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.



July 22, 2016

1. "Amazon's New Market? Student Loans," 07.22.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that on Thursday, Amazon and Wells Fargo announced a partnership through which "Amazon Prime Student members will be eligible for a 0.5 percent reduction on their interest rate for private student loans taken out through Wells Fargo Education Financial Services."

2. "One GC's Five Tips for Promoting Diversity," 07.21.16.
Corporate Counsel speaks with an MCCA award-winning GC about her top strategies for holding law firms accountable for hiring, retaining and promoting lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

3. "Countdown to New York's First Uniform Bar Exam," 07.20.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that nearly 11,000 people are set to sit for New York state's first administration of the Uniform Bar Examination next week.

4. "Law Schools' Tech-Training Conundrum: If We Teach Them, Will They Get Jobs?," 07.20.16.
The American Lawyer takes a look at the many ways law schools are starting to implement technology curricula and course offerings, and the potential job market for lawyers with technology training.

5. "Law School App Tracks Students' Professional Skills," 07.20.16.
Law.com reports that the University of Nebraska College of Law is rolling out an app that will help students track 27 professional skills by tracking their activities and coursework.

6. "9 of the Cheapest Cities With the Highest-Ranked Law Schools," 07.20.16.
The staff at ALM, writing for Law.com, have produced two lists, the cheapest cities with the highest ranked law schools, and the highest ranked law schools in the cheapest cities.

7. "Blockchain Buzz: How the Blockchain Stands to Change Legal Tech," 07.20.16.
More on blockchain this week from Legaltech News, covering the proceedings of the 2016 Legal Hackers Summit in Brooklyn this week: "it's going to have a profound effect on law and change everything."

8. "A Call to Legal Tech: AI is Here," 07.20.16.
More from the Legal Hackers Summit and Legaltech News answering the all-important question: "So what the hell is AI in law?"

9. "10 Law Schools Where Alumni Have the Least Debt," 07.19.16.
US News & World Report uses ABA data to compile a list of the law schools whose graduates have the least amount of student debt (University of Hawaii tops the list).

10. "Kirkland & Ellis' Diversity Conference Is Just the Start," 07.19.16.
Law.com reports on Kirkland's first annual 1L Diversity Scholars Program that included a kickoff in NYC for 30 law students from around the country.

11. "Law School 2.0: How Legal Tech Disrupted Traditional Legal Education," 07.19.16.
Legaltech News reports that "data-driven law school decisions and more hands-on technology courses are upending conventional legal education." (Law School Transparency weighs in on the future.)

12. "In Tight Job Market, New Grads Boldly Hang a Shingle," 07.19.16.
Law.com interviews five young lawyers who went into business for themselves.

13. "Two-Year JD Programs Catch On, With Some Missteps," 07.18.16.
Law.com reports that more than a dozen US law schools now offer some version of a two-year JD program.

14. "Hispanic Attorneys in Miami Rise to Prominence in International Practice," 07.18.16.
Daily Business Review reports that Latin American investment in Miami is changing the demographics for attorneys practicing international law, noting that the majority of those practicing international legal work in Miami are Hispanic.

15. "Social Entrepreneurship, Public Service, and Student Debt," 07.18.16.
Ashley Matthews, blogging for Equal Justice Works on Huffington Post, writes that ballooning student debt is having a negative impact on social entrepreneurship (social entrepreneurs, she says, are people who start nonprofits and businesses to create new solutions for pressing social problems).

16. "Texas A&M Launches Solo and Small-Firm Incubator," 07.18.16.
Texas Lawyer reports that Texas A&M University School of Law is launching an incubator program to help graduates transition into solo and small-firm practices.

17. "An Unusual Path Toward Becoming a Tech Attorney," 07.18.16.
Legaltech News profiles a second-career lawyer who now works as a Big Law associate practicing in the areas of data privacy, cybersecurity, and cloud services deals after working for many years as a journalist writing about technology.

18. "Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Face More Tests After 'Fisher'," 07.17.16.
More thoughtful commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education in the aftermath of the most recent Fisher decision.

19. "US Associate Salary Landscape," 07.15.16.
Law.com reports on the associate salary landscape in the aftermath of the jump to $180,000, providing a chart of firms that have increased salaries this summer.

20. "In Latest Pitch to Indebted Associates, Orrick Promises Direct Help on Loans," 07.15.16.
Law.com reports that Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced that it will start helping its first-year associates pay down their student debt by contributing $100 per month up until the associates receive their first bonus.

21. "New Legal Startups Are Changing the Practice of Law," 07.15.16.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at the impact of emerging technology on the practice of law, emphasizing that "the cloud changes everything."

22. "Which law firms offer the best quality of life? Associate surveys determine this ranking," 07.15.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the results of Vault's 2017 Quality of Life rankings that name O'Melveny & Myers as the tops in overall quality of life — the survey asks associates to rate Satisfaction, Hours, Firm Culture, Leadership Transparency, and Substantive Work, among other things. (You can read the complete Vault survey findings here.)

23. "Proposed ABA Law School Accreditation Standard 316: A Threat to Diversity in Law Schools and the Legal Profession?," 07.14.16.
A good piece in Law Practice Today that explores the difficulty inherent in tinkering with the bar passage standard required by the ABA for law school accreditation — the article notes that the ABA is under intense pressure from the DOE to implement stronger metrics-based outcome standards, and at the same time the HBCU law schools have banded together to make the case that the proposed standard poses a real threat to those institutions and others that have made a commitment to diversity.



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.



July 15, 2016

1. "The obsolete associate," 07.14.16.
This latest post from Jordan Furlong at Law21 is as good a summary of where we are as any I have read lately: "New associates mean less and less to law firms all the time…firms are finally going to join other businesses in other industries by getting most of their leverage from software and systems, rather than from humans. As a class of lawyers within law firms, associates are becoming obsolete: there's just not going to be much need for them anymore."

2. "Cravath Elects Top M&A Partner Faiza Saeed as New Leader," 07.13.16.
Law.com reports that that Cravath has named its first female presiding partner.

    a. "Cravath's First Woman Leader Promises to Stay the Course," 07.14.16.
    More on this from Law.com: "The M&A star is not only Cravath's first female leader, but the first of any Wall Street firm. As the daughter of Pakistani-American immigrants, Saeed is also one of only a handful of Asian-Americans ever to lead an Am Law 100 firm."

3. "Top Five Lessons for New Attorneys Starting Out," 07.13.16.
A fifth year associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, shares advice for new attorneys.

4. "Women in Big Law: Where Firms Are Succeeding and Failing," 07.12.16.
Law.com takes a hard look at the data on gender diversity in the legal profession.

5. "Law School 'Boot Camp' for Disadvantaged Students Is Revived," 07.12.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that the New York Legal Education Opportunity Program will be offered for the first time since 2010 at the state courts' Judicial Institute, in cooperation with the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

6. "Leave Your Laptop at the Door, Law Prof Declares," 07.12.16.
Law.com reports that Rutgers Law School professor Stuart Green has banned laptops from his classroom, citing research that shows that students who take notes by hand generally perform better. (See Green's Monday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal: "I'm Banning Laptops From My Classroom," subscription required.)

7. "New 2-year law program will get grads to job market quicker, save them tuition costs, dean says," 07.12.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Albany Law School has announced a two-year JD program that will start in January 2017 (the 24-month program includes two summer terms).

8. "The Value Gap," 07.12.16.
A good post in Slaw about closing the value gap between corporate clients and their law firms: "the non-monetary aspects of the relationship between clients and external counsel — trust, communication, collaboration — may be the keys to narrowing the gap."

9. "Head Count Declines Outpaced Growth Among NY Firms," 07.11.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes the NYLJ100, its report that ranks New York law firms by their number of full-time equivalent lawyers, noting that headcount gains at some firms were outweighed by deep drops at others.

    a. "Largest Firms by Number of Lawyers in New York," 07.11.16.
    The New York Law Journal publishes it ranking of the 100 largest New York law firms.

10. "The intangible law firm," 07.11.16.
Another great post from Jordan Furlong at Law21, in which he provides a good look at "what's actually happening, right now, with advanced technology in law firms," with particular insight into how technology and process improvements are providing intangible benefits that will serve law firms well in the long run.

11. "Lawyers Won't Be Replaced By Robots Anytime Soon: Employment data and experts agree that increasing technology may change lawyers' jobs, but not eliminate them," 07.11.16.
Legaltech News writes that despite technology innovations like document automation, e-discovery and early case assessment software, "cyborg attorneys aren't taking over anytime soon."

12. "These 10 law firms are ranked the most family-friendly," 07.11.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the release of the Yale Law Women's 2016 list of the most family-friendly law firms, and notes that this year's list was created using new methodology, including data from the NALP Directory of Legal Employers.

13. "South Florida Experiencing 'Exponential Interest' From Law Firms With Varied Focus," 07.11.16.
The Daily Business Review reports that the law firm market in South Florida is growing quickly, with native firms expanding and out-of-state firms opening new offices.

14. "Small Bump for Legal Jobs as US Employment Shows Surprise Uptick," 07.08.16.
The American Lawyer reports that the latest US Department of Labor numbers show a mostly flat job count for the legal industry, with a jump of just 100 jobs in June, and noting that the legal sector has added 4,800 jobs since last June.

15. "Summer Hiring at NJ Firms Solid, if Not Spectacular," 07.08.16.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports on summer hiring by New Jersey law firms, finding an increase of 8.3% from the previous summer.

16. "Tech Continues to Drive Growth at Calif. Firms," 07.08.16.
The Recorder reports that "business from the Bay Area tech scene continued to raise head counts at firms in San Francisco and Silicon Valley in 2015."

17. "Building on the Success of the 'Fisher' Decision," 07.08.16.
The president of Oberlin College, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education about the US Supreme Court's recent decision in Fisher, argues that colleges and universities must "look beyond this decision to higher education's larger task of attracting and educating a diverse group of young people who will be tomorrow's leaders."



July 8, 2016

1. "Firm Leaders Predict Modest Growth in Second Half of 2016," 07.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "most law firm leaders expect demand for their services to increase by less than 5 percent in the second half of 2016, according to a report released Thursday by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group."

2. "What Is Blockchain and Why It's Important for Law Practice," 07.07.16.
If you've ever wondered what the heck is blockchain and why should I care, this piece from Slaw offers a good primer.

3. "Behind the Hype: AI's Deployment, and What it Means for the Legal Market," 07.06.16.
Corporate Counsel unpacks the hype around artificial intelligence and what it likely will and won't mean for lawyers and the legal services industry.

4. "After Nixing Summer Program, Quinn Emanuel Lures 3Ls with $35K Bonus," 07.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "one year after mostly doing away with its summer associate program, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced Wednesday that third-year law school students who apply and are hired at the firm will get a $35,000 signing bonus."

5. "Record Pace for US Law Firm Combinations at Midyear," 07.06.16.
Altman Weil reports that "there were 28 law firm combinations announced in the US in the second quarter of 2016 [and] there have been 48 deals announced in the first half of 2016." (Press release.)

6. "Why law firms should focus on adaptation, not disruption," 07.06.16.
After an 18-month hiatus, Jordan Furlong is back with his Law21 blog, and this is his inaugural post — well worth the read and worth following: "Law firms can afford to put off worrying about disruption for the foreseeable future. I don't see how they can put off thinking about adaptation one day longer." (Watch for Furlong's forthcoming article in the August NALP Bulletin.)

7. "A Changing Role for the Law Librarian," 07.06.16.
The American Lawyer takes a look at what the move away from books has meant for law librarians.

8. "Temple Promotes Law School Dean," 07.05.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "JoAnne Epps, longtime dean of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, on Tuesday was nominated to executive vice president and provost — the Philadelphia university's top academic post."

9. "Harvard Law School's Berkman Center gets new name after $15 million donation," 07.05.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Harvard Law School has received a $15 million dollar donation that will support its Center for Internet & Society, "an entrepreneurial center that is in the vanguard of cyberspace research."

    a. "Harvard Law's Internet Center Gets Gift, and New Name," 07.07.16.
    More on this from The National Law Journal.

10. "Japan Still Sees Fewer Female Law Firm Partners," 07.04.16.
The Asian Lawyer reports that while "the last decade has seen an increase in the number of female lawyers in Japan...few ever rise to senior positions or make partner."

11. "No Time For Diversity Fatigue at Women in Law Hackathon," 07.04.16.
Law Professor Deborah Rhode and two of her colleagues at Stanford reflect on the success of a novel program, created by Caren Ulrich Stacey of Diversity Lab in partnership with Stanford Law School and sponsored by Bloomberg Law, that brought together nine teams of law firm partners paired with Stanford law students to work together over a six month period on ideas to close the gender gap in law firms.

12. "Houston Law Schools in Trademark War," 06.28.16.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog provides more on this ongoing story, reporting that the University of Houston has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court against Houston College of Law (formerly the South Texas College of Law).

13. "Hireback 2016 results," 06.16.16.
Precedent reports somewhat breathlessly that "the number of articling jobs on Bay Street crashes, as the percentage of students hired back soars."

14. More associate salary hike news:

    a. "Associate salary increases may not be good business," 07.07.16.
    Patrick Lamb, writing for the ABA Journal's New Normal column, suggests that the recent associate salary hike is not a good thing: "For some clients, it will be the straw that breaks their back and causes them to break free of the bond that BigLaw has on them."

    b. "Associate Salary Stratification More Likely in 'Buyer's Market'," 07.01.16.
    Law.com reports that as firms race to raise base associate pay in major markets, "many of them are likely to adopt pay structures that vary by office location."

    c. "Troutman, Kilpatrick and Sutherland Raise Associate Pay," 07.01.16.
    The Daily Report reports that three additional law firms in Atlanta have moved to match the pay scale recently adopted by other large firms in the city.



July 1, 2016

1. "Law Schools Cut Back to Counter Tough Financial Times," 07.01.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a deep dive into the enrollment and financial challenges currently facing US law schools, noting enrollment drops of 30 percent over six years. (Subscription required.)

2. "Law Schools' Veterans Groups Join Forces for Job Placement Push," 06.30.16.
Law.com reports that the National Federation of Law Student Veterans is attempting to unite dozens of student veteran group in an effort to educate legal employers on the benefits of hiring veterans.

3. "Houston College of Law Leaders Say New Name Not Confusing," 06.29.16.
Texas Lawyer reports that the newly named Houston College of Law has asserted that its new name will not create confusion with the University of Houston Law Center.

    a. "University of Houston Regents Sue Houston College of Law," 06.27.16.
    Texas Lawyer reports that the Board of Regents of the University of Houston has sued the newly named Houston College of Law over its name change.

    b. "Another Fracas Over Law School Name Change, Now in Houston," 06.23.16.
    Law.com reports on the controversy surrounding the name change of South Texas College of Law to the Houston College of Law.

4. "Why Young Lawyers Are uncertain About Their Legal Future," 06.29.16.
Law Fuel reports on the results of a new report on the experiences of young lawyers in New Zealand.

5. "Compensation Handcuffs Partners, Delaying Lateral Move Season," 06.28.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that an increasing number of firms are seeking ways to keep partners, including by holding back compensation.

6. "Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York," 06.28.16.
The Guardian reports that "the world's first robot lawyer," invented by a 19-year-old London-born second-year student at Stanford University, has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York.

7. "All Students Gain From a Ruling That Values Diversity," 06.27.16.
UC Irvine law dean Erwin Chemerinsky, writing here for The National Law Journal, unpacks the Supreme Court's Fisher decision, arguing that the decision is "a stunning victory for affirmative action and the ability of colleges and universities to pursue diversity in educating their students."

8. "Stanford Hackathon Awards Out-of-the-Box Gender Equality Initiatives," 06.27.16.
The Recorder reports on the outcome of last week's Women in Law Hackathon at Stanford — nine teams competed in the competition.

    a. "$10K prize-winning hackathon team dreams up new compensation model for law firms," 06.28.16.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

9. "Dueling Over the State of Legal Education," 06.27.16.
Steven J. Harper, writing for The American Lawyer, responds to the recent spate of articles in The New York Times about the state of US legal education.

10. "ABA threatened with 1-year suspension of law school accreditation powers," 06.24.16.
The ABA Journal reports that "a Department of Education panel on Wednesday recommended that the ABA's accreditation power for new law schools be suspended for one year." (The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has released a prepared statement that reads in part: At the June 22, 2016, NACIQI meeting, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar was recommended to have its accrediting authority extended as the national accreditor for Juris Doctor degrees. The extension was conditioned on the Council reporting back to NACIQI in one year on its compliance with some of the recognition criteria that the agency administers and applies to accrediting groups.)

11. "NLJ 500: A Robust Portrait of Big Law," 06.27.16.
The National Law Journal launches the NLJ 500, and expansion of the NLJ 350, adding 150 mid-sized law firms that "bear watching."

    a. "Women Lawyers Face a Steep Climb to Partner: Only 1 in 5 claim title among responding NLJ 500 firms," 06.27.16.
    The National Law Journal launches the NLJ 500, and expansion of the NLJ 350, adding 150 mid-sized law firms that "bear watching."

    b. "Growth Mostly Flat Among Top-Level NLJ 500 Firms," 06.27.16. (The National Law Journal)

    c. "Chart: The NLJ 500," 06.27.16. (The National Law Journal)

    d. "Chart: Women's Scorecard," 06.27.16. (The National Law Journal)

    e. "Chart: Top Offices," 06.27.16. (The National Law Journal)

    f. "All Over the Map: US Law Firms in Europe Before Brexit," 06.28.16.
    The new NLJ 500 finds nearly equal numbers of lawyers working for US-based law firms in both Europe and the United Kingdom.

12. "Special Report: A Year of Public Service," 06.27.16.
The American Lawyer publishes it latest survey results of Big Law's pro bono efforts, ranking law firms by their pro bono scores.

    a. "National Pro Bono Rankings," 06.27.16.
    The American Lawyer publishes their chart that ranks the Am Law 200 by their pro bono score for work performed by US-based lawyers.

13. "Will US Firms Pull Back in London After Brexit?," 06.24.16.
Law.com asks the question long before it can be answered.

    a. "Seven Ways Brexit Will Impact Big Law," 06.24.16.
    Law.com takes a stab at predicting what Brexit will mean for Big Law.

    b. "Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the EU," 06.24.16.
    Legal Week reports that law firms are busy advising clients on the implications and business risks in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, including what is likely to be a prolonged period of economic uncertainty in the UK and perhaps around the world.

    c. "Irish Eyes Smiling at Legal Opportunities From UK's Brexit Vote," 06.29.16.
    The American Lawyer suggests that the UK vote to leave the EU will lead to expanding opportunities for Irish law firms and firms with offices operating in Ireland.

    d. "Law firms see short-term opportunity, long-term peril in Brexit," 06.24.16.
    Reuters reports that the Brexit vote is likely to lead to a short-term burst of advisory work for large international law firms, followed by a much more protracted period of uncertainty that has the potential to significantly dampen the business environment.

    e. "Brexit Fallout Begins for the Legal Industry," 06.24.16.
    Law.com collects the ALM news related to Brexit.

14. "Transgender Students: A Unique Frontier for Civil Rights," 06.24.16.
The Legal Intelligencer provides an update on changes in the law that protect the civil rights of transgender students, noting that "the issue of transgender equality has become the latest civil rights frontier."

    a. "1.4 Million Adults Identify As Transgender in American, Study Says," 06.30.16.
    And in related news, NPR reports that a new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law shows that about 0.6 percent of US adults identify as transgender. ("The fully urban District of Columbia has the highest percentage of adults who identify as transgender...around 2.77 percent of the federal district's population.")

    b. "Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Serve Openly in Military," 06.30.16.
    And in more related news, The New York Times reports that US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has lifted the Pentagon's ban on transgender people serving openly in the armed forces.

15. More associate salary hike news:

    a. "Thompson & Knight Ups Associate Base Pay," 06.27.16.
    Texas Lawyer reports that Dallas-based Thompson & Knight will increase the base salary for its first-year US associates to $180,000.

    b. "DC Firm Pushes Back On Associate Raises," 06.27.16.
    The American Lawyer reports that DC's BuckleySandler has announced that it will not be raising associate salaries.



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."



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?)

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