g. "Milbank Posts Modest Financial Gains," 03.09.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 1.3%, PPP up 0.7%)

    h. "Drinker Biddle Grows Revenue 7.5%, PPP 11 Percent," 03.09.16. (Legal Intelligencer)

    i. "After Series of Mergers, Dinsmore's Revenue Soars," 03.09.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 12.3%, PPP down 4.4%)

    j. "Husch Blackwell Revenue, Head Count Decline," 03.08.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 1.7%, PPP up 12.8%)

    k. "Kasowitz Benson's Rebound Falls Short," 03.08.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 10.8%, PPP down 6.1%)

    l. "Schiff Hardin Posts Double-Digit Growth," 03.07.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 14.7%, PPP up 21%)

    m. "McGuireWoods Partners Join the $1 Million Club," 03.07.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 5.4%, PPP up 9.1%)

    n. "Saul Ewing Revenue Up 4.7 Percent, PPP Up 7.8 Percent," 03.05.16. (Legal Intelligencer)

    o. "Gross, Net Dip in 2015 at Vinson & Elkins," 03.04.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 4%, PPP down 2.1%)



March 4, 2016

1. "The End of Lawyers, Period," 03.03.16.
Casey Flaherty, the founder of the legal tech consultancy Procertas, and writing here for the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels New Normal column, makes the case that inevitably technology and process improvements will reduce the employment prospects for some lawyers.

2. "Experts See Rise in Disputes Over Partner Capital Shares," 03.03.16.
The New York Law Journal reports on the convergence of a number of trends — increasing partner mobility, partners contributing more capital than ever (most often with borrowed funds), and firms paying back capital at a slower pace — that have led to more disputes between firms and outgoing partners.

3. "How Design Thinking Can Improve Diversity in the Legal Industry," 03.02.16.
A good blog post from Rethink the Practice on how "design thinking" could be applied in the legal setting to improve the dismal diversity numbers: "Organizations focused on business law — corporate legal departments and law firms — do not consistently build empathy around employee experience."

4. "Law: Sorority Racist," 03.02.16.
Heather Douglas, writing for Slaw, riffs on the relevance of Chris Rock's Oscars monologue to the diversity problem faced by the legal industry: "Some law firms hide behind the label of 'fit' to mask racism."

5. "Fordham Center to Focus on Racial Issues," 03.02.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Fordham Law School has opened a new Center on Race, Law and Justice.

6. "EEOC Files Its First Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suits," 03.01.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "For the first time since declaring that protections against sexual discrimination extend to sexual orientation-based discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits in federal court on Tuesday alleging that a pair of companies violated the Civil Rights Act by subjecting homosexual employees to hostile work environments."

7. "Millennial Contract Lawyers: The Screwed Generation?," 03.01.16.
The American Lawyer wins the feel-good (not) piece of the week award with this story about millennial generation lawyers who work as contract attorneys doing computer assisted document review.

    a. "The Global Lawyer: How The Am Law 100 Screws Contract Lawyers," 03.02.16.
    More on this from The American Lawyer, alleging that BigLaw is complicit in the mistreatment of contract lawyers, and offering up examples of bad behavior to support its case.

8. "Alternative Staffing Is Effective and Underused," 03.02.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of a United Lex survey of in-house lawyers that found alternative staffing is effective and underused in legal departments across the nation.

9. "In-House Lawyers Swapped Jobs for Three Months. Here's What They Learned," 03.02.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on a novel secondment program in which in-house lawyers from different corporations swap jobs.

10. "Amid Defections, Kirkland Extends Notice Period for Departing Partners," 03.01.16.
The American Lawyer reports that after more than 100 partner departures since the start of 2015, "Kirkland & Ellis is doubling the notice period equity partners must give before they leave, from 60 to 120 days [and] the firm has also introduced a 30-day notice period for its nonequity partner tier...in addition, it has told partners that in the future it will be allowed to reduce their compensation during this notice period."

11. "43% of Young Women Lawyers Experience Bias, Fla. Survey Finds," 03.01.16.
The National Law Journal reports that 43 percent of female attorneys who responded to a Florida Bar Association Young Lawyers Division survey said they have experienced gender bias on the job.

12. "Change and Tradition: Identity and the AALL," 03.01.16.
Slaw takes a look at the ill-fated attempt by the American Association of Law Libraries to change its name to the Association for Legal Information, a proposal that was voted down by more than 80% of the organization's membership in a January referendum.

13. "Law Student Debt and Stress Levels on the Rise, Survey Finds: Blacks and Latinos expect to owe the most," 02.29.16.
The National Law Journal reports on the student loan debt findings of the most recent Law School Survey of Student Engagement, a report that finds 44 percent of law students expect to graduate owing more than $100,000 — the survey also suggests that minority students and those with lower LSAT scores are paying more than their white and Asian classmates and those with higher LSAT scores.

    a. "Study finds widening gap in expected law school debt based on race and LSAT score," 03.01.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

14. "Special Report: Millennials in Big Law," 02.29.16.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on Millennial adults in BigLaw, with more than half a dozen feature articles, some of which are collected below.

    a. "Here Come the Big Law Millennials," 02.29.16.
    The American Lawyer reports on the presence of millennials in the lawyer workforce, clocking in already at more than 20% of the lawyer workforce: "The big question is whether the law firm establishment will merely adapt to the coming wave of young lawyers, or be transformed by their technologies, behavior and worldviews."

    b. "Four Generations, Explained," 02.29.16. (American Lawyer)

    c. "Millennials Dish On What Their Firms Are Doing Right — And Wrong," 02.29.16. (American Lawyer)

    d. "Millennial Manifesto: Young Big Law Lawyers Demand Change," 02.29.16. (American Lawyer)

15. "Gender Identity Guidelines Bring New Compliance Issues," 02.29.16.
The New York Law Journal provides this update on the implications of the new New York City Human Rights Commission's guidelines that prohibit gender identity discrimination in the workplace: "Gender identity is already a protected class under the New York City Human Rights Law...but the new guidelines provide explicitl examples of what kind of workplace behavior leads to liability."

16. "Why 1 in 3 Lawyers Are Problem Drinkers," 02.29.16.
A law professor writing here for The National Law Journal reacts to recent research that found more than a third of attorneys are problem drinkers and over a quarter are clinically depressed, noting that "law, like the military and law enforcement, equates toughness with competence," and attributes some of the problem to a culture in which it is hard to ask for help for fear of showing a sign of weakness.

17. "The lawyers who are fighting for the same rights as janitors: Thousands of attorneys perform tasks so routine that some believe they should get the same protections as the rest of the hourly workforce," 02.29.16.
The Washington Post has the second feel-good story of the week (not), with this exploration of hourly wage lawyers who work for temporary staffing agencies.

18. "A Conversation With Latinos on Race" 02.29.16.
This latest installment of The New York Times' short documentary series, Conversations on Race, is worth watching.

19. "Slater and Gordon To Make UK Cuts As It Reports $683M Loss," 02.29.16.
Legal Week reports that the first publicly traded law firm, an Australian-listed personal injury firm, has posted after-tax losses of nearly $700 million.

20. "LSAT v. GRE: Rhetoric v. Reality," 02.26.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, digs into the how, why and wherefore of the movement of some law schools towards the GRE — he alleges that self-interest and the US News law school rankings are driving some law schools to move in this direction.

21. "Corporate Legal Tech Spend at $1.5B, Potential at $6.5B," 02.26.16.
LegalTech News reports on survey results that document the rapid growth in the US legal technology market, documenting particularly rapid growth in compliance and contract management, and suggests that the growth of the tech spend is poised to increase nearly exponentially.

22. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:

    a. "Revenues Edge Up at Mayer Brown," 03.03.14. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 2.8%, PPP up 7.6%)

    b. "Profits Rise at Baker & Hostetler," 03.03.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 9.4%, PPP up 14.8%)

    c. "Gross Revenue, Net Income Up at Locke Lord in 2015," 03.03.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 28.5%, PPP down 8.3% following merger)

    d. "2015 'Was a Great Year' for Morris Manning," 03.03.16. (Daily Report: Gross Revenue up 7%, PPP up 10.9%)

    e. "Another Record Year for Gibson Dunn," 03.02.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 4.7%, PPP up 4.6%)

    f. "Profits Dip at Shearman & Sterling," 03.02.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 1.8%, PPP down 3.7%)

    g. "K&L Gates Sees Revenue Fall 7 Percent, PPP Rise 5.3%," 03.02.16. (Legal Intelligencer)

    h. "MoFo Boosts Profits Despite Nearly Flat Revenue," 03.02.16. (The Recorder: Gross Revenue up 1.1%, PPP up 9.9%)

    i. "Baker Botts Tops $1M in Revenue Per Lawyer," 03.01.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 7.9%, PPP up 6.2%)

    j. "Paul Hastings Sees Growth Across the Board," 02.29.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 5.6%, PPP up 6.1%)

    k. "Pepper Hamilton Grows Revenue 1 Percent, PPP 8.5 Percent," 02.27.16. (Legal Intelligencer)

    l. "Gross Revenue, Net Income Drop in 2015 at Andrews Kurth," 02.26.16. (Texas Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 3.3%, PPP up 2.5%)

    m. "Orrick Grows Top Line, Partner Profits," 02.26.16. (The Recorder: Gross Revenue up 4.1%, PPP up 12.2%)

    n. "Revenue, Net Income Down at Foley Hoag," 02.26.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 0.3%, PPP up 2.3%)

    o. "Lewis Roca's Profits Rose Ahead of Merger," 02.26.16. (American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 1.6%, PPP up 5.1%)


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