Each week NALP's Executive Director provides a summary of news articles of interest to legal career professionals. Read past issues here.
For news in the public interest arena, see the news digest from Samuel Halpert, NALP's Director of Public Service Initiatives, at www.psjd.org.
January 18, 2019
1. "Top B-Schools All Report Applicant Declines," 01.18.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "all of the so-called M7 or very elite business schools reported drops in M.B.A. applications, this year."
2. "Fenwick & West Revenue Hits All-Time High Despite 2018 Defections," 01.17.19.
As the law firm year-end financial reporting cycle begins, The Recorder reports that "Fenwick & West has reported the firm's highest-ever financial growth in 2018, thanks to record-setting gross revenue." (Revenue up 14.6%, PPP up 20.2%)
3. "Ex-Charlotte Law Students Get $2.7 Million Settlement, Despite Objectors," 01.17.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "a federal judge approved a $2.65 million class action settlement between the now-closed Charlotte School of Law and former students."
4. "When Will Women Lawyers Finally Get Their Due? Not In My Lifetime," 01.17.19.
A good piece in Above the Law, moved in part by the new NALP law firm diversity data to reflect on the plight of women lawyers and women professionals generally.
5. "Lawclerk's New Move: Enable 'Small Law' With Network of Freelance Associates," 01.17.19.
Legaltech News reports that "on-demand legal service provider Lawclerk has announced the official launch of a new service called 'Teams,' which it hopes will allow law firms to build trusted networks of freelance attorneys to work with on an ongoing basis."
6. "Jenner & Block Elevates Windy City Litigator to Firm Chair," 01.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Craig Martin will be the next chair of Jenner & Block, becoming the fourth lawyer to hold the title in Jenner's 105-year history.
7. "Arizona Summit Law School agrees to drop its lawsuit against ABA," 01.16.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "Arizona Summit Law School and the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar settled their federal lawsuit Tuesday."
8. "Twenty-One Years After Her Autism Diagnosis, Haley Moss Is Admitted to the Bar," 01.16.19.
The New York Law Journal profiles Haley Moss, diagnosed with autism when she was three, who was the commencement speaker at her alma mater, the University of Miami School of Law, and on Friday was sworn in as a member of the Florida Bar.
9. "More than half of law firms provide flexible work arrangements, says new report," 01.16.19.
The ABA Journal reports that new survey data show more than 50 percent of medium and large firms and in-house departments offer some form of flexible work arrangement.
10. "Fed Says Student Debt Has Hurt the U.S. Housing Market," 01.16.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that new Fed data show that student loans have prevented 400,000 young Americans from buying homes. (Subscription required.)
11. "Akin Gump's New Leadership Shows Firm Drive Toward Diversity," 01.15.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that Akin Gump now has two of its major offices run by black attorneys, and the firm's chair is a woman partner.
a. "But Where Are the Black Partners?," 01.15.19.
And Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, while acknowledging the singular success of some firms in promoting diverse classes of partners, laments the general paucity of black partners at many large law firms.
12. "Diverse Law Students Get to Show It, Not Tell It in Firm Jobs Competition," 01.15.19.
Law.com reports that a new competition debuting this week the University of Cincinnati College of Law "will enable minority and women law students a chance to step into associates' shoes and demonstrate to hiring partners and general counsel their skills at tackling real-world legal problems." ("At the Law Student Diversity Case Competition in Cincinnati, teams of students from seven Midwest law schools will handle simulated client assignments while law firm partners, general counsel and bar association leaders from the area evaluate their work.")
13. "Salary Guide Shows Average In-House Lawyer Gets Paid Less, but Has More Fun Perks," 01.15.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new survey finds in-house counsel are earning less than their law firm counterparts, but they're more likely to get fun benefits.
14. "Data Snapshot: Is U.S. Law Firm Expansion Stalling?," 01.14.19.
The ALM data wonks, writing for The National Law Journal, report that "a new analysis of how law firm expansion efforts have been faring…[reveals] that while many of the firms in the National Law Journal 350 index have opened new offices over the past five years, many have shuttered offices as well. Plus, outside of a few hot markets, about as many offices have contracted as have grown."
15. "Transgender Student Claims Harassment in Suit Against Cal Western Law," 01.14.19.
The Recorder reports that "a former student at California Western School of Law has sued the school, claiming that faculty and students discriminated against and harassed her because she is transgender."
16. "Admissions Surge After NYU Med Goes Tuition-Free," 01.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that since NYU's medical school announced last August that it would give full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, its applications have increased by 47 percent.
17. "How to Increase Graduate-School Diversity the Right Way," 01.14.19.
A professor of English at Fordham University, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, writes that while "only 15 percent of all doctorates awarded by U.S. universities went to African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, although those three groups together represent more than 30 percent," the City University of New York Graduate Center has built an exemplary model in the humanities and social sciences that begins at the undergraduate level and continues through the Ph.D.
18. "With Demand for Housing Attorneys at All-Time High, NY Law School Sees New Role for Itself," 01.14.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that New York Law School is launching a new program that will prepare students to be housing attorneys.
19. "Ahead of the Curve: LRAP Arms Race," 01.141.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "a number of elite law schools have in recent months bolstered their Loan Repayment Assistance Programs for graduates who go into public interest and government law jobs."
20. "New Test for Law Schools: Do Enough Graduates Pass the Bar?," 01.13.19.
Sara Randazzo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, reports on the ABA's renewed push to toughen bar passage standards: "The proposal — to condition ABA accreditation on meeting a 75% bar-pass rate — will be back on the table this month at an ABA meeting in Las Vegas and is likely to go into effect this year." (Subscription required.)
a. "ABA Renews Proposal to Raise Bar-Passage Standards," 01.18.19.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
b. "The Time Is Now For California To Lower Its Bar Exam Pass Score," 01.15.19.
Jennifer Mnookin, the dean of the law school at UCLA, and writing here for Above the Law, argues that "evidence is mounting that the California Bar Exam's indefensibly high 'cut score' is bad for the profession and for the state."
21. "Notre Dame Law Names Stanford Law Professor as New Dean," 01.11.19.
Law.com reports that "Notre Dame University has tapped longtime Stanford law professor G. Marcus Cole as its next dean."
22. "Numbers Are Up For Women In Biglaw, But Certain Minorities Continue To Fall Behind," 01.11.19.
Above the Law reports on NALP's release of its 2018 law firm diversity data. (You can find NALP's 2018 Report on Diversity in US Law Firms here.)
23. "Law Firms Face 'Uncharted Waters' as Shutdown Grinds Some Practices to a Halt," 01.11.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "some legal activities have nearly ground to a halt amid the federal government shutdown."
24. "The Perennial Challenge of Delivering Affordable and Accessible Justice," 01.11.19.
Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, writing here for the New York Law Journal, urges further work to solve the perennial problem of providing access to justice for every person.
25. "Reimagining Innovation In Legal Education," 01.11.19.
Ari Kaplan speaks with Gabe Teninbaum, a professor at Suffolk University Law School and the director of the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology, for Above the Law.
26. "ABA Survey: Only 10 Percent of Law Firms Are Currently Using AI," 01.11.19.
Legaltech News reports that according to the ABA's 2018 Legal Technology Survey Report, "The use of AI in legal may not be as widespread as one would think: Only 10 percent of lawyers used artificial intelligence-based tech tools for their legal work in 2018."
27. "The Attorney Well-Being Issue," January 2019.
The ABA's Law Practice Today publishes its annual attorney well-being issue, with more than 15 articles devoted to lawyer wellness.
28. "How are law schools using virtual reality tools in classrooms?," January, 2019.
The ABA Journal magazine takes a look at the burgeoning use of virtual reality in the law school classroom.
January 11, 2019
1. "More Minority Women Ascend to Law Dean Jobs," 01.10.19.
The National Law Journal reports that women occupy the dean's office at 35 percent of law schools and "at least 19 minority women are currently serving as dean or interim dean, or soon will assume deanships."
2. "Law Firm Leaders Express Growing Anxiety Over Global Economic Outlook," 01.10.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group survey data, "law firm leaders' outlook for the global economy saw its largest decline in at least two years."
3. "Duane Morris Trims Billing Requirements for New Parents," 01.10.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Duane Morris has launched a program [that allows] attorneys in the U.S. who take primary caregiver leave from the firm [to] reduce their billable requirements up to four weeks before their leave for the birth or adoption of a child."
4. "Attorney Well-Being: It's Not a Fad, It's a Movement," 01.10.19.
The New York Law Journal provides this update on the ABA Wellness Campaign, and the more than 60 legal employers who have signed the campaign's pledge.
5. "University at Buffalo School of Law to Accept GRE," 01.10.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "students applying to the University at Buffalo School of Law will be allowed to submit the GRE instead of the LSAT beginning with the fall semester."
6. "Law Firms Took Steps Forward in Diversity in 2018, Not Leaps: Report," 01.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports on NALP's publication of its latest report on US law firm diversity: "A growing percentage of women, minority and LGBT lawyers in law firms nudged legal industry diversity in a positive direction in 2018, but black lawyers and other demographic groups remain underrepresented, according to a new study released Wednesday by the National Association for Legal Placement."
a. "Women Law Firm Associate Numbers Back to Pre-Recession Level," 01.10.19.
Elizabeth Olson, writing for Bloomberg Law, reports on the NALP diversity report: "While the stats ticked upwards, numbers of African-American and black associates remain below levels prior to the advent of the Great Recession. Their representation in the partner ranks also remained fairly static, and minority women remain the most underrepresented partnership segment, according to the report."
b. "Law firm diversity is 'good news/bad news story,' says NALP executive director," 01.09.19.
The ABA Journal also reports on the new NALP diversity data.
c. "Despite Gains in Overall Representation of Women, Minorities, and LGBT Lawyers at Firms, Gains for Black/African-American Attorneys Lag," 01.09.19.
You can read NALP's press release and find a copy of the 2018 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms here.
7. "As Rich Firms Set the Market, Mid-Tier Firms Wrongly Follow, Report Says," 01.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports on the release of the 2019 Report on the State of the Legal Market, prepared by the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Peer Monitor. (You can find the report here.)
8. "Mindfulness: A Path To Well-Being And Balance For Lawyers And Law Students," 01.09.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that "takes an in-depth look at the relevance of mindfulness for the legal profession and legal education and offers mindfulness as one way to begin to respond effectively to the [National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being]'s concerns."
a. "Even a Lawyer Can Spare 2 Minutes to Get Mentally Fit," 01.09.19.
And Law.com writes that any lawyer can begin to benefit from a mindfulness practice.
b. "You Should Meditate Every Day," 01.09.19.
And in a timely bit of synergy, Farhad Manjoo, writing for The New York Times, makes the case that meditation can free us from the shackles of technology.
9. "Syracuse's New Online JD Portends Popularity of Hybrid Programs," 01.09.19.
New York Law Journal reports that "Syracuse University College of Law this week kicked off its hybrid Juris Doctor program in which students complete the bulk of their coursework online — only the second such program in the nation approved by the American Bar Association."
10. "Government Shutdown Leaves Law Student Externs Scrambling," 01.08.19.
Law.com reports that "hundreds of law students across the country who expected to extern this semester at federal agencies now find themselves in limbo amid the nearly three-week-old partial government shutdown."
a. "NY Law Schools Fear That Government Shutdown Is Discouraging Public Service," 01.09.19.
The New York Law Journal speaks to folks at the New York law schools about the impact of the government shutdown on students' long term feelings about public service and government careers.
b. "Federal courts expect to have money to operate through next week despite shutdown," 01.07.19.
More on the effects of the federal government shutdown from the ABA Journal.
11. "Drake Law School Launches Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation," 01.08.19.
The latest from the What Great Law Schools blog spotlights Drake University Law School's new Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation that launched in July.
12. "Millennials in Big Law: Resistance Is Futile," 01.07.19.
Two leaders from MLA, writing here for The American Lawyer, make the case that "as the oldest millennials are becoming law firm partners…Big Law will need to adapt in order to motivate and retain them."
13. "Sexual Harassment Cases Surged Last Year in Wake of #MeToo: Seyfarth Report," 01.07.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new Seyfarth Shaw report finds "a drastic increase in sex-based discrimination filings at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [in the] last fiscal year."
14. "Munger Tolles Did It. Why Can't You?," 01.07.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, gives a shout-out to Munger Tolles for their new partnership class: "Munger has elected eight new partners, and 60 percent of them are women or lawyers of color. What's more, three of the new partners…took parental leave during the year they were up for partnership — and one of them is a male. The audacity!"
15. "Is UnitedLex the Future? Dan Reed Thinks So," 01.07.19.
The American Lawyer speaks with Dan Reed, the CEO of UnitedLex.
16. "The Role of State Law in Legal Education and Attorney Licensing," 01.07.19.
An associate dean and provost from a New York law school, writing for the New York Law Journal, take a look at the effect of the Uniform Bar Exam on the amount of time devoted to state law instruction in law schools, and ask "If state law is not taught in law school and tested on the bar exam, how will new attorneys know how to represent clients in areas governed by state law?"
17. "An update on IFLP," 01.06.19.
Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, provides an update on the Institute for the Future of Law Practice, noting that "IFLP's core mission is to align the interests of law schools, law students, legal employers and other industry stakeholders around the knowledge, skills and training needed by 21st century legal professionals."
18. "Why We Should Adopt a Rooney Rule for Law Clerks," 01.04.19.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, writing for The Recorder, proposes a Rooney Rule for judicial clerkship hiring, noting that he won't fill a clerk slot until he's interviewed at least one minority candidate and one candidate from a non-"T-14" law school.
19. "Legal Employment Ends 2018 With Two-Month Slide," 01.04.19.
The American Lawyer reports on latest USBLS jobs data, finding that "the legal services industry shed 600 jobs in December, marking the second straight month of declines even as the U.S. economy overall continued a record streak of job growth."
20. "Ways to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive," 01.04.19.
A law firm partner writing for The Legal Intelligencer, inspired by remarks by Kenji Yoshino at a recent diversity conference, offers suggestions that individuals can adopt to create and foster a more inclusive workplace.
21. "The Eversheds Tragedy and #MeToo: Why Victims Must Still Speak Out," 01.04.19.
The American Lawyer writes that "addressing mental health and sexual harassment issues has never been more pressing for law firms."
22. "Nation's Future Will Be Determined by Today's Law Students, Says South African Justice," 01.03.19.
Law.com reports on the inspirational keynote address by Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa at last week's AALS annual meeting: "'You carry in your classroom and seminars the future of the country,' Cameron said, noting that it's a time when many people fear that the rule of law is under assault in the United States."
a. "Ahead of the Curve: Dispatches from the AALS Annual Meeting," 01.08.19.
And Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, recaps the AALS conference highlights. (Subscription required.)
23. "Working toward well-being: Tools help lawyers and legal employers deal with substance-abuse disorders," January 2019.
This ABA Journal magazine story highlights The Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers, and the work that led to its development. (The toolkit can be found at www.abajournal.com/toolkit.)
24. "University of California at Irvine School of Law leaders reflect on first decade," January 2019.
This ABA Journal magazine story takes a look at the remarkable success of the new law school at UC Irvine after its first ten years.
January 4, 2019
1. "Rather than increase 1L class size in 2018, some law schools shrunk strategically," 01.03.19.
The ABA Journal provides further reporting on the fall enrollment figures for US law schools, noting that "while 117 law schools this year increased their first-year class sizes, following a growth of more than 8 percent in applications, a few others purposely had fewer 1L students in 2018."
a. "Analyzing Enrollment And Profile Patterns Across Different Tiers Of Law Schools For Fall 2018," 01.02.19.
And Jerry Organ, writing for the TaxProf Blog, takes a deep dive into the recently released ABA enrollment data, reaching three conclusions, including that "this would appear to be the strongest entering class since 2012."
2. "Founder Connie Brenton Resigns From CLOC, Citing 'Different Directions'," 01.03.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on big changes at CLOC: "The founder of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), an organization that provides education and networking opportunities for legal operations professionals, has resigned."
3. "'State of Legal Education is Excellent,' Says New Law School Association President," 01.02.19.
Law.com reports on the opening of the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in New Orleans, including remarks from incoming AALS President and Harvard Law School professor Vicki Jackson.
4. "Law Firm Mergers Were Red Hot in 2018, With No Slowdown in Sight," 01.02.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to final industry numbers, "2018 was one of the busiest years on record for law firm combinations."
5. "Roberts Praises Workplace Misconduct Reforms, But Says 'Job Is Not Yet Done'," 12.31.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Monday that recent efforts to combat workplace harassment in federal courthouses around the country are strengthening 'our culture of accountability and professionalism,' but more needs to be done to foster the 'exemplary workplace that we all want.'"
6. "California's Bar Exam: How Schools Fared and What Questions a New Analysis Didn't Answer," 12.30.18.
The Recorder reports on the release of a California state bar-commission bar passage study that "concludes that California law school students' undergraduate credentials and law school performance accounted for up to 50 percent of the decline in bar exam scores and passing rates between 2013 and 2017."
a. "July 2018 California Bar Exam Results," 12.30.18.
And the TaxProf Blog publishes the school by school list of the bar passage rates for first-time test-takers for the 21 California ABA-approved law schools.
7. "Law Firms Are Embracing Change to Satisfy Associates," 12.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that law firms are making changes in the ways that they relate to their newest associates.
8. "Pay Equity Disputes Are Flourishing, and Expect More in the New Year," 12.28.18.
The National Law Journal reports that pay equity litigation is likely to continue to dominate the headlines in 2019 as "law firms, tech companies and accounting giants [face] massive class action lawsuits by women who claim unequal treatment and pay."
9. "New Akin Gump Program Lets Lawyers 'Jump' to Other Offices," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Akin Gump has launched a short-term travel program that allows associates and counsel at the third-year level and above to spend time in other offices."
10. "Quinn Emanuel Bonus Scale Tops Cravath for Highest Billers," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Quinn Emmanuel has announced an associate bonus scale that exceeds the so-called Cravath scale for those associates who billed 2,700 hours or more in 2018.
11. "After a Banner Year for Law Firm Moves, What's in Store for 2019?," 12.27.18.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, says "according to data from ALM Intelligence, more U.S.-based partners left the partnerships of the nation's 100 largest firms this year than in any year since at least 2013," and he expects more of the same in 2019.
a. "By the Numbers: Six Years' Worth of Am Law 100 Partner Shuffling," 12.27.18.
The data wonks at ALM, writing for The American Lawyer, report that 2018 was the busiest year yet for partner moves in the Am Law 100, and they provide the infographics to prove it.
12. "Buoyed by Steady Demand, Law Firms Expected to Keep Growing in 2019," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that following the very strong financial results that many large law firms expect to post at the end of 2018, additional revenue growth is expected for 2019.
13. "Cleary Launches New Feedback App for Associates," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has launched an app that puts its associates in the driver's seat and allows them to push for feedback when they want it."
14. "Here's a Look at the 10 Law Schools With Highest Non-JD Enrollment," 12.27.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, identifies "the 10 law schools with the highest percentage of students outside the traditional JD program." (Coming in at number 1, "more than two-thirds of students at the University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law aren't in its JD program.")
15. "More than 41,000 public service workers sought federal student loan forgiveness. The government approved just 206," 12.27.18.
USA Today reminds us that not many people are actually benefitting from federal student loan forgiveness.
16. "University of Kansas School of Law Brings AI to the Classroom," 12.26.18.
Legaltech News reports that "The University of Kansas School of Law, like a growing number of law schools across the nation, is starting to teach its students cutting-edge quantitative subjects such as data analysis and artificial intelligence."
17. "Busy Merger Market Shows No Signs of Slowing," 12.26.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "as 2018 came to a close, it was on pace to become the busiest year ever for law firm mergers, surpassing a record set in 2017," a trend that is expected to continue into 2019 and beyond.
18. "DC Firms Might Lag in 2018 Results, But Optimistic for 2019," 12.26.18.
The National Law Journal reports that firms in the DC market may see weaker financial results at the end of 2018 because of the decrease in regulatory and enforcement work coming out of this administration.
19. "In the Quest to Innovate, Where Will Law Firms Look Next?," 12.26.18.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, predicts that outsourcing will continue to spread through legal departments in 2019, and law firms will continue in increase their use of data analytics.
20. "Legal Education and the Two Kinds of Innovation," 12.24.18.
Dan Rodriguez, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, offers a model of innovation for legal education that includes two strategies, one for advancing law schools' standard goals, and one for disrupting legal education in a more profound way — pathways he deems "mission-driven innovation" and "mission-disruptive innovation."
a. "Introducing contributor Dan Rodriguez," 12.23.18.
Bill Henderson introduces Dan Rodriguez as a regular guest-blogger for his Legal Evolution blog: "Sometimes, to protect and promote the long-term interest of stakeholders, leaders have to take difficult public positions. The decision won't be popular or clearly right at the time, yet the risks of deflecting or avoiding a firm stance are just too high, at least for the collective."
21. "Need a Vacation? Orrick Will Foot the Bill," 12.21.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Orrick has announced that it will provide up to $15,000 to cover the costs of a week's vacation for its attorneys for partnership track associates who have billed 2,400 hours in the last year, and to non-partnership track associates, project attorneys and legal assistants who billed at a slightly lower level.
22. "U.S. Grip on the Market for Higher Education Is Slipping," 12.20.18.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "last year, the U.S. saw a 6.6% decline in new international students studying in the country, to 271,738, after a 3.3% decline the year before."
December 21, 2018
1. "How are law schools using virtual reality tools in classrooms?," January, 2019.
The January issue of the ABA Journal magazine reports that "a handful of schools are experimenting with VR and augmented reality technology." ("Virtual reality involves the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment, immersing a user in a 3D experience. In the past few years, the legal industry has begun slowly experimenting with VR technology — using it, for example, to re-create crime and accident scenes.")
2. "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)," 12.20.18.
Sara Randazzo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, writes about the rapid rise of non-JD students enrolling in law schools. ("The broadening student population is among the most visible changes from a postrecession period in which many law schools overhauled operations to shore up finances.") (Subscription required.)
3. "34 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Buffalo, UC-Davis)," 12.20.18.
The TaxProf Blog provides this update on the law schools that are now accepting the GRE for JD admissions.
4. "New York Firms Are Flush, But Expenses Temper Profit Growth," 12.19.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that while "large New York law firms in 2018 saw, on average, their best revenue growth since the recession…concerns loom on the horizon, including a potential market downturn."
5. "Holland & Knight Increases First-Year Associate Pay to $190K in California," 12.19.18.
The Recorder reports that "Holland & Knight has bumped up starting salaries for associates in its California offices to $190,000."
6. "ABA Places John Marshall Law School on Probation," 12.18.19.
The Daily Report writes that "the American Bar Association has placed Atlanta's John Marshall Law School on probation."
a. "Atlanta's John Marshall placed on probation for noncompliance with program, admissions standards," 12.14.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
7. "Brooklyn Law Poaches New Dean From Rutgers," 12.18.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Brooklyn Law School has named Michael Cahill as its next dean."
8. "My Life Now: 1L Finals at a T14," 12.18.18.
A 1L from the University of Michigan Law School writes about the anxiety surrounding the first round of law school exams.
9. "Another Global Law Firm Merger? Odds Are, It's Dentons," 12.18.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest Altman Weil law firm merger data, noting that "in 2018 Dentons completed three more global deals than all other U.S. law firms combined, for a total of eight."
10. "Minorities Gain Ground in Big Law (Caveats Apply)," 12.18.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, finds a glass half full in a new diversity report: "according to the 2018 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey, there are some solid improvements for lawyers of color."
11. "New Initiative Aims to Connect Female In-Housers With Women Startup Founders," 12.18.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on a new initiative aimed at accelerating the careers of female corporate lawyers and startup founders.
12. "Paul Weiss Vows to 'Do Better' After Partner Promotions Stir Diversity Debate," 12.18.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that Paul Weiss has taken some heat after announcing a new partner class that is made up of almost entirely white men.
13. "After a Record-Setting 2018 for Law Firms, Does a Reckoning Await?," 12.17.18.
The American Lawyer suggests that despite the record financial finishes many law firms are likely to see this year, there are many indicators on the horizon that a slowdown is in store.
14. "Harassment From Clients Can Stunt Women's Careers, but Few Firms Are Trying to Stop It," 12.17.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that "numerous women told Corporate Counsel that sexual harassment by clients is not uncommon in the legal industry."
15. "LawNext Episode 23: Dan Rodriguez on Innovating Law and Legal Education," 12.17.18.
LawNext provides this interview with Dan Rodriguez, who recently stepped down as dean of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and became the chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation: "Rodriguez talks about the meaning of innovation in law and at law schools and the obstacles to achieving innovation." (Podcast)
16. "Law Schools Are Bad for Democracy," 12.16.18.
A Yale Law professor, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, provides a thoughtful critique of legal education in response to the question, what are law schools for? (Subscription required.)
17. "How to Be More Resilient," 12.15.18.
This New York Times op-ed from a professor of clinical psychiatry at Cornell's medical school reports on new brain research on resiliency that suggests all people can increase healthy behaviors with simple behavioral interventions that increase resiliency.
18. "Law Schools See First Real Enrollment Gains Since 2010," 12.14.18.
Law.com reports that according to data released last week by the ABA, "new student enrollment at the nation's law schools increased 3 percent this fall."
a. "Enrollment Is Up — Way Up — At These Law Schools," 12.19.18.
The National Law Journal identifies the ten law schools with the biggest enrollment jumps this fall.
b. "As US Law Schools See First Real Enrollment Gains Since 2010, Most Pa. Schools Keep Pace," 12.19.18. (Legal Intelligencer)
c. "1L Enrollment Increased 3%, Non-JD Enrollment Surged 8% In Fall 2018," 12.15.18.
The TaxProf Blog parses the ABA enrollment data.
d. "Enrollment Up at 9 NY Law Schools, Down at 6," 12.14.18. (New York Law Journal)
e. "Georgia Law Schools' Enrollments Surge Past National Tide," 12.14.18. (Daily Report)
19. "ABA Releases Data On All 203 Law Schools," 12.14.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the ABA has released all of the Standard 509 data that law schools self-reported this fall, including enrollment data. You can find the ABA news release and links to the data tables here.
a. "2018 ABA Data Show Continued Decline In Number And Percentage Of Transfers," 12.17.18.
Jerry Organ, writing for the TaxProf Blog, parses the 509 transfer data, noting that Georgetown continues to dominate the transfer market, taking more than 100 transfers in each of the last four years.
b. "51% Of Law Schools Increased Their Median LSATs, 60% Increased Their Median GPAs," 12.16.18.
And the TaxProf Blog reports that Spivey Consulting has parsed the LSAT data released with the 509 data.
20. "How to Volunteer While Managing Your Time as a Young Lawyer," 12.12.18.
A law firm associate writing for The Legal Intelligencer, noting that successful lawyers are active in their communities, offers some "best practices to encourage others to serve in [volunteer] leadership positions."
21. "LSO to mandate pay for articling students," 12.11.18.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the Law Society of Ontario decided on Monday to alter the training process for young lawyers, approving a proposal to mandate pay for articling students and audit the firms where they work beginning May 1, 2021."
December 14, 2018
1. "NALP Loosens the Reins on Summer Associate Recruiting," 12.13.18.
Law.com reports on changes announced by NALP this week: "The change is intended to prompt more experimentation and innovation in entry level recruiting, and give firms and schools leeway to decide which practices work best for them, said NALP Executive Director James Leipold."
a. You can find the new NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process, the memorandum to members from the NALP Board of Directors, and a press release about the changes here: https://www.nalp.org/principles
2. "Under New Management: Law Firms Head Into 2019 With Fresh Crop of Leaders," 12.13.18.
The American Lawyer reports on a surprising year of leadership changes among Am Law 200 firms.
3. "New Solutions Are Needed to Fix a Gender Pay Gap That's Getting Bigger," 12.13.18.
This commentary in the New York Law Journal responds to the recent MLA report on the gender pay gap for partners by "teasing out the factors that underpin the gender pay gap in law and suggesting a new solution that, alongside all the other important initiatives, can begin to close it."
4. "(White) Women Are Making Gains in Big Law," 12.13.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reacts to the 2018 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey and finds some encouraging news, despite what she characterizes as the depressingly predictable.
5. "California Today: Life as a First-Generation U.C. Irvine Student," 12.13.18.
The New York Times writes about the Student Success Initiative, a University of California system program that aims to provide support for first-generation students.
6. "An Asian Crisis in Legal Education? Not So, Says New Report From LSAT Maker," 12.12.18.
Law.com reports that "a new study from the Law School Admission Council concludes that the number of Asians applying to law school hasn't declined more than other racial groups, despite an earlier report that indicated legal education is facing a troubling falloff in Asian-American students."
7. "Microsoft Picks Davis Wright Tremaine for Top Firm Diversity," 12.12.18.
Bloomberg Law reports that "Davis Wright Tremaine was the top performer in Microsoft's 2018 Law Firm Diversity Program, using diverse lawyers on more than 60 percent of its hours worked for the tech giant."
a. "Microsoft's Legal Diversity Program Turns 10," 12.11.18.
Law.com provides this update ten years after Microsoft first pushed its outside counsel to increase firm diversity by giving firms a bonus if they meet diversity goals around staffing and leadership.
8. "Amid Concerns Over Lawyer Workloads, US Firms Embrace 'Agility'," 12.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports that a growing number of law firms are developing policies aimed at giving attorneys more flexibility in how and where they do their work.
9. "Young lawyers can be technophobes too, says legal tech entrepreneur Monica Goyal," 12.12.18.
In an ABA Journal Legal Rebels podcast, Monica Goyal, a lawyer, engineer, and entrepreneur who is currently a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, talks about teaching legal technology to law students.
10. "Survey: 69 Percent of People Would Use Online Legal Services Over Attorneys," 12.12.18.
Legaltech News reports that "a new survey has found that many American adults are willing to use alternative legal providers as a way to save on legal costs."
11. "Best Year in a Decade for Law Firms? Maybe, But Not for Everyone," 12.11.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the new year-end report from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group finds "that 2018 was the best year in a decade for revenue growth, but it cautioned that the benefits accrued primarily to the largest and smallest firms."
a. "Data Snapshot: The Richest Law Firms Are Getting Even Richer," 12.10.18.
And the data wonks at ALM Intelligence, writing here for The American Lawyer, confirm that "the most profitable firms in the Am Law 200 are pulling away from the rest of the industry."
12. "New Call for Standardizing Job Placement Rates," 12.12.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the Institute for College Access and Success is urging the federal government, states and accreditors to standardize how they calculate job placement numbers for higher ed programs.
13. "Columbia Law School Students Are Turning Into Legal Tech Developers," 12.11.18.
Legaltech News reports that "Columbia Law School students are using a software program to create apps to help various legal organizations' clients automate the drafting of legal documents."
14. "'Frightening' Bar Exam Results, but No Plans to Lower Passing Score: California Chief Justice," 12.11.18.
The Recorder reports that California "Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday the state Supreme Court has no immediate plans to reconsider the passing score on the California bar exam despite a historically low success rate on the July test."
15. "Penn Is First Elite Law School To Require Training In Attorney Well-Being," 12.11.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "in January 2019, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will launch a groundbreaking pilot program that will incorporate a session on attorney well-being into every section of the mandatory Professional Responsibility course."
16. "Here Comes the Digital LSAT," 12.10.18.
Legaltech News reports that "the Law School Admission Test will be fully digital by September, with Microsoft Surface Go tablets replacing pencil and paper."
17. "Law Society approves lawyer licensing path that maintains transitional training, with enhancements," 12.10.18.
The Law Society of Ontario reports that its "governing body has approved an option for lawyer licensing that retains the two, current transitional training pathways, with significant enhancements, as recommended by the Law Society's Professional Development and Competence Committee."
18. "Does the legal profession have a moral duty to innovate?," 12.10.18.
This piece in the Canadian Lawyer asks the question "do lawyers have a social and moral duty to embrace innovation to ensure access to justice?"
19. "Wells Fargo: Law Firms Enjoying Best Year Since the Recession," 12.07.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that the most recent Wells Fargo survey of its private bank law firm clients shows that "the industry will report its strongest annual performance in a decade."
a. "Wells Fargo Adds to the Consensus: The Law Firm Market Is Setting Records," 12.07.18.
More on the report released by the Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group: "All the major trackers of the law firm market have said it: 2018 is poised to set a post-recession record for revenue growth."
20. "Legal Employment Fell in November Despite US Job Growth Streak," 12.07.18.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest USBLS jobs data, "the size of the legal services industry shrunk in November, dropping 2,400 jobs over the prior month."
21. "Kirkland & Ellis Backs Off Mandatory Arbitration for Staffers," 12.07.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "nonattorney employees at Kirkland & Ellis will no longer be required to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, amid pressure from law students who say such arrangements disproportionately hurt women and minorities."
22. "Columbia University's AI Business Course Studies Legal Tech Startup," 12.07.18.
Legaltech News reports that "an MBA course offered this semester at Columbia University used a legal tech startup as its subject, saying that the legal technology offers a prime example of using tech experts and industry experts — in this case lawyers — in the development of a needed business tool."
23. "Millennial Attorneys and the Pressure to be Perfect," 12.07.18.
In this commentary piece in The Recorder, a Big Law associate writes that "Millennials, more than any other generation, feel the pressure to be perfect…[and] for millennials who are attorneys, perfectionist tendencies can become amplified due to the realities of legal practice."
24. "A Teacher's Long Road to Student Loan Forgiveness (and a $4,500 Surprise)," 12.07.18.
A New York Times update in the saga of one public school teacher's quest to have his student loans forgiven through the federal public service loan forgiveness program — this story comes with a happy ending, but a sobering coda — he is one of the very few to have succeeded so far.
December 7, 2018
1. "Michigan Law School Gets $33 Million Donation," 12.06.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of Michigan Law School has landed a $33 million donation that it will use to bolster student scholarships and reduce graduate debt."
2. "A Very Mixed Record on Grad Student Mental Health," 12.06.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports on new research on graduate students' mental health and cites the need for additional research.
3. "Law Firms Pad Parental Leave to Attract Diverse Attorney Pool," 12.06.18.
Bloomberg Law reports that "competition for a more diverse crop of employees is driving law firms to expand paid parental leave benefits, with at least four firms making changes in the last two months."
a. "Fried Frank Joins Wave of Law Firms Boosting Parental Leave," 11.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson announced that it will now provide at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave for its attorneys and business service personnel and is doing away with primary and secondary caregiver designations."
4. "Female Law Partners Face 53 Percent Pay Gap, Survey Finds," 12.06.18.
Bloomberg Law reports that according to the 2018 Partner Compensation Survey, from Major, Lindsay & Africa, "women law partners face a whopping 53 percent gap in pay at top U.S. law firms."
a. "New Survey Finds Even Bigger Gender Gap in Big Law Partner Pay," 12.06.18.
More on the MLA study from The American Lawyer: "The legal search firm found that male partners are earning $959,000, on average, at large U.S. firms, compared to $627,000 on average for female partners — a 53 percent difference."
5. "Kirkland & Ellis Named Law Firm of the Year at American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Kirkland & Ellis was named Best Law Firm of the Year at the first-ever American Lawyer Industry Awards in New York.
a. "Greenberg Traurig Wins Regional Firm of the Year at American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18. (Daily Report)
b. "Orrick, Keker, Covington and In-House Apple Lawyer Take Home American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18. (The Recorder)
c. "Blank Rome, Morgan Lewis and Reed Smith Snag American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18. (The Legal Intelligencer)
6. "Women Are Majority of Med School Applicants," 12.05.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "for the first time since 2004, more women than men applied to American medical schools, according to data released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges."
7. "Working Remotely Is on the Rise, But It Comes With Its Share of Downsides," 12.05.18.
Legaltech News reports that growing numbers of lawyers working remotely raise risks for law firms.
8. "Ahead of the Curve: Welcome to Campus, Gen Z," 12.04.18.
Karen Sloan at Law.com speaks with Wake Forest law professor Laura Graham about Gen Z and what law schools need to know about teaching them.
9. "Law Firm Leadership: Diversity Alone Does Not Mean Inclusion…," 12.04.18.
A law firm partner, writing for JD Supra, tackles important distinctions between diversity and inclusion.
10. "NewLaw Is Wooing BigLaw's Young Talent," 12.04.18.
Law360 reports on recent law grads getting jobs in New Law.
11. "Even with Changes Coming to H-1B Process, Companies Need to Start Preparing for Next Year Now," 12.04.18.
The Recorder reports that "filing H-1B visa petitions for foreign employees in 2019 could be even more complicated than usual due to proposed process changes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."
12. "Miami Law School's Orientation "Hackathon" Puts First Years to Work on Challenging Legal Questions," 12.04.18.
The latest What Great Law Schools Do blog post features the University of Miami.
13. "Diversity, Hierarchy, And Fit In Legal Careers: Insights From Fifteen Years Of Qualitative Interviews," 12.04.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics article that "focuses on change and continuity in how the legal profession provides opportunity for women and minorities," and is based on three waves of qualitative interviews that were done as part of the NALP/NALP Foundation After the JD longitudinal study of lawyers' careers.
14. "Women's Groups at Stanford, Berkeley Law Unite to Fight Mandatory Arbitration in Big Law," 12.03.18.
The Recorder reports that "women's associations from eight elite law schools, including Stanford Law School and University of California, Berkeley School of Law, are joining the fight against forced mandatory arbitration among legal employers."
a. "Yale Law School women's groups oppose mandatory arbitration," 12.05.18.
The Yale Daily News reports that Yale Law Women and the Yale Law Women of Color Collective have joined 12 law school women's groups opposing law firms that prevent employees from filing lawsuits against their employers.
15. "Better Late Than Never: Canadian Firms Are Finding Ways to Innovate," 12.03.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "during the past decade, the Canadian legal market has experienced a sort of mini-boom in its innovation sector that has even spread to some of the country's most traditional firms."
16. "Cleary Joins Big Law's Pennsylvania Avenue Reshuffle," 12.03.18.
The National Law Journal reports that at least three Big Law offices have recently relocated to upgraded digs in Washington, DC.
17. "ABA Approves University Of Illinois-Chicago's Acquisition Of John Marshall Law School," 12.02.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has approved the University of Illinois at Chicago's acquisition of The John Marshall Law School.
18. "First-Ever Skadden Fellows for Two Law Schools, and One of Them Is Closing," 11.30.18.
Law.com reports that "Valparaiso University School of Law and Roger Williams University School of Law have landed their first ever Skadden fellows."
19. "Improve gender diversity or we won't use you — in-house lawyers warn firms to up their game," 11.30.18.
Legal Week reports that in-house lawyers continue to warn law firms that if they fail to improve diversity they will lose out on work.
20. "The Age of the Specialist Is Upon Us," 11.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the tightness of the current market for legal services is part of what is driving firms to develop expertise in ever narrower niches — for instance, emoji law.
21. "New Survey Shows Wide Range of Salaries Throughout Corporate Law," 11.30.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of an ALM Intelligence survey of legal department compensation structures.
22. "How Affirmative Action Really Works," 11.30.18.
Nicholas Lemann, professor of journalism and dean emeritus at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, makes a strong case that race-conscious admissions remain necessary because the negative effects of racism persist. ("The persistent, though decreasing, black-white gaps on academic measures are manifestations of how profoundly different the black and white experiences in the United States still are, economically, socially, residentially, educationally, and in almost every other way.") (Subscription required.)
23. "Canada Blazes the Trail for (Authorized) Pot on Campus," 11.30.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that Canadian universities are rewriting campus policies to allow recreational marijuana use on campus after the drug was legalized by the Canadian government in October, while US colleges continue to ban the drug even in states where it has been legalized because of federal laws that still prohibit it.
24. "Why is it so much harder to become a lawyer in California than in New York?," 11.29.18.
This LA Times op-ed from three California law school deans urges the California Legislature and the California Supreme Court to adopt bar pass standards more in line with other jurisdictions.
November 30, 2018
1. "Big Four's Deloitte to Launch 25-Lawyer Hong Kong Law Firm," 11.29.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "global accounting firm Deloitte has confirmed that it will launch a 25-lawyer Hong Kong law practice in January."
a. "Big Law's Trojan Horse: Are the Big Four Preparing an Invasion?," 11.29.18.
The American Lawyer takes a look at the steady incursion of the Big Four into the traditional law firm market.
b. "KPMG aims to employ 3,000 lawyers within the next few years," 11.27.18.
The ABA Journal reports that KPMG will be adding 3,000 lawyers to its existing core of 1,800 lawyers as it expands its global legal services offerings in 75 countries over the next ten years.
2. "Down Under, Law Firms Can Pay a Price for Overworking Lawyers," 11.29.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "two of Australia's top law firms have been investigated by government regulators in the past two months for overworking lawyers and staff."
3. "Generation Z Goes To Law School: Teaching And Reaching Law Students In The Post-Millennial Generation," 11.29.18.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that "examines three learning characteristics of Generation Z students that have direct implications for legal educators."
4. "UCLA's Richard Sander Plods Ahead in Latest 'Mismatch' Theory Lawsuit," 11.29.18.
The Recorder reports on a Law.com interview with Richard Sander, the "polarizing" UCLA law professor, discussing his latest lawsuit seeking to compel the University of California system to turn over admissions and outcomes data, alleging once again that affirmative action hurts minority students.
5. "Tennessee's Duncan Law back in 'substantial compliance' with admissions standard," 11.28.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tennessee, is now in substantial compliance with admissions requirements that fall under Standard 501, according to a recent decision from the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar."
6. "Law Departments' Legal Spend Up as Needs Increase: Survey," 11.28.18.
Legaltech News reports on new survey findings that indicate "after no change in total legal spending year over year between 2016 and 2017, law departments' total legal spending was up five percent last year."
7. "How To Grow A Lawyer: A Guide For Law Schools, Law Professors, And Law Students," 11.28.18.
The TaxProf blog highlights a new book by author and Hofstra legal writing professor E. Scott Fruehwalk that makes the case that "law schools need to radically transform legal education…they must reject everything from the past that does not grow effective lawyers."
8. "Networking for Young Lawyers: Tips for Using This Skill to Advance Your Career," 11.28.19.
On the eve of the holiday party season, a law firm associate writing for The Legal Intelligencer offers networking tips for young lawyers.
9. "Law Firms Face Malpractice Risk Over Substance Abuse, Poor Mental Health," 11.28.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that "while there's more awareness than ever about the high rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse in the legal profession, it is less well-recognized how an attorney's impairment can lead to malpractice claims and overall liability for their law firms."
10. "Ex-Charlotte Law Students Balk at Class Action Settlement," 11.27.18.
Law.com reports that "a proposed class action settlement between the owner of the now-closed Charlotte School of Law and former students is facing sharp opposition from some plaintiffs who say defendant InfiLaw Corp. hasn't offered enough financial evidence to justify a relatively low $2.65 million settlement amount."
11. "Specialization Presents a Difficult Decision for Young Lawyers," 11.27.18.
The Young Lawyers Editorial Board of The American Lawyer writes about the risks and rewards of early specialization for young lawyers.
12. "Wolters Kluwer Gives $10,000 Award for Innovations Benefiting Law Students," 11.27.19.
Legaltech News reports on the winners of this year's Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation. ("The prize targets groups that demonstrate a vision for improving outcomes and educational opportunities for law school students and new associates.")
13. "Big Law Associate Group Awards $90,000 to Legal Aid Organizations," 11.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a coalition of associates at Big Law firms is awarding $90,000 in grants this year to two public interest organizations."
14. "ACC Survey Finds Most GCs Come From In-House, Earn an Average $400,000+," 11.27.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on the findings of the 2019 General Counsel Landscape study.
a. "Women General Counsel Make $125K Less Than Male Colleagues," 11.27.18.
And Bloomberg Law reports that new survey results from ACC show a persistent gender gap in general counsel pay.
15. "Sidley Austin partner's suicide: 'Too Many Lawyers Mask Their Struggles'," 11.27.18.
More thoughtful writing in the aftermath of Joanna Litt's open letter about her husband's suicide, here in the New York Law Journal: "The long-term solution lies in creating preventive measures to support and empower our attorneys to avoid the escalation of stress, anxiety and depression."
16. "Who Really Benefits From Big-Tent Diversity?," 11.26.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, questions what it means to expand diversity initiatives beyond gender, ethnicity and race.
17. "Missing in Action: Data-Driven Approaches to Improve Diversity," 11.25.18.
Guest blogger Evan Parker, writing for Bill Henderson's Legal Evolution blog, uses empirical data to make the case that "law firms with a higher percentage of diverse attorneys are significantly more profitable."
18. "Kirkland & Ellis Drops Mandatory Arbitration for Associates Amid Law Student Boycott," 11.21.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Kirkland & Ellis will no longer require associates and summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements."
a. "Not Everyone Cheers Kirkland's Move to End Associate Arbitration Policy," 11.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports on reactions to the Kirkland decision.
b. "Sidley Bows to Pressure on Mandatory Arbitration as DLA Piper Digs In," 11.28.18.
Law.com reports that "Sidley Austin said Wednesday that it will no longer require summer associates, associates or staff to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that prohibit them from suing over workplace issues such as harassment and discrimination."
19. "Provincial government denies approval for Ryerson law school," 11.21.18.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that "Ryerson's law degree program, which was set to open applications in August 2019 and begin classes in September 2020, has been refused program approval by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities." (The decision seems to have been made, at least in part, on the softness of the job market for new law school graduates.)
20. "A Dozen Linklaters Associates in Germany Have Opted for Firm's 40-Hour Week With Reduced Pay," 11.20.18.
The American Lawyer reports on Linklaters' alternative path for its associates in its German offices: "First-year associates on the 40-hour deal are paid €80,000 ($90,971), compared with €120,000 ($136,457) for those receiving the firm's standard pay package. Those signing up for the scheme are not eligible for partnership, although it is possible to become a managing associate or counsel."
a. "Linklaters May Offer 40-Hour Week Plan to Lawyers Outside Germany," 11.23.18.
And The American Lawyer reports that "Linklaters is considering rolling out its regular-hour work model to offices outside of Germany, as the firm looks to retain talent by offering a better work/life balance."
21. "You Think Legal Education Can't Change? 8 Innovative Ideas from Law Schools," 11.20.18.
Legaltech News takes a look at technology related innovations currently in place at eight different law schools.
22. "A Week Early, Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season," 11.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Cravath announced end of year bonuses matching last year's scale.
a. "Associate Compensation Scorecard: Which Firms Have Announced Bonuses?," 11.26.18.
For the latest on law firm bonus season, check out the complete coverage at Above the Law.
b. "Clifford Chance to Match Cravath Bonus Scale for US Associates," 11.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Magic Circle firm "Clifford Chance will pay its most senior U.S. associates bonuses of $100,000, matching the rates set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore last week."
c. "Partners at These Am Law 200 Firms Make Less Than Cravath Associates," 11.21.18.
More on the current bonus season from The American Lawyer.
d. "A Different Kind of Big Law Bonus? Seyfarth Doles Out for Passion Projects," 11.21.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Seyfarth Shaw has announced "it will give out six 'scholarships' worth $4,000 each to allow two partners, two associates and two staff members to pursue an individual 'inspiration project.'"
23. "Gaming It: O'Melveny Takes Talent Search Online to Expand Recruitment Base," 11.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "in a first-of-its-kind move for Big Law, the Los Angeles-based firm plans on using Pymetrics, a neuroscience-informed, game-based career assessment and recruiting platform, to assess potential law school candidates."
24. "Debevoise Launches New Feedback Program for Associates," 11.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "beginning this month, Debevoise & Plimpton is implementing a new feedback scheme across its U.S. offices that will place an emphasis on constant and consistent feedback for associates, aiming to make them better attorneys, faster."
25. "New Partners Don't Know What to Expect After Promotion, Survey Shows," 11.19.18.
The American Lawyer has published the findings from its latest new partner survey.
a. "Some New Partners Are Troubled by Perceived Bias in the Workplace," 11.19.18.
More findings from The American Lawyer's new partner survey.
26. "Survey Finds Legal Industry in Last Place in AI, Machine Learning Adoption," 11.19.18.
The Recorder reports that results from a survey that measures the extent to which organizations across industries offer training on emerging technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, show that "the legal industry, which ranked just ahead of government, is behind all other business sectors."
27. "Nearly Six in 10 Failed California's July 2018 Bar Exam," 11.16.18.
The Recorder reports that "The pass rate for the July 2018 California bar exam plunged to a 67-year low for the summer test, with just 40.7 percent [passing]…an almost nine percentage point drop from the July 2017 test. The 55 percent pass rate for first-time test-takers was also down eight points from last year."
a. Key Lawmaker Urges State Bar to Re-Evaluate Bar Exam," 11.20.18.
The Recorder reports that "The chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday urged the state bar and California Supreme Court to 'take a fresh look' at the viability of the bar exam in light of the historically low pass rate on the July 2018 test."
28. "Weil Now Lets Associates Work From Home Weekly," 11.16.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Weil has announced a new policy that will allow associates at the third year level and above to work from home up to one day a week.
29. "Cornell Students Develop AI-Powered Apps to Bolster Legal Aid Efforts," 11.16.18.
Legaltech News reports that at Cornell Law School, students are creating apps that are designed to solve challenges facing today's legal aid organizations.
30. "Pillsbury Is Latest Big Firm to Establish New Position Focused on Diversity," 11.16.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Pillsbury has appointed Rosa Walker to serve as the firm's senior director of diversity and inclusion, a newly created position.
31. "A Big Law Refugee Makes a Bet on the Future of the Law," 11.16.18.
The American Lawyer takes another look at a new model law firm that eschews the traditional leverage and pricing models of Big Law: "The current compensation model of Big Law, which relies on associate leverage and Fortune 1000 clients' willingness to absorb ever-increasing rates, is unsustainable," according to one former large law firm lawyer who is trying something different.
32. "Are You Sitting Down? Standing Desks Are Overrated," 11.16.18.
The New York Times reports that "research suggests that warnings about sitting at work are overblown, and that standing desks are overrated as a way to improve health."
November 16, 2018
November 9, 2018
1. "A Future of J.D. Advantage Jobs?," 11.08.18.
Above the Law looks at some specific JD Advantage jobs to make the case that there lies the future, at least for some, and it is a pretty good future indeed.
2. "The Importance of an Origination Plan for Associates," 11.08.18.
This American Lawyer piece argues that paying associates for business they develop is critical to talent retention.
3. "How One Law Firm Is Using Behavioral Science to Coax Lawyers to Innovate," 11.08.18.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, takes a look at how Baker Donelson is using behavioral science to nudge lawyers towards innovation.
4. "The Economics Of Law School: Employment Prospects And Market Inefficiencies," 11.08.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on the publication of a new law review article that uses recent ABA and NALP employment data to build "an economic model that indicates that, in many situations, there is remarkably a negative correlation between law school prestige and economic outcome."
5. "Where Associate Salaries Soar, Signing Bonuses Fall, New Report Finds," 11.07.18.
The American Lawyer reports that as associate salaries have risen, signing bonuses have declined.
6. "Legal Departments Are Insourcing More Litigation Work Than Ever Before," 11.07.18.
Legaltech News reports on new survey results that show that "legal departments are insourcing more work than ever before."
7. "The Number Of 1Ls By State (2017 v. 2010)," 11.07.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a Law School Transparency analysis of law school enrollment by state comparing 2010 numbers with 2017 numbers, and the percentage of decline, which in some states is notable.
8. "Teach-out plan approved for Arizona Summit with closure date set for end of spring 2020," 11.06.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "a new teach-out plan from InfiLaw's Arizona Summit Law School has been approved by the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar." The school has 22 remaining students.
9. "Bar passage standard revisions to go back to ABA House of Delegates," 11.06.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "a proposal to tighten a law school accreditation standard regarding bar passage rates will be resubmitted to the House of Delegates at the 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas."
10. "What Law Firms Need to Know to Prepare for the Next Recession," 11.06.18.
This piece in The American Lawyer argues that "those that fail to adapt to the changing industry will be hit harder when the next recession arrives."
11. "LSAT Maker Hit With $480K in Fees for Disability Violations," 11.06.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "a federal judge has ordered the Law School Admission Council to pay nearly half a million dollars in attorney fees to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in connection to litigation over its accommodation of Law School Admission Test takers with disabilities."
12. "University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Brigham Young University Law School Develop Unique Collaboration to Tackle Eviction," 11.06.18.
The latest What Great Law Schools Do blog post highlights a collaboration between The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Brigham Young Law School to explore solutions to reduce evictions in Arizona, Utah and beyond.
13. "In #MeToo Era, New York Courts' New Sexual Misconduct Policy Was Done Too Quietly, Critics Charge," 11.06.18.
This piece in the New York Law Journal criticizes the rapid roll-out of new policies in New York following the new scrutiny brought by the #MeToo movement.
14. "Low Bar Pass Rate at Texas Law School Spurs Investigation," 11.05.18.
Law.com reports that "only 44.52 percent of Thurgood Marshall students who took that exam for the first time passed it — a rate that was by far the lowest among Texas' 10 law schools and much lower than the pass rate that comparable groups of Thurgood Marshall students obtained in recent years."
15. "Another Big Law Firm Goes Gender-Neutral, Boosts Paid Leave for New Parents," 11.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Fenwick & West announced it is expanding its parental leave policy to 16 weeks of paid leave for its attorneys and professional staff, regardless of gender or caregiver status."
16. "For Law Firms, Design Thinking Offers a New Way Forward," 11.05.18.
The American Lawyer explores how the legal industry can take advantage of design thinking practices that have enabled client- and user-focused innovation in so many other industries.
17. "Artificial Intelligence: Useful — But Risky, Deloitte Survey Says," 11.05.18.
Legaltech News looks at the benefits and barriers to the integration of AI into the legal services industry.
18. "Legal Industry 'Hackathon' Awards Ideas for Combating Bias, Promoting Diversity," 11.05.18.
The Recorder reports on the Diversity Lab's most recent Diversity in Law Hackathon, held last Friday at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
19. "Northwestern Law Dean Cites School's 'Difficult Time' as Reason for Faculty Cuts," 11.05.18.
Law.com reports that "Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law is cutting staff and teaching positions amid a financial shortfall."
a. "Northwestern Law Is Paring Back Amid Budget Woes. Are Other Elite Schools Next?," 11.08.18.
In the aftermath of the Northwestern cutback announcement, Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that while elite law schools are doing better than many of their counterparts, they are not immune from the "the financial pressures of staying competitive in a soft legal education market."
20. "We Should Double Year-End Associate Bonuses," 11.02.18.
This opinion piece in the Daily Business Report makes the case for upping associate bonuses to head off another round of associate salary hikes.
21. "For Young Lawyers, the Changing Legal Landscape Means Opportunity," 11.02.18.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The American Lawyer writes that the alternative legal ecosystem, "those businesses and roles that sit outside the traditional provision of legal services," provides a growing number of professional opportunities for law school graduates.
22. "December 1: The Date All 1Ls Who Want To Work In Biglaw Should Be Prepared For," 11.02.18.
Nicholas Alexiou, writing for Above the Law, provides advice for navigating NALP's 1L hiring recommendations and best practices.
23. "Legal Jobs Up in October Amid Rosy US Employment Report," 11.02.18.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest USBLS jobs data, "the legal sector added 600 jobs in October, marking the industry's second straight month of growth amid a positive employment picture."
24. "Better Mobile Tech Can Help Lawyers Earn More and Do Less," 11.02.18.
Legaltech News writes about the promise that advances in mobile lawyering processes hold.
25. "Managing New Employee Paid Leave Laws in Conjunction With ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation," 11.02.18.
This New York Law Journal article reviews new paid employee leave laws, how each works, and what each requires.
26. "Chicago, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Texas, And Suffolk Are Latest Law Schools To Accept GRE For Admissions," 11.02.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "Chicago, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Texas, and Suffolk are the latest law schools to accept the GRE (joining American, Arizona, Boston University, Brooklyn, BYU, Cardozo, Chicago Kent, Columbia, Cornell, Florida State, George Mason, Georgetown, Harvard, Hawaii, John Marshall (Chicago), Massachusetts, Northwestern, NYU, Pace, Penn, St. John's, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Virginia Wake Forest, and Washington University)."
27. "It's time to stop spending billions on cheap conference swag," 11.02.18.
Fast Company writes that it's time to stop filling landfills with useless conference tote bags and other branded swag.
28. "The Law Firm Disrupted: Big Law Is the 14 Percent," 11.01.18.
Law.com's Law Firm Disrupted column uses NALP's latest employment data to zero in on the fact that it is just the 14 percent of law school graduates who work at law firms of more than 100 lawyers that end up making six figure starting salaries, and asks the question why?
29. "Compliance Tech Company Brings Together Law Students and AI," 11.01.18.
Corporate Counsel profiles a San Francisco startup that is using lawyers, law professors and law students to collaborate on a workflow automation tool for U.S.-based financial services companies.
30. "How #MeToo is reshaping employment contracts for executives," 10.31.18.
The Washington Post reports that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, "companies have begun tweaking employment agreements with top executives, being more explicit about sexual harassment in the wording of severance arrangements or in their language about what constitutes 'cause' for termination."
31. "Paralegals Report Automation Replacing Some Tasks, But Technology 'Essential'," 10.31.18.
Legaltech News writes about new survey results in which "paralegals said some of their work had been replaced by technology, though many are being called on to help with e-discovery and guiding outside vendor use."
November 2, 2018
1. Merger News
a. "Venable Completes Merger With New York's Fitzpatrick Cella," 11.1.2018.
The American Lawyer. "In a year that's been packed with law firm mergers, the deal between Venable and 100-lawyer Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto was one of the largest."
b. "Alabama's Burr & Forman to Merge with SC's McNair," 11.01.2018.
Daily Report. "The merger, effective Jan. 1, will create a 365-lawyer Southeastern giant with 19 offices in eight states."
c. "Day Pitney to Merge with South Florida Litigation Boutique Richman Greer," 10.29.2018.
The American Lawyer/Daily Business Review. "The combination will give Connecticut-based Day Pitney new offices in Miami and West Palm Beach."
d. "Allen & Overy, O'Melveny Partners Meet as Merger Moves Closer," 10.26.2018.
Law.com. "The potential name of the combined firm remains a sticking point as partners get to know each other."
2. Bar Exam Results
a. "Pass Rate for 2018 Texas Bar Exam Down From 2017," 10.31.2018.
Law.com/Texas Lawyer. "A total of 77.87 percent of first-time takers of the Texas Bar Examination who are Texas law school graduates or students passed the July 2018 exam — a decline of more than 3 percent from a year earlier."
b. "July 2018 Ohio Bar Exam Results," 10.31.2018. TaxProf Blog.
c. "Georgia Bar Exam Pass Rate Dips From Prior Year," 10.29.2018.
Daily Report. "The University of Georgia School of Law again led Georgia law schools with a first-time pass rate of 88.1 percent for the July 2018 exam."
d. "July 2018 South Carolina Bar Exam Results," 10.29.2018. Tax Prof Blog.
3. "Which Law Schools Overperform And Underperform On The Bar Exam?" 11.01.2018.
TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article: Jeffrey Kinsler (Former Dean, Belmont) & Jeffrey Omar Usman (Belmont), Law Schools, Bar Passage, and Under and Over-Performing Expectations, 36 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 183 (2018).
4. "Technology's Impact on the Legal Profession: An Interview with Richard Susskind — Part 1," 11.01.2018.
Above the Law/Evolve the Law. "In Part 1 of this 2-part interview, Oliver Duchesne, Client Operations Associate at Priori, sits down with Richard Susskind to discuss the future of law, technology and the evolving relationship between the two."
5. "Coding Abilities Becoming Valuable to Lawyers as Blockchain Tech Develops," 11.01.2018.
Law.com/Legaltech News. "Opportunities for lawyers with a firm grasp of technology are most robust in areas related to compliance or incident response. Hands-on experience with computer programming and coding could become more valuable to attorneys as legal blockchain technologies develop over the next five years."
6. "No Experience? No Problem. Private Equity Lures Newbie Bankers With $300,000 Offers," 11.01.2018.
The Wall Street Journal. "Annual recruitment drive starts earlier this year as firms try to get a jump on preferred candidates." (Subscription required.)
7. "Big Backlash: Mega Corporations Push Back Against Trump Over Transgender Rights," 11.01.2018.
Law.com. "Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. were among 56 companies pushing back against recent attempts by the Trump administration to reduce protections for transgender people…They instead stressed the importance of equality."
8. "Now in compliance with admissions standard, Cooley Law drops suit against ABA," 11.01.2018.
ABA Journal. "After suing the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar over a noncompliance letter made public, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School has dismissed the lawsuit, which alleged Higher Education Act and common law due process violations."
a. "Cooley Law Drops ABA Accreditation Suit, but Others Remain," 11.01.2018.
The National Law Journal. "Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has dismissed its accreditation suit against the American Bar Association, saying it had achieved its primary goals outside of court."
9. "This Law School Is Hitting the Road-On a Seven-Person Bike," 11.1.2018.
Law.com. "Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law is the first university program in the United States to obtain a conference bike, which seats seven and lets groups conduct meetings as they cycle around town."
10. "A Foreshadowing of Big Law's Future: Intellectual Property's Turbulent Decade," 10.31.2018.
Law.com. ALM Intelligence Fellow Hugh Simon looks at the IP market's pricing crash and what it portends for BigLaw.
11. "Men Are Worried, But EEOC Panel Finds Little Evidence to Support #MeToo Backlash Fears," 10.31.2018.
Law.com. "The recent backlash against the #MeToo movement suggests men should fear false accusations or reactive company investigations because of the pressure from social media or news organizations, yet little evidence exists to prove a push against sexual harassment in the workforce hurts men."
12. "For Breast-Pumping Lawyer Moms, Accommodations Often Fall Short," 10.31.2018.
Law.com. "MothersEsquire, a group with 3,000 lawyer-moms spread around the nation, is working to improve workplace conditions."
13. "Another Law School Will Close," 10.31.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Valparaiso Law School announced its plans to close less than a month after the Tennessee Higher Education Commission rejected its plan to transfer to a public university in that state."
a. "Valpo law school closing; teach-out plan in the works," 10.31.2018. ABA Journal.
b. "Valparaiso Is Latest to Join the Crowd of Defunct Law Schools," 10.31.2018.
Law.com coverage. "Officials announced this week that the law school will shut down no later than May 2020. Enrollment has dwindled and a proposal to move the school to Middle Tennessee State University was rejected by state regulators."
14. "This Big Law Firm's Next Leader Knows How to Hire," 10.30.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Dickinson Wright's newly elected CEO has helped hire 250 lawyers and opened up a dozen offices in recent years."
15. Commentary: "Will Chief Justice Roberts Take His Own Advice When It Comes to LGBTQ Employees?" 10.30.2018.
The National Law Journal. "Congress may be able to clean up the law, but it can't fix the damage to the U.S. Supreme Court if it bows to political pressure to scapegoat transgender people."
16. "New Survey Seeks Gender Parity Across IP Practices," 10.30.2018.
The American Lawyer. "A new survey conducted by nonprofit ChIPs and the Diversity Lab seeks to move the needle forward by examining law firms' efforts to promote the inclusion and advancement of women in IP."
17. Commentary: "Women Are Leaning In. Wahoo." 10.30.2018.
The American Lawyer. Vivia Chen comments on a McKinsey report that suggests "Women have taken to heart some of the advice that Sandberg gave, but it's not working."
18. "Private Equity Ownership of Legal Rankings Prompts Marketers' Unease," 10.30.2018.
The American Lawyer/New York Law Journal. "Recent acquisitions of directory companies by private equity firms have sparked concerns among some law firm CMOs, who wonder if the moves could lead to price increases or data risks."
19. "Goldman, JPMorgan Hit Pause on Intern Recruiting 'Madness'," 10.29.2018.
The Wall Street Journal. "Two Wall Street investment banks are easing up in the race to hire their most junior employees." (Subscription required.)
20. Music Video: "Don't Be A Lawyer," 10.29.2018.
YouTube | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | The CW. Pop culture is not necessarily helping law school recruitment's cause.
21. "Multicultural intelligence for lawyers," November 2018.
ABA News. An interview with Terri Morrison, author of Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Courtrooms to Corporate Counsels, the tenth book in her "Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands" intercultural series, and the first one specifically tailored for lawyers.
22. "New lawyers: Advice on bridging the generation gap," November 2018.
ABA News/The Young Lawyer. "Three women, who received their law degrees in 2000, 2008 and 2012, respectively, came together to share their takes on bridging the generational divide at the office and finding work-life balance at home."
23. "Could Diversity Survive a Harvard Loss?," 10.29.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "A major subject of testimony in the trial over Harvard University's admissions policies was whether the university could maintain a diverse student body without considering race in admissions."
24. "Data Snapshot: Is Big Law More Inclusive of LGBT Attorneys?," 10.29.2018.
The American Lawyer/Law.com. "[ALM Intelligence] crunched years of survey data to assess how representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys is changing at major law firms."
25. "Federal Judiciary's Proposals for Addressing Sexual Misconduct to Get Public Airing," 10.29.2018.
Law.com/The National Law Journal. "Two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States — Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability — will conduct the hearing on proposed amendments to the code and rules that respond to recommendations made in a June report by the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group."
a. "Witnesses Say Judiciary Needs More Transparency & Reporting Options on Sexual Misconduct," 10.30.2018.
Law.com/The National Law Journal. "Much of Tuesday's testimony focused on providing alternative channels for reporting sexual misconduct within the judiciary instead of only to the chief judges of the district or circuit courts."
26. "GC Pay Is Up for Many but More in Some Sectors Than Others: Survey," 10.29.2018.
Law.com/Corporate Counsel. "While most GCs have been getting raises, the money varied based on the size of the company and the industry in which it operates."
27. "O'Connor Diagnosis Highlights 'Inevitability' of Dementia Among Lawyers," 10.29.2018.
The American Lawyer/The National Law Journal. "While law firms are still underprepared, some recent initiatives may help prepare them for a world in which lawyers are practicing later and later into old age."
28. "Two types of legal innovation: Type 0 substantive law, Type 1 service delivery," 10.28.2018.
Legal Evolution. In this latest entry, Bill Henderson "explain[s] how McKenna's Lifecycle of a Practice Area is a remarkably useful tool for delineating between two types of legal innovation: Type 0 innovation (substantive law), which is the engine that powered the rise of the world's most successful law firms, and Type 1 innovation (service delivery), which is crucial for reigning in the problem rising costs and complexity in a highly regulated, interconnected and globalized world."
29. "Michigan State Law School to Fully Integrate With University," 10.28.2018.
TaxProf Blog. "MSU's Board of Trustees voted Friday to fully integrate the College of Law into the university."
a. "Michigan State Law Is Set to Become Latest to Ditch Independent Status," 10.29.2018.
Law.com. "A proposal to fully integrate the Michigan State University College of Law into the larger university campus where the school resides is moving forward, offering further evidence that the independent law school model is under intense pressure."
30. "3 Years In: What I've Learned About Working in Career Services," 10.26.2018.
Above the Law. NALP member Nicholas Alexiou observes that "[s]tudents often do not come to law school with an understanding of how the legal job market — or even the legal industry in general — operates."
31. "For the Rookies, Three Lawyers Tackle 'What Do You Love About the Law?'" 10.26.2018.
Daily Report. "Three lawyers write to elaborate on a line from the movie 'Philadelphia,' where Tom Hanks' character is asked what he loves about the law."
32. "The #MeToo Backlash Is Building," 10.26.2018.
The American Lawyer. Careerist Vivia Chen: "One year later, with male/female workplace relationships in an awkward phase, women are feeling the fallout."
33. "Arizona Summit submits another teach-out plan to ABA," 10.26.2018.
ABA Journal. "Arizona Summit Law School will eventually close and has submitted a new teach-out plan to the ABA addressing the individual needs of its remaining 22 students."
34. "Why Law Firms Must Include Men in the Push for Increased Gender Equality," 10.25.2018.
The Legal Intelligencer. "These days, 'diversity' and 'inclusion' (or D and I, the catchphrase du jour) are hot topics in firms of all sizes. Despite the current popularity of these issues, too often there is much talk and little action, and these important discussion points are relegated to trivial buzzwords."
35. "Street Law: It's about the law and legal system," 10.17.2018.
University of Miami News. "Through an innovative program, Miami Law students are empowering local high schoolers to think like lawyers."
36. Leadership Corner: "12 Leadership Quotes to Inspire You to Success," 10.29.2018.
Inc.com. For example: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams
37. Leadership Corner: "Google Evaluates Leadership Skills Using These 13 Questions. How Would You Rank? (And How Would Your Employees Rate You?)," 10.26.2018.
Inc.com. "The evaluation predominately assesses not what managers know but how they do their jobs."
October 26, 2018
1. "What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge From the Past to the Future of Law Practice," 10.25.2018.
Law.com/Corporate Counsel. "In a new book, What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publications, 2018), I explore the new generation of lawyers, their importance to law practice today, and their link to practitioners of the past. One thing is undisputable from my research. Millennial lawyers view the world differently than recent past generations of lawyers, and they have different expectations."
2. "AccessLex Institute Legal Education Data Deck," 10.25.2018.
TaxProf Blog. "AccessLex Institute offers this Legal Education Data Deck for the use of the legal education community, policymakers, and others interested in viewing a snapshot of certain data and trends organized around the three driving principles of AccessLex Institute's research agenda: access, affordability and value."
3. "Invasion of the Clerkship Snatchers? The Rise and Fall of the Federal Clerkship Training Academy," 10.25.2018.
The National Law Journal. Follow-up commentary to last week's news that "the Heritage Foundation had announced it was sponsoring a three-day Federal Clerkship Training Academy for graduating law students who would be clerking in the federal judiciary."
4. "Are law firms committed to disability diversity? A handful of firms have taken action," 10.24.2018.
ABA Journal. "Many law firms state generally that they're welcoming to people with disabilities, but only a handful have put their words into meaningful action."
5. "Justice Dept. Takes Stance Against Transgender Rights — and the EEOC — in Supreme Court," 10.24.2018.
Law.com/The National Law Journal. "No EEOC lawyers signed the Justice Department's brief Wednesday that said federal civil rights laws don't protect against gender-identity discrimination in the workplace."
6. "Universities Sue DHS, Immigration Services Over Trump Administration Re-Entry Policy," 10.24.2018.
Law.com/The National Law Journal. "The policy, universities and students argue, is 'intentionally designed to impose tens of thousands of reentry bars on F, J, and M visa holders each year.'"
a. "Legal Challenge to 'Unlawful Presence' Policy," 10.25.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Colleges challenge a new U.S. policy that makes it easier for international students to face future three- or 10-year bars on re-entry."
7. "You Failed the Bar Exam. Now What?" 10.24.2018.
Law.com. "With bar pass rates in the dumps nationwide, two academic support deans offer their advice to those who failed on how to absorb the bad news and pass on the next try."
8. "After Baker McKenzie Chair Takes Leave for 'Exhaustion,' Other Leaders Share Pressures," 10.24.2018.
The American Lawyer. "While stresses are undoubtedly mounting for global law firm leaders, strategies like delegation, power-sharing and coaching can help ease the burden."
9. "How Clients Contribute to Mental Health Problems at Law Firms," 10.24.2018.
The American Lawyer. "What role do clients play in putting undue pressure on partners, who then pass it on to associates?"
10. "Beyond the Bachelor's: Undergraduate Perspectives on Graduate and Professional Degrees," 10.23.2018.
AALS/Gallup. The formal release of this report, co-sponsored by NALP, which "collected data about career aspirations, sources of advice, and reasons for going to graduate school from undergraduates considering a variety of future educational paths including a wide range of graduate and professional degrees."
a. "Law isn't tops, but is early on undergrads' degree list, survey finds," 10.23.2018.
ABA Journal. "Based on a recent Gallup survey, it appears few undergraduates are thinking about law school — and out of those who are, half have at least one parent with an advanced degree."
11. "The Deep Value of Law Firm Alignment," 10.23.2018.
The American Lawyer. Commentary from Deborah Farone and Dan DiPietro: "Only when each part of a firm is working toward the same business goals can it truly flourish."
12. "NY State Bar Exam Pass Rates Plummet," 10.23.2018.
Law.com. "Those who attended ABA-accredited law schools and took the New York exam for the first time performed markedly better with an 83 percent passing rate but that was still down 3 percentage points from the previous year."
a. "New York state bar exam results released, pass rate has dropped," 10.23.2018. ABA Journal.
13. "Internet Brands Combines Martindale With Avvo in Reboot of Online Legal Network," 10.23.2018.
The American Lawyer. "After completing its acquisition of Avvo in March, the company is fusing its name with the venerable Martindale-Hubbell brand."
14. "More law firms join 'best for women' lists, but statistics are stalled," 10.2018.
ABA Journal. "It may be a sign of the times, but this year more firms than ever before vied for a spot on the 11th annual Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women 2018 list."
15. "In Its Biggest Alum Gift Ever, Stanford Law Gets $25M for Global Program," 10.22.2018.
Law.com/The Recorder. "William Franke's donation will launch the global quarter, in which students will spend an entire quarter immersed in Asian cross-border law before traveling there during faculty-led trips."
16. "Thomas Jefferson School of Law wins California accreditation," 10.22.2018.
ABA Journal. "The State Bar of California's Committee of Bar Examiners voted Friday to approve state accreditation for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, an ABA-accredited institution that has been on probation since November 2017."
17. "Lambda Legal and Allies Battle to Protect Gay Rights Victories From Trump Rollbacks," 10.22.2018.
Corporate Counsel. "After years of helping to score major court victories for gay rights, the nation's largest and oldest LGBT legal organization finds itself battling to hold the line against attacks, including the Trump administration's latest move to redefine the meaning of 'sex' to eliminate transgender."
a. "Trump May Eliminate Trans Rights," 10.22.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Plan reportedly under consideration would bar any definition of sex other than that designated at birth. Transgender students could lose wide range of rights."
18. "The First Global 200 Survey Shows a Massive Revenue Gap," 10.22.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Our annual Global 100 list expands to the world's 200 largest firms — and the tiers become clear."
a. "The Global 200, Ranked by Revenue," 10.22.2018. The American Lawyer.
19. "Can Choate Keep Living Large by Thinking Small?" 10.22.2018.
The American Lawyer. "For nearly 120 years, Choate Hall & Stewart has stuck with its one-office approach in Boston, and put up some of the best financial numbers in the country. As competition floods into town, the firm is ready to be put to the test."
20. "How To Support An Employee Who Has Failed The Bar Exam," 10.22.2018.
Above the Law. Some good practical tips on how to handle the situation including: "Use the cardinal rule to think about how you would like to be treated in the same situation."
21. "Capturing The C-Suite's Attention: 4 Ways To Be Heard At The C-Suite Table," 10.22.2018.
Above the Law — Olga Mack. "Nurturing these tips could take some time, but at the end, it will be worthwhile when your ideas begin to gain traction with the C-Suite."
22. "LSAT Prep Course Bolsters Brain Function, Berkeley Researchers Find," 10.19.2018.
Law.com/The Recorder. "Taking a prep course heightens a person's reasoning abilities, even on tasks completely unrelated to the law school entrance exam, according to new research."
23. "This Silicon Valley Litigator Wants to Disrupt Big Law's Business Model," 10.19.2018.
Law.com/The Recorder. "With seven partners and offices in Atlanta, New York and Silicon Valley, Reichman Jorgensen wants to challenge its Big Law competitors by adopting innovative alternative fee structures and eliminating the partnership track and lockstep compensation system."
24. Podcast: "Attention Law Firms: This GC Wants to Transport You to the Future," 10.19.2018.
Law.com. "Orix USA general counsel Ron Barger wants outside counsel to help him 'see around the corners,' and central to making that happen, he says, is technology."
25. "#MeToo In The Legal Industry: Over A Third Of Senior Women In The Law Say They've Been Sexually Harassed," 10.19.2018.
Above the Law. "ATL has an exclusive breakout of how the legal industry stacks up in the age of #MeToo."
26. "How To Be A Better Lawyer," 10.19.2018.
Above the Law. "As a profession, I believe that lawyers need to focus on one thing and one thing only, and that is being the best lawyer and counselor we can be and not focus on results."
27. "What Factors Hold Back the Careers of Women and Faculty of Color? Columbia U. Went Looking for Answers," 10.18.2018.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. "A new report provides a detailed picture of the factors that have played a role in making the recruitment and retention of minority and female faculty such a challenge for the institution." (Subscription required.)
28. "In Denver, Big Law Has Put Down Roots, Forcing 'Legacy' Firms to Adapt," 10.05.2018.
Law.com. "It's little wonder Denver is currently experiencing an influx of out-of-towners: Business is booming, and people like living there for a variety of reasons. As it turns out, those are reasons enough to sustain law firms, and attract law firms from elsewhere. But, as the city's homegrown firms have come to find, even a boom market can get crowded."
29. Leadership Corner: "The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice," 10.24.2018.
Harvard Business Review. "Our research and experience have shown us that the best way to develop proficiency in leadership is not just through reading books and going to training courses, but even more through real experience and continual practice."
30. Leadership Corner: "How your email habits might be making you a worse boss," 10.22.2018.
Fast Company. "When managers are overloaded by email, they scale back leadership behaviors, such as motivating and inspiring their team."
October 19, 2018
1. "A Boost for Graduates of U.S. Universities in H-1B Visa Pool?" 10.19.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "The Trump administration plans to publish a proposed rule this month that would increase the probability that holders of advanced degrees from U.S. institutions would be selected for one of 85,000 H-1B skilled worker visas."
2. "Fixed Maximum Terms for Student Visas?" 10.18.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Trump administration plans to set new time limits for student visas to reduce overstays. Advocates for international exchange see the move as one that could hurt America's ability to compete for international students."
3. "Automation in Hiring, and the 'Significant Legal Risks'," 10.18.2018.
Law.com/The National Law Journal. "Civil rights advocates and federal regulators said there could be unintended consequences from automation."
4. "Conservative group suspends clerkship boot camp after questions about secrecy and loyalty pledges," 10.18.2018.
ABA Journal. "The New York Times and Slate raised questions about the propriety of a program that could be viewed as an attempt to influence clerks who are supposed to serve the justice system and suspend any biases."
5. "Curing the Cost Disease: Legal Education, Legal Services, and the Role of Income-Contingent Loans," 10.18.2018.
Journal of Legal Education. The author, a Georgetown Law professor, argues that "the Income-Driven Repayment program for student loans is a mechanism for partially socializing the costs of both legal education and legal services, while still maintaining the vital independence of both law schools and the bar."
6. "Coworking For Lawyers: Passing Trend or Wave Of The Future?" 10.18.2018.
Above the Law. "Coworking spaces for lawyers simply make sense in the face of societal and technological change."
7. "Bar Exam Failure Is A Harbinger of Professional Discipline," 10.17.2018.
TaxProf Blog shares a new law review article that posits that "the more times it takes a lawyer to pass the bar exam the more likely that lawyer will be disciplined for ethical violations, particularly early in the lawyer's career."
8. "Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving," 10.17.2018.
NPR. "This is the story of Seth Frotman [former student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau], the mangling of the program known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and what it says about America's student loan industry."
9. "Valparaiso Won't Say Whether Law School Will Close," 10.17.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Valparaiso University declined repeatedly to comment on the future of its law school after the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8 to 5 on Monday to reject a proposal to move the school to Middle Tennessee State University."
a. "Tennessee Rejects Plan to Move Law School," 10.16.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "The Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8 to 5 Monday to reject a plan to relocate a private law school (Valparaiso) from Indiana to Middle Tennessee State University."
b. "Tennessee Higher Ed Commission Rejects Transfer Of Valparaiso Law School To Middle Tennessee State University," 10.16.2018. Tax Prof Blog.
10. "Obama Student Loan Rule to Take Effect," 10.17.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Federal judge rejects challenge to 2016 borrower-defense rule, clearing the way for new benefits for borrowers, including tens of thousands who attended defunct for-profit colleges. The ruling…is seen as a major win for students by consumer groups."
a. "DeVos' attempt to curtail debt forgiveness to defrauded students meets judicial roadblocks," 10.17.2018.
ABA Journal. "In rulings by two federal judges this week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos encountered some roadblocks in her efforts to roll back relief for some defrauded student borrowers who seek to cancel federal student loans."
11. "Law School Suits Provide Rare Glimpse into ABA Accreditation Process," 10.17.2018.
Law.com. "The American Bar Association has asked a federal court to dismiss Florida Coastal School of Law's suit against it, arguing that its accreditation arm followed all the right procedures in finding the Jacksonville campus out of compliance with its rules."
12. "Baker McKenzie Picks Tampa for US Operations Base," 10.17.2018.
The American Lawyer. "The global firm, which expects to employ 300 people at the Florida center, already has back offices in Manila and Belfast and plans another in Latin America."
13. "No Spring Enrollment for Embattled Thomas Jefferson School of Law," 10.17.2018.
Law.com/The Recorder. "Amid an effort to retain its American Bar Association accreditation, Thomas Jefferson School of Law has opted not to enroll new students for the spring 2019 semester, a move its dean says will bring it in line with many other schools that only accept students in the fall."
14. "An Empirical Analysis Of 'Public Interest Drift' In Law School," 10.17.2018.
TaxProf Blog. Paul Caron references a new study that looks at "elite-school students who state preferences for jobs in the public-interest sector at the beginning of law school but by their second year decide to pursue positions in large private law firms."
15. "Women-Owned Law Firms Surge Amid Gender Disparity in the Profession," 10.17.2018.
The Daily Report. "Work-life balance is often pegged as the reason women leave traditional law firms. But for the growing number of women establishing their own firms, their departure is often rooted more deeply in gender inequality in the profession than in raising children or having more free time."
16. "Student Affairs Leaders Lean Left," 10.17.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "[N]ew research suggests that student affairs officials wing even further to the left than do faculty members."
17. "We Should Double Year-End Associate Bonuses," 10.16.2018.
Law.com. This study by Hugh Simon of the last several rounds of raises presents "[t]he case for preempting another round of salary increases with something smarter."
18. "Does 'Covering' Help Mask a Diverse Big Law Workplace?" 10.16.2018.
The American Lawyer/The Recorder. "At the recent DLA Piper Global Technology Summit in Silicon Valley, law professor Kenji Yoshino discussed the best ways to measure diversity and inclusion in the legal profession."
19. "The Real Cost of College Is Flattening as Schools Give More Scholarships," 10.16.2018.
The Wall Street Journal. "While tuition costs keep rising, schools offer more aid to attract shrinking pool of students." (Subscription required.)
20. "Law firms embrace blind recruiting to promote diversity — but does it work?," October 2018.
ABA Journal. "At some law firms, particularly in Canada and the United Kingdom, hiring partners have embraced 'blind recruiting,' removing identification details from candidates' resumés and applications as a means of eliminating potential bias and promoting diversity."
21. The Careerist: "Why Are Women Lousy Negotiators? Hint: They Don't Lie Enough," 10.16.2018.
The American Lawyer. Vivia Chen comments on a report that says "[m]en are outgunning women at the negotiation game. And that negative repercussion carries over to what women earn, contributing to that gender gap in pay."
22. "Law school grads reach a new low on Mass. bar exam," 10.16.2018.
Boston Business Journal. "Nearly one in three aspiring lawyers who took the Massachusetts bar examination this summer failed the test, the highest failure rate in the Bay State this century."
23. "LinkedIn Profiles vs. Resumes: Should I Put in the Same Info or Mix It Up?" 10.15.2018.
The American Lawyer/The Recorder. "Lawyer Whisperer" Julie Brush answers: "How do employers perceive LinkedIn profiles vs. resumes? What are the differences and should they contain the same or different information?"
24. "Pawternity Leave: Are Employers Barking Up the Wrong Tree With Pet-Based Leave?" 10.15.2018.
Law.com. "While pawternity leave might have some wondering if employee benefits have gone too far, many employers are embracing the newest trend in employee leave. And this trend may have more legs than initially thought: four to be exact."
a. "Time Off to Train a Puppy? That's Actually a Thing at Susman Godfrey," 10.16.2018.
Law.com/Texas Lawyer. "The firm's unlimited vacation policy for associates includes time off to train a puppy."
25. "King & Wood Mallesons Under Investigation for Overworking Lawyers in Australia," 10.15.2018.
Law.com. "Employees of the Sino-Australian giant were allegedly subjected to grueling conditions, with some employees sleeping at the office to meet deadlines and cope with the heavy workload that arose from a public inquiry into financial sector misconduct that involved some of their clients."
26. "Lawyers from ATL, NY and Silicon Valley Launch No-Billable-Hour Firm," 10.15.2018.
The Daily Report. "Reichman Jorgensen, with offices in Silicon Valley, Atlanta and New York, is promising to eschew hourly billing and to pay associates on a scale higher than Cravath's."
27. "Former Orrick CEO: 'Everybody Wins' If Law Firms Invest, Adapt," 10.15.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Law firms, he insists, can adopt new technologies and processes to create a future legal services market that creates a win-win-win for law firms, clients and lawyers."
28. "Ahead of the Curve: Neurolaw Comes to Campus," 10.15.2018.
Law.com. Karen Sloan looks at neurolaw and a wellness room.
29. "LegalZoom GC Eyeing New Tech, Expansion Into Foreign Markets," 10.15.2018.
Law.com/Corporate Counsel. "Things are looking up for LegalZoom. The online legal services provider and pioneer received a $500 million investment and reached a $2 billion valuation earlier this year."
30. "I am a LegalZoom customer," 10.14.2018.
Legal Evolution. Bill Henderson shares his fascinating career path from firefighter to law faculty (and how he became a LegalZoom customer).
31. Podcast: "One Big Law Attorney's Journey with Depression, One Firm's Response to the Profession's Problem," 10.12.2018.
The American Lawyer. "A Baker Hostetler lawyer discusses her depression, and Latham & Watkins' COO talks about what her firm is doing to dispel the stigma of mental health challenges."
32. "High-Powered Legal Factions Gear Up for Harvard Admissions Trial," 10.12.2018.
Law.com. "The legal showdown between nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions Inc. and the president and fellows of Harvard College begins Monday, and it's teeming with prominent lawyers."
a. "Dueling Rallies on Eve of Harvard Trial," 10.15.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "As a judge gets ready to hear the evidence, defenders and critics of affirmative action eye the broader audience and politics of the dispute."
33. "Growin' Up: The Legal Ops Function Matures," 10.12.2018.
Above the Law. "The legal ops movement is all about bringing business skills to in-house legal — and it is succeeding."
34. "Lawyers Like Learning; Good Mentors Like Teaching," 10.12.2018.
The Daily Report. Guidelines for mentoring success from a practice group leader in Atlanta.
35. "The Law Firm Disrupted: Of Blood, Toil, Tears…and Legal Tech Software," 10.11.2018.
Roy Strom looks at an automation project developed by a Chapman and Cutler Law Fellow and the firm's practice innovations group.
36. "Lawyers at the Peak of Their Careers: A 30-Year Longitudinal Study of Job and Life Satisfaction," 10.10.2018.
Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2018-57. "A decade ago, we conducted a 20-year longitudinal study of career and life satisfaction among the class matriculating at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987. Here, we extend our repeated measures follow-up from 20 to 30 year." "Both career satisfaction and life satisfaction again were found to be high, with 77 percent of respondents satisfied with their decision to become a lawyer, and 91 percent satisfied with their lives more broadly."
37. "Pa. July Bar Pass Rates Dip After Last Year's Uptick," 10.10.2018.
The Legal Intelligencer. "The pass rate for first-time takers of the July Pennsylvania bar exam decreased this year, after markedly improving in 2017 following 2016's historic low."
38. "Why lawyers of the future will need tech savviness as well as legal know-how," 10.09.2018.
Legal Week. "The successful law firms of the future will be those who set a culture of embracing change, rather than shying away from it."
39. "3 Skills of Top Lawyers that You Can Start Developing as a Law Student," 10.2.2018.
The Girl's Guide to Law School. Project management, attention to detail, and resilience are the subject of this blog post.
40. Leadership Corner: "3 steps to create a 21st-century work culture," 10.17.2018.
Fast Company. "Here's how to drive independent thinking, collaboration, and innovation within your organization."
41. Leadership Corner: "Activist DeRay McKesson's 3 Brilliant Tips for Leaders Everywhere," 10.15.2018.
Inc.com. "Good leaders can boost motivation and productivity. Great leaders know how to inspire their peers and subordinates, they know how to create momentum in both celebratory times and difficult times."
October 12, 2018
1. "The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action," 10.15.2018.
The New Yorker. "With a lawsuit against Harvard, Asian-American activists have formed an alliance with a white conservative to change higher education."
2. "Experts to Law Grads: Don't Freak Out About Public Service Loan Forgiveness — Yet," 10.11.2018.
Law.com. Karen Sloan reports that "[t]he U.S. Department of Education approved a mere 1 percent of initial Public Service Loan Forgiveness applications, but experts say the approval rate should increase over time."
3. "When it Comes to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support in Legal, What About the Staff?" 10.11.2018.
Law.com. "While law firm staff are a part of the same 'toxic' environment as attorneys, mental health and substance abuse support and resources available to them are not."
4. "Professional Development for Law Students," 10.11.2018.
Above the Law columnist (and NALP member) Nicholas Alexiou on "how can students best take advantage of their school's professional development programming?"
5. "Cleary Adds Chief Talent Officer as Law Firms' C-Suite Shake-Up Continues," 10.11.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton announced on Thursday that it has hired human resources executive Hy Pomerance as its first-ever chief talent officer."
6. "After the millionaires," 10.10.2018.
Law21. Jordan Furlong shares a summary of his remarks regarding "What's 'broken' with the classical way of doing things in law?" from a webinar panel hosted at the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession in Hamburg, Germany.
7. "New Report Finds Female Path to Law Firm Partnership a Sluggish Crawl," 10.10.2018.
The American Lawyer. "In its 2018 Survey on the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, NAWL found that women's path among Am Law 200 firms to equity partnership is bleak."
8. "An Inside Job: Business Development for Associates," 10.10.2018.
Law.com. "Instead of focusing on solving the problems of someone outside of the firm, find opportunities to serve someone within the firm and impress an influential partner."
9. "Valparaiso Law School To Move To Tennessee," 10.11.2018.
TaxProf Blog. "The governing boards of Middle Tennessee State University and Valparaiso University have endorsed the transfer of Valparaiso's law school to the Murfreesboro campus, leaders from both institutions announced Wednesday, Oct. 10."
10. "Will You Report Sexual Harassment or Bullying? Be Honest," 10.10.2018.
The American Lawyer. Careerist columnist Vivia Chen reports on an Acritas survey which shows that "[a] notable percentage of female lawyers experience harassment and bullying, yet the vast majority of them never report it."
11. "Women-Owned Law Firms Surge Amid Gender Disparity in the Profession," 10.09.2018.
Law.com. "By founding their own firms, women are crafting new game rules that provide for fair compensation, equal promotions, full inclusion and better career development opportunities."
12. "Legally bombed: Young millennial lawyers, same old alcoholism," 10.09.2018.
ABA Journal. "Millennials' drinking habits, in comparison with other generations, are reflected in legal profession alcoholism stats, which show that junior associates at law firms are the heaviest drinkers."
13. "For Law Student Mental Health Day, ABA groups focus on ways to promote well-being," 10.09.2018.
ABA Journal. Highlights of some programs to recognize Lawyer and Law Student Mental Health Day: October 10.
14. "Suits Against Harvard and NYU Law Reviews Claim Racial, Gender Preferences," 10.08.2018.
Law.com. "A Texas-based group called Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences argues the diversity policies of the schools' law reviews violate federal anti-discrimination laws."
a. "Lawsuits target law reviews at Harvard and NYU, saying they favor women and minorities," 10.10.2018.
The ABA Journal's coverage.
15. "In Law Firm Battles Over Placement Fees, 2 Courts Side With Recruiters," 10.08.2018.
Law.com/New York Law Journal. "The recent decisions show that courts are continuing to enforce recruiter contracts with firms, even if they are oral or do not include a signature."
16. "Dykema, Lewis Brisbois Expand Out West," 10.08.2018.
The American Lawyer. "While law firms combinations continue to occur at a record-setting pace across the country, many Big Law outfits are sidestepping larger deals in favor of minor acquisitions."
17. "Trying to Get Pregnant? Management Would Like to Know," 10.08.2018.
The American Lawyer's Vivia Chen weighs in on "[t]he co-leader of Jones Day's health care practice at a recent meeting apparently 'encourag[ing]' women to tell management if they were pregnant or planning on be."
18. Infographic: "Data Snapshot: Is Big Law Boosting Its Pro Bono?" 10.08.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Attorneys at the nation's largest law firms gave more of their time to pro bono matters than ever. Jenner & Block led the way."
19. "Stranded Arizona Summit Law Students Won't Finish JDs at ASU," 10.08.2018.
Law.com. "The struggling institution had hoped students could complete their degrees at the nearby Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, but the American Bar Association has nixed that plan."
20. "Help! I Hate My Big Law Gig But Have to Stick It Out for a Year," 10.08.2018.
The Recorder. Lawyer Whisperer Julie Brush provides career advice to a new associate.
21. "Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Clerk Hires in Perspective," 10.08.2018.
The National Law Journal. "Kavanaugh told us that increasing diversity among clerks requires outreach. 'A big part of it is demystifying the process, having a conversation about how it works, and encouraging the students to apply,' he said last year."
22. "Legal Sector Adds Jobs in September After Two Months of Decline," 10.05.2018.
The American Lawyer. "The uptick in legal services employment comes as the U.S. economy as a whole added jobs and unemployment dropped to its lowest level in decade."
23. "The Trouble With Origination Credit," 10.05.2018.
The American Lawyer. "For many firms, the tracking of origination credit has a detrimental effect on the quality of their work, client satisfaction, lawyer morale, teamwork and, ultimately, profits."
24. "US Lawyers Spend Only 30 Percent of Workday on Billable Hours, Report Says," 10.05.2018.
The American Lawyer/Texas Lawyer. "Instead of completing billable hours during the workday, the lawyers spend their time on billing and financials; marketing and business development; and firm organization and administration."
25. "Can New Leave Policies Help Big Law Escape the Parent Trap?" 10.05.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Facing frustration — and sometimes litigation — over their approach to motherhood and parental leave, law firms are wrestling with how far to go to support new parents."
26. "What 1Ls Should Be Asking When They Meet with Career Services," 10.05.2018.
Above the Law columnist (and NALP member) Nicholas Alexiou "advise[s] all students to take advantage of the chance to sit down with someone from Career Services and get a sense of the services that the office will be able to provide them over the next three years."
27. "Investigation at Yale Law School," 10.05.2018.
Slate. "An inquiry into the actions of a prominent professor reveals why it's so hard to report inappropriate behavior at the top law school in the country."
28. "The Law Firm Disrupted: Network Effects and the Legal Market," 10.04.2018.
Law.com. Roy Strom looks at "two legal technology startups that are banking on network effects to solve big problems in the legal market."
29. "Elite Law Schools Turn Against Conservatism," 09.28.2018.
The Atlantic. "Affluent, highly-educated enclaves are moving sharply leftward, curtailing the space for pluralism."
30. Leadership Corner: "This Is the Greatest Form of Emotional Intelligence. Practicing It Will Make You a Respected Leader," 10.10.2018.
Inc.com. "Emotional intelligence is a red-hot skill to build, and this one form [empathy] is like rocket fuel for your leadership prowess."
31. Leadership Corner: "1 Super Rare Sign That Proves You Are Meant to Lead People (But It May Cause a Gag Reflex for Most)," 10.08.2018.
Inc.com. "Research on positive organizational scholarship has revealed a powerful weapon for creating happier workplace cultures and more loyal and committed employees who produce better work. It comes down to one word: kindness."
October 5, 2018
1. "Study Finds Law Schools Are Losing $1.5 Billion Annually in Tuition," 10.04.2018.
Law.com. "A comprehensive analysis of how law schools have responded to the shrinking applicant pool concludes that the decision by top law schools to reduce their class sizes likely staved off the closures of 20 weaker law schools."
2. "Burk, Organ & Rasiel: Law School Coping Strategies In The Changed Legal Education Market," 10.04.2018.
TaxProf Blog references this forthcoming paper that examines the impact of "the substantial falloff in both the number and the conventional qualifications of applicants to law school that began after 2010."
3. "By Failing to Collaborate, Law Firms Are Leaving Money on the Table," 10.4.2018.
Commenting in The American Lawyer, recent NALP plenary speaker Heidi Gardner says that "[w]hen firms get collaboration right — that is, do complex work for clients that spans practices and offices within the firm — they earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, gain access to more lucrative clients and attract more cutting-edge work."
4. "Lawyers Maintain an Edge in Rising Billing Rates, Study Finds," 10.4.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Average law firm billing rates are keeping pace with inflation, a report found, but the picture is worse for nonlawyers."
5. "Big 4 Dominate as Law Firm Alternatives Press Their Brands," 10.04.2018.
The American Lawyer. "PwC landed in the No. 1 spot in a new ranking of alternative legal services providers' brand strength, and its peers were all in the top five."
6. "Maximizing Success for First-Gen Students," 10.04.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "More four-year colleges are working to help first-generation college students succeed. But a new report says real progress requires institutional shifts, not just adding new programs."
7. "These Big Law Firms Are Backing an App Store for Legal Tech Products," 10.04.2018.
The American Lawyer. "In short, the effort is akin to creating an App Store that will allow law firms to quickly and more securely fire up third-party software."
8. "Missed Deadline Stalls DeVos Agenda," 10.4.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Education Department says it won't meet November deadline to overhaul borrower-defense and gainful-employment rules, raising the stakes for legal challenges to the Obama-era regulations."
9. "LSAT to start transitioning to digital format in 2019," 10.3.2018.
The ABA Journal reports that "[s]tarting in July 2019, the Law School Admissions Test will begin transitioning to a digital format."
10. "Law Firms Are More Profitable Than Ever. How are They Doing It?" 10.03.2018.
The American Lawyer analyzes how law firm profitability is increasing despite significant obstacles.
11. "How Marketing and Business Development Can Unite Business and Law," 10.3.2018.
The American Lawyer. "It is the business of law that a lawyer's individual success directly impacts the firm's success, and as such, they must understand the practical side of running a business."
12. "Pay Raises Can Be a Bittersweet Bump for Big Law Associates," 10.03.2018.
The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board opines that "[a]ssociate raises have side effects that firms should acknowledge and address."
13. "Law Schools Scrutinizing Applicants' Social Media Posts," 10.03.2018.
Law.com. Karen Sloan shares results from a Kaplan Test Prep survey that reveals that "[m]ore than half of law school admissions officials check on the social media pages of applicants, and what they find can lead straight to the rejection pile."
14. "New International Graduate Enrollments Fall Again," 10.03.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "Report says international graduate enrollments were down for the second straight year last year, after a period of significant growth. Experts said it's hard to ignore the Trump factor."
15. "Doctors Put Lawyers To Shame When It Comes To Practical Training," 10.3.2018.
Above the Law columnist Jordan Rothman reminds us that "[t]he legal field can learn a lot from the medical profession in how we train future lawyers so that graduating law students are better equipped to practice law."
16. "MBA Applications Fall At 18 Of The Top 20 Business Schools," 10.02.2018.
Tax Prof Blog quoting Poets and Quants: "U.S. business schools experienced a nearly 7% decline in app volume from last year, including a 1.8% decline in domestic applications and a 10.5% drop in international volume across all program types."
17. "BU, George Mason, Massachusetts, And Virginia Are Latest Law Schools To Accept GRE For Admissions," 10.02.2018.
Tax Prof Blog reports on the latest batch of law schools to accept the GRE for admissions.
18. "I am a woman who left the law," 10.2.2018.
ABA Journal. "There were four reasons: licensure barriers, gender expectations, lifestyle and general dissatisfaction."
19. "'Time Poverty' of Students Who Are Parents," 10.02.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. While focused on college students, this study has implications for graduate students as well. "Study adds to the growing evidence that students with young children have a much harder time completing their degrees than their childless peers."
20. "Susman Godfrey to Give All Associates Unlimited Paid Parental Leave," 10.02.2018.
The American Lawyer. "The firm, which often has led Big Law with its generous wage and benefit plans, is now offering associates a longer paid parental leave policy that is gender-neutral."
21. "Mid-Market Moves, 'Serial Acquirers' Drive Law Firm Merger Mania," 10.02.2018.
The American Lawyer. "With 79 law firm tie-ups announced in the first nine months of this year, 2018 appears poised to become the busiest year ever for consolidations, according to data released Tuesday by Altman Weil."
22. "Kilpatrick Townsend Hires Chief Diversity Officer," 10.02.2018.
Daily Report. "[T]he firm is making its efforts more formal, bringing in a former partner to be its chief diversity and inclusion officer."
23. "California's New Board Quota Law Could Move the Needle on Diversity," 10.02.2018.
Corporate Counsel. "A bill signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown has made gender diversity on company boards not just a moral issue, but a legal one for companies in California."
24. "Law Firm Mergers Continue at Record Pace Through Third Quarter," 10.01.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Consulting firm Fairfax Associates said the increase in merger activity stems from law firms seeking to improve their market position amid heightening competition."
25. "Dechert's US Staffers to Share in New Parental Leave Policy," 10.01.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Chief talent officer Alison Bernard said the firm wanted to move past "antiquated" distinctions between lawyers and business support staff, and also between genders."
26. "Microsoft Seeks Diversity in Its Outside Counsel," 10.01.2018.
Corporate Counsel. "The company provides strong financial incentives for its outside firms to staff its matters with minority lawyers."
27. "Women Are Getting Hung Up on Housework and Leaving Law Firms," 10.01.2018.
The American Lawyer. Commentary from Vivia Chen noting that "[w]omen's law firm careers are being slowed by their second job: homemaker."
28. "Big Law Leaders Say Stress Is Main Cause of Addiction and Mental Health Problems," 10.01.2018.
Law.com. "Stress is a common experience for lawyers, and if the go-to solution for coping with it is drinking or using drugs, they are setting themselves up for trouble."
29. "Delta's GC Advocates for Project-Based Billing," 10.1.2018.
Daily Report. "Peter Carter predicts that in 10 years, firms that have moved away from the billable hour are going to be market leaders."
30. "Becoming a Trusted Adviser in the Age of Disruption," 09.28.2018.
The American Lawyer. "In a world changing rapidly for clients, law firms must find ways to adapt their own practices to keep up."
31. "Women vs. Men: Who's the Better Workplace Leader?" 09.26.2018.
Corporate Counsel. "A new survey shows that majority of Americans believe women executives are better than men at creating safe and respectful workplaces, but there are too few women at the top."
32. Two Posts on Bill Henderson's Legal Evolution Blog on Microsoft's Trusted Advisor Forum:
a. "Can Microsoft hit "refresh" on client-law firm relations?," 09.30.2018.
Legal Evolution Blog. Bill Henderson concludes, "With enough time, a 'Microsoft system' could evolve that will be as influential as the original Cravath system."
b. "Huge, If True: How Microsoft's Big Ideas Could Transform Legal Buy," 09.30.2018.
Legal Evolution Blog. Jae Um reports out on Microsoft's Trusted Advisor Forum where select outside counsel were asked to "1) Tell us one way you have gotten better in the last year and 2) Tell us one way you will get better in the next year."
33. "Podcast: Beyond the Buzzwords: Getting Real About Law Firm Innovation," 09.28.2018.
Law.com. Karen Sloan talks with Michele DeStefano, author of "Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law," about the ways that law firms need to evolve, and how they can get there.
34. "Public Service Debt Relief Is Broken," 09.27.2018.
The New York Times. President of the American Federation of Teachers opines that "[t]he program that's supposed to help teachers and others with their loans isn't working."
35. Leadership Corner: "6 Mistakes You Will Never See Smart Leaders Making Twice," 10.4.2018.
Inc.com. "Do you really have the mindset or the emotional intelligence to lead people to accomplish great things together?"
36. Leadership Corner: "4 Ways to Create the Next Generation of Leaders at Your Company," 10.3.2018.
Inc.com. "It is good business to develop talent continuously so that you establish a pipeline of leaders at various stages of readiness."
37. Leadership Corner: "The 3 Skills Leaders Need to Succeed in the Age of Artificial Intelligence," 09.30.2018.
Inc.com. "To ensure you are helping your teams realize success in the age of artificial intelligence and that your organization is poised to capitalize on the AI opportunity, you will need to focus on developing these three skills: adaptability, vision, and engagement."