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.

October 14, 2016

1. "Growing Racial Disparities in Student Debt," 10.21.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a new study released by the Brookings Institution finds disparities in student debt levels for black and white borrowers grow after graduation."

    a. "Black-white disparity in student loan debt more than triples after graduation," 10.20.16.
    You can read the Brookings report here.

2. "Panel Urges Big Reforms to Boost Law Firm Diversity," 10.20.16.
The American Lawyer reports on a panel discussion in Manhattan this week where panelists agreed that "bringing more women and people of color into law firm partnerships and leadership positions will require systemic changes to law firm business models."

3. "Legal Departments Have Leg Up on Firms in Closing Gender Pay Gap," 10.20.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "while in-house legal departments are not immune from pay inequity problems, they may be far better poised than their law firm counterparts to address the problem by analyzing pay data and making adjustments where gender inequities arise."

4. "More law schools are covering bar review costs: Is it improving pass rates?," 10.20.16.
The ABA Journal reports that more than 30 law schools now pay for their students' bar review.

5. "Will AI Rush in a 'Skills Renaissance' in Law?," 10.20.16.
Legaltech News makes the case that now is a good time to be a young lawyer, because "AI will mean more of a focus on interesting work for lawyers and less time spent on mundane tasks."

6. "Paul Hastings Latest Big Firm to Dabble in Data Analytics," 10.20.16.
Law.com reports that Paul Hastings has built an in-house team of mathematicians, data scientists, and e-discovery project managers to review data for electronic discovery purposes.

7. "On Happiness Scale, Partners Rank High (No, Really)," 10.20.16.
Vivia Chen, the ALM's Careerist, writing here for Law.com, finds the silver lining in the MLA partner comp survey from last week: 82% of partners described themselves as satisfied.

8. "A Guide to Four Technologies Disrupting Legal Tech," 10.19.16.
Legaltech News provides this guide to the four technologies that are transforming the role of the lawyer in the 21st century: blockchain, machine learning, the cloud, and analytics.

9. "Law schools must answer criticism, AALS executive director says," 10.19.16.
The Indiana Lawyer reports on remarks made by AALS executive director Judith Areen at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law this week during a presentation on the history of legal education in the United States.

10. "HBCU Law Deans Say ABA Bar-Passage Rule Changes Will Hurt Profession's Diversity," 10.19.16.
The National Law Journal publishes an opinion piece by six deans from HBCU law schools who make the case that "the entire profession should be deeply concerned at the potential adverse impact this standard would have on law schools associated with HBCUs."

11. "Midsize Firm Leaders Fight Gender Pay Gap With Data," 10.19.16.
In the wake of last week's release of the MLA study on partner pay inequity, The Legal Intelligencer talks to leaders of several midsize firms to find out about the measures they have taken to prevent such disparities in their firms.

12. "Fordham Launches Effort to Promote Access to Justice," 10.19.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that Fordham University School of Law has launched a new access to justice initiative with the relocation of the National Center for Access to Justice to Fordham from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

13. "Understanding the Terms of Your Student Loans," 10.19.16.
This New York Times piece looks at some of the current data on student loans and provides answers to frequently asked questions all borrowers should know the answers to.

14. "Koch Foundation's Law School Gifts Received with Open Arms," 10.19.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the Charles Koch Foundation — the higher education-focused charity established by libertarian-leaning billionaire Charles Koch…has awarded nearly $17 million to four law schools since April."

15. "Compensation Remains One of the Most Important Decisions for a Law Firm," 10.19.16.
Two law firms partners, writing for The Recorder, argue that despite all the recent hype over associate pay hikes, partnership compensation remains one of the most important and most scrutinized decisions in law practice, or at least that it ought to, and offer some considerations to help firms assess whether their partner comp model fairly values partner contributions balanced against the firm's financial future.

16. "As Rates Soar, Some Firms Profit by Coming Down to Earth," 10.18.16.
The American Lawyer reports that a new report issued by Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor shows that firms that increased their billing rates more slowly have seen an increase in demand for their services and a growth in revenue.

17. "The Importance of Talking Explicitly About Race," 10.18.16.
A good blog post on Vitae by a professor at Penn on how important it is to be explicit about race in the classroom, and on "how exhausting it must be to be a black student today anywhere in the United States."

18. "Litigation Funders Planning a New Role: Law Firm Ownership," 10.18.16.
Law.com reports that at least two litigation funders are planning to invest in UK-based firms, where the law now allows nonlaywer ownership.

19. "EDRM Formalizes Tom Hnatowski as Director as Duke Law Integration Continues," 10.18.16.
Legaltech News reports that a director has been named to the e-discovery standards organization that Duke Law acquired earlier this year — the organization will "foster education and cooperation between judges, attorneys and e-discovery technology and service providers to promote e-discovery standards."

20. "New Legal Trends Report Provides Data Insights for Small- to Medium-Sized Law Firms," 10.17.16.
This Slaw post takes a look at the latest Legal Trends report from Clio, looking at average billing rates and utilization rates among other metrics for small- and medium-sized law firms.

21. "First Year Associates Handbook," 10.17.16.
The New York Law Journal publishes a special report for new associates, with a collection of articles, collected below, some of which are by NALP member authors.

    a. "Getting Trial Ready Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    b. "All You Really Need to Know About Working With Support Staff," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    c. "If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You'll Probably End Up Somewhere Else," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    d. "What I Wish I'd Known as a New Lawyer," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    e. "Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay," 10.17.16. (New York Law Journal)

    f. "Mastering Time Management as a Junior Associate," 10.12.16 (The Legal Intelligencer)

22. "Women Law Students Say Pay Disparity Is Systemic Problem," 10.17.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on her conversations about gender pay disparities among law firm partners with the leaders of several women's law student organizations, including student leaders at Harvard, Virginia and Penn.

23. "One-Third of Low-Income Student Borrowers Who Rehabbed Loans Could Default Again," 10.17.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report that suggests "one in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have 'cured' a loan default in the past year are likely to default again."

24. "Legal Project Management: Not Just For Law Firms and Techies," 10.17.16.
This piece in Corporate Counsel makes the case that "understanding legal project management and implementing a well-designed LPM program is quickly becoming recognized as a critical competency for in-house legal teams."

25. "Judge Agrees to Block Law School Name Change in Win for University of Houston," 10.17.16.
The Texas Lawyer reports that a federal judge has provisionally agreed to block South Texas College of Law from changing its name to Houston College of Law following a legal challenge by the University of Houston Law Center that argues South Texas infringed on its trademark.

    a. "U Houston Wins Ruling in Fight on Law School Name," 10.17.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    b. "Judge orders law school to stop using its new name," 10.17.16.
    And more still from the ABA Journal.

26. "Leading New York Law Firms Lag in Including Women and Minorities," 10.16.17.
The New York Times reports on the recently released results of an annual diversity survey by the New York City Bar Association: "The survey findings concluded that progress for women and minorities is hampered by high rates of lawyers leaving firms for varied reasons. Failure to attain equity, or owner, partnership — or the lack of prospects to become partner — appeared to have a significant effect on firm longevity. Salaried, or income, partners who were women or minorities had a turnover rate of 8.6 percent — double that of male equity partners who left at a rate of 3.2 percent."

    a. "Minority Representation in NYC Law Firms Stalls, Bar Survey Shows," 10.17.16.
    The New York Law Journal also reports on the findings of the New York City Bar Association's latest diversity benchmarking report, noting that "despite more than a decade of New York law firms pledging to enhance diversity in their ranks, minority representation within associate and partner levels stalled last year."

    b. "Decline in first-year female associates at large NY law firms raises pipeline concerns, survey says," 10.17.16.
    And more on the NY bar survey from the ABA Journal, noting that "women made up 45 percent of first-year associates in large New York law firms last year, a drop of five percentage points since 2004."

27. "Is Origination to Blame for Women Partners' Lower Pay?," 10.14.16.
Law.com talks to lawyers about the likely reasons for the huge gender-based partner pay disparities revealed in the MLA study that was released last week.

28. "Student Loan Debt: A Crisis for Law Students, Young Lawyers and Far Too Many Underserviced Communities," 10.14.16.
A good Slaw column by a Canadian law school dean on the ever increasing costs of legal education in Canada, and the impact of those costs on law graduates and the careers they pursue.

29. "6 Things Every Young Partner Should Do to Improve Their Finances," 10.12.16.
A VP at a wealth management firm, writing for Law.com, offers young partners advice about financial planning.

30. "World's First Publicly-Traded Law Firm Facing Securities Class Action," 10.12.16.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the world's first publicly-traded law firm, Australia's Slater & Gordon, is facing a securities class action on behalf of 3,000 shareholders. (Subscription required.)

31. "The Rise of the (Truly Awful) Webcam Job Interview," 10.12.16.
Bloomberg reports that robo-interviewing, "the human-free video interview is on the rise."

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.

October 14, 2016

1. "Tech comes naturally to 'digital native' millennials? That's a myth," 10.13.16.
Columnists for the ABA Journal's New Normal column suggest that millennials are not actually very tech savvy, particularly when it comes to technologies used in the professional environment.

2. "Three Big Firms Hire New Diversity Officers," 10.13.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells, and Day Pitney have all hired new chief diversity officers.

3. "Why Lawyers Doubt Technology," 10.13.16.
A good blog post on lawyers adopting technology from Associate's Mind.

4. "Male Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Women, Survey Shows," 10.12.16.
Law.com reports on the results of Major, Lindsey & Africa's 2016 Partner Compensation Survey, including findings that "the average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners."

    a. "A 44% Pay Divide for Female and Male Law Partners, Survey Shows," 10.12.16.
    More on this from The New York Times: "female partners earned an average of $659,000 annually compared with an average of $949,000 for male partners."

    b. "Pay Disparity: Cronyism or Just Plain Sex Discrimination?," 10.13.16.
    And Vivia Chen weighs in on Law.com on the MLA partner salary disparity findings and suggests that "we are in denial that gender bias is more pervasive than we like to believe."

5. "Preventing the Preventable: Attorney Suicide," 10.12.16.
Two law firm partners, writing for The Recorder, tackle the issue of lawyer suicide and depression, and offer some practical advice for beginning to confront the problem and build support for lawyers who struggle with these health issues.

6. "Yale Law Dean to Step Down at End of Academic Year," 10.12.16.
Law.com reports that Yale Law School dean Robert Post is stepping down at the end of the academic year after holding the position since 2009.

7. "Time to Work Workflow Technology into the Law Firm Arsenal?," 10.12.16.
A columnist writing for Legaltech News argues that "to be successful in reducing costs without sacrificing their level of service, firms must consider…software that is built specifically to manage administrative workflow and task delegation."

8. "As U. of Florida Law Dean Calls Out Sexism, Her Rankings-Driven Regime Comes Under Fire," 10.12.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the turbulence at the University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where the school's first woman dean has polarized many. (Subscription required.)

9. "Give, and You Will Receive: The Power of the Network," 10.12.16.
A good column in Slaw on building a professional network.

10. "A Lawyer's Open Letter to Bar Examiner Chairman," 10.11.16.
The Daily Report publishes an open letter to the Chairman of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners written by one of the 90 test-takers who were told they had erroneously failed that state's bar exam.

11. "Without LSAT Requirement, U. of Arizona Trains Nontraditional Law Students," 10.10.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, takes a look at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law experiment with the GRE, and finds that the alternative admission program has provided access to legal education for a variety of nontraditional candidates. ("Of the 1,392 people who applied for a spot in the current first-year class, just 72 — or 5 percent — had GRE scores. Of those, the school accepted 16, and 12 enrolled. The 22 percent acceptance rate among the GRE applicants was lower than the overall acceptance rate of 35 percent. But the accepted GRE takers enrolled at a significantly higher rate.")

12. "Pa. Bar Passage Rate Dips to New Low," 10.10.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "the passage rates for first-time takers of the Pennsylvania bar exam reached a new low with results from the July test."

13. "7 Firms (Not on Wall Street) Make 'Best Place to Work' List," 10.10.16.
ALM's Careerist blogger, Vivia Chen, takes a look at Crain's most recent list of the 100 best places to work in New York, and finds no Wall Street firms made the cut.

14. "Where Are All the Female Partners? The Effect of the Lateral Hiring Process on Gender Diversity," 10.09.16.
An ALM Legal Intelligence analyst, writing here for Law.com, argues that the current lateral hiring process perpetuates the gender diversity problem in law firms.

15. "Law school admissions officers are optimistic about legal ed, but would like to see some closures," 10.07.16.
The ABA Journal reports on the results of Kaplan's annual survey of law school admission officers, noting that 92% reported feeling more optimistic about the state of legal education than they did a year ago, 78% reported expecting an increase in applications for the 2016-17 cycle, and 65% agreed it would be good if a few law schools closed.

16. "Harvard, Citing Justices' Affirmative-Action Ruling, Defends Admissions Policy," 10.07.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "Harvard University's legal team, relying on the US Supreme Court's [Fisher] ruling in June for affirmative action, is urging a federal judge to dismiss two of six charges in a suit that accuses the university of discriminating against Asian-American student applicants."

17. "Legal Services, Take 2: Technology's Part in Closing the Justice Gap," 10.07.16.
Legaltech News reports on a recent discussion about the future of legal services in the US that took place at last week's Thomson Reuters' Law Firm Leaders Forum — the conversation focused on the role that technology could and should play in providing better access to legal services for most Americans.

    a. "Legal Technology and Access to Justice," 10.11.16.
    And here is a related blog post from Slaw that looks at technology and access to justice in Canada.

18. "In Changing Legal Market, Big Firm Model Faces Questions," 10.07.16.
More reporting on the proceedings at last week's Thomson Reuters' Law Firm Leaders Forum — here The American Lawyer reports on a panel discussion that included Bruce MacEwen ("most firms should convert to C-corps"), Steven Harper, Roger Meltzer, and Dr. Larry Richard.

19. "Jobs Report Shows Small Gains for Legal Sector," 10.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest USBLS jobs numbers, noting that "legal sector jobs ticked up ever so slightly in September," by just 400 jobs. ("Looking back over the last decade, legal employment reached its nadir in 2007, before a sharp decline sparked by the financial crisis and its aftermath. The industry would need to add about 55,000 jobs to reach pre-crisis levels — a tall order given slack demand for legal services.")

20. "We're All a Little Bit Biased, Even if We Don't Know It," 10.05.16.
A good piece on implicit bias from last week's New York Times.

October 7, 2016

1. "Law Firm Mergers See Major Dip in Third Quarter," 10.06.16.
Law.com reports that that the latest merger report from Altman Weil showed that law firm mergers slowed in the third quarter as "firms competed for a smaller pool of acquisition targets."

2. "NYC Law Department Hires 61 Recent Graduates," 10.06.16.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the New York City Law Department has hired 61 recent law school graduates in its various divisions, up from 56 new hires last year."

3. "Technology Proves Vital Force in the Future of Law Firm Business," 10.06.16.
Legaltech News reports on the Thomson Reuters' 21st annual Law Firm Leaders Forum that was held in New York this week, where keynote panelists agreed that "technology is a crucial force" for moving law firms forward — as one panelist put it "the rise of the machines is upon us."

    a. "Looking for the Perfect Law Firm Business Model? Good Luck," 10.06.16.
    The American Lawyer also reports on the proceedings at this gathering of law firm leaders in New York City this week, including remarks by Jamie McKeon, Ralph Baxter, and Aric Press, all of whom discussed the challenges of managing a law firm in the current market.

4. "George Mason Christens Antonin Scalia Law School," 10.06.16.
The National Law Journal reports that "six US Supreme Court Justices from across the ideological spectrum joined on Thursday to celebrate the renaming of George Mason University's law school for their late colleague Antonin Scalia."

5. "Meet Three Black Millennial Women Who Founded a Chicago Law Firm," 10.06.16.
NBC News profiles three millennial-aged black women lawyers who have joined together to form their own law firm.

6. "Which law school offers grads the best job prospects? Princeton Review issues its 2017 rankings," 10.06.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the Princeton Review has published its 2017 law school rankings, including a listing of law schools that offer students the best career prospects.

7. "ROSS Intelligence Lands Another Law Firm Client," 10.06.16.
The American Lawyer reports that Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has become the latest big firm to sign an agreement with artificial intelligence purveyor Ross Intelligence, a company that applies advances in machine learning to legal services.

8. "Small Firms Struggling to Take the Technology Leap," 10.06.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at the unique set of challenges facing smaller firms and solo practitioners when it comes to the adoption of technology.

9. "Is the Legal Operating Model About to Crash?," 10.05.16.
This piece from Corporate Counsel suggests that the in-house corporate legal model is no longer sustainable, and suggests three changes for crafting a new model for the 21st century.

10. "Need an Attorney? There's an App for That," 10.05.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at a number of apps that seek to match attorneys with project work.

11. "ADR Business Wakes Up to Glaring Deficit of Diversity," 10.05.16.
Law.com reports on the growing awareness of the nearly complete lack of diversity among alternative dispute resolution professionals: "alternative dispute resolution…has been a stubborn enclave of homogeneity."

12. "The Early Years Begin for AI's Transformation of Law," 10.05.16.
This piece in Legaltech News argues that naysayers notwithstanding, artificial intelligence is here to stay, and it will inevitably alter the legal profession as increasing numbers of law firms and legal departments embrace it.

13. "Delivering Feedback Fairly and Constructively," 10.05.16.
A good Slaw post with practical advice for those who must give feedback to others, with some tips for improving even if you're already good at it.

14. "3 Steps for Preparing for a Partner Retirement," 10.04.16.
Two BigLaw partners, writing for The Recorder, identify three considerations that attorneys and firms should keep in mind when planning for the transition of senior lawyers from the active practice of law to part-time or full-time retirement.

15. "Uber GC Urges Leaders to 'Be Intentional' With Hires and Promotions," 10.04.16.
The Recorder provides the remarks made by Salle Yoo, the general counsel for Uber Technologies, who delivered the keynote address at a dinner last week honoring this year's Women Leaders in Tech Law; Yoo spoke about the problems of gender diversity in law and tech, and offered some ideas for helping to solve the problem.

16. "New Kids on the Block: Influx of Millennials Could Remake Corporate Legal Departments, Survey Shows," 10.04.16.
Thomson Reuters reports on the results of a new survey that gauges the perceptions of in-house millennials, and how they are changing the workplace.

    a. "Are Legal Departments Ready for the Millennial Revolution?," 09.30.16.
    More on these survey results from Corporate Counsel.

17. "Retired M&A partner gives $7.7M to law school," 10.04.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Indiana University Maurer School of Law has received a gift of $7.7 million from an alumnus of the school, noting that "the money will benefit an endowment and a professorship with the law school's Center of the Global Legal Profession."

18. "In Defence of the Law Practice Program," 10.04.16.
Jordan Furlong, writing for Slaw, argues for the preservation of the LPP program in Ontario, at risk now after a recommendation made by the Law Society of Upper Canada's Professional Development and Competence Committee to eliminate it.

19. "Law Firms Come to Terms with Shifting Space Needs," 10.04.16.
Law.com reports on a new report that looks at changing law firm workspace trends, including less overall space, the standardization of office sizes, and a move away from corner offices for partners, as well as the continued movement of operational teams offsite to lower cost locales.

20. "EEOC Sues Univ. of Denver Law School Over Pay Disparity," 10.03.16.
Law.com reports that "the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday sued the University of Denver, alleging its law school underpaid at least eight female law professors compared with their male colleagues."

21. "Why Law Firms Should Support Legal Fellowships," 10.03.16.
The American Lawyer makes the case for sponsoring fellows through EJW, and profiles several recent fellows sponsored by ALM.

22. "Research Continues to Expose Implicit Bias," 10.03.16.
A managing partner, writing for the Daily Report, provides a good overview and update on implicit bias, "a growing area of science studying racial and gender attitudes that is so important in law that the ABA has devoted a section to the subject."

23. "What Do You Do?," 09.30.16.
This is a good, short, focused Slaw column on crafting one's elevator speech, that might be a handy reference for law students or associates, or any one of us.

September 30, 2016

1. "Law School Rolls Out 'Wheels of Justice'," 09.29.16.
Law.com reports that Mitchell Hamline School of Law has rolled out a mobile pro bono law office — a retrofitted RV that will allow students to travel around Minnesota to provide pro bono legal services to those in need.

2. "Default vs Diversity," 09.29.16.
The Action Group on Access to Justice, writing here for Slaw, on the perniciousness of the default values embedded in our culture, and why it is important to interrupt them, whether in planning conferences, building new technology, or trying to solve access to justice problems.

3. "Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Smarter Than You?," 09.28.16.
Law.com has collected several stories in a special report on AI and the law.

    a. "Inside ROSS: What Artificial Intelligence Means for Your Firm," 09.28.16. (Law.com)

    b. "Legal Artificial Intelligence, Explained," 09.28.16. (Law.com)

    c. "Five AI Pioneers to Watch," 09.29.16. (Legaltech News)

    d. "But What About Lawyers? A Q&A With Richard Susskind on AI in Law," 09.25.16.
    Legaltech News talks with Susskind, who predicts that artificial intelligence in law will take off in the 2020s.

4. "Law Schools Must Confront Students' Alcohol, Mental Health Problems," 09.28.16.
An attorney and board certified alcohol and drug counselor, writing here for Law.com, offers an op-ed arguing that law schools must take a more active role to combat the profession's addiction and mental health problems, noting that lawyers in the early stages of their careers are most at risk for developing an alcohol disorder.

5. "Cisco GC: Legal Departments Must Adapt or Fail," 09.28.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on remarks made by Cisco GC Mark Chandler at a recent Silicon Valley conference during which he told corporate legal departments that if they don't find ways to use faster, more efficient processes, they will fail.

6. "An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master's Degree for a Mere $7,000," 09.28.16.
The New York Times reports that Georgia Tech, with one of the top ten computer science departments in the nation, is offering an online master's in computer science degree for less than one-eighth as much as its most expensive rival.

7. "National Default Rate on Student Loans Declines for Third Straight Year," 09.28.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to US Department of Education data, "the overall three-year cohort default rate on federal student loans dropped [for] the third straight year."

8. "Indiana Bar Committee Examines Future of Lawyers with Increase of Online Legal Services," 09.27.16.
Legaltech News reports that "the Indiana State Bar Association Board of Governors has approved recommendations from its Future of the Provision of Legal Services Committee on how to promote legal services in the face of emerging technologies."

9. "On Law School Exam Answers, the Longer the Better," 09.27.16.
Law.com reports on new research by two BYU law professors that finds "there is a statistically significant positive correlation between the amount a student writes on a first-year essay exam and the grade on the exam."

10. "A Risky Appetite for Apps: Can Best Practices Help?," 09.27.16.
A good essay from Slaw on the potential benefits, and risks, of rapidly proliferating apps in the legal space.

11. "Costs Matter More to Female GCs," 09.26.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "a new survey from the United Kingdom shows that legal spending and priorities within the department differ according to whether a man or woman is in charge."

12. "Cheaper, Faster and Better? AI and the Future of the Profession," 09.26.16.
Legaltech News takes a look at artificial intelligence and employment, and the harder question of whether technological advances really are a threat to the profession and lawyer jobs.

13. "Firms Invest in Nonlawyer Industry Experts for Niche Services," 09.26.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that more law firms are expanding the way they use nonlawyer professionals in an ever-broadening list of practice areas, including IP, government relations, healthcare, real estate, and energy.

14. "Law Schools: Tackling Timely Issues of Race and Class," 09.26.16.
The National Law Journal publishes a special report on law schools that focuses on the intersection of race, class, and law, and how schools have responded to recent campus unrest over these volatile issues.

    a. "Law School Courses Delve Into Racial Strife," 09.26.16.
    The National Law Journal reports that US law professors are discussing current events and social justice movements in their courses, tackling race, poverty, and crime.

    b. "First Year Will Shape You For Decades to Come," 09.26.16.
    A law school dean, writing for The National Law Journal, urges new law students to work hard and connect with classmates from different cultures.

    c. "Law Schools Must Focus on Access to Justice," 09.26.16.
    The co-chairs of the Fordham Law Access to Justice Initiative, writing here for The National Law Journal, urge law schools to take a more active role in confronting the legal system's limitations and closing the country's justice gap.

15. "In These Times, Innovation in Legal Education Should be Applauded," 09.26.16.
A law school dean, writing for The National Law Journal, argues that the ABA should reverse course and accredit the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, an innovative school with a distinctive mission — to be a relatively low-cost school that provides legal education to those who otherwise would not be able to receive it.

16. "The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World's Biggest Firms," 09.26.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual ranking of the world's 100 top-grossing law firms.

    a. "For the World's Top-Grossing Firms, Slow and Steady Growth," 09.26.16.
    The American Lawyer reports that the world's 100 top-grossing law firms "continued a post-recession trend of slow and steady growth in 2015," with increased revenue of 3.1 percent, to $96.6 billion, and average profits per equity partner growth of 4.9 percent, to nearly $1.6 million.

17. "Survey Reveals the World's Best Legal Brands," 09.26.16.
The American Lawyer reports Baker & McKenzie tops the latest Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index, a survey that gauges brand recognition and favorability among in-house counsel around the world.

18. "Law School Admission Council President Dan Bernstine Dies," 09.26.16.
Law.com reports that "longtime Law School Admission Council President Dan Bernstine died late last week."

19. "Six Strategies for Dealing With Fear, Worry, and Self-Doubt," 09.26.16.
A good essay from Slaw on strategies for overcoming fear and self-doubt that can hold us back when facing professional challenges.

20. "More Junior Lawyers Would Please the Court," 09.25.16.
In light of the recent comments by a federal judge who chastised a law firm for sending an associate into court, The Wall Street Journal reports that there is "a growing movement among judges around the country to actively push younger lawyers into court."

    a. "What Clients Want — Court Time for Junior Lawyers but Also Control," 09.28.16.
    More commentary following last week's kerfuffle over a federal judge's remarks about sending a junior lawyer into court — here Law.com talks to in-house lawyers who have been working to get junior lawyers more courtroom opportunities.

21. "Diversity Metrics in Billing Could Push Law Firms to Rethink Staffing," 09.23.16.
Legaltech News reports that new software that links billing, staffing, and compensation data, allow corporate clients to see in real time who is working on their matters, and may finally change the way that law firms staff project for their clients.

22. "Bar Exam Error 'Came as a Surprise,' Georgia's Chief Justice Says," 09.23.16.
More on the Georgia Bar fiasco — here the Daily Report speaks to the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, who expresses surprise and concern.

23. "The Lawyer's Challenge: Meeting Client Demand in a Tech-Driven World," 09.23.16.
Legaltech News reports on the proceedings at last week's Legal Innovation Summit in New York where panelists discussed how technology is evolving the profession.

24. "Full Pay for Less Work Greets Proskauer Parents Returning From Leave," 09.23.16.
The American Lawyer reports that under a new program announced at Proskauer Rose, "primary caregivers returning to the firm from parental leave will be able to work on a 75 percent schedule for six months while receiving 100 percent of the pay they got before they took the leave."

25. "Government lawyers don't understand the Internet. That's a problem," 09.23.16.
The Washington Post reports that "the government's lawyers are struggling to grasp the increasingly technical cases that come before them…too few lawyers have the skill set or the specialized knowledge to make sense of the code, networks and the people who use them, and too few law schools are telling them what they need to know."

26. "Bridging the Gap: 3 Ways for Legal to Manage Client Expectations," 09.21.16.
Legaltech News reports that "law professor William Henderson spoke at Wolters Kluwer's ELM User Conference about the importance of reassessing expectations and collaborating on solutions."

September 23, 2016

1. "ABA Beats Back Bid to Limit Accreditation Power," 09.22.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the Education Department announced Thursday that the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will continue to have full accreditation power over law schools, defying the earlier recommendation by its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity to suspend for a year the ABA's power to accredit new schools."

2. "Legal Project Managers: The New Rainmakers?," 09.22.16.
Law.com reports that clients are increasingly seeking out law firms that have established deep expertise in project management.

3. "Litigation Demand Down for Law Firms Despite Steady Filings," 09.22.16.
Law.com reports that new data released by Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor shows that litigation work slowed at most firms in the first half of this year, continuing a fifth straight year of declines.

4. "There's Been a Surge of Bet-the-Company Lawsuits, Study Finds," 09.22.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the number of corporate legal departments dealing with bet-the-company work has quadrupled over the past two years." (While this might seem like good news for large law firms, CC reports that overall outside legal spend has changed little, and that as more money goes to law firms for high-end work, less money is being spent on other work.)

5. "Another Day, Another Big Firm Merger in Canada," 09.22.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "two of Canada's largest provincial law firms announced their intention to merge on Wednesday…[creating] one of the largest full-service firms in western Canada." (Winnipeg-based Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson and Regina-based MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman (MLT), the largest firms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are expected to merge as of January 1, 2017.)

    a. "How client succession is driving law firm consolidation," 09.22.16.
    And somewhat related, Jordan Furlong, writing for his Law21 blog, concludes that a lack of succession planning is in part what is driving the recent spurt of law firm mergers.

6. "Amid Global Growth, Firms Weigh Risks and Rewards," 09.22.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the DC meeting this week of the International Bar association, where participants discussed, among other things, the upsides and downsides to law firms' global expansion.

7. "Hats Off to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee," 09.22.16.
The Editorial Board of The Connecticut Law Tribune writes to praise a recent decision of the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee to allow some foreign trained lawyers who complete an LLM degree to sit for the Connecticut Bar Exam.

8. "For Law Grads, Are the Big Bucks in Smallville?," 09.21.16.
Karen Sloan at Law.com has dug up the August publication by GoodCall that ranks the top 100 best cities for law graduates based on lawyer job prospects, salaries, local lifestyle amenities, and lowest cost of living & Hot Springs, Arkansas tops the list. You can read the original GoodCall piece here.

9. "Dentons subsidiary invests in tech startup aimed at simplifying corporate legal transactions," 09.21.16.
The ABA Journal reports that Dentons subsidiary Nextlaw Labs in investing in its second legal tech startup — having already invested in Ross Intelligence, purveyor of artificial intelligence for the legal services arena, it has now plunked money down for Doxly, whose software "simplifies corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, creating automated tasks to help manage the process."

10. "Sagging July Bar Exam Results in Florida and Elsewhere Defy Predictions," 09.20.16.
Law.com reports that despite a slight increase in the average score earned by bar examinees in July, at least seven of the early reporting jurisdictions have reported declines in their overall pass rate figures.

11. "Few Recent Graduates Were Actually Forced to Work as Baristas, Study Finds," 09.20.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that finds few college graduates actually occupied low-skill service positions even during the worst of the recession: "While there is some truth behind the popular image of the college-educated barista, this picture is not an accurate portrayal of the typical underemployed recent college graduate. Recent graduates were much more likely to work in higher-paying jobs that do not require a degree but earn more in those positions than co-workers without one."

12. "Contract Lawyer Ranks to Grow as Firms Seek to Protect Profits," 09.19.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on the growth of law firm use of contract and staff attorneys as part of a broader alternative staffing strategy to increase firm profitability.

13. "As legal profession loses popularity, can law schools get new jolt of life?," 09.19.16.
So fascinatingly, the Chicago Tribune has reprinted this editorial from Monday's The Japan News/Yomiuri; the parallels between Japan and the US with declining law school enrollment and falling bar passage are spooky and probably important.

14. "Class of 2015 NALP Data: The Mid-Law Crunch," 09.19.16.
Matt Leichter, blogging for the Law School Tuition Bubble, crunches the NALP employment data for the Class of 2015 and finds a shrinking number of entry-level jobs with mid-size law firms.

15. "The Future of Legal Services," 09.19.16.
The Editorial Board of The Connecticut Law Tribune reviews the key findings and recommendations of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services for closing the justice gap in the United States.

16. "A Tightened Bar Passage Standard is Needed," 09.19.16.
This National Law Journal op-ed, by two US law school deans, argues for adoption of the more stringent bar passage standard that has been proposed to the ABA Council.

17. "Choate Hall, Kaye Scholer Again Top Summer Associate Rankings," 09.16.16.
The American Lawyer publishes the results of its annual Summer Associate Survey, finding that most summers were a happy lot this past summer.

18. "Harvard Overhauls Student Orientation to Promote Inclusion," 09.19.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on Harvard Law School's updated orientation program for first-year students that was designed to foster an inclusive atmosphere.

19. "Software Exec Says Bar Exam Mistake Wasn't the Company's Fault," 09.19.16.
The Daily Report reports that "the head of a software firm being sued over Georgia bar exam scoring mistakes says the debacle wasn't his company's fault."

20. "Student Diversity at More Than 4,600 Institutions," 09.18.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes an interactive data table that shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of students at 4,605 colleges and universities in the US, based on US Department of Education data from the fall of 2014.

21. "Law Schools Cut Tuition to Entice Applicants," 09.16.16.
Law.com reports that a number of law schools are cutting tuition to combat declining enrollment in JD programs.

22. "UGA Students Clamor for In-House Experience," 09.16.16.
The Daily Report reports that the University of Georgia School of Law is expanding its corporate counsel externship program in the face of increased student demand for in-house experience.

23. "How to Succeed In-House: A Chat With HP CLO Kim," 09.16.16.
Corporate Counsel talks to Hewlett-Packard chief legal officer, Kim Rivera, about succeeding in the in-house role.

24. "Why Are Law Firms Failing on Diversity?," 09.15.16.
Insights, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, writes about the findings of a new study that suggests lateral mobility may be one reason law firms struggle with diversity.

25. "Elite Retreat: Do Women From Top Law Schools Leave the Law Earlier?," 09.15.16.
The ALM Intelligence research staff suggest the answer to this question is yes, that women graduates of top ten law firms leave law firms at a higher rate than women from less elite law schools.

    a. "Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can," 09.20.16.
    ALM Careerist blogger Vivia Chen, writing here for Law.com, provides commentary on this research, offering her own explanation for why women from elite schools seems to leave law firms at a higher rate than women from less elite schools: "the reality is that privileged women do have choices…and often, the choice is to not stick it out in a job that's pressured and unfulfilling."

26. Bonus Track: "I Used to Be a Human Being, or, Technology Almost Killed Me," 09.18.16.
And in a piece that is not directly related to our industry but is applicable to all of us and everyone we know, Andrew Sullivan, writing here for New York Magazine, writes thoughtfully about the importance of putting your smart phone down, and the perils of not learning how to do that. It's a long format read, but worth your time.

September 16, 2016

1. "Gains in Minority Grad Student Enrollments," 09.16.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "graduate student enrollments increased nearly 4 percent last year, with the biggest relative gains seen among underrepresented minority students."

2. "Associate Salaries: What Am I Worth?," 09.15.16.
The Young Lawyers Editorial Board of The Legal Intelligencer weighs in on the current salary structure for new law firm associates.

3. "Latham Provides New Benefit for Nursing Mothers," 09.15.16.
Law.com reports that Latham has rolled out a breast milk shipping program for working mothers, calling it the first of its kind at a law firm.

4. "GC's Have Moved $4B Worth of Work In-house in 2016, Study Finds," 09.14.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "citing dissatisfaction with the services they receive from their outside attorneys, general counsel have moved a whopping $4 billion in legal spending back in-house so far this year," according to new survey results.

5. "Dealing With Ageism in Today's Job Hunt," 9.14.16.
This article in The Recorder takes a look at some common objections employers raise when they think a candidate is too old for the job, and provides some suggestions for combatting these misperceptions during the interviewing process.

6. "Smith Gambrell Raises Associate Pay as Others Mull Options," 09.14.16.
The associate pay hike continues to reverberate, as the Daily Report notes the continued movement of associate starting salaries in Atlanta.

7. "Rise Of The Machines Continues As Another Top Firm Signs AI Deal," 09.14.16.
Law.com reports that Slaughter and May, a UK magic circle firm, has signed an artificial intelligence deal with a new tech startup.

8. "Ginsburg Urges Law Firms to Make 'Balanced Life' Easier for Lawyers," 09.14.16.
The National Law Journal reports that during comments made at an Association of Corporate Counsel event in DC this week, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg urged law firms to be more flexible about work arrangements so that more lawyers can have a home life and a work life.

9. "Law school cuts tuition by 35%," 09.14.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the University of Tulsa College of Law is reducing tuition and ending a scholarship program under which 100 percent of students received scholarships.

10. "Diversity In The Legal Profession," 09.14.16.
The GC for Aflac, writing for the September issue of Today's General Counsel, writes about the importance of diversity. (View the full article in the digital edition of the magazine here.)

11. "Soaring Student Debt Prompts Calls For Relief," 09.13.16.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a tripling of student debt over the past decade to more than $1.3 trillion has led to intense efforts from lobbyists across multiple industries to push for legislation to forgive or reduce student debt. (Subscription required.)

12. "GCs Back ABA Push for Law Firm Diversity Data," 09.12.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that high-powered GCs from major corporations are joining with the ABA in efforts to require law firms to disclose even more detailed diversity data than they now do.

13. "Committee OKs proposal to tighten ABA bar pass standards; some members hope more will be done," 09.12.16.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA's Accreditation Standards Review Committee has approved a proposal that would require schools to show that 75 percent of their graduating classes pass a bar exam within two years.

14. "Paralegals Edging Out First-Years as Firms Face Profit Squeeze," 09.12.16.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that as law firms continue to face pressure to trim costs for clients, they are shifting work down the food chain, often tasking paralegals with work that new associates used to do.

15. "Suit Targets Software Company for Bar Exam Fiasco," 09.12.16.
The Daily Report reports that a class action has been filed on behalf of the 90 Georgia bar candidates who were erroneously told they failed the exam against a software company whose software was used to scale the scores of the essay portion of the exam.

    a. "'Barmageddon' Lawyer Predicts Lawsuits Over Ga. Bar Exam," 09.09.16.
    And the Daily Report predicted this litigation.

16. "Deloitte, Other Accounting Giants, See Legal Services Growth," 09.09.16.
Law.com reports that as the big accounting firms move more aggressively into the delivery of legal services, the legal services arm of Deloitte is growing at a rate of 10 percent per year, and now has 1,677 lawyers or other legal professionals working for them, a headcount that would rank them 21st on the Am Law Global 100 list.

September 9, 2016

1. "Emerging Technology in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Presents Growth Opportunity for Big Law," 09.08.16.
Law.com and ALM Legal Intelligence identify the practice of law related to unmanned and autonomous systems (think drones and self-driving cars) as an emerging hot practice area, and report that there are already approximately 400 Big Law lawyers practicing in this area.

2. "Revenues Climb at China's Biggest Firms," 09.08.16.
The American Lawyer publishes its revenue rankings for the top-grossing law firms in China, finding overall head-count and revenue growth with total revenues of $5.5 billion in 2015, and describing an overall growing market despite a depreciating currency and a turbulent market (and no surprise, Dentons, with more than 6,500 lawyers, topped the rankings list).

3. "Success in First-Year Civil Procedure Course Points to Bar Passage," 09.08.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, takes a look at a new study coming out of Texas Tech University School of Law that takes a look at factors that correlate with bar passage; among the best predictors, the study found, are LSAT scores and law school grades (especially civil procedure and legal writing and research), but not undergraduate GPA or clinical experience.

4. "Despite Stronger Demand, Calif. Firms Could Be Facing Layoffs," 09.08.16.
The Recorder reports that some analysts think that "because of heavy downward pricing pressure across the industry, the combination of stagnant demand and rising salary costs could still trigger firms [in California] to trim their rosters."

5. "UK Law Firm Profits Fall…And Next Year Is Unlikely To Be Any Better," 09.07.16.
Law.com reports that profits per equity partner have fallen at 16 of the UK's 50-largest law firms, and because of the economic uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, "next year's results are unlikely to be any better."

    a. "UK top 50 firms achieve sixth year of revenue growth as partner profits stall," 09.06.16.
    More on UK Big Law revenue and profits from Legal Week.

6. "How Artificial Intelligence is Already Transforming Legal Services," 09.07.16.
Legaltech News debriefs from ILTAcon and takes a look at the ways artificial intelligence is being implemented in today's legal departments.

7. "Pay Equity Suits Could Impact Recruitment of Female Partners," 09.07.16.
The American Lawyer takes a look at what the growing number of pay equity suits brought by women against law firms might mean for Big Law's efforts to increase the number of women partners.

8. "Testing New Legal Aid Model, Big Law Associates Name First Grantees," 09.07.16.
The American Lawyer reports that The Associates Committee, a group of Big Law associates who have organized to raise funds to support legal services for the poor, has awarded its first grants totaling $200,000 to four legal services groups.

9. "Nonprofit Law Firms Benefit Disenchanted Attorneys, 'In-Between' Clients," 09.07.16.
Law.com takes a look at "the growing popularity of nonprofit law firms aimed to help the 'in-between' economic demographic."

10. "90 Georgia Bar Exam Takers Were Wrongly Told They Failed," 09.06.16.
The Daily Report brings the news that because of scoring errors, 90 takers of the Georgia bar exam in July 2015 and February 2016 were mistakenly told they had failed the bar exam when in fact they had passed.

    a. "Georgia Bar Exam Scoring Error Among the Worst Historically," 09.07.16.
    More on this from Karen Sloan at Law.com: "The erroneous failure of 90 Georgia Bar Exam takers in the past year looks to be the worst scoring mistake ever on the all-important licensing test."

    b. "For Test Takers, Bar Exam Snafu Brought 'Grief and Hardship,'" 09.08.16.
    The Daily Report talks to some of the test-takers who were erroneously told that they had failed the bar exam in Georgia.

11. "5 Reasons Why Legal Ops Rules," 09.06.16.
Corporate Counsel takes a look at why the number of in-house legal departments with legal operations staff has doubled in the last year, with almost half of respondents to a recent ACC survey reporting that they now have at least one legal operations staffer.

12. "To Bridge Justice Gap, Recruit Retiring Lawyers," 09.02.16.
This American Lawyer op-ed argues that retiring baby-boom lawyers could have a sizeable impact on economic and social justice through meaningful pro bono work.

13. "Legal Industry Job Growth Remains Flat," 09.02.16.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest USBLS numbers, "the legal industry did not add any new jobs in the month of August."

14. "When Lawyers Fail at Handling Failure," 09.02.16.
Law.com's Leigh Jones speaks with a former Big Law lawyer who is now a psychotherapist about why lawyers as a group are so bad at dealing with setbacks, and how they can learn to move forward more effectively after failure.

15. "NALP at ILTACON, and on TV," 08.29.16.
NALP Executive Director James Leipold talks to ILTA Executive Director Randi Mayes, about the latest news from NALP, the entry-level job market, and challenges facing the industry. (video)

September 2, 2016

1. "Surprisingly, Bar Exam Multiple-Choice Scores Improved in July," 09.01.16.
Law.com reports that according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, "law graduates' performance on the multiple-choice portion of July's bar exam rose slightly, indicating a reversal from the steep two-year slide in test scores overall."

2. "Midlevel Associates Are Happier Than Ever," 09.01.16.
The American Lawyer publishes the results of its annual Midlevel Associates Survey, noting that "Midlevels at Am Law 200 firms were even more satisfied this year than last…[perhaps because] their average salaries, bonuses, and hourly rates increased faster than their billable hours."

    a. "Ranking: Top Firms for Midlevel Associate Satisfaction," 08.29.16.
    And here are the national and regional rankings from The American Lawyer, with Paul Hastings again holding the top spot.

3. "Georgetown University Plans Steps to Atone for Slave Past," 09.01.16.
The New York Times reports that "nearly two centuries after Georgetown University profited from the sale of 272 slaves, it will embark on a series of steps to atone for the past, including awarding preferential status in the admission process to descendants of the enslaved."

    a. "Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins," 08.31.16.
    The chair of Georgetown University's working group on slavery, memory and reconciliation, writing here for The New York Times, recounts the history of Georgetown's 17th century slave ownership and sale of slaves to raise money, and its current efforts to pursue present day reconciliation.

4. "A New Wave of Legal Rebels," 09.01.16.
The ABA Journal names its eighth round of Legal Rebels — "those men and women who are remaking their corners of the legal profession."

5. "In $100M Suit, Partner Alleges 'All-Male Dictatorship' at Chadbourne," 08.31.16.
Law.com reports that "a female litigation partner from Chadbourne & Parke has filed a $100 million class action complaint alleging that the firm…pays women partners less and provides them fewer leadership opportunities than men."

    a. "Female Lawyer's Gender-Bias Suit Challenges Law Firm Pay Practices," 08.31.16.
    The New York Times also reports on this gender-bias litigation development.

6. "ABA Tightens Up," 08.31.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the ABA has begun to take a harder line on law schools amidst criticism that it is not doing enough to help struggling law school graduates.

7. "Is Pot Luring More Applicants to the U. of Colorado Law School?," 08.31.16.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, suggests that a surge in applications to the University of Colorado Law School may be attributable to the boost in the state's economy that has come about as a result of the legalization of marijuana in that state. (And best headline of the week goes to…)

8. "New Lawyers Target Lower Income Clients to Build Practices," 08.31.16.
The Daily Report looks at the growing legal incubator movement, programs that help young lawyers start solo practices.

9. "Amazon and Wells Fargo End Student-Loan Partnership," 08.31.16.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "Wells Fargo has stopped offering Amazon customers reduced interest rates on private student loans" about a month after the controversial program began.

    a. "Amazon Ends Marketing Deal with Wells Fargo," 09.01.16.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

10. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Where Big Law Can Look To Address Its Gender Problems," 08.31.16.
Law.com suggests that law firms could expand the diversity of the pool of entry-level associates by recruiting at a broader range of law schools.

11. "Gov. Vetoes 50-Hour Pro Bono Mandate for Bar Admission," 08.30.16.
The Recorder reports that the Governor of California has vetoed legislation that would have required law students to complete 50 hours of pro bono work as a condition of admission to the state bar — Governor Jerry Brown cited the high costs of law school in support of his decision: "I believe it would be unfair to burden students with the requirements set forth in this bill."

12. "Another IP Firm Dissolves as Andrews Kurth Absorbs Kenyon Lawyers," 08.29.16.
Law.com reports that "Andrews Kurth, a 354-lawyer Houston-based firm, will hire 55 lawyers from New York-founded IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon, which will then dissolve."

    a. "Kenyon Lays Off Staff, Associates After Andrews Kurth Deal," 08.31.16.
    Law.com reports that that Kenyon & Kenyon "this week laid off some staff and associates, just days before its deal with Andrews Kurth will become effective."

    b. "Kenyon's Closure Follows Trend of Disappearing IP Boutiques in NYC," 08.31.16.
    The New York Law Journal takes a look at a string of IP boutique closures in New York amidst an evolving and competitive patent marketplace.

    c. "Andrews Kurth, Kenyon & Kenyon Vote to Merge, Not a Done Deal," 08.26.16.
    Law.com reports on the rumors that swirled at the end of last week about a potential merger between these two firms.

13. "Indiana Law School Launches First JAG Corps Scholarship Program," 08.30.16.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington, has launched a new scholarship program for active duty Army personnel who aspire to be judge advocate generals.

14. "At BASF, It's Alt-Fees or Firms May Not Get the Work," 08.30.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that law firms bidding for legal work with BASF Corp. are required to present alternative fee arrangements in order to be considered.

15. "Publicly Traded British Law Firm Sees Gross Revenue Growth," 08.30.16.
The American Lawyer reports that "Gateley, a British firm that last year raised $45 million in a landmark initial public offering, saw its gross revenue rise 11 percent in 2015-16."

16. "Midwest Report: A Regional Analysis," 08.29.16.
The National Law Journal publishes an annual special report of regional analysis of law firms in the Midwest, with stories and analysis for Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Detroit.

17. "9 Best Cities for Women in Major Law Firms," 08.29.16.
The ALM staff have matched the NLJ's Women in Law Scorecard data with Nerdwallet's Best Cities in the Workforce for Women data to come up with a list of best places for women to work (spoiler alert: New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco are not on the list!).

18. "Study Says Female In-House Counsel Are More Cost-Conscious (and Paid Less)," 08.29.16.
Corporate Counsel reports that "a new survey coming out of the UK shows that legal spend and priorities within the department differ based on whether a male or female is in charge," and that "females are being paid significantly less than their male counterparts."

19. "Baby Boomers Are Retiring and Law Firms Aren't Ready," 08.29.16.
The American Lawyer publishes a special report on the baby boomer law firm retirement phenomenon, with six accompanying feature articles and columns, noting that 16 percent of partners will retire in the next five years and 38 percent will retire in the next decade.

20. "Anemic IPO Market Is Poised for a Rebound," 08.29.16.
In what is surely good news for law firms, The Wall Street Journal reports that a flood of IPOs is expected to "invigorate the listless market for initial public offerings after the Labor Day holiday," but cautions that the activity may be short-lived. (Subscription required.)

21. "DC Firm Finances See Lag Amid Election Year Doldrums," 08.26.16.
The National Law Journal reports that the most recent bank reports from Citi and Wells Fargo show that in this slow growth environment, DC firms are seeing even slower growth, with revenue rising only 3.1 percent for the first half of the year compared with 4.1 percent nationally, and lawyers' overall hours in Washington falling 0.6 percent while nationally they rose 0.6%.

22. "Texas Law Schools Battle in Court Over Name Change," 08.26.16.
Texas Lawyer reports the ongoing court battle between the former South Texas College of Law (now Houston College of Law) and the law school at the University of Houston (a federal judge presided over a contentious preliminary hearing late last week).

23. ILTA News Roundup:

    a. "Note to Lawyers from ILTA: You're Ethically Obligated to Understand Technology," 09.01.16. (Legaltech News)

    b. "The 'New Ecosystem': Law Firms, Clients and Vendors Working Together (experts are saying that client-vendor collaboration is the future of legal)," 09.01.16. (Legaltech News)

    c. "The New, Data-Driven World of Firm E-Discovery Operations," 09.01.16. (Legaltech News)

    d. "Was Susskind Right? 3 Keys to Understanding the Direction of Legal Tech at ILTA: Where legal tech is, should be, and may be going…" 08.31.16. (Legaltech News)

    e. "Tech Divide Looms in Access to Justice Efforts," 08.31.16. (Legaltech News)

    f. "3 Simple Steps Toward Embracing Data and Automation," 08.31.16. (Legaltech News)

    g. "As Clients Demand More Efficiency, Many Law Firms Have Yet to Leverage Tech," 8.30.16. (Legaltech News)

    h. "ILTA Tech Purchase Survey Reveals Firms' Cloud Skepticism, Cybersecurity Spend and AI Interest," 08.30.16. (Legaltech News)

    i. "3 Big Ideas on Change for the Future Tech-Driven Workplace at ILTA 2016," 08.29.16. (Legaltech News)

    j. "4 Tips For A Strong Law Firm Website," 08.26.16. (Legaltech News)

August 26, 2016

1. "Softer Demand, Rising Salaries May Lead to Layoffs, Analyst Warns," 08.25.16.
The American Lawyer reports on the third mid-year financial report to hit the streets, this one from Wells Fargo Private Bank, that measures softening demand for legal services and rising law firm expenses — Wells Fargo senior director Jeffrey Grossman predicts that some firms will face layoffs before the end of the year.

2. "Law Students From Rival Schools Face Off Through Negotiation Class," 08.25.16.
Law.com reports on a program in which "students from Stanford Law School and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law will square off this semester in a simulated international business negotiation," as part of a collaborative international business negotiation class that will involve at least 27 US law schools.

3. "A Trio of New Deans at Law Schools Across the State," 08.25.16.
The New York Law Journal takes a look at some of the challenges facing new deans at City University of New York School of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

4. "Duke Law to Acquire EDRM to Advance E-Discovery Education," 08.24.16.
Legaltech News reports that "Duke University School of Law announced that it would be acquiring EDRM, the leading standards organization for the e-discovery market. The organization will become part of Duke Law's Center for Judicial Studies as part of an initiative to expand the center's involvement in electronic discovery and information governance."

5. "Florida Firms Among Top Recruiters in NYC This Year," 08.24.16.
The Daily Business Review reports that "several Florida-founded law firms...have rapidly expanded in Manhattan this year."

6. "Why Did Cravath Increase Associate Salaries?," 08.23.16.
The research folks at ALM crunch a lot of numbers and take a deep dive into the Cravath associate pay hike, why the firm might have made the move in the first place, and what it is likely to mean for the rest of the AmLaw 50.

7. "In-House Salaries Are Up. But Many Say They're Underpaid," 08.23.16.
Corporate Counsel reports on a recent in-house counsel compensation survey that shows "compensation for in-house lawyers has increased slightly, but many still think they're worth more money than they're getting."

8. "Demand Strong for Student Loan Forgiveness," 08.23.16.
Inside Higher Ed reports that about 432,000 borrowers have applied to have the balance of their student loans forgiven in 2017, the first group that would be eligible for the public service loan forgiveness under the program that began in 2007.

9. "Back to (Law) School: The Full Report," 08.22.16.
Law.com and The National Law Journal have gone to press with their special back-to-school edition, publishing a collection of feature stories about legal education and the profession, some of which are collected below. You can read the full report, with links to all the features, here.

    a. "What's New in Law School Course Offerings This Year?," 08.22.16.
    Law.com takes a look at some of the new courses being offered at law schools this fall, including courses on the Zika virus, venture capital, and transgender issues.

    b. "Why I'm Starting Law School in a Tough Job Market," 08.22.16.
    A 1L and former journalist, writing here for The National Law Journal, explains why he is going open-eyed into the legal profession at mid-career.

    c. "The Most Important Law School You've Probably Never Heard Of," 08.22.16.
    Law.com visits Litchfield Law School, now a museum, founded in 1784: "Litchfield is the first place to conceptualize a law school as we think of a law school — a place that is academic, post-collegiate, pre-professional, and brings together people from different parts of the country and provides them with training in the law in a fairly abstract and yet practical way."

10. "MSU Course Teaches Law Students to Use Automation Tools," 08.22.16.
Legaltech News Reports that "law students at Michigan State will use ThinkSmart's TAP automation tool to learn about best practices and automation in legal operations" as part of a new course called "Litigation: Data, Theory, Practice & Process."

11. "For Midsize Firms, Salary Hikes Raise Rate Dilemma," 08.19.16.
The New York Law Journal takes a look at the bind that the recent associate pay hike creates for midsize law firms that are trying to balance "retaining and recruiting top talent while maintaining clients through competitive, lower rates."

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