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.
June 23, 2017
1. "Teetering Charlotte School of Law Takes Another Hit," 06.22.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "higher education officials in North Carolina on Wednesday…gave the school until August to shape up or lose its license to operate."
a. "Charlotte School of Law receives state license restrictions; some say end may be near," 06.22.17.
The ABA Journal reports that Charlotte Law School has received notice that it is not in compliance with state standards in North Carolina, and it has been directed to admit no new students.
2. "Sleepless Nights for GCs Caused by Regulations and Crisis Management," 06.22.17.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster reveals that the most pressing challenges facing general counsel today are regulations and enforcement, privacy and data security, risk and crisis management, litigation, and intellectual property, with regulations and enforcement, and privacy and data security topping the list.
3. "'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' — Or Can I?," 06.22.17.
The American Lawyer reprints an article from the Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report that takes a look at how lawyers can find job satisfaction.
4. "Hiring Misfires Show Need for Tougher Law Firm Vetting," 06.22.17.
The American Lawyer reports on the fact that "in less than a year, Big Law has seen at least three lateral hires go seriously — even criminally — awry," and suggests that law firms need to do a much better job of vetting their lateral lawyer hires.
a. "The Case for Lateral Partner Due Diligence," 06.20.17.
The founder of a global investigations firm, writing for The American Lawyer, makes the case that law firms need to do a better job of thoroughly vetting lateral partner hires in order to safeguard a law firm's assets, reputation, and client trust.
5. "It's Lonely at the Top for Atlanta First-Year Associates Making $180K," 06.21.17.
The Daily Report in Atlanta reports on the NALP 2017 Associate Salary Report findings, noting the range of starting associate salaries in that city.
6. "Ex-Big Law Associate Sells Experience With Legal Startup," 06.21.17.
The American Lawyer profiles a former Big Law associate who has funneled 15 years of legal experience into a legal technology startup.
7. "As Litigators Depart, Sedgwick Sheds Staffers," 06.20.17.
The American Lawyer reports that San Francisco-based Sedgwick has lost eight additional partners, and has begun to "shed some staffers" as well.
a. "Sedgwick confirms some staff layoffs after more partner departures," 06.21.17.
And the ABA Journal also reports on this story.
8. "BYU Law School Announces Creation of LawX Legal Design Lab," 06.19.17.
Legaltech News reports that "on June 19, BYU Law School announced the creation of LawX, a legal design lab that will seek to create solutions, through software and other means, to address pressing issues relating to access to legal services."
a. "Law School's New A2J Design Lab Will Put Students In Shoes Of Entrepreneurs," 06.19.17.
More on this BYU development from Above the Law.
9. "Will Technology's Role in Legal Services Reshape How Law Is Practiced?," 06.19.17.
Legaltech News, reporting on Thomson Reuters' 7th annual Law Firm CFO/CIO/COO Forum in New York, notes that "as technology gets better, legal professionals are increasingly divided on the implications for their profession."
a. "Experts to Firm Leaders: Cybersecurity is the Biggest Public and Private Sector Threat," 06.16.17.
Law.com reports on the state of law firms' cyber security risks based on proceedings at another panel at the June 15 Thomson Reuters' CFO/CIO/COO Forum, where a panel "looked at what happens in a breach, how law firms have and should respond, and challenges to pushing forward with security initiatives."
10. "Law Firm Talent Execs Get a Seat at the Table," 06.19.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "more law firms are putting talent management leaders in the c-suite to drive comprehensive growth strategies." (Shout out to NALP members Molly Peckman and Jean Durling.)
11. "Orrick Ushers in New Parental Leave Policy," 06.18.17.
The American Lawyer reports that Orrick has announced changes to its parental leave policy, making it among the most generous and progressive in the industry — including the expansion of paid parental leave for non-primary caregivers.
12. "World Class Innovation and Efficiency, Billed by the Hour," 06.18.17.
The latest from Bill Henderson on his new blog Legal Evolution, in which he reflects on managed services and the billable hour. (See also his related article in the June issue of the ABA Journal magazine, "How managed services are building systems for corporate legal work," where he takes a look at how innovative managed legal services firms are building factories to handle high volume, repetitive legal work, at considerable profit.)
13. "Weil Launches App to Connect Clients, Firm Alumni," 06.16.17.
The American Lawyer reports that Weil has launched an app that connects its alumni and alerts their former lawyers when clients are looking to fill an in-house job.
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.
June 16, 2017
1. "Many In-House Counsel Still Unhappy, Though Salaries Are Up," 06.15.17.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of the 2017 In-House Counsel Compensation Report that show in-house salaries are up again but 40 percent of respondents believe that they are paid less than their peers.
2. "'Dramatic' Gender Pay Gap Plagues In-House Counsel, Survey Finds," 06.15.17.
New survey research from ACC shows that "a higher percentage of women than men occupy lower-level categories when it comes to in-house salaries."
3. "Trump Signs Order to Ease Federal Restrictions on Apprenticeships," 06.15.17.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the President has signed an executive order that eases restrictions on apprenticeship programs.
a. "Trump Move on Job Training Brings 'Skills Gap' Debate to the Fore," 06.15.17.
More on this from The New York Times.
4. "How Can Law Firms Meet Needs of 21st Century Legal Clients?," 06.15.17.
This Above the Law post argues that lawyers need to take greater advantage of the opportunities presented by technology to create efficiencies and cost-savings for clients.
5. "86 percent of low-income Americans' civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help, study says," 06.14.17.
The ABA Journal reports on new research from the Legal Services Corp, which shows that "86 percent of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year were not addressed with adequate or professional help."
6. "The Present and Future of Analytics at Today's Law Firms," 06.14.17.
Legaltech News reports on the proceedings at Legalweek West, where a panel of law firm attorneys discussed how data analytics can help law firms gain a competitive advantage.
7. "Law Firm Apps Designed to Impress Clients — and to Win Them," 06.13.17.
The American Lawyer reports on the explosion of law firm apps, and notes that firms are increasingly tailoring tehcnology to woo clients by providing apps that help clients solve problems.
8. "Can You Open a Law Firm Right Out Of Law School?," 06.13.17.
Above the Law provides some practical advice for would-be solo practitioners.
9. "Fewer Law School Applicants in Line for Upcoming School Year," 06.12.17.
Law.com reports that "the number of law school applicants has dropped for the upcoming academic year, according to new data released by the Law School Admission Council."
a. "Those with good LSAT scores may be choosing to forgo law school, data indicates," 06.13.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "law schools have been seeing fewer applicants with LSAT scores of at least 160, while there has been an increase in students with scores between 140 and 159."
10. "Is Big Law Hurting Itself by Being Too Soft With Clients?," 06.12.17.
This piece in The American Lawyer argues that law firms working for clients under alternative fee agreements should not also be providing detailed billing data and information.
11. "Artificial Intelligence And Its Impact On Legal Technology (Part I)," 06.12.17.
Above the Law explores the impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession: "Much like email changed the way we do business every day, AI will become ubiquitous — an indispensable assistant to every lawyer. Those who do not adopt and embrace the change will get left behind."
12. "Where Should Firms Draw Line on Contract Lawyers?," 06.09.17.
The American Lawyer takes up the question of whether law firms should be upcharging clients for contract lawyers — most do, except in a small number of jurisdictions where it is barred on ethical grounds.
13. "Inside the C-Suite: Firms Drill Down on Selling Services," 06.09.17.
The Legal Intelligencer takes a look at the growing influence of business development professionals in law firms: "The chief marketing officer role has become widespread as law firm C-suites grow, and those professionals are gaining influence at their firms."
June 9, 2017
1. "Susman Godfrey Offers $25K Signing Bonus to Entice Recruits," 06.08.17.
Texas Lawyer reports that Houston's Susman Godfrey will offer a $25,000 signing bonus to new associates: "The bonuses are effective immediately and all new associates this fall will receive them, even those who accepted Susman's offer prior to the announcement of the new inducement."
2. "Do you suffer from 'commoditization blindness'? If others can do your work for less, open your eyes," 06.08.17.
The ABA Journal's Legal Rebels column tackles commoditization: "Because of its eroding effect on profit, commoditization might well be the single-most disruptive factor in the legal sector today."
3. "Dispute Resolution of the Future: 24 Hour Access, No Set Dress Code," 06.08.17.
This piece in Slaw reports that "British Columbia is now at the forefront of delivering public dispute resolution services on-line."
4. "Legal Departments See More Operations Staff, Emphasis on Predictive Reporting," 06.07.17.
Legaltech News reports that "a Thomson Reuters report finds that legal operations teams are now a hallmark of over half of corporate legal departments."
a. "New report finds corporate legal departments are awash in work and concerned about costs," 06.07.17.
And the ABA Journal also reports on the new Thomson Reuters research on in-house legal departments.
5. "'Mansfield Rule' Eyes a Big Law Diversity Breakthrough," 06.07.17.
The American Lawyer reports that 30 large law firms have signed on to pilot the Mansfield Rule initiative — an idea that sprang from last year's Women in Law Hackathon — that "states that at least 30 percent of a law firms' candidate pools for any leadership or governance position, including equity partnership promotions and lateral positions, must be comprised of women or minorities."
a. "A Rooney Rule for Law Firms? Project Aims to Promote More Women," 06.07.17.
More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. (Subscription required.)
b. "Law Firms Adopt Policy to Promote Women and Minorities," 06.07.17.
And Bloomberg also reports on this development.
6. "Norton Rose Fulbright to Vote on Merger With Australia's Henry Davis York," 06.07.17.
The American Lawyer reports that "Norton Rose Fulbright has confirmed it is in later-stage merger talks with Australian firm Henry Davis York."
7. "Duke Law Dean Stepping Down," 06.06.17.
Above the Law reports that Dean David Levi has announced that he will be stepping down as dean of Duke Law School at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
8. "ABA Inches Toward Overhaul of Law School Accreditation Process," 06.06.17.
Leigh Jones, writing for Law.com, reports that the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is considering a detailed proposal to cut costs, streamline operations, and adopt procedures that would allow it to respond to "problem schools" more quickly.
9. "Law school previously flagged by ABA receives provisional accreditation," 06.06.17.
The ABA Journal reports that the University of North Texas College of Law has received provisional accreditation from the ABA.
a. "The ABA Is Giving Us A New Law School," 06.07.17.
More on this from Above the Law.
10. "ABA to ask law schools how tightening bar passage standards could impact accreditation compliance," 06.06.17.
The ABA Journal reports that the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will send a questionnaire to law schools that asks about the proposed revisions to the bar passage standard: "The questionnaire will ask law schools how the revised standard, if implemented, might change their ability to be in compliance with the rule."
11. "Fewer entry-level law profs hired for tenure-track jobs this year, according to self-reported data," 06.05.17.
The ABA Journal reports that "entry-level law school hiring for tenure-track positions appears to be at its lowest point since…2006."
12. "Does California make it too difficult to pass the bar? Two profs link low scores to ethics issues," 06.05.17.
The ABA Journal reports that two Pepperdine University law professors have done research that has led them to conclude that "California lawyers with lower bar exam scores were more likely to face disciplinary action by the state bar."
13. "Womble Deal With UK's Bond Dickinson Creates Mega-Middle-Market Firm," 06.02.17. T
The American Lawyer reports that Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and UK firm Bond Dickinson have announced that they will merge.
14. "Is Your Law Firm Fulfilling Its Purpose?," 06.02.17.
A good Slaw blog post by Jordan Furlong: "I have yet to encounter a law firm, from the most modest solo to the largest global monolith, that measures one particular thing: whether and to what extent the firm has delivered the outcome the client paid for."
15. "The Real Reasons for Big Law's Mental Health Problem," 06.02.17.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, reflecting on a May WSJ article on lawyer stress and depression, tries to get at some of the underlying reasons that law stands apart.
a. "Law Firms Finally Say It's OK to See a Therapist," 05.24.17.
And here is the underlying WSJ article from last month — sorry that I missed it the first time around: "Some US law firms are tackling mental-health issues head-on. They're offering on-site psychologists, training staff to spot problems and incorporating mental-health support alongside other wellness initiatives." (Subscription required.)
16. And finally here are a few more stories from the end of last week that report on the release of NALP's 2017 Associate Salary Survey:
a. "Median pay for new associates doesn't budge from 2015," 06.02.17. (ABA Journal)
b. "Top pay for new lawyers in Pittsburgh $165K, but still lags US rate," 06.02.17. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
c. "Newly Minted Lawyers Can Find Sweet Spots in US Labor Market," 06.02.17. (Bloomberg)
June 2, 2017
1. "Despite Jump to $180K for Big Law Associates, Median Salary Stalls," 06.01.17.
Karen Sloan, writing for The American Lawyer, reports on the release of NALP's 2017 Associate Salary Survey.
a. "Associate Salaries Rise in Some Markets, But National Median Remains Unchanged," 06.01.17.
You can read the NALP press release about the 2017 Associate Salary Survey here.
b. "Landing BigLaw Pay Means Fishing A Small Pond," 06.01.17.
Law360 reports on the NALP 2017 Associate Salary Survey: "While first-year associates at major-market BigLaw firms in 2016 saw starting annual salaries as high as $180,000, most of the country will have a long way to go to keep pace with such pay."
c. "Pay Hikes Leave Some NY Lawyers on the Sidelines," 06.01.17.
And the New York Law Journal reports on NALP's latest associate salary findings.
2. "Harvard Law Names New Dean," 06.01.17.
Law.com reports that John F. Manning has been named the next dean of Harvard Law School.
3. "LSAT Increasing Test Dates to Six Times Per Year," 06.01.17.
Law.com reports that the LSAC has announced that it will increase the number of times the LSAT is offered each year from four to six.
4. "On-demand lawyering is our future: What will it look like?," 06.01.17.
Dan Lear, the director of industry relations at Avvo, and writing here for the ABA Journal, contemplates a world where the practice of law looks more like Uber and less like a law firm: "leveraging technology really means to outsource those functions that others can do better, so lawyers can focus on using their highly tuned legal skill set in the most cost-effective manner."
5. "At least half of the lawyers in these nine states and jurisdictions aren't working as lawyers," 06.01.17.
The ABA Journal reports on analyses by Matt Leichter, who used ABA data to calculate a list of states and jurisdictions with the highest percentage of lawyers who aren't employed as attorneys. (See Leichter's blog post here.)
6. "Overhaul Proposed for How ABA Governs Law Schools," 05.31.17.
Law.com reports that the ABA is considering a reorganization under which "the duties of the existing Standards Review Committee and the law school Accreditation Committee would be transferred to the 21-member Council."
a. "ABA Legal Ed Section exploring a reorganization that would save time and money," 06.01.17.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
7. "California's Tough Bar Exam, Long a Point of Pride, Faces Pushback," 05.31.17.
Sara Randazzo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, reports that "with passing rates hitting historic lows, the state's law schools are pushing for a controversial change: lowering the score required to pass." (Subscription required.)
a. "February Bar Exam by the Numbers: How Schools Fared," 05.31.17.
The Recorder reports on the range of pass rates by California law schools for the February bar exam.
8. "The problem with value pricing," 05.31.17.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21: "The billable hour is not hanging around because it is a brilliant pricing mechanism. It's hanging around because we haven't come up with anything equally simple but markedly better."
a. "The rise of market pricing," 06.01.17.
A follow-up post from Jordan Furlong at Law21: "I would argue that the legal sector has not been a functional 'market' in the traditional sense for most of its history."
9. "A High-Tech Helping Hand: The Marriage of Pro Bono and Technology," 05.31.17.
Legaltech News reports that "bar associations across the country are seeking technology platforms to help mobilize attorneys and create a more resilient legal assistance community."
10. "For Law Students with a Startup Streak, Cornell Is an Island Unto Itself," 05.31.17.
The New York Law Journal reports on the inaugural cohort of Cornell's LLM in law, technology, and entrepreneurship, the school's Manhattan-based technology program — "a first-of-its kind program designed to not only prepare lawyers to advise startup clients, but to gain experience building their own startups."
11. "The Law Schools Where The Most Graduates Got Government & Public Interest Jobs (2016)," 05.31.17.
Above the Law lists the top ten law schools that sent the highest percentage of their most recent graduating class into government and public interest work.
a. "The Law Schools Where The Most Graduates Got State Clerkships (2016)," 06.01.17.
And Above the Law lists the top ten law schools that sent the highest percentage of their graduating class into state clerkships.
12. "Chatting with Fish & Richardson's New D&I Chief," 05.31.17.
Bloomberg Law chats with NALP member (and chair of NALP's D&I section) Kia Scipio, the new diversity manager at Fish & Richardson.
13. "Judge Won't Halt Philadelphia's Salary History Law," 05.31.17.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "a federal judge has denied a regional chamber of commerce's request to block a Philadelphia city ordinance banning employers from asking job applicants about their wage history."
14. "Northwestern considering GRE scores as an alternative to the LSAT," 05.30.17.
The ABA Journal reports that Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law is conducting a national study about the GRE's validity with ETS.
15. "Paternity-Leave Stigma at Law Firms Lifting, Ever So Slowly," 05.30.17.
Law.com reports that "in recent years, a number of big law firms…have beefed up their parental leave policies, in an effort to attract and retain top talent…at the leading edge of the trend…[firms] offered the same time regardless of gender or status as primary or secondary caregiver."
16. "Why UK Law Firms Are Still Caught Between Lockstep and a Hard Place," 05.30.17.
The American Lawyer reports that the presence of US firms operating in the UK continues to put pressure on Magic Circle firms to tinker with their lockstep compensation systems.
17. "The Legal Profession's 'Last Mile Problem'," 05.26.17.
Bill Henderson, writing for ALM in Law.com, tries to tackle the business problem facing law firms and corporate legal departments — finding "business models that will reliably reward lawyers and their organizations for quantum leaps in legal productivity."
18. "What Makes a Standout Law Firm Website? 3 Lessons From the Webbys," 05.26.17.
Legaltech News reports on the Webby Awards that went to the best designed law-based websites, and notes the three things that all of the winners have in common.
19. "As class sizes shrank, the number of ABA-accredited law schools remained mostly flat," 05.25.17.
The ABA Journal reports that according to analyses done by Bill Henderson, the average law school first-year class size has dropped from 262 in 2010 to just 182 in 2016, a 31 percent drop, and yet the number of ABA-accredited law schools has barely changed.
20. "The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream," 05.25.17.
David Leonhardt, in an op-ed for The New York Times, writes that "the country's most powerful engine of upward mobility is under assault" as states continue to cut support for higher education and as a result, "public universities have responded by enrolling fewer poor and middle-class students — and replacing them with affluent students who can afford the tuition."
a. "Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream," 05.25.17.
The New York Times publishes its third annual College Access Index based on institutions' commitment to economic diversity, with the top five spots going to University of California campuses.
b. "Princeton — Yes, Princeton — Takes On the Class Divide," 05.30.17.
More from David Leonhardt in The New York Times reporting on the rapid and dramatic strides Princeton has made to admit and support qualified low-income high school students.
21. "Law Firms & Diversity: A Continuing Struggle," 05.24.17.
The American Lawyer publishes its 2017 Diversity Scorecard, noting that "diversity among more than 200 of the largest firms in the country remained nearly flat between 2015 and 2016."
a. "Meet the GCs Who May Finally Move the Needle on Diversity," 05.24.17.
The American Lawyer reports that in 2016 "there was no change in the total percentage of African-American attorneys across all levels," and takes a look at some of the initiatives general counsel have taken in recent months to try to combat the stagnation in law firm diversity.
b. "The Diversity Scorecard: The Rankings," 05.24.17.
The American Lawyer reports that "for the fourth year in a row, White & Case has topped our annual Diversity Scorecard."
c. "Law Firm Minority Demographics, Firm by Firm," 05.24.17.
The American Lawyer publishes charts that show the percentages of African American, Asian-American, Hispanic and multiracial attorneys at top firms.
d. "African-American lawyers don't share in BigLaw's diversity gains," 05.31.17.
And the ABA Journal reports on the American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard findings.
22. "Dechert Lets Multiple Associates Go After Performance Reviews," 05.24.17.
Above the Law reports that Dechert has laid off a number of attorneys across several offices.
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."
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%)