Board Meeting Summaries - Archive

July 2018

NALP's Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 13-14, 2018. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2019 Fiscal Year Budget - The Board adopted a $4.3 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

  • 2019 Membership Dues - The Board set the calendar year 2019 dues rates:

    Law Schools
     New Law School $750/year
     Renewing Law School $950/year
    Law Firms
     New Law Firm $750/year
     Renewing Law Firm (up to 100 lawyers) $950/year
     Renewing Law Firm (more than 100 lawyers) $1300/year
     Each Additional Office $625/year
    Other Employers
     Government & Public Interest Organizations $295/year
     Corporate/Other Legal Organizations $950/year
    Additional Members at Member Institutions
     Individual Associate Member $195/year
    Affiliates
     Consultants $375/year
     Legal Search Consultants $750/year
     Affiliates Otherwise Eligible for Voting Membership $750/year
     Alumni $99/year

  • 2018-2019 Educational Programming Dates and Fees

    • 2018 Public Service Mini-Conference — October 25, Washington, DC. Base fee: $150
    • 2018 Canadian Winter Meeting — December 6, Toronto, ON. Base fee: $125
    • 2018 Professional Development Institute — November 29-30, Washington, DC. Base fee: $725
    • 2019 Legal Recruiting Summit — January 24, 2019, New York, NY. Base fee: $495
    • 2019 Newer Professionals’ Forum — February 7-9, 2019, Cincinnati, OH. Base fee: $595
    • 2019 Annual Education Conference — April 9-12, 2019, San Diego, CA. Base fee: $825
    • 2019 Summit on Emerging Legal Careers — June 7, 2019, Washington, DC. Base fee: $495
    • 2018-2019 Webinars — A series of webinars will be offered during the coming year. Watch future issues of the NALP Bulletin and NALPnow! for additional information.

Board members also:

  • Reviewed preliminary FY18 year-end financials

  • Reviewed the feedback from members provided through Director outreach calls and Regional Resource Council member reports.

  • Participated in a design thinking workshop facilitated by Erin Walczewski of Harvard Law School and Cooley LLP.

  • Discussed the Executive Director’s upcoming sabbatical.

  • Heard an update from the NALP Foundation on current research projects, including the Alumni Study on Employment and Career Satisfaction, Women of Color Study, the Study of Incivility in Law Firms, and the Cost Per Hire study. The Foundation is also planning a third Hiring Partner Summit for February 28 – March 1, 2019 at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.

  • Heard a report from Vice-President Michelle Gage on the Canadian legal education system, the Canadian legal market, and the Canadian recruiting system, including the articling process.

  • Reviewed several of the documents used by the Nominating Committee to educate the membership about leadership positions.

  • Reviewed and updated Board policies, including the fiscal policy.

  • Reviewed the evaluations for recent conferences including the Annual Education Conference and the Diversity & Inclusion Summit.

  • Heard from Board Liaisons about the work of several Sections, Work Groups, Committees, Advisory Groups, and Task Forces.




November 2017

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 3-4, 2017. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • NALP is in a solid financial position. Revenue is slightly ahead of budget this quarter (8%), and expenses are slightly under budget (2%).

  • The Board accepted a clean audit report that showed no deficiencies or material weaknesses noted by the auditors. There were no recommendations for change, and the auditors commended NALP and the staff for its processes.

  • For this quarter the Regional Resource Council (RRC) conducted member outreach, with a focus on the recruiting season and innovations around the start of a new “academic” year at our institutions. Key takeaways:

    • 28 days to hold offers continues to be a challenge for some employers.
    • Some employers and students expressed uncertainty as to how to best implement the 14-day reaffirmation provision (for students and employers).
      • The Ethics & Standards Advisory Group and the Recruiting Section will be working together this quarter to develop best practices around the timing guidelines and the 14-day reaffirmation provision in particular for all constituencies.
    • Pre-recruiting takes place in every region to varying degrees, with mixed results on return.
    • Despite law schools doing more in the Professional Development space for their students, feedback on student communication skills and professionalism was generally negative (with the exception of Canada and some in the Southeast Region).
      • The Board discussed developing a NALP Toolkit, in cooperation with firms and schools, to educate students regarding the recruiting process from a firm perspective to address these issues. The Recruiting and JD Career Advisors Sections will consider options and develop an action plan.
    • On the innovation front there are firms testing the idea of assessments and psychometric tools and schools testing out the idea of texting reminders, tips and encouragement to students throughout the recruiting season (student opt-in).

  • The Board would like to thank the RRC for conducting the outreach. The reports they provided were very well received and contained a lot of detailed information that informed the discussion during our meeting.

  • The Board also agreed to issue an Open Letter to the membership seeking engagement on renewing NALP’s commitment to prevent sexual harassment in the hiring process. See http://www.nalp.org/uploads/OpenLetter_SexualHarassment_11-14-17.pdf.

  • NALP Foundation Report:

    • Speaking Engagements and Conferences:
      • The Foundation will be on a “city group” tour in 2018 and would be interested in coming and presenting on a particular topic of choice or provide a general overview.
      • They will be hosting the Hiring Partner Conference February 26-27, 2018 in Houston; save the dates have been sent and registration is open.
    • Studies in progress:
      • Study of Law School Alumni Employment and Satisfaction (Class of 2014) – invitations were sent out in August to US and Canadian law school deals. To date 37 schools have signed on to participate.
      • The updated International Directory of Lawyer Qualification will be available very soon. This version will be published electronically for easy searching.
      • Creating Pathways to Diversity – a study of demographics, initiatives and policies in legal departments in partnership with MCCA will be released later this year.
      • They are also working on an ongoing study on age-diverse mentoring relationships and are beginning a study of succession planning and leadership training in law firms.

  • Volunteers are needed for projects with several Sections. Keep an eye on NALP Now for opportunities to work on discreet projects in the second half of the “NALP year.” We encourage members to join sections through NALP Connect – consider joining sections that may not seem obvious – to receive notifications when volunteers are needed and keep up with activities.

  • Emerging Careers Summit was very well received, and will most likely be offered on an every other year pattern – so look for future announcements about a future JD Advantage Career Summit in 2019.

  • The Board conducted a generative thinking exercise to discuss the future of the legal profession with a focus on legal careers. This exercise promoted collaborative dialogue. The questions discussed involved what the legal industry might look like in 2027 and how that would impact legal recruiting, careers services offices, and the legal industry broadly. The Board will be asking similar questions in outreach next quarter, so please keep an eye on NALPconnect in January.

  • Finally, Nomination season is open! Board members would like to encourage everyone to nominate colleagues – or yourselves – for leadership positions. NALP service is not only good for your own professional development, but is also a lot of fun!




July 2017

NALP's Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 14-15, 2017. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2018 Fiscal Year Budget - The Board adopted a $4.2 million balanced budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
  • 2018 Membership Dues - The Board set the calendar year 2018 dues rates:
    Law Schools
    New Law School $750/yr
    Renewing Law School $900/yr
    Law Firms
    New Law Firm $750/yr
    Renewing Law Firm (up to 100 lawyers) $900/yr
    Renewing Law Firm (more than 100 lawyers) $1200/yr
    Each Additional Office $625/yr
    Other Employers
    Government & Public Interest Organizations $275/yr
    Corporate/Other Legal Organizations $900/yr
    Additional Members at Member Institutions
    Individual Associate Member $195/yr
    Affiliates
    Consultants $375/yr
    Legal Search Consultants $750/yr
    Affiliates Otherwise Eligible for Voting Membership $750/yr
    Alumni $99/yr

  • 2018 Annual Education Conference Fees - The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2018 Annual Education Conference in Hollywood, Florida at $750, keeping the rate the same as it was for the 2017 Annual Conference in San Francisco.


Board members also:

  • Reviewed the feedback from members provided through outreach calls.
  • Discussed and adopted a change in the timing of the Regional Resource Council Orientation (from the Saturday at the end of the Annual Education Conference to the Monday/Tuesday leading into the Conference).
  • Heard an in-person report from NALP’s Investment Advisor.
  • Heard an update from the NALP Foundation on current research projects, including a project with MCCA on diversity demographics in corporate legal departments, a project with the University of Maryland and George Mason University on age-diverse mentoring programs, the Alumni Study on Employment and Career Satisfaction, and the forthcoming update to the International Directory of Lawyer Qualification. The Foundation is also planning another Hiring Partner Summit for February 26-27, 2018 at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas.
  • Discussed ways to more broadly gather and distribute information about innovative and alternative talent acquisition and engagement tools.
  • Reviewed several of the documents used by the Nominating Committee to educate the membership about leadership positions.
  • Reviewed and updated Board policies, including the travel reimbursement policy.
  • Reviewed the evaluations for recent conferences including the Annual Education Conference and the Lateral Recruiting Summit.
  • Heard from Board Liaisons about the work of several Sections, Work Groups, Committees, and Advisory Groups.


November 2016

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 3-4, 2016. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

Financial Decisions

2016 Audit Accepted — At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept the clean audited financial statements for fiscal year 2016.

Foundation Financial Support — In response to a request from the Foundation, the Board agreed to grant $30,000 to the NALP Foundation to assist with the preparation of a new NALP/NALP Foundation co-branded edition of the International Directory of Lawyer Qualifications, which will be released in fall 2017.

Board members also:

  • Discussed members’ input regarding the fall recruiting season and adopted recommended changes to the Principles and Standards.
  • Agreed to fund a virtual career fair pilot program.
  • Adopted an updated Board Policy 112 on Non-Voting Individual and Affiliate members.
  • Discussed the present and future role and responsibilities of the Regional Resource Council.
  • Heard from Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Leatherbury, CEO and President Tammy Patterson, and Senior Vice-President Jeremy Bloom, who attended the NALP Board meeting to provide an update on the Foundation’s latest activities including the upcoming After the JD Symposium and a Hiring Partner Conference to be held March 2-3, 2017 in Atlanta. They also reported on several research projects underway including the alumni career satisfaction study, the conflicts study, the MCCA diversity study, a mentoring study, and the annual survey on associate attrition.
  • Engaged in a discussion about diversity in the industry after reading Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

Member Outreach Summary

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

Use of Technology to Engage Students – Members report a wide range of ways in which they are using technology, but don’t necessarily feel expert enough to provide tips/recommendations to others. Across the board members report it is becoming more and more difficult to engage with students and new associates. Technology is being use to track data, to create internal, propriety social networks, and to develop short (5-7 minute) videos. At least one school reported abandoning attempting to use technological communications tools to engage with students and has returned to setting up shop in places where students gather.

Several school members noted a higher sense of entitlement on the part of students and the need for immediate responses or just-in-time/on-demand resources/responses. School members also noted that many students are socially awkward and are not open to communicating using methods outside their comfort zones. School members indicated that they could benefit from additional resources on providing services for transfer students.

Law firm members noted that students and associates have broad expectations of how firms will treat clerkships, when in reality it can vary significantly from firm-to-firm and depend on the type of clerkship or practice group the student or associate is in. Employers also noted professionalism challenges with students not responding to voicemail. Some employers report that their pre-OCI activities were the least effective, resulting in offers that stayed open the longest and had the lowest yield.


July 2016

NALP's Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 22-23, 2016. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2017 Fiscal Year Budget - The Board adopted a $4.1 million dollar balanced budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
  • 2017 Membership Dues - The Board ratified the 2017 dues rates and change in membership structure that was announced earlier this year. Under the new dues structure most members will see a decrease in the overall cost of membership. Law firms of different sizes will pay different dues based on the number of lawyers in their firm. All additional offices will pay a single, lower dues rate. For additional information, please see www.nalp.org/2017dueschange.
  • The Board also modified and expanded the Affiliate membership category. Beginning in 2017, NALP Affiliate membership will be expanded to include legal search consultants; individuals who work for employers that are eligible for full NALP membership but have opted not to join in the institutional capacity; and NALP alumni who have left active employment in the legal field and who do not otherwise qualify for any other membership category.
  • 2017 Annual Education Conference Fees - The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2017 Annual Education Conference in San Francisco at $750.

Board members also:

  • Heard an update from the NALP Foundation on staffing changes as well as current research projects, including a forthcoming update to the International Directory of Lawyer Qualification.
  • Reviewed proposals and recommendations from the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group as to potential changes to the 1L (Part VD) timing guidelines and agreed that any adopted changes would be announced following the February 2017 Board meeting and not take effect until Fall of 2017.
  • Reviewed the results of a technology audit conducted by an outside consultant.
  • Reviewed several of the documents used by the Nominating Committee to educate the membership about leadership positions.
  • Noted two new resources: the Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices Guide and the Lateral Hiring Best Practices Guide.
  • Reviewed and updated Board policies.
  • Reviewed the evaluations for recent conferences including the Annual Education Conference and the Lateral Recruiting Summit.
  • Heard from Board Liaisons about the work of several Sections, Work Groups, Committees, and Advisory Groups.

November 2015

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 5-6, 2015. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

14-Day Reaffirmation Provision Made Permanent in NALP’s Part V Timing Guidelines in the Principles

The Board adopted as permanent the 14-day reaffirmation provision (Part V B1 and C1) within the 28-day response window for candidates not previously employed. This had been provisional for the past two recruiting cycles and outreach from Board members and the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group had indicated that some members used them and others did not. Several members found them helpful in managing yield and in encouraging open lines of communication with candidates. Other members opted not to use them, but did not object to their presence for those who found them helpful.

Financial Decisions

2015 Audit Accepted — At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept the clean audited financial statements for fiscal year 2015.

Foundation Support — The Board approved a $10,000 donation to the NALP Foundation for calendar year 2017. The Board also agreed to consider providing additional support funds to individual research projects as they are developed.

Board members also:

  • Heard from Thomas Leatherbury, Chair-Elect of the NALP Foundation, and Tammy Patterson, NALP Foundation CEO and President, who attended the NALP Board meeting to provide an update on the Foundation’s latest initiatives including their strategic planning process and the recent Law Leaders Summit. The Foundation is currently conducting a Law Industry Leaders Survey.
  • Reviewed the work of the ABA Audit Protocol Work Group which is working with the ABA on programming to help law school members prepare for upcoming data collection cycle. The Board also acknowledged the valuable work of the Group in their update of the Best Practices Guide for Managing Law School Employment Outcomes at http://www.nalp.org/uploads/2015BestPracticesLSEmploymentOutcomes.pdf.
  • Heard a report from the Judicial Clerkship Section. Several members of the Judicial Clerkship Section attended the Judges' OSCAR Work Group meeting in November at which the judges noted that NALP’s recent postcard campaign led to a sizeable uptick in judges’ updates to OSCAR profiles. The judges commented on its effectiveness and encouraged a similar tactic next year, which the Board agreed to do.
  • Noted the Communications Advisory Group’s successful completion of a third edition of Perspectives on Career Services, a compilation of articles from nearly 30 NALP members on career services best practices, counseling advice, tools, information management, ethical challenges, and more. The book is available for purchase in the NALP bookstore.
  • Discussed members’ input regarding the fall recruiting season.


Member Outreach Summary

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

    OCI – Schools generally reported OCI went well noting even more compression in the process, and an even shorter time frame between on-campus interviews, callbacks, and offers. Some schools report an increase in JD advantage hiring, although virtually no on-campus interviewing for non-partner track positions. Schools reported minimal 3L OCI hiring activity, and the 3L hiring that did occur was usually practice specific. Most schools anticipate similar offer rates. Some firms report that students responded quickly to offers while others report they were slower to respond and asked for additional follow-up interactions. Many firms noted that compression is still a challenge while others note that they have adapted. Many firms note that students are not responding to firm’s outreach (voicemails, emails, etc.) and the current generation of students does not seem to like to communicate via phone. Some employers reported more outreach in the form of receptions rather than formal dinners.

    Summer Programs – Most firms reported little change in summer programs. Some reported that students were slower to respond to offers at the end of the summer.

    Clerkships – There continues to be confusion (and frustration) around timing, but now there is a sense of familiarity on the part of schools with the application chaos. Several schools are seeing fewer students apply which they attribute to the fact that there are too many other things going on when students might otherwise apply and that the process is confusing. Other schools are seeing more students apply and having more success with a process that doesn’t put all of the ‘top school/top candidates’ in the market at the same time. Some judges seem to be hiring earlier. Employers saw little impact over the summer, although some reported more students applying. Some employers noted that they were not fond of the two-year clerkship. Smaller employers continue to indicate that it can be a challenge for them to manage offers and the clerkship process.

    Other School Observations – Some schools report an increase in apathy among students. Some schools noted that given the increased speed of the OCI process that students may not be making the best choices.

    Canada – Canadian members report that the fall recruitment is complete and that the market remained relatively flat (and stable) in this cycle as it has over the past several years. There has also been an increase in mental health and resilience programs at law firms. More firms report using behavior based interviews. The generational divide seems to be expanding in Canada as well. Employers experienced increased requests for skype or other video interviews this year. The energy sector is down in Calgary, which impacted the recruiting process. The Law Practice Program (LPP) (an alternative to articling) has now completed its first year of operation. The Atlantic provinces don’t have recruitment guidelines or rules so there has been a bit of chaos in that market. In general summers report working harder. The timing of recruitment is challenging as many cities are recruiting simultaneously.


July 2015

NALP's Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 23-24, 2015. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2016 Fiscal Year Budget - The Board adopted a $3.9 million dollar balanced budget for the 2016 fiscal year.
  • 2016 Membership Dues - The Board set 2016 dues rates that include a small increase in the Annual Membership rate for additional branch offices and the new member rate while leaving the rates for primary offices, associate members, affiliate members and public service employers the same as in 2015. The Board also opted to maintain dues parity for US, Canadian, and Australian members.
  • 2016 Annual Education Conference Fees - The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2016 Annual Education Conference in Boston at $725 (same as the 2015 rate in Chicago).

Board members also:

  • Heard an update from the NALP Foundation on staffing and governance changes as well as current research projects.
  • Approved funds as part of the FY2016 budget to encourage Regional Representatives to meet as a team within their region, attend a city group meeting outside of their immediate geographic locale, or further enhance their programming at the Regional Receptions at the Annual Education Conference.
  • Created a Board Work group to work with staff in looking at the current membership dues structure.
  • Approved the creation of the Industry Data Collection Work Group in the Canadian Section.
  • Thanked the ABA Audit Protocol Work Group for their work on updating the Best Practices Guide for Managing Law School Employment Outcomes.
  • Agreed to the development of a Lateral Recruiting Summit to be held in June 2016.
  • Agreed to switch the Associate Salary Survey to a biennial schedule and the Public Interest Salary Survey to every four years.
  • Heard from Dan Briskin, Vice-President, Global Employee Relations for Gap Inc., who provided an overview of Gap Inc.'s corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Reviewed several of the documents used by the Nominating Committee to educate the membership about leadership positions.
  • Reviewed and updated Board policies.
  • Reviewed the evaluations for recent conferences including the Annual Education Conference and the Diversity and Inclusion Summit.
  • Heard from Board Liaisons about the work of several Sections, Work Groups, Committees, and Advisory Groups.

Highlights from Board Outreach Calls

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the July Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

OCI - Across the US responses were very similar, exhibiting very few regional variations. For the most part OCI levels are similar to last year with some employers going to fewer schools or conducting fewer schedules. The length of summer programs once again are in the 10-12 week range. Virtually no employers reported using their OCI hiring for non-partner track candidates. Firms in general are reporting that summer associates are somewhat more engaged this summer.

1L Outreach Efforts - Many firms reported ramping up their 1L outreach attempting to connect with 1Ls earlier, and several are starting to proffer at least a handful of offers before the formal commencement of OCI programs (in an attempt to get a leg up on the competition to attract slam-dunk candidates). While still planning to participate in OCI, firms are looking for creative ways to generate candidate pools earlier. Firms that host 1L events in the 1L spring report high levels of participation. Firms also report that many students are approaching them well in advance of the OCI process, many seeking informational interviews.

Reaffirmation - As for the 14-day reaffirmation provision, many firms report including the language in their offer letters, but few report they will enforce it. Use of the provision seems to vary to some degree by firm (or office size) with smaller firms/office more likely to operationalize it. Some firms say "what's the point?" while others say "Thank you NALP, couldn't live without it."

School Update - Schools for the most part anticipate fall entering class sizes about the same as last year, with some anticipating further reductions in entering class size. Washington DC area schools are reporting an uptick in JD advantage type jobs, usually regulatory in nature, and schools in the southeast have reported an uptick in oil/gas regulatory compliance positions. Most schools reported that they are taking steps to prepare for the ABA Audit Protocol. Schools also report that students seem well informed about the current state of the job market, although they are not necessarily fully engaged in the job search process.

Canadian Update - Some Canadian members observed that students appear less interested in long-term private practice and they are either highly engaged in the job search process or almost completely disengaged. Other topics on Canadian members' minds include salary data on students, the US/Canadian currency exchange rate, the LPP program, and Skype interviewing.

November 2014

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 7-8, 2014. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

Two Recent Provisional Changes Made Permanent in NALP’s Part V Timing Guidelines in the Principles and Standards; Provisional Status Extended for Another Cycle for the 14-Day Reaffirmation Provision

  1. Last February, the Board provisionally adopted two changes to NALP’s Part V Principles and Standards addressing the timing of the acceptance of offers and the reaffirmation of offers. At its November 2014 meeting, the Board adopted as permanent the provisions in Part V B3 and Part V C3 of the NALP Principles and Standards that change the offer response deadline for those candidates previously employed by an organization to October 1 or 28 days following the date of the offer letter whichever is later. (This changed the offer response deadline on most offers to those previously employed from November 1to October 1.)
  2. As for the 14-day reaffirmation provision, the Board adopted another year of provisional status for the 14-day reaffirmation provision (Part V B1 and C1) within the 28-day response window for candidates not previously employed, to be accompanied by further member outreach and education on this practice. The Board welcomes your feedback on the provision and possible changes to the accompanying interpretations.
  3. In April 2013 the Board provisionally adopted changes to the 1L Timing Guidelines (in particular Part V D1). At their November meeting, the Board also adopted as permanent the “Summer Employment Provisions for First Year Students” in Part V, which enables law schools to offer one-on-one career counseling and application document review to full-time students beginning on October 15.

Among other actions, Board members:

  • Discussed members’ input regarding the fall recruiting season.
  • Approved the appointment of 3 Board members to a Foundation Appointment Work Group to make a recommendation to the Board regarding a candidate to fill NALP’s upcoming open seat on the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Agreed to restructure and re-envision NALP’s liaison relationships with affiliated organizations.
  • Identified current and emerging issues facing the association and the industry and provided input and guidance to the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee.

Financial Decisions

2014 Audit Accepted. At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2014.

Foundation Support. The Board approved a $20,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses for FY 2016.

Member Outreach Summary

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

The new October 1 deadline for previously employed students. Members reported that students generally responded quickly to their offers of employment. In general members expressed satisfaction with the October 1 deadline for responses.

The new 14 day reaffirmation provision for those students not previously employed. Members expressed mixed degrees of satisfaction with this new provision. While few members seemed to use it, many expressed that they were pleased to have it as an option. The range of responses seemed to range from neutral to satisfied. Some members, primarily those with smaller summer programs and/or smaller offices, found it useful in managing their yield, noting that it at least provided an opportunity to hear from the students. Others did not find it useful or helpful. Several members noted that some students reaffirmed immediately (upon receipt of the offer) - “instant reaffirmation” - and then had no additional communication with the firm until the 28th day; members noted that this did not seem to be in the spirit of the provision. Most firms opted not to enforce the 14 day requirement and found that many students were unaware of the provision.

Recruiting season in general. Members generally reported that the recruiting season seemed shorter, faster, and more compressed than ever. Some members reported more cancelled callbacks and that some students let offers expire. Despite the 28 day rule and the 14 day reaffirmation provision, some small/medium sized firms/offices still report that they feel that they are losing out on some candidates. In some regions (SE), it appeared that firms were not giving candidates 28 days from the start of the candidates’ law schools’ OCI programs to respond to offers.

Offer rates. In general members reported that offer rates seemed about the same.

Impact of clerkship application process on summer associates. Some firm members reported that some summer associates arrived with clerkships in hand. Firm members did not report any disruption from the clerkship application process that took place over the summer; several indicated that it seemed as if fewer students were applying for clerkships.

School members generally reported that fewer students were opting to apply for judicial clerkships noting that the process is more complicated with more work for less potential payoff.

3L Hiring. Firm members reported mixed practices with most firms indicating no or very limited 3L hiring, some doing a small amount, and others looking primarily to the clerkship pool for additional talent.

July 2014

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 11-12, 2014. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2015 Fiscal Year Budget — The Board adopted a 3.8 million dollar balanced budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
  • 2015 Membership Dues — The Board set 2015 dues rates that include a small increase in the Annual Membership rate for the primary base membership while leaving the rates for additional branch offices, public service employers, and the introductory new member rate the same as in 2014. The Board also opted to maintain dues parity for US, Canadian, and Australian members.
  • 2015 Annual Education Conference Fees — The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2015 Annual Education Conference in Chicago at $725.

Board members also:

  • Heard an update from the NALP Foundation on current research projects.
  • Encouraged law schools to broadly market the NALP Directory of Legal Employers to law students touting the comprehensive/comparable information in the recently designed resource at www.nalpdirectory.com.
  • Agreed to the implementation of an RFP process to solicit programming for the Diversity and Inclusion Summit.
  • Reviewed several of the documents used by the Nominating Committee to educate the membership about leadership positions.
  • Reviewed the evaluations for recent conferences including the Annual Education Conference and the Diversity and Inclusion Summit.
  • Heard from Board Liaisons about the work of several Sections, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

Highlights from Board Outreach Calls

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the July Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

JD Advantage Jobs — In terms of JD advantage type jobs, some schools did not report significant changes at the entry level, but sensed movement in that direction amongst graduates who had already gained some experience. Many schools reported an increase in students’ willingness to consider other types of jobs (and that they were actively pushing students to consider a broad range options), noting that students are more realistic and know they have to be actively engaged in their job search process. Many schools reported an increase in compliance jobs.

ABA Audit — Board members noted that schools generally did not indicate that they would be increasing staff to assist in the data collection process. Several schools report refining their current processes to accommodate the new ABA requirements. Schools expressed some concerns about potential inconsistencies in their data that might trigger an ABA audit, about effectively maintaining electronic records, and about how the ABA will enforce this new reporting. Many schools continued to be frustrated by the fact that complying with the rules will take valuable time away from counseling and working with students. Board members did note that many members appreciated NALP’s proactive work with the ABA to improve the end product.

Fall Recruiting Process — As for the provisional changes to the Principles and Standards timing guidelines, and the new 14 day reaffirmation provision in particular, some firms indicated that they will be implementing it, others that they will not; and others that they will be it implementing strategically, using it to manage yield in their offices with smaller summer programs. Many indicated that they do not have the staff or time to monitor an additional touch-point in the heat of the recruiting season.

February 2014

NALP's Board of Directors held their winter meeting February 7-8, 2014. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

The Board’s attention focused primarily on Part V and a response to the draft ABA Protocol for Reviewing Law Graduate Employment Data.

Part V Changes

At its recent meeting, NALP’s Board of Directors voted to adopt a series of provisional changes to Part V of NALP’s Principles and Standards. The updated guidelines, which are effective immediately, 1) incorporate a 14-day reaffirmation provision within the 28-day offer response window for those candidates not previously employed and 2) change the offer response deadline for those candidates previously employed by an organization to 28 days following the date of the offer letter or October 1, whichever is later, rather than November 1. The updated guidelines are on the Principles and Standards page of the NALP website, and there is a memorandum more fully describing the changes along with the full-text of Part V. The Board also adopted a new Interpretation 22 on using the reaffirmation provisions.

NALP Board Response to ABA Draft Protocol

On February 10, immediately following the Board meeting, NALP’s Board of Directors submitted a response to the request for comments on the Draft Protocol for Reviewing Law Graduate Employment Data, and Statement of Procedures for Collecting, Maintaining, and Reporting Law Graduate Employment Data released by the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on January 16, 2014. A copy of the submitted comments is available here.

Among other actions, Board members:

  • Thanked the team that planned the first Canadian Diversity program immediately preceding the Canadian winter meeting.
  • Agreed to the creation of a Work Group to create a Capitol Hill resource guide that would be available to members through PSJD.
  • Expressed their thanks to the Member Professional Development and Educational Programming Advisory Group as well as the Changing Legal Profession Strategic Advisory Group.
  • Agreed to transition the NALP Directory of Law Schools to a more robust platform that can retain prior years’ data with the project being budgeted for FY 2015.
  • Adopted a revised Service Excellence Awards program which will recognize members who go above and beyond in their volunteer service. NALP members will be able to submit member nominees for Service Excellence Awards through a dedicated mailbox.
  • Agreed for NALP to respond to a follow-up letter from Judge Timothy Burgess, Chair of the Judges OSCAR Working Group, requesting NALP’s assistance in developing best practice tip sheets for law clerk applicants and for the timing of judicial clerkship interviews as well as in developing a survey of OSCAR users.

NALP Foundation Report

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation CEO/President Tammy Patterson and Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Sager including the Keeping the Keepers III project, which reviews attorney attrition from 2006-2011, the Annual Update on Associate Attrition (for calendar year 2013), which is scheduled to be released in March, the upcoming second iteration of the Associate Evaluation/Performance Review Study, which will include all non-partner timekeepers, and a potential new research project on conflicts. The Foundation also reported on the third and final phase of the After the JD study, the initial results of which will be released in early spring 2014.

The Foundation also reported that preliminary data is in from the Law School Employment Outcomes Study, a joint project between NALP and the Foundation, launched in September to a beta group of 20 law schools. It is anticipated that the data will be shared with the participating schools and that Foundation Researcher Jennifer Mandery and NALP Director of Research Judy Collins will prepare an article on the aggregate data for the NALP Bulletin. The Ad Hoc Work Group plans to move forward with next steps to make the survey tool available to all law schools during the next research cycle, likely later this spring.

Member Outreach Summary

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

Many school members reported increased efforts to work with 3Ls and recent grads from an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to hiring new staff members (one school hired an ex-headhunter) to hiring outside consultants to work with unemployed 3Ls and recent graduates. Schools also indicated increased efforts to get ‘alternative employers’ (e.g. compliance, consulting, corporations, etc) as well as small and mid-sized law firms to look at their students. Many school members also reported engaging with their 1Ls earlier as a result of the new provisional NALP 1L guidelines. Some school members also reported a lack of a sense of urgency amongst their 1Ls. School members also reported implementing a wide range of “new for them” programs, and many also reported making some programs “mandatory” for students.

On the firm side, most employers reported limited to no 3L hiring, except in IP and technical areas where the demand remains moderate. Most employers also reported minimal 1L hiring, much of it focused around diversity fellowships. Most firms also reported low attrition rates and a moderately active, if somewhat slowing, lateral market.

November 2013

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 8-9, 2013. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

Among other actions, Board members:

  • Discussed members’ input regarding the fall recruiting season and the 28 day and November 1 offer response deadlines these matters at length and has a proposal to address some of these concerns for the membership to consider. This proposal will be circulated soon for member feedback and input.
  • Expressed their gratitude to the Judicial Clerkship Section and the OSCAR Work Group in particular for their active involvement in monitoring the judicial clerkship application process, conducting and analyzing the results from the Section survey, and providing valuable input to the Federal Judges OSCAR Working Group.
  • Agreed for the President to draft a letter to the Federal Judges OSCAR Working Group describing NALP’s guidance as far as making OSCAR available to 1Ls later rather than earlier and under any circumstances no earlier than December 1 of the 1L year. Board members agreed to have this letter prepared and transmitted as soon as possible, and before the November 25 meeting of the Federal Judges OSCAR Working Group.
  • Agreed to have NALP prepare and send a postcard to all judges to support OSCAR and to encourage judges to participate in OSCAR, updating their information etc.
  • Agreed to the LGBT Section’s request to change their name to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Section commencing in the new business year (April 11, 2014).
  • Approved changes to the Employment Report and Salary Survey (ERSS) for the Class of 2014 (to be released shortly) in order to best collect gender identity and sexual orientation data. Under ‘Gender Identity,’ graduates will select from Male/Female/I do not identify as Male or Female; and as a separate item: I identify as transgender. Under ‘Sexual Orientation,’ graduates will select from Heterosexual/Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual/Other.
  • Agreed to the Recruiting Section’s recommendation to eliminate the Law School Career Services Request Form commencing in 2014.
  • Agreed to sunset NALP’s Awards of Distinction.
  • Approved a new Board Policy on Leadership Development.
  • Approved the appointment of 3 Board members to a Foundation Appointment Work Group to make a recommendation to the Board regarding a candidate to fill NALP’s upcoming open seat on the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.

NALP Foundation Report

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation CEO/President Tammy Patterson including the Keeping the Keepers III project, which reviews attorney attrition from 2006-2011, the Annual Update on Associate Attrition (for calendar year 2013), which is scheduled to be released in March, and the upcoming second iteration of the Associate Evaluation/Performance Review Study, which will include all non-partner timekeepers. The Foundation also reported on the third and final phase of the After the JD study, the initial results of which will be released in early spring 2014.

She also reported that the Law School Employment Outcomes Study, a joint project between NALP and the Foundation, launched in September to a beta group of 20 law schools. She noted that this is a survey of the class of 2010, 3 years out, intended to measure job status and career satisfaction. After the survey results are reviewed and analyzed, each participating school with sufficient responses will get a report for their school and for the aggregate national beta group for comparison purposes. She noted that at the end of the beta cycle, the planning team will regroup to see what, if any, adjustments need to be made to the instruments or the process, in addition to determining what fees will be charged to participate, before the survey is launched/offered to all ABA approved law schools in 2014.

The Foundation also hosted a summit in October on Tomorrow’s Law Practice: A Forum on the Market Demand and Opportunities for Lawyers. Participants included law firm partners, law school deans, law firm and law school professionals, and general counsel who engaged in a candid discussion of unique topics.

Member Outreach Summary

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

In general most school members reported implementing the earlier October 15 1L contact date by working with 1Ls earlier. Members reported that 1L students generally seemed to like being able to get started on their job searches earlier. Schools members generally reported a similar level of on-campus interviewing activity as last year. School members also reported some government employers cancelled campus visits and interviews due to the government shutdown. Schools also report ongoing anxiety over the judicial clerkship application process as well as the impact of transfer students (both incoming and outgoing).

Firm members indicated that they are not happy about the fact that the recruiting season seems to be getting shorter and shorter, but they are adapting and adjusting. Many firms noted that students were taking the full 28 days (or waiting until November 1 if previously employed) before making a decision, making it difficult for firms (especially smaller firms or smaller offices) to manage yields; some firms say the 28 days is too long. Members noted that some students are holding interviews and then cancelling them at the last minute. Some firms reported an increase in requests for split summers. Firms also report an increase in callback cancellations.

Financial Decisions

2013 Audit Accepted — At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2013. The Board also had an opportunity to review and ask questions about NALP’s 2013 990 tax filing.

Foundation Support — The Board approved a $25,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses for FY 2015.

July 2013

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 11-12, 2013. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2014 Fiscal Year Budget — The Board adopted a 3.8 million dollar balanced budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
  • 2014 Membership Dues — The Board set 2014 dues rates that include a small increase in the Annual Membership rate for additional branch offices, public service employers, and the introductory new member rate while maintaining dues parity for US, Canadian, and Australian members.
  • 2014 Annual Education Conference Fees — The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2014 Annual Education Conference in Seattle at $695.
  • NALP Directory of Legal Employers – The Board reviewed and approved proposed changes to the NDLE for 2014 submitted by the NDLE Work Group. Those changes include adding information about non-traditional track attorneys and updating questions in the professional development, diversity and recruitment sections among others.

Board members also:

  • Heard an update from the NALP Foundation on current projects and preliminary data on third wave of the After the JD Study. Results from the third wave are anticipated later in the fall.
  • Adopted the work of a Board Work Group on Leadership Development and agreed to incorporate their ‘Competencies of Effective NALP Leaders’ and a ‘Suggested NALP Leadership Training Curriculum’ into the Nominating Committee process and Board and volunteer leadership training.
  • Discussed and established protocols for replacing Regional Resource Council members who leave their positions.
  • Created a Board Work Group to further explore the affiliate membership category, how it is working, and the potential for expansion.
  • Heard from Board Liaisons about the work of several Sections, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

Highlights from Board Outreach Calls

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

  • School OCI registrations appear to be on pace with last year (with a slight increase in at least one region). School members report that students generally have concerns about the legal market and appear to have a mixed level of engagement with career services. Further, some career services professionals report that they would like to connect with and engage with first year students earlier.
  • LL.M. enrollment is either increasing or remaining constant, but not decreasing. Some law schools reported that J.D. enrollment is decreasing; although admissions numbers are still in flux, due to an upheaval in the waitlist market.
  • There were some reports of summer programs increasing from 8 to 10 weeks, but the average appears to be 10 weeks.
  • Employers are noting an increase in the need for more technology training for all lawyers, in an effort to increase efficiency.

February 2013

NALP's Board of Directors held their winter meeting February 21-22, 2013. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups. Board members also reviewed feedback from members to Director outreach calls and from the Regional Resource Council.

Among other actions, Board members:

  • Viewed two of NALP's JD Advantage videos as developed by the Law School Employment Outcomes Task Force and prepared by NALP Marketing and Communications Manager John Chen. See www.nalp.org/jdadvantage.
  • Recognizing the uniqueness of the Canadian recruiting system and the need for Canadian schools and employers to agree to a proposed calendar of recruiting dates to submit to the provincial regulatory bodies with recommendations for adoption, the Board agreed to the creation of a new group, to be an Advisory Group within the Section, to manage overseeing OCI scheduling across the country. The members of the Advisory Group will be selected in accordance with the structure set out in the proposal.
  • Discussed the current status of the Judicial Clerkship Plan and reaffirmed the statement adopted in August 2012: http://www.nalp.org/judicialclerkshipinfoforcareerservices. Board members agreed that members gathering information about judges within their respective regions could share that information with others via posting to the Judicial Clerkship Group on NALPconnect.
  • Agreed to sunset the Awards of Distinction, and to retain the President's Award(s) and the Service Excellence Awards.
  • Heard about two ABA Initiatives: the Task Force on the Future of Legal Education and a proposed Legal Job Corps Initiatives. Board members agreed to make NALP research available to the Task Force.
  • Reappointed Leigh Taylor, Dean Emeritus at Southwestern Law School, to another term on the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees as a NALP Representative for the 2013-2016 term.
  • Reviewed an outline of the draft 2013-2014 Business Plan from President-Elect Stacey Kielbasa. New initiatives for 2013-2014 will include an educational programming and curriculum review advisory group, a broad-based global industry environmental scanning team, a streamlined technology advisory group, a continuing focus on diversity, and ongoing emphasis on the development of the Regional Resource Council.

Review of Principles and Standards Part V

1L Timing Guidelines
Board members discussed all elements of Part V D, which addresses Summer Employment Provisions for First Year Students. In particular they focused on Part VD1 that states that "Law Schools should not offer career services to first semester first year law students prior to November 1 except in the case of part-time students who may be given assistance in seeking positions during the school term." Board members also reviewed Interpretation 14 which addresses Professional Orientation Services for First Year Students.

Board members agreed to revise Part VD1 to explicitly state that law schools can work with students from their arrival on campus on general matters related to professionalism. In addition, it will be revised to more accurately reflect accepted practice and to explicitly state that law schools should not begin offering one-on-one career counseling and resume or application document review appointments to first-year students prior to October 15. Board members agreed that the proposed changes would be circulated to the membership for a period of notice and comment prior to the April Board meeting, at which time the Board will decide whether to adopt the change on a provisional basis.

Proposed Additional Affirmation for Candidates Not Previously Employed
Board members discussed a proposal from a member that would add a reaffirmation requirement for candidates not previously employed by the employer. Board members agreed not to propose a reaffirmation provision for candidates not previously employed.

Early Offers
Observing that some employers seem to be giving offers before the start of OCI in the late summer, Board members noted that some of these employers do not seem to be aware of Interpretation 20 which says that offers prior to the commencement of the fall interview program to candidates not previously employed should not expire until at least 28 days from the first day of the law school's OCI program. Board members recommended more education on Interpretation 20.


NALP Foundation Report

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation CEO/President Tammy Patterson and Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Sager, including the Assessing the State of Mentoring in the Legal Profession study which was released on February 25, the Keeping the Keepers III project, which will review attorney attrition from 2006-2011, and the 2012 Update on Associate Attrition, both of which are scheduled to be released prior to the NALP Annual Education Conference in April. The Foundation also reported on the status of the third and final phase of the After the JD study (results due in summer 2013).

The Foundation, with sponsorship support from NALP, is also planning a Law Leaders Summit for fall 2013 which is intended to bring together law school deans, law firm hiring partners, general counsel, and other thought leaders to discuss how the law firm model has changed since the 1950s.

The Foundation also announced the arrival of new Senior Vice-President Michelle Nash.


November 2012

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 15-16, 2012. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.
Among other actions, Board members:

  • Agreed to encourage NALP members to express any concerns about the USNews data collection process directly to Robert Morse at USNews (rmorse@usnews.com).
  • Agreed to the distribution of the new CSO Diversity Best Practices Tips Guide prepared by a work group of the Diversity and Inclusion Section.
  • Expressed their gratitude to the Judicial Clerkship Section for their active involvement in monitoring the judicial clerkship application process and providing input to the OSCAR Committee.
  • Praised the Lawyer Professional Development Committee for their successful webinar series on Professional Development for the PD Professional.
  • Expressed appreciation for staff having changed the timing of the RFP process for programs for the Professional Development Institute so that it no longer overlaps with the RFP process for the annual conference.
  • Approved the creation of a new work group in the Public Service Section: the Public Service Outreach Work Group that will help inform public interest employers about the financial and professional development realities faced by current law students.
  • At the request of the Solo and Small CSO Section, agreed that NALP Staff would conduct pre-press release conference calls a day in advance of the recruiting data press release in March and of the employment findings press release in June.
  • Expressed enthusiasm for the Law School Employment Outcomes Task Force’s JD advantage filming project which will launch in the new year with 6-7 videos of attorneys who have “JD Advantage” type jobs discussing how law school has proven useful for them in their current roles. The videos will be published through NALP’s social media channels and hopefully made available through law school websites, AALS, PLANC, and the LSAC forums.
  • Heard from a Board Work Group about the development of a competency-based leadership training module for NALP leaders. Board members expressed enthusiasm for the module and recommended further development of the model for implementation as part of the Regional Resource Council orientation in April.
  • Approved changes to several Board policies including the Diversity and Inclusion Policy and the Electronic Communications Policy.
  • Approved the appointment of 3 Board members to a Foundation Appointment Work Group to make a recommendation to the Board regarding a candidate to fill NALP’s upcoming open seat on the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.

NALP Foundation Report

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation CEO/President Tammy Patterson and Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Sager, including the Assessing the State of Mentoring in the Legal Profession study which will be released in January, the Keeping the Keepers III project, which will review attorney attrition from 2006-2011, and the 2012 Update on Associate Attrition, which is scheduled to be released in March. The Foundation also reported on the status of upcoming research projects: the third and final phase of the After the JD study (results due in summer 2013), an updated associate evaluation study, and an update to the International Lawyer Qualifications Directory.

The Foundation is also planning a Law Leaders Summit for fall 2013 which is intended to bring together law school deans, law firm hiring partners, general counsel, and other thought leaders to discuss how the law firm model has changed since the 1950s.

The Foundation also announced the retirement of Senior Vice-President Pam Malone at the end of the year.

MEMBER OUTREACH SUMMARY

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

  • Summer Programs - Most members expressed satisfaction with their summer programs. Most students received offers from their summer programs (although this varies from region to region).
  • Fall Recruitment - Most members also expressed satisfaction with the results of their fall recruitment programs, although many expressed anxiety with the pace. August compression continues to be a challenge, especially in the northeast, mid-Atlantic, and other large urban areas. Some members thought students seemed well-prepared, others felt that students were similarly caught up in the fast pace, and weren’t able to give as much thought to the process since it was happening so quickly (and wanted to get the process wrapped up before Labor Day). Some members also noted that many students cancelled callbacks that were scheduled later in the recruiting cycle. Some members expressed concern that students might be making uninformed choices. Many law firm members reported not hearing back from students after extending offers. Some members noted that firms made lots of call-back offers that didn’t necessarily translate into offers for summer or entry-level positions. In general members reported that callback and offer rates were similar to last year. Some employers reported that students were more aggressive in asking for additional follow-up and often cancelled callbacks before finishing the recruiting process.

FINANCIAL DECISIONS

2012 Audit Approved — At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept and approve the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2012. The Board also agreed to follow the Investment Oversight Committee’s recommendation that the Board allocate the 2012 change in net assets (~$128,000) to the strategic reserve.

Foundation Support — The Board approved a $25,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses for FY 2014, and an additional $5,000 grant to support the Law Leaders Summit that the Foundation will sponsor in 2013.

AALS EMPLOYER AFFIRMATION ON EEO STATEMENTS

Executive Director Leipold reported that he and President Wager had attended the recent AALS Council Meeting where the Council discussed employer assurances of nondiscrimination. He reported that AALS has heard and understands the concerns shared by many school members and is working on updated guidance. He anticipates that the current requirements (or a variation) will stay in place for employers actively recruiting on campus, and they are considering how best to approach other listings.

July 2012

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 20-21, 2012. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2013 Fiscal Year Budget — The Board adopted a 3.8 million dollar balanced budget for the 2013 fiscal year. This represents a $375,000 increase over the fiscal 2012 budget.
  • 2013 Membership Dues — The Board set 2013 dues rates that include a small increase in the Annual Membership rate and maintains dues parity for US, Canadian, and Australian members.
  • 2013 Annual Education Conference Fees — The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2013 Annual Education Conference at $685.

February 2012

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting February 17-18, 2012. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups. Among other actions, Board members:

  • Reviewed the report from the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group and concurred with the Advisory Group's recommendation to adopt the "28 day" timing guidelines that have been in place provisionally since 2010. Board members agreed to put the provisional timing guidelines to a vote at the Annual Education Conference. The vote will ask members to ratify the timing guidelines that have been in place for two years.
  • Reviewed the report from the Leadership Development Task Force and agreed to several of the Task Force's recommendations including:
    • Requesting that the membership amend the Bylaws by changing the name of the current Vice-President to Vice-President for Member Services and Education and the name of the Treasurer to Vice President for Finance through a vote at the Annual Education Conference in April;
    • Realigning the responsibilities and providing additional support for the President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President;
    • Providing education and support for the Treasurer/Vice President of Finance position;
    • Providing added flexibility and tools to the enhance the nomination process including informing nominees of their nominator(s), limiting the requirement of employer consent to accept a nomination, and developing a cross-regional interviewing approach in the Board slating process; and
    • Developing a comprehensive communication plan that maintains a year-round focus on volunteerism.
  • Agreed to develop a short survey to gather input on the impact of the ABA graduate data collection process. The survey will launch shortly after the March 15 ABA reporting deadline.
  • Agreed to host an open-forum call for law school members to discuss best practices (tips, etc) for completing the ABA data collection process.
  • Agreed to introduce and put into place the concept of "The Chatham House Rule" (http://www.chathamhouse.org/about-us/chathamhouserule) at the Town Hall Meeting at the Annual Education Conference. In essence if the Chatham House Rule is in effect for a meeting, then no one present at the meeting may quote anyone else with attribution without their explicit permission.
  • Agreed to enter into an agreement with Student Loan Consultant Heather Wells Jarvis to provide student debt and loan counseling to NALP and NALP members.
  • Approved Peking University Transnational School of Law's application for membership.
  • Reviewed and ratified the recommendation from the Awards of Distinction Committee. The Award will be presented at the Annual Business meeting in Austin.
  • Heard a status report on and previewed the new, completely redesigned and reengineered on-line only NALP Directory of Legal Employers, the data collection portion of which launched in February 2012.
  • Saw demonstrations of the public interface of NALPconnect - a new online professional NALP member community which will launch prior to the Annual Education Conference - and the new membership database as well as design comps for a digital version of the NALP Bulletin.
  • Heard an outline of the draft 2012-2013 Business Plan from President-Elect Charlotte Wager. The themes for 2012-2013 will be communication, collaboration and creativity, with much emphasis on the launch of the new Regional Resource Council.

The Board also heard a status report on the NALP Foundation from Foundation Senior Vice President Pam Malone, including an update on their Board of Trustees and fundraising yields for the year. She also reported upcoming and ongoing research projects: a mentoring study, the third and final phase of the After the JD study, and a five year overview of the associate attrition studies.

MEMBER OUTREACH SUMMARY

Prior to each Board meeting, Board members reach out to the NALP membership by hosting an open forum region-wide conference call, by contacting individual members in their assigned region for feedback, or a combination of both. NALP members are encouraged to share their responses with Board members through these channels, or to reach out to Board members directly to share any thoughts, issues, concerns or compliments.

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the February Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

EMPLOYER FEEDBACK SUMMARY

3L Hiring: Most members reported limited 3L hiring, and what 3L hiring did occur seemed to be practice area specific and from the top of the class.

1L Hiring: Most members similarly reported limited 1L hiring, and much of that was diversity related.

Lateral Hiring: While there is a general sense that the trend in lateral hiring has been up, individual employers report a broad range of lateral hiring trends, from significant increases to declines.

Summer Associate Retreats: Employers are generally proceeding very cautiously with retreats of any sort. For those that hosted them, they were generally in-house, not necessarily called "retreats," and often were practice area specific.

Attrition: Employers reported more attrition in associate ranks than partner ranks.

Staffing: Some employers reported filling internal administrative positions that had been open for a year or more, but none report any new positions.

Social Media: Employers report using social media to varying degrees, and to be in an experimental phase, vetting possible uses with marketing departments and general counsel. For the most part, firms report exploring the use of LinkedIn. Some firms report using LinkedIn to identify/recruit potential laterals

SCHOOL FEEDBACK SUMMARY

General Observations: Law school members generally report that they are working hard with no new resources; that entry-level employment market improvements are minimal; and it would appear larger urban markets (e.g. Philadelphia, DC) are faring better than smaller markets (e.g. Baltimore, Pittsburgh). CSO staffs appear to be worn down and the turnover rate among CSO staff is palpable. There is anxiety related to the poor legal job market, student debt, and graduate data collection. Members who also play a role in the admissions process report that it is getting harder to attract diverse candidates. Law school applications are down 20% this year which could have serious budget implications for some law schools. Similarly, the current job market could result in an increase in employer outreach efforts especially to smaller and mid-sized legal employers.

ABA and NALP ERSS Data Collection: School members report that the data collection process is very burdensome (especially for small/solo CSOs) and that the backup documentation level has increased significantly, with the underlying anticipation of a potential audit of the numbers in the future. One of the significant challenges continues to be to get students to provide salary data. Many schools noted that the impact of spending time on the ABA data collection has been to take resources away from direct counseling and other programs.

New programs: Most schools are not reporting new programming initiatives so much as attempting to maintain the higher level of programming and services implemented over the last two years as a result of the recession, while simultaneously responding to the current generation's need/request for more individualized counseling.

Social media: Schools report continuing to train students to be savvy about what they post on social media outlets. Some schools report posting video snippets as well.

November 2011

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 3-4, 2011. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups. Among other actions, Board members:

  • Approved the draft Best Practices for Reporting Law School Employment Outcomes Guide prepared by the Law School Employment Outcomes Task Force, and agreed to release the draft for a period of public comment (see http://www.nalp.org/lseotf_bestpract_draft).
  • Discussed the current status of NALP’s graduate survey (ERSS - Employment Report and Salary Survey) vis-à-vis the ABA’s annual questionnaire.
  • Adopted Board Policy 112 on Non-Voting Individual Affiliate Members. Board members also approved the recommendation and procedures proposed by the Work Group in order to implement the new Non-Voting Individual Affiliate membership category (which allows industry consultants – not lateral attorney recruiters – to join NALP in an individual non-voting capacity).
  • Endorsed the current 1L timing guidelines (November 1/December 1) (Part V D) and Interpretation 14: Professional Orientation for First Year Students after a review of member input and discussion.
  • Tentatively agreed to move forward with engaging Heather Wells Jarvis to provide student debt and loan counseling to NALP and NALP members.
  • Agreed to survey members on their experiences in the fall recruiting season in general, and the impact of 28-days in particular.
  • Agreed to engage a marketing, communication, and branding firm to assist NALP in implementing the thoughtful work of several recent task forces and work groups.
  • Expressed ongoing interest in exploring the development of a smartphone/tablet app for NALP.
  • Agreed to having a post Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell hot topics section/roundtable at the April 2012 Annual Education Conference.
  • Began initial planning for the Regional Resource Council and the orientation for the Regional Representatives who will serve on the Council.
  • Approved the appointment of 3 Board members to a Foundation Appointment Work Group to make a recommendation to the Board regarding a candidate to fill NALP’s upcoming open seat on the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Approved changes to several Board policies.
  • Approved Bond University’s (Queensland, Australia) application for membership.
  • Heard a status report on the new, completely redesigned and reengineered on-line only NALP Directory of Legal Employers, which will launch in January 2012.
  • Saw demonstrations of the public interface of the new membership database and options for an electronic version of the NALP Bulletin.

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation CEO/President Tammy Patterson, including the release of two new Foundation publications: Leading Law Firm Professional Development and the 2011 Associate Attrition Study. The Foundation also reported upcoming research projects: a mentoring study, the third and final phase of the After the JD study, a five year overview of the associate attrition studies, an associate evaluation study, and the public service experiential learning study

MEMBER OUTREACH SUMMARY

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

  • Most regions reported that the recruiting season went quickly and many members reported that it was the busiest recruiting cycle they had experienced, especially with many students attempting to complete both on-campus and callback interviews prior to Labor Day.
  • Board members noted that in the long run both students and graduates may suffer if students who made quick decisions become attrition statistics when they leave firms that they were not able to completely explore before accepting the offer and wrapping up their fall interview process.
  • Although most regions expressed concerns about a compressed recruiting season, the reaction was not necessarily uniform across the country, and the northeast region appeared to experience the greatest impact.
  • Most regions also expressed a slight uptick in recruiting activity on campus.

Board members discussed members’ concerns about the compression of the interviewing season in August. Board members also discussed the possibility of using the polling technology in NALP’s webinar system to have an interactive outreach call with members.

Board members also discussed the November 1 kick-off date for working with 1L students.

FINANCIAL DECISIONS

2011 Audit Approved — At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept and approve the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2011. The Committee also recommended that the Board allocate the 2011 change in net assets as follows: $50K for a marketing and branding project, and the remainder, approximately $350K to the strategic reserve.

Foundation Support — The Board also approved a $20,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses for FY 2013, and an additional $25,000 grant for the third and final phase of the After the JD study.

July 2011

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 15-16, 2011. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2012 Fiscal Year Budget — The Board adopted a close to three and a half million dollar balanced budget for the 2012 fiscal year. This represents a $200,000 increase over the fiscal 2011 budget.
  • 2012 Membership Dues/NDLE Listing Fees — The Board set 2012 dues rates that include small increases in most of the rates and establishes dues parity for US and Canadian members. The Board also reviewed a proposed structure change to the listing fees for the NALP Directory of Legal Employers (NDLE). Additional information regarding the new NDLE fees will be forthcoming.
  • 2012 Annual Education Conference Fees — The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2012 Annual Education Conference at $675.
  • US News - Board members agreed to a proposal from the Law School Employment Outcomes Task Force to contact US News &World Report about their change in methodology that was introduced earlier this year. In particular, the Board has requested that US News specifically identify the percentage of graduates pursuing advanced degrees. A copy of the letter sent to US News is available here.
  • The Board agreed to the creation of a new category of member recognition: the Recognition of Service Excellence award. The Awards Committee will oversee the implementation of this recognition which will go to employees of NALP member institutions who have provided service above and beyond the ordinary. Watch for additional information in an upcoming NALP Bulletin.

The Board also:

  • Reviewed reports from all Sections, Advisory Groups, Work Groups, Task Forces and Committees. Section Reports are now posted online on each Section's information page.
  • Created work groups to implement the governance changes created as a result of the new Bylaws. In particular, the Board created one work group to focus on mapping the contours of the rights, benefits and obligations of the new affiliate category and another to work on the rollout of the new Regional Resource Council and the Regional Resource Council Representatives.
  • Updated Board Policy 111: Approval of Membership of Non-U.S. Law Schools to require Board members, when considering the school for NALP membership, to look to see if the school provides professional career services to its students in a nondiscriminatory manner.
  • Discussed the outcomes of their member outreach calls, which focused on summer programs, fall recruitment comparisons, preparations for fall recruitment and the school year, and the ongoing challenges of the concentration of recruitment activity in August.

February 2011

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting February 24-25, 2011. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, and Advisory Groups.

Board Approves Extending Provisional Timing Guidelines Through 2011

NALP's Board of Directors unanimously voted to continue the current provisional Part V Timing Guidelines through the 2011 recruiting cycle. In 2010, NALP's Board provisionally adopted the current guidelines (which, generally, call for an offer to a candidate not previously employed by the organization to remain open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter, and for an offer to a candidate previously employed by the organization to remain open until November 1; see NALP's Principles & Standards for full details). At the end of the 2010 recruiting cycle, NALP's Ethics and Standards Advisory Group surveyed NALP's membership to determine how the 28 days worked for members. While members generally reported that the 28 days worked for them, results from the survey suggested that the legal recruitment market is still in flux, and the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group therefore recommended that the Board opt for another provisional year. NALP will again gauge the market following the 2011 recruiting season and consider options for 2012.

Bylaws Committee Presents Report/Recommendations to Board

Following the adoption of the 2010-2015 Long Range Strategic Plan, President Carol Sprague appointed a Bylaws Committee to consider several charges consistent with goals of the Plan including a review of NALP's regional structure (focusing specifically on how the current regional structure impacts Board composition, election results, and member engagement; the role and scope of the Regional Coordinators; and the impact of the 'cap' on regional representation on the Board), a review of NALP's membership structure, and a general review of the Bylaws to ensure they do not impede the implementation of any of the goal's established in NALP's Strategic Plan.

The Bylaws Committee, chaired by Marilyn Drees of Yale Law School, has worked through the summer, fall and winter and presented their report and recommendations to the Board. The Board concurred with several of their recommendations and has requested that the Committee further develop some of the proposals for presentation to the membership for review and discussion at the Annual Education Conference in April, with the planned vote on the proposed changes to take place electronically later in the spring/summer.

The general recommendations include:

  • Creation of a new leadership entity, the Regional Resource Council, which will be populated by elected Regional Representatives (4 from each general region and one from each limited region, currently resulting in a total of 21 members annually). Regional Representatives will become regional experts and assist Board members with gathering industry information and sharing it with the membership. The Council, led by the Vice-President, will enhance regional communication and supplement the work of the Sections.
  • Restructuring the Annual Education Conference Planning Committee to include 5 (or 6) elected members (one from each general region; one from each limited region in alternate years), 5 appointed members, 2-3 Vice Chairs and a Chair to more effectively ensure that regional as well as topical areas are addressed in the conference planning process.
  • The elimination of any explicit restrictions on regional requirements or limitations among voting members of the Board in order to allow the Nominating Committee to ensure the a well-rounded and diverse Board.
  • The adoption of a preferential form of voting (the Borda Count method), instead of the current "simple majority" for regionally elected roles in order to reduce the need for runoffs. In addition it is a consensus-oriented form of voting, which rewards candidates who have broad support among the voters.
  • Introduction of a non-voting class of members which could include industry experts, consultants and authors.

More detailed information about the proposals will be available at the Annual Education Conference, where members will be invited to share their views during the Town Hall Meeting.

NJ Members to be Divided Between Northeast and Mid-Atlantic NALP Regions in 2011-2012 Business Cycle

NALP's 2010-2011 Bylaws Committee was also charged with considering realignment of NALP's regions to best reflect economically integrated multi-state markets. This charge, in particular, had come about based on a request from NALP members in northern NJ to be included in NALP's Northeast region rather than the Mid-Atlantic region due to their proximity and affinity with the New York City area. A subgroup of the Bylaws Committee reached out to all NALP members in NJ to gauge their interest in either remaining in the Mid-Atlantic region or returning to the Northeast region (with which NJ had been affiliated prior to the creation of the Mid-Atlantic region in 1999). They also surveyed the general membership in NALP's Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

After weighing various considerations, the Committee recommended and the Board approved realigning NALP's Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by splitting New Jersey members along a line that retains the integrity of the respective regional markets. Northern New Jersey members will join the Northeast region and southern New Jersey members will remain in the Mid-Atlantic region. These updated regional affiliations will take effect at the April Annual Business Meeting and the commencement of the 2011-2012 business cycle.

MEMBER OUTREACH SUMMARY

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the February Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

  • In general employer members reported that things were better, especially in the lateral hiring arena, while school members reported challenging employment prospects for students and graduates.
  • School members noted that entry-level hiring remains flat. They also noted very low staff morale, with staff ramping up and working harder and harder to assist students, but not being recognized for their efforts and after 2 years, their ability to continue at this pace is wearing thin. School members noted pressures coming from several different directions: the impact of U.S. News and World Report rankings and the inordinate amount of time CSO staff spend in gathering employment statistics; budget concerns; state budgets getting tighter impacting both internal staffing and opportunities for students and graduates; and generally disgruntled students and alumni.
  • Firm members noted some loosening in lateral hiring and some partner movement. Firm members also consistently expressed concern about compression in the fall with the 28 days leading to several cancelled interviews. Firms with smaller programs continue to express anxiety with yield management.
  • Board members also noted that as difficult as things are in the private sector, they are similarly if not more difficult in the public sector where state and local budgets are being cut, and other federal funding sources are being scrutinized very closely. Correspondingly, public sector counselors are being taxed.

The Board also:

  • Agreed to the proposal to increase PSLawNet dues over the next 3 business cycles.
  • Agreed to make the CSO Employer Outreach Interest Group a Section starting with the 2011-2012 business cycle.
  • Requested that the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group come up with some ideas for members as to how to manage the August interviewing process proactively and collaboratively.
  • Recommended the creation a Board Work Group in the next business cycle to work with the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group Work Group that is working on a redraft of NALP's Principles & Standards.
  • Launched the annual process to identify and name one of the three NALP appointed members to the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Accepted the Treasurer's Report and commended Treasurer Elvin for his work in revising NALP's Investment Strategy, selecting a new investment advisor, and shepherding NALP's transition to the new investment advisor.
  • Heard from NALP Foundation President and CEO Tammy Patterson about the current status of their research projects including the 2010 Attrition Study, the Law Firm Professional Development Management, Delivery and Modality Survey, the Law School Experiential Learning Survey, the MCCA Project and the AJD Wave 3.
  • Heard from President-Elect Marcy Cox about the preliminary contours of her business plan proposal for 2011-2012.

November 2010

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 5-6, 2010. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Interest Groups, Work Groups, Committees, and Advisory Groups. Among other actions, Board members:

  • Agreed to change the name of the GLBT Section to the LGBT Section to bring the name in line with common usage.
  • Agreed to sunset the Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession following a final report in February.
  • Discussed the comprehensive report from the Membership Structure Work Group and provided guidance for next steps to the Work Group and the Bylaws Committee.
  • Provided input and guidance to Executive Director James Leipold to share with the ABA Questionnaire Committee at their December 13 hearing on law school employment statistics. NALP Executive Director James Leipold will speak to NALP’s current data collection content through the employment report and salary survey.
  • Agreed to encourage member participation in the Foundation’s attrition study as well as the experiential learning survey that has been jointly crafted by the Lawyer Professional Development and Law Student Professional Development Sections.
  • Discussed the impact of the November 1 offer response deadline on previously employed rising 2Ls (employed during their 1L summer) and agreed to gauge the depth of members’ concern about this provision’s impact on rising 2Ls and 2L summer hiring.

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation CEO/President Tammy Patterson and Foundation Trustee Tom Leatherbury.

MEMBER OUTREACH SUMMARY

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

  • In general employers reported that things were better, while schools reported challenging employment prospects for students and graduates.
  • Board members reported generally positive, with some mixed, sentiments about the new 28 day rule, with a majority of members liking the shorter time frame, while others preferred the prior 45 day scheme. Smaller offices of large firms and firms with small/medium sized summer programs continue to report challenges managing yield with the 28 day response deadline.
  • Some members reported a larger number of callbacks this recruiting season with firms liberally using “hold” status, while others reported fewer. Some firm members reported significant numbers of students cancelling callbacks scheduled for later in the season.
  • School members reported concerns about judicial clerkship opportunities with several clerks re-upping or opting for second and third clerkships, while many slots are now being filled by alumni rather than third year law students. School members also expressed a sense a relief when most summer associates obtained post-graduate offers out of their summer positions. School members also reported an overwhelming demand for services from alumni.
  • Board members discussed student and alumni expectations for their job searches and their jobs (e.g. fun).
  • Board members also noted that most firms that allow splits now require the first-half of the summer, rendering it nearly impossible for students to split (since most firms don’t want students for the second half).

FINANCIAL DECISIONS

2010 Audit Approved — At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept and approve the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2010. The Committee also recommended that the Board allocate the 2010 change in net assets of $218,788.91entirely to operating reserves, increasing the Operating Reserve to $870,030.50 from $654,241.54.

New Investment Policy — The Board approved a new Investment Policy, and, following an RFP, chose a new investment advisor to provide professional investment services.

Foundation Support — The Board also approved a $20,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses for FY 2012.


July 2010

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 16-17, 2010. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2011 Fiscal Year Budget — The Board adopted a three and a quarter million dollar budget for the 2010 fiscal year. This represents an increase of about a quarter of a million dollars which over the three million dollar fiscal 2010 budget which represented a 25% decrease from the previous year (2009).

  • 2011 Membership Dues/NDLE Listing Fees — After keeping member dues flat between 2009 and 2010, the Board set 2011 dues rates that include small increases in most of the rates. Dues rates for individual associate members, public service employers, and bar associations, however, will remain the same in 2011. The Board also set listing fees, representing a modest increase, for listing fees in the 2011 NALP Directory of Legal Employers. See the fees here (PDF).

  • 2011 Annual Education Conference Fees — The Board set the base member early bird registration rate for the 2011 Annual Education Conference at $650. In response to overwhelming member feedback, the 2011 conference registration fee will include continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.

  • Investment Advisor RFP Process — Board members reviewed proposals from investment advisors to provide investment services to NALP. NALP’s Investment Oversight Committee will conduct further interviews and make a recommendation.

  • Roundtables to Discuss Developments in the Profession — Building on the success of the 2009-2010 series of Roundtables on the Future of Lawyer Hiring, Training, and Advancement co-hosted with the NALP Foundation, Board members also agreed to develop 1-2 additional Roundtables in 2010-2011 for hiring partners, deans, and general counsel that will focus on the many changes currently happening within the legal recruitment profession.

  • Snapshot Surveys — The Board charged the recruiting section with developing short, timely surveys to gauge recruiting activity amongst the membership. The Board also agreed to the Ethics and Standards Advisory Group’s request to survey the membership in the fall to gauge the impact of the 28-day and November 1 offer acceptance guidelines.

  • ‘Counseling the Counselors’ Conference Call — Board members agreed to ask a senior NALP member to facilitate a conference call for NALP school members to discuss how they are coping with student anxiety and stress related to the constricted job market and how they are proactively caring for themselves and their colleagues.

  • AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues — The Board agreed unanimously to join the AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in their request to the ABA Standards Committee to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Standard 212 (a) and (b) and gender identity to Standard 211 (a), (b), (c) and (d). The Board requested that Executive Director Leipold prepare a letter conveying NALP’s support.

  • USNews ‘At Graduation’ Number — Board members also discussed the reported upcoming change to the way USNews treats the ‘employed at graduation’ number. Board members agreed to use the NALP Bulletin to educate members about the existing and upcoming change in methodology, and to the preparation of a consumer information piece focusing on when law students get their jobs.

  • Law School Transparency Project — Board members also discussed the request from this group that most law school received in early July and noted that the listserve discussions had provided a robust forum for school members to discuss the issues related to this group’s data request, and that many schools have indicated that they would not be providing the requested data to the group.

The Board also:

  • Reviewed reports from all Sections, Advisory Groups, Work Groups, Task Forces and Committees. Section Reports are now posted online on each Section's information page.

  • Agreed to have the International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section pilot a twitter feed to deliver Section content to Section members, students, and employers.

  • Approved two new work groups: one in the Judicial Clerkship Section to explore hiring by administrative law judges, and another in the International Advanced Degree Advising Section to explore bar exam and licensure issues for international students.

  • Discussed the outcomes of their member outreach calls, which focused on summer programs, fall recruitment comparisons, and preparations for fall recruitment and the school year.

February 2010

NALP’s Board of Directors met February 25-26, 2010. The majority of the Board’s time was spent discussing the work of the Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee.

NALP Board Adopts Changed Timing Guidelines

Recruiting Commission co-chairs Terry Galligan and Morgan Smith reported on the work of the Commission and the feedback from the membership. After additional review and discussion, the Board adopted provisional timing guidelines for the 2010 recruiting cycle, adopting a 28-day rolling response deadline for candidates not previously employed by the employer, and a November 1 response deadline for candidates who have been previously employed by the employer. For the revised Part V Timing Guidelines and their Interpretations, please see www.nalp.org/principles. For more general information information, see the press release at www.nalp.org/provisionaltimingguidelines2010.

Board Adopts 2010-2015 Long Range Strategic Plan

Long Range Strategic Planning Committee Chair Sonia Menon presented the report of the committee and the draft 2010-2015 strategic plan. Committee Chair Menon provided an overview of the Committee’s process, including the member survey, the outreach the Committee conducted, and the interactions with external entities including deans, hiring partners, and allied organizations. Based on the totality of the input and with the guidance of a strategic planning consultant, the Committee developed an updated mission statement, a vision, and a series of objectives and strategies. She described the plan as aspirational, bold, and proactive, while also considering revenue implications in each area or strategic focus. The areas of strategic focus include: member services, education, research, diversity and inclusion, public service, technology, governance, association brand and industry position, and revenue and resources. Additional information appears at www.nalp.org/strategicplan.

In other action items the Board:

  • Adopted a recommendation to begin collecting student GLBT data in the 2011 version of the NALP Directory of Law Schools. The Board charged the Recruitment Practices Advisory Group and the GLBT Section with developing guidance, draft documents, sample e-mails and other communications to assist in educating members in the process of collecting this data.
  • Charged the Investment Oversight Committee with developing an RFP for proposals from investment advisors to manage NALP’s investments.
  • Charged the Recruitment Practices Advisory Group to work with NALP staff to develop a workable solution to collect and report aggregate firm equity/non-equity partner data for the 2011 collection cycle.
  • Reviewed the feedback from their outreach calls with members.
  • Launched the annual process to identify and name one of the three NALP appointed members to the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.



November 2009

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 6-7, 2009. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Work Groups, Task Forces, Committees, and Advisory Groups. Board members:

  • created a new work group in the Diversity Section to examine issues impacting women of color in the legal profession;
  • agreed to try to commit to an experienced professionals program in conjunction with the 2011 Annual Education Conference;
  • approved the GLBT section sending a letter to all NALP members encouraging the completion of the GLBT demographic data on the NALP form;
  • approved the letter from the Solo/CSO Interest Group to federal recruiters;
  • recommended that the Leadership Task Force move forward with holding a leadership webinar and two teleconferences in conjunction with other NALP sections;
  • recommended against the adoption of a ‘lost generation’ longitudinal study of law school graduates of the classes of 2008-2011; and
  • approved the Emergency Succession Plan for Business Continuity.

The Board also heard an update on the current work of the NALP Foundation from Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Aldo Badini and CEO/President Tammy Patterson.

Board members also agreed to hold regional post-Board meeting conference calls to share highlights of the Board meeting with members.

MEMBER OUTREACH SUMMARY

Board members discussed the feedback from their member outreach calls in preparation for the November Board meeting. Their findings are summarized as follows:

Recap of 2009 Recruiting Season (so far)

OCI
Compliance with 45-day schedule generally held up (contrary to many expectations)

  • Schools reported many students deciding in less time, though not all
  • Employers expressed concern over the length of time, primarily contending that it (a) created extra incentive to be conservative in initial offers and (b) made it more difficult to go back into the pool if they fell short of target
  • Schools also noted that firms were taking longer to inform students of decisions (which would make a shorter time period more difficult)
  • Unhappiness on both sides with the compression of interviews in August, but differing views on alternatives (thank goodness for the Commission on Recruiting)
Economic Impact Relative to Firm Size
  • Small/midsize firms seemed to be holding steady/rebounding faster, but harder to predict at this point because many tend to hire later in the year
  • Larger firms reluctant to forecast, not sure yet if economy is starting to rebound and how that would affect hiring
Public Sector
  • State and local government jobs have been constricted by budget cuts
  • Nonprofit organizations have lost funding, which has also cost positions (perhaps more impact on lateral moves than entry level)
  • Many more candidates for available public sector positions; employers can be/are being more selective

Innovations in Recruitment/Training

  • Larger questions about changing summer associate programs, moving to different compensation or training models are not an integral part of everyday discussions within employer organizations right now
  • Law schools see some increased interest in/support for professional development and skills training, but many had already started those discussions in the wake of the Carnegie report

New or Shifting Resources for Changed Job Market

  • Employers and schools both reported budget cuts or freezes, requiring them to redeploy existing resources and work creatively to maintain programs and services
  • Schools reported increased individual counseling and outreach to upper-class students; some also were trying collaborative job fairs, employer outreach, increased use of resume collection to improve student prospects
  • Employers noted efforts to maintain internal training and professional development programs

By the Way, Canada's Doing Great!

FINANCIAL DECISIONS

At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept and approve the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2009. The Committee also recommended that the Board allocate the 2009 loss of $427,284.07 as follows: 1/3 against Operating Reserves and 2/3 against Restricted Reserves. The Board noted that this allocation i. maintains Restricted Reserves above 50% of the Operating Budget while, ii. Keeping Operating Reserves at a level to allow NALP to have ready resources in the current uncertain economic and business environment. Board members noted that this loss came about primarily as the result of unrealized losses in NALP’s investment portfolio.

The Board also approved a $20,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses and an additional $30,000 for phase three of the After the JD Study contingent upon the Foundation raising sufficient additional funding for the AJD 3 study from other sources to make the ongoing pursuit of the study viable.

STRATEGIC DISCUSSIONS

The Board engaged in a discussion about the current economic impacts and the association’s response, specifically noting the work to date of the Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession and the Roundtables co-hosted with the NALP Foundation. Board members also engaged in a future planning scenario that addressed how NALP might respond to a specific set of industry parameters in 2020 in three areas: branding and marketing, programming, and technology.

July 2009

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 17-18, 2009. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2010 Fiscal Year Budget – The Board adopted a three million dollar budget for the 2010 fiscal year. This represents a decrease in anticipated revenue and spending of 25% from the previous year.
  • 2010 Membership Dues/NDLE Listing Fees - The Board agreed unanimously to no dues increases for 2010 and to a modest increase in the NALP Directory of Legal Employers (NDLE) listing fees. To see the fees for 2010, go to www.nalp.org/uploads/documents/Budgeting2010.pdf
  • 2010 Annual Education Conference Fees – The Board set the base member early-bird registration rate for the 2010 Annual Education Conference at $595, a $130 reduction from the 2009 rate of $725. The Board is committed to making the Annual Education Conference accessible to as many members as possible, while maintaining a high level and broad offering of educational programming. In order to achieve these savings, there will be some changes to the conference, most noticeably that breakfasts will no longer be provided as part of the conference registration fees. Find more information on the 2010 annual conference here. Additional information will be forthcoming. 
  • Board Guidance on 2009 Recruiting – In response to questions and concerns about the upcoming recruiting season that have been raised by members in recent weeks, the NALP Board of Directors, after discussion at the meeting, prepared guidance for the membership on the Principles and Standards. In that guidance, the Board affirms the importance of adhering to the 45-day provision and other aspects of the Timing Guidelines (Part V). You can read the Board's July 22 memo to the membership at www.nalp.org/2009recruiting.
  • Leadership-Focused Conference Calls - Board members agreed with the recommendation of the Leadership Task Force to host 3 leadership focused training sessions by teleconference over the course of the year.
  • Roundtables to Discuss Developments in the Profession – Building on the success of the June 24 NALP and NALP Foundation sponsored Roundtable on the Future of Lawyer Hiring, Training, and Advancement, Board members also agreed to develop an ongoing series of roundtable discussions for hiring partners and deans that will focus on the many changes currently happening within the legal recruitment profession.
  • NALP’s Social Media Presence – The Board agreed to developing an official NALP presence on LinkedIn and recommended the establishment of a Social Media Advisory Group to inform Board members on social media matters in the future.
  • NALP’s Twitter Presence – Board members also acknowledged NALP’s new presence on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NALPorg.

The Board also:

  • Adopted an Executive Director succession plan, as well as changes to Board policies.
  • Reviewed reports from all Sections, Advisory Groups, Work Groups, Task Forces and Committees and commended the leaders and members for their activities to date. Section Reports are now posted on the NALP website at http://www.nalp.org/sections (click on Learn More, under each Section).
  • Heard from invited guest, Werten Bellamy of Stakeholders, Inc, who led an engaging discussion on redefining diversity.
  • Discussed the outcomes of their member outreach calls, which focused almost exclusively on how members are coping with the economic strains and the resulting adjustments in their work settings.

July 2008

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 18-19, 2008. The Board reviewed and took action on several matters.

  • 2009 Fiscal Year Budget - The Board adopted a four million dollar balanced budget for the 2009 fiscal year.

  • 2009 Membership Dues and Annual Education Conference Registration Fees - The Board set annual education conference fees and membership dues for 2009:

  • NALP Foundation Board of Trustees Appointee - President Michael Gotham reported that Dean Nell Jessup Newton of the University of California Hastings College of Law had accepted NALP’s appointment to serve a three year term in one of the NALP-appointed seats on the Board of Trustees of the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education.

  • Collection of Partnership Data to Distinguish Between Equity and Non-Equity Partners, Starting in 2010 – In response to a request from the National Association of Women Judges, the Board considered requests to collect more detailed information on law firm partnership status, part-time attorney eligibility for full-equity status, and attrition. Acknowledging that other entities request equity/non-equity partnership information as well, the Board agreed to differentiate between equity and non-equity partners in all places that NALP collects partnership data (including the NALP Form) beginning in 2010, or as soon thereafter as practicable. NALP’s Recruitment Practices Advisory Group will be asked to help implement this change. The Board also agreed to establish work groups to consider the requests related to attrition and part-time attorney eligibility for full-equity partner status.

  • NALP Principles and Standards Parts I-IV - While much attention has been focused on the recent revisions to Part V of the Principles and Standards, a Work Group of the Recruitment Practices Advisory Group has been reviewing Parts I-IV as well and recommended some modest changes to the Board. The Board reviewed and agreed with the proposed edits to Parts I-IV of NALP’s Principles and Standards. The edits, mostly technical in nature, will be presented to the membership in the fall in anticipation of a separate member vote at the April 2009 Annual Business Meeting in Washington, DC on Friday, April 3. This will be in addition to the vote on the interim timing guideline changes (Part V).

  • NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program – Executive Director James Leipold reported that the pilot year program (2008-2009) has a full complement of five law firms including the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP, the New York office of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the Washington DC office of Holland & Knight LLP, and the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams LLP, which will be partnering with the William and Mary School of Law.

  • NALP Non-Discrimination Policy - The Board updated NALP’s Non-Discrimination policy. NALP’s nondiscrimination policy now reads:
    "NALP is committed to helping make the legal profession accessible to all individuals on a non-discriminatory basis. NALP is opposed to discrimination based upon sex, actual or perceived gender, age, race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, parental, marital, domestic partner, civil union, military, or veteran status."

The Board also:

  • Reviewed reports from all Sections, Advisory Groups, Work Groups, Task Forces and Committees and commended the leaders for their activities to date. Section Reports are now posted on the NALP website at www.nalp.org/content/index.php?pid=369
  • Heard from invited guest, The Hon. Charles Z. Smith, Washington Supreme Court, Ret. and Moderator and Director Emeritus of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, at a joint meeting with the Seattle Area Legal Recruiting Administrators (SALRA)
  • Discussed the outcomes of their outreach calls to members as well as the downward trend of the economy, the development of American-style law schools abroad, and the proliferation of law schools in the U.S.


February 2008

During the Board's recent meeting in early February, the most significant piece of business and action was the adoption of the revised Principles and Standards Part V Timing Guidelines. Details of that decision have already been announced and may be found at www.nalp.org/partv/.

In other action items, the Board:

  • Agreed to adopt the proposal of the ABA 121B Work Group and move the Pro Bono Questions recently added to the 2008 Workplace Questionnaire to the online version of the NALP Directory of Legal Employers (NDLE) commencing with the 2009 edition of the NDLE.
  • Agreed to allow individual non-members employed by member institutions to become participants on NALP's e-mail discussion lists with the written authorization of the primary representative of the institution. (This change will take effect May 1; more information will be forthcoming.)
  • Adopted a revised Fiscal policy reflecting an increase in the President/President-Elect support fund, a new clause on reimbursement of officer and board member business development expenses, and a new clause on dependent care reimbursement for board members attending board meetings.
  • Adopted an updated Investment Policy.
  • Heard a report from NALP Foundation Chair Jay Harris and launched the annual process to identify and name one of the three NALP appointed members of the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Reviewed and discussed responses to Directors' outreach calls.
  • Reviewed Section, Committee, Work Group, and Advisory Group Reports.

November 2007

NALP's Board of Directors met November 4-6, 2007 and considered a number of issues.

Part V Task Force (Timing Guidelines) — The Board considered recommendations from the Part V Task Force regarding changes to the timing guidelines portion of NALP's Principles and Standards and has authorized the Task Force to present their proposals to the membership. Information regarding proposed changes to the timing guidelines (Part V of NALP's Principles and Standards) will be distributed to the membership in December. Once the proposed changes are distributed to the membership, the Task Force will again solicit member input through a series of "town-hall" style conference calls in December 2007 and January 2008.

Employment Report and Salary Survey Update: Consolidation of Two Demographic Categories Commencing with the Class of 2008 — The Board approved combining the Hispanic and Latino ethnic/racial categories into one category, "Hispanic/Latino," beginning with the class of 2008.

Board Authorizes Funding for Joint Diversity Pipeline Pilot Project — The Board authorized funding for a pilot project between NALP and Street Law that will allow NALP members to take an active role in further developing the pipeline of diverse attorneys. The pilot project is intended to launch in fall 2008. Additional information about this important project will be forthcoming.

Board Approves New Interpretation Addressing the Use of the Internet in the Recruiting Process — Based on a recommendation from NALP's Recruitment Practices Advisory Group, the Board adopted a new interpretation of NALP's Principles and Standards that directly addresses the responsibilities of employers, candidates and law schools regarding the use of the Internet in the recruiting process. You can find the new interpretation on NALP's web site under Principles & Standards > Interpretations.

Board Approves Addition of Pro Bono Questions to Workplace Questionnaire — Based on a recommendation from the ABA 121B Work Group, a subgroup of the Recruitment Practices Advisory Group, the Board agreed to incorporate a series of pro bono questions into NALP's Workplace Questionnaire for 2008. These questions flow from the American Bar Association's recently passed Resolution 121B that established pro bono disclosure recommendations for law school recruiters. The new questions will appear in the 2008 Workplace Questionnaire that will be available for completion starting in January 2008.

Women's Leadership Task Force Recommendations Adopted — The Board adopted several recommendations of the Women's Leadership Task Force, which was appointed by President Gihan Fernando to examine any potential barriers to NALP leadership. The Board agreed to create a dependent care policy to allow for reimbursement of Board members' extraordinary dependent care expenses related to Board travel, to increase the subsidy to the employer of the President to $30K over the two years as President/President-Elect, to enhance the nomination process information on NALP's website (which has been mostly completed at www.nalp.org/nominating/), as well as other approaches to facilitate members' stepping into leadership roles.

Board Approves NALP's First Australian Law School Member — By approving the membership application of Melbourne Law School, the Board welcomed NALP's first Australian law school member. Angela Edwards will be the primary NALP contact for Melbourne Law School. She can be reached at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3010, or by phone at 61 3 8344 9773, or by e-mail at a.edwards@inimelb.edu.au. [NALP's bylaws provide that membership is open to any law school accredited by the American Bar Association or any law school in a foreign country whose admission to membership is approved by the Board of Directors.]

Other Board Decisions — The Board also approved the fiscal 2007 Audit Report and, upon the recommendation of the Investment Oversight Committee, allocated net income to the restricted and operating reserves. Members are welcome to request a copy of the audit report from the NALP office. The Board also approved $50K in operational funding for the NALP Foundation for fiscal 2009. The Board members also heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Work Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Groups.

 

July 2007

NALP’s Board of Directors held their summer meeting July 20-21, 2007. During the meeting the Board:

  • Adopted a balanced budget for the 2008 fiscal year
  • Reviewed reports from all Sections, Advisory Groups, Work Groups, Task Forces and Committees and commended the leaders for their activities to date. Section Reports are now posted to website at www.nalp.org/content/index.php?pid=369
  • Set annual conference fees and membership dues for 2008
    • The Annual Education Conference base member fee remains $695, the same rate as in 2006 and 2007.
    • The 2008 dues structure reflects modest increases related to the costs of doing business:
      2008 Dues Structure
      New Member $650
      Regular Annual Membership $850
      Additional Offices:
      Second through sixth $585 each
      Seven or more $485 each
      Public Service Employers & Bar Associations $195
      Individual Associate Member $150


    • See additional fee information (PDF)

  • Revised NALP’s Non-Discrimination policy. NALP’s new nondiscrimination policy now reads:
    NALP is committed to helping make the legal profession accessible to all individuals on a non-discriminatory basis. NALP is opposed to discrimination based upon actual or perceived gender, age, race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, parental, marital, domestic partner, civil union, military, or veteran status.
  • Adopted procedures for nominating NALP representatives to the NALP Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Heard from invited guest, Laurence Paradis, Disability Rights Advocates Executive Director, who joined the Board for a two hour diversity training session. Mr. Paradis provided comprehensive background information on the disability rights movement, shared his personal story, facilitated a thoughtful discussion of Board members’ experiences with people with disabilities, and provided guidance in best practices.

 

February 2007

NALP's Board of Directors met February 22-24, 2007 to review the current status of ongoing projects.  The Board is pleased to report the following actions:

Board Approves Revised NALP Judicial Clerkship Guidelines

In October 2006, the ad hoc committee of federal judges announced some revisions to the Judicial Clerkship Hiring Plan for 2007.  In response to the revisions, NALP’s Judicial Clerkship Section has revised the NALP Guidelines for Clerkship Hiring Plan Implementation for Fall 2007.  The NALP Guidelines and the new plan documents are available through Resource Center > Toolkit for Career Services > Judicial Clerkship Information.  These revisions will also be highlighted at the Annual Education Conference at the OSCAR: Latest Developments of the Federal Clerkship On-line Application System session at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25.

Canadian Directory of Legal Employers

The Board approved the creation of an online Directory of Canadian Legal Employers.  After reviewing the report from the Directory Work Group and reviewing a draft of the data collection form, the Board agreed with moving forward to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage of the process.  The Directory will hopefully launch on the winter of 2008. 

New EEOC Categories will be Incorporated into 2008-2009 NALP Directory of Legal Employers

After reviewing the newly revised EEOC demographic reporting categories and with input from NALP's Recruitment Practices Advisory Group, NALP's Board of Directors voted to adopt, with minor modifications, the new EEOC demographic categories for inclusion in the 2008-2009 NALP Directory of Legal Employers.  Commencing with the 2008-2009 Directory, the ethnic/racial demographic categories will be:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
  • Black or African American
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Asian
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Two or More Races

 

Employment Report and Salary Survey (ERSS) Update

At its February meeting, the NALP Board of Directors approved the elimination of the "studying for the bar full-time" category from the ERSS as an option for reporting graduate status. This change will be effective with the Class of 2007. Thus, any graduate who is not employed or pursuing an advanced degree will have to be reported as either seeking a job or not seeking a job.

The Board made this decision after considerable study, member outreach, and communication with the ABA.  This category was originally added to the ERSS for the class of 2003.  In 2006 the Board was asked to reconsider the category by the chair of NALP’s research advisory group, and by a number of NALP member institutions.  In making this decision the Board noted that because the group of graduates who are studying for the bar in February is made up of both those seeking work and those not seeking work, determinations about whether students who are studying for the bar are seeking or not seeking work should be made on a case by case basis. 

The graduate survey form for the Class of 2007, along with the instruction sheet for graduates, may be downloaded from Resource Center > Toolkit for Career Services. As always, the information that schools choose to collect on their graduates is not limited to that on the survey form posted. Additional information, or more detail on items, may be collected and used for internal reports. However, the information reported to NALP should conform to the questions and choices shown on the posted survey.

 

November 2006

NALP's Board of Directors held their fall meeting November 3-4, 2006. The Board considered a number of issues and heard from Board Liaisons about the work of the Sections, Work Groups, Committees, and Advisory Groups.

Board members discussed the feedback from their outreach reports in preparation for the November Board meeting. Board members observed that most members reported a healthy fall recruiting season, with many school members reporting an increase in on-campus activity. Several members reported that students are not as prompt in accepting their offers, yet students were very aggressive in the application process, many applying outside of the OCI process. Other members reported an increase in 2L students requesting second callbacks or second visits to the firm. Several members also reported an increase in contacts directly from students' parents.

The Board engaged in a strategic discussion about minority women in the profession and specifically how NALP could work to increase women of color in the profession, while positioning the Association as a leader on the topic. The Board also discussed the development of the Chief Recruiting Officer position at law firms nationally.

Board members reviewed a number of requests related to NALP's Employment Report and Salary Survey (ERSS). The Board also considered how best to incorporate the new EEOC ethnic and racial categories into existing NALP products and research pieces. The Board will continue to gather information on these topics and revisit them during the February Board meeting. Board members also reviewed concerns raised by members about the timing guidelines. Board members hope to adopt a model to regularly assess the impact of the guidelines at the February Board meeting.

The Board heard from two invited guests. Daniel Freehling, the new Deputy Consultant at the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, discussed the role of the section in the accreditation process as well as the services the section provides to its law school members. He also described the ABA's process in seeking rerecognition from the US Department of Education as the official accrediting body for law schools. Jay Harris, Chair of the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education Board of Trustees, also joined the Board and shared information about current research projects, the next phase of the After the JD Study, and the current financial status of the Foundation.

At the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board voted to accept and approve the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2006 and earmarked the $211,796 net revenue for the restricted reserve.  The Board also approved a $25,000 contribution to the NALP Foundation for operating expenses.

 

July 2006

New Canadian Limited Region

President Lisa Dickinson is delighted to announce the creation of a Canadian Limited Region, approved unanimously by NALP's Board of Directors at its 2006 July Board Meeting. The new regional structure was created in accordance with a bylaw amendment approved by members at NALP's 2006 Annual Business Meeting. After surveying members in the affected regions, the Board approved NALP's first limited region.

The current 12 Canadian law school and 35 Canadian employer institutional members, who previously were part of the Northeast and West/Rocky Mountain Regions, will now constitute the new region. As NALP members, Canadians are currently and remain eligible for election to the Board of Directors. (The most recent Canadian member to serve in this capacity is Stewart Whittingham, who will conclude his two-year term in 2006-07.) Per the bylaws, each year the Canadian Limited Region will elect either a Regional Coordinator or a member of the Nominating Committee. This year's Nominating Committee, chaired by Carol Sprague, will work to establish a procedure for electing a 2006-07 Regional Coordinator from the Canadian Region. More information will be forthcoming.

Congratulations to members of the new Canadian Limited Region!

Other Board Meeting News

Also during the July Board Meeting, the NALP Board of Directors:

  • Adopted a balanced budget for the 2007 fiscal year;
  • Heard a preliminary report from The NALP Foundation on the Associate Evaluation Report which will be the topic of a feature article in the September NALP Bulletin;
  • Reviewed reports from all Sections, Advisory Groups, and Work Groups and commended the group leaders for their activities to date;
  • Set membership dues and annual conference fees for 2007;
  • Adopted a Whistleblower Policy and a Document Retention and Destruction Policy.

 

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