Weekly News Digest for Legal Career Professionals

Each week NALP's Executive Director provides a summary of news articles of interest to legal career professionals.

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.

June 24, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Mental Health Improves for Women and Minority Lawyers, But Disparities Persist," 06.21.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the mental health of minority and women lawyers appears to have improved over the last year, according to the results of Law.com and ALM Intelligence's 2022 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey, which also showed positive wellness trends for all lawyers…[but] women and minorities still trail whites and men in lawyer mental health."

  2. "Law Firm's People Aged 45 and Over Are Unhappier than Millennials, Research Finds," 06.23.22.
    Law.com International reports that "those working at law firms who are aged 45 and over are unhappier in their jobs and with their work-life balance than their younger counterparts are, new research has revealed, while just 2% expect to remain at their current firm for more than the next decade." ("66% of respondents aged 45-54 said they are happy at work, while the same percentage reported being happy with their work life balance. Those figures rose for the millennial generation—employees aged between 25 and 34—with 81% saying they are happy at work. 83% of that age group said they are happy with their work life balance.")

  3. NALP News

  4. "Doing Good Doesn't Pay Much: Many Entry-Level, Public-Interest Lawyers Make $57,500 a Year," 06.23.22.
    The National Law Journal reports that "compensation for some public-interest law jobs is improving, but it remains far behind pay levels in private practice, according to a report by the National Association for Law Placement." ("NALP's data shows that first-year attorneys at a law firm with 50 or fewer attorneys was $85,000 in 2021, which is 48% higher than the $57,000 median salary for an entry-level attorney at a legal services organization.")

    1. "How much do new public interest lawyers earn? Despite raises, pay is well below that of law firms, NALP says," 06.22.22.
      The ABA Journal reports on the findings of NALP's new public interest attorney salary survey.

    2. "Public Interest Attorney Pay Growing Faster Since 2018," 06.22.22.
      Law360 also reports on NALP's new public interest attorney salary findings.

    3. "New Public Service Attorney Salary Figures Show Growth Since 2018, But Remain Considerably Below Private Sector Salaries," 06.22.22.
      You can read the full press release on the NALP website: "Salaries for public service attorneys have risen since 2018, particularly for attorneys working in civil legal services and public interest organizations."

  5. The Feel Goods

  6. "Retired at 4, Wasabi Still Carries Himself Like a Champion," 06.21.22.
    The New York Times spends some time with comfortably retired Wasabi, the Pekingese who won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last year.

    1. "Westminster Dog Show: Trumpet the Bloodhound Wins Best in Show," 06.22.22.
      And The New York Times has the news that Wasabi has been supplanted by Trumpet: "Trumpet, a magnificently be-wrinkled and be-jowled bloodhound from Illinois, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night, nosing out a tough crowd of competitors that included a fluffy Samoyed, a silky Maltese and an all-business German shepherd…he is the first bloodhound to win Westminster."

  7. "Youngest ever Van Cliburn winner moved Marin Alsop to tears with this rapturous Rachmaninov," 06.20.22.
    Classic FM has a video of the performance of Yunchan Lim thundering through the finale of Rachmaninov's third piano concerto at the sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas, last week. (This is worth 2.5 minutes of your time) (Hat tip to Jessica Buchsbaum)

  8. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  9. "Endowed by Slavery," 06.23.22.
    This essay in The New York Review by Andrew Delbanco provides a deep and thoughtful dive into the entanglement of the history of US higher education and slavery: "The history of university coffers suggests a centuries-long conversion of blood money into benefactions." (Hat tip to Judy Areen)

  10. "LGBTQ in the Federal Judiciary: A Long Way to Go for Representation," 06.23.22.
    The National Law Journal reports that "law firms have made great strides on LGBTQ representation in recent years, particularly among younger attorneys, but that progress has not yet extended to the federal judiciary." ("Despite accounting for nearly 7% of the population of the United States, there are only a handful of sitting openly LGBTQ Article III judges. Of the more than 3,427 judges ever to have sat on Article III courts, only 16 are known to have been LGBTQ. Of the approximately 870 sitting Article III judges in 2022, only 14 are openly LGBTQ.")

  11. "The New Generation of Queer Lawyers Making Waves in Canada," 06.22.23.
    Law.com International reports on the proceedings at "Prisme, the first LGBTQ2S+ (the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Indigenous 2-spirit community) law conference in Canada." ("The conference was also the launching pad for the country's first LGBTQS2+ lawyers' association.")

  12. "'I Couldn't Imagine Leading and Not Being Openly Gay': How LGBTQIA+ Pride Informs Law School Leadership," 06.22.22.
    Law.com writes about the impact of a growing number of out LGBTQ law school deans.

  13. "New scholarship at UBC law school will help support five Indigenous students through first year," 06.19.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia has a new scholarship for Indigenous students entering their first year, thanks to a donation from alumnus Matthew Nathanson, his father Irwin Nathanson, QC, and Irwin's wife, Joanie McEwan." ("This fund will support three incoming students each year over the next five years with an award valued at $15,000 per student.")

  14. "Over 400 Managing Partners, GCs Make Public DEI Pledges as LCLD Campaign Concludes," 06.17.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "leaders of the country's largest law firms and corporate legal departments have committed to increasing their sponsorship of diverse attorneys, developing succession plans that include diverse attorneys, and collaborating with clients to advance the careers of attorneys from underrepresented groups, according to a review of managing partner and general counsel pledges submitted to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity."

  15. "'Pressure for Progress': Fortune 500 Sees Surge in Diverse, Female GCs," 06.17.22.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "twenty of the 59 general counsel hired by Fortune 500 companies last year were ethnically diverse, a new study found, a big improvement from past years that reflects the growing pipeline of minority talent and stepped-up efforts by companies to diversify their C-suites."

  16. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work/HR Developments

  17. "Management Must Opt-In to Tackle Burnout," 06.20.22.
    A columnist for Law.com International writes that "managing culture to optimise employee engagement and resilience can significantly benefit the attraction, retention and effectiveness of lawyers in the current competitive employment market."

  18. "What your future office could look like — if you even need to be there," 06.21.22.
    The Washington Post "asked five companies to reimagine what the traditional office would look like as the pandemic over the past two and half years altered dramatically the way employees work — from meetings in conference rooms to video calls and flexible schedules."

  19. "Working from home is a career killer for lawyers," 06.19.22.
    This Canadian Lawyer column by a GC makes the case for lawyers going to the office: "From my experience, lawyers do not pick up the experiences and skills of practising law and becoming a good professional in law school or formal meetings with lawyers or clients. The most significant learnings came from the day-to-day interactions and informal meetings with fellow legal professionals, lawyers and clients." (He goes on to write: "This WFH trend, in my humble opinion, will hurt diverse lawyers the most. It will make it harder to be seen, to build relationships with colleagues and clients, easier to be bypassed in getting critical files and attending client meetings and even more challenging to demonstrate your abilities to others. WFH risks setting back many hard-earned advances in diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and diverse lawyers will be the most adversely affected.")

  20. "You're Still on Mute," 06.19.22.
    The New York Times writes that "though the number of daily Zoom participants jumped from 10 million in December 2019 to 300 million in April 2020, many are still sitting in front of blank walls that create…hostage videos."

  21. "The Language of Asking for Help," 06.17.22.
    The chairperson of the State Bar of Georgia Lawyer Assistance Program, writing for The American Lawyer, shares "a few ideas on creating a safe environment in which lawyers who have a need can ask for help."

  22. Law Schools and Law Students

  23. "Top 20 law school joins handful of others offering undergraduate degree in law," 06.23.22.
    The ABA Journal reports that "the University of Southern California Gould School of Law plans to offer an undergraduate bachelor of science degree in legal studies." ("Other law schools that already offer undergraduate degrees are the University of California's Berkeley Law, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Two other schools—the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law—also plan to offer undergraduate degree programs in the fall.")

  24. "Vermont Law School Plans to Open New Graduate School," 06.22.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "Vermont Law School plans to open a new graduate school as part of a restructuring plan in July…the institution will soon be known as Vermont Law and Graduate School."

    1. "Rebranded Vermont Law & Graduate School Aims To Increase Enrollment By 100 Students With Three New Master's Degree Programs," 06.22.22.
      More on this from the TaxProf Blog.

  25. "So Far, Public Comments Largely Support ABA Proposal To Make Law School Admission Tests Optional," 06.22.22.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that "thus far, at least, there seems to be support for doing away with the standardized testing requirement for ABA-accredited law schools."

  26. "Texas Southern Law School Ousts Dean," 06.21.22.
    Law.com reports that "Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law announced last week that Okezie Chukwumerije has taken over as interim dean, replacing Joan R.M. Bullock, effective immediately."

    1. "Texas Southern Law School Replaces Dean After Less Than Three Years Amidst Continued Bar Challenges, Fallout From Admissions Scandal," 06.21.22.
      More on this from the TaxProf Blog.

  27. "After Failed Search Following Resignation Of Dean Due To Mishandling Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Tax Prof Elaine Gagliardi Named Interim Dean At Montana Law School," 06.21.22.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that "the search for a new dean for the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett III School of Law returned to square one after offers to some of the finalists were rejected."

  28. "Ginsburg-Scalia fellowship wants to train lawyers to get along," 06.17.22.
    Reuters reports that "The New Civil Liberties Alliance's Ginsburg-Scalia Fellowship is an eight-week dinner lecture series for law students working as summer associates at Washington, D.C. law firms that began in May. It aims to promote civility and collegiality in the legal profession and in intellectual discourse."

  29. Law Firms and Lawyers

  30. "Steptoe cuts pay for 'underutilized' lawyers. Will other firms follow?," 06.23.22.
    Reuters reports that "Steptoe & Johnson has cut pay and hours for associates who aren't meeting billable hour goals in a move industry watchers say may portend future pay roll-backs across other large law firms." ("A "small number" of Steptoe associates who are consistently putting in below 80% of their expected billable hours were moved this week to reduced work schedules with lower pay through the end of 2022.")

  31. "Cravath's New Partner Pay Model Reflects Competitive Use of Bonus Pools," 06.23.22.
    The American Lawyer reports on Cravath's strategic use of a new bonus pool as a part of its modified partner pay structure, one that has moved away from strict lockstep.

  32. "Skadden's Jessica Hough Talks Talent Challenges, Return-to-Office and Diversity," 06.22.22.
    The National Law Journal speaks with Jessica Hough, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's and head of the firm's Washington, D.C., office about "law firm management, challenges at her firm and within the industry, the firm's return to office policy, legal trends and diversity and inclusion efforts." ("The biggest challenge has been the competition for talent. The market right now for attorneys is just incredibly competitive. In addition to keeping attorneys, it's a hard time to find people because there are just so many firms out there that are looking for folks right now.")

  33. "The NLJ 500: Our 2022 Survey of the Nation's Largest Law Firms," 06.21.22.
    The National Law Journal published its NLJ 500 report, their annual survey of law firm headcounts across the country.

    1. "The NLJ 500: Ranked by Head Count," 06.21.22.

    2. "The NLJ 500: Women in Law Scorecard," 06.21.22.

    3. "The NLJ 500: Diverse Representation Matters," 06.21.22. (LGBTQ Scorecard)

    4. "The NLJ 500: First Year Salaries," 06.21.22.

    5. "The NLJ 500: Which Firms Grew and Shrunk the Most?," 06.21.22.

    6. "The NLJ 500: Law Firm Size Matters When it Comes to Retention," 06.21.22.

    7. "The NLJ 500: Law Firms to Note," 06.21.22.

  34. "Many Holdouts Remain in Big Law's Move to Unify Pay Across Markets," 06.21.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the rise of remote work and unprecedented competition has pressured firms to unify pay scales for associates, but more than two dozen large firms still maintain a spectrum of salaries for their first-year associates."

  35. "Change Is on the Way. Law Firms Are Getting Ready," 06.20.22.
    Law.com International writes that "faced with inflation, a looming recession and increased global regulation, law firms are looking at a lot of uncertainty…so they are getting ready, taking steps they hope will insulate them from whatever is to come."

  36. "Amid Heavy Profits, Big Law's Pro Bono Time Saw 'Significant' Drop in 2021," 06.17.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "as big law firms were widening their profit margins last year amid dizzying demand, the number of pro bono hours across the industry fell… from 5.4 million to 4.6 million."

  37. "Equity Partnership Numbers Still Stagnant, But Law Firms May Find Reason to Tinker," 06.17.22.
    The American Lawyer writes that "equity partnership ranks across the industry remained mostly flat in 2021, despite fantastic financial performances for many law firms, but a potential recession may alter firms' calculus on holding back lawyers from the equity ranks…as high associate turnover continues, some firms may benefit by pushing associates to the partnership, analysts say."

  38. Corporate Counsel/In-House Counsel

  39. "Turning Point: Legal Departments Bringing More and More Work In-House," 06.23.22.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "corporate legal departments are bringing work in-house like never before, a move driven partly by rising concern about outside legal counsel costs but also by the need to provide challenging work to in-house attorneys to retain them in a tight market." ("Economic factors, including rising law firm salaries, are helping fuel the trend.")

  40. Higher Education

  41. "Biden wants new protections for trans students, sexual assault survivors," 06.23.22.
    The Washington Post reports that "on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Biden administration proposed sweeping changes to the landmark law that would bar schools, colleges and universities from discriminating against transgender students, a move that comes as the battle over transgender rights moves to the front lines of the culture war."

    1. "New Biden Rules Would Bar Discrimination Against Transgender Students," 06.23.22.
      More on this from The New York Times.

    2. "New Rules on Title IX," 06.23.22.
      And even more from Inside Higher Ed.

  42. "After the Pandemic's Dark Days, the Outlook for International Enrollments May Be Brightening," 06.23.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "American colleges are anticipating a pickup in international enrollments this fall, with two-thirds reporting an increase in overseas applicants, according to a new survey from the Institute of International Education." (Subscription required.)

  43. "Faculty-Pay Survey Records the Largest One-Year Drop Ever," 06.22.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "average full-time faculty salaries decreased by 5 percent in the 2021-22 academic year when adjusted for inflation, the largest single-year drop in the 50 years that the American Association of University Professors has tracked academic wages." (Subscription required.)

June 17, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Why Students Are Choosing H.B.C.U.s: '4 Years Being Seen as Family'," 06.11.22.
    This Sunday New York Times piece writes about a new generation of Black students who are increasingly choosing HBCUs over other traditionally more prestigious colleges and universities: "They belong to a generation whose adolescence was shaped not only by the election of the first Black president but also by political and social strife that threatened the lives and liberties of Black Americans. For many families, the embrace of historically Black colleges has been influenced by concerns about racial hostility, students' feelings of isolation in predominantly white schools and shifting views on what constitutes the pinnacle of higher education."

  2. "HBCU Law Schools Face Severe Underfunding: 'Do We Have a Belt' Left to Tighten?," 06.14.22.
    Law.com reports that "there are six Historically Black Colleges and Universities law schools in the U.S., established because Black students were denied access to law school, and each is struggling due to underfunding."

  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  4. "'Alarming and Disappointing': Jurists, Bar Associations Tackle Decline in Black Attorneys," 06.15.22.
    According to the Daily Report, Georgia judges, lawyers and bar associations are coming together to address decline in number of Black attorneys over past decade.

  5. "We Need More Black Lawyers," 06.14.22.
    This piece in Law.com International makes the case that more must be done to educate more Black law students and support Black lawyers. (And noting that "a crucial first step is leveling the playing field when it comes to taking the bar exam.")

  6. "Women Law Partners Weigh in on How to Close the Pay Equity Gap," 06.14.22.
    In Bloomberg Law's final story in their Big Law & Pay Equity series, Meghan Tribe speaks with current and former women law partners about how firms can go about closing the pay equity gap with the use of third-party audits, by focusing performance reviews more on work product than personalities, and through other measures.

  7. "Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Transgender Young People in the U.S.," 06.10.22.
    The New York Times reports that "the number of young people who identify as transgender has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a new report that captures a stark generational shift and emerging societal embrace of a diversity of gender identities." ("The analysis, relying on government health surveys conducted from 2017 to 2020, estimated that 1.4 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds and 1.3 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds were transgender, compared with about 0.5 percent of all adults.")

  8. "For Black lawyers, roadblocks to partnership persist," 06.10.22.
    Crain's Chicago Business writes that "the expected sea change after the 2020 murder of George Floyd has yet to be realized, leaving lawyers of color to wonder where they go from here." ("After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, law firms formed or expanded diversity and inclusion committees and ramped up recruiting of non-white lawyers at the associate and partner level. But the underlying roadblock for progress hasn't moved: Many Black and Hispanic attorneys hit a wall because they aren't able to amass the client base needed to ascend to capital partner or, better yet, a spot on the management committee.")

    1. "For Black women lawyers, the needle has barely moved at law firms," 06.10.22.
      Crain's Chicago Business writes that "after years of calls for change and several high-profile milestones in government and corporate America, fewer than 1% of Black women still attain partnerships."

    2. "Law firms seem to be in no rush to diversify their leadership," 06.10.22.
      More on law firm diversity from Crain's: "Two national initiatives aim to expand diversity at law firms, especially in leadership positions. So far, neither has been able to spark transformation as Black, Hispanic and Asian lawyers represent less than 10% of equity partners at large partnerships."

    3. "Law schools are where diversity is making strides," 06.10.22.
      And finally, Crain's has this piece from ABA President Reginald Turner, who writes about current ABA initiatives to increase diversity and equity in the legal profession.

  9. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work/HR Developments

  10. "Supporting Black Students' Mental Health," 06.15.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "the United Negro College Fund and the Steve Fund, an organization devoted to the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, are teaming up to address mental health at historically Black colleges and universities and predominantly Black institutions, the organizations announced Tuesday."

  11. "Educators Report Highest Level of Burnout Among All Other Industries," 06.13.22.
    U.S. News reports that new polling showing educators as the most burned out group among all other industries is the latest in a series of data points that underscores the fragility of the education workforce: "A new Gallup poll shows that 44% of K-12 employees say they "always" or "very often" feel burned out at work, including 52% of teachers who report the same. Moreover, 35% of college and university workers say they "always" or "very often" feel burned out at work — making K-12 and higher education the two industries with the highest rate of burnout."

  12. The Bar Exam and Lawyer Licensing

  13. "How Schools Fared on the February 2022 Bar Exam," 06.15.22.
    The Recorder has some school-specific results from California's February 2022 bar exam.

  14. Law Schools and Law Students

  15. "U.S. law schools are funding degrees for Ukrainian lawyers," 06.15.22.
    Reuters reports that "the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is working to bring a half dozen Ukrainian lawyers to the United States to spend a year studying and doing pro bono work related to their home country." ("Pittsburgh is not the only U.S. law school hosting Ukrainian lawyers next year, though its program may be the largest. The University of Miami School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law have created scholarships for a Ukrainian law graduate to attend their LL.M programs.")

  16. "Brooklyn Law School Dean Cahill Stepping Down in 2023," 06.15.22.
    The New York Law Journal reports that "Michael T. Cahill, Brooklyn Law School president and Joseph Crea dean, will be stepping down from his administrative roles and rejoining the school's faculty in the fall of 2023."

  17. "An Optional LSAT?," 06.15.22.
    Inside Higher Ed has ore on last week's story that the ABA is considering eliminating the standardized testing requirement for law school admissions: "In April, the American Bar Association's Council on Legal Education, which accredits 196 law schools across the U.S., proposed eliminating a requirement that accredited schools use the Law School Admission Test or some equivalent 'valid and reliable' standardized test in their admissions process. The ABA council clarified that law schools 'would remain free to require a test if they wish.' If accepted, the proposal would take effect for law school classes beginning in fall 2023."

  18. "Law school admissions test experiments with new 'logic games' section," 06.14.22.
    Reuters reports that "a surprise modification to the Law School Admission Test administered June 11 rattled some test takers and has sparked predictions that a permanent change is in the works." ("About half of the roughly 8,000 people who took the LSAT on Saturday were given an experimental fourth section comprised of reformatted analytical reasoning questions coupled with survey questions about their responses.")

  19. "Justices Won't Consider Race, Sex Bias Claims Against NYU Law Review," 06.13.22.
    The National Law Journal reports that "the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a sex and race discrimination challenge to the way in which New York University's law review selects articles."

  20. Law Firms and Lawyers

  21. "How to Build-Not Burn-Bridges During the Lateral Recruiting Process," 06.16.22.
    This piece from Law.com makes the case for civility during the lateral hiring process: "It's important for lawyers at all levels of experience, but especially junior lawyers who have never lived through a down market, to remember that the legal community is small and memories are long. Now is the time to build bridges during the legal recruiting process, not burn them."

  22. "The associate salary deception," 06.15.22.
    Jordan Furlong, writing for his Law21 blog, writes that "law firms have been enjoying the fruits of a longstanding confusion in the legal sector: the one that links billable hour targets to associate salaries…I don't believe that relationship exists. Law firms set their associate salaries before a single lawyer bills a single hour, and they set their billable targets according to how much work they think their associates can endure before breaking."

  23. "Could a Four-Day Week Work in Big Law?," 06.15.22.
    Law.com International reports that as the UK undertakes a big experiment with a four-day workweek, "client pressures, financial implications, work-life balance and diversity are all up for discussion, as the industry ponders whether such a concept could work in Big Law."

  24. "Fennemore, Merging With Wendel Rosen, Fills Out California Footprint," 06.14.22.
    The Recorder reports that "Fennemore Craig, a Mountain West midsize firm, announced Tuesday that it is joining up with Oakland-based Wendel Rosen, resulting in a 250-attorney firm with 14 offices."

  25. "Big Law Continues to Add Everything, Everywhere, All at Once," 06.13.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Big Law is continuing to place a premium on teams in the lateral market, peeling off large groups or doing mergers/acquisitions of boutique firms."

  26. "Why Authentic Leadership Is Easier Said Than Done, Especially in Big Law," 06.12.22.
    The American Lawyer writes that "displaying vulnerability and honesty is a challenge for those in leadership positions—particularly if they faced significant hurdles to get there."

  27. "Want Your Lawyers To Stay Put? Value Them for Their Skill, Not Billing Habits," 06.10.22.
    The American Lawyer has more on the new study from Patrick Krill that found that lawyers who feel valued for their skill and professionalism are less stressed and less likely to quit than those who feel valued for their productivity.

  28. "Davis Wright Tremaine to Merge With Financial Services Boutique McGonigle," 06.10.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "financial services boutique McGonigle is merging with Seattle-founded Am Law 100 firm Davis Wright Tremaine, the firms announced Friday, boosting Davis Wright's head count to more than 600 while doubling its banking and finance practice and giving it a fresh presence in Chicago."

  29. "After Another Big Year, Law Firms Should Plan for Recession," 06.10.22.
    This piece in Law.com advocates for advance planning for law firms for a likely recession before the end of the year.

  30. Corporate Counsel/In-House Counsel

  31. "In-House Spending Eclipses Outside Spending in New Legal Department Benchmarking Survey," 06.14.22.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "according to new findings from the Association of Corporate Counsel and Major, Lindsey & Africa…54% of legal department spending is staying in-house, up from 49% in last year's survey."

  32. Higher Education

  33. "The Problem Nobody's Talking About: Men have trailed women in degree completion for decades. Why aren't colleges doing anything?," 06.14.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the alarming decline in college completion by men: "For decades now, men have trailed women in college completion. Barely 40 percent of men earn a bachelor's degree in four years, compared with just over half of women, federal data show. Even fewer Black and Hispanic men graduate on time — 21 percent and 32 percent, respectively. But the pandemic, which has led to a disproportionate enrollment decline among male students, is expected to deepen the divide. Nationwide, male enrollment has fallen 8.6 percent over the past two years, while female enrollment has dropped by 6.5 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. There were nearly three million more women enrolled in college this spring than men. If this trend continues, it will have enormous consequences for the economy and society at large, affecting everything from unemployment rates to marriage patterns." (Subscription required.)

  34. "Some M.B.A.s Are Getting Job Offers Before They Step Onto Campus," 06.13.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "early recruiting—before students and prospective employers see how they take to business school—reflects the fierce competition for fresh talent in consulting." (Subscription required.)

June 10, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "U.S. Inflation Hit 8.6% in May," 06.10.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "U.S. consumer inflation reached an 8.6% annual rate in May, its highest level in more than four decades as surging energy and food prices pushed prices higher." (Subscription required.)

  2. "Lawyer mental health suffers when employers value only money, study says," 06.09.22.
    Reuters reports that "attorneys who say their employers value them mainly for their productivity and financial worth tend to have worse physical and mental health than those who feel valued for their talent, skill and humanity, researchers said in a new study." ("Lawyers who report that their employers do not value them or provide no feedback have the worst health outcomes overall, according to the peer reviewed study published this month in the scientific journal Behavioral Sciences.")

  3. "Hundreds Have Left N.Y. Public Defender Offices Over Low Pay," 06.09.22.
    The New York Times reports that "hundreds of staffers have left New York City's public defender organizations over the past year, fed up with low pay, which they say undervalues their public service and puts them on an uneven footing with the prosecutors whom many of them face in court each day." ("The Legal Aid Society, New York's largest provider of criminal and civil services for indigent clients, has lost 10 percent of its staff, or about 200 people over the past 12 months, a 73 percent jump from the organization's 2021 attrition rate. That number includes 55 public defenders who try criminal cases, 37 legal services attorneys who represent clients in housing and immigration court, as well as numerous paralegals, investigators and social workers.")

  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  5. "Big Law Beware: Women Lawyers Have Had Enough of Unequal Pay," 06.09.22.
    Bloomberg Law reports that "women lawyers…are increasingly willing to demand equal pay when their firms fail to pay them fairly."

  6. "Tension between U of T law and disabled students raises a broader policy implication," 06.08.22.
    The Law Times of Canada reports that "disabled students at the University of Toronto law faculty have raised concerns about the university denying accommodation requests for virtual classes despite the prior shift to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

  7. "Navigating Big Law as a Proud LGBTQ+ Lawyer," 06.07.22.
    Ranesh Ramanathan, a partner from Kirkland, writing for Bloomberg Law, writes about "how he determined to live his life as a proud LGBTQ+ attorney from the start of his career 25 years ago despite also being an asylee who was ethnically and racially diverse."

  8. "The Pandemic 'Opened the Door to a Better Environment' for Many Disabled Law Students. They Don't Want to Go Back.," 06.03.22.
    Law.com publishes the fifth and final installment of their series called, "Disabling Ableism: Making the Legal Profession More Accessible."

  9. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work/HR Developments

  10. "A Full Return to the Office? Does 'Never' Work for You?," 06.09.22.
    The New York Times reports that "fewer and fewer companies are expecting their employees to be in the office five days a week."

  11. The Bar Exam and Lawyer Licensing

  12. "Law Society of Ontario sues exam prep company NCA Exam Guru over leaked bar examination questions," 06.06.22.
    Canada's Law Times reports that "the Law Society of Ontario is suing NCA Exam Guru and its principal Aamer Chaudhry for allegedly providing documents to clients that would allow them to cheat on licensing exams."

  13. Law Schools and Law Students

  14. "UCLA Law Accidentally Emails Confidential On-Campus Interview Data to Students," 06.08.22.
    Law.com reports that "the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law inadvertently released confidential information regarding on-campus interviews to students in an email June 3."

  15. "Syracuse Law Launches Consortium Summer Residency Program to Diversify Legal Profession," 06.07.22.
    Law.com reports that "Syracuse University College of Law held its inaugural Consortium Summer Residency Program last month, hosting 21 undergraduate students from the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), representing Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College."

  16. "High Point University appoints former NC Chief Justice Mark Martin as founding dean of law school," 06.07.22.
    The Triad Business Journal reports that "High Point University [in North Carolina] has appointed Mark Martin, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, as the founding dean of the university's new law school."

  17. "After repeat failures to meet bar pass standard, ABA gives Cooley Law School extension," 06.06.22.
    The ABA Journal reports that "Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School continues to not meet the 75% bar passage rate required under Standard 316, and the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recently gave the school an extension to come into compliance."

  18. "North Carolina Central University Law Dean Browne C. Lewis Dies," 06.03.22.
    Law.com reports that "North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law Dean Browne C. Lewis died unexpectedly [last] Thursday."

    1. "Law dean known for encouraging creative thinking around diversity in legal ed dies at conference," 06.07.20.
      More on this from the ABA Journal.

  19. Law Firms and Lawyers

  20. "'There's Nothing Like In-Person': Law Firms Return to Hosting Face-to-Face Retreats," 06.08.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "with lawyers back in offices at many firms, the legal industry is returning to in-person partner and lawyer retreats, largely because of how personal interactions promote teamwork and the firm's culture."

  21. "Remote Roles Are Vanishing as Law Firms Struggle to Replicate an 'Open Door' Experience," 06.08.22.
    The Recorder writes that "hybrid work may be here to stay, but that doesn't mean the legal industry is willing to welcome remote workers with open arms…[and notes that] professional staff, in particular, are under pressure to return."

  22. "Partner Pay Is Still Spreading Out as Lawyer Mobility Accelerates," 06.06.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the gap between the highest and lowest-paid partners is still expanding throughout the Am Law 200, according to the latest American Lawyer data, highlighting the ever-increasing demand in firms to differentiate pay between tiers of lawyers."

  23. "Latest U.S. jobs report shows more legal sector growth in May," 06.03.22.
    Reuters reports that "the legal services sector added 600 jobs in May, new Labor Department data show, as overall U.S. employment increased more than anticipated last month." ("Legal sector jobs totaled 1,178,800 in May, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.")

  24. Corporate Counsel/In-House Counsel

  25. "'Candidate-Driven Market' Pushed In-House Pay Sharply Higher in '21," 06.10.22.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "median total compensation for in-house counsel across all industries and positions rocketed 21% higher in 2020, according to a new study that attributed the spike to the steep challenges companies faced attracting and retaining talent in a tight market."

    1. "US in-house counsel earn 21% more in 2021 than 2020: Barker Gilmore study," 06.09.22.
      More on this from the Canadian Lawyer.

June 3, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Job openings in April remain near record highs, U.S. employers report," 6.1.22.
    The Washington Post reports that "some 4.4 million Americans quit or changed jobs that month, according to a report released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, using their leverage in an economy where job openings still outnumber job seekers by close to 2 to 1."

    1. "Unemployment rate stays steady at pandemic low of 3.6%," 06.03.22.
      The Washington Post reports on the latest US labor figures, numbers that still describe a white-hot jobs market.

  2. "The 2022 Diversity Scorecard: Ranking the Legal Industry," 05.31.22.
    The American Lawyer publishes its 2022 Diversity Scorecard, ranking by Diversity Score, and noting that "the legal industry made significant gains on this year's Diversity Scorecard, bumping the overall percentage of minority attorneys across Big Law from 18.5% to 20.2%, the biggest year-over-year shift on record."

    1. "Big Law's Record-Breaking Diversity Gains Show Industry's Commitment to Progress," 05.31.22.
      The American Lawyer provides analysis of its 2022 Diversity Scorecard: "The 2022 Diversity Scorecard shows the legal industry turned a mirror on itself to achieve the biggest year-over-year improvement on record."

  3. The Feel Goods

  4. "After 329 years, a woman accused of being a witch in Salem has been exonerated," 05.26.22.
    NPR reports that an eighth-grade civics class at North Andover Middle School has led Massachusetts lawmakers to formally exonerate Elizabeth Johnson Jr., clearing her name 329 years after she was convicted of witchcraft in 1693 and sentenced to death at the height of the Salem Witch Trials. (Hat tip to Jessica Buchsbaum who writes "The best quote from their teacher: 'Passing this legislation will be incredibly impactful on their understanding of how important it is to stand up for people who cannot advocate for themselves and how strong of a voice they actually have.' As if we didn't already know that teachers were heroes!!")

  5. In Memoriam

  6. "José Bahamonde-Gonzalez, associate dean of the University of Maryland Francis K. Carey School of Law, dies," 05.29.22.
    The Baltimore Sun has published the obituary for longtime NALP member and leader José Bahamonde-Gonzalez.

  7. "Hymn for the Hurting," 05.27.22.
    Amanda Gorman has written a new poem responding to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, published here by The New York Times.

  8. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  9. "California calls for 'comprehensive reparations' for Black Americans," 06.01.22.
    The Washington Post reports that "California's first-in-the-nation task force on reparations for Black Americans said it has documented 170 years of systemic discrimination by the state and demanded 'comprehensive reparations' for those harmed by that history of government-sanctioned oppression."

  10. "'Opposite a Black Woman': Deal Leadership at Covington and Crowell Highlights Power of Diverse Teams," 06.01.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "after over a decade at the top of her profession, Renée Delphin-Rodriguez had never led an M&A team against a team lead who was also a Black woman—until she sat across the table from Amy Wollansack in a $75 million transaction."

  11. "Cooley Names 2 Female Office Leaders, Building on Next-Generation Workforce," 06.01.22.
    The Recorder reports that "women partners now manage the Palo Alto and Washington, D.C., offices of Cooley, a move that firm leaders say reflect a vision for a next-generation workforce that fosters inclusion and flexibility."

  12. "Canadian Salary Survey: Male In-House Counsel Earn CA$24K More on Average Than Female Colleagues," 05.31.22.
    Law.com International reports that "the average salary of a male in-house lawyer in Canada is CA$24,000 higher than that of a female in-house counsel, according to a new report."

  13. "The Gender Cliff Edge: The Point Where the Legal Industry Loses Female Talent," 05.31.22.
    Law.com International reports that "top U.K. law firms hire far more female lawyers than male at trainee level, but there is a massive drop-off in female retention after the three-year post-qualification point, new research has found."

  14. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work/HR Developments

  15. "How executive coaching enhances attorney performance and eases burnout," 06.02.22.
    Anjali Desai, the director of coaching with Foley & Lardner, writing here for the ABA Journal, makes the case for executive coaching within a law firm: "By investing in more formalized talent development infrastructure, law firms can optimize an attorney's experience both inside and outside of the billable hour. Specifically, executive coaching can support any attorney in leveling up their performance or effectiveness."

  16. "4 Quick Tips for Managing Email Overload on the Go," 06.01.22.
    The New York Times offers tips and tricks for keeping your email under control.

  17. "N.Y.C. Companies Are Opening Offices Where Their Workers Live: Brooklyn," 05.30.22.
    The New York Times reports that "more than 26 months after the pandemic sparked a mass exodus from New York City office buildings, and after many firms announced and then shelved return-to-office plans, employees are finally starting to trickle back to their desks, but remote work has fundamentally reshaped the way people work and diminished the dominance of the corporate workplace… some are taking more drastic measures to make the return to work appealing: picking up their offices and relocating them closer to where their employees live."

  18. "How are employers managing the return-to-work phase?," 05.27.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer writes that "as workers slough off their lockdown locks and contemplate a return to the workplace to reconnect and reengage with colleagues they haven't seen in person for more than two years…it's vital that businesses lead with empathy."

  19. The Bar Exam and Lawyer Licensing

  20. "Georgia's Law Schools See Nearly 1-Point Drop on February Bar Exam Scores," 05.27.22.
    The Daily Report has school-specific pass rates for the state's five law schools for Georgia's February Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) results, which were released last Thursday.

  21. Law Schools and Law Students

  22. "Organ: LSAT Profiles Of Matriculants And Law Schools, 2010-2021," 06.02.22.
    Jerry Organ, writing for the TaxProf Blog, weighs in on the changes in first-year enrollment and LSAT profile since 2010 and what those changes might mean.

  23. "UC-Hastings Law School To Change Its Name In July Due To Founder's Role In Native American Genocide," 05.27.22.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that more on this story, noting that the law school is committed to a name change before the end of the summer, subject to legislative approval in August.

  24. Law Firms and Lawyers

  25. "How Big Law Aims to Make Good on 'Meritocracy,' Lessen Pay Gap," 06.02.22.
    Bloomberg Law reports that "Big Law firms are responding to the growing pay gap among equity partners by trying to increase opportunities for women and diverse attorneys to move up the ranks."

  26. "Why Law Firm Mergers Are a Growing Reality For More Firms," 06.02.22.
    The American Lawyer publishes an excerpt from a new book "Law Firm Mergers: Lessons From Successful Strategic Combinations," by Kent Zimmermann and John E. Morris, who explain why firms are increasingly considering a merger.

  27. "There's Growing Separation in How Firms Handle Partnership Tiers," 06.01.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "while the number of nonequity partners throughout the Am Law 200 has grown 43% over the last decade, the number of equity partners has only increased by 11%, and in spite of historically great financial results, the number of equity partners across both the Am Law 100 and Second Hundred firms was essentially flat last year."

  28. "In-Person or Remote? Pa. Firms Opt for 'Best of Both Worlds' in Summer Programs," 06.01.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "for their first in-person summer associate program since before the pandemic, many of Pennsylvania's Big Law firms are continuing to make room for hybrid work as they train the 2022 class of aspiring practitioners."

  29. "Is Big Law Ready for a Recession?," 05.31.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "after two years of stunning financial growth in the legal industry, some in Big Law are bracing for a recession." ("In the event of a downturn, law firm leaders and industry observers said, they are expecting the rate of office openings and the competition for talent to slow, while putting more focus on counter-cyclical practice areas. Those dynamics could also put pressure on billing rates and shift some of the leverage away from employees and back to law firm management for issues such as compensation and whether personnel can work remotely.")

  30. Higher Education/Secondary Education

  31. "U.S. Cancels $5.8 Billion in Student Loans, the Most Ever," 06.01.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "the U.S. Education Department announced on Wednesday that it would cancel $5.8 billion worth of student loans owed by borrowers who attended the Corinthian Colleges, a now-defunct chain of for-profit institutions." (Subscription required.)

  32. "Don't Blame the Pandemic for Worker Discontent," 05.27.22.
    Kevin McClure, who has been studying the Great Resignation in higher education, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, writes that "today's workers are re-evaluating their workplaces, seeking reassignment within their institutions, and in some cases resigning from jobs altogether. But they are doing so for many of the same reasons they did 20 years ago — poor working conditions." (Subscription required.)

May 27, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Massive Summer Associate Class Sizes Show Big Law Is Bullish on Itself," 05.25.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that summer associate class sizes are up, in some cases way up: "The average class grew by 26% in a group of 10 Am Law 100 firms that responded to class size inquiries. The biggest firms were more aggressive, with Kirkland & Ellis taking in more than 500 summers globally and Latham & Watkins hosting 304 in the U.S., London, and Singapore."

  2. The Feel Goods

  3. "Many Ice Creams, but One Cone to Rule Them All," 05.26.22.
    Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, The New York Times has this fun read about the Joy Baking Group, and the joy (and nostalgia) of ice cream cones.

  4. "Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr paid off art school graduates' student loans," 05.17.22.
    NPR reports that Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snap Inc., and KORA Organics CEO Miranda Kerr, who have been married since 2017, will pay off all of the student debt for this year's graduates of the Otis College of Art and Design, where 77% of the student body identifies as people of color, and over 90% receive financial aid. (Hat tip to Jessica Buchsbaum)

  5. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  6. "Duane Morris, Ballard Spahr to Roll Out Mandatory Implicit Bias Training This Year," 05.25.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Duane Morris is requiring personnel to undergo implicit bias training this summer for the first time in six years and this time around, firm leaders are mandating that all lawyers and staff participate."

  7. "Why Mentoring Matters: Ogletree Deakins' Caroline Tang," 05.25.22.
    A law firm partner who describes herself as "a daughter of immigrant parents who grew up impoverished in Taiwan," writing here about mentorship for Bloomberg Law, writes that "mentors can represent and provide support and validation for others in a diverse community."

  8. "White Men Land Firm Partnerships at Fastest Rates, ABA Finds," 05.24.22.
    Bloomberg reports that "white attorneys were almost twice as likely to reach partnership ranks than members of other racial groups, according to the ABA's third Model Diversity Survey…and male lawyers were twice as likely to be become partners as women."

  9. "For Disabled Prospective Law Students, Standardized Entrance Exams Pose Unique Challenges," 05.23.22.
    This is the fourth installment of Law.com's series called, "Disabling Ableism: Making the Legal Profession More Accessible," and tackles the complex questions surrounding applying for accommodations in standardized testing arenas.

  10. "Labor of Law: Could Hybrid Work Arrangements Result in a 'Mommy Track'?," 05.17.22.
    This Law.com piece raises the issue that "hybrid work arrangements could lead to the same gender divide that we saw with flex time and part-time—that more men are in the office, and that women and especially women with children are opting to work remotely."

  11. "Some Minority Workers, Tired of Workplace Slights, Say They Prefer Staying Remote," 05.15.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "as companies increasingly encourage workers to return to the office, many minority employees are reluctant." ("A September 2021 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, for example, found that approximately half of Black workers said they prefer to do their job outside the workplace, compared with 39% of white workers and 29% of Hispanic workers.") (Subscription required.)

  12. "Preparing for automated hiring-tool bias laws," 05.13.22.
    Legal Dive writes about complying with "a New York City law that requires them to test any automated tools their organization uses in the hiring or employee evaluation process for bias and to develop a protocol for letting people that don't want to be subject to the tools to opt out…[and notes that] other laws that aim at automated evaluation tools, both for hiring and assessing performance, are picking up steam across the country, including in California and Illinois, among other states." (Hat tip to Marilyn Drees)

  13. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work/HR Developments

  14. "We Are All Impostors," 05.25.22.
    Jordan Furlong, writing for Slaw, writes about imposter syndrome in the legal profession: "We're all impostors in this profession. Only by admitting that, to ourselves and to each other, can we start to change it."

  15. "The Biggest Challenges for a Hybrid Workplace-and How to Overcome Them," 05.17.22.
    The Wall Street Journal writes about the challenges and potential solutions facing the hybrid world of work. (Subscription required.)(Hat tip to Kay Nash)

  16. "Five Things Every Worker Needs to Agree To in a Hybrid Workplace," 05.17.22.
    The Wall Street Journal writes that "the success of a hybrid model depends on teams getting on the same page with respect to some basic rules of the road—when to be together, how to communicate, and how to respond to emergencies." (Subscription required.) (Hat tip to Kay Nash)

  17. The Bar Exam and Lawyer Licensing

  18. "1,550 Seats for D.C. Bar Exam Turn Out to Be Enough," 05.26.22.
    Law.com reports that "even though the D.C. Court of Appeals had limited seating to 1,550 and had given priority seating to students who attended D.C.-area law schools for the July Uniform Bar Exam, it appears everyone who registered for the test got a seat."

  19. "California Supreme Court Extends Provisional Licensing to Year's End," 05.26.22.
    The Recorder reports that "the California Supreme Court on Thursday extended by seven months a program that allows recent law school graduates to practice law with a provisional license."

    1. "Program to let law grads delay bar exam needs more time, Calif. Bar says," 05.26.22.
      Reuters has more on this: "The State Bar of California wants to give hundreds of law graduates in the state more time to complete a pandemic-era program that has enabled them to practice under the supervision of an attorney without having passed the bar exam."

    2. "State Bar to Ask Supreme Court to Extend Provisional Licensing for Recent Grads," 05.19.22.
      The Recorder reports that "the state bar will ask the California Supreme Court to consider extending a provisional licensing program that has allowed hundreds of recent law school graduates to practice, under supervision, without having passed the bar exam."

  20. "Canadian Legal Regulator Sues Exam Prep Company Over Leak of Bar Exam Content," 05.25.22.
    Law.com International reports that "the regulator in Canada's largest province has sued an exam prep company for allegedly providing both questions and answers to the provincial bar exam to clients enrolled in its courses."

  21. "245 Applicants Pass Georgia Bar Exam, Up 4.3% From February 2021," 05.20.22.
    According to the Daily Report, the pass rate for the February Georgia Bar Examination was 50.02%, a 4.3% increase over February 2021.

  22. Law Schools and Law Students

  23. "ABA Council Votes 20-1 To Advance Proposal Permitting Law Schools To Go Test Optional. What Are The Implications Of Admitting Students Who Don't Take The LSAT Or GRE?," 05.23.22.
    The TaxProf Blog reports on the outcome of the ABA vote on the proposal to eliminate a standardized testing requirement for law school admission.

    1. "ABA council seeks views on the fate of law school admissions tests," 05.20.22.
      Reuters reports that "the public will get the opportunity to weigh in on whether the American Bar Association should eliminate a requirement that law schools use a standardized test, like the Law School Admission Test, to assess applicants."

    2. "ABA Council Approves 90-Day Comment Period on Nixing Standardized Test Requirement for Law Schools," 05.20.22.
      Law.com reports that "the council of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted during its hybrid meeting in Chicago on Friday to send out proposed amendments to Standard 503 for public comment." (The proposed amendment would eliminate the requirement that a standardized test be required for law school admission.)

    3. "ABA Legal Ed council seeks comment on proposed revision to law school admissions test requirement," 05.20.22.
      More on this from the ABA Journal.

  24. Law Firms and Lawyers

  25. "Some Law Firms Are Paying Fully Remote Attorneys the Same as Others. Will That Change?," 05.27.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "several Am Law 200 firms are paying fully remote lawyers on the same scale as lawyers working in physical offices…[but] pay for remote-working lawyers could quickly change in the event of any economic downturn."

  26. "District Attorney's Offices Across Pa. Say Salary Is Causing Staff Drain," 05.25.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "according to records from DA's offices across several of Pennsylvania's most populous counties, a substantial number of prosecutors have departed from their posts since January 2021…[noting that] comparatively low salaries of government attorneys have historically created obstacles for assistant district attorneys who may otherwise choose to stay in their roles…[and] the lure of higher-paying jobs has grown stronger as civil litigation ramps up and private firms seek out trial-ready lawyers to take on the increasing caseload."

  27. "The 2022 Am Law 200 Report," 05.24.22.
    The American Lawyer publishes its annual report on the firms ranked 101 through 200 by gross revenue.

    1. "The 2022 Am Law 200: Ranked by Gross Revenue," 05.24.22.
      This chart from The American Lawyer ranks law firms in the second hundred by gross revenue. ("Gross Revenue for the Second Hundred increased in 2021 by 9.1%, up from the 1.1% increase in 2020.")

    2. "The 2022 Am Law Elites: RPL, Profits and Value Per Lawyer," 05.24.22.
      This chart from The American Lawyer ranks law firms in the second hundred using three metrics: revenue per lawyer, profits per partner and value per lawyer.

    3. "The 2022 Am Law 200: By the Numbers," 05.24.22.
      Cool American Lawyer infographics present the Am Law 200 data in visual form.

    4. "As Big Firms Gobble Up Talent, the Second Hundred Are Feeling the Squeeze," 05.24.22.
      The American Lawyer writes that "shifts in the legal marketplace have left the industry's midsize firms navigating a narrowing path to success."

    5. "The Am Law 200 Excelled, but How They Use Profits—Including in Tech—Will Decide the Future," 05.24.22.
      The American Lawyer provides analysis of its Am Law 200 Report findings: "For the Am Law 200, 2021 was an anomaly. In a short-term sense, broad-based demand increases drove the best year in revenue and profits since the financial crisis. Gross revenue rose 9.1% as the group's total head count grew by 1.3%. Revenue per lawyer was up 7.7%, and profits per equity partner climbed 11.8%." (The American Lawyer also notes that there is increased stratification within the Am Law 200, and that the future is likely to be challenging for at least some law firms in this cohort.)

  28. "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Overhauls US Work Allocation Model to Avoid Unconscious Bias," 05.20.22.
    Law.com International reports that "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has changed the way work is allocated in some of its U.S. offices, moving away from its traditional partner-led model in a bid to prevent unconscious bias." ("The change, which follows an initiative in the firm's U.K. and Europe transactions practice, aims to prevent partners' unconscious bias, which often limits who work is handed to.")

  29. "State Bar Pushes Ahead With Paraprofessional Program Despite Opposition," 05.20.22.
    The Recorder reports that "California's state bar leaders on Friday voted to continue pursuing a paraprofessional program despite ongoing opposition from lawyers and legal aid groups."

    1. "Proposal to let non-lawyers provide some legal services inches forward," 05.23.22.
      More on this from Reuters: "California is one step closer to letting specially trained non-lawyers known as paraprofessionals deliver limited legal services in the state, though many hurdles remain.

  30. Higher Education/Secondary Education

  31. "College Enrollment Drops, Even as the Pandemic's Effects Ebb," 05.26.22.
    The New York Times reports that "the ongoing enrollment crisis at U.S. colleges and universities deepened in spring 2022, raising concerns that a fundamental shift is taking place in attitudes toward the value of a college degree — even as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted operations for higher education."

    1. "Drop in Spring-2022 Enrollment Is Worse Than Expected," 05.26.22.
      The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center provides a final tally on enrollment for the spring of 2022 — and reveals a persistent trend: College attendance continues to decline." ("Undergraduate enrollment fell 4.7 percent from a year earlier, a shortfall of more than 662,000 students. Since the pandemic began, the undergraduate student body has dropped by almost 1.4 million students.") (Subscription required.)

    2. "A 5th Straight Semester of Enrollment Declines," 05.26.22.
      More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

May 20, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "More Diverse Associates Hired at Law Firms, But Partnership, Leadership Remain Mainly White and Male," 05.16.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "large law firms before the pandemic hired more Hispanic, Black and Asian associates, but firms continued to struggle with the attrition of diverse lawyers and moving them into the partnership, according to the third iteration of the American Bar Association's Model Diversity Survey." ("The survey found firms increased their share of hires for Hispanic (1.5%), Black (1%) and Asian (0.6%) associates in 2019, the latest year the ABA data was available. There were also moderate increases in the percentage of promotions accounted for by racially and ethnically underrepresented and female associates to equity partnership. On the other hand, the survey found Black and Asian (23% and 19%, respectively) associates had the highest rate of attrition, compared with 12% for white attorneys. In the year studied, most law firms did not hire a single Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+ or person with a disability. Overall, there was a decrease in the percentages of ethnically underrepresented, female and LGBTQ+ partners.")

    1. "Who are the biggest law firm earners? It's white men, ABA report confirms," 05.16.22.
      Reuters reports that "a new demographic study of law firm hiring, leadership, attrition and compensation by the American Bar Association found that in 2020 white men comprised 71% of lawyers who were in the top 10% of their firms by pay. White women made up 13% of those high earners, while Black attorneys were less than 1% overall, though their representation was higher at small firms."

    2. "Law firm leaders are still mostly white and male, ABA diversity survey says," 05.16.22.
      The ABA Journal also reports on the findings of the 2021 Model Diversity Survey, conducted by the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, collected data from 287 law firms with a total of more than 100,000 attorneys nationwide in 2020: "White male attorneys continue to constitute the highest percentages of equity partners, non-equity partners and associates at law firms."

  2. In Memoriam

  3. "Law community mourns the loss of José Bahamonde-González," 05.18.22.
    The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law reports that longtime NALP member and leader José Bahamonde-González died on May 15.

  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  5. "How to best accommodate neurodiverse lawyers and neurodivergent clients," 05.19.22.
    Haley Moss, writing for the ABA Journal, writes that "choosing to include neurodivergent folks with accommodation solutions is not just a floor set by the Americans with Disabilities Act but a key ingredient to having an accessible legal profession for everyone."

  6. "More Than Meets the Eye: Tackling Deep-Level Diversity in the Law," 05.19.22.
    A law firm COO, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, makes the case for a broad view of diversity in the legal profession: "Our profession needs to do a better job of making room at the table and shattering glass ceilings than it has done with supporting the old boys club. As more generations grow up, it will be harder for law firms to gloss over the profession's bad history and not make room for everyone."

  7. "Berkeley Law to eliminate tuition for Native American students," 05.18.22.
    Reuters reports that "the University of California Berkeley School of Law is aiming to increase its Native American enrollment by picking up the tab for students' tuition." ("The school said this week that it will cover all tuition for current and future students who are both California residents and members of federally registered tribes.")

    1. "Starting this fall, many Native American students won't be charged tuition at University of California law schools," 05.19.22.
      More on this from the ABA Journal.

  8. "California law requiring women on company boards struck down," 05.17.22.
    Reuters reports that "a state court judge found California's law requiring publicly held companies to include women on their boards unconstitutional, dealing another blow to the state's push to diversify corporate leadership."

    1. "California's Board Diversity Laws Have Been Struck Down. What Does It Mean For Corporate Initiatives?," 05.18.22.
      The Recorder writes that "one lawyer predicts that the unraveling of California's board diversity statutes could ultimately strengthen corporate boardroom diversity efforts by paving the way for a more defensible model for the future."

  9. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work/HR Developments

  10. "How to prevent ghosting by job candidates," 05.13.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer reports that "amid the great resignation candidate ghosting (37 per cent) is now the top challenge for talent acquisition teams" and provides some advice for minimizing ghosting. ("Research shows that candidates ghost employers and drop out of the recruitment process due to slow or repetitive interviewing and screening processes, job offers that take too long to materialize and poor onboarding experiences.")

  11. "Federally Banning Non-Compete Agreements," 05.13.22.
    The Recorder reports that "a federal prohibition on non-compete agreements could be in the cards for 2022, forging the way for more flexible worker mobility in numerous industries."

  12. Law Schools and Law Students

  13. "Law students report online learning gains, but in-person still wins out," 05.18.22.
    Reuters reports that "students surveyed this spring by AccessLex Institute and Gallup had better things to say about their remote or hybrid classes than they did a year ago, indicating that law schools improved their online offerings during the two-year pandemic and that students are more open to learning remotely."

    1. "There's modest improvement in law student perceptions of distance learning, new report finds," 05.18.22.
      The ABA Journal also reports on these new findings: "law student satisfaction with online learning increased in the past year, but there are still gaps when compared with in-person classes, including participation, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup and the AccessLex Institute."

  14. "Syracuse Law Graduates 45 Inaugural Online JD Students," 05.18.22.
    The New York Law Journal reports that Syracuse University College of Law has graduated 45 students from its first-of-its-kind J.D. interactive (JDi) program, which was launched in 2019.

  15. "UCLA law dean to lead the University of Wisconsin-Madison," 05.16.22.
    Reuters reports that "Jennifer Mnookin, the longtime dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison."

  16. "Stanford Law scraps all tuition for low-income students, joining Yale," 05.12.22.
    Reuters reports that "Stanford Law School [last] week became the second elite U.S. law school to commit to fully eliminating tuition payments for low-income students."

  17. Law Firms and Lawyers

  18. "'Sustainability' is latest cause to earn hourly credit at corporate law firms," 05.19.22.
    Reuters reports that "at least one major U.S. law firm will soon grant billable hour credits to attorneys for non-legal work related to sustainability — a move industry experts predict will catch on as firms compete for clients' attention and lawyer recruits."

    1. "Reed Smith Fee-Earners Can Now Record 'Sustainability Projects' As Billable Hours As Part of 2-Year Environmental Plan," 05.18.22.
      Law.com International reports that "Reed Smith is allowing its fee-earners across the firm to record time spent on sustainability projects as billable hours, as part of a wider environmental plan."

  19. "In New Innovation Workshops, Mayer Brown Brings 'Design Thinking' to the Forefront," 05.19.22.
    Legaltech News reports that Mayer Brown is taking its first step to bring the design thinking to the workplace with its "Embrace Innovation" series of workshops in two U.S. offices.

  20. "I've Got the Power: Shifting Dynamics See Talent Replacing Clients as Driving Force," 05.19.22.
    Noting that the legal industry is at a tipping point with talent holding all of the cards, this piece in The Legal Intelligencer offers 10 strategies to effectively shore up talent engagement and satisfaction.

  21. "Most Lawyers and Staff Are Now Eligible for Hybrid Work," 05.18.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the vast majority of lawyers and business professionals can utilize the option of working from home at least some of the time, according to the results of a new survey." ("According to the report, 79% of firm HR departments that responded to the survey expect all or most of their workforce to be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement.")

  22. "Vinson & Elkins Eyes Bank-Style Talent Development for Big Law," 05.18.22.
    Bloomberg Law reports that "Vinson & Elkins has hired seven attorney development professionals to cultivate new talent — staffers who have been embedded in firm practice groups and tasked with helping partners spot talent and assist their growth…with the goal of ensuring that junior lawyers, particularly women and racial minorities, get an opportunity to move up the ranks."

  23. "With Support Staff Hard to Find, Some Firms Are Turning to Untrained College Grads," 05.17.22.
    Law.com reports that "the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 43,000 openings for paralegals and legal assistants each year on average from 2020 to 2030, resulting in 12% growth during the decade…reportedly faster than the average of all occupations."

  24. "Feds' Warnings on Hiring Algorithms Highlight Challenges of Avoiding Disability Bias When Using AI," 05.16.22.
    Law.com reports that "a sobering message from Washington highlights the risk of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act when employers use artificial intelligence programs to help with employment decisions." ("Recent notices from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice about the potential for disability discrimination when employers use AI and algorithms to evaluate job applicants point up the complexity of avoiding discriminatory conduct.")

  25. "Hogan Lovells Sets Out Hours Requirements to Become Partner," 05.16.22.
    Law.com International reports that "Hogan Lovells has laid out what steps lawyers need to take, including the number of hours required, to become a partner at the firm."

  26. "After Staggering Increases, Law Firm Overhead May Continue to Grow," 05.13.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "despite a 121% increase in law firm recruiting expenses and 75% increase in marketing costs, overhead still has room to grow this year."

  27. News from New Mexico

  28. "New Mexico blaze is now largest wildfire in state history," 05.17.22.
    The Washington Post reports that "the colossal wildfire tearing through forests east of Santa Fe, N.M., is now the largest in New Mexico's history." ("The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire had burned 299,565 acres as of Tuesday and was 26 percent contained, officials said, surpassing the Whitewater-Baldy Fire, which burned 297,845 acres in southern New Mexico in 2012.")

    1. "One month in, New Mexico's largest-ever fire fuels anger and despair," 05.17.22.
      The Washington Post reports that "despair and frustration are simmering throughout this rural, low-income area as the megafire, which Monday became New Mexico's largest ever and is now at more than 299,000 acres, continues to rip through parched forests with no end in sight." ("The blaze has displaced thousands of people for more than a month, destroyed hundreds of structures, and scorched breathtaking landscapes and properties passed down through generations.")

  29. Higher Education /Secondary Education

  30. "Decline in Male, Black and Latino Students Planning on College," 05.18.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "the percentage of male, Latino and Black high school seniors who want to go to college has declined in the last three years."

May 13, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Big Law Firms Welcome Larger Summer Associate Classes to In-Office Work and Entertainment," 05.12.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that traditional in-person summer associate programs with lots of bells and whistles are back, and that this summer the classes are notably both larger and more diverse.

  2. "U.S. warns of discrimination in using artificial intelligence to screen job candidates," 05.12.22.
    NPR reports that "the federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws." ("The U.S. Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jointly issued guidance to employers to take care before using popular algorithmic tools meant to streamline the work of evaluating employees and job prospects — but which could also potentially run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act.") (Hat tip to Andrew Parker)

  3. The Feel-Goods

  4. "A Singular American Painter and His Perennially Disregarded Wife," 05.12.22.
    The New York Times reports that new shows in Hartford and New York spotlight great works by Milton Avery from every decade, and those of Sally Michel, who helped shape her husband's art.

  5. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  6. "Study: LGBTQ+ Students More Likely to Experience Bullying," 05.12.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "LGBTQ+ students were more likely to experience discrimination and violence, according to a new study by the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law Williams Institute and the Point Foundation."

  7. "Bennett Jones offers scholarships for aspiring Indigenous, Black, first-generation lawyers," 05.12.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer reports that "Bennett Jones LLP has officially started accepting applications for its new scholarship program that aims to remove barriers and support law students…[with a] new scholarship program provides financial assistance to aspiring Indigenous, Black, and first-generation lawyers across Canada."

  8. "'It Humanizes the Issue If I Can't Get Into Their Building': For Some, Disability Advocacy and Client Advocacy Go Hand in Hand," 05.12.22.
    This is the third in a series from Law.com called "Disabling Ableism: Making the Legal Profession More Accessible," which aims to highlight both the challenges and opportunities law students with disabilities face before, during and after law school.

  9. "How popular merit college scholarships have perpetuated racial inequities," 05.07.22.
    The Washington Post reports that merit scholarship programs in the South aimed at increasing college enrollment for students of color often have unintended consequences.

  10. "Young Female Attorneys Lacking Fair Credit for Work Suffer Later," 05.06.22.
    Bloomberg reports that "the practice of senior lawyers taking credit for the work of young associates has become routine for many junior attorneys, who are often loath to challenge it, but new research shows it can have an outsized impact on women, who continue to be underrepresented at the highest levels of law firms."

  11. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work

  12. "Confessions of Your Company's Chief Happiness Officer," 05.12.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that as companies grapple with remote or hybrid workforces and a tight labor market, and the challenges of keeping employees satisfied and engaged, an increasing number are hiring a chief happiness officer.

  13. "Taking a Mental-Health Day? There's a Right Way to Do It," 05.11.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "with workplace burnout at high levels, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers say they would take a day off from work for mental health now, compared with 45% before the pandemic [and offers] strategies that mental-health professionals recommend to get the most out of your day off for mental-health awareness month in May and beyond."

  14. "Pandemic Anxiety Wanes, but Legal Industry's Mental Health Struggles Persist," 05.10.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "mental health struggles exacerbated by the depths of the pandemic seem to have eased, leaving in their wake similar — and still concerning — levels of anxiety and depression that have plagued the legal industry for several years, Law.com and ALM Intelligence's annual Mental Health Survey results showed." ("More than 3,400 respondents from law firms around the globe detailed the state of their mental health, work environments, perceptions of colleagues, client expectations and the effects of remote work, among other areas tackled in this year's survey. Overall, there were slight declines from 2021 in terms of those reporting anxiety (67%), depression (35%) and isolation (44%). There also was an increase in those who believe their firms provide a safe environment to raise concerns about mental health (45.4%).")

    1. "By the Numbers: A Data Snapshot of the Legal Industry's Mental Health," 05.10.22.
      The American Lawyer publishes an infographic with the high-level findings from the Law.com 2022 Mental Health Survey.

    2. "About one-fifth of lawyers and staffers considered suicide at some point in their careers, new survey says," 05.10.22.
      The ABA Journal reviews the findings of the latest Mental Health Survey by Law.com and ALM Intelligence.

  15. "New graduates, you should actually go into the office," 05.08.22.
    A Washington Post columnist makes the case that recent college graduates should not eschew the office, even if they have that option.

  16. "Mental health concerns causing many to quit working," 05.06.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer reports that "more than a quarter (28 per cent) of workers surveyed recently cited mental health issues as the biggest reason they left their jobs." ("Overall, 28 per cent experienced burnout, and many others had to deal with stress (55 per cent), depression (38 per cent), lack of motivation (37 per cent), anxiety (36 per cent) and anger (31 per cent).")

  17. The Bar Exam and Law Grad Licensing

  18. "DC Court of Appeals Adds 450 Seats for July Bar Exam," 05.12.22.
    Law.com reports that "the D.C. Court of Appeals announced late Thursday that the University of the District of Columbia will provide 450 extra seats, above the 1,100 seats available at the D.C. Armory, increasing seating capacity for the July Uniform Bar Exam to 1,550."

    1. "DC-Area Law Deans Urged Court to Prioritize Their Students for Upcoming July Bar Exam," 05.12.22.
      Law.com reports that "Washington, D.C.-area law deans appear to be at odds with their colleagues from around the country about whether local law students should be given priority for the upcoming D.C. bar exam, which will have limited seating."

    2. "DC bar exam venue change is bad news for out-of-state law grads," 05.11.22.
      Reuters has more on this unfolding story as well.

    3. "'Arbitrary and Unfair': Dispute Over Limited Seating, Preferential Treatment for DC Bar Exam Continues — But Court Isn't Budging," 05.09.22.
      Law.com reports that the controversy over the limited number of seats available for the DC bar exam in July is ongoing. (Note that Maine has also now limited the number of seats it has for the July bar exam.)

  19. "Tennessee Supreme Court: Seats Are Filling Up for July Bar Exam, Deadline Closing Early," 05.12.22.
    Law.com reports that "the Tennessee Supreme Court said in a statement May 11 that the Board of Law Examiners made plans and reserved more than sufficient space based on the number of applicants who tested in previous years, but the number of applicants for the July exam has significantly increased primarily due to other states and the District of Columbia's restrictions."

  20. "California February Bar Exam Pass Rate Slips to 34%," 05.06.22.
    The Recorder reports that "just under 34% of those who took California's February 2022 bar exam passed, the state bar announced Friday evening." ("The pass rate marks a slight dip from last year's figure, when 37.2% of test-takers posted a passing score. The test was the first administered in person since February 2020, after which COVID-19 forced the exam to temporarily move online.")

  21. Law Schools and Law Students

  22. "'Fascinating Moment': ABA's Potential Nixing of Law School Admissions Test Requirement Raises Hope — and Skepticism," 05.10.22.
    Law.com writes that "while the move [eliminating the standardized test requirement for law school admission] would be welcomed by many who believe it could, in theory, make law school more accessible to diverse applicants, its practical effect could prove muted…still, advocates see it as a potential step in the right direction."

  23. "ABA Considering Eliminating Standardized Test Requirement for Law School Admissions," 05.06.22.
    Law.com reports that "in a memorandum dated April 25, the Strategic Review Committee of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recommended that the requirement of a 'valid and reliable' admissions test be eliminated from Standard 503, 'thereby making the use of an admission test by law schools optional.'"

    1. "End of the LSAT? Law school entry test is on the chopping block again," 05.06.22.
      More on this from Reuters: "The American Bar Association is once again considering dropping its requirement that law schools use the Law School Admission Test — or any standardized test — when weighing student applications."

    2. "Law Schools May Get Permission to Go Test Optional," 05.09.22.
      And Inside Higher Ed has the story as well: "A key commission of the American Bar Association has voted to give law schools the right to go test optional on admissions."

    3. "ABA Legal Ed council asked again to remove requirement for entrance exams," 05.09.22.
      The ABA Journal has more on this.

    4. "No LSAT? Legal group weighs test-optional admissions for law schools," 05.06.22.
      (The Washington Post)

  24. "Miami Law Offering Free Virtual Summer Legal Academy for Third Year," 05.06.22.
    The Daily Business Review reports that "University of Miami School of Law is again offering its Summer Legal Academy three-week program, free of charge, to expose diverse high school and college students to the law school experience."

  25. Law Firms and Lawyers

  26. "Despite Q1 Dip, Leasing Activity Expected to Rebound as Law Firms Plan for the Future," 05.11.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "real estate executives say the construction of the office of the future is well underway within the legal industry, despite a dip in leasing activity at the beginning of the year."

  27. "Higher Billing Rates, More Reflection Are Leading Some in Big Law to Go Small," 05.11.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "an infusion of remote-working flexibility and a bit of a breather after a busy 2021-plus a desire to control billing rates-are leading some lawyers to downsize into smaller firms or spin out into their own boutiques in 2022."

  28. "Law firm profits take a hit after blockbuster year," 05.09.22.
    Reuters reports that "law firm profitability slowed in the first quarter of 2022, new figures released Monday showed, with ballooning expenses carving away at gains in both demand for legal services and lawyer billing rates." ("Overhead costs such as recruiting and marketing climbed nearly 10% over the past year, while direct expenses-namely lawyer pay-shot up more than 13%, according to the Thomson Reuters Institute's latest Law Firm Financial Index.")

    1. "Law Firm Profits May 'Plunge' This Year Amid M&A Slowdown and Expense Growth," 05.09.22.
      More on this from The American Lawyer: "Stifling expenses and a slowdown in transactional work during the first quarter could sink profit growth for the rest of the year, according to a new analysis of legal industry performance."

  29. "With Clouds on Horizon, Firms Make 'Informed Bets' on Countercyclical Practices," 05.09.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "firms have recently stocked up in bankruptcy, white-collar work and general litigation, anticipating an upward swing in these practices alongside a potential slump in the larger economy."

  30. "Law firms hope to see summer associates in the office — at least most of week," 05.06.22.
    Reuters reports that "after two summers of predominantly virtual programs due to COVID-19, many firms are bringing their summer associate interns back into the office for at least part of the week."

  31. "U.S. legal jobs ticked up in April nearing historic sector high," 05.06.22.
    Reuters reports that "new data from the Labor Department shows the legal sector added 4,700 jobs in April, in what's largely been a trend of monthly growth since May 2020."

  32. "It Will Take 'More Than Food': Big Law Staff Are Balking at Office Mandates," 05.06.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "a just as attorneys are not adhering to office attendance policies, law firm staff are not coming in for the full number of mandated days a week."

  33. Corporate Counsel

  34. "Almost half of new top lawyers at largest U.S companies last year were women," 05.12.22.
    Reuters reports that "new data shows that nearly half of the top lawyers appointed at the 500 biggest companies in the U.S. in 2021 were female, a sign of some diversity progress across large corporate legal departments."

  35. "BASF Legal Chief on Driving Diversity at Law Firms: Carrots Are More Effective Than Sticks," 05.10.22.
    Corporate Counsel speaks with Matt Lepore, the top lawyer for German chemical giant BASF, about his efforts to incentivize global law firms to become more diverse by offering the most successful more work.

  36. International News

  37. "Most U.K. Lawyers Wouldn't Take Pay Cut for Full-Time Remote Work, Fear Impact on Retention and Women," 05.11.22.
    Law.com International reports that "a majority of U.K. lawyers said they would not take a pay cut in exchange for full time remote working, according to a survey by Law.com International, despite nearly 50% of the same poll believing that a pay cut for remote staff is a valid policy."

  38. Higher Education/Secondary Education

  39. "My College Students Are Not OK," 05.13.22.
    A teacher at SMU in Dallas writes that "poor attendance, little discussion, missing homework and failed exams" are endemic among current college undergraduates.

  40. "Will More Medical Schools Mean More Black Doctors?," 05.13.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that two HBCUs will open new medical schools, bringing the total number of HBCU medical schools to six.

  41. "Student Loans: Five Steps College Graduates Should Take," 05.09.22.
    The Wall Street Journal provides advice to recent grads to help them sort through their many student loan repayment options.

May 6, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "New ABA Data Shows Disparities in Bar Passage Rates Among Racial Groups Persisted in 2021," 05.02.22.
    Law.com reports that "new data on the 2021 bar exam from the American Bar Association shows that the passage rate for white first-time test-takers was more than 20% higher than the rate for Black first-time test-takers."

    1. "The racial gap in bar exam pass rates got worse in 2021," 05.03.22.
      Reuters reports that "new data from the American Bar Association highlighting racial disparities in bar exam pass rates could add fuel to ongoing debates over the fairness of the attorney licensing test and whether it should be reformed." ("The national first-time pass rate for white J.D. graduates who took the bar exam in 2021 was 85% " 24 percentage points higher than the 61% first-time pass rate among Black law graduates, according to ABA figures released Monday. Hispanic law grads posted a first-time pass rate of 72%; Asian law grads had a 79% pass rate; and 70% of Native Americans passed on the first try last year. The first-time pass rate for all bar exam takers was 80%, a three-percentage point decline from 2020.")

    2. "In recently released data, ABA parses out bar passage rates by race, ethnicity and gender," 05.02.22.
      The ABA Journal also has this story: "According to information released Monday by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, white candidates who took a bar exam for the first time in 2021 had the highest pass rate, which was 85%. For people of other races or ethnicities, the first-time pass rate ranged from 47% to 84%."

  2. "U.S. unemployment rate remains 3.6 percent, near 50-year lows," 05.06.22.
    The Washington Post reports on the latest jobs numbers from the USBLS, which measured an historically low unemployment rate.

  3. "U.S. Job Openings, Total Quits Reach March Records in Tight Labor Market," 05.03.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "job openings and the number of times workers quit reached the highest levels on record in March, the Labor Department said, as a shortage of available workers continued to pressure the U.S. labor market."

    1. "Job openings hit new records, while 4.5 million Americans quit or changed jobs in March, reflecting labor market strength," 05.03.22.
      The Washington Post also has this story: "U.S. employers posted a record 11.5 million job openings in March, and some 4.5 million Americans quit or changed positions, matching previous highs, reflecting continued strength in the rapidly growing labor market, where workers continue to have the upper hand."

    2. "Employers Post Record 11.5 Million Job Openings in March," 05.04.22.
      According to the Daily Business Review, "employers posted a record 11.5 million job openings in March, meaning the United States now has an unprecedented two job openings for every person who is unemployed."

  4. The Feel-Goods

  5. "Young Yankees fan gets emotional after Blue Jays supporter gives him Aaron Judge home run ball," 05.04.22.
    Sports fan or no, this piece from CBS will give you all of the feels. (Hat tip to Jessica Buchsbaum)

  6. "A Sister and Brother Choose Repertoire by Feeling and Listening," 05.03.22.
    The New York Times shares the work of two young classical musicians, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, who are taking the music world by storm. (Includes a Spotify playlist)

  7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  8. "Conservatives question ABA role in law school diversity push," 05.05.22.
    Reuters reports that "recent moves by the American Bar Association to require bias training for law students and beef up law school diversity and inclusion rules have disturbed some conservative lawyers who say the accrediting body has overstepped its role and is imposing a specific ideology on future lawyers."

  9. "How Small, Midsize Firms Can Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts," 05.04.22.
    Two lawyers from Miami, writing for the Daily Business Review, outline ways that small and medium sized law firms can improve diversity retention and inclusion of Black lawyers.

  10. "'Inspiration Porn'?: Mixed Feelings About Disclosing Disabilities on Law School, Bar Applications," 05.04.22.
    This is the second installment of a new Law.com series called "Disabling Ableism: Making the Legal Profession More Accessible," which aims to highlight both the challenges and opportunities law students with disabilities face before, during and after law school, as well as how the legal industry can better embrace disability as a form of diversity: "Just as law students with disabilities often struggle with whether to request accommodations for fear of drawing unwanted attention to themselves, prospective law students and recent law grads must grapple with whether to disclose their disabilities on law school and bar admission applications."

  11. "Big Law Hiring Spree Lifts Diversity in Mostly White Industry," 05.02.22.
    Bloomberg reports that top law firms have found accidental diversity in a tough hiring climate: "Many Big Law firms have cast a wider net to find lawyers to fill the roles. They've looked outside of typical recruitment criteria — a degree from a top school like Harvard or Yale, perfect grades, and experience at another major firm — in a rush to boost headcount. In doing so — either by design or accident — hiring teams ended up increasing the number of diverse attorneys at law firms that have long struggled to attract and retain attorneys of color."

    1. "Large law firms increase hiring of diverse attorneys, new data shows," 05.03.22.
      More on this from the ABA Journal.

  12. "How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans," 05.02.22.
    Law360 reports that "the hiring of veteran attorneys is an often-overlooked piece of a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, plan, even though it generates substantial benefits for law firms that focus on this key initiative."

  13. "Is the justice system racially biased? Depends on who you ask," 05.02.22.
    Reuters reports on the key findings of the ABA's annual 2022 Survey of Civic Literacy, a nationally representative survey of 1,000 Americans on issues surrounding the law and government: "More than half of Americans polled by the ABA in March (52%) either agreed or strongly agreed that the justice system has built-in racial biases. But that figure ticked down to 48% among white respondents and rocketed to 75% among Black respondents. Among Hispanics, 54% agreed or strongly agreed."

  14. "Squire Patton Boggs, Hogan Lovells Make Key Diversity and Inclusion Moves," 05.02.22.
    Law.com reports that "Two major firms in the Washington, D.C., market have made staffing moves aimed at furthering their commitment to diversity and inclusion…Squire Patton Boggs has brought in Kathy Bowman-Williams as global diversity director, while Hogan Lovells has promoted Bendita Cynthia Malakia to chief diversity and inclusion officer."

  15. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work

  16. "Accommodating Mental Health," 05.03.22.
    The New York Times reports that "the national mental health crisis plaguing colleges is stretching disability support offices, where more students are registering psychological disorders to receive classroom accommodations."

  17. "What Your Younger Employees Are Really Thinking," 05.03.22.
    The New York Times reports on the latest Times Opinion focus group findings, where 12 millennial Americans — ages 26 to 33 — discussed how the pandemic had upended and shaped their young careers, not all of it bad: "They have political views but aren't interested in talking politics at the office. Some like working from home and others prefer the office, but most agree that they communicate better with colleagues when at the office. They want bosses who give constructive criticism, but some think their bosses are scared of them."

  18. "Boost Your Mental Health by Saying 'No'," 05.03.22.
    The Wall Street Journal writes that after two years of pandemic life, it is important to relearn how to say no: "Many of us now are fielding more invites and requests than we have in years. We're eager to get back out there. We're also burnt out on stress and schedules that often seem like all work and no fun. We know that if we want to rebuild lives that are more balanced and more meaningful, we need to prioritize. Learning to decline requests will be crucial to this effort. Think of saying no as the ultimate self-care strategy."

  19. "Remote or 'Hybrid Light' in the Office? The Differences Matter to Attorneys and Should to Law Firms," 05.02.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "as more law firms cement their office policy, they are defining flexibility in a variety of ways, with some firms dictating which days lawyers should be in the office, others just mandating any two or three days of the week, and a minority set of firms requiring no days in the office," and writes that "regardless of the policy, law firms are finding plenty of criticism from both partners and associates alike, with some threatening lateral moves to firms with more favorable policies — highlighting how difficult it will be to please all."

  20. "How to make self-affirmation work, based on science," 05.02.22.
    The Washington Post writes that "psychologists and researchers who have examined self-affirmation say numerous studies have found that affirming yourself can produce wide-ranging benefits, including stress-buffering effects."

  21. "We're in a Loneliness Crisis: Another Reason to Get Off Our Phones," 05.01.22.
    This is a thoughtful New York Times opinion piece on our digitized world and how it is changing our relationships with the world of nature and of human relationships: "We are trained through technology (and technology corporations) to spend more time on screens and less time noticing and interacting with this touchable, smellable, feelable world. Social media in particular trains us to notice that which is large, loud, urgent, trending and distant, and to therefore miss the small, quiet importance of our proximate and limited, embodied lives."

  22. "'Zero regrets.' Six months after quitting, these workers are thriving," 04.28.22.
    A columnist for The Washington Post who has been following workers who have quit their jobs during the Great Resignation writes that "most are thrilled with the changes they've made; others are concerned about the current economy and what the future holds, but no one expressed a desire to go back to their previous job."

  23. The Bar Exam and Law Grad Licensing

  24. "'Tremendously Disruptive': DC Court of Appeals Limits Seating for July Bar Exam, Sparking Outcry," 05.05.22.
    Law.com reports that "law school deans across the country have expressed outrage over the D.C. Court of Appeals' May 2 announcement that seating for the July 2022 Uniform Bar Exam will be limited to 1,100 and that preference will be given to students from D.C.-area law schools." ("A letter, signed by more than 100 law deans, was sent to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, expressing concern about the limited seating.")

  25. Also see the lead stories at the top of the hour about the growing racial disparities in bar-passage outcomes, or click here and here.

  26. Law Schools and Law Students

  27. "Boston College Law School Names Cornell Law Professor as Next Dean," 05.05.22.
    Law.com reports that "Boston College Law School announced today that its next dean will be Odette Lienau, professor of law and former associate dean for faculty research and intellectual life at Cornell University Law School."

  28. "Employment rebounds for Class of 2021," 05.04.22.
    The National Jurist reports on last week's report by the ABA of their employment outcomes data for the Class of 2021.

  29. "An Access And Equity Ranking Of America's 63 Public Law Schools," 05.04.22.
    The TaxProf Blog has a new piece by Christopher Mathis at Iowa that provides "the first ranking of public law schools on 'Access and Equity' measures. It describes ranking law schools based on measurable outcomes related to diversity, access, and equity. This ranking uses twelve access and equity measures that are significant to Black and Latinx law school fit. This 'Access and Equity Ranking' is the only ranking to date that will help Black and Latinx students identify which public law schools center their needs."

  30. "Hamilton & Bilionis: Law Student Professional Development and Formation: Bridging Law School, Student, and Employer Goals," 05.03.22.
    The TaxProf Blog provides reviews of the new book by Neil Hamilton and Louis Bilionis on law student professional development and formation. (See also the June NALP Bulletin+ article by Neil and Louis, Revised ABA Standards 303(b) and (c) and the Formation of a Lawyer's Professional Identity.)

  31. "Law Society of Ontario mandates minimum wage for articling students," 05.01.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer's Law Times reports that "at Convocation Thursday morning, the Law Society of Ontario voted to implement a mandatory minimum wage for articling students…the target date for implementing the minimum wage regime is May 1, 2023, when the 2023-24 licensing cycle begins."

  32. "Troy McKenzie, NYU Law's First Black Dean, to Take the Reins June 1," 04.29.22.
    New York Law Journal reports that Troy McKenzie will succeed Trevor Morrison as dean of the law school at NYU and will become the school's first Black dean.

    1. "NYU Law names new dean, boosting top schools' leadership diversity," 04.29.22.
      Reuters has more on this story: "McKenzie will be NYU Law's first Black dean and the only Black dean currently leading a so-called T-14 law school."

  33. Law Firms and Lawyers

  34. "For Hybrid to Work Longterm, Law Firm Processes Need Refresh," 05.06.22.
    The American Lawyer writes that "the success of long-term hybrid work arrangements hinges on firms adapting their processes, collaborative approach, budgets and culture to new demands and expectations…most firms don't have a blueprint for developing and maintaining a culture in a hybrid workforce."

  35. "Want to Thin Your Law Firm's Head Count? Mandate 3 or More Days of Office Attendance," 05.05.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that a recent survey of Big Law attorneys found that most lawyers want more flexibility than three mandated days of office attendance: "Roughly 60% of respondents said their firms were asking for three days per week of in-office work. A strong majority of those lawyers indicated that they wanted more flexibility from their firms, with an even split between lawyers who wanted full remote work and those who would be comfortable with one to two days per week of mandated attendance. Most of the lawyers who said that they were already talking to recruiters about firms with more flexibility came from the three-day group."

  36. "Competition and Talent Pressures Spark Run of Midsize Law Firm Mergers," 05.04.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "law firm leaders in three recent mergers of midsize law firms cited the demand to build deeper and broader expertise, for attracting top talent and clients and competing against larger firms…indeed, the demand among midsize law firms to scale up to compete will likely continue to spark more combinations this year."

  37. "Law firm leasing dips amid industry's revamped office plans," 05.04.22.
    Reuters reports that "law firm office leasing volume decreased across major U.S. markets in the first quarter of 2022, down to 1.1 million square feet from over 1.5 million the previous two quarters, according to a Wednesday report by commercial real estate brokerage Savills Inc."

  38. "Show Us the Money: Young Lawyers Want to Be Educated on Law Firm Economics," 05.03.22.
    The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes that "we think now is as good a time as ever for law firm leadership to revisit their approach to whether and when associates are actively educated on the relationship between compensation, standard rates and realization rates, as well as the various market factors and trade-offs that tend to impact what associates bring in and what they get paid."

  39. "Professional Development: The Missing Link in Attaining Career Satisfaction," 05.03.22.
    A law firm partner from Atlanta, writing for the Daily Report, writes that "attorneys are most satisfied when they work at firms that are committed to lawyer development…a focus on development increases personal job satisfaction, employee motivation and helps build morale."

  40. "As associate hiring spiked in 2021, how many new hires left within the first year?," 05.02.22.
    The ABA Journal reports on the latest associate hiring and attrition figures from the NALP Foundation: "The survey found that participating law firms hired 7,278 associates in 2021, compared to 2,772 in 2020 and 4,956 in 2013. Fifty-three percent of 2021 associate hires were lateral. At the same time, participating firms saw a substantial increase in associate departures, the survey found. The number was 4,503 during 2021, 2,876 in 2020 and 3,419 in 2019. The associate attrition rate was 26% in 2021, compared to 16% in 2020. It was the highest attrition rate since the survey began in 2006."

  41. "'Resilience' is the theme at young lawyers' national meetup," 04.29.22.
    Reuters reports that "the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division has chosen resilience, realignment and revitalization as the theme of its first in-person gathering since early 2020." ("The conference program aims to help attorneys build up their own resilience, but also to give them strategies to promote change in the wider legal profession…young lawyers are hungry to discuss well-being issues alongside diversity, equity and inclusion, and innovation.")

  42. Corporate Counsel

  43. "COVID Still Challenging Employers on Many Fronts, Survey Finds," 05.04.22.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "more than two years after COVID-19 emptied out offices and forced employers to reimagine the workplace, they're still struggling to figure out the way forward, according to a report published Wednesday…Littler Mendelson's survey of 1,275 in-house lawyers, executives and human resources professionals identified their top concerns as managing vaccine mandates and new sick and paid family leave mandates, and building a strong company culture when a significant swath of the workforce works remotely."

  44. "Results of Black In-House Lawyer Pay Survey Spurred Some to Quit, Seek New Jobs," 04.29.22.
    Corporate Counsel reports on the results of a pay survey of Black in-house lawyers throughout the U.S. in a wide range of industries that revealed "some pay disparities that were, apparently, quite eye-opening."

  45. News from New Mexico

  46. "Large fires are raging in New Mexico, and the worst may be coming," 05.05.22.
    The Washington Post reports that "fanned by relentless winds and fueled by abnormally warm and dry weather, a historically large siege of fires is raging in New Mexico…the Calf Canyon fire near Santa Fe has become New Mexico's second-largest on record and could threaten 15,000 homes as it expands."

  47. "'Burning Down a Way of Life': Wildfire Rips Through a Hispanic Bastion," 05.05.22.
    The New York Times reports that "one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico's history is raging through a region where the culture stretches back longer than the United States has existed."

  48. Higher Education/Secondary Education

  49. "Stanford Gets $1.1 Billion for New Climate School From John Doerr," 05.04.22.
    The New York Times reports that "John Doerr, one of the most successful venture capitalists in the history of Silicon Valley, is giving $1.1 billion to Stanford University to fund a school focused on climate change and sustainability."

    1. "John Doerr Gives Stanford $1.1 Billion for New Climate and Sustainability School," 05.04.22.
      More on this from The Wall Street Journal: "The gift is the largest in the university's history, and appears to be the second largest one-time gift ever made to a university, behind Michael Bloomberg's $1.8 billion gift to his alma mater Johns Hopkins University, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's list of donations."

April 29, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Harvard leaders and staff enslaved 79 people, university finds," 04.26.22.
    The Washington Post reports that "Harvard University leaders, faculty and staff enslaved more than 70 individuals during the 17th and 18th centuries when slavery was legal in Massachusetts, according to a report chronicling the university's deep ties to wealth generated from slave labor in the South and Caribbean - and its significant role in the nation's long history of racial discrimination."

    1. "'Disturbing and Even Shocking': Harvard to Spend $100 Million to Atone for 'Immoral' Ties to Slavery," 04.26.22.
      The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "through its 'extensive entanglements' with slavery, Harvard University benefited from and in some ways perpetuated 'profoundly immoral' practices that it will spend $100 million helping atone for, the university's president, Lawrence S. Bacow, wrote in an email on Tuesday to students, faculty, and staff members."

    2. "The Major Findings of Harvard's Report on Its Ties to Slavery," 04.26.22.
      The New York Times reports that Harvard University issued a 134-page report investigating its ties to slavery and its legacy, and shares the major findings from that report.

      1. "Harvard Details Its Ties to Slavery and Its Plans for Redress," 04.26.22.
        More on this story from The New York Times: "The university's governing corporation has pledged $100 million in part to create an endowed 'Legacy of Slavery Fund' that would allow scholars and students to bring Harvard's connections to slavery into the light for generations to come."

    3. "Harvard Pledges $100 Million to Redress Ties to Slavery," 04.26.22.
      The Wall Street Journal also has this story: "Harvard University has pledged $100 million to redress its historical ties to slavery. The announcement Tuesday coincides with the university's release of a 134-page report detailing its connections to slavery, segregation, and discrimination. The Ivy League school's faculty and staff enslaved more than 70 Black people between its founding in 1636 and 1783, when slavery became outlawed in Massachusetts, according to the report. The university also profited from slavery during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries through its financial connection to donors, some of whom are memorialized on campus. Those donors helped the university build its national reputation, the report said. Slavery was 'integral to Harvard,' according to the report, and its legacy affected the university well after human bondage became illegal. Segregation and discrimination were a part of campus life well into the 1900s, the report said."

  2. The Feel-Goods

  3. "Heartstopper review — possibly the loveliest show on TV," 04.22.22.
    The Guardian agrees with me that this is the loveliest thing streaming at the moment. Adapted for Netflix by the writer Alice Oseman from her graphic novel series of the same name, which is also lovely, Heartstopper is only eight episodes with about 25 minutes per episode, so totally consumable in a single binge but worth spreading out over several evenings this weekend.

  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  5. "Law Society of Alberta acknowledges systemic discrimination in the legal profession," 04.28.22.
    The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the Law Society of Alberta has acknowledged the existence and impact of systemic discrimination within the justice system, including within the provincial regulatory system and across the legal profession." ("In the fall of 2020, lawyers, articling students, law students and internationally trained lawyers were invited by the society to share any experiences related to racial discrimination and stereotyping.")

  6. "Native American Students Can Now Attend U. of California Tuition-Free," 04.27.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "Native American students who are California residents will no longer have to pay tuition or fees at one of the nation's largest public-university systems — a decision that some say is a long-overdue acknowledgment of past harms." ("The University of California system said this week that all in-state students who are members of federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes will have tuition and fees — about $14,000 each year — waived starting this fall. Then, on Wednesday, one of California's recognized tribes announced a $2.5 million scholarship fund that will cover tuition and fees for in-state students from unrecognized tribes.")

  7. "'I Felt Afraid to Ask': Law Students With Disabilities Are Often Torn Between Trying to Fit In and Seeking Accommodations," 04.26.22.
    This is the first installment of a new Law.com series called Disabling Ableism: Making the Legal Profession More Accessible, "which aims to highlight both the challenges and opportunities law students with disabilities face before, during and after law school, as well as how the legal industry can better embrace disability as a form of diversity."

  8. "'She-Cession' Myth Busted: Women Didn't Quit Law During Pandemic," 04.22.22.
    Vivia Chen, writing for Bloomberg, reviews the data and concludes that it is a false narrative that women disproportionately left the legal profession during the pandemic: "The great female exodus among the privileged set (yes, that means women in law) turned out to be a big fat nothing."

  9. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work

  10. "These People Who Quit Jobs During the Pandemic Say They Have Regrets," 04.25.22.
    According to The Wall Street Journal, "millions of people switched jobs during the pandemic [and] some of them are feeling the job-market equivalent of buyer's remorse." (Subscription required.)

  11. "Exercising even half the recommended amount can help prevent depression," 04.24.22.
    The Washington Post reports on new research about exercise and depression: "Already known to help ease depression, regular exercise may also help prevent it, with people who exercised just half the recommended weekly amount lowering their risk for depression by 18 percent, according to research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. However, those who were more active, meeting at least the minimum recommended physical activity level, reduced their risk for depression by 25 percent, compared with inactive people."

  12. "'It's Life or Death': The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens," 04.23.22.
    The New York Times examines the increase in anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide among U.S. adolescents: "American adolescence is undergoing a drastic change. Three decades ago, the gravest public health threats to teenagers in the United States came from binge drinking, drunken driving, teenage pregnancy and smoking. These have since fallen sharply, replaced by a new public health concern: soaring rates of mental health disorders."

  13. "Calling for an End to the 24/7, 365 Lawyer," 04.22.22.
    Two law firm partners in Miami, writing for the Daily Business Review, argue that it is not necessary for most lawyers to be on call 24/7, 365, and urge the profession to move away from that mindset, a mindset the pandemic has only exacerbated by normalizing remote work: "Perhaps by starting the conversation about how we can improve our mental health, well-being and quality of life, we can improve the profession and help attorneys avoid 'burnout' and give us back some of our family quality time."

  14. "What if the Optimal Workweek Is Two Days in the Office, Not Three?," 04.22.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "new research suggests that for some employees and businesses one or two in-office days a week is a sweet spot for hybrid work." (Subscription required.)

  15. "Now more than ever, you can and should have a work BFF. Here's how," 04.18.22.
    Fast Company reports that when workers are leaving their jobs in record numbers, or considering their long-term options within an industry, friendships and allies may influence those decisions: "Employees who feel they have a good friend at work are more likely to stay." ("Research has shown that workplace friends foster creativity and build trust between employees as they work together to help process stress, change, and other challenges.") (Hat tip to Jessica Buchsbaum)

  16. The Bar Exam and Law Grad Licensing

  17. "ABA Releases Bar Passage Data: 3% Decrease for First-Time Takers," 04.26.22.
    Law.com reports that the ABA has released its latest data on bar passage outcomes for ABA-accredited law schools: "The new data shows that, in the aggregate, 91.17% of 2019 law graduates who sat for a bar exam passed it within two years of graduation…first-time takers in 2021 achieved an aggregate 79.86% pass rate, which is approximately a 3-percentage point decrease over the comparable 83.66% pass rate for 2020."

    1. "Bar exam pass rate dropped last year for first-time testers," 04.26.22.
      More on this from Reuters: "Just under 80% of law graduates who took the bar exam for the first time in 2021 passed the mandatory attorney licensing test, according to new figures released Tuesday by the American Bar Association. That's a drop of more than 3% from the aggregate national first-time bar pass rate of nearly 84% for 2020, the data show."

  18. "Does the bar exam cost too much? These law profs think so," 04.22.22.
    Reuters reports that "the cost of preparing for and taking the bar exam places an unfair financial burden on law grads seeking to enter the legal profession while enriching the testing industry, academics critical of the licensing exam said Friday."

  19. Law Schools and Law Students

  20. "Hofstra's Law School Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Raises $20M," 04.28.22.
    The New York Law Journal reports that "the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this month by inducting 50 alumni, as well as 16 alumni on the bench, into its inaugural Hall of Fame and announcing it had collected more than $20 million through a fundraising campaign aimed at increasing support to scholarships."

  21. "Mizzou Law Dean Lyrissa Lidsky Stepping Down," 04.27.22.
    Law.com reports that "Lyrissa Lidsky, the first woman dean of the University of Missouri School of Law, is stepping down from the position effective July 4."

  22. Law Firms and Lawyers

  23. "Out-of-town law firms flock to new Chicago tower," 04.27.22.
    Reuters reports that even as many law firms are reducing their overall real estate footprint, many out-of-town law firms are taking on new real estate commitments in Chicago.

  24. "Associate Atty Hiring, Attrition Up Sharply In '21," 04.26.22.
    Law360 reports that according to new attrition data from the NALP Foundation, "associates left law firms in 2021 at a rate that reached a historic high, though firms also hired significantly more associates last year." ("Attrition reached an average rate of 26%, up from 16% in 2020…the average rate in 2021 was about the same no matter the location or size of the firm…the attrition rate for associates of color was even higher, at 34%, the foundation said. That's up from an attrition rate of 18% in 2020.")

  25. "The 2022 Am Law 100 Report," 04.26.22.
    The American Lawyer publishes its "annual report on the state of the industry, featuring in-depth reporting and analysis, financial metrics for each of the country's 100 largest law firms, and rankings by gross revenue, profits per equity partner and more."

    1. "The 2022 Am Law 100: Ranked by Gross Revenue," 04.26.22.
      (American Lawyer)

    2. "The 2022 Am Law 100: Ranked by Profits Per Equity Partner," 04.26.22.
      (American Lawyer)

    3. "The Once-Exclusive Super Rich Club Welcomed More Members Than Ever for 2022," 04.26.22.
      The American Lawyer reports that "in a year so flush with financial success for law firms that extraordinary numbers began to seem merely ordinary, The American Lawyer's annual Super Rich list swelled to include more members than ever."

    4. "Kings of the Hill: Power Ranking the Am Law 100 Based on Momentum, Profit and Prestige," 04.26.22.
      The American Lawyer ranks firms with a new "methodology designed to measure momentum as well as profit and prestige, with emphasis on profitable growth and upward trajectory in key metrics."

    5. "The Am Law 100 Caught a Wave in 2021, but Sustaining the Ride Will Be a Challenge," 04.26.22.
      The American Lawyer provides analysis of its 2021 law firm performance data, noting that "for the Am Law 100, 2021 was a year for setting records and breaking through boundaries that a decade ago would have seemed unthinkable…not one Am Law 100 firm saw revenue decline in 2021…[and] the top 25 firms generated more revenue than the rest combined."

  26. "Davis Polk joins firms asking lawyers for three days in office," 04.26.22.
    Reuters reports that "Davis Polk & Wardwell will soon start asking lawyers to return to the office at least three days per week, aligning with policies released by several other large law firms." ("Starting May 2, the Wall Street firm is expecting lawyers in the U.S. at all seniority levels to work in the office three to four days a week, with required attendance Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, according to an internal Davis Polk memo.")

  27. "Saul Ewing Wants to Move Away From Emails With Pre-Office Return App," 04.26.22.
    Legaltech News reports that "ahead of its hybrid in-person office return, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr launched an internal app to cultivate workplace camaraderie of the 'old days' while eliminating email inundation, and so far, it looks promising."

  28. "Law firm demand for federal clerks is growing. So are bonuses," 04.26.22.
    Reuters reports that "Susman Godfrey, a 140-attorney Texas-based trial firm, said Tuesday that it will pay a $125,000 bonus to new associates with a yearlong clerkship under their belts, and $150,000 to those with two or more years of federal clerk experience…that's up from $105,000 and $125,000."

  29. "Lawyers Burned the Candle at Both Ends in 2021. Faltering Demand Could Cost Jobs Anyway," 04.26.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the average Am Law 100 lawyer billed 3.9% more hours in 2021 — equivalent to two extra weeks of work — while total head count across all firms rose by 1%…[but warns that] already, lateral demand in formerly red-hot practices like corporate and real estate is on the decline," and suggests that reduced headcount, likely through "stealth layoffs" is likely in 2022.

  30. "As Billing Rates and Client Pressure Collide, a Turning Point Looms," 04.26.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "standard billing rates grew about 5.7% across the industry in 2021…[and] firm leaders expect to raise rates again this year by an average of 6% to 7%."

  31. "As Law Firms Bolster Headhunting Resources, Recruiters Scramble for an Edge," 04.25.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "legal industry headhunters are feeling the squeeze as their law firm clients increasingly invest in internal recruitment resources, creating C-suite talent management positions and becoming more liberal with referral bonuses."

  32. "Associate Lateral Moves in the First Quarter Remained Strong," 04.22.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that according to newly available data, "associate lateral moves in the first quarter of 2022 were only slightly down from the same time a year ago but were still very high compared with recent years…[and noting that] corporate associate movement continues to drive the market even as deal flow has slowed in 2022."

  33. "Nonlawyer Ownership Remains on the Table in California — With National Ramifications," 04.22.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that work continues in California on about outside ownership of legal businesses, and decisions that are made there are likely to have national ramifications.

  34. "Law Firms Lack Leverage to Mandate Bustling Office Attendance," 04.21.22.
    Law.com's Law Firm Disrupted column argues that right now, law firms have no leverage to get their lawyers back to the office on a consistent basis.

  35. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting

  36. "GrayRobinson Posts 17% PEP Bump Following Litigation and Transactional Resurgence," 04.22.22.
    (Daily Business Review: Revenue up 3.2%, PPP up 17.4%)

  37. "Fox Rothschild's Corporate Practices Made Up for Flat Litigation Income," 04.21.22.
    (Legal Intelligencer: Revenue up 7.3%, PPP up 8.7%)

  38. International News

  39. "Clifford Chance Promotes Largest Round to Partner Since 2007," 04.28.22.
    Law.com International reports that "Clifford Chance has promoted 37 of its lawyers to partner in its 2022 cohort, the largest round for the firm since 2007."

  40. "DLA Piper Promotes 74 to Partner," 04.28.22.
    Law.com International reports that "DLA Piper has promoted 74 of its lawyers to partner in its 2022 cohort, with appointments spanning 38 of the firm's offices across 21 countries…a significant increase on last year's promotions."

  41. "Herbert Smith Freehills Promotes Record Number to Partner," 04.27.22.
    Law.com International reports that "Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted its biggest cohort ever to partner, as international law firms continue to elevate large groups this year."

  42. "Allen & Overy Promotes 39 To Partner," 04.26.22.
    Law.com International reports that "Allen & Overy has promoted 39 lawyers to partner in its latest round, one of the largest sets in the firm's history." (Subscription required.)

  43. Higher Education /Secondary Education

  44. "Seeking College-Admissions Edge, More Students Take Gap Year," 04.27.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "rising rejections at highly selective colleges and hopes for better luck in a year are pushing more seniors to take a yearlong pause after high school." (Subscription required.)

  45. "Young Workers Ask: Why Get an M.B.A. When Raises and Promotions Are Rolling In?," 04.26.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that business school applications are down and "business schools are facing their toughest sales pitch in years: Convincing prospective M.B.A. students to leave their lucrative careers for two years and go back to graduate school."

  46. "Graduating In Person, at Last," 04.26.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that colleges are inviting members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 to return to campus to join members of the class of 2022 for an in-person graduation ceremony.

  47. "Colleges in Some States Restore Mask Mandates," 04.26.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "colleges in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., are restoring mask mandates."

April 22, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Law school grads found more jobs waiting in 2021 after decline," 04.18.22.
    Reuters reports that "employment rates for the law class of 2021 rebounded from the pandemic-induced slump that hit the previous class, ending up stronger than they were two years ago." ("Nearly 76% of last year's new juris doctors found jobs that require bar passage within 10 months of leaving campus — up from 72% among the class of 2020, according to figures released Monday by the American Bar Association. And 83% of 2021 law grads had either full-time, long-term jobs that require passing the bar or jobs for which a J.D. is an advantage, up from 77% the previous year.")

    1. "ABA Says Number of 2021 Law Grads in Full-Time Jobs Jumped 11.2% Year-Over-Year," 04.18.22.
      More on this from Law.com: "The American Bar Association said the number of 2021 law grads in full-time legal industry jobs saw an 11.2% year-over-year increase."

    2. "These law schools crushed the job market in 2021," 04.19.22.
      Reuters parses the new ABA employment data for the Class of 2021 to rank law schools by the percent of their 2021 JDs in full-time, long-term bar passage-required jobs.

    3. "ABA Releases Class Of 2021 Jobs Data: Full-Credit Jobs Rate Is 83.0%, Up From 77.4% Last Year," 04.19.20
      More on the ABA data release from the TaxProf Blog.

  2. The Feel-Goods

  3. "'The month my body remembers'," 04.15.22.
    Those of you who were at NALP's last Boston conference won't want to miss this Washington Post piece about that year's speaker Adrianne Haslet, who lost her foot in the Boston Marathon bombing: "On Monday morning, Adrianne Haslet will step to the starting line in the Para division at the Boston Marathon, ready to begin another 26.2-mile journey that will end at the spot where, nine years ago, she lost her left foot and very nearly her life."

  4. "12-Year-Old Woodworker's Bowl Has Raised Over $109,400 and Counting for Ukrainian Children," 04.15.22.
    People profiles Gabriel Clark of Cumbria, England, a twelve-year old who fell in love with woodworking and recently raffled off one of his handmade bowls — etched with a blue and yellow ring, the colors of Ukraine's flag — and raised more than $100,000 for Save the Children's Ukraine relief effort. (Hat tip to Lisa Quirk.)

  5. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  6. "Vinson & Elkins Hires New Global Diversity Head From Sidley Austin," 04.19.22.
    The Texas Lawyer reports that "Deborah Martin Owens, who was East Coast diversity director for Sidley Austin, joined Vinson & Elkins on Monday as global director of diversity, equity & inclusion, in another high-profile DEI hire in Big Law."

  7. "'Significant Jump' in Client Inquiries Leads to New Diversity Practice at Nixon Peabody," 04.18.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Nixon Peabody is rolling out a practice group catering to clients' own diversity, equity and inclusion ambitions."

  8. "Wilmer Places Diversity Front and Center in Appellate Practice Strategy," 04.15.22.
    The National Law Journal reports that "Washington-based Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr sees diversity as one of the key strengths of its appellate practices, and is making it a priority in the deepening of its bench and the grooming of its leaders."

  9. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work

  10. "How I Took Leave From and Returned to My Firm to Manage My Depression," 04.20.22.
    A law firm partner, writing for The American Lawyer, recounts "his personal story of going through depression while working for law firms, which culminated in his taking a medical leave last year and then returning to his firm earlier this year…he shares his views on how we can change the legal industry for the better."

  11. "Student Mental Health Status Report: Struggles, Stressors and Supports," 04.19.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports takes a look at many of the studies that have documented the mounting mental health issues for college students, and concludes that "while the pandemic has taken a serious toll on students, few have stayed in a dark place the entire time, and the present time period is rated by the greatest percentage of students as the best one in terms of mental health."

  12. "'There Are Long-Term Consequences': Why Improving Mental Health in the Legal Profession Must Begin in Law School," 04.18.22.
    Law.com writes about law student and lawyer wellbeing.

  13. "How to Negotiate for Better Pay and Perks When the Job Offer Lands," 04.15.22.
    The New York Times writes that "with workers in high demand, the most costly mistake they can make is leaving the bargaining table without asking for more."

  14. The Bar Exam and Law Grad Licensing

  15. "'Concerning' Bar Exam Results in Pa. Raise Questions About Helping Repeat Takers," 04.21.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "at 37%, Pennsylvania's bar exam pass rate from February is prompting law schools to question how they can support repeat test takers grappling with challenges of remote learning."

  16. "Lawyers should be able to practice law in any state, says group urging ABA model rule change," 04.20.22.
    The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA should change its model rules to allow licensed lawyers to provide legal services in any state, according to a proposal by a group of more than 400 lawyers and law professors who provide advice on legal ethics matters." ("The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers sent a letter to ABA President Reginald Turner on Monday that proposes a change to Model Rule 5.5 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which can be adopted by states as their own. Model Rule 5.5 governs unauthorized practice of law and multijurisdictional practice.")

  17. Law Schools and Law Students

  18. "University of Chicago Law is on a federal clerkship hot streak," 04.21.22.
    Reuters reports that "for the second year in a row, the University of Chicago School of Law sent a higher percentage of new graduates into clerkships with federal judges than any other law school."

  19. "BYU Law School Partners With Big Law to Offer 'Academies' Teaching Everything From Trial Lawyering to Dealmaking," 04.19.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School is hosting a full slate of boot camp-style 'academies' starting next week to provide first-year BYU Law students with professional training and connections to attorneys around the country in a variety of disciplines, from trial work to deal work."

  20. "Harvard Law joins schools holding make-up commencements for 2020 grads," 04.19.22.
    Reuters reports that "Harvard Law School is the latest to announce plans for a make-up ceremony for students who graduated in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic and had to settle for online celebrations, joining Georgetown, Stanford and others."

  21. "Recent Law Grads Have Had $30,000 Of Their Student Loan Debt Cancelled," 04.16.22.
    The TaxProf Blog reports on the benefits law graduates have received from interest cancellation during the current federal student loan repayment moratorium, which has been estimated to be as much as $30,000 per student.

  22. "'A New World': The Legal Education Advisory Council Wants to Make the GRE a More Viable Alternative to LSAT," 04.15.22
    Law.com reports that "five months after its creation, one of the top priorities for ETS's Legal Education Advisory Council (LEAC) is to make it easier to apply to law school using Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores."

  23. Law Firms and Lawyers

  24. "Law Firms Are Struggling With Staff Shortages. Competitive Pay Alone Won't Help," 04.22.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "law firms have a staffing shortage and will need to make more changes besides offering competitive pay…[noting that] job postings for business professionals in law firms are at an all-time high…[and] while money is always a factor, many candidates are prioritizing other criteria."

  25. "Which law firms are tops for flexibility? For culture? Yale Law Women releases 2022 findings," 04.21.22.
    The ABA Journal reviews the top findings from the recently released Yale Law Women's Top Firms Report for 2022.

  26. "Culture, not cash, is key to lower turnover at law firms — report," 04.21.22.
    Reuters reports that "lawyers place more value on culture and colleagues than cold, hard cash, a new industry report said." (The report also found that "women and minority associates are higher flight risks for firms.")

  27. "'The Nature of the Beast': Lateral Group Moves Gain More Momentum," 04.21.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "after stellar financial results last year, large law firms are continuing to drive segmentation in Big Law by picking off groups of partners from smaller law firms."

  28. "What's Significant About $5B and $6B Law Firms?," 04.21.22.
    The American Lawyer provides some additional perspective on what it means that some law firms are now making as much or more money than their clients: "The fast rise of Kirkland and Latham signals how these firms are moving closer to a business model rivaling a corporate client. But many law firms are not trying to keep up."

  29. "Cooley Sets June Return Without In-Office Requirements, With Vaccine Mandate," 04.20.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Cooley announced Wednesday it will fully reopen its offices on June 1, without an in-office requirement for lawyers."

    1. "Cooley to let many attorneys work remotely under office return plan," 04.20.22.
      More on this from Reuters: "Cooley will let many lawyers and staff decide whether and when to go into the office, its CEO said in a Wednesday memo that outlined one of the more flexible return policies from a large law firm to date."

  30. "Signing Bonuses and Associate Hiring Cool Down, as Law Firms Prioritize 'Quality Over Quantity'," 04.20.22.
    The Recorder reports that "the legal industry could see a reversal of the frenetic hiring trends that dominated 2021, as demand for associate talent begins to level off…[and] the eye-popping signing bonuses that made headlines last year in the legal industry are being pulled back, as are creative arrangements such as remote positions."

  31. "State Bar Committee Abandons Proposal for Nonlawyers to Own Law Firms," 04.20.22.
    The Recorder reports that "bowing to substantial criticism, a [California] state bar committee considering the creation of a paraprofessional program will not recommend that nonlawyers be allowed to own a stake in law firms."

  32. "Amid Consolidation, Middle Market Firms Face 'Convergence of Pressures' That Threaten Growth," 04.18.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "as the perfect law firm combination becomes an increasing rarity, midsize law firms are under pressure to grow and survive."

  33. "'Playing Catchup': Partner Promotions Back on the Rise as Profit Margins Swell," 04.15.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "New York's largest law firms elevated a bumper crop of new partners in the last year, after promotions were muted in a prior 12-month period that overlapped with the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic."

  34. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting

  35. "Baker Donelson Sees 2% Revenue Growth Amid Decrease in Attorneys," 04.19.22.
    (Daily Report: Revenue up 2%, PPP up 9.6%)

  36. "With Strong Demand Across Practices, RPL Up 17.1%, PEP Up 18.9% at Hunton Andrews Kurth," 04.18.22.
    (American Lawyer: Revenue up 11.7%, PPP up 18.9%)

  37. "Leveraging Tech, Innovation and Hybrid Work, Holland & Hart Boosted Partner Profits 30%," 04.18.22.
    (American Lawyer: Revenue up 11%, PPP up 30.7%)

  38. "Kramer Levin Reverses Two-Year Slide to Reach Record Revenue and Profit," 04.18.22.
    (American Lawyer: Revenue up 15.1%, PPP up 21.4%)

  39. Higher Education /Secondary Education

  40. "Job Recruiting on College Campuses Roars Back to Life," 04.20.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the job market for new college graduates is hot: "Young professionals coming out of college this spring are in high demand. Employers plan to hire at least 30% more new graduates this year than they did last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In some fields, including technology, finance and consulting, starting salaries are even in the six figures. And while many in Gen Z say they wish to work remotely at least part of the time, some are eager to partake of office life."

  41. "Stress prompts 76% of 4-year college students to weigh leaving, survey finds," 04.20.22.
    Higher Ed Dive reports that "more than three-quarters of four-year undergraduate students who considered stopping out in the past six months said it was due to emotional stress."

  42. "Biden administration gives more borrowers a chance of debt cancellation," 04.19.22.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "on Tuesday, the Education Department said it will grant federal student loan borrowers additional credit toward loan forgiveness under what is known as income-driven repayment plans." ("The move will bring more than 3.6 million people closer to debt cancellation, including 40,000 who will be immediately eligible, according to the department.")

April 15, 2022

    Top Stories

  1. "Howard U. Goes Online Due to Covid Spike," 04.14.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "Howard University on Wednesday announced that undergraduate students would finish up their spring semester online, due to an increase in the Covid-19 positivity rate on campus and in Washington, D.C."

    1. "Some Colleges Reinstate Mask Mandates Just Weeks After Removing Them," 04.11.22.
      The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "following a period of loosened public-health guidelines and relatively low Covid-19 caseloads, a handful of universities are bringing back mask requirements on campus — in many cases, just weeks after rescinding them."

    2. "The city of Philadelphia will reinstate an indoor mask mandate, the first major U.S. city to do so this spring," 04.11.22.
      The New York Times reports that "with new coronavirus cases low but rising sharply in recent days, the city of Philadelphia announced on Monday that it will reinstate an indoor mask mandate a little more than a month after lifting it, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so."

  2. "Prosecutors wanted: District attorneys struggle to recruit and retain lawyers," 04.12.22.
    Reuters reports that "district attorneys’ offices across the U.S. are struggling to recruit and retain lawyers, with some experiencing vacancies of up to 16% and a dearth of applicants for open jobs."

    1. "Nearly 50 More Lawyers Departed Phila. DA's Office in Less Than 5 Months After November 2021," 04.08.22.
      The Legal Intelligencer reports that "nearly 50 lawyers have left the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in less than five months, continuing a dramatic drain of staff that saw around 70 attorneys decamp between January 2021 and November 2021."

  3. "Inflation Hits Fastest Pace Since 1981, at 8.5% Through March," 04.12.22.
    The New York Times reports that "inflation hit 8.5 percent in the United States last month, the fastest 12-month pace since 1981, as a surge in gasoline prices tied to Russia's invasion of Ukraine added to sharp increases coming from the collision of strong demand and stubborn pandemic-related supply shortages."

  4. The Feel-Goods

  5. "L.E.A.D students reveal selected law schools during National Law School Signing Day, receive over $1 million in scholarships," 04.06.22.
    Dillard University Campus News reports that "students in Dillard's Legal Education Advancing Diversity program (L.E.A.D) revealed their selected law school during National Law School Signing Day on Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. in an event that featured keynote speaker Traci Mundy Jenkins, president of the National Association for Law Placement." ("Through the support of Dillard's L.E.A.D program, pre-law students receive the preparation they need to join the legal profession. The program is designed to help students gain admission to law school which is one of the most challenging steps in joining the legal profession, especially for students of color. The program is also open to students from Xavier University of Louisiana and Southern University at New Orleans. The program consists of a 10-week LSAT Prep Book Camp, a year-long mentorship program with attorneys and judges in the community, law school application assistance and individual advising.")

  6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Racial Justice

  7. "'I Just Wanted to Fit In': A Muslim Lawyer on Finally Embracing Her Faith at Work," 04.14.22.
    In this piece, Law.com International tells the story of a Muslim lawyer at a top 50 firm in the UK who slowly gained the confidence to start wearing her hijab to the office.

  8. "Views Diverge Over DEI Programs for Outside Counsel," 04.13.22.
    Law.com reports that "no one is satisfied with Big Law's progress in improving its diversity, from associates to equity partners, but that doesn't mean everyone is on board with legal department DEI programs that hold outside law firms to particular targets and cut fees if they fall short."

  9. "Anti-LGBTQ Proposals Flooding Legislatures at Record Pace," 04.08.22.
    According to the Daily Report, "this year is heating up to be another record-breaking one for anti-LGBTQ legislation in U.S. state legislatures."

    1. "Red States Push L.G.B.T.Q. Restrictions as Education Battles Intensify," 04.12.22.
      More on this from The New York Times.

  10. "A 4-Year Degree Isn't Quite the Job Requirement It Used to Be," 04.08.22.
    The New York Times reports that "in the last few years, major American companies in every industry have pledged to change their hiring habits by opening the door to higher-wage jobs with career paths to people without four-year college degrees." ("Work force experts see removing the four-year college degree filter for some jobs as key to increasing diversity and reducing inequality. Workers, they say, should be selected and promoted because of their skills and experience rather than degrees or educational pedigree. And companies that do change their hiring practices, they add, benefit by tapping previously overlooked pools of talent in a tight labor market, as well as diversifying their work forces.")

  11. Mental Health/Wellness/Remote Work/Back to Work

  12. "Powerful Self-Coaching With Two Words: Get Better," 04.15.22.
    This column in Slaw advocates for "the power of reframing professional challenges through a 'get better' lens as a simple antidote to some very stressful thought distortions that trip up and slow down many lawyers." ("Applying those two words, get better, will help you tackle your learning curves and meet challenges head-on. And when a thing goes sideways, those two words can help you problem solve and learn and grow from the experience.")

  13. "Hating hybrid work? Here's how to make it less painful," 04.13.22.
    The Washington Post speaks with work experts to "help you navigate hybrid work and make it less messy and stressy." ("As companies mandate people back to the office, workers across the nation are finding the switch to be messy, inconvenient and in some cases even pointless. But work experts say with a just few tweaks, workers may be able to make the transition less jarring and more productive…about 60 percent of offices will adopt a hybrid work policy this year.")

  14. "Welcome Back to the Office. Isn't This Fun?," 04.12.22.
    The New York Times reports that "tech companies really want their employees to be happy — or at least less annoyed — about returning, so they're providing concerts, food trucks and other perks."

  15. "Students of Color Less Likely to Get Mental Health Treatment," 04.11.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "while mental health worsened among all student groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, students of color were particularly vulnerable, according to a new study that documents inequalities in mental health care between 2013 and 2021."

  16. The Bar Exam and Law Grad Licensing

  17. "Formal Probes of Possible Cheaters in Bar Exam Leak Scandal Have Begun," 04.15.22.
    Law.com International reports that "the Law Society of Ontario says a number of individuals who 'may be involved in the cheating scenario' around compromised online bar exams have now been told they will be subject to formal investigations."

    1. "Law students outraged by the LSO rescheduling June licensing exams and cancelling online assessments," 04.11.22.
      The Canadian Lawyer's Law Times reports that "in an open letter directed to the Law Society and Attorney General of Ontario, licensing candidates registered to write the summer online barrister and solicitor examinations expressed their frustration and disappointment regarding the LSO’s decision to postpone the June bar exams to July and cancel online assessments." ("The LSO informed Law Times that the change in the delivery of examinations, from online to in-person, stems from the ongoing investigation into licensing candidates, which strongly indicates that examination content was improperly accessed through cheating, breaking the Examination Rules and Protocols, and compromising the integrity of the upcoming exam.")

  18. "In Return to In-Person Administration, New York's Bar Exam Passage Rate Declines," 04.14.22.
    The New York Law Journal reports that "in the first in-person bar examination administered in New York in two years, 45% of 3,068 candidates who sat for the exam passed, representing a 4% decline from the February 2021 administration."

  19. "Pennsylvania Bar Exam Pass Rate Drops," 04.13.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Pennsylvania saw a precipitous decline in successful bar exam hopefuls in February, reflecting a nationwide trend that's raising questions about the efficacy of law school teaching in a remote learning environment."

  20. "FSU Is No. 1: Florida Bar Exam Results Are in. Here Are the Best and Worst Performers," 04.11.22.
    The Daily Business Review reports the pass rates for February bar exam testers for each of the Florida law schools.

  21. "Multistate Bar Exam Mean Score Takes a Step Back," 04.08.22.
    Law.com reports that "the national Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) mean scaled score for February was 132.6, a return to the February 2020 mean after an increase to a mean of 134.0 last February."

    1. "Following a boost in 2021, national average score for February 2022 MBE drops,' 04.11.22.
      The ABA Journal reports that "after increasing to 134 in 2021, the national mean scaled score for the February Multistate Bar Examination has decreased to 132.6 for 2022, which was the same as it was in 2020 — just before COVID-19-related quarantines started in many jurisdictions."

  22. Law Schools and Law Students

  23. "What's Going On at Yale Law School? A Lot of Drama," 04.13.22.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the many challenges facing Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken, including swirling controversy surrounding free speech on campus.

  24. "Breonna Taylor portrait sale funds new Louisville law scholarship," 04.12.22.
    Reuters reports that "the sale of a portrait of Breonna Taylor that appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 2020 will help support a new cohort of lawyers focused on social justice issues." ("Artist Amy Sherald, who also painted the portrait of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, donated $1 million from the sale of her Taylor portrait to fund scholarships for law students and undergraduates at the University of Louisville, the Kentucky school said this week.")

  25. "Penn State Dickinson Law Hires Program Manager for New Antiracist Development Institute,' 04.11.22.
    Law.com reports that "Penn State Dickinson School of Law has brought aboard TaWanda Hunter Stallworth as the program manager for the school's new Antiracist Development Institute (ADI)." ("ADI is a program that aims to offer organizations across the country design-based approaches to implementing antiracist practices, processes and policies throughout each of their functions.")

  26. "LSAT Sees Lowest Number of Test-Takers in a Decade, But the Dip Is Likely Temporary," 04.08.22.
    Law.com reports that "only 6,585 people took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in March, which is the smallest number in the past 10 years."

  27. "NY Law School's Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic Receives $300K Grant,' 04.08.22.
    The New York Law Journal reports that "the Ford Foundation has awarded New York Law School's Civil Rights and Disability Justice clinic a $300,000 grant to support the clinic's work over the next three years."

  28. Law Firms and Lawyers

  29. "Legal Workers Are Expecting Pay Raises This Year. And Some Will Quit Over It," 04.14.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "nearly two-thirds of legal workers plan to ask for a pay raise in 2022, according to a survey from staffing outfit Robert Half, with respondents pointing to a higher cost of living and added job responsibilities." ("Robert Half this week said that 59% of legal employees plan to ask for a raise this year and that more than a quarter of them (29%) will look for a new job if they don't get it.")

  30. "Am Law Partners Opt for Early Retirement Amid Surging Profits and Looming Office Returns," 04.14.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "œrecent interviews with Am Law firm leaders reveal a wave of early partner retirements and reduced workloads in 2021." ("Contributing factors include string of highly profitable years for law firm partners and looming expectations around productivity and office attendance.")

  31. "Building Up or Building Out? Big Law Takes Both Approaches in 2022," 04.14.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "after explosive growth across the industry, some law firms are building up in current markets or trying to build out to new markets… [and noting that] talent dispersion and client needs are common reasons some firms choose to seek out new markets."

  32. "Like Coastal Elites, Midwest Firms Rode Wave of Demand, Surging to Revenue Highs," 04.13.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "several law firms in the Midwest showed big gains in revenue or profit, highlighting how some firm fortunes also rose partly through midmarket deals and work for small and midcap clients."

  33. "Law Firms' Hybrid Approaches Diverge as Some Question Another Step Back," 04.12.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "law firms in Pennsylvania are taking differing approaches to managing personnel in today's hybrid work environment, with most firm leaders agreeing that hybrid work will continue to play a role in the practice of law, [and noting that] some firms have implemented rigid policies, requiring a certain number of days in the office, while others have passed the duties of formulating a hybrid arrangement to individual practice leaders."

  34. "Upticks in Partner Billing, Associate Rates Prompt Shift to ALSPs," 04.12.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that according to a new report from Wolters Kluwer, "partners are accounting for an increasing proportion of corporate legal department billing…[and] the report's author said inefficient staffing ratios are causing the largest purchasers of legal work to reconsider ALSPs as a cost-saving measure."

  35. "Law firms increasingly offer title of partner to lure lateral associates," 04.12.22.
    The ABA Journal reports that "law firms are increasingly dangling the prospect of partnership status to lure needed associates from other law firms, [noting that] associate-to-partner hiring in the nation's top-grossing 100 law firms increased by 35% from 2019 to 2021."

  36. "'Burying the Hatchet': Law Firms Find Good Reason to Court 'Boomerang' Partners," 04.11.22.
    The American Lawyer reports that "recent data from LinkedIn shows that 4.3% of job switches in 2021 were 'boomerang hires,' up from less than 2% in 2010, and while the company did not present specific details on the legal industry, or even the wider 'œprofessional services' realm, several Am Law 100 firms have succeeded in bringing back a significant number of boomerangs in recent months."

  37. "Big Law Firms Are Making Fortune 500 Revenues," 04.11.22.
    Law.com International reports that "we're on the precipice of the era of the mega-firm: a preponderance of law firms with the resource and financial wherewithal to equal their venerable clients."

  38. "As Firms Renegotiate Office Leases, Workplace Preferences 'Tough to Assess'," 04.11.22.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that law firms are redesigning their real estate footprint amid uncertainty regarding the workplace preferences of employees.

  39. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting

  40. "Transactions Work Boosts Katten Muchin Revenue, Bumps PEP Past $2M Mark," 04.12.22.
    (American Lawyer: Revenue up 10.4%, PPP up 5.2%)

  41. "Mintz Sees 27.6% Net Income Growth, Crosses $2 Million in PEP for First Time," 04.11.22.
    (American Lawyer: Revenue up 17.2%, PPP up 11.7%)

  42. "Leaning Into 'on Fire' Industries, Revenue Up 22%, Profits Up 30% at Ropes & Gray," 04.08.22.
    (American Lawyer: Revenue up 21.9%, PPP up 28.4%)

  43. International News

  44. "Slaughter and May Ups Associate Pay," 04.12.22.
    Law.com International reports that "Slaughter and May has upped it associate pay across all post-qualification levels as part of a wider review into pay…on Tuesday, the firm announced that its NQ pay will increase to £115,000, from £107,500, in May."

  45. UK GCs Slam 'Unfair, Astronomical' Fee Rises As Some Bills More than Double," 04.11.22.
    Law.com International reports that "in-house lawyers [in the UK] are denouncing steep fee rate increases from their legal advisers, labeling them 'astronomical' and 'out of kilter with reality'."

  46. Higher Education /Secondary Education

  47. "'Breaking Ranks' With 'U.S. News'," 04.11.22.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that a new book offers a harsh critique of the rankings industry and its impact on undergraduate colleges and law schools.

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