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.

February 5, 2016

1. "At ABA Meeting, Bar Groups See Threat from Non-Lawyers," 02.04.16.
The American Lawyer reports that a "modest" proposal at the ABA mid-year meeting this week to consider the role of non-traditional legal services providers to improve access to justice is raising hackles.

2. "The end of college rankings as we know them," 02.04.16.
The Washington Post reports that the dominance of the US News rankings may finally be ebbing as consumer behavior about picking colleges begins to change.

3. "Many Lawyers Suffer From Alcoholism, Depression," 02.03.16.
The Texas Lawyer reports on results from a new study undertaken by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation that shows "21 percent of attorneys qualify as problem drinkers, 28 percent struggle with depression and 19 percent have anxiety."

4. "Greenberg Traurig In Tie-Up Talks With Major British Firm," 02.03.16.
The American Lawyer reports that that Miami-based Greenberg Traurig is in preliminary merger discussions with British firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

5. "King & Spalding Breaks $1B in Revenue in 2015," 02.03.16.
The Daily Report writes that King & Spalding is the first Atlanta-based law firm to break the billion-dollar mark in revenue, reporting a 9% increase in revenue in 2015 over 2014.

6. "NYU and Columbia Law Schools Launch Human Rights Lab," 02.02.16.
The National Law Journal reports that New York University School of Law and Columbia University Law School will work with Human Rights Watch to develop new techniques for investigating human rights issues in a new initiative, the Human Rights Methodology Lab.

7. "Moody's downgrades rating of California Western School of Law," 02.02.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the bond rating on California Western School of Law in San Diego to reflect materially worse than previously projected operating deficits."

8. "E-Discovery Unit Thrives in Washington Under Winston & Strawn," 02.02.16.
The National Law Journal reports on the success of Winston & Strawn's Washington, DC, electronic discovery center.

9. "Skadden Is Best-Known US Legal Brand Among GCs," 02.01.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "for the fifth consecutive year, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is the strongest US law firm brand" according to the Acritas US Brand Index, an annual survey of general counsel (Jones Day was second, and DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis tied for third place).

10. "The Wachtell Way of E-Discovery," 02.01.16.
The American Lawyer takes a look at Wachtell's pioneering use of machine learning in their electronic document review.

11. "Is Law Firm M&A Really On the Up? Let's Look Closer at the Numbers," 02.01.15.
Two consultants, writing for Bloomberg BNA, challenge the conventional wisdom that record numbers of law firms merged in 2015, noting that while there were some large mergers, much of what has been counted as mergers is more akin to lateral group movement.

12. "The Lateral Report: Moves Hit a Post-Recession High," 02.01.16.
The American Lawyer releases the results of its annual Lateral Survey.

    a. "The Big Law Lateral Hiring Frenzy Continues," 02.01.16.
    The American Lawyer reports that "last year was the strongest year since 2009 for lateral partner moves at big law firms."

    b. "The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn't a Partner," 02.01.16.
    Bill Henderson and William Zorn, writing for The American Lawyer, note a "sea change in the market for elite legal services…that will, in the long-run, shrink the strategic importance of lateral partner hiring."

13. "Villanova Law Dean Takes University President Job in Hawaii," 02.01.16.
The National Law Journal reports that John Gotanda, the dean at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, has been appointed president of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.

14. "Salkin Says 'Staggering' Amount of Work Needed on Diversity," 02.01.16.
The New York Law Journal reports on remarks made by Touro Law dean Patricia Salkin to the New York state bar after receiving the Ruth G. Shapiro Award, noting that she called on members of the state bar to redouble their efforts to diversify the profession.

15. "The 5 Things Millennials Want From Their Employers," 02.01.16.
Mental Floss reports on the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey that found that 66 percent of Millennial workers plan to leave their current employers in the next five years, with 44 percent of those planning to leave in just two years. The Deloitte survey report, "The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2016: Winning over the next generation of leaders," can be found here. (Hat tip to Lois Casaleggi.)

16. "2015 a Volatile Year for Law Firms," 01.29.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the findings of the 2015 year-end report by Wells Fargo Private Bank, noting that the hallmark of the year was "a great amount of disparity within subgroups of firms that typically rise and fall together." Other significant findings highlighted by one of the bank's senior vice presidents include observations that "we're not even back to 2008 levels of demand," and "realization rates today are lower than they were five years ago."

    a. "Low Demand, Overcapacity to Lead to More Layoffs," 01.29.16.
    The Legal Intelligencer also reports on the findings of the Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Group year-end survey, noting that for 2015 "firms were all over the map when it came to metrics such as revenue, profits and demand growth or decline."

17. "Mass Layoffs Unlikely in NJ, but 'Rightsizing' Never Ends," 01.29.16.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that amid flat demand for legal services, many New Jersey law firms are evaluating staffing levels.

18. "Proposal to lift ban on academic credit for paid externships draws heavy opposition," 01.29.16.
The ABA Journal reports that a renewed proposal to lift the ban on students receiving academic credit for paid externships, a practice currently proscribed in the ABA accreditation standards, is drawing heavy fire during the notice and comment period.

19. "Another Chance to Tackle Student Loan Debt," 01.29.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, takes note of recent Department of Education efforts to impose meaningful accountability on institutions of higher education, noting a Wall Street Journal report that said "last week, the department began a months-long negotiation with representatives, schools and lenders to set clear rules, including when the department can go after institutions to claw back tuition money funded by student loans." Suggesting that law schools have become poster children for the accountability problem, he speculates about the likely impact of this activity on law schools.

20. "Income for Recent Graduates the Highest in Over a Decade: Stereotype of college graduates working in coffee shops is fading," 01.29.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports on a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that shows "The labor market has taken a sharp turn for the better for young college graduates. Incomes for the newest batch of diploma-holders are now at the highest level in more than a decade, while unemployment rates are falling quickly." (Subscription required.)

21. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting :

    a. "A Strong Year for Goodwin Procter," 02.02.16. (The American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 10.2%, PPP up 14%)

    b. "Paul Weiss Partner Profits Top $4 Million," 02.03.16. (The American Lawyer: Gross Revenue up 7%, PPP up 6.4%)

    c. "King & Spalding Breaks $1B in Revenue in 2015," 02.03.16. (Daily Report: Gross Revenue up 9%, PPP up 7%)

    d. "Troutman Sanders Posts 'Eye-Popping' Year," 02.04.16. (Daily Report: Gross Revenue up 11%, PPP up 21%)

    e. "McDermott Sees Modest Revenue Decline," 02.04.16. (The American Lawyer: Gross Revenue down 0.9%, PPP up 3.3%)

    f. "Dechert Grown PPP 8.5 Percent, Revenue 6 Percent," 02.05.16. (The Legal Intelligencer)

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.

January 29, 2016

1. "Full-time Job Offers to Summer Associates at Highest Rate in Decade," 01.28.16.
The National Law Journal reports on NALP's Recruiting Summit, held yesterday in New York, where NALP released preliminary findings from its recruiting surveys, findings that indicated most of the indicators used to measure law student recruiting showed growth over the previous year.

2. "Profession at a crossroads: Will lawyers lead, follow or get out of the way?," 01.28.16.
Paul Lippe, writing for the ABA Journal's New Normal column, reflects on the new Susskind book and the crossroads at which the legal profession finds itself at this moment in time.

    a. "Richard Susskind Q & A: 'The competition that kills you…may not look like you'," 01.28.16.
    And in an accompanying piece, Lippe interviews Richard Susskind for the ABA Journal.

3. "The Government's Dismal Outlook for Lawyers," 01.27.16.
The American Lawyer reports that that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has revised downward its projections for lawyer job growth for the next ten years.

    a. "Revised outlook for growth in lawyer jobs is glum," 01.28.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal: "The Bureau estimates the number of lawyer positions will increase by just 43,800 jobs between 2014 and 2024."

4. "Traditional law firm model to decline by 2020, Law Society report finds," 01.28.16.
The UK's Solicitors Journal reports on the Law Society's report, 'The Future of Legal Service,' which notes that it expects a declining number of traditional law firms in the future, growing in-house departments, and more alternative business structures offering legal services.

5. "By the Numbers: Are the Biggest Firms the Most Profitable?," 01.28.16.
The American Lawyer publishes data on its Global 100 firms that shows "firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms."

6. "These Nine Women Lawyers Love Two Things: Dancing, and Makin' it Rain," 01.28.16.
Bloomberg BNA profiles a group of female law firm chairs who meet regularly for dinner.

7. "Sporty New Dean for Chapman Law School," 01.28.16.
The National Law Journal reports that Chapman has named Marquette associate dean Matthew Parlow to be its next dean.

8. "Law School's New Job Program Isn't 'JD-Lite,' Dean Says," 01.27.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Suffolk University Law School has partnered with [a legal process outsourcing firm] to launch a new program in which law students and undergraduate students work part-time on document review and other tasks while on the school's Boston campus."

    a. "Outsourcing company will open office in law school library," 01.27.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "American Bar Association President Laments Law as 'Least Diverse' Profession," 01.27.16.
The Daily Report reports on recent remarks by ABA President Paulette Brown, who notes that statistics confirm that law is the least diverse among the professions.

10. "Spotlight on Strategy: Middle-Market and Mergers for Fox Rothschild," 01.27.16.
The American Lawyer profiles the Fox Rothschild growth strategy.

11. "Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot," 01.27.16.
The American Lawyer reports that despite the drop in oil and gas prices, the Houston lateral market remains very robust.

12. "Robot-Proof: How Colleges Can Keep People Relevant in the Workplace," 01.27.16.
A thoughtful op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education provides advice about undergraduate education in the age of technology that might well be applied to law schools: "Given a world in which machines will perform much of what we view as knowledge work, colleges will have to reduce their emphasis on knowledge transfer, and pivot to building students' capacity for coming up with original ideas."

13. "The Best Law Schools Are Attracting Fewer Students: The legal education crisis is spreading," 01.26.16.
Bloomberg Business takes a deep dive into the application numbers at the top law schools, and finds that the market is drying up even there.

    a. "These top-ranked law schools have cut 1L class sizes by more than 25%," 01.28.16.
    And the ABA Journal repurposes the Bloomberg piece.

14. "How Should I Negotiate My In-House Offer?," 01.26.16.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, provides lawyers with advice about negotiating an offer for an in-house position.

15. "Bellying Up To The Bar Exam Early: New York's novel pro bono program opens to out-of-state third-year law students," 01.25.16.
The National Law Journal reports on the growth of New York's Pro Bono Scholars program, an initiative that gives law students early access to the bar exam in exchange for pro bono service.

16. "Georgia Law School Gets $2M for 'Tuition Plus' Scholarship," 01.25.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of Georgia School of Law has received $2 million to establish a scholarship that will provide full tuition and professional-development opportunities to a small number of exceptional students."

17. "Increasing Diversity in the Profession Is Everyone's Business," 01.25.16.
The President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association, writing for the New York Law Journal, argues that every bar association and every attorney should care about and work to increase diversity in the profession.

18. "At Latham, Associates Refinance Student Loans at Reduced Rates," 01.25.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Latham partners have set up a program with a San Francisco-based bank that will allow its associates to refinance their student loans in excess of $50,000 for interest rates as low as 2.5 percent.

19. "Charleston School of Law launches new spring admissions program," 01.22.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "Charleston School of Law in South Carolina has launched a new admissions program that allows students to begin classes in the spring and graduate in 2 1/2 years."

20. "Changes in Composition of the LSAT Profiles of Matriculants and Law Schools between 2010 and 2015," 01.18.16.
Jerry Organ, posting to the Legal White Board, provides an analysis of LSAC data that shows that "the decline in the LSAT profiles of [law school] matriculants and of law schools has continued, although with some moderation."

    a. "LSAT profiles of current law students signal more troubles ahead; has low point been reached?," 01.25.16.
    More on the Jerry Organ LSAT blog post from the ABA Journal.

January 22, 2016

1. "Citi Report: Managing Partners Losing Confidence in Economy," 01.21.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Managing partners' confidence in the economy slumped into negative territory in the last quarter of 2015 for the first time in three years, according to the latest Citi Private Bank Law Watch Managing Partner Confidence Index released Thursday."

2. "Wilkinson's New Firm Aims to Train Young Trial Lawyers," 01.21.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the startup of a new trial boutique that plans to "give young lawyers the experience they need in handling trials that they wouldn't necessarily get at a larger, corporate firm."

3. "Loretta Lynch to Law Students: 'It's Hard to Leave the Accepted Path," 01.21.16.
The National Law Journal reports on remarks made by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch at her alma mater Harvard Law School last week, when she spoke about the importance of public service legal work, and urged law students to not give up their passions by giving in to pressures to follow traditional career paths.

4. "Villanova Law Gets $25 Million and a New Name," 01.20.16.
The National Law Journal reports that after landing a $25 million gift from an alumnus, the school will be renamed in the donor's honor and will now be known as the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

5. "Quinn Emanuel Boosts Law Clerk Signing Bonus to $75K," 01.20.16.
The National Law Journal reports that Quinn Emanuel has increased its signing bonus for law clerks to $75,000.

6. "Ten Questions to Ask About Your Firm's Future," 01.20.16.
Bill Henderson and Evan Parker, writing for The American Lawyer, provide a list of hard questions that law firm leaders should ask themselves about the future.

7. "Thousands Apply to US to Forgive Their Student Loans, Saying Schools Defrauded Them," 01.20.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "Americans are flooding the government with appeals to have their student loans forgiven on the grounds that schools deceived them with false promises of a well-paying career — part of a growing protest against years of surging college costs."

8. "Midsize Firms Face Increased Pressure to Merge or Grow," 01.19.16.
The New York Law Journal suggests that "boutiques and midsize firms competing with large firms are under increasing pressure to merge or grow in size."

9. "Texas Wesleyan Law Grads Lose Diploma Fight with Texas A&M," 01.19.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Texas Wesleyan University School of law graduates have lost a bid to force Texas A&M University School of Law — which acquired their alma mater in 2013 — to grant them new diplomas with the A&M name."

10. "Raising the Bar: The 2016 Pro Bono Hot List," 01.18.16.
The National Law Journal has published its 2016 Pro Bono Hot List, identifying ten law firms that excelled in offering pro bono legal services during the past year.

11. "Transparency in College Admissions Is Key to a Fair Policy on Race," 01.17.16.
A thoughtful post-Fisher op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education that argues that "any racial preferences should be explicit, not buried in a mysterious process," and further argues that the Supreme Court itself has contributed to the proliferation of non-transparent admission processes.

12. "Reed Smith Layoffs: A Sign of Things to Come?," 01.15.16.
The American Lawyer revisits the Reed Smith layoffs reported last week, and speaks to an Altman Weil consultant who suggests that "firms have more lawyers than work right now."

13. "Consolidation is Hitting the Canadian Market," 01.15.16.
Jordan Furlong, writing for Bloomberg BNA, provides a thoughtful analysis of what is happening in the Canadian legal market, especially as US and other foreign firms continue to move into the Canadian market.

14. "New Associate Group Supports Legal Nonprofits," 01.15.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the rapid growth of The Associates Committee, a group of BigLaw associates who are donating time and money to support legal aid groups and nonprofits that bring impact litigation.

15. "The Crisis in Legal Education is Over!," 01.15.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, challenges recent assertions that American legal education is no longer in crisis.

16. "Shabecoff recognized with NALP Service Excellence Award," 01.15.16.
Harvard Law Today reports that NALP recently recognized Harvard Law's assistant dean for public service, Alexa Shabecoff, with a Service Excellence Award for her ongoing commitment to developing resources for and sharing her knowledge with the NALP public interest community.

17. "Incorporating Skills-Based Learning Throughout Law School," 01.15.16.
A law student guest blogger for Slaw makes the case that all students should be required to take an advanced legal writing course.

January 15, 2016

1. "Reed Smith Lays Off 45 Lawyers, Additional Staff," 01.14.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that Reed Smith has laid off 45 lawyers across its offices in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

2. "Two Law Schools Launch Degree Programs in China," 01.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports that two law schools are expanding into China with new degrees — the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of law will offer an LL.B., and Case Western Reserve University School of Law will offer a joint JD/LLM that allows Case Western students to spend their third year studying in China.

3. "Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity Through Conscientiousness," 01.14.16.
An associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, tries to reframe the diversity conversation by focusing on unconscious bias.

4. "Increasing diversity is 'long game' for Grand Rapids Bar Association and GR law firms," 01.14.16.
From Grand Rapids comes news of a renewed diversity initiative, spurred, in part, by the recent NALP diversity and demographic numbers that showed Grand Rapids had the lowest percentage of minority partners of any of the cities measured.

5. "4 Reasons Why In-House Lawyers Can Be Bullish About the Future," 01.12.16.
Corporate Counsel identifies "four truly bright signs for global corporate counsel's future."

6. "Challenging the Barista Myth," 01.12.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports on new research from economists at the Federal Reserve Bank that finds the stereotype of the underemployed college graduate to be overstated: "Federal Reserve economists say while recent college graduates struggled during the economic downturn, they did better than most believe."

7. "Poverty and Merit," 01.12.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the nation's top colleges have made almost no progress in admitting more low-income students, and outlines one foundation's call for a "poverty preference" in college admissions.

8. "Duke Law School Pairs Up with Judicial Education Group," 01.12.16.
The National Law Journal reports that reports that next year "Duke Law School...will begin co-hosting the Appellate Judges Education Institute's annual summit," an effort aimed at fostering closer ties between bench and bar.

9. "Legal Industry Still Lagging, But Forward-Thinking Firms Are Thriving," 01.11.
Corporate Counsel reviews the main findings from the recent Georgetown/Peer Monitor report on the legal industry, noting that the report finds that "2015 was the sixth consecutive year of flat demand for legal services."

10. "Why Lawyers Need To Learn Basic Marketing Practices More Than Ever Before," 01.11.16.
Forbes probes why business development is more important for young lawyers than ever before.

11. "Law Students Give Legal Aid to Syrian Refugees," 01.11.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "law students from around the country are assisting Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland -and gaining practical experience at the same time."

12. "2015 Year in Review: The Ongoing Right for LGBT Equality," 01.11.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reviews "unprecedented and historical progress" in the fight for LGBT equality that took place in the last year, "as well as areas where fundamental rights of LGBT people are increasingly under siege."

13. "Future Lawyers Are Hiding Depression and Drug and Alcohol Use," 01.08.15.
Natalie Kitroeff, writing for Bloomberg, looks at the findings from a new report that shows "law students with addiction and mental health issues may be afraid to report the problems because they think that doing so would jeopardize their chances of being admitted of the bar or getting a good job after graduating." The report, published in the December 2015 issue of The Bar Examiner, can be found here (PDF).

14. "Positive US Jobs Report Extends to Legal Industry," 01.08.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the USBLS December jobs numbers, noting that the US legal services sector added 1,200 jobs for the month, 8,000 more than measured at this time last year.

    a. "US Legal Sector Gains 1,200 Jobs in December," 01.08.16.
    More on this from Bloomberg BNA.

    b. "10,000 jobs were added to the legal sector in 2015," 01.08.16.
    And from the ABA Journal.

15. "Next-Generation Lawyers Need Tech Savviness as Computers Could Become Attorneys' Rivals," 01.07.16.
LegalTech News looks ahead to the impact of technology on the practice of law: "Technology is clearly changing the practice of law — with futuristic debates now taking place over how much legal work can be done by computers."

16. "Federal Agency Urges Court To Include Sexual Orientation Under Sex Discrimination Ban," 01.06.16.
BuzzFeed reports that the EEOC has filed a brief with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals urging it to rule that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination and therefore illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

January 8, 2016

1. "Judge Orders Lawsuit Over Law School's Job-Placement Rates to Proceed," 01.08.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "a California judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit accusing Thomas Jefferson School of Law of lying about its job-placement statistics to entice students to enroll."

    a. "Judge refuses to toss suit over law school's employment stats; trial is set for March," 01.07.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

2. "A Library Association by Any Other Name?," 01.08.16.
From Slaw comes news that the American Association of Law Libraries is considering changing its name to the Association for Legal Information, and not everybody is happy about it.

3. "The Ethical Obligation To Be Technologically Competent," 01.08.16.
A law firm partner, writing for the New York Law Journal, discusses "some of the most critical risks facing lawyers from the use of technology, how to avoid them, and what duties arise when the worst happens."

4. "Law Firms Resistant to Technological, Management Changes," 01.07.16.
The National Law Journal reports on the Georgetown Law Center for the Study of the Legal Profession/Peer Monitor 2016 Report on the State of the Legal Market, noting that "the new normal in the legal industry in flat financial performance year to year, and firms aren't doing enough about it." You can find a copy of the report here.

5. "Firms: Be Supportive of Young Associates' Decision to Move On," 01.07.16.
The Legal Intelligencer's young lawyer editorial board argues that law firms should do a better job of handling the unwanted departures of their associates.

6. "Another Record Year for Ed-Tech Investments," 01.07.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "Ed-tech companies serving higher education in 2015 attracted investments totaling $658.3 million," noting that higher education is a small piece of the total dollars poured into educational technology, a sector that attracted $6.54 billion last year.

7. "Report Touts Record-Breaking Year for Law Firm Mergers," 01.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest Altman Weil law firm merger report, noting that "the group recorded not only the highest number of law firm mergers since it started tracking this data in 2007, but also some of the biggest combinations ever to shake up the legal market."

8. "DC Weighs Allowing 3Ls to Take the Bar Exam," 01.06.16.
The Legal Times reports that "the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is considering a proposal to allow third-year law students to take the bar exam months before they graduate, a policy that only a handful of states have adopted."

9. "Drake Law School Names New Dean," 01.06.16.
The National Law Journal reports that Drake University has named longtime professor Jerry Anderson as the next dean of its law school.

10. "Penn Law's Center on Professionalism Programs Acquaints Students with the Latest Legal Tech," 01.05.16.
LegalTech News reports on a new program at Penn that is designed to "ensure that graduates have a mastery of executive technology."

11. "Three Law Schools Face Government Scrutiny over Finances," 01.05.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "the US Department of Education has added two law schools to its updated list of educational institutions subject to heightened financial monitoring." (Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Charleston School of Law have been added to a list that already included Ave Maria School of Law.)

12. "M&A Deals Surged in 2015," 01.05.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on the findings of a year-end report by Dealogic that documented deal volume was up 37 percent from 2014, marking the third consecutive year of increases.

13. "As Law Professors Convene, New Leader Looks to Unite Profession," 01.05.16.
The National Law Journal reports on the kickoff of the Association of American Law School's annual meeting being held in New York this week, and interviews incoming AALS President Kellye Testy, dean of the University of Washington School of Law.

    a. "Breyer Tells Law Profs, Judges: Go Travel the World (For Work)," 01.07.16.
    The National Law Journal reports on the AALS conference session yesterday that featured a conversation with US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

14. "UNC, MIT Study Probes AI Threats to Big Law," 01.05.16.
The American Lawyer reports on a new paper that takes a hard look at the threat artificial intelligence poses to lawyers and law firms; the report concludes that "while many tasks may be automated, most legal work is too complex — and too important — for even the most advanced machines to learn and replicate."

15. "As Justices Weigh Affirmative Action, Michigan Offers an Alternative," 01.04.16.
The New York Times offers a bird's eye view of how the University of Michigan, in the wake of a voter initiative that forbid public universities from considering race in college admissions, has developed policies and programs that have allowed the university to increase the number of minority students in the freshman class by almost 20 percent.

16. "The End of Lawyers? Not So Fast.," 01.04.16.
The New York Times Bits Blog reviews much of the recent scholarly work on the potential for artificial intelligence and technology to eliminate lawyer jobs and concludes, as do many of the reports cited, that technology is more likely to transform the work of lawyers rather than eliminate it.

17. "Legal Services Providers Will 'Innovate or Die,' Says UnitedLex CEO," 01.04.16.
Corporate Counsel interviews Daniel Reed, the chief executive officer of UnitedLex Corp, a legal services company, and asks him about what smart legal services will look like in 2016.

18. "Why 2016 May Be a Rough Year for Litigation," 01.03.16.
The Litigation Daily takes a look at the prospects for litigation volume in 2016 and concludes that for a variety of reasons, "2016 may be less-than-happy."

19. "Sara Lee's Ex-GC, Now at Firm, Calls for More Diversity," 12.31.15.
Corporate Counsel interviews Call to Action author Rick Palmore, now at Dentons, to talk about diversity.

20. "No Merger Between Dickstein and Bryan Cave," 12.31.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Dickstein Shapiro won't be merging with Bryan Cave after all "because Bryan Cave leaders wanted certain Dickstein Shapiro partners to commit to working at the new firm for longer than they would agree."

21. "Arms Race: Law Firms and the Litigation Funding Boom," 12.30.15.
The American Lawyer takes a look at the unprecedented amount of investment cash flowing into the commercial litigation finance industry, and suggests that this will raise the cost of legal services for corporations in the long run.

22. "McCarthy Tetrault's Tracie Crook leading firm's radical transformation," 12.27.15.
The Globe and Mail looks at how the non-lawyer CEO of one of Canada's leading law firms "is undergoing a wide-ranging transformation, shedding hundreds of support staff, adopting egalitarian open-plan workplaces with a Starbucks feel, jettisoning fancy corner offices for senior partners and moving away from the traditional practice of billing by the hour."

December 30, 2015

1. "Looking Ahead: Law School Deans Outline Goals for 2016," 12.29.15.
The Texas Lawyer asked deans of three Texas law schools to list their top institutional goals for 2016.

2. "Some Schools Find Relief From Declining Enrollment," 12.28.15.
The New York Law Journal reports on the enrollment figures for New York's 15 law schools, noting that overall enrollment for the group of schools declined by 3 percent but some schools showed gains in their total enrollment and the number of first-year students.

3. "Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future," 12.28.15.
The New York Times takes a look at the way universities are racing to help undergraduates convert their ideas into startup businesses or nonprofit ventures in a wave of entrepreneurship fever, driven largely by a sullen job market and billion-dollar success stories from Silicon Valley.

4. "Star Wars, Like All Things, Is Legal," 12.27.15.
And this is just for fun, from our friends at Slaw.

5. "The 2-Year Law Education Fails to Take Off," 12.25.15.
The New York Times takes a look at Northwestern's failed experiment with a 2-year JD program, and looks at other ways that law schools are trying to push the boundaries of conventional legal education.

6. "In-House Hiring to Hold Steady for 2016," 12.24.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of the most recent Robert Half legal staffing survey, noting that most in-house legal departments report that they plan for level staffing in 2016.

7. "Associate Pay on the Rise in Pennsylvania," 12.23.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that several PA law firms have increased associate salaries and matched NYC firms' bonus structure: "Between salary hikes and bonuses, it was a good year to be an associate at Pennsylvania's large law firms."

8. "Hastings Names Interim Dean to Replace Wu," 12.23.15.
The Recorder reports that "Constitutional law professor David Faigman has been appointed to lead UC-Hastings College of Law as a search gets underway to permanently replace outgoing dean Frank Wu."

9. "Still Looking for New Lawyers, Incubator Program Hires First Director," 12.23.15.
The Daily Report provides an update on the launch of Georgia's new incubator program for new lawyers.

10. "Nonprofit acquires Maurer professor's Lawyer Metrics," 12.23.15.
The Indiana Lawyer reports that "The Access Group, a nonprofit organization made up of law schools, has acquired the assets of Bloomington-based Lawyer Metrics LLC, which was co-founded by Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor William Henderson."

    a. "Law school nonprofit buys Bill Henderson's Lawyer Metrics company," 12.21.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

11. "Fisher & Phillips Teaches Associates ABCs of Building a Book and Making Partner," 12.23.15.
The Daily Report profiles the business coaching professional development program of one of the nation's largest labor and employment firms.

12. "Part Two: Ten Things You Should Know About Public Service Loan Forgiveness," 12.22.15.
More on the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program from Ashley Matthews writing again for The Huffington Post.

13. "Legal Jobs Survey Finds Litigators in Demand," 12.21.15.
More on the Robert Half legal staffing survey results, here from The American Lawyer, noting that survey respondents said "litigators and their support personnel would be especially in demand" in 2016.

14. "To Keep Its Lawyers Close, Kirkland Helps Them Leave," 12.21.15.
The American Lawyer takes a look at the Kirkland & Ellis career counseling program, which allows departing and former Kirkland lawyers to take advantage of the firm's two fulltime career coaches.

15. "Donations, Deans and Dwindling Enrollment: The Year in Law Schools," 12.21.15.
A law school year-end roundup from The National Law Journal: "Continuing declines in law school enrollment and drops in bar-exam passage rates around the country made top headlines in the legal profession in 2015."

16. "At Midsize Firms, Practice of De-eqitizing a 'Last Resort'," 12.21.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that midsize law firms are far more reluctant to de-equitize underperforming partners than large law firms seem to be.

17. "Big Law's Short-Termism Problem," 12.20.15.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, laments Big Law's lack of serious succession planning.

December 18, 2015

1. "More Grads Have 'Excessive' Debt," 12.18.15.
An analysis by Inside Higher Ed finds a steady rise in the proportion of college graduates paying too high a percentage of their annual income to repay student loan debt.

2. "Law School Enrollment Slumps 5 Percent," 12.17.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "enrollment in the nation's law schools dropped nearly 5 percent in 2015, including a slump by 2.2 percent in first-year class sizes."

    a. "Law School Enrollment Fall Again," 12.16.15.
    Kyle McEntee, writing for Above the Law, reports on the ABA Section of Legal Education's release of law schools' Standard 509 data this week, including the data that show both overall and first-year law school enrollment is down for the fifth year in a row.

    b. "Law school consumer information for 2015 is now available on ABA website," 11.16.15.
    The ABA Journal also reports on the release of the 509 data, noting that "Readers can download spreadsheets for each of the past five years presenting the schools' data side by side in 11 categories, including admissions, tuition and living costs, grants and scholarships, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes and bar passage rates."

    c. "2015 Standard 509 Information Report Data Now Available," 12.15.15.
    And the ABA statement about the release of the data and links to all of the spreadsheets are available here. ("Approximately 53 percent of schools reported smaller 1L classes for this admissions cycle compared to 2014. Of that group, 54 schools reported declines that exceeded ten percent. Thirty-nine (39) schools report an increase of more than 10 percent in their 1L matriculants.")

3. "College Enrollment Declines for 4th Straight Year," 12.16.15.
And in somewhat related news, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "overall college enrollment has dipped for the fourth straight year."

4. "2016 Citi Client Report Sees Slow, Uneven Law Firm Growth Ahead," 12.16.15.
The American Lawyer reports on the release of the most recent annual state-of-the-industry year-end report from Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting: "Big law firms can expect modest growth in profits and demand in 2016, while the gaps between firms are widening." The 2016 Citi Hildebrandt Client Advisory can be found here.

    a. "Hildebrandt: In 2016, Winning Battle for Laterals Will Be Key," 12.16.15.
    And Bloomberg BNA reports on the new Citi/Hildebrandt report, focusing on what the report had to say about the importance of attracting and retaining key lateral talent going forward.

5. "Magic Circle Firms, Litigation Leaders Spread Bonus Cheer," 12.16.15.
And more on the law firm bonus season from The American Lawyer.

6. "Utah Supreme Court backs limited practitioner paralegals," 12.16.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "the Utah Supreme Court has given the green light to allow limited paralegal practitioners to help clients navigate the legal system."

7. "New Rules Allow Foreign Lawyers to Practice in NY," 12.16.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "state court officials have approved new rules authorizing lawyers outside the state to practice in New York on a temporary basis and to allow foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel."

8. "Big Deals: Skadden Passes $1 Trillion Mark in Merger of Dow and DuPont," 12.16.15.
Law.com reports that the Dow-DuPont merger will make Skadden, which is counseling DuPont, the first legal advisor to handle over $1 trillion in announced M&A deals in a single year.

9. "The Relevance of Law Schools," 12.15.15.
A good Huffington Post piece on the "new normal" in legal education: "[L]aw schools are balancing the Socratic method with market-driven, practical approaches. These approaches include: intentionally small class sizes, required experiential learning, competencies beyond lawyering skills (such as business development, emotional intelligence, and financial literacy), exposure to international and transnational law, specialized coursework, and practical training to equip students to pass the bar and work in diverse career settings."

10. "Dickstein Shapiro Partners Approve Bryant Cave Tie-Up," 12.15.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the Dickstein Shapiro partnership approved a merger yesterday with the St. Louis-based AmLaw 200 firm Bryan Cave."

11. "Fox Rothschild to Acquire Minneapolis Firm," 12.14.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Fox Rothschild has announced its planned merger with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, a Minneapolis-based firm, which will grow the firm's headcount more than 10 percent to over 700 attorneys."

December 11, 2015

1. "Jenner Names First Woman Managing Partner in NY," 12.11.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that Jenner & Block has named Susan Kohlmann as managing partner of the firm's New York office.

2. "Paycheck Bias Suit by Female Lawyers Gets Green Light," 12.10.15.
The Recorder reports that a class action brought by female attorneys working for Farmers Insurance that alleges unequal pay has been allowed to proceed in federal court.

3. "Justices Show Deep Divide Over Race in University Admissions," 12.09.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Taking a second look at the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas-Austin, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared as deeply divided as it was during arguments three years ago."

    a. "Supreme Court Revisits Case That May Alter Affirmative Action," 12.09.15.
    The New York Times reports that "a majority of the Supreme Court justices seemed unpersuaded on Wednesday that an affirmative action plan at the University of Texas was constitutional."

    b. "Divided Supreme Court Confronts Race-Based Admissions," 12.09.15.
    The Wall Street Journal reports on the oral arguments heard Wednesday by a seemingly divided Supreme Court in the Fisher case, the challenge to the University of Texas admission policy. (Subscription required)

    c. "Supreme Court Laments How Little It Really Knows About Race-Conscious Admissions," 12.09.15.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the proceedings before the Supreme Court Wednesday during oral arguments in a challenge to race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin.

    d. "The Justices' Questions on Affirmative Action," 12.10.15.
    Inside Higher Ed provides this thorough review of the oral arguments made in Fisher, and a link to the transcripts from the proceedings.

    e. "Race and College Admissions at the Supreme Court,"12.09.15.
    The New York Times Editorial Board writes here in support of affirmative action and the University of Texas admission policies, noting that "racial diversity is essential in carrying out the mission of institutions like universities, corporations and the United States military."

    f. "Noteworthy Moments from the Fisher II Oral Argument," 12.09.15.
    The Legal Times reviews the substance of Wednesday's oral arguments in the Fisher case.

    g. "Diversity's Elusive Number: Campuses Strive to Achieve 'Critical Mass'," 12.09.15.
    On the occasion of the rehearing of the Fisher case, The Chronicle of Higher Education asks what it means to achieve critical mass among diverse students on a college campus. (Subscription required)

    h. "Diversity Makes You Brighter," 12.09.15.
    In this New York Times op-ed, two university researchers argue that "By disrupting conformity, racial and ethnic diversity prompts people to scrutinize facts, think more deeply, and develop their own opinions. Our research findings show that such diversity actually benefits everyone, minorities and majority alike."

    i. "University of Michigan offers to be test case for race admissions," 12.08.15.
    As the Supreme Court considers the use of race in admission at the University of Texas, The Washington Post takes a look at how things have gone at the University of Michigan, where state voters in 2006 prohibited the use of race in college admissions: "The evidence here is that with the inability to use race or ethnicity at all, our campus has become less diverse."

    j. "Why Supreme Court Justices Should Celebrate College Diversity, Not Reject It," 12.08.15.
    This New York Times op-ed calls on the justices to reject the plaintiff's case on the merits, and provides some backstory on the case itself.

    k. "How Will the Supreme Court Rule on Affirmative Action?," 12.08.15.
    Adam Liptak and Emily Bazelon, writing for The New York Times Magazine, speculate on how the Supreme Court will rule in the Fisher case.

    l. "The Supreme Court Could Fuel Campus Unrest in Ruling on Race in Admissions," 12.08.15.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reflects on the high stakes involved in the rehearing of the Fisher case at a time when many American college campuses are wracked with unrest over diversity issues.

4. "University of Georgia Launches Three-Year JD-MBA," 12.08.15.
The Daily Report reports that the University of Georgia is now offering a joint law degree and master's in business of administration degree, which can be earned together in just three years.

5. "After Setbacks, Pittsburgh Now a Hot Legal Market for Out-of-Town Firms," 12.08.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on a legal market "renaissance" in Pittsburgh, with health care, technology, finance, and energy driving significant growth of out-of-town firms in the city.

6. "What Will It Take to Run Legal Departments of the Future?," 12.08.15.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at some of the challenges facing modern law departments, business service units that are increasingly beholden to corporate mandates to do more with less, and to use data and industry metrics and benchmarks to make the case for everything they do.

7. "Wal-Mart-based law firm is in an expansion mode," 12.08.15.
The ABA Journal reports on the expansion of Canadian Axess Law that has discount law offices that offer $99 wills and other flat-fee legal services in a retail setting.

8. "Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season With Familiar Scale," 12.07.15.
The American Lawyer reports that "Cravath, Swaine & Moore will pay its associates end-of-year bonuses according to the same scale ultimately adopted by the Big Law elite last year....Bonuses will start at $15,000 for Cravath associates who graduated from law school in 2014 and 2015. Senior associate bonuses will reach as much as $100,000."

    a. "Cravath Kicks Off Law Firm Associate Bonus Season," 12.07.15.
    More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, including the Cravath-announced bonus structure for associate years one through nine.

    b. "Bonuses and the Reality of Big Law Associate Compensation," 12.08.15.
    More on the bonus season from The American Lawyer, noting that Paul Weiss, Skadden, and Milbank have each matched the Cravath bonus rates.

    c. "No Bonus Bump from Davis Polk as Firm Follows Bellwethers," 12.10.15.
    The American Lawyer reports that Davis Polk has announced that it will match the bonus structure announced by Cravath earlier this week.

9. "Proposal to eliminate ban on academic credit for paid externships moves forward," 12.07.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "the governing council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has approved for notice and comment a proposed change in the law school accreditation standards that would eliminate the current ban on students receiving academic credit for paid externships."

    a. "Lift the Ban on Academic Credit For Paid Legal Work," 12.07.15.
    This National Law Journal op-ed argues that "the ABA's policy is economically unsound and harmful to law students."

10. "Quality, Not Price, Counts When In-House Lawyers Pick Firms," 12.07.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "a British survey of 900 in-house counsel rated the quality of legal advice as well as the quality delivering that advice as the most important factors in judging outside counsel."

11. "Protecting the Team — a Firm's Most Valuable Asset — by Nudging Your People to Health and Wellness," 12.07.15.
This piece in Slaw makes the case that law firms need to demonstrate that the health and wellness of its people is a true law firm value.

12. "Top 10 Predictions for Big Law in 2016," 12.06.15.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer and with tongue slightly in cheek, peers into her crystal ball to see what's in store for the legal profession in the new year.

13. "Jobs Report Shows Continued Growth in US Legal Sector," 12.04.15.
The American Lawyer parses the latest USBS jobs data, noting that the legal services sector gained 600 jobs in November, leaving it still nearly 40,000 jobs short of where it stood in November 2005.

14. "Law Firms Lose Talent in-House Because of Diversity, GC Says," 12.02.15.
Bloomberg BNA reports on a panel discussion of GC's, where the argument was made that law firms are losing some of their best lawyers to in-house law departments because corporations are outperforming law firms at cultivating diversity.

15. "How To Be A Better Partner," 11.30.15.
This article in The American Lawyer considers what responsibility modern day partners have to ensure that the business of the law firm is being well run.

December 4, 2015

1. "Slight Increase of Minority Lawyers at Big Texas Firms," 12.03.15.
Texas Lawyer reports on the results of its 2015 Women and Minorities Survey of the 25 largest firms in Texas. And see this accompanying chart, Texas Minority Lawyers in the Law, with a firm-by-firm breakdown of the numbers.

2. "Connecting With Employees," 12.03.15.
This short piece in Slaw looks at how HR and the Communications Team can work together to get the most out of employee satisfaction surveys.

3. "Stability and Modest Growth Expected for US Colleges," 12.03.15.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the latest higher ed outlook report from Moody's Investor Services, noting that most US colleges and universities can expect stability and modest growth in 2016, but that small colleges with limited economies of scale are most likely to struggle.

4. "Dickstein Shapiro Talking Tie-Up With Multiple Suitors," 12.02.15.
Law.com reports that "Dickstein Shapiro appears to be trying to forge a merger deal before the end of the year," and suggests that Bryan Cave, Locke Lord, and Perkins Coie are all "in the mix."

5. "Asian-American Lawyers See Progress, But More Need to Break Through 'Bamboo Ceiling'," 12.02.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "There is a higher percentage of Asian Americans in mid-level and lower jobs in the legal profession than any other minority, yet they seldom break through the so-called 'bamboo ceiling' to reach the top level."

6. "Milbank Grooms Midlevel Associates for Success at Harvard," 12.02.15.
The American Lawyer reports on the Milbank@Harvard program, a program that focuses on teaching midlevel associates applied business skills.

7. "Law Firms [Slowly] in Transition," 12.01.15.
Slaw provides this thoughtful response to the recent Altman Weil report, Law Firms in Transition, focusing here on the growing awareness that lawyers have of the potential implications of technology on their practice. You can find the Altman Weil report here (PDF).

8. "A Conversation With Black Women on Race," 12.01.15.
The New York Times offers this short documentary in which black women talk about the challenges they face in society; it is the latest installment in their "Conversation on Race" Op-Doc video series.

9. "Even Women Think Men Are More Creative," December, 2015.
This Harvard Business Review piece looks at new research that explores gender bias regarding creativity, and the insight that may offer into why women are not reaching high-level positions.

10. "Firm Leaders Are Optimistic Going Into 2016," 11.30.15.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual Law Firm Leaders Survey results, noting that "While hopeful, managing partners and chief executives are increasingly wary of economic and legal industry trends, including moderating economic growth, slowing demand for legal services and discounting pressure from clients."

11. "How to Size Up Sectors and Practices for Future Growth," 11.30.15.
Bill Henderson and Evan Parker, writing for The American Lawyer, write about strategies for future law firm growth, noting that "for the foreseeable future, most of The Am Law 200 will only be able to grow by taking market share."

12. "Underemployment Among College Graduates Drops, Report Says," 11.30.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, noting that "the percentage of college graduates who are underemployed has fallen from its recession-era peak of 10.2 percent to 6.2 percent today." ("The report underscores the bedrock notion that an undergraduate degree is crucial to finding employment, and that it is an important tool in reducing economic inequality among races.")

    a. "Graduates' Workplace Advantage," 12.01.15.
    More on the new Georgetown study from Inside Higher Ed: "Underemployment rates for college grads have sharply declined since the 2008 recession, and degree holders far outpace high school graduates, especially among African-American and Hispanic adults."

13. "Best Alternative Careers for Unhappy Lawyers," 11.30.15.
This piece in The Recorder provides "a list of careers where reformed lawyers have found happy homes."

14. "Race & Admissions: Round 2 at Supreme Court. Justices to reconsider University of Texas Policy," 11.28.15.
The National Law Journal reviews and previews the issues and stakes in the Fisher case (and the mounting pile of amicus briefs), the challenge to the admission policies at the University of Texas that the Court will take up again on December 9.

    a. "Chemerinsky: 2 Texas cases before SCOTUS could have big implications for race in the US," 12.03.15.
    Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, writing here for the ABA Journal, writes about the upcoming Fisher case, noting that the outcome like rides on Justice Kennedy, as well as the upcoming redistricting case out of Texas, both of which will be heard by the US Supreme Court next week.

15. "Student Debt in America: Lend With a Smile, Collect With a Fist," 11.27.15.
The New York Times Upshot column provides this thoughtful look at the current federal student loan landscape, and how some borrowers get in (way) over their heads.

16. "Progress Needed Toward More Diverse GCs," 11.25.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on the latest MCCA General Counsel Survey results, noting that "despite some advances, representation of minorities and women in the ranks is still rather thin." ("One of the most disconcerting statistics was that minority general counsel actually lost ground this year in representation.")

17. "Foreign Law Firms Grab a Share of Canada's Legal Market," 11.25.15.
The American Lawyer reports that "Formerly a relatively insular legal market with little outside penetration, Canada has seen an unprecedented spate of cross-border law firm mergers in recent years."

18. "Silicon Valley Is Growing Up, Giving Parents a Break," 11.25.15.
The New York Times reports that Mark Zuckerberg's announcement that he will take two months away from work with a paternity leave signals changes that are afoot in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere in American work culture.

19. "Morgan Lewis Boasts Steady Profits, No Debt on Anniversary of Bingham Deal," 11.24.15.
The American Lawyer reports that "One year after Morgan, Lewis & Bockius gambled on explosive growth with the addition of 750 lawyers from failing Bingham McCutchen, the firm's finances are stable and it is once again debt-free."

20. "On the Rise: Rates, Revenues, Profits and Salaries Booming at PA Firms," 11.24.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that law firms are booming in Pennsylvania as the year-end nears.

21. "Why So Many New Graduates of Elite Colleges Flock to the Same Kinds of Jobs," 11.24.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research from the University of California, San Diego, that suggests schools themselves and the systems they have in place for career services play a big role in the kinds of careers that college graduates end up seeking. (Subscription required.)

22. "Microsoft 2015 diversity numbers flat, women fall," 11.24.15.
USA Today reports that despite a big push for diversity in its workforce, Microsoft remains two-thirds white, with Asians making up the largest share of minority employees, and the number of women working for the corporation dropped significantly from 2014 to 2015.

23. "UVA Names Its First Woman Law Dean," 11.23.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "University of Virginia School of Law has named legal historian Risa Goluboff as its new dean."

24. "Bar Exam Pass Rates Drop Across the Country," 11.23.15.
The National Law Journal reports that bar exam passage rates have dropped in jurisdictions across the country, and suggests that the drop is linked to a drop in the qualifications of students being admitted from a smaller applicant pool.

    a. "Bar Exam Pass Rate Hits 30-Year Low," 11.23.15.
    The Recorder reports that "the pass rate for July takers of the California Bar Exam fell to 46.6 percent, a 30-year low."

25. "Growth Won't Solve Your Firm's Problems: Harvard Business Prof," 11.23.15.
The American Lawyer looks at the work of Harvard Business Review author Felix Oberholzer-Gee, who argues that "law firms can't grow their way to prosperity."

26. "Amidst 32% Enrollment Decline, Gonzaga Law School Offers Buyouts To All 17 Tenured Faculty (4 Acccept)," 11.23.15.
The TaxProf Blog reports that amidst a steep drop in applications and enrollment, one law school has offered buyouts to all of its tenured faculty.

    a. "Faculty Buyouts at Gonzaga U Law School," 11.25.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

27. "Lawyer Career Coach Shares Rainmaking Advice," 11.23.15.
From the Daily Report, a lawyer career coach with a new book out on the topic shares tips on rainmaking.

28. "Is LinkedIn All It Was Cracked Up to Be?," 11.23.15.
A great blog post from Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, on why LinkedIn seems to have lost its luster.

29. "LexisNexis Acquires Legal Analytics Provider Lex Machina," 11.23.15.
Law.com reports that LexisNexis has acquired Lex Machina, a leading legal analytics company: "This is recognition of the importance of analytics in law...and a validation that analytics are here to stay."

    a. "Lexis Buys Stanford Spinoff Lex Machina," 11.23.15.
    More on this from The Recorder.

30. "Pittsburgh has second-lowest number of minority law partners in US," 11.23.15.
The Pittsburgh Business Times reports on the local findings from NALP's analysis of the 2015 law firm diversity and demographic data. (Subscription required.)

    a. "Is the Legal Profession Going Backwards on Diversity?," 11.20.15.
    Bloomberg BNA reports on the discouraging diversity numbers from NALP that were released just before Thanksgiving.

    b. "Diversity Reversing in law firms," 11.25.15.
    And Today's General Counsel reblogs the Bloomberg piece.

    c. "Wake Up Call: Black Associates Fall Behind at Law Firms," 11.20.15.
    And more on this from Bloomberg.

    d. "Boston law firms making slow progress on partner diversity," 11.20.15.
    And the Boston Business Journal reports on the local numbers from NALP's law firm diversity update.

    e. "Women, Blacks Losing Ground in BigLaw Associate Ranks," 11.19.15.
    Law360 reports on the NALP demographic numbers, noting the decline in women and African American associate numbers. (Subscription required.)

31. "Big Law Flirts With Office-Less Future," 11.20.15.
The Recorder takes a look at law firms that are moving towards open floor offices: "Doing away with the every-lawyer-gets-a-door promise could save a lot of money."

32. "US Student-Loan Forgiveness Program Proves Costly," 11.20.15.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the potentially high costs of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program as the first loans eligible for repayment with come around in 2017, and suggests that there is energy in Washington for modifying the program to narrow its scope and reach.

33. "UC-Hastings Dean to Leave Post at Year's End," 11.19.15.
The Recorder reports that "Frank Wu is stepping down from his role as chancellor and dean for UC-Hastings College of the Law," as of January 1, 2016.

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