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.

August 28, 2015

1. "Meet our 2015 Legal Rebels," 09.01.15.
The ABA Journal names its 2015 legal rebels — those who are remaking the legal profession — including Georgetown Law professor Tanina Rostain for her work engaging law students in hands-on app development to help solve the access to justice problem.

2. "Kagan: Law Schools Must Do More to Boost Student Writing Skills," 08.27.15.
The National Law Journal reports that in a recent interview, Justice Elena Kagan said that all US law schools, including top tier schools, need to do a better job at teaching legal writing.

3. "First-Year Salaries Hit $160K Mark at More Pa. Firms," 08.27.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that more Pennsylvania law firms will be paying first-year associates $160,000 this fall, as starting salaries move up from $135,000, $140,000, and $145,000.

4. "'New Law' offers alternatives to lawyers fed up with long hours of BigLaw, report says," 08.27.15.
The ABA Journal reports that new research published by UC Hastings law professor Joan Williams highlights some of the advantages of 'New Law' business structures, including their many work-life balance benefits.

    a. "Law Firms' Grueling Hours Are Turning Defectors into Competitors," 08.25.15.
    Joan Williams' Harvard Business Review article about her new research can be found here.

    b. "Disruptive Innovation: New Models of Legal Practice," August, 2015.
    And a PDF copy of Joan Williams' complete report, published by the UC Hastings Law School's Center for WorkLife Law, can be found here.

5. "Tips for Developing Self-Confidence So You Can Flourish," 08.27.15.
A certified professional coach writing for The Legal Intelligencer provides tips for young lawyers on mastering the art of self-confidence.

6. "Competition Law Institute Get New Head at Fordham," 08.27.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Fordham University School of Law has named James Keyte, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as director of its Competition Law Institute."

7. "Arizona State Law Gets Its Biggest Chair Endowment To Date," 08.27.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law has received $2 million from the Steele Foundation to endow a chair in civil and criminal law.

8. "Incubator Program Shaping Up for January Launch," 08.26.15.
The Daily Report provides this update on the launch of the new lawyer incubator program in Georgia, funded in part by the State Bar of Georgia, which is a collaborative effort of all of the Georgia law schools. ("The program, which will operate under a nonprofit entity called Lawyers for Equal Justice, has several stated goals, including increasing access to lawyers for the poor, training new lawyers so they can practice on their own or in a small-firm setting, and experimenting with new ways of delivering legal services.")

9. "Tech companies are hiring more liberal-arts majors than you think," 08.26.15.
The Washington Post reports on new data from LinkedIn that suggests "liberal arts graduates joined the ranks of tech companies at a faster clip in the past few years than their engineering and computer-science counterparts."

10. "Unpaid Internships and Wage/Hour Law: Feeling Lucky?," 08.26.15.
An employment law mediator and arbitrator writing for Corporate Counsel provides a good summary and analysis of the Second Circuit's recent decision on unpaid internships, a decision that found the US Department of Labor's six-part test to be outdated.

11. "Know Your Genders: Here's the Newest Definition," 08.26.15.
Corporate Counsel explains why the term "cisgender" needs to enter the lexicon of every HR professional.

12. "How student loans help keep expensive schools in business," 08.26.15.
This Washington Post op-ed argues against the federal student loan policy that makes virtually unlimited funds available to law students through the Grad PLUS loan program: "the flow of easy taxpayer-backed loan money through Grad PLUS operated as a de facto bailout, enabling many law schools to maintain capacity and delay reforms, or settle for modest ones, while continuing to charge the same high tuition."

13. "Too Many Law Students, Too Few Legal Jobs," 08.25.15.
Steven J. Harper takes his case to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, arguing that law schools continue to be largely unaccountable for admitting more students than there are jobs to go around, while relying on the federal student loan system to pass that risk on to students.

14. "New Law Students Get Their Brains Trained," 08.25.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Texas Tech University School of Law hired the UT-based Center for Brain Health to conduct a six-hour SMART training for all entering first-year law students (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training is "high-performance brain training that targets frontal lobe function — the frontal lobe being that central command center of the brain that's responsible for all our high-order cognitive functions such as decision making, planning, problem solving, reasoning, even things like emotional regulation.")

15. "Tuition Discount Rates Rise Again, Signaling Potential Challenges for Private Colleges," 08.25.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that new data from NACUBO's Tuition Discounting Survey show that tuition-discount rates at private, nonprofit colleges have hit another all-time high.

    a. "Discounting Grows Again," 08.25.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed, noting that the discount rate for incoming freshmen is approaching 50%.

16. "Practical-Skills Plan Divides Law School Association," 08.24.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the State Bar of California's plan to require new attorneys to complete at least 15-credits of practical skills training has divided constituencies of the Association of American Law Schools, pitting its Deans Steering Committee (the deans oppose the plan) against its Section of Clinical Legal Education (the section supports the proposal).

17. "The 2015 Midwest Report: Optimism in the Heartland," 08.24.15.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual Midwest Report, a regional analysis of the legal economy in the middle of the country, and for 2015 finds mostly positive news.

    a. "Chicago Law Firms Catch Ride on Deal Surge," 08.24.15.
    The NLJ's Midwest Report finds that the legal market in Chicago is in good shape, due mostly to deal volume and strong transactional work flow.

    b. "CHART: The Midwest 50," 08.24.15.
    The NLJ's Midwest Report includes this chart of the fifty largest law offices in the region's major cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

18. "Op-Ed: Law Schools' Shell Game of Minority Enrollment," 08.24.15.
This National Law Journal op-ed argues that "admitting diverse students as transfers in their second year does not improve overall numbers."

19. "Millennials working in government are at their lowest levels in five years, new report finds," 08.24.15.
The Washington Post reports that "a new survey by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service on the challenges to managing talent in government shows that the numbers of employees under age 30 are at their lowest levels since 2005." (This group makes up 23.5% of the entire US workforce but just 6.6% of federal workers.)

20. "Your Clients Want Alternative Fees: Is Your Firm Ready?," 08.24.15.
The American Lawyer provides this state of the market look at alternative fee arrangements, noting that clients report that in the majority of cases they still have to initiate conversations about alternative fee structures.

21. "LPP year 1," 08.24.15.
Canadian Lawyer magazine reports on the inaugural year of the Law Practice Program, the Law Society of Upper Canada's three-year pilot project aimed at providing an alternative route to traditional articling, noting that some lawyers feel the new graduates coming out of the LPP program have greater skills than students who pursued traditional articling opportunities.

22. "ABA offers law student members free 6 months of study aid," 08.24.15.
The ABA Journal reports that ABA President Paulette Brown has announced that the ABA will offer new law student members six months of a free online study aid service that provides case briefs, practice exam questions, and an outlining tool.

23. "Baker & McKenzie Drops Behind DLA Piper as Gross Revenue Leader," 08.23.15.
The American Lawyer reports that "Baker & McKenzie, having already lost its position as the world's largest-grossing law firm earlier this year to Latham & Watkins, has now slipped behind second-ranked global rival DLA Piper after announcing declines in both revenue and profit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015."

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.

August 21, 2015

1. "Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?," 08.20.15.
Bloomberg BNA takes a deep dive into the quagmire of sinking LSAT scores among entering law students and a nationwide plunge in bar passage rates.

2. "LSAT Disability Accommodation Plans Under Way," 08.20.15.
The National Law Journal reports that as a result of the recent US Magistrate decision in a case brought by the DOJ, the Law School Admission Council has until late October to revise its disability accommodation policies — the new policies are required to be in place for the December 5 administration of the test.

3. "Transitioning From Being a Summer to an Associate," 08.20.15.
A law firm associate, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, provides advice for former summer associates who will be transitioning to associate positions this fall.

4. "Finally on the Frontier: Alaska Gets a Satellite Law School," 08.19.15.
The National Law Journal reports that next week Seattle University School of Law will open its satellite campus in Anchorage, allowing third-year students to spend a full year studying in Alaska.

5. "Inside (and Outside) Tips for Upping the Diversity Ante," 08.19.15.
Corporate Counsel provides some tips for improving the overall diversity within the legal profession through the efforts of the legal department.

6. "Former UCLA Law Dean to Lead Diversity Research Initiative," 08.19.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Rachel Moran, former UCLA law school dean, will lead a new research project for the American Bar Foundation that focuses on the future of Latinos in the legal profession.

7. "State Bar Releases Book for Students, New Lawyers," 08.19.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the New York State Bar Association has published a new book to help law school graduates make their way in the profession (law students and state bar members can get the book, Pathway to the Profession: From Law School to Lawyer, for free at http://www.nysba.org/pathwaybook/).

8. "Cooley law dean offers explanation for enrollment decline, sees possible turnaround," 08.19.15.
The ABA Journal reports that Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School has seen enrollment drop 52 percent since 2010, but notes that law school leaders there expect enrollment to return to pre-recession highs.

9. "Interning for Sotomayor: 'Opportunity of a Lifetime'," 08.19.15.
Law.com shines a spotlight on Justice Sotomayor's internship program for undergraduates and recent college graduates, noting that she is the only US Supreme Court Justice who takes interns.

10. "Grad-School Loan Binge Fans Debt Worries: Graduate students account for 40% of borrowing, many seek federal forgiveness," 08.18.15.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the surge in graduate student federal student loan borrowing, fueled, in part, by federal loan forgiveness schemes.

    a. "Education Dept. Reports Increase in Borrowers Using Income-Based Repayment," 08.20.15.
    And in a related story, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "there has been a large increase in the number of borrowers enrolling in income-based student-loan repayment plans, according to statistics released by the US Department of Education on Thursday."

11. "What Freshman Know...and Don't Know," 08.18.15.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the publication of the Beloit College "mind-set list" for this fall's college freshman, noting that these students have always had Google and have never licked a postage stamp.

12. "UK Firms Eye Axiom-Like Outsourcing Biz in Asia," 08.17.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that UK firms Eversheds and Allen & Overy are both launching contract lawyer divisions in Asia "to capitalize on the high-volume commercial legal work that general counsel often outsource but no longer want to pay top dollar for law firms to handle."

13. "Why big business is falling out of love with the annual performance review," 08.17.15.
The Washington Post takes up the recent trend of large corporations giving up formal annual performance reviews, including GE's recent decision to forge a new path: "It is experimenting with replacing a once-a-year formal review with more frequent conversations, introducing an app to help employees' managers and teammates share feedback and testing the idea of using no performance ratings at all."

14. "Mining Law Center To Open at University of Arizona," 08.17.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has launched a Global Mining Center, a new program that will conduct research on the international mining industry and grant specialized degrees to lawyers and nonlawyers."

15. "Law Schools," 08.17.15.
The New York Law Journal publishes its annual Law Schools Special Report featuring:

    a. "Educating 'Tomorrow's Lawyer' for Digital Success," 08.17.15. (New York Law Journal)

    b. "Harness the Experience of Attorneys Returning to the Legal Profession," 08.17.15. (New York Law Journal)

    c. "Rebalancing the Curriculum to Give Students a Competitive Advantage," 08.17.15. (New York Law Journal)

    d. "New York City Law Schools Give Students an Edge While Serving Many Needs," 08.17.15. (New York Law Journal)

    e. "Hands-on Work Has Always Been Vital," 08.17.15. (New York Law Journal)

16. "Many Black Lawyers Navigate a Rocky, Lonely Road to Partner," 08.17.15.
The New York Times Dealbook takes a look at the paucity of black law firm partners and some of the reasons they remain so scarce.

17. "New Center at NYLS to Focus on Legal Technology Issues," 08.17.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that New York Law School will open a new academic center to prepare students for careers in a technology-based economy.

18. "Fewer Good Jobs for College Grads? Not So, Says New Study," 08.17.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce "challenges the narrative...that America's post-recession recovery was dominated by the rise of low-paying part-time service jobs."

    a. "Report: Good Jobs Are Up for College Degree Holders," 08.17.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed: the Georgetown report finds "that the economy has added 6.6 million jobs since 2010, and that 2.9 million of these were 'good' jobs, which the center defines as jobs that paid more than $53,000, tended to be full-time, and provided health insurance and retirement plans. Of those 2.9 million jobs, 2.8 million have gone to college grads."

19. "Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says," 08.16.15.
The New York Times reports on new research that shows that the payoff for a college degree is not the same for black and Hispanic college graduates compared to white and Asian college grads.

20. "Exclusion of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny," 08.16.15.
The New York Times scrutinizes mounting evidence that in certain southern states, prosecutors routinely strike black jurors at double or triple the rates of others.

21. "Directive for Change, Straight From the Chief," 08.16.15.
Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, reports on the remarks of Canadian Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, who spoke to Canadian Bar Association members at a conference in Calgary last week; the Chief Justice delivered remarks that challenged lawyers to change to keep up with the digital revolution and the business imperative to deliver more for less. (A complete copy of the speech, "The Legal Profession in the 21st Century," is available here and is well worth a read.)

22. "Diversity-Driven RFPs Can Help Secure Your Preferred Outside Firm," 08.14.15.
Today's General Counsel takes a look at "RFPs that aren't shy about diversity requirements."

23. "Did You Remember to Plug In Your Lawyer Today? You may not be replaced with an artificially intelligent lawyer, but be prepared to work with one," 08.14.15.
The American Lawyer takes up the question of the emerging lawyer robot: "Before too long, it will kind of be like having a senior partner in your pocket 24 hours a day."

24. "Modest Growth for Women and Minorities at Large NJ Firms," 08.13.15.
The New Jersey Law Journal publishes its annual roundup of demographic data for large law firms in New Jersey, noting that diversity numbers were up modestly.

25. "BakerHostetler Shakeup Highlights Shifting Equity Equation," 08.13.15.
The American Lawyer reports on the move by BakerHostetler to "switch from a two-tier partnership to a so-called all-equity model."

26. "Algorithms and Bias," 08.10.15.
The New York Times Upshot column interviews Cynthia Dwork, a computer scientist at Microsoft Research, on how computer algorithms can discriminate, in employment and admissions settings, among others.

27. "Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People," 04.07.15.
The Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, writing in April for Wired, advocates for a combination of external assessments and structured interviews when hiring new talent.

August 14, 2015

1. "Citi Report: Despite Growth, Law Firm Forecast Dims for 2015," 08.13.15.
Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group provides The American Lawyer with a new report on financial performance in the legal industry, noting that while revenue growth accelerated in the second quarter due to improved demand, it still lagged behind what it was the first half of last year — as a result Citi has revised downward its 2015 performance forecast for the legal industry.

2. "Law Graduates File Demand for Recognition from Texas A&M," 08.13.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "a group of graduates of the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law have filed a class action against Texas A&M University School of Law, which acquired their alma mater in 2013, claiming it has disavowed them as alumni."

3. "How to Win With Lateral Hires," 08.13.15.
Two Dentons partners, writing here for The Recorder, offer advice for effective risk management in hiring lateral attorneys.

4. "Let's Expose the Gender Pay Gap," 08.13.15.
This NYT op-ed calls for required corporate disclosure of each company's gender pay gap, noting that research has repeatedly confirmed that a gender pay gap persists across industries even after controlling for hours, education, race and age.

5. "Pioneering Woman Professor Leaves $5M to Northwestern Law," 08.12.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the first full-time female faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law has bequeathed $5 million for scholarships and loan assistance for students and graduates going into public-interest law."

6. "In Asia, Women Taking In-House Career Path," 08.11.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "an in-house counsel career is an increasingly attractive option for women in Asia," noting that 59 percent of in-house lawyers in Hong Kong are female.

7. "Launch of New Legal Innovation Centre," 08.11.15.
A column in Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, describes the launch of LegalX in Toronto, an urban innovation hub that will bring together technologists, designers, coders, engineers, business people, and lawyers.

8. "Fannie Mae GC: The Law Firm Profit Structure Is Broken," 08.10.15.
Bloomberg BNA interviews Brian Brooks, the GC of Fannie Mae, who calls on law firms to reduce the billing rates of associates.

9. "LSAT Exemption Plan Scrapped After One Year: Program allowing students to enroll in law school without taking the test viewed as unfair and confusing," 08.10.15.
The National Law Journal provides more information on the ABA's decision to reverse course on a policy that had let some law schools admit up to ten percent of their incoming classes without LSAT scores.

10. "Magistrate Upholds LSAT Disability Accommodation Plan," 08.10.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "a federal magistrate judge has upheld a set of procedures intended to make it easier for people with disabilities to qualify for accommodations when taking the Law School Admission Test."

    a. "Judge Upholds Rules for LSAT; ABA Drops Exemption," 08.10.15.
    More on both of these stories from Inside Higher Ed.

11. "Survey Finds 'Emerging Technologies' Most Commonly Cited Factor of Change for Legal," 08.10.15.
Legaltech News reports that survey results from Robert Half show that lawyers cite emerging technologies as the single issue that will have the biggest impact on the practice of law during the next five years.

12. "A gender-equality club, run by men," 08.10.15.
The Washington Post reports on a new club at Wharton that focuses on gender equality was founded by and is populated by men who support gender equity — the club, the 22s, is named after the percentage gap that persists between men's and women's pay.

13. "U of T students' artificially intelligent robot signs with Dentons law firm," 08.09.15.
The Globe and Mail reports that "a class project-turned-startup launched by University of Toronto students that uses IBM's artificially intelligent Watson computer to do legal research now has backing from Dentons, the world's largest law firm."

14. "Legal Industry Makes Modest Job Gains," 08.07.15.
The Am Law Daily reports on the July jobs numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, noting modest (very modest, at just 200 jobs!) growth for the legal sector last month: "The number of legal jobs has hardly changed in the past four months...but since the start of the year, the industry has added 4,200 jobs and currently employs about 3,500 more people than it did at the same time last year."

15. "The ABA at Work?," 08.07.15.
Steven J. Harper, writing for the Am Law Daily, chastises the ABA for "rubber stamping" the Report of the Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education, a document he has argued was deeply flawed, and one that "ignores the central problem of a dysfunctional legal education...lack of individual law school-specific financial accountability for graduates' poor employment outcomes"

August 7, 2015

1. "Life After Law School: Sizing Up Your Career Options," 08.06.15.
A young lawyer in the energy field, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, offers career advice for new law school graduates.

2. "Microsoft GC Ups Bonus for More Diverse Outside Counsel," 08.04.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that Microsoft has announced changes to its diversity incentive program that will offer law firms greater rewards for increasing lawyer diversity, particularly among their leadership ranks.

    a. "Microsoft wants a more diverse legal team, and it's putting up $15M to make it happen," 08.04.15.
    More on this from GeekWire.

3. "ABA Delegates Endorse Transparency in Law School Loans," 08.04.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging law schools to better inform students about their educational loans and how to repay that debt."

    a. "Law schools should refine debt counseling and cut education costs, says report adopted by ABA House," 08.04.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

    b. "ABA Tackles Law School Debt," 07.29.15.
    And some background on this issue from The National Law Journal.

4. "After some ado over class attendance, ABA House backs changes in law school accreditation standards," 08.04.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA House of Delegates concurred Tuesday with the action of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar's governing council to make a dozen changes in the law school accreditation standards."

5. "Firm Partnership Ranks at K&L Gates Being Trimmed," 08.04.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that the departure of more than 90 partners from the law firm K&L Gates has been attributed to the trimming of nonequity partners who were not generating enough business.

    a. "K&L Gates chairman says partner departures are consistent with firm's 'performance culture'," 08.03.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

    b. "Where Have All the K&L Gates Partners Gone?," 08.05.15.
    In a follow-up article The Legal Intelligencer takes a look at where some of the departing K&L Gates partners have landed.

6. "ABA Rejects Pay-for-Externs Proposal, LSAT Exemption," 08.03.15.
The National Law Journal reports on the actions taken last Friday by the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, including the extension of it prohibition on law students receiving both pay and academic credit for externships, and the repeal of its previous allowance for law schools to admit up to 10% of each class from among applicants who had not taken the LSAT.

    a. "Legal ed council to keep ban on academic credit for paid externships," 08.01.15.
    More on the externship decision from the ABA Journal.

7. "ABA Would Ease Mental Health Screening for New Lawyers," 08.03.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Monday to discourage attorney-licensing authorities from investigating would-be lawyers' mental health backgrounds during their character-and-fitness reviews."

8. "The 2015 Legal Times 150 and DC 25," 08.03.15.
The National Law Journal provides its annual ranking and commentary on DC's top 150 law firms ranked by lawyer headcount as well as Washington's top 25 firms ranked by gross revenue.

    a. "Mergers Shake Up List of Largest DC Law Offices: Covington & Burling claims top spot for second year in a row, and Morgan Lewis joins the Big Four," 08.03.15. (The National Law Journal)

9. "Intel Makes Huge Push To Hire More Women And Minorities," 08.03.15.
The Huffington Post reports that Silicon Valley firm Intel is offering big bonus checks to employees who refer women, minorities, and veterans as job candidates.

    a. "Intel Doubles Up on Hiring Women and Minorities," 08.03.15.
    More on this from The Wall Street Journal.

10. "Law Departments vs. Law Firms: What Innovation Really Looks Like," 08.03.15.
Legaltech News explores the gap in the rates of technology adoption between corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them, noting that the gap is giving alternative service providers a competitive edge.

11. "When job interview hurdles turn into exploitation," 08.03.15.
Fortune tackles the troubling growth of new job screening tactics, including that of employers asking job candidates to complete projects for them before they can be considered for employment.

12. "Top 10 ways to manage your finances and navigate student debt," 08.02.15.
The ABA Journal reports on a conference session at the annual meeting that sought to provide the law student division members with advice on managing student debt.

13. "Are Law Firms Failing African Americans?," 08.01.15.
NALP's executive director weighs in in the August edition of the NALP Bulletin.

14. "Have we reached the end of the partnership model?," 08.01.15.
This ABA Journal magazine feature explores "whether the term partner is an outdated job title that carries more pitfalls than prestige," as law firms adopt ever more corporate structures.

15. "New Rules Limit Impact of Law School-Funded Jobs," 07.31.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that "during a meeting in Chicago, the American Bar Association's accrediting arm voted to limit the amount of credit schools get for paying to find graduates jobs," noting that school-funded jobs that pay less than $40,000 per year will now be counted as short-term jobs.

    a. "Are Law Schools Skewing Job Placement Numbers? To save lawyers from a terrible market, some schools are paying their salaries," 08.03.15.
    Bloomberg Business takes up the law school-funded jobs question.

    b. "ABA Tightens Rules on Employment Reporting," 08.04.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

16. "Morgan Lewis inherited diversity problem that cost Bingham a big client," 07.31.15.
The Boston Business Journal reports that Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has revealed that it dropped the former Bingham McCutchen because of the now defunct law firm's lack of diversity.

17. "Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law," 07.31.15.
The Recorder has named 60 California lawyers as its 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law.

18. "Tennessee Justice Named Law Dean At Lincoln University," 07.31.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade will be the next dean of Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law."

19. "Employment Rates for Law School Grads Inch Up," 07.31.15.
Bloomberg BNA reports on the NALP findings that the smaller class of 2014 enjoyed a higher overall employment rate but actually found fewer jobs than the classes that immediately preceded it.

    a. "Good news for law school graduates," 07.31.15.
    The Pittsburgh Business Times reports on NALP's latest employment findings for the Class of 2014.

    b. "Law Grad Employment Rate Moves Up, But There's a Catch," 07.30.15.
    And The Wall Street Journal Law Blog also reports on the new NALP employment data and analyses that were released last week.

    c. You can find the NALP analyses of the Class of 2014 employment outcomes here.

July 31, 2015

1. "Job Placements Up For Smaller Class of Law School Grads," 07.30.15.
The National Law Journal reports that new NALP findings confirm that "the law school class of 2014 enjoyed slightly better success in the entry-level job market than did its predecessor."

    a. "Shrinking number of law graduates boosts employment rate for class of 2014," 07.30.15.
    The ABA Journal also reports on NALP's new analysis of the employment outcomes for the Class of 2014.

    b. "Employment Rate for New Law School Graduates Rises by More Than Two Percentage Points — But Overall Number of Jobs Falls as the Size of the Graduating Class Shrinks," 07.30.15.
    Read NALP's press release on the employment picture for the Class of 2014.

    c. "Employment Rate of New Law Graduates Up for the First Time Since 2007," 07.30.15.
    Read NALP's report, "Employment for the Class of 2014 — Selected Findings." (PDF)

2. "Law Schools Fight Bar Association Over How Graduates' Jobs Are Counted," 07.30.15.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the debate about law school funded positions that will take place at the ABA Council meeting today in Chicago. (Subscription required.)

3. "ABA To Debate Attorney Mental Health Disclosure," 07.30.15.
The National Law Journal reports that next Monday the ABA's House of Delegates will take up "a resolution urging attorney licensing bodies to eliminate questions about a candidate's mental health history during the character-and-fitness review process."

4. "A Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers," 07.30.15.
The American Lawyer reports that a growing number of attorneys are choosing to work well beyond 60 or 65, and that firms with mandatory retirement ages are giving rise to a growing wave of senior lateral lawyers who are finding new homes late in their careers.

5. "The Best Legal Job Market for Millennials? Tax Law," 07.30.15.
The Huffington Post makes the case that for new law school graduates, "pursuing an in-demand specialty like tax law only increases the chances of successfully finding lasting employment."

6. "How to Harness Emotional Intelligence to Ensure Success," 07.30.15.
A certified coach, writing for the Young Lawyer column in The Legal Intelligencer, provides EQ tips for young attorneys.

7. "Mindfulness for Anxious Lawyers," 07.29.15.
And while we're at it, Law.com has advice about mindfulness for anxious attorneys by the author of a forthcoming book on becoming a happier lawyer.

8. "ABA Panel: Better Student Debt Counseling Needed," 07.29.15.
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA House of Delegates will be asked on Monday to consider a "resolution that calls upon law schools to offer students better financial counseling and to disclose more information about financial aid and their own revenues." (This is part of the Final Report of the ABA's Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education.)

    a. "ABA Should Just Say No to Student Debt Report," 07.24.15.
    Steven J. Harper, writing for the Am Law Daily, urges the ABA House of Delegates to reject the Final Report on the Financing of Legal Education that is being submitted by the ABA's Task Force on Financing Legal Education, arguing that the report does not go nearly far enough in calling out the problem of "marginal law schools...relying on exploding student debt to produce revenue streams that are keeping them alive."

    b. "ABA Task Force Report Dodges Student Debt Reform," 07.29.15.
    Matt Leichter, writing for the Am Law Daily, also weighs in on the ABA task force report, arguing that despite its warning that "the current system of financing law school education harms both students and society," the report does not go nearly far enough in tackling the student debt crisis.

9. "In the Future, More Legal Tech to Serve Corporate Clients," 07.29.15.
Corporate Counsel reports on predictions that "by 2020 technology will take over standardized legal work, such as documentation and due diligence...while the more innovative law firms serving corporations, such as Axiom in New York or Riverview Law in the United Kingdom, will flourish."

10. "Legal Process Outsourcing Comes Back Onshore," 07.29.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that outsourcing for legal departments and law firms is taking place increasingly onshore and LPO service providers are increasingly opening domestic offices.

11. "Four Steps to Take When Changing Firms," 07.29.15.
Four law firm partners, writing for The Recorder, provide advice for success for attorneys who are changing law firms.

12. "NYU Law School will research decline in civil jury trials with $2M gift," 07.29.15.
The ABA Journal reports that New York University School of Law has received a $2 million gift to conduct research on civil juries.

13. "'Elite' Law Firms May Be Among Earlier Adopters of Artificial Intelligence Platforms: Many clients appear to be moving forward with the Watson technology," 07.28.15.
Legaltech News reports that cognitive computing platforms are gaining momentum with law firm corporate clients.

14. "'Best Firms' Report Shows Top 50 Shops for Women," 07.28.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers has released their annual 'Best 50 Law Firms for Women' list.

    a. "50 best law firms for women are named," 07.28.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

15. "California bar exam to be one day shorter, but could be just as difficult," 07.28.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "California bar officials have voted to cut the length of the state's bar exam from three days to two."

16. "BU Law, Alumni Boost Public-Interest Fellowships," 07.28.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Boston University has received a $2 million gift to bolster its public interest fellowship program.

17. "Top 10 Tips for Career Climb," 07.28.15.
The Recorder provides the "top ten pieces of advice to build and maintain a successful legal career."

18. "Fewer Candidates Expected to Sit for July Bar Exam," 07.28.15.
The New York Law Journal reports that the number of candidates who were to sit for New York's bar exam this week was expected to be slightly smaller than the group that sat in July 2014.

19. "The 2015 A-List: The New Elite," 07.27.15.
The American Lawyer publishes its 2015 A-List, a ranking of law firms that blends scores for revenue per lawyer, pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity, that this year leaves Paul Hastings in the number one spot again.

20. "Investigation Finds High Dropout Rates at Unaccredited Law Schools," 07.27.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that an Los Angeles Times investigation has revealed that "nearly nine out of 10 students who attend unaccredited law schools in California drop out within four years." Read the LA Times story here.

    a. "90% Drop Out of California's Unaccredited Law Schools," 07.27.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    b. "About 85 percent of law students at California's unaccredited schools drop out," 07.27.15.
    And even more on this from the ABA Journal.

21. "Black Students Are Among the Least-Prepared for College, Report Says," 07.27.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to new research by ACT and the United Negro College Fund, "African-American students' college readiness is lagging compared with that of other underrepresented students."

22. "George Washington U. Won't Make Applicants Submit SAT or ACT Scores," 07.27.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that George Washington University has become one of the most prominent colleges to announce that it will not require the results of standardized testing for college admissions.

    a. "George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests," 07.27.15.
    More on this from The Washington Post.

    b. "George Washington U Goes Test Optional in Admissions," 07.28.15.
    And more on this from Inside Higher Ed.

23. "Mind the Gap: Hot Market for Midlevel Real Estate Associates," 07.27.15.
The Daily Report notes that "midlevel real-estate associates have become a hot commodity."

24. "Schools Collaborate on Baltimore Legal Practice Incubator," 07.27.15. ," 07.27.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law are launching an incubator to help recent graduates launch solo practices while serving low-income clients."

25. "Prelaw Students Sweating Over Earning Good Grades," 07.24.15.
The National Law Journal reports on the results of new survey research by Kaplan Test Prep that showed for 89 percent of LSAT test takers, achieving high grades was the top worry.

26. "The Push Against Performance Reviews," 07.24.15.
The New Yorker reports that many major corporations are rethinking traditional performance evaluations, and in many cases are doing away with them entirely.

July 24, 2015

1. "Indiana Tech Law School Gives 100% Scholarships To Every Student In Effort To Retain 57 2Ls/3Ls, Recruit 20 1Ls In Wake Of Accreditation Denial," 07.23.15.
This just in from the Tax Prof Blog. Just wow.

    a. "Indiana Tech Law Offers Free Ride for All Students," 07.23.15.
    The National Law Journal reports that "Indiana Tech Law School will provide free tuition to every student nest year" — the move comes in the wake of the ABA's decision in June to deny accreditation to the new law school (the school plans to reapply for ABA accreditation rather than appealing that decision).

2. "How to Start Out Successfully on Your First Day of Work," 07.23.15.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides advice for new lawyers on how to have a successful start in a new career.

3. "How a New Report May Hasten the End of Racial Preferences in Admissions," 07.23.15.
The author of a new book on affirmative action, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, reports on new research that shows most colleges did not change their admission practices in the aftermath of the 2013 Fisher decision, and suggests that may embolden opponents of affirmative action as the Court prepares to hear that case again.

4. "Citi Report: Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Dipped in 2nd Quarter," 07.22.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that law firm managing partners expressed lower expectations for improved growth in the legal industry and the economy during the second quarter of 2015 according to the latest managing partner index figures released by Citi Private Bank Law Group.

5. "EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplace," 07.22.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

6. "What Same-Sex Marriage Means for Employers," 07.22.15.
Corporate Counsel looks at some of the issues employers need to consider in the aftermath of the Obergefell decision on same sex marriage, noting that "the decision will primarily impact employers when it comes to benefits administration and mandatory leave laws."

7. "$1 Million Gift for Religious-Freedom Project at Emory Law," 07.22.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Emory University School of Law has received a gift of $1 million that will fund a four-year project on religious freedom.

8. "Legaltech West and the Rising Influence of Legal Operations," 07.22.15.
Ari Kaplan, writing for LegalTech News, provides a debrief on the recent Legaltech West conference, and writes about the growing primacy of operational efficiency in the delivery of legal services.

9. "Law Firm Combinations Will Continue, But There's a Ceiling, Consultants Say," 07.21.15.
This piece from the Am Law Daily suggests that the legal industry will never see the same sort of consolidation experienced by the accounting industry, for a variety of reasons, including conflicts rules and the relatively small size of the overall legal market.

10. "Lawyers Push to Diversify Major Corporate Legal Departments," 07.21.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the National Asian Pacific Bar Association has kicked off a new initiative to ensure that there are 20 Asian-American lawyers in Fortune 500 hundred general counsel seats by 2020 (there are currently 13).

11. "7 Myths About Campus Diversity," 07.21.15.
More prognosticating on the likely future of affirmative action in college admissions after the rehearing of the Fisher case by the US Supreme Court next term, here in a Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Arthur L. Coleman.

12. "Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?," 07.20.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a recent "LSAT spike fuels hope for enrollment turnaround" among law schools.

13. "Moody's Upgrades Higher Ed's Outlook From 'Negative' to 'Stable'," 07.20.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, citing improvements in the financial health of both public and private colleges, reports that Moody's Investors Service has upgraded its outlook for the higher-education sector from negative to stable — higher education has been assigned a negative outlook since January 2013.

14. "Five Things an Associate May Not Tell Partners in Their Firm," 07.20.15.
A former law firm partner and GC, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, analyzes five things associates are unlikely to tell partners in their firms.

15. "Educators and young lawyer take opposing sides at hearing over academic credit for paid internships," 07.16.15.
The ABA Journal reports on the public hearing held by the ABA last week on the proposed change to the law school accrediting standards that would allow law students to get paid for credit-bearing externships, noting that the Society of American Law Teachers and the Clinical Legal Education Association argued against the change while the ABA Law Student Division argued in favor of it.

16. "Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loan Debt," 07.17.15.
The New York Times takes a look at what may be a growing willingness on the part of some bankruptcy judges to revisit the question of whether federal student loan debt can be discharged in bankruptcy proceedings.

17. "Alumnus' Widow Gives Rutgers Law $1M for Scholarships," 07.17.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "the widow of a lawyer who graduated from the Rutgers School of Law — Newark has given the law school $1 million for student scholarships."

18. "Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Results from the Swimming Lessons for Baby Shares/Above the Law Millennial Survey," 07.17.15.
Grover Cleveland, writing for Above the Law, presents the findings from his new survey of millennial lawyers.

19. "Silicon Valley struggles to hack its diversity problem," 07.16.15.
The Washington Post reports that days after Facebook reported on its stubbornly low diversity numbers, "Yahoo disclosed last week that African Americans made up just 2 percent of its workers, while Hispanics stood at 4 percent."

20. "Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools," 07.15.15.
This Huffington Post blog post from Adam Leitman Bailey continues to attract attention: "In order to strive to become one of New York's best real estate law firms we do not hire law school graduates from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia or any of the other traditional highest tier schools."

    a. "Law Firm Imposes Ban on Hiring Ivy League Graduates," 07.15.15.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog takes up the Huffington Post blog post, and speaks with Adam Leitman Bailey.

    b. "We want to be the best, so we don't hire Ivy League law grads, says small-firm chief," 07.16.15.
    The ABA Journal takes a look at this story, noting that the firm says it is looking for lawyers with grit rather than pedigree.

    c. "Law Firm Bans Hiring of New Ivy Grads," 07.20.15.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

21. "The Micro Law School," 07.07.15.
This Law.com piece suggests that a growing number of law schools with incoming classes of 50 students or fewer are a sign of things to come as law schools rethink the minimum viable size of a law school.

July 17, 2015

1. "Boston Law Schools Launch Joint Practice Incubator," 07.16.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "three Boston law schools [Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern] are teaming up to launch a practice incubator that will serve low- and modest-income clients."

2. "Unpaid Internships Here to Stay?," 07.16.15.
Inside Higher Ed makes the case that last week's federal appellate court ruling on unpaid internships likely means that unpaid internships are not going to go away, as had been widely feared after an initial ruling by the district court.

3. "Is the LSAT overrated by law school officials? Study shows need for holistic assessment, profs say," 07.15.15.
The ABA Journal reports on new research that finds that law schools rely much too heavily on the LSAT in making law school admission decisions.

    a. "New Study Tries to Predict Law School Grades," 07.13.15.
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog also reports on this new research that found "law school admission test scores are an overvalued predictor of law school grades."

4. "The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners," 07.15.15.
The American Lawyer announces its list of annual Global Legal Award Winners for 2015, honoring law offices and in-house legal departments that played a substantial role in the most distinguished international work in the last year.

5. "The 2015 GC Compensation Survey," 07.15.15.
Corporate Counsel publishes the results of its annual salary survey of general counsel, including a list of the top 100 in-house earners.

6. "NYU Law Unveils Clemency Pro Bono Law Office," 07.15.15.
The American Lawyer reports that "New York University School of Law is launching a yearlong pro bono law office that will help federal prisoners seek clemency."

7. "Medicine, Law, Business: Which Grad Students Borrow the Most?," 07.15.15.
NPR takes a look at graduate student borrowing, finding that students studying law and medicine borrow the most, typically more than a hundred thousand dollars.

8. "How law firms are innovating when it comes to hiring," 07.15.15.
A law school dean, writing for the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels New Normal column, takes a look at some of the recruiting innovations being undertaken by law firms.

9. "Disrupted: Exploring the Five Forces Changing the Legal Landscape," 07.14.15.
Legaltech News reports on the proceedings at Legaltech West this week, including discussions about emerging trends in e-discovery technology and rapidly changing legal processes.

10. "Female Lawyers Less Likely to Be First Chair Study Finds," 07.14.15.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that according to new research from the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, "women comprise a disproportionately low percentage of lead trial counsel compared to their representation in the overall legal profession."

11. "After a Dip, Patent Litigation Is on the Rise," 07.14.15.
Corporate Counsel reports that "more than 3,000 patent lawsuits were filed in the first six months of the year, the highest number...on record."

12. "Op-Ed: Law School Scholarships Foist Surtax On Neediest: Students with less-educated parents and lower LSAT scores accrue the most debt," 07.13.15.
A law professor, writing for The National Law Journal, uses LSSSE data to argue that the neediest students are doubly disadvantaged in the current model for doling out law school financial aid.

13. "The Withering of a Once-Great State University," 07.13.15.
This Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed provides some insight into the impact of the dramatic changes taking place at the University of Wisconsin.

14. "A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to the Middle Class," 07.13.15.
The New York Times takes a look at the growing role of apprenticeships in the post-recession economy.

15. "The Upside of the Legal Profession's Crisis," 07.13.15.
A law professor at the University of Tennessee, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, identifies four different interlocking trends that are squeezing American lawyers and law schools, and argues that "after some rough sledding, the public, the profession, and the professoriate will all benefit from the laws' transformation." (Subscription required.)

16. "Embracing White Men as Diversity and Inclusion Allies," 07.13.15.
The director of diversity for the Philadelphia Bar Association, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, urges greater engagement of more white men in the diversity and inclusion conversation.

17. "LSAT test takers increase for third time in a row," 07.13.15.
The ABA Journal reports that the number of LSAT test-takers has increased three times in a row after decreasing steadily for 14 test administrations in a row between February 2010 and December 2013, suggesting that perhaps the number of law school applicants has finally bottomed out and may be turning towards positive territory with the next application cycle.

    a. "Jump in LSAT Takers Gives Law Schools Finally Something to Cheer," 07.10.15.
    More on the recent rise in LSAT test-takers from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

18. "Brooklyn Law School Offers a Safety Net for New Students," 07.12.15.
The New York Times reports that "Brooklyn Law School is offering to repay 15 percent of total tuition costs to those who have not found a full-time job nine months after graduating."

    a. "Brooklyn to Offer Partial Refunds to Jobless Grads," 07.14.15.
    The New York Law Journal also reports on the new refund program announced by Brooklyn Law School this week.

    b. "This law school will offer partial tuition refund to grads who don't find full-time jobs," 07.14.15. (ABA Journal)

    c. "Law School: Jobless grads will get some money back," 07.14.15. (Oneida Daily Dispatch)

    d. "Brooklyn Law School pledges to repay 15 percent of tuition if grads are jobless after 9 months," 07.14.15. (The Republic)

    e. "Law School's 15% Refund to Grads Who Can't Find Jobs," 07.13.15. (Inside Higher Ed)

    f. "Brooklyn Law School: Jobless grads will get some money back," 07.13.15. (Newsday)

19. "Duane Morris Tries Different Spin on Summer Externship," 07.10.15.
The Recorder reports that Duane Morris, rather than hosting a traditional summer associate program at its Bay Area offices, instead hosts 3L term-time externs, though the positions do not generally lead to offers to return as associates.

20. "Indiana Law Freezes Tuition, With Three-Year Guarantee," 07.10.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington is freezing and locking in tuition" for the next three years.

21. "OCI Is Around The Corner; How Can Law Students Ace The 20-Minute Interview?," 07.10.15.
A seasonal piece for law students from the folks at Above the Law.

22. "Can An Ex-Lawyer Help Law Firms Hire Better?," 07.10.15.
Forbes takes a look at the work of The Right Profile, lawyer Mark Levin's operation that has worked with the NFL and MLB to try to improve hiring, to see if the psychological testing used in that process can improve the ways that law firms hire lawyers.

July 10, 2015

1. "Court's Decision Clarifies the Role of Unpaid Internships," 07.10.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "last week the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that unpaid internships may be legal as long as the intern is the primary beneficiary of the intern-employer relationship." (Subscription required.)

    a. "Circuit Adopts Employer-Backed Intern Pay Standard," 07.06.15.
    The New York Law Journal reports that the Second Circuit has rejected the Department of Labor's six-factor test for determining whether a company has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by using unpaid interns, and has instead adopted a standard advocated by employers.

    b. "Hollywood intern case dealt setback by federal appeals court," 07.02.15.
    And more on this from the Los Angeles Times.

2. "Pro Bono Report 2015: Treading Water," 07.09.15.
The American Lawyer has published its annual Pro Bono Report, with Jenner & Block and Arnold & Porter earning the number 1 and 2 spots on the list of firms ranked by their US pro bono commitment.

3. "Rutgers Law Given $1M to Promote Public-Interest Jobs," 07.09.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a Rutgers Law alum has donated $1 million to the school to establish the Maida Public Interest Scholars Program that will fund one-year post-graduate fellowships for graduates working in public-interest law.

4. "California's Practical-Skills Plan Alarms Out-of-State Deans," 07.08.15.
The National Law Journal reports that deans from around the country are objecting to the State Bar of California's plan to require candidates for admission to the profession to have completed 15 hours of practical training.

5. "New Gowling WLG Leader Says No US Union on Horizon," 07.08.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that "Ottawa-based Gowling Lafleur Henderson and British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. have agreed to merge into a 1,400-lawyer firm called Gowling WLG."

    a. "UK and Canadian firms OK 1,400-lawyer merger of equals, setting stage for more international growth," 07.08.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

6. "Stabilizing the Seismic Shifts of Disruptive Innovations," 07.08.15.
LegalTech News previews the LegalTech West trade show that opens in LA next week in a discussion with panelists about five forces shaping the legal landscape.

7. "As Graduate-Student Debt Booms, Just a Few Colleges Are Largely Responsible," 07.08.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research that shows that a small group of colleges are responsible for a huge share of graduate debt — the institutions include such unlikely bedfellows as NYU and the University of Phoenix. (Subscription required.)

8. "A Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors: Zero in Most States," 07.07.15.
The New York Times reports that new research shows that 66% of states that elect prosecutors have no blacks in those offices, that about 95% of elected state and local prosecutors across the country are white, and 79% are white men.

    a. "Elected prosecutors are mostly white males, study finds," 07.07.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "Harvard, UNC Want Student-Admissions Suits Put on Hold," 07.07.15.
The National Law Journal reports that "Harvard University and the University of North Carolina have asked two federal district courts to delay litigation charging them with illegal race-based admissions policies until the US Supreme Court rules next term" in the Fisher case.

10. "New Dean at Illinois Law Negotiated His Salary Down," 07.07.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Vikram David Amar, an associate dean at the University of California, Davis School of Law, will become the next dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.

11. "For Summer Law Interns, the Livin' Is Easy," 07.07.15.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at bells and whistles at some of the 2015 law firm summer associate programs.

    a. "Summer associate perks proliferate: pay is $3,000 a week at some firms," 07.07.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

12. "Disruption: 3 Forces Shaping the Legal Landscape," 07.07.15.
LegalTech News takes a look at three forces that are bringing major disruptive transformation to the legal industry.

13. "Mayer Brown to Form Hong Kong Alliance With China's Jingtian," 07.07.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that Mayer Brown will ally itself with Hong Kong-based Jintian & Gongcheng, potentially giving it access to a large number of Chinese clients.

14. "Gross Revenues Mostly Flat at Clifford Chance, Freshfields," 07.07.15.
The Am Law Daily reports on the 2014-2015 fiscal year financial performance of the Magic Circle firms.

15. "Education Dept. Dismisses Asian-American Groups' Bias Complaint Against Harvard," 07.07.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the US Department of Education has dismissed a complaint against Harvard University that asserted it had discriminated against Asian-American students in undergraduate admissions; the complaint was dismissed because a similar lawsuit is being considered by a federal court (see above at number 9).

16. "Education Dept. Takes Steps to Ease Repayment for Student-Loan Borrowers," 07.07.15.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Department of Education will publish a proposed rule that would expand the Pay-as-You-Earn income-based federal loan repayment program.

17. "Why the Boss Is Younger Than You Are: Generational changes in the executive suite as more companies hire chiefs in their late 40s," 07.07.15.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Generation X is moving into the corner office in corporate America. (Subscription required.)

18. "Law Firms Consolidating at a Record Setting Pace," 07.06.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that "the pace of law firm mergers is steadily increasing, according to a report released Monday by legal consultancy Altman Weil."

    a. "Law firm mergers continue at a blazing pace, survey finds," 07.06.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

19. "Suits by law profs claim they were fired for opposing law school's sale to InfiLaw," 07.06.15.
The ABA Journal reports that "two tenured law professors at Charleston School of Law have filed lawsuits claiming they were fired because they opposed the school's sale to InfiLaw."

20. "LSU Law Dean Steps Aside, Citing Faculty Dissent," 07.06.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Jack Weiss, dean and chancellor of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center has announced that he will resign as of August 1.

21. "Law Clinics Answer the Call," 07.06.15.
The National Law Journal reports that an increasing number of law schools have clinics that are serving the legal needs of military veterans.

22. "Jobs Report: Legal Services Industry Takes a Hit," 07.02.15.
The Am Law Daily reports that the latest USBLS jobs data show that the legal services industry lost 800 jobs in June, while showing a net gain of 2,000 jobs in the 12-month period ending in June 2015.

23. "Class Certification Denied in Suit Over Widener Law Job Stats," 07.02.15.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that "a federal judge in Newark has denied class certification in a suit brought on behalf of graduates of Widener University School of Law who claimed the school's marketing materials overstated their postgraduate job prospects."

    a. "Suit claiming Widener law school used misleading job stats can't proceed as class action, judge says," 07.06.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

24. "Ontario court upholds Law Society's decision not to accredit Trinity Wesleyan University," 07.02.15.
The Star reports that "an Ontario court has upheld the Law Society of Upper Canada's decision not to accredit an evangelical Christian law school that forbids students from having sex outside of heterosexual marriage."

25. "Widener Split Takes Effect: There Are Two Law Schools Now," 07.02.15.
The National Law Journal reports that Widener University's two law school campuses began operating as separate law schools last week, after announcing the separation in March.

26. "Partner Pay Spreads: Minding the Gap," 07.02.15.
The American Lawyer provides partner pay spread data for 103 Am Law 200 firms.

July 2, 2015

1. "Signs of Slower Growth for US Firms in Asia," 07.01.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that based on the results of the most recent NLJ 250 and 350 surveys, lawyer hiring by US law firms in Asia, while showing remarkable growth over the last ten years, is beginning to slow.

2. "McKenna and Dentons Seal the Deal," 07.01.15.
The Daily Report notes that "McKenna Long & Aldridge's long-awaited merger with global megafirm Dentons took effect Wednesday."

    a. "Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot," 07.01.15.
    The Am Law Daily interviews Dentons global chair Joe Andrews and global CEO Elliott Portnoy as the much-reported merger with McKenna finally takes place.

3. "In This Alternative Universe, Harvard Law Ranks No. 1," 07.01.15.
The National Law Journal reports that a University of North Carolina law professor has published an alternative law school rankings list: "The simplified formula produced results markedly similar to the US News rankings. In fact, the same top 15 schools land on both lists, just a handful moving more than a few spots."

4. "Goodwin Procter Leader Says Firm Committed to Diversity, Growth," 07.01.15.
The Am Law Daily interviews Goodwin Procter Chair David Hashmall, successor to longtime leader Regina Pisa.

5. "The Rise of Compliance," 06.30.15.
Today's General Counsel, repurposing a story from Bloomberg, reports on the fast-growing rise of the career field of compliance since the 2008 financial crisis. (The original Bloomberg story can be found here.)

6. "Impacts of Marriage Equality on Benefits and HR Policies," 06.30.15.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at the implications of the US Supreme Court's ruling last week in Obergefell v. Hodges on employers' policies and benefits, noting that in states without LGBT workplace protections, the new ruling does not prevent employers from discriminating against LGBT employees.

    a. "Fate of Domestic Partner Benefits in Question After Marriage Ruling," 06.28.15.
    The New York Times takes a look at domestic partnership hiring in the aftermath of the Court's ruling on marriage equality, noting that some corporations have already eliminated some domestic partnership benefits in states that have previously approved same-sex marriage.

    b. "What the Landmark Ruling on Gay Marriage Means for Higher Education," 06.26.15.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at what the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality is likely to mean for colleges and universities.

7. "Supreme Court to Weigh Race in College Admissions," 06.29.15.
The New York Times reports that "the Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take a second look at the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, reviving a potent challenge to affirmative action in higher education."

    a. "Justices Take UT Affirmative Action Case for Second Time: High court agrees to review admissions policy at University of Texas at Austin," 06.29.15.
    The National Law Journal reports on the SCOTUS decision this week to grant review in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case for which a decision can be expected at this time next year.

    b. "Colleges Brace for Supreme Court Review of Race-Based Admissions," 06.30.15.
    The New York Times takes a look at what effect a broad general statement by the Supreme Court that it's unconstitutional to consider race in college admissions would likely have on both public and private colleges and universities across the country.

    c. "What to Expect as the Supreme Court Revisits Race in Admissions," 06.30.15.
    More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription required.).

    d. "Affirmative Action at Risk in Supreme Court Case," 06.30.15.
    And a bit more from Inside Higher Ed.

8. "Quinn Emanuel to Scale Back Summer Associate Program," 06.29.15.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has announced that it will mostly eliminate its summer associate program beginning in 2016, in favor of recruiting 3Ls and former law clerks.

    a. "Quinn Emanuel to slash summer associate program; savings will go to signing bonuses," 06.29.15.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

    b. "Quinn Explains Decision to Whack Summer Program," 07.01.15.
    The Recorder interviews Quinn Emanuel chair John Quinn about the firm's decision to mostly do away with its summer associate program.

9. "Special Report: The Justice Gap," 06.29.15.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on the justice gap.

    a. "How Big Law is Failing Legal Aid," 06.29.15. (The American Lawyer)

    b. "Editorial: Big Law and Legal Aid," 06.29.15. (The American Lawyer)

    c. "Fellowships Are Another Way to Support Legal Aid," 06.29.15. (The American Lawyer)

10. "Washington State Experiments with Legal Technicians," 06.29.15.
Bloomberg BNA reports on the first graduates of Washington's Limited License Legal Technicians who passed their licensing exams in May (legal technicians will have more authority than a paralegal and less authority than a lawyer, according to the article).

11. "National Cannabis Bar Association's Shabnam Malek," 06.29.15.
The Recorder reports on the formation of the National Cannabis Bar Association to support the budding practice of marijuana law (recall that the University of Denver now has an endowed professorship in marijuana law and policy).

    a. "Self-Described 'Cannabis College' Sprouts Offshoots as More States Legalize Marijuana," 06.30.15.
    And because why not, here is a related story from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

12. "Behind Silicon Valley's Self-Critical Tone on Diversity, a Lack of Progress," 06.28.15.
More from The New York Times on the dismal lack of diversity among employees at Silicon Valley technology firms, prompted this time by Facebook's release of its workplace diversity numbers this week.

13. "End of the corner office: DC law firm designs its new space for millennials," 06.21.15.
The Washington Post reports that Nixon Peabody will move from traditional office space to new space that is designed for modern times with all offices the same size, lots of glass walls, and common meeting, conference and work spaces throughout.

14. "Chinese, More than Americans, See Benefits of US Law Degree," 06.15.15.
The Asian Lawyer reports that based on the most recent test and application data from the Law School Admission Council, even as the overall number of law school applications continues to fall, applications from Chinese students for both JD and LLM degree programs are soaring (applications from Chinese JD candidates were up 63% between 2008 and 2014).

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