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.
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."
September 28, 2018
1. "Summer Associates Are Happier Than Ever," 09.27.2018.
The American Lawyer. "The mentorship connections, flashy social events and, of course, exposure to interesting legal work appear to be working. Summer associates have been, on average, thrilled with their experiences in Big Law this year."
2. "Are Firms Fighting the Associate Salary War With the Wrong Weapon?" 09.27.2018.
The American Lawyer. "While firms focus on associate pay, they overlook a problem that pay can't address: associate turnover."
3. "Atlanta, Austin Lead the Way for Legal Industry Jobs, Study Says," 09.27.2018.
The American Lawyer. "The two cities both saw double-digit growth for lawyer employment since 2015 while adding more legal service jobs over that same period than any other American city, according to a newly released study from real estate services firm CBRE."
4. "Barriers to Loan Forgiveness," 09.27.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "While just a handful of borrowers have received Public Service Loan Forgiveness so far, the real payouts — and renewed debates about the program's cost — still loom."
5. "An Open Letter to Full-Service Law Firms: Put In-House Lawyers Out of Business," 09.27.2018.
The American Lawyer. "[T]he number of in-house lawyers has grown faster than the number of lawyers in law firms over the last quarter century, and it is not hard to understand why. Law firms have failed miserably to address the one major concern of their clients — cost."
6. "BCLP Puts Together Post-Merger Innovation Team," 09.27.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has formed its first combined innovation team since the trans-Atlantic tie-up of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Bryan Cave six months ago."
7. "Reed Smith Adds Focus on Support Staff in New Diversity Push," 09.27.2018.
The American Lawyer. "As law firms continue to invest in new approaches to boost diversity and inclusion among partners and associates, Reed Smith is expanding its internal efforts to include all administrative staff across the firm."
8. "Winging It No Longer, Law Firms Bring in the Diversity Professionals," 09.26.2018.
The American Lawyer. "With prominent partners leaving to start their own inclusion-focused ventures, and more law firms adding chief diversity officers to their management ranks, advancing diversity is becoming serious business."
9. "Christian Lang: alt.legal's Maven, Connector and Salesman," 09.26.2018.
Above the Law profiles the founder of the NY Legal Tech Meetup, describing him as "a rare breed, displaying qualities of each of Gladwell's Tipping Point personas."
10. "Are Lawyers Really A Dying Breed?" 09.26.2018.
Above the Law columnist Jill Switzer on the future of the profession, looking to the Before the JD study and Bill Henderson's report on how ethics rules impact access to justice for inspiration.
11. "Innovative Thinkers: Martin Felli, EVP, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer And Corporate Secretary, JDA Software," 09.25.2018.
Above the Law's Innovation Center, Evolve the Law, highlights the career path of "Martin Felli [who] has navigated an impressive career trajectory to the executive team in one of America's leading companies and recognition as an innovative legal industry leader."
12. "You Want Innovation In Legal? Legal Ops Needs To Drive The Conversation," 09.25.2018.
Above the Law columnist Mike Quartararo asks who is going to lead the innovation charge and provides some recommendations.
13. "More States Reject ABA Anti-Bias Ethics Rule," 09.25.2018.
The American Lawyer. "A proposed professional conduct rule that could subject attorneys to disciplinary action for behavior considered harassment or discrimination has been rejected by the states of Arizona and Idaho, the latest in a growing group of states that have refused to accept the rule."
14. "ABA, Dept. of Education Battle Over Loan Forgiveness," 09.25.2018.
Law.com. "The American Bar Association says a pro bono project that represents detained immigrants in Texas is facing problems after the U.S. Department of Education said ABA employees don't qualify for public service loan forgiveness."
a. "Decision in ABA's Fight Over Texas Pro Bono Loan Forgiveness Yet to Come," 09.26.2018.
Law.com. "The American Bar Association and the U.S. Department of Education were in court Wednesday, but a federal judge did not issue a ruling on whether or not ABA employees qualify for public service loan forgiveness."
15. Law Review Article: William D. Henderson (Indiana), Innovation Diffusion in the Legal Industry, 122 Dickinson L. Rev. 395 (2018).
"This article is adapted from a series of blog posts originally found in [Henderson's] recently-started blog entitled Legal Evolution…[and] identifies why innovation in the legal services market is desirable and applies to the legal services field insights drawn from this research in other fields."
16. "Law Firms Recognize Automation's Importance, but They're Still Not Leveraging It," 09.25.2018.
The American Lawyer. "A survey of 300 global law firms found while automation is regarded as key to enhancing client services, it's still an elusive goal for many in legal."
17. "Imposter Syndrome? 8 tactics to combat the anxiety," October 2018.
A practical piece from ABACLE capturing some key takeaways (ABA membership required) from their recent webinar: "The Solo/Small Firm Challenge: Conquering Adversity and the Impostor Syndrome."
18. "How to Work with the Anxious Brain," 09.24.2018.
Jeena Cho, author of The Anxious Lawyer, recently posted this column that acknowledges "anxiety is one of the more treatable mental health issues but sadly, most people wait 5 or more years to seek help."
19. "Big Law Leaders Say Stigma Comes with Addiction and Mental Health Problems," 09.24.2018.
Law.com. Patrick Krill focuses on "the specific issue of the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health problems in a law firm setting."
20. "Study: 1L Grades, Upper Level Bar Courses Better Predictors Of Bar Passage Than LSAT, UGPA," 09.24.2018.
TaxProf Blog references a new study from some of our colleagues at Cincinnati entitled Law Student Success and Supports: Examining Bar Passage and Factors That Contribute to Student Performance.
21. "Data Snapshot: Is Big Law Making Progress On Gender Diversity?" 09.24.2018.
Law.com. "There may have been some change in the representation of women at major law firms over the past five years, but it has been slow going."
22. "Trans-Atlantic Mergers Are on the Rise. What Do They Really Achieve?," 09.24.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Given that these mergers are once again en vogue, it's time to take stock of past mergers and see what they achieved."
23. "The 2018 Global 100," 09.24.2018.
The American Lawyer releases its "annual ranking of the world's 100 largest law firms [which] shows there was plenty of growth to go around last year" and related news coverage.
24. "PwC Forms Alliance with US Firm, Furthering Big Four's Ambitions in Law," 09.24.2018.
Law.com. "The deal brings together PwC UK and the New York-based immigration specialist law firm Fragomen, handing PwC a major foothold in the U.S. market."
a. "Why PwC and Deloitte Are Betting on Immigration Law," 09.24.2018.
The American Lawyer explores how "facilitating global mobility is becoming an increasingly important business offering for these massive companies."
b. "The PwC / Fragomen Alliance Unpacked: A Peek Inside The Big Four's Legal Market Playbook," 09.26.2018.
Law.Com. "The alliance suggests the Big Four's expansion in the legal market is speeding up. It also provides insight into what the Big Four's strategy in other areas of the industry might look like."
c. "Where Else Will the Big Four Pop-up in Legal?" 09.27.2018.
Law.com. "The Big Four's push into legal is happening now. Immigration is the logical starting place — what's next?"
25. "Finding Your Place In The Complex Environment Of A Law School," 09.21.2018.
Writing for Above the Law, Nicholas Alexiou addresses "[w]here does a Career Services staffer fit in the broader universe of a law school?"
26. "The Problem with Associate Evaluations," 09.21.2018.
Law.com. "Vague messages and limited guidance make evaluations a frustrating experience for many associates, especially women."
27. "Is PwC building the flexible law firm of the future?" 09.21.2018.
ABA Journal includes the an edited transcript of a conversation between Ari Kaplan and Marc Morant, head of flexible legal resources of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Switzerland.
28. "Amid Kavanaugh Clash, Law Profs Say Appearance Has No Place in Clerkship Recruiting," 09.21.2018.
Law.com. "If Yale Law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld really did counsel students that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prefers female clerks with conventional good looks, then the professors failed in their role to look out for students' best interests, academics say."
29. "Students can challenge Education Department over loan forgiveness, judge rules," 09.21.2018.
ABA Journal. "A U.S. district court has found that two graduates of a Massachusetts for-profit college have standing to challenge the U.S. Department of Education's recent decision to delay implementation of the borrower defense regulation, which shifts loan repayment responsibility from the student to the school if it's found that the school engaged in misconduct."
30. "Hire Some Interns, Make Legal Innovation Happen a Bit Faster," 09.20.2018.
Law Disrupted columnist Roy Strom describes "an internship program that will help law firms and corporate legal departments afford tinkering with New Law toys."
31. "Big Law's Courting Potential Midsize Merger Partners, but Some Are Wary," 08.30.2018.
Law.com. Adapted from ALM's Mid-Market report, this story notes that "[l]arge firms are jumping on the M&A bandwagon, taking big chomps out of the legal mid-market in pursuit of marketshare."
32. Leadership Corner: "The Great, Glorious, and Profound Key to All Leadership and Management," 09.24.2018.
Inc.com. "For anyone in leadership, you have to find out what is really motivating people."
33. Leadership Corner: "3 Ways Leaders Can Become Outstanding Advocates for Their Team," 09.25.2018.
Inc.com. "Leaders must be consistent and effective advocates for their staff in order to increase engagement and performance levels."
September 21, 2018
1. "Before the JD: A Report on Undergraduate Views on Law School," 09.19.2018.
AALS has released the report and selected findings from this study that was conducted with the support of NALP and other legal organizations.
a. "What Pushes Undergrads to Law School? It Ain't the Money," 09.19.2018.
Law.com and Karen Sloan report: "A new study commissioned by the Association of American Law Schools looks at the motivations of aspiring law students and how they approach their search for the right school."
b. "How Undergrads Think About Law School," 09.19.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the Before the JD report from AALS and Gallup: "Undergraduates considering a law degree are motivated by a desire to contribute to the public good, but high costs and work-life balance concerns deter some of them."
2. "Scientists identify four personality types," 09.21.2018.
The Washington Post. A new study of personality identifies four personality types: reserved, role models, average and self-centered, and the "new study, based on huge sets of personality data representing 1.5 million people, has persuaded one of the staunchest critics of personality types to conclude that maybe distinct types exist, after all."
3. "Why Are So Many In-House Professionals Joining AI Contract Startups?" 09.21.2018.
Legaltech News. "They helped transform the legal departments at Microsoft, Google and Hewlett-Packard. But now they're looking to make a bigger impact on corporate law by joining legal tech disruptors."
4. "New York AG Sues Debt-Relief Companies," 09.21.2018.
Insider Higher Ed reports the New York Attorney General alleged "[t]elemarketers from several student loan relief companies falsely represented themselves as employees of the federal government and told borrowers they could not enroll in debt-relief programs like income-based repayment on their own." And the press release from the NY AG.
5. "Average Loan Debt for Graduates of Four-Year Colleges: $28,650," 09.20.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports summarizes data from the annual report of the Institute for College Access and Success.
6. "New Data on Public Service Loan Forgiveness," 09.20.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the "Education Department received about 28,000 applications for Public Service Loan Forgiveness as of June 30 of this year but so far has approved just under 300 applications for loan discharge."
7. "Fox Rothschild to Merge With North Carolina Firm, Gaining 130 Lawyers," 09.20.2018.
Law.com. "A merger with Smith Moore Leatherwood gives Fox Rothschild six new offices in the Carolinas and Atlanta."
8. "UnitedLex, Big Deals in Hand, Sells Majority Stake to European Buyout Firm," 09.20.2018.
Law.com. "CVC Capital Partners is poised to purchase control of the New Law company."
9. "CLO Who Passed 5 Bar Exams in 3 Years Speaks Up for Relocating Military Spouse Lawyers," 09.20.2018.
The Georgia state high court ruled "that the state bar erred when it denied, without giving a reason, a woman's waiver request based on her status as the spouse of an active member of the military who had been transferred to Georgia."
10. "Facebook Accused of Allowing Bias Against Women in Job Ads," 09.20.2018.
The New York Times reports that "job seekers, in collaboration with the Communications Workers of America and the American Civil Liberties Union, filed charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday against Facebook and nine employers."
11. "What To Do If You Don't Have An IP Job Lined Up Yet," 09.20.2018.
Some good advice on Above the Law for students on how "[d]eveloping your own network and immersing yourself in the intellectual property world can help open up career paths."
12. Book Review: "Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in the Law," 09.20.2018.
Writing for Above the Law, Nicole Black reviews this new ABA title and concludes "if you're a legal employer seeking to inject an innovative mindset into your firm or company's culture, then don't overlook this book."
13. "How to be — sort of — happy in law school (podcast)," 09.19.2018.
The ABA Journal talks with Professor Kathryne M. Young about her book (titled as above) and "tackling imposter syndrome; advice that alumni wish they could give their younger selves; and techniques for getting along with your fellow students."
14. "Walmart's In-House Counsel Tells How the Retail Giant Is Changing Its Legal Ops," 09.18.2018.
Law.com. "Alan Bryan, senior associate general counsel of Walmart Inc. told lawyers at the 15th Annual Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia why and how the legal department developed its legal operations function to control spending."
15. "'It's a Question of When, Not If' — Baker McKenzie Sets Sights on US Merger," 09.18.2018.
The American Lawyer. "The firm is targeting growth on the east and west coasts amid interest from several domestic firms."
16. "Law firms need to consider a range of options for achieving their aspirations," 09.18.2018.
The American Lawyer. "An increasing number of law firm leaders and many of their high performing partners have concluded that they need to grow high quality headcount in their areas of focus to remain competitive."
17. "DeVos Gets Another Chance on Obama Loan Rule," 09.18.2018.
Inside Higher Ed. "The Department of Education has until October 12 to offer a stronger justification for delaying an Obama student loan rule issued to help defrauded borrowers."
18. Symposium, Finding Unique Ways To Solve Legal Issues Surrounding Race, Religion, Gender and Class, 18 U. Md. L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 1-234 (2018).
This Symposium issue of the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class features five articles on topics including implicit bias, bar exam bias, academic support, and admissions.
19. "Multistate Bar Exam Scores Sink to 34-Year Low, Pass Rates Sag," 09.17.2018.
Law.com reports that "[u]pticks in the average MBE scores in July 2017 and 2016 had fueled hopes of a recovery in bar exam pass rates, but the latest figures indicate otherwise." And here is the official word from the National Conference of Bar Examiners: July 2018 Average MBE Scores Decrease.
20. "Our journey to Big," 09.16.2018.
This recent post on the Legal Evolution blog from Bill Henderson focuses on the impact and consequences for the practice of law given that large corporations are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy.
21. "What Can Law Schools Learn from Grade-Nondisclosure In Elite Business Schools?" 09.15.2018.
TaxProf Blog provides coverage from various sources of a decision by MBA students at Cornell's SC Johnson College of Business to refrain from providing their grades to recruiters until after a full-time, post-graduation job offer has been extended.
22. "ALM Survey on Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Big Law's Pervasive Problem," 09.14.2018.
Law.com. "ALM Intelligence's survey of Am Law 200 firm leaders about their attitudes and actions regarding addiction and mental health challenges reveals much work remains to be done to deal with the problem."
23. "Shearman & Sterling Aims to Boost Diversity With New C-Suite Role," 09.14.2018.
The American Lawyer. "Sandra Bang will be Shearman's first chief diversity and talent strategy officer — and the latest in a string of new diversity-focused executives at big firms."
24. "Berkeley Law Is Deeply Divided on 'Boalt' Name, Chemerinsky Says," 09.14.2018.
Law.com. "The University of California, Berkeley School of Law dean discusses the movement to remove references to John Boalt from the law school and why people on both sides feel so strongly about the issue."
25. "Title IX Is Changing, and Lawyers Have Opinions," 09.14.2018.
Law.com. "Delving into the pros and cons, litigators and former administrators are expecting to see changes as a result of these proposals."
26. "ABA releases new report on access to justice commissions in the US," 09.14.2018.
ABA Journal. "Twenty-four years after the founding of the first access to justice commission, the American Bar Association has released a report analyzing the structure, activity, staffing and funding in 40 state and U.S. territory commissions."
27. "Pledge to Lend an Ear To A Lawyer In Need," 09.14.2018.
Brian Cuban writing on Above the Law provides "a simple method I use to engage when I suspect someone is struggling even if I have no idea what the issue may be."
28. "Advice For LL.M. Students Who Want To Enjoy The U.S. And Work Here After Graduation," 09.14.2018.
NALP member Nicholas Alexiou (Vanderbilt) writing for Above the Law provides "[s]teps international LL.M. students can take beyond working with their Career Services Office to fully utilize and maximize their time in an American law school and in the U.S. in general."
29. Leadership Corner: "10 Reasons Why You Aren't Growing As a Leader (and Why You Should Still Try)," 09.20.2018.
Inc.com. "If you're a student of leadership, here are 10 reasons why you may not be getting better."
30. Leadership Corner: "Why the Best Leaders Are Never Satisfied With 'Good Enough,'" 09.19.2018.
Inc.com. "Stay on your game by learning to maintain balance between meeting today's expectations and focusing on exceeding tomorrow's competitive demands."
September 14, 2018
September 7, 2018
1. "Race and gender bias is rampant in law, says new report that also offers tools to fight it," 09.06.2018.
The ABA Journal shares the "You Can't Change What You Can't See: Interrupting Racial & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession," report "based on a 2016 survey of 2,827 in-house and firm attorneys, [which] says current efforts to advance women and minorities have largely failed, and bias and discrimination — explicit and implicit — persist." The survey was conducted by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco on behalf of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. And the coverage from The New York Times.
3. "Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?" 09.06.2018.
The ABA Journal features a story on licensed legal technicians noting that "[t]wo state supreme courts have embraced the licensed legal technician concept, and other jurisdictions are closely studying it."
4. "How Faculty Can Build Resiliency In Law Students Through A Growth-Mindset Culture In Our Classrooms," 09.06.2018.
TaxProf Blog summarizes findings from "The Jury Is In: Law Schools Foster Students' Fixed Mindsets," 42 Law & Psychology Review 1 (2018).
5. "US Justice Department Opens New Front Against EEOC," 09.06.2018.
The National Law Journal reports that "[t]he U.S. Justice Department in a federal appeals court has disavowed Obama-era guidance that discourages employers from flatly rejecting job applicants who have criminal histories."
6. "Twin Cities Market Grows Again With New Quarles & Brady Outpost," 09.06.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that "Am Law 200 law firm Quarles & Brady announced…the opening of its new office in Minneapolis, Minnesota."
7. "Blank Rome Debuts C-Suite Role for Innovation, Client Value," 09.06.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that Blank Rome has created a new C-suite position to tackle a mix of evolving issues in law firm leadership and strategy.
8. "A Gulf in the Earnings Gap," 09.06.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports in a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's "Liberty Street Economics" blog that suggests that "[a]ttending a for-profit college widens the earnings gap between rich and poor students. Enrolling at a selective college does the opposite."
9. "Reports: Free College Programs Don't Benefit Low-Income Students," 09.06.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "[t]wo nonpartisan research groups are urging policy makers to examine the details of tuition-free programs and make them more financially helpful for low-income students."
10. "Wells Fargo Report Gives More Evidence for Big Law's Financial Rebound," 09.05.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that "[s]urveys are bullish on law firms' performance during the first six months of 2018."
11. "A New Approach to Law Firm Rankings," 09.05.2018.
Law.com and AmLaw Intelligence provide an alternative methodology to rank law firms which "led&Hellip;to a multi-dimensional approach, where we combine revenue with two reasonably non-correlated metrics: revenue per lawyer (RPL) and profit margin."
12. "Allen & Overy, O'Melveny & Myers Leaders Meet Again Amid Tie-Up Talks," 09.05.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that "[s]enior management figures from both firms have traveled to Germany, as discussions about a potential combination gather pace."
13. "Kira Systems Raises $50 Million in First Outside Funding Round," 09.05.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that this "automated contract review company, which has received a nine-figure valuation, has snagged its first influx of capital via external investment."
14. "Beware the 'Vanity Metric' When Building Your Professional Network," 09.05.2018.
Some valuable insight from The Talent Trainer Jay Harrington in The American Lawyer, noting that "[i]n a world in which we're told to chase more Facebook friends, Instagram and Twitter followers, and LinkedIn connections, it's easy to lose sight of what the purpose of a professional network really is. Bigger isn't necessarily better."
15. "Law industry creates pathways for minorities," 09.04.2018.
The Idaho Business Review covers some of NALP's data on law firm diversity. (Subscription required.)
16. "How One Firm Used Marketing Intelligence to Inform a Merger," 09.03.2018.
The American Lawyer has an inside look at the Eversheds Sutherland merger.
17. "The Incredible, Rage-Inducing Inside Story of America's Student Debt Machine," September/October 2018.
This feature in Mother Jones Magazine asks "Why is the nation's flagship loan forgiveness program failing the people it's supposed to help?" and includes law students in its profiles.
18. "Florida Coastal still out of compliance with accreditation standards, ABA legal ed council says," 09.04.2018.
The ABA Journal reported that "[t]he ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has affirmed its findings that Florida Coastal School of Law is out of compliance with certain accreditation standards — increasing the likelihood that the matter will be settled in court."
19. "Legal Innovation Woes, Part III: Skill Shortage, Emotional Labor & Arrested Development," 09.03.2018.
On the Legal Evolution blog, Jae Um concludes a three part series on legal innovation taking "a closer look at the talent required to make innovation actually happen, as well as some of the structural barriers that legal innovation teams face in accessing that talent."
20. "Study on Chief Diversity Officers and Faculty Hiring," 09.03.2018.
Inside Higher Ed Reports on a study that suggests that having a chief diversity officer isn't necessarily linked to significant gains in faculty diversity.
21. "Companies Say Trump Is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration," 09.02.2018.
The New York Times reports on delays and additional paperwork requirements in H-1B visa processing.
22. "Dan Linna: Taking the measure of legal innovation," 09.01.2018.
In one of their Legal Rebel profiles, the ABA Journal features Linna, who recently introduced the Law School Innovation Index as well as the Law Firm Innovation Index.
23. "College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want?" 09.01.2018.
The Washington Post. Since the Great Recession, surveys of teenagers — and the choices they are making about their college majors — show that higher education has become less about preparing for life or learning something that interests undergraduates and much more about securing employment.
24. "The MCCA Honors 4 Companies, 1 Lawyer for Leading the Diversity Charge," 08.31.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that "[t]he Minority Corporate Counsel Association…announced the four regional winners of its 2018 Employer of Choice Award, as well as the winner of its inaugural Charlotte E. Ray Award."
25. "Law Firms Benefit by Showing Attorneys That Family Matters," 08.31.2018.
The American Lawyer's Young Editorial Board advocates that "[f]irms can help themselves — and their employees — by introducing family-friendly policies."
26. "Why Lawyers Need To Pay Attention To Spirituality," 08.31.2018.
Above the Law includes this column on wellness that provides some simple steps to get started on the road to wellness.
27. "What Happens If You Don't Like Career Services?" 08.31.2018.
Writing for Above the Law, NALP member Nicholas Alexiou (Vanderbilt) provides some practical advice to students for managing their relationship with their career services office.
28. "So, 4,000 Big Law Associates Walk Into a Therapist's Office…" 08.30.2018.
Roy Strom summarizes some of the comments from participants in The American Lawyer's Mid-Level Associate Survey.
29. "Is Your Organization Building a World-Class Talent Pipeline?" 08.31.2018.
Law.com commentary from Bill Henderson and Daniel Linna Jr. on taking "the time to plan out a talent pipeline strategy and follow it with discipline."
30. "After Professor's Alleged 'N-Bomb,' Emory Law Rally Calls for Tolerance, Respect," 08.29.2018.
The Daily Report shares the latest.
31. "Hungry Midsize Firms Gobbling Up Struggling Smaller Shops," 08.23.2018.
The American Lawyer summarizes ALM's Mid-Market Report which notes that "[m]idsize firms are hungry for niche services and geographic expansion, and as small firms struggle to meet client needs, the time is ripe to feed that appetite."
32. Leadership Corner: "A 4-Word Master Class in Leadership From Steve Jobs," 08.31.2018.
Inc.com provides some insight into Steve Jobs' management style: "People will rarely follow you because you're great, they follow because you enable them to feel great about themselves."
August 31, 2018
1. "Microsoft GC Tells Its Major Suppliers (Including Outside Firms) to Provide Paid Parental Leave," 08.30.2018.
Law.com reports that "Microsoft will require suppliers to offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week."
2. State Attorneys General rebuke DOE's proposed changes to borrower defense regulations.
In a jointly signed letter dated 8.30.2018, twenty state Attorneys General sharply rebuked the U.S. Department of Education's proposed changes to its borrower defense regulations. The New York Attorney General's Office press release notes that the changes "would make it more difficult for defrauded students to obtain financial relief, while giving unscrupulous and predatory schools unwarranted protections."
3. "Is Outside Ownership of Law Firms Picking Up Steam?" 08.30.2018.
The American Lawyer reports on some movement in the area with a state bar studying whether to allow outside investors in law firms, and a litigation finance giant discussing with law firms a financial structure that would allow investors to own portions of today's firms, with no regulatory changes required.
4. "DOJ Attacks Harvard's Race-Conscious Admissions Policy," 08.30.2018.
The National Law Journal reports that "the Justice Department said Thursday that Harvard's race-conscious admissions process 'significantly disadvantages Asian-American applicants.' Harvard's lawyers at WilmerHale dispute this, and they argue admissions officers 'carefully consider each applicant in his or her entirety.'" And New York Times coverage is here: "Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Admissions Win Justice Dept. Support." Inside Higher Ed weighs in here.
5. "Study: Children of Divorce Less Likely to Earn Degree," 08.29.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports on study that shows "[b]eing a child of divorce nearly halves the likelihood that a young person will earn a bachelor's or graduate degree compared to someone whose parents remain married."
6. "Wells Fargo Lawfully Fired Employees Over Background Checks, Appeals Court Says," 08.29.2018.
Despite the expansion of the "ban-the-box" legislation in several jurisdictions, Law.com reports that a "Federal appeals court says the bank's employment practices didn't discriminate against African-American and Latino former workers and would-be new hires."
7. "Day Pitney Hires Mercedes In-House Lawyer as Diversity Chief," 08.29.2018.
Law.com reports that "[o]n the heels of recently achieving 'Mansfield Plus Certification' from Diversity Lab, the firm announced…it had hired its new director of diversity and inclusion, Tommy M. Shi, former in-house counsel and 10-year diversity and inclusion officer for Mercedes-Benz USA."
8. "Vern? Myers Joins Netflix as Vice President, Inclusion Strategy," 08.29.2018.
Diversity and inclusion consultant and frequent NALP presenter Vern? Myers has accepted this new role.
9. "'Extreme Part-Time' Lawyer-Moms Flock to Freelance Firms," 08.29.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that "[s]o-called 'accordion law firms' have become particularly popular with lawyer moms who want to dramatically reduce their hours after they give birth, but who also want to stay in the legal game."
10. "IRS Clears Path For Student Loan Repayment Tied To 401(k)," 08.18.2018.
The TaxProf Blog reports on this "IRS decision allowing an employer to offer a student loan repayment benefit as an element of its retirement plan."
11. "How To Convince An Employer To Pay You Less Money," 08.29.2019.
Helpful guidance on Above the Law from a former biglaw associate on how to effectively pursue a position in a sector that pays less money than you previously earned.
12. "Top Student Loan Official Resigns, Blasts Trump Administration," 08.28.2018.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the resignation of the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
13. "Colleges Say They Prepare Students for a Career, Not Just a First Job. Is That True?" 08.28.2018.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. "About 60 percent of executives and hiring managers think that most college graduates are prepared to succeed in entry-level positions. But only a third of executives, and a quarter of hiring managers, believe graduates have the skills and knowledge to advance or be promoted."
14. "A Live Discussion About the Future of Wall Street Firms," 08.28.2018.
The American Lawyer. An ongoing discussion between Nicholas Bruch, director of Legal Market Intelligence at ALM Intelligence and Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer.
15. "Data Snapshot: What's Average Big Law Pay for Summer Associates?" 08.27.2018.
The American Lawyer provides "[a] sneak peek at the 2018 summer associate hiring survey conducted by ALM Intelligence [which] shows some signs of rising summer associate pay."
16. "Halting the hover: Dealing with helicopter parents in law school (podcast)," 08.27.2018.
The ABA Journal. As a new academic year begins, Sondra Tennessee, Associate Dean at the University of Houston Law Center, shares her advice on how students, parents and school administrators can halt the hover and foster students' independence and success.
17. "A Surprisingly Simple Way to Help Level the Playing Field of College Admissions," 08.27.2018.
The New York Times reports that "[w]hite, Asian-American and affluent students commonly take the SAT more than once, but disadvantaged students are less likely to, and it's holding them back."
18. "Calling All Lawyers: The Blockchain Opportunities Are Waiting," 08.27.2018.
Olga Mack and Julie Brush discuss "opportunities for lawyers in the blockchain industry" on Above the Law.
19. "What Microsoft, Starbucks, Rackspace Expect From Their Outside Counsel," 08.27.2018.
Law.com shares a summary of a session from ILTACON where "three in-house legal professionals from some of the biggest companies in the global economy shed light on how they approach hiring outside counsel, and what they expect from these firms."
20. "The 2018 Midlevel Associates Survey," 08.26.2018.
The American Lawyer Midlevel Associates Survey is out and suggests that "[t]hird-, fourth- and fifth-year associates are as happy as ever at their law firms…in fact, their satisfaction has been slowly rising year after year for a while now."
a. "Top Firms for Midlevel Associates: The 2018 National Rankings," 08.26.2018.
The American Lawyer. Results from the survey.
b. "Midlevel Associates Are Content but Curious About Their Futures," 08.26.2018.
Further analysis of The American Lawyer Midlevel Associates Survey survey shows that "most are pleased with their firms, but they're eager for a peek behind the curtain."
c. "The Simple Ways Law Firms Can Make Associates Happier," 08.26.2018.
The American Lawyer. Vivia Chen provides her tips for keeping midlevel associates satisfied.
d. "Women and Minority Associates Are Less Satisfied Than Their Peers," 08.26.2018.
The American Lawyer. Analysis of the Midlevel Associates Survey results shows that "[m]inority attorneys gave lower scores on average in every category, when compared with white midlevel associates."
e. "Associates Say Law Firms Need a Tech Upgrade," 08.26.2018.
The American Lawyer Midlevel Associates Survey reveals that "[t]echnology is a trouble spot for many firms, but those that succeed have happy associates."
f. "How Schulte Roth Gave Associate Life an Extreme Makeover," 08.26.2018.
A profile of the firm that ranks #1 in The American Lawyer's 2018 Midlevel Associates Survey.
g. "The Regional Perspective: Associate Satisfaction by City," 08.26.2018.
The American Lawyer reports that "[t]here are some significant differences among the biggest legal markets in how associates feel about their law firms."
21. "What signal are legal employers sending to legal education?," 08.26.2018
Bill Henderson asks this question in a promotion for the Institute for the Future of Law Practice's 2019 Curriculum and Internship Program.
22. "The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined," 08.25.2018.
Op-Ed in the The New York Times shares some sobering numbers on student debt.
23. "Appeals Court Affirms Denial Of Richard Sander's Request To Access California Bar Data To Study Racial Implications Of Bar Passage Rates" 08.25.2018.
The TaxProf Blog provides an update on Sander v. State Bar of California.
24. "Are Wall Street Law Firms Losing the Talent War?" 08.24.2018.
Law.com's LegalSpeak podcast addresses how some law firms are taking on more private equity, venture capital and corporate deal-making work that was traditionally handled by Wall Street law firms.
25. "Law Firm Compensation Transparency Doesn't Guarantee Happiness," 08.24.2018.
Commentary in The American Lawyer suggests that "if one looks at highly successful firms, it is predictability rather than transparency that produces true success and satisfaction."
26. "The Latest Domino: Kilpatrick Raises Associate Pay," 08.24.2018.
The Daily Report notes "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is the latest big Atlanta-based firm to raise associate pay. It's matching the new top starting salary of $165,000 in Atlanta and $190,000 in other markets."
27. New Book on Lawyer Well-Being: "The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness," 08.22.2018.
This new ABA book is a comprehensive toolkit for lawyers that addresses the stress and emotional challenges that often come with a career in the law. And an interview with the author: "Boost Your Practice by Improving Your Wellness: New ABA Book," 08.27.2018. Law.com.
28. "Will My Lack of Law Firm Experience Come Back to Haunt Me?" 08.22.2018.
In The Recorder, Julie Brush (The Lawyer Whisperer) notes that "[i]n today's legal environment, starting your legal career as an in-house lawyer as opposed to law firm associate is not the kiss of death that it might have been in years past."
29. "Student Debt Is Worse for Women," 08.20.2018.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that women "borrow more than men do, and then earn less, making it harder for them to repay their loans."
30. "Midsize Firms, Stop Stressing Out Your Lawyers," 08.16.2018.
Law.com provides an overview from ALM's Mid-Market Report about how mid-size firms help their attorneys manage stress.
31. Leadership Corner: "8 Tips for Effective Leadership," 08.30.2018.
Inc.com provides tips no matter where you are in your career.