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 24, 2016
1. "Law Firms Face Uncertain Future As Brexit Result Hits Markets," 06.24.16.
Law.com reports that "law firms across the UK and beyond are facing an uncertain future after Britain voted to leave the European Union."
a. "Brexit: Now What?," 06.24.16.
Corporate Counsel explores some of the ramifications of the vote by the UK to leave the European Union.
b. "Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the EU," 06.24.16. (Legal Week)
2. "Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas," 06.23.16.
The New York Times reports that "the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory."
a. "Supreme Court upholds University of Texas affirmative-action admissions," 06.23.16. (The Washington Post)
b. "Supreme Court Upholds Consideration of Race," 06.24.16. (Inside Higher Ed)
c. "Supreme Court Upholds Use of Race-Conscious Admissions at U. of Texas," 06.23.16. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
d. "3 Key Takeaways From the Supreme Court's Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions," 06.23.16. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
e. "Divided Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program," 06.23.16. (The National Law Journal)
f. "Justice Kennedy's Startling Shift on Affirmative Action," 06.23.16. (Supreme Court Brief)
g. "Justices Split Over Race in University Admissions," 06.23.16. (Law.com)
h. "In Fisher, Affirmative Action Advocates See Means to Preserve Campus Diversity," 06.22.16. (Texas Lawyer)
3. "Why law schools need to teach more than the law to thrive (or survive)," 06.23.16.
This ABA Journal Legal Rebels New Normal column argues that law schools are missing obvious opportunities to innovate and provide students with core competencies that are needed in today's marketplace.
4. "Fewer Firms Meet Tougher Criteria for Women in Equity and Power," 06.23.16.
Law.com reports on the sixth annual Gold Standard Certification Winners from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, noting that this year only 31 firms have been recognized for their efforts in advancing women.
5. "Law Schools Are Going Online to Reach New Students," 06.22.16.
The New York Times reports that law schools are increasingly looking to online learning to shore up their prospects.
6. "States Get Failing Grades for Judicial Diversity," 06.22.16.
Law.com reports on new research from the American Constitution Society that confirms, unsurprisingly, that "judges are mostly white men."
a. "Study: Women, Minorities Underrepresented on State Courts," 06.22.16.
More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
7. "Diversity Is Everyone's Issue," 06.22.16.
A law firm partner, writing for Bloomberg Law, explains why his firm has chosen to participate in this week's Women in Law Hackathon, arguing that "increasing diversity in the legal profession can't be just a minority or women's issue...it must be everyone's issue."
8. "Is Work-Life Balance a Hopeless Goal in the Legal Profession?," 06.22.16.
A retired lawyer, writing for Corporate Counsel, suggests that "the challenges for women lawyers...have less to do with gender than with culture and what has become a workaholic profession within a Workaholic America."
9. "The News of Attorneys' Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated (With Apologies to Mark Twain)," 06.22.16.
Legaltech News suggests that while the advances of artificial intelligence have been great, lawyers are not going to be replaced by computers anytime soon.
10. "Unranked law school changes its name; dean of similarly named school sees possibility of confusion," 06.22.16.
The ABA Journal reports that The South Texas College of Law has changed its name to Houston College of Law.
11. "Law Firms Make Slow Progress on Diversity," 06.21.16.
The American Lawyer provides a full analysis of its 2016 Diversity Scorecard, noting that modest increases over last year "have come mainly from a slight rise in the number of Hispanic and Asian-American lawyers at the firms, while the number of African-American attorneys has remained low."
12. "GCs Dissatisfied With Traditional Law Firms, Deloitte Report Finds," 06.21.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on new survey research results from Deloitte that show clients are growing (more) dissatisfied with traditional law firms: "52 percent said that they would consider using nontraditional firms that offer a range of professional services for their outside work."
13. "Law firms are already inside some US Wal-Marts," 06.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports that three Atlanta-area Wal-Marts have law offices within them, a phenomenon that is likely to grow.
14. "Law Students Get a 'Fresh' Start at Pace Clinic This Fall," 06.21.16.
Law.com reports that the law school at Pace "will launch a pilot Food and Beverage Law Clinic — a first-of-its-kind program where law students will help sustainable farmers, food entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations dedicated to sustainability and ensuring everyone has access to food."
15. "Dentons, Referral Industry Square Off Ahead of New Network Launch," 06.18.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Denton's new free online referral network, Nextlaw, is upsetting the status quo among more established legal referral operations.
16. "MoFo Doubled Down on IP Summer Program," 06.17.16.
The Recorder reports that in the battle for new associates with science and tech backgrounds, MoFo has upped the ante by creating a summer program experience that "puts associates in direct contact with top tech clients."
17. "Summer Internships at Tech Companies Heat Up," 06.17.16.
Law.com reports that "a small but growing number of law students are spending their summers interning in the legal departments of some of the nation's hottest tech companies." (Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, Cisco, HP, Pandora, and GoPro, among others, all reportedly have law student internship programs.)
18. More on the associate salary hike thread:
a. "Top Atlanta Firms Hang Back on Associate Pay Raises," 06.23.16.
The Daily Report reports that "after King & Spalding announced a $20,000 pay hike last week for Atlanta associates, Alston & Bird quickly matched — but the rest of Atlanta's big firms are in no hurry to follow."
b. "Reed Smith Raises Salaries, Matching $180K in Some Markets," 06.23.16. (Law.com)
c. "As Big Firms Up Associate Pay, Regional Firms See an Opening," 06.22.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that as the big firms all move to raise associate pay, midsize and regional firms are well-poised to emphasize their value proposition to clients — high quality work for less money.
d. "Haynes and Boone Increases Associate Salaries," 06.22.16. (Texas Lawyer)
e. "King & Spalding, Alston Raise Associate Pay," 06.21.16.
The Daily Report brings news that "associate pay raises have hit Atlanta."
f. "Allen & Overy to Match Cravath's US Associate Pay," 06.20.16. (Legal Week)
g. "Associate Salaries Still Mysterious at Most Firms," 06.20.16.
Law.com reports that "despite the headline-grabbing numbers at some large law firms, associate salaries at most firms are not widely known, and compensation is often a difficult issue to navigate through for young lawyers."
h. "Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates," 06.20.16.
The Asian Lawyer reports that while many global firms have moved quickly to increase associate base salaries in offices worldwide, "in Asia, firms are taking a much more cautious approach."
i. "Associate Salary Hikes Are Hard to Swallow, Some GCs Say," 06.17.16.
The Recorder reports that "some general counsel in Silicon Valley question the need for the recent wave of salary hikes for associates at leading California firms."
19. "An Expensive Law Degree, and No Place to Use It," 06.17.16.
This widely circulated New York Times article from last Friday once again makes the case that it doesn't make sense to go to law school, at least for most people at most schools.
a. "Reactions To Yesterday's NY Times Article On The Human Cost Of The Law School Crisis," 06.18.16.
The TaxProf Blog collects some of the many blogosphere responses to the NYT article. (Links to 9 blog posts from many of the usual suspects, including Paul Campos and David Lat.)
b. "Law School a Solid Investment, Despite Pay Discrepancies," 06.21.16.
A law professor from Berkeley, writing here for The New York Times Dealbook column, defends legal education: "for most, the data still shows that over the long term, law school can be a fruitful choice."
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 17, 2016
1. "Former UVA Law Student Sues Department of Education," 06.17.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a recent University of Virginia law school graduate is suing the US Department of Education, alleging that the department has illegally mandated that colleges abandon due process protections when adjudicating sexual assault cases."
2. "Nixon Peabody names new leader for Boston office," 06.16.16.
The Boston Business Journal reports that "Nixon Peabody has named Ruth Silman to be managing partner of its Boston office, the first woman to hold that title in the firm's history."
3. "Blind Man Loses Appeal Against ABA Over LSAT," 06.16.16.
Law.com reports that "a legally blind man who claims the admission process to law schools is discriminatory has lost his appeal against the American Bar Association."
4. "GCs Wary of Rate Hikes as Firms Increase Associate Pay," 06.15.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on the GC reaction to the recent associate pay hikes, noting that most say they will keep an eye on rates.
5. "BU Law Joins UnitedLex Legal Residency Program," 06.15.16.
Legaltech News reports that "UnitedLex has added Boston University School of Law to the growing roster of schools participating in the legal outsourcing group's 'legal residency' program."
6. "DLA Piper Strikes Deal With Artificial Intelligence Firm," 06.14.16.
Legal Week reports that "DLA has signed an agreement with Kira Systems Inc. to give its lawyers access to the technology company's artificial intelligence software."
7. "A Closer Look at Law Firm Diversity," 06.14.16.
The American Lawyer takes a deeper dive into The American Lawyer's 2016 Diversity Scorecard results.
8. "Harvard Grad Who Flunked Bar Sues Over Loss of Big-Law Job," 06.14.16.
Law.com reports that "a 2013 Harvard graduate who twice failed the bar exam has sued the New York State Board of Law Examiners, claiming its refusal to provide testing accommodations derailed her career at Ropes & Gray."
9. "ABA to Audit Law Schools' Job Stats for Accuracy," 06.13.16.
Law.com reports on the implementation of the ABA audit process of law school employment outcomes.
a. "Law school job statistics get extra scrutiny in random ABA audits," 06.14.16.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
10. "Shook Hardy Elects First Woman as Firm Leader," 06.13.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Shook, Hardy & Bacon has elected Madeleine McDonough to a five-year term as the chair of the firm.
11. "After Pressure from Law Students, Northwestern Cancels Classes on Election Day," 06.13.16.
Law.com reports that "after a push from two campus groups, [Northwestern School of Law] announced that it will cancel classes on election day to allow students to vote and perform election-related public service."
12. "No Simple Formula: How Chinese Law Firms Pay Their Partners," 06.13.16.
The second part of this two-part story from The Asian Lawyer looks at partner compensation in China.
13. "White Female Privilege," 06.13.16.
Writing for The American Lawyer, Vivia Chen takes a look at a new study reported in Harvard Business Review that concludes, according to Chen, "it's women who don't really need jobs — those born into comfortable circumstance who don't have to be the primary breadwinner — that have the best shot at success."
14. "Big Firms Slow to Answer Legal Services Funding Plea," 06.13.16.
The American Lawyer reports that that only 19 law firms have responded to the plea by the Legal Services Corporation for financial support in its mission to provide civil legal services to the poor.
15. Associate pay-hike news roundup:
a. "After Dechert's Pay Hike, Pa. Firms Watch and Wait, for Now," 06.16.16. (The Legal Intelligencer)
b. "Bracewell Gives Raises to Associates, Cuts Staff," 06.15.16. (Texas Lawyer)
c. "Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates," 06.14.16. (the Asian Lawyer)
d. "Bracewell to Move to Cravath Salary Scale," 06.14.16. (Texas Lawyer)
e. "Hey, Associates: 7 Ways to Spend Your Pay Raise," 06.14.16. (Some tongue in cheek from The American Lawyer)
f. "Senior Associates Get No Respect," 06.14.16. (Vivia Chen for Law.com)
g. "Hogan Lovells Sets New Salary High for DC's 'Big Four'," 06.13.16. (The National Law Journal)
h. "Baker Botts Raises Associate Salary Scale," 06.13.16. (Texas Lawyer)
i. "Locke Lord Raises Associate Salaries," 06.13.16. (Texas Lawyer)
j. "Calif. Firms Slow to the Draw in Salary Wars," 06.10.16. (The Recorder)
June 10, 2016
1. "More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End," 06.09.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the growing list of firms that have increased associate pay scales, moving starting salaries to $180,000. (Much more on this below.)
a. "First-year associate pay will be $180K at multiple BigLaw firms following Cravath's lead," 06.08.16.
The ABA Journal reports that at least 16 BigLaw firms will match Cravath's new $180K salary for first-year associates.
2. "Liberal-Arts Majors Have Plenty of Job Prospects, if They Have Some Specific Skills, Too," 06.09.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research that suggests that "liberal-arts graduates can improve their job prospects markedly by acquiring a small level of proficiency in one of eight specific skill sets, such as social media or data analysis."
3. "Legal Competencies for the World We Live In," 06.09.16.
A Canadian Law dean, writing for Slaw, tackles the question of what critical competencies are required for entry to today's Bar.
4. "Applicants at these law schools were most likely to accept admissions offers," 06.09.16.
The ABA Journal reports on US News findings about the law schools that had the highest yield rates on admission offers, a list that includes both top-ranked schools and schools that the publication ranks in the bottom one-fourth.
5. "Millennials Have Their Say on Law Firms' Future," 06.08.16.
Law.com reports that "Cushman & Wakefield's latest survey of the legal sector finds that law firms increasingly are including the younger generation in decision-making."
6. "Hackathon will tackle why law firms are failing to keep and promote women lawyers," 06.08.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the upcoming Women in Law Hackathon that will be held June 24 at Stanford Law School.
7. "New Dean Named at CUNY School of Law," 06.08.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the City University of New York School of Law has named as dean Mary Lu Bilek, who has served on the CUNY Law faculty and has led the University of Massachusetts School of Law since 2012."
8. "The 2016 Innovation Awards: Pro Bono Innovator of the Year, Suffolk Law School," 06.07.16.
Legaltech News reports that Suffolk Law's Institute on Law Practice, Tech & Innovation, a program that teaches students how to use legal technology to provide legal services to low and middle income clients, has won a Pro Bono Innovator of the Year award.
9. "Law Schools Stick With LSAT, Not GRE, for Admissions," 06.07.16.
Law.com reports that a Kaplan survey suggests just 14% of law schools plan to start using the GRE in admissions.
a. "Some Law Schools Eye GRE as LSAT Alternative," 06.07.16.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
10. "Profitable Firms Grew Rates at Double the Pace of Midtier Counterparts," 06.07.16.
Law.com reports that new analyses by Wells Fargo show that "hourly rates at the nation's most profitable firms rose at double the rate of firms in the middle or regional markets last year."
11. "Breaking: NY To $180K!!! Cravath Raises Associate Base Salaries!!!," 06.06.16.
Above the Law broke this story Monday afternoon.
a. "Cravath to Raise Base Pay for Associates to $180K," 06.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Cravath, Swaine & Moore confirmed Monday that it is increasing base salaries to $180,000 for first-year associates and $315,000 in their eighth year."
b. "Law Firm Cravath Raising Starting Salaries to $180,000: Change is likely to spawn a wave of copycat moves from the New York firm's competitors," 06.06.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is raising base salaries for its junior most lawyers by 12.5%, its first increase in nearly a decade and a move likely to trigger a wave of similar hikes throughout the legal industry." (Subscription required.)
c. "Law Firm Salaries Jump for the First Time in Nearly a Decade," 06.06.16.
And The New York Times reports on the Cravath salary hike.
d. "Cravath raises first-year associate pay to $180K, effective July 1," 06.06.16.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
e. "Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost," 06.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Millbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Weil, Gotschal & Manges said Tuesday that they will match Cravath, Swaine & Moore's decision to raise its base pay for associates."
f. "Summer Associates Reap Benefits From New Pay Scale," 06.08.16.
The American Lawyer reports that many of the firms that have bumped starting salaries to $180K are also extending that pay raise to this summer's summer associate class.
g. "NY to $180K: The First Major Match," 06.07.16. (Above the Law — Milbank)
h. "Magic Circle Firm Matches Cravath Scale," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Freshfields)
i. "Biglaw Firm Bumps Salary To Attract And Retain The 'Best And Brightest Attorneys'," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Cooley)
j. "Guess Which Biglaw Leader Is Raising Salaries Now?," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Davis Polk)
k. "Chicago-Based Biglaw Giant Gives Raises To All US Associates," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Kirkland)
l. "Top 10 Firm Smacks Its Associates Across The Face With Money," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Skadden)
m. "Sullivan & Cromwell Beats Cravath (For Certain Classes)," 06.08.16. (Above the Law)
n. "Leading Biglaw Firm Raises Salaries For All US Associates," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Winston & Strawn)
o. "Quinn Emanuel Announces Pay Raises For Associates," 06.08.16. (Above the Law)
p. "Debevoise Makes Its Salary Announcement — With A Twist," 06.08.16. (Above the Law)
q. "Biglaw Salary Hike: Not All Offices Are Created Equal," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Covington)
r. "Simpson Thacher Finally Announces Its New Salary Scale," 06.08.16. (Above the Law)
s. "Another Biglaw Giant Goes to $180k — For All US Offices," 06.08.16. (Above the Law — Weil)
t. "Cleary Gottlieb Matches Cravath Scale...Or Maybe Beats It?," 06.08.16. (Above the Law)
u. "More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End," 06.09.16. (The American Lawyer)
v. "Earth's Highest-Grossing Law Firm Increases Associate Salaries Worldwide," 06.09.16. (Above the Law — Latham)
w. For the latest updates to this evolving story, visit Above the Law's 2016 Salary Increase page.
12. "Firms Increasingly Making Partners Pay to Leave," 06.06.16.
Law.com looks at "the lengths to which some firms have gone to financially penalize a lawyer looking to move to another firm."
13. "Am Law 200 Firms Grow National Pot Practices," 06.06.16.
Law.com reports that "Am Law 200 firms are building out national marijuana practices to capitalize on the growing industry."
14. "How Do Chinese Law Firms Operate?," 06.06.16.
This piece in The Asian Lawyer provides an overview of the basic business models of Chinese law firms.
15. "College Loan Glut Worries Policy Makers," 06.05.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that policy makers are concerned about the ballooning student loan debt of those who never complete a degree. (Subscription required.)
16. "How to tell if law school will make you money," 06.04.16.
A short video from Business Insider that makes the case for (not) going to law school.
17. "Law Students Take a Different Summer Path and Go In-House," 06.03.16.
The Daily Report profiles a rising 3L at Mercer who chose to spend his second summer working in-house rather than at a firm.
18. "British Columbia law society appeals decision forcing it to admit students from Trinity Western," 06.03.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the Law Society of British Columbia has filed an appeal with the British Columbia Court of Appeals challenging a lower court's decision allowing TWU graduates into the society: "The society cited TWU's restrictive rules towards its students — including its attitudes towards gay, lesbian and transgender students — as its reason for not recognizing the school."
19. "Villanova Names First African-American Law Dean," 06.03.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law has named Mark C. Alexander as its next dean, marking the first time the university has had an African-American dean."
20. "The Law Store brings legal help to Wal-Mart locations," 06.01.16.
The Joplin Globe reports that two Wal-Mart stores in Missouri have opened legal services outlets: "The Law Store operates on an upfront, menu-style pricing model instead of the traditional hourly rate, and it doesn't charge for an initial consultation." (Hat tip to the PSJD Public Interest News Digest.)
June 3, 2016
1. "Kirkland Partner Leaving for Latham Asked to Pay Back Bonus," 06.03.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Kirkland & Ellis has required a private equity M&A partner to repay his bonus before leaving for Latham & Watkins.
2. "Unlikely Legal Tech Allies Come Together to Standardize Legal Operations: CLOC founders spearhead industry-wide movement to align, standardize corporate legal operations," 06.02.16.
Legaltech News reports that "the leaders of some of the biggest law departments in the US...are joining forces to solidify and implement legal operations standards in an effort to solve major challenges that run across the legal ecosystem."
3. "The Oppression of Legal Technology?," 06.02.16.
An interesting Slaw blog post that suggests lawyer resistance to adopting emerging technologies may be based in part on privilege.
4. "Legal Aid With a Digital Twist," 06.01.16.
This New York Times piece takes a look at how the development of apps is changing the way basic civil legal services are delivered to lower income families and individuals.
5. "Still Short of Midyear Mark, a Breakneck Pace for Firm Moves," 06.01.16.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that law firm mergers and spinoffs in that state are happening at a remarkable rate.
6. "Three Women to Lead Top-100 Law Schools in Florida," 06.01.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Florida State University College of Law has named Erin O'Hara O'Connor as its next dean," making her the third woman to lead a top-100 law school in Florida and the fifth woman overall to lead a Florida law school.
7. "Missouri Law Dean Steps Down After Suit Filed Over AG Election," 05.31.16.
The National Law Journal reports that University of Missouri School of Law Dean Gary Myers will step down August 14.
8. "Improving Jobs Market Leads to Optimism Among Law School Graduates," 05.31.16.
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that the job market is improving for law grads in that state.
9. "Pa. Firms See Big Boost in Minority Partner Numbers," 05.31.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that that the American Lawyer's 2016 Diversity Scorecard shows that many Pennsylvania law firms showed improvements in their partner numbers over the previous year.
10. "Conn. Switches to National Bar Exam Without Consulting Judges," 05.31.16.
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee voted this week to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam — this writer, a retired judge, opposes that change.
11. "In Colorado, the number of practicing female lawyers drops sharply each decade, report says," 05.31.16.
The ABA Journal reports that a new report in Colorado shows that women drop out of the profession at a much higher rate than men in that state.
May 27, 2016
1. "Surge in Americans Applying to Have Student Debt Canceled: Borrowers say their colleges lied to them about future job prospects," 05.26.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that nearly 20,000 people have applied to the Department of Education have their student loans forgiven on the grounds that they were deceived by colleges: "under a decades-old law, borrowers are entitled to have their loans forgiven if they prove their schools used deceptive advertising and recruiting." (Subscription required.)
2. "OnRamp Program for Women Expands In-House," 05.26.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that Caren Ulrich Stacy's OnRamp Fellowship program, an initiative that helps women returning to law and finance jobs after a career break, will expand from law firms into in-house legal departments: "So far, three companies have signed on: Amazon, Microsoft, and Bank of Montreal."
3. "Goldman Sachs to Stop Rating Employees With Numbers: The bank's staffers requested 'more frequent and constructive feedback'," 05.26.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Goldman Sachs "will experiment with an online system through which employees can give and receive continuous feedback on their performance."
4. "The Remote Revolution: The Challenges with Virtual Employment," 05.26.16
Legaltech News takes a look at some of the many challenges faced in having remote workers, including accountability, technology, security, and maintaining office culture.
5. "Chicago Law School Jumps to No. 1 in Full-Time Jobs After Graduation: California schools show high percentage of underemployed JDs," 05.25.16.
The National Law Journal continues to analyze the latest employment data from the ABA.
a. "Best and Worst Law Schools for Jobs," 05.26.16.
And Vivia Chen, The American Lawyer's Careerist blogger, weighs in on the NLJ analysis of the ABA law school employment outcomes data.
6. "Artificial Intelligence in Legal, 'So Hot Right Now'," 05.25.16.
LegalTech News reports that "panelists at the Stanford CodeX FutureLaw Conference separated fact from fiction, explaining how AI truly functions in today's legal world."
a. "Breaking Down the Barriers of Legal Technology Adoption," 05.24.16.
LegalTech News reports on a CodeX panel about "the realities and challenges of legal tech adoption for today's firms and legal departments."
b. "The Impediments and Opportunities in Using Technology to Close the Justice Gap," 05.23.16.
In more CodeX reporting, Legaltech News recounts Legal Services Corporation President James Sandman's opening remarks at the Stanford conference, where he addressed the question of whether technology is the answer to close the justice gap.
7. "UK Legal Recruiter Sets Sights on US Shores," 05.25.16.
The American Lawyer reports that a second large UK legal recruitment shop has opened a New York office.
8. "Predictors of Success," 05.25.16.
A Slaw blog post looks at predictors of success beyond intelligence and technical skills: optimism, social connection, and the way that a person reacts to setbacks.
9. "SmartLaw," 05.25.16.
And a good Slaw column on legal technology, and what SmartLaw is actually likely to look like in the future: "We are still at the beginning of the beginning of the turmoil that automation will cause the legal industry."
10. "An Internship That Leads to In-House Jobs," 05.24.16.
Corporate Counsel profiles one company that bucks the trend by hiring most of its lawyers through its legal internship program.
11. "GCs Are Hiring Fewer New Law Firms, Report Finds," 05.24.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that that according to a new report from LexisNexis, "legal departments are whittling down their panels of outside law firms."
12. "Helping Judges Spread the Word: Rookie Lawyers Welcome," 05.24.16.
The Recorder reports on an initiative that encourages judges to encourage law firms to send young associates in to make oral arguments in court.
13. "Report Sees Top Deal Lawyers Pull Ahead as Billing Rates Soar," 05.24.16.
The American Lawyer reports on new survey results that show "the high and low ends of the M&A legal services market are becoming ever more stratified as billing rates for deal work dwarf other practices."
14. "Fenwick Opening New York Office to Tap Tech Transactions," 05.24.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West, citing a thriving tech startup community in New York, has announced that it will open an office there.
15. "Hunton & Williams Eying Transatlantic Tie-Up with UK's Addleshaws," 05.24.16.
Law.com reports that "Hunton & Williams is in advanced merger talks with the UK's Addleshaw Goddard."
16. "How Do I Handle a Hijacked Interview?," 05.24.16.
The Recorder's Lawyer Whisperer, Julie Brush, provides advice on how to manage a highjacked interview.
17. "The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report," 05.23.16.
The American Lawyer presents its annual ranking of the second hundred highest-grossing law firms in the US.
a. "The Am Law Second Hundred: Taking a Dive," 05.23.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "with a drop in gross revenue and flat results in other metrics, Second Hundred firms trailed the Am Law 100's performance in 2015."
18. "The 2016 Midsize Hot List," 05.23.16.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual report on firms with between 51 and 150 attorneys that have punched above their weight compared to larger firms.
19. "2016 Diversity Scorecard: How the Firms Rate," 05.23.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual diversity scorecard that ranks the largest US law firms according to their percentage of minority partners and attorneys.
20. "Firms Offer More Parental Leave, But Will Associates Take It?," 05.23.16.
The American Lawyer asks whether today's associates will be willing to take advantage of increasingly generous parental leave policies.
21. "Asian-American Groups Seek Investigation Into Ivy-League Admissions," 05.23.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "a coalition of Asian-American organizations asked the Department of Education on Monday to investigate Brown University, Dartmouth College and Yale University, alleging they discriminate against Asian-American students during the admissions process."
22. "For Operations, More Midsize Firms Seeking Nonlawyers," 05.23.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that that as the chief operating officer or executive director role grows in popularity, more midsize law firms are turning to non-lawyers to fill the role.
23. "Latham, Wisconsin Firm Reach ROSS Intelligence Partnerships," 05.20.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Latham & Watkins and Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper have joined Baker & Hostetler in the artificial legal intelligence space, signing on with IBM's ROSS Intelligence.
24. "UW officials are looking at building a law school in Tacoma. Should they?," 05.20.16.
The Olympian reports that the University of Washington is considering opening a new law school in Tacoma. (To which I have to say, really?)
May 20, 2016
1. "Associates May Have Closer Eye on How They Are Billed Out," 05.20.16.
The Legal Intelligencer tackles the issue of writing down or writing off associate hours in light of recent litigation on the issue.
2. "Study Links Student Loan Debt and Postcollege Wealth," 05.19.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports on a new study that finds "those with college debt — whether they graduated from or dropped out of college — are less likely than their counterparts without debt to accumulate assets in the years after leaving college."
3. "Foreign National Graduates Face Immigration Realities," 05.19.16.
A law firm partner, writing for the New York Law Journal, provides a fairly comprehensive look at visa options for law graduates who are foreign nationals seeking to work in the US.
4. "A Child Care Gap in the Resume: Whether to Explain or Not," 05.19.16.
The New York Times reports on a new study by a law professor at Vanderbilt who argues that contrary to traditional advice, "women may be better off explaining their decision to stay home to a potential employer upfront."
5. "An Ocean of Work, but Not an Associate to Be Found: Can Analytics Help?," 05.19.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at new software that attempts to tackle workflow inefficiencies through analytics.
6. "Too Many Lawyers? Report Faults Firms for Resisting Layoffs," 05.18.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the results of the latest Altman Weil law firm leaders survey, in which 60 percent of law firm leaders said that overcapacity is hurting profitability, and 62 percent said demand for their legal services has not yet returned to prerecession levels.
a. "80% of BigLaw firms say their nonequity partners aren't busy enough: Will their ranks be trimmed?," 05.19.16.
More on the Altman Weil report from the ABA Journal.
b. You can find the Altman Weil press release here:
"When asked why their firms aren't doing more to change the way they deliver legal services, the top response from 64% of firm leaders is that their partners resist most change efforts."
7. "Women in Elite Jobs Face Stubborn Pay Gap: Gender disparities in income are greater in many white-collar US professions than blue-collar and don't lend themselves to legislative remedies," 05.17.16.
A Wall Street Journal investigation has found that "women in many elite jobs earn well below men." (Subscription required.)
8. "Law Grad Employment Rates Up, But Class Size Is Smaller," 05.17.16.
The National Law Journal parses the recently released ABA law school employment outcomes data for the Class of 2015, and provides charts showing how individual law schools' numbers stack up on a variety of measures.
a. "As Supply of Law Grads Drops, More Struggle to Find Work," 05.16.16.
And Matt Leichter, writing for The American Lawyer, also parses the ABA employment outcomes data, finding a drop in the number of jobs in every employment category.
b. "Law Grad Job Rates Inch Up in NY as Class Size Declines," 05.20.16.
The New York Law Journal parses the ABA employment outcomes data for the New York law schools, and in an accompanying piece provides these handy bar charts showing the employment rates for the graduates of the New York law schools.
9. "Lawyers on Demand Ramps Up," 05.17.16.
The American Lawyer chats with Lawyers on Demand founder Simon Harper, who marvels at the way "the market for alternative legal services is becoming much more competitive."
10. "'Antonin Scalia Law School' Name Change is Official Now," 05.17.16.
The National Law Journal reports that this deed is done: "The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia on Tuesday unanimously approved George Mason University's plan to rename its law school after the late Justice Antonin Scalia."
11. "CodeX FutureLaw to Bring Together Legal Tech Experts, Newcomers to Glimpse the Future: The one-day conference at Stanford Law School will tackle IBM's Watson, criminal justice technology, and more," 05.17.16.
Legaltech News previews this year's CodeX FutureLaw conference that will be held today at Stanford.
12. "Bar Exam Pass Rate Sinks Again," 05.16.16.
The Recorder reports that the passage rate for California's February bar exam dropped to a seven-year low of just 35.7 percent.
13. "Citi: Law Firm Revenue Rising at Pre-Recession Levels," 05.16.16.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog takes a look at the first quarter numbers from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, noting that revenue at big law firms rose 5.8 percent in the first quarter.
14. "Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High," 05.15.16.
The American Lawyer reports on US law firm lateral hiring in London.
15. "Diversity in Academe: Who Sets a College's Diversity Agenda," 05.15.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a special report on diversity in higher education. (Subscription required.)
May 13, 2016
1. "Citi Report: Law Firm Revenues Surged in First Quarter," 05.13.16.
The Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group, writing for The American Lawyer, reports that despite challenging market conditions, law firm "revenue grew 5.8 percent, driven by increases in demand and billing rates, as well as a strong collections effort."
2. "Billing $2K an Hour? Study Says Clients Will Pay If Lawyers Deliver," 05.12.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "top rates paid to the highest-paid partners at US firms rose to a jaw-dropping $2,000 an hour last year."
3. "Minnesota Law School, Facing Waning Interest, Cuts Admissions," 05.12.16.
The New York Times takes another look at declining law school applicants and enrollment through a case study of one particular law school.
4. "The Lawyer's Guide to Analytics: How Analytics Can be Used in Your Practice," 05.12.16.
Legaltech News provides this primer on data analytics for lawyers.
5. "GCs Spend More on Diverse Legal Teams, Survey Finds," 05.12.16.
The American Lawyer reports on new research that shows "very diverse legal teams get 25 percent more of clients' total legal spending than teams that are not at all diverse."
6. "A Call for Legal Ops to Ditch the Silos and Share," 05.12.16.
Corporate Counsel reprints the closing remarks from the first CLOC Corporate Legal Operations Institute held earlier this month in San Francisco.
7. "Kagan: Law Professors Shouldn't All Cater to Judges," 05.12.16.
The National Law Journal reports that during remarks at the Seventh Circuit's judicial conference, US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that "legal academics shouldn't feel obliged to write with the needs of judges or the bar in mind."
8. "Most Companies Plan to Spend More on Compliance," 05.11.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "in-house counsel in the UK expect their companies to spend more on compliance in the next five years."
9. "Law Students Benefit from Feedback Before Exams," 05.11.16.
The National Law Journal reports on new research from a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School that suggests "giving law students substantive feedback on their classroom performance before they take a final exam boosts their grades in other classes."
10. "How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession," 05.11.16.
Fast Company reports that technology advances are allowing new companies to harness networks of computers and people to sift through legal information more quickly and efficiently than ever before.
11. "DLA Piper Says UK Layoffs Won't Spread to US," 05.11.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "DLA Piper plans to cut up to 200 support jobs in the UK, with the bulk of those roles being moved to a new back-office operations center in Warsaw."
12. "At Law Firms, Customization is No Longer King: The Resurgence of Standardized Solutions," 05.11.16.
Legaltech News reports that as law firms confront new market pressures, many are beginning to realize the benefits of off-the-shelf software versus customized technology solutions.
13. "Student-Loan Interest Rates Will Drop Again in 2016-17," 05.11.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the "interest rates on new federal student loans will drop to their lowest level in a decade next year." (The rate on undergraduate Stafford loans will drop from 4.29 percent to 3.76 percent. Graduate Stafford loans will drop from 5.84 percent to 5.31 percent. PLUS loans will drop from 6.84 percent to 6.31 percent.)
a. "Interest Rates on Federal Loans Hit Record Low," 05.12.16.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
14. "When It Comes to Laterals, 'Moneyball' Is a Myth," 05.10.16.
This piece in The Recorder argues that the best way to improve lateral recruiting performance is to rigorously assess a candidate's client relationships, business development skills, and managerial and leadership abilities.
15. "Growth Game: Dentons Launches Referral Network, Munich Office," 05.10.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Dentons will launch an online referral network for independent firms with a free and searchable database for members.
16. "In Focus: The Mental Health of Law Students," 05.09.16.
The National Law Journal publishes a special report about mental health on law campuses: "we examine why law school exacerbates [depression, anxiety and substance abuse] and what administrators and fellow students can do to help."
a. "Law Schools Tackle Mental Health: Academia providing more help to law students," 05.09.16. (The National Law Journal)
b. "Yale Law Students Lobby for Better Services: The Mental Health Alliance campus group has shed light on problems, resulting in more therapists," 05.09.16. (The National Law Journal)
c. "Law School Helps Students Stay Emotionally Fit: Texas Tech's mental health program includes mandatory meetings for all first years," 05.09.16. (The National Law Journal)
d. "Professors' Candor About Problems Aids Students: Being up-front about mental health struggles helps undercut secrecy and shame sufferers may feel," 05.09.16. (The National Law Journal)
e. "Stereotypes and Stigmas Threaten Bar Admission: Law graduates with mental health diagnoses must undergo 'character and fitness' evaluations," 05.09.16. (The National Law Journal)
17. "Law Firm Management: Out-of-the-Box Approaches for Today's Market," 05.09.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report on law firm management.
a. "Propping Up an Associate Who Has Dropped the Ball," 05.09.16.
This piece considers "some simple rules that can make negative feedback of law firm associates productive." (New York Law Journal)
b. "Capital Market, Corporate Practices Dip in Early 2016," 05.09.16.
This piece suggests that global uncertainty and the presidential election in the US are likely to impact the legal spend for the rest of the year. (New York Law Journal)
c. "The Full-Service Client Partnership Model: Primer for Law Firms," 05.09.16.
This piece looks at how the client/law firm relationship has changed. (New York Law Journal)
d. "Relationship Between Leadership and Management in Law Firms," 05.09.16.
This piece looks at the role of leadership in law firm management. (New York Law Journal)
e. "You Can Do It All: Deliver sophisticated services while creating a culture the market demands," 05.09.16.
This piece looks at the importance of office culture. (New York Law Journal)
18. "Big Law Stays Silent as ABA Weighs Law Firm Ownership Rules," 05.09.16.
The American Lawyer reports that as the ABA's Commission on the Future of Legal Services evaluates whether to allow outside investors to fund law firms, large law firms have largely stayed out of the debate.
19. "With Ph.D. Hiring Trend, Who'll Help Law Students Find the Courthouse?," 05.09.16.
A UCLA law professor, writing for The National Law Journal, argues that law schools are on a collision course with the rest of the legal profession as they continue to favor candidates with Ph.D. degrees in hiring law faculty, just as the profession is demanding more experiential training and skills-based learning.
20. "Why Law Students Need the Humanities," 05.08.16.
A professor of comparative literature at Princeton University, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, looks at the crisis in legal education and argues against a more vocational pathway for legal education. (Subscription required.)
21. "Opposition to Arizona Law School's Use of GRE Fizzles: Law School Admission Council backs off after deans nationwide support alternative entrance test," 05.07.16.
The National Law Journal reports that at its Board meeting over the weekend, the LSAC decided that it would not revoke the membership of the law school at the University of Arizona for its decision to allow prospective applicants to submit a GRE score in lieu of an LSAT score.
a. "LSAC won't eject law school that plans to accept GRE, at least for now," 05.10.16.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
22. "Jobs Report Shows Fresh Dip in Legal Employment," 05.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "the legal services sector lost 1,500 jobs in April," based on the most recent figures released from the USBLS. ("Despite the month-over-month drop, April's preliminary figures mark an increase of 3,300 legal sector jobs over the same time last year."
a. "US Legal Sector Loses 1,500 Jobs in April," 05.06.16.
More on this from Bloomberg Business.
23. "Why You Should Let Millennials Up Your E-Discovery Game," 05.06.16.
Legaltech News suggests that law firms can implement positive change, and significantly improve their results, by regularly including millennial employees on their e-discovery teams.
24. "Paid Leave Expanding as More Employers Recognize Need," 05.06.16.
Law.com takes a look at the state of family medical leave, noting that "the legal industry has taken a leadership role in many instances as law firms have recognized the importance of providing paid leave benefits to their attorneys."
25. "AI Pioneer ROSS Intelligence Lands Its First Big Law Clients," 05.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Baker & Hostetler has emerged as the first law firm to make public that it has licensed the artificial intelligence product developed by ROSS Intelligence for bankruptcy matters." ("Ross Intelligence uses International Business Machine's Watson technology to allow users to ask natural language questions and get answers.")
a. "Artificially Intelligent Lawyer 'Ross' Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm," 05.11.16.
More on this from Futurism: "Ross, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, has its first official law firm. Baker & Hostetler announced that they will be employing Ross for its bankruptcy practice, currently comprised of almost 50 lawyers."
26. "New MBAs, law school grads optimistic about job prospects," 05.06.16.
The Chicago Tribune takes a look at job prospects for the graduates of business schools and law schools in the Chicago area.
27. "A Lawyer Shortage? In Your (Law School's) Dreams," 05.06.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, provides commentary on supply and demand for lawyers and law jobs, challenging assertions that now is a good time to go to law school.
28. "5 Reasons to Make Lawyering More Mobile," 05.02.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at technology, mobility, and the demands of the modern lawyer.
29. "Swimming Lessons For Baby Sharks: Practical Advice For New Lawyers," 05.06.17.
Grover Cleveland, writing here for Above the Law, reports on the 2016 Millennial Lawyer Survey Results, recapping a program he presented at the NALP conference in Boston last month.
May 6, 2016
1. "Small Firms Look to Attract Middle Class With Flat Rates," 05.06.16.
The Legal Intelligencer takes a look at how small law firms are positioning themselves to add value in the DIY Internet age in which we live.
2. "Pace Law School Gets Mega-Gift, New Name," 05.05.16.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that Pace University School of Law has received a gift of $25-30 million, for which the law school will be renamed the Elisabeth Haub School of Law.
3. "Diversity among federal and provincial judges," 05.05.16.
Policy Options reports on the lack of diversity in the judiciary in Canada and calls for change: "Overall, women, visible minorities and Indigenous people are under-represented among the over 1,000 federally appointed judges."
4. "George Mason Faculty Demands Review of University's Agreements With Donors," 05.05.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that in the aftermath of renaming its law school after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, George Mason University's Faculty Senate has called for the suspension of an agreement between the law school and the Charles Koch Foundation. (Subscription required.)
5. "The Right Fit: Lessons I Learned From Making a Career Move," 05.05.16.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer's Young Lawyer column, reflects on his own lateral transition from one law firm to another and offers advice for others seeking a similar change.
6. "Straight Talk on Law Firm Pricing at Legal Ops Conference," 05.04.16.
The Recorder reports on the proceedings at the first annual CLOC conference held in San Francisco this week, where former Orrick chairman Ralph Baxter told participants that law firms cost too much.
7. "Oklahoma: Law School Drops Name Of Founder With KKK Ties," 05.04.16.
The New York Times reports that "the name of a founder of the University of Tulsa law school, John Rogers, will be removed from campus because of his ties to the Ku Klux Klan."
a. "TU Trustees Vote To Remove Law School Founder's Name Due to KKK Ties," 05.04.16.
More on this from Tulsa's local NewsOn6.
8. "5 Ways to Improve Big Law's Diversity Problem," 05.04.16.
Bloomberg BNA reports on the proceedings at a Bloomberg Business Diversity and Inclusion event held in New York this week, including a list of top five solutions for making some headway.
9. "EEOC Enters Transgender Bathroom Debate With New Guide," 05.03.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that the EEOC has issued a new guide for employers on how Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to transgender people in the workplace: "The document affirms the commissions previously held views supporting transgender workers' rights to use whichever bathroom they choose...the guide emphasizes that failing to provide transgender employees with equal access to the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity constitutes sex discrimination," notwithstanding state laws to the contrary.
10. "Big Law Warms Up to Litigation Funding, Burford Survey Finds," 05.03.16.
The American Lawyer reports that according to recent survey research, 28 percent of law firms say that they have turned to outside funders to underwrite cases, more than twice as many as were reported two years ago.
11. "CLOC and LTC4 Partner to Push Legal Technology Core Competency Standards," 05.02.16.
Legaltech News reports that CLOC and LTC4 have teamed up to establish legal technology core competencies and certification programs: "The partnership between the two nonprofit organizations speaks to a legal landscape where resistance to technology is winding down, as many realize the critical role legal technology holds in serving both client and case needs."
12. "University of Arizona Law School's Use of GRE Scores Creates LSAT Trouble," 05.02.16.
The National Law Journal reports that the Law School Admission Council has threatened to revoke the University of Arizona's membership because of its decision to allow law school applicants to take the GRE in lieu of the LSAT, and the school has responded by alleging antitrust concerns.
a. "Arizona Law Faces Fight Over LSAT Policy," 04.30.16.
More on this dustup from The Wall Street Journal. (Subscription required.)
b. "Should LSAC and the ABA Demand Fealty to the LSAT (or any other test)?," 05.02.16.
A law school dean, blogging on the Law Professor Blogs Network, condemns the response of the Law School Admission Council to the decision by the law school at the University of Arizona to allow applicants to submit GRE scores rather than the LSAT.
c. "149 Deans Back Law School's Use of GRE Scores," 05.05.16.
The National Law Journal reports that deans from a majority of US law schools have banded together to "express great concern over LSAC's threat to expel the University of Arizona Law School because it experimented with the GRE as a small part of its admissions practice."
d. "Law Deans Defend Arizona's Use of GRE," 05.06.16.
And even more on this from Inside Higher Ed.
13. "Kirkland & Ellis to offer wellness training to all US lawyers," 05.02.16.
Crain's Chicago Business reports that Kirkland & Ellis has launched a comprehensive wellness program that includes yoga, meditation, and wellness offerings.
a. "Kirkland & Ellis Lawyers to Get 'Emotional Fitness' Training," 05.03.16.
More on this from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
14. "How Law Schools Game the Rankings," 05.02.16.
The American Lawyer's Careerist blog takes a look at a new book about the US News law school rankings. (The book, Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability, is newly published by the Russell Sage Foundation.)
15. "Mixed Signals from the Legal Employment Market — Preliminary Results for the Class of 2015," 05.01.16.
Jerry Organ, in a blog post for the Legal Whiteboard, takes a look at the preliminary employment outcomes for the Class of 2015 based on the early release of the raw ABA data collected from law schools, and finds a modest increase in the employment rate but an overall decline in the number of jobs obtained, including bar passage required jobs.
a. "Fewer Law Grads Drive Employment Rates Up Slightly," 05.03.16.
The National Law Journal reports that based on newly released ABA data, the overall employment rate for the Class of 2015 rose slightly, largely as a result of the graduating class being smaller.
b. "Law School-Funded Positions Dry Up With US News Methodology Change," 05.02.16.
More on the recently released ABA employment outcomes data for the Class of 2015, here from Pepperdine law professor Derek Muller, blogging for Excess of Democracy, and noting the overall decline in law school-funded jobs.
c. "Law School Graduate Employment Data Shows Decline in Legal Jobs," 05.02.16.
And The Wall Street Journal Law Blog repurposes Jerry Organ's blog post.
d. "Employment data for 2015 law school grads released by ABA Legal Ed Section," 05.03.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the release of the employment outcomes data for the Class of 2015 by the ABA's Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
16. "Law and Engineering Should Share Curriculum," 05.01.16.
The deans of the law school and engineering school at Northwestern team up in this Chronicle of Higher Education Op-Ed to argue that engineering and law must work together to shape the future: "We need a dynamic partnership between law and engineering, a constant dialogue, to think of questions about the application of law to new technology and the impact of new technology on law."
17. "Law Schools Need More Than 'Warm Bodies'," 04.29.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, alleges that the recent increase by almost fifty percent in US law school LLM enrollment numbers is being driven by flailing law schools that simply need warm (tuition-paying) bodies.
18. "Nightlife, fashion among law firms' new niches," 04.24.16.
A good article from the Miami Herald on the diversifying legal market in Miami, driven in part by an influx of money from South American.
19. Bonus track: "Fraying at the Edges," 05.01.16.
Unrelated to our work, the Sunday New York Times included this remarkable read on living with Alzheimer's. I recommend it to you most heartily whether or not you know someone living with the disease.
April 29, 2016
1. "George Mason's Plans to Honor Scalia Spark Protests Over the University's Direction," 04.29.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the growing campus backlash at George Mason, including student and faculty protest against the law school name change.
a. "New Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason Draws Fire," 04.28.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "opposition is mounting" to George Mason's plans to rename its law school for the late Justice Scalia, and a member of the Virginia legislature has now joined the fray.
b. "What's in a Name Change? Politics, Some at George Mason University Fear," 04.28.16.
And The New York Times takes notice of the growing controversy, citing the enormous investments made by Charles G. Koch and other conservative donors have made to the university over recent years.
c. "George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School," 04.27.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "George Mason University's Faculty Senate voted on Wednesday to condemn the renaming of the university's law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia."
d. "George Mason Faculty Senate Questions Decision to Rename Law School After Scalia," 04.28.16.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed, noting that $10 million of the total $30 million funding for the name change comes from the Charles Koch Foundation.
2. "Pass Rates Slide for Takers of February Bar Exam," 04.27.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that the pass rate for test-takers of the February bar slid further in New York, with only 63 percent of first time test-takers who attended New York law schools passing, compared with rates of 68 and 67 percent in the two previous February administrations of the test.
3. "Charles Koch Foundation Gives SMU $3.5M to Establish Criminal Justice Center," 04.27.16.
The National Law Journal reports that SMU's law school has received a $3.5 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation that will help fund a new criminal justice reform program at the school.
4. "More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt," 04.26.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "more and more law firms are adopting initiatives to help lawyers refinance their law school loans at reduced rates."
5. "As Law School Applicant Pool Shrinks, Student Body Diversifies," 04.26.16.
NPR's All Things Considered interviews a law professor at St. Louis University to talk about diversity and the shrinking law school applicant pool.
6. "From Student to Master: E-Discovery Education Comes to the Forefront," 04.26.16.
Legaltech News writes that law schools are behind when it comes to formal technology and e-discovery education, noting that university programs have been faster to jump into courses and programs relating to cybersecurity.
a. "E-Discovery Education in Action: A Look at Tulsa College of Law," 04.26.16.
Legaltech News profiles Tulsa's first-year e-discovery practicum.
7. "Should nonlawyers be allowed to own law firms? ABA commission revisits the issue," 04.25.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services is taking up the question of whether the ethics rules that bar nonlawyer ownership of law firms is outdated.
8. "More Law School Applicants Expected for Fall Semester," 04.25.16.
The National Law Journal reports that at least one industry expert is predicting a rise of 5.5% in the number of law school applicants after five years of steady declines in those numbers.
a. "Are law school applications rising? So far applicant pool is larger and stronger, law prof says," 04.26.16.
The ABA Journal also reports on law prof Jerry Organ's predictions about law school application numbers.
b. "Projections for Law School Enrollment for Fall 2016," 04.24.16.
You can read Professor Organ's original Legal Whiteboard blog post here.
9. "The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law," 04.25.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual list of the top-grossing US law firms, noting that last year was "the slowest growth since the Great Recession."
a. "The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown," 04.25.16.
In reporting summary findings of its Am Law 100 rankings, The American Lawyer notes that lawyer headcount was flat in 2015, equity partner numbers fell, overall gross revenue grew by 3.7%, and overall profits per partner grew by 4%.
b. "Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue," 04.25.16. (American Lawyer)
c. "Firms Ranked by Profits Per Lawyer," 04.25.16. (American Lawyer)
d. "Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth," 04.25.16.
The American Lawyer interviews law firm leaders in the wake of the publication of their 2016 Am Law 100 financial survey results.
e. "Am Law 100 Market Reports: Location, Location, Location," 04.25.16.
The American Lawyer looks at five markets in conjunction with its newest Am Law 100 report: New York, London, Pennsylvania, California and Chicago.
f. "Growth Slows at Largest New York Law Firms," 04.26.16.
And the New York Law Journal weighs in on the 2016 Am Law 100 results, noting that "revenue and profit growth cooled at most of the largest New York law firms in 2015 after several years of rapid growth."
g. "Top UK Firms Still Must Bridge a Big Gulf with The Am Law 100," 04.27.16.
Legal Week reacts to the publication of the latest Am Law 100 rankings, noting the huge disparity in size and profitability between the bulk of UK firms and their counterparts in the US.
10. "Common Application to Change Gender-Identity Options," 04.25.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that two common application systems for undergraduate admissions will both change the way they collect information about applicants' gender.
a. "Beyond Male/Female," 04.26.16.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "Both the Common Application and the Universal College Application are changing their applications to make it easy for applicants who do not identify as either male or female to describe how they wish to be identified."
11. "Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith End Merger Discussions," 04.22.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Pepper Hamilton and Reed Smith have ended merger discussions."
a. "What Caused 'Abrupt' End to Pepper-Reed Merger Talks?," 04.26.16.
The Legal Intelligencer speculates about the reasons that merger talks between these two firms suddenly came to a stop.
12. "Making the Mental Transition From Student to Professional," 04.21.16.
A thoughtful post from Slaw on the transformation from law student to professional.
13. "Women lawyers at Wall Street firms are rarely partners, study finds," 04.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports on new research from Law360 that found "less than 19 percent of the partners practicing at Wall Street law firms are women."
14. "Comments are making the internet worse. So we got rid of them," 04.21.16.
An interesting piece by David Lat, writing for The Washington Post, on why they have eliminated comments on the Above the Law website.
15. "There is NOT An Explosion In LegalTech," 04.20.16.
In the spirit of point and counter-point, a post from the Associate's Mind blog that argues, contrary to a piece published last week, that there is in fact NOT an explosion in legal tech startups.
16. "The (Human) Lawyer's Role in the Future of Legal (Part 2)," 04.19.16.
LegalTech News presents the second part of its assessment of Susskind's predictions about the future of law and technology.