Each week NALP's Executive Director, James Leipold, provides a summary of news articles of interest to legal career professionals. Read past issues here.
For news in the public interest arena, see the news digest from Samuel Halpert, NALP's Director of Public Service Initiatives, at www.psjd.org.
June 29, 2018
1. "Confidence Dips, but Firm Leaders Bullish on Demand Growth, Citi Report Says," 07.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest Citi Law Firm Leaders Confidence Index, which shows leaders have less confidence in the US and global economies going into the second half of 2018, but remain confident about the steady growth in demand for legal services at their firms.
2. "14 of 19 Vermont Law professors lose tenure, retention chair tells professors' organization," 07.12.18.
The ABA Journal reports that the American Association of University Professors has questioned Vermont Law School after it stripped tenure from 14 law professors.
3. "Diversity Lab Kicks Off New Legal 'Hackathon' Round in Chicago," 07.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Caren Ulrich Stacy's Diversity Lab has launched a second Diversity in Law Hackathon, kicking it off Thursday at Northwestern's law school.
4. "Clerk Salaries Stay Modest, but That Doesn't Hurt Recruitment Efforts," 07.12.18.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on starting salaries for judicial clerks.
5. "New Survey Finds Public Service Law Salaries Dwarfed By Big Law Pay," 07.11.18.
Law.com reports on the findings in NALP's newest survey of public service salaries.
a. You can read the full NALP press release here.
b. "Median pay for public service lawyers rises modestly, NALP reports," 07.10.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
6. "Now More Than Ever, We Need Diversity in Admissions," 07.11.18.
Mark Yudof and Rachel Moran, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, remind readers that Fisher is still the law of the land and that institutions of higher education remain free to use race as one factor in admissions. (Subscription required.)
7. "ABA Wins Early Round Against Florida Coastal Law in Accreditation Suit," 07.10.18.
Law.com reports that a federal judge in Florida has denied Florida Coastal School of Law a preliminary injunction in its accreditation suit against the ABA.
8. "Er, no, the Am Law 200 is NOT stratifying," 07.10.18.
Hugh Simons and Nicholas Bruch, writing for Law.com, debunk the trope that the legal market is stratifying: "What jumps out from the data is that performance is stunningly variable across firms of all sizes and profitability levels…any firm can grow revenues and profitability strongly."
9. "Stagnant Progress on Law Firm Diversity Can't Continue," 07.09.18.
The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes that law firms must improve the glacial pace with which they have been diversifying (or not) their lawyer ranks.
10. "Top Law Firms in New York Remain in Growth Mode," 07.09.18.
The New York Law Journal reports its annual NYLJ100 list, finding that "many large law firms continued beefing up their New York offices last year."
11. "The Cost to Law Firms of Ignoring Harmful Workplace Behavior," 07.09.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the findings of a survey done by the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts that found "by ignoring negative conduct and bullying behaviors, law firms are paying a price in terms of employee engagement, higher attrition, diminished reputation and increased litigation risks."
12. "June Brings Uptick in Legal Employment," 07.06.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the US legal industry added 4,800 jobs in June.
13. "In Texas, the Legal Market Isn't What it Used to Be," 07.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Texas' supercharged lateral market makes it hard for law firms to hold on to their lawyers.
July 6, 2018
1. "Associates, Don't Let Salary Hikes Become Your Faustian Bargain," 07.05.18.
An executive coach, writing for The American Lawyer, takes on the question of what will be expected of new associates in the aftermath of the salary hikes.
2. "'In a Stretched Out Pair of Yoga Pants' and 'Utterly Defeated': Studying for the Bar," 07.05.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, collects the Twitter posts of those studying for the bar exam.
3. "This 'Serial Entrepreneur' Thinks Finding a Lawyer Can Be as Easy as Hailing an Uber," 07.05.18.
Legaltech News reports on the launch of a mobile platform called 'Text a Lawyer," that its developer describes as "Uber for lawyers," and that allows consumers to text a question out into the void and get a response from a lawyer, all for $20.
4. "Motherhood Isn't the Culprit for Big Law's Gender Equity Failures," 07.05.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, fumes about gender inequity in law firms, and suggests motherhood is not the problem: "while women are telling men that the culture overall needs fixing, men are saying biology is destiny."
5. "Trump Administration Reverses Obama on Affirmative Action," 07.03.18.
The New York Times reports that "the Trump administration will encourage the nation's school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses."
a. "Trump Administration Will Rescind Obama-Era Guidelines on Race-Conscious Admissions," 07.03.18.
More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
b. "Rescinding campus diversity policy, Trump administration offers Supreme Court rulings as guidance," 07.05.18.
And more on this from the ABA Journal.
6. "Clifford Chance Kicks Off Magic Circle Reporting Season With 5 Percent Revenue Rise, 16 Percent PEP Hike," 07.03.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Clifford Chance has posted a double-digit hike in profit per equity partner (PEP) on the back of what the firm described as a 'positive' 2017-18, in which revenue climbed 5 percent."
7. "Firm Mergers Near Record Pace at Midyear Point," 07.02.18.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest data from Altman Weil, this year is on pace to be another record setting year for law firm mergers, with 51 combinations announced so far in 2018.
a. "Law Firm Merger Mania Strikes in Pennsylvania," 07.03.18.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "almost a quarter of the law firm mergers announced in the second quarter of 2018 involved at least one Pennsylvania-based firm."
b. "Texas Tie Ups Lead Busy 2nd Quarter for Law Firm Mergers," 06.29.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a frothy law firm merger market in Texas helped push the number of consolidations in the second quarter of 2018 past the figure from the previous year."
8. "Federal Judicial Clerkship Report Of Recent Law School Graduates," 07.02.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new "analysis of the overall hiring of recent law school graduates into federal judicial clerkships between 2015-2017 for each law school," including a list of the ten law schools with federal judicial clerkship rates of over 10%.
9. "Dismiss Florida Coastal suit, ABA says; case not 'ripe' for review," 07.02.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "the American Bar Association has filed a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Florida Coastal School of Law, arguing that the accreditation dispute is not appropriate for federal court litigation."
10. "Lawyer loneliness: Facing and fighting 'No. 1 public health issue'," 07.01.18.
Jeena Cho, the co-author of The Anxious Lawyer, and writing for the July issue of the ABA Journal's magazine, explores lawyer loneliness and strategies for breaking the cycle of isolation.
11. "The Godfather just lateraled to a law firm," 07.01.18.
Bill Henderson, writing for his blog Legal Evolution, says it is a big deal that David Cambria was just hired to be the Global Director of Legal Operations at Baker McKenzie.
12. "The NLJ 500 Deconstructed: Exploring the 2018 Law Firm Rankings," 06.29.18.
The National Law Journal editor-in-chief Lisa Helem talks with reporter Ryan Lovelace about the newest NLJ 500 rankings, including the gender diversity numbers and the progress in retaining and promoting women. (Podcast)
a. "The NLJ 500: Large Firm Growth Slows Amid Consolidation and Contraction," 06.28.18.
Ryan Lovelace, writing for The National Law Journal, provides analysis of the NLJ 500 results released last week: "Total lawyer headcount growth slowed last year nationwide, hampered by the contraction of smaller firms and consolidation at firms of all sizes."
13. "Latham Elects London Partner as Firm Chair," 06.29.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Latham & Watkins announced Friday that Richard Trobman, a London-based capital markets partner, had won a partnership election to be the global legal giant's next chair and managing partner."
14. "Pillsbury Winthrop Names New Diversity Chair," 06.29.18.
The Recorder reports that "Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has appointed complex commercial and labor and employment litigation partner Stacie Yee as executive chair of the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts."
15. "Law Firms Make a Push to Improve the Associate Experience," 06.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a growing list of associate-facing initiatives suggests that firms are recognizing that their young lawyers are worthy of investment."
16. "The Most Important Chart In The Legal Industry, And It Has Nothing To Do With The Law," 06.28.18.
Above the Law shows the NALP bimodal salary distribution some more love.
17. "Talent is Your Biggest Asset — All of the Talent," 06.27.18.
A consultant writing for Law.com makes the case that law firms should invest more in the professional development of their non-lawyer professional employees.
18. "To Draw Workers, Employers Offer to Help With Student Loans," 07.26.18.
The New York Times reports that "companies are starting to offer student loan payment benefits, in part to attract and keep workers in a strong economy."
19. Associate Salary Hike News Roundup:
a. And more blow by blow updates from Above the Law:
June 29, 2018
1. "The NLJ 500: Our 2018 Survey of the Nation's Largest Law Firms," 06.28.18.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual survey of law firm headcounts across the country.
a. "ALM Legal Compass Snapshot: The NLJ 500," 06.28.18.
Law.com and the analysts at ALM provide a series of infographics capturing key trends from the NLJ 500.
2. "33 Jurisdictions Now Use Uniform Bar Exam; California And Florida Are Two Biggest Holdouts," 06.28.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that with the adoption of the UBE by Illinois and Rhode Island, 33 states now use the standard test for attorney admissions.
3. "Navigating Your Path From Public Service to a Firm," 06.28.18.
A partner at Akin Gump, writing for The National Law Journal, provides advice for moving from government to a private law firm.
4. "'Diverse Groups Make Better Decisions': Racial, Gender Diversity Spotlighted in High Court Job Openings," 06.28.18.
The Daily Report reports that "with the Friday deadline for nominations to fill two openings on the Georgia Supreme Court…diversity is on the minds of many watching Gov. Nathan Deal's selection process."
5. "The 2018 Pro Bono Scorecard," 06.27.18.
The American Lawyer releases its 2018 Pro Bono Scorecard, noting that "there were more reasons than ever for lawyers to turn their attention to pro bono work in 2017 [and] the Am Law 200 turned in more than 5 million hours of pro bono work."
6. "Intensive Access to Justice Efforts," 06.27.18.
The latest from the What Great Law Schools Do blog celebrates access to justice initiatives at two different law schools.
7. "Pacific McGeorge Law Hopes to See More of Kennedy Post-SCOTUS," 06.27.18.
The Recorder reports that the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law is hopeful that Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement will mean that he spends more time on their campus, where he has been a long-time adjunct faculty member.
a. "Kennedy's Retirement Leaves His Future Law Clerks in Limbo," 06.28.18.
The National Law Journal reports that the career paths of the clerks hired by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy remain uncertain.
b. "As One of Kennedy's Few Female Clerks, Law Dean Recalls Her Job — and Her Son's — With the Justice," 06.28.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, speaks with former Kennedy law clerk Wendy Collins Perdue, dean of the University of Richmond School of Law and current president of the Association of American Law Schools.
8. "Vermont Law School Cuts More Than A Dozen Tenured Faculty," 06.26.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "more than a dozen faculty at Vermont Law School will lose tenure this year as the institution struggles to level its budget."
9. "Big Law Rushes to Reunite Families Separated under Trump's Immigration Policy," 06.26.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "several Big Law firms, including Kirkland & Ellis, Covington & Burling and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, have teamed up to reunite immigrant and asylum-seeking families who've been separated under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy."
a. "The Law Did Not Create This Crisis, but Lawyers Will Help End It," 06.25.18.
In an op-ed for the NYT, the chairman of Paul Weiss and the managing partner at Lowenstein Sandler write: "We speak for a group of lawyers who lead 34 major American law firms. As a group, we cannot stand by as our government, under the pretext of enforcing the law, violates it and traumatizes children and their parents in the process. We are professionally obligated to safeguard the rule of law and to protect the poor and the vulnerable against targeted governmental abuses. We call upon the administration to develop an immediate plan for reunifying children with their families, to release families who pose no threat to our country and to terminate the policy of criminally prosecuting asylum seekers."
10. "ABA Gives an Inch in Accreditation Fight with Florida Coastal Law," 06.26.18.
The Daily Business Review reports that "the American Bar Association has granted Florida Coastal School of Law a reprieve from disclosing its weak bar pass record to current students by July 2."
11. "Legal Ops On the Rise As In-House Budgets Get Tighter, Survey Says," 06.26.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new report from Thomson Reuters indicates that an increasing number of legal departments are considering implementing legal operations roles and systems to save on costs.
12. "Female CCOs Earn Only 65 Percent of What Male Counterparts Make," 06.26.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new study shows "on average, female compliance professionals earn 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn."
13. "First-Generation College Students More Engaged Than Peers," 06.26.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "new research from Campus Labs, a higher education data collection and software company, examined the noncognitive skills of first-generation students and compared them to their multigenerational peers, finding that first-generation students are more engaged and committed to their education."
14. "Valpo Law may transfer to Middle Tennessee State University," 06.25.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "Indiana's Valparaiso University has entered a nonbinding letter of intent to transfer its law school to Middle Tennessee State University, located in Murfreesboro."
15. "Off the Salary Battlefield, Public Sector Struggles With Retention, Student Debt," 06.25.18.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on the growing gap between top law firm starting salaries and entry-level public sector salaries, and cites NALP data to make its point.
a. "Big Law Salary Bumps Exacerbate Public-Interest Pay Gap," 06.25.18.
More on this from Bloomberg.
16. "Student-Debt Forgiveness Is a Wonderful Boon, Until the IRS Comes Calling," 06.24.18.
The Wall Street Journal reports that federal income-driven repayment plans for student loans are on a collision course with one-time tax bill bombs for students who end up having their residual debt forgiven.
17. "Six New Ideas From the Diversity in Law Hackathon," 06.22.18.
Bloomberg reports on the results of the latest Diversity Lab Diversity in Law Hackathon, held at Harvard last Friday.
18. "Mansfield Rule 2.0 Aims to Boost Law Firms' Diversity Efforts," 06.22.18.
And The American Lawyer provides an update on the Mansfield Rule initiative: "Mansfield 2.0 broadens the obligations of participating firms and expands the initiative to include LGTBQ+ attorneys."
19. "Embracing Paternity Leave: A Father's Sabbatical Can be Part of a Successful Career," 06.22.18.
A law firm partner writes for the Daily Business Review about his experience taking paternity leave and why he encourages other professional dads to embrace this time away from the office.
20. "Deloitte Becomes Last of Big Four to Get ABS License For Legal Services," 06.22.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Deloitte has become the final member of the Big Four to receive an alternative business structure (ABS) license, as the accountancy giant follows its rivals in pushing into the legal services market."
21. "Profit Margins Fall Across UK Top 50 as Staff Costs Soar," 06.22.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "operating profit margins at the U.K.'s largest law firms are continuing to fall despite an increased focus on efficiency, as staff costs rise on the back of weighty associate pay hikes."
22. Associate Salary Hike News Roundup:
a. "Associate Starting Salaries: The Week the Firewall Failed?," 06.22.18.
Hugh Simons, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that "the move is ill-conceived, a baffling act of leadership, and a risk to the long-term health of middle-profitability firms."
b. And more blow by blow updates from Above the Law:
i. King & Spalding, 06.28.18
ii. Cadwalader, 06.28.18
iii. Paul Hastings, 06.28.18
iv. Thompson & Knight, 06.28.18
v. Patterson Belknap, 06.28.18
vi. Linklaters, 06.26.18
vii. Susman Godfrey ($195K), 06.26.18
viii. Desmarais ($210K), 06.26.18
ix. McDermott Will & Emery, 06.26.18
x. Baker Botts, 06.26.18
xi. Covington, 06.25.18
xii. O'Melveny & Myers, 06.25.18
xiii. Latham, 06.22.18
xiv. Hogan Lovells, 06.22.18
xv. Mayer Brown, 06.22.18
xvi. Herbert Smith Freehills, 06.22.18
xvii. Strook & Strook & Lavan, 06.22.18
xviii. Fenwick & West, 06.22.18
June 22, 2018
1. "'I Don't Think We Were Prepared for This Level of Cruelty'," 06.21.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that law school clinics across the country have stepped up to help immigrant children and parents who have been separated and detained at the border.
2. "Data Shows Female Lawyers Are Moving Up Faster in #MeToo Era," 06.21.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "data shows that since the allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October 2017 and spurred on the start of the #MeToo movement, women have climbed the ranks at large law firms at a faster pace than before."
3. "How Law Schools Fared on Calif.'s February 2018 Bar Exam," 06.21.18.
The Recorder reports that the state bar in California has released individual school bar passage rates for the February test.
4. "Hofstra Law Launches Medical-Legal Partnership With Northwell Health," 06.21.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that Hofstra's law school has launched "a new program offering free legal services for patients facing denial of coverage and issues related to social services and benefits."
5. "Judge Denies Florida Coastal Law School's TRO Bid Against ABA," 06.20.18.
Law.com reports that "a federal judge has declined to issue a temporary restraining order…that would have stopped the American Bar Association from requiring Florida Coastal School of Law to make several public disclosures about its accreditation status and bar pass rates."
a. "Florida Coastal School of Law Seeks Restraining Order Against ABA," 06.18.18.
Law.com reports that "Florida Coastal School of Law has asked a federal judge to halt new disclosures the American Bar Association has required the troubled school to make to its students, arguing the requirements will undermine its efforts to improve."
6. "Hogan Lovells Sheds 54 Support Staff Jobs," 06.20.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Hogan Lovells has cut 54 business and legal services jobs in London."
7. "The Future of Lawyer Licensing: In Defense of an LPP-Like Program for Articling," 06.20.18.
A good Slaw post making the case for an LPP-pathway to lawyer licensing based on insights from Susskind: "A standardized program with more oversight can help train lawyers for the new legal work ahead."
8. "In a First, Yale and Stanford Law Journals Team Up for #MeToo Project," 06.19.18.
The National Law Journal reports that the law journals at Stanford and Yale have teamed up to publish a collection of 12 essays from leading employment discrimination law experts.
9. "Ex-Partner Accuses Jones Day of 'Fraternity' Environment, Gender Bias," 06.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Jones Day has been hit with a law suit that alleges the "law firm violated California's equal pay law and the state's Labor Code through 'systematic gender discrimination in compensation.'"
10. "Google's Diversity Efforts, Charted," 06.18.18.
The New York Times reports that despite years of effort to increase racial and gender diversity within its workforce, "Google remains largely white or Asian and decidedly male."
11. "Lines Are Drawn in New Appeals Court Case Confronting LGBT Workplace Rights," 06.18.18.
The National Law Journal reports that major US corporations are supporting LGBT workplace rights in a case before the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that queues up the question "whether sexual orientation should be considered sex discrimination under federal civil rights laws."
12. "Chief Justice Roberts Speaks Favorably About Judiciary's New Law Clerk Plan," 06.15.18.
The National Law Journal reports that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. spoke favorably about the federal judiciary's new law clerk hiring plan at the annual Second Circuit Judicial Conference last Friday.
13. "Supreme Court rules against TWU accreditation," 06.15.18.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the decisions of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada to not accredit a law school at Trinity Western University that requires its students and faculty to adhere to a religiously based code of conduct."
a. "Trinity Western loses fight for Christian law school as court rules limits on religious freedom 'reasonable'," 06.15.18.
More on this from CBC: "A B.C.-based evangelical Christian university has lost its legal battle over accreditation for a planned new law school, with a Supreme Court of Canada ruling today saying it's 'proportionate and reasonable' to limit religious rights in order to ensure open access for LGBT students."
b. "Religious Law Schools Are Common in the States. Canada? Not So Much.," 06.21.18.
Law.com reports on the Trinity Western decision: "Trinity Western University's covenant would deter gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students attending, and the legal profession has a right to promote diversity and ensure equal access, the court ruled in a 7-2 decision that has drawn criticism and spurred debate over religious freedom in Canada."
14. "Nonprofit Program Seeks to Mentor Next Generation of Women Lawyers," 06.15.18.
The Recorder reports on a ChiPs Network event that introduced 30 high school students and graduates to women lawyers and judges in the Bay Area. (ChIPs is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy.)
15. "Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America's Biggest Companies," 06.15.18.
The New York Times reports that "many of the country's largest and most prestigious companies still systematically sideline pregnant women."
16. "A Guiding Hand from College to Not Just a Job, but a Career," 06.15.18.
The New York Times reports that new consulting companies are springing up that offer not just job placement services for new college graduates, but career discernment counseling.
17. "After a law school shuttered, aspiring lawyers hired real lawyers to sue it," 06.13.18.
The Washington Post Sunday Magazine provides a harrowing look at the closing of Charlotte School of Law and shares the stories of some of those caught in the crossfire.
18. "Women of Color in Academe Make 67 Cents for Every Dollar Paid to White Men," 06.11.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that according to new research from CUPA-HR, "women of color earn only 67 cents on the dollar compared with white men in the higher-education work force."
19. Associate Salary Hike News Roundup:
a. "Reed Smith, Citing 'Interests of Clients,' Won't Increase Associate Salaries," 06.19.18.
The American Layer reports that "Reed Smith has opted not to increase associate pay in any of its global offices," but that the firm will continue to monitor the market.
b. "Let's Stay Together: Clients Angry About Associate Raises But Will Probably Keep Firms Anyway," 06.19.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that "in-house legal leaders have expressed angst over the streak of raises, but consultants who work with legal departments say it's unlikely this will translate into an exodus from outside firms that give large raises to their associates."
c. "It's not the associate salaries, it's the human skills that challenge law firms," 06.19.18.
A consultant writing for the ABA Journal lends some perspective to the recent associate salary hikes. (He writes that: "In the future, clients will not primarily be looking for knowledge of the law, but will increasingly engage lawyers because of their knowledge of 'best market practice,' their ability to negotiate a good deal, their ability to come up with innovative solutions, and so on. In other words: human skills.")
d. "Is the Associate Starting Salary Contagion Contained?," 06.15.18.
This Law.com piece makes the case for segmented compensation within the Am Law 100.
e. "The Associate Salary Race: A Survivor's Guide," 06.15.18.
And The American Lawyer provides this update on the associate salary hikes.
f. "CLOC Survey Shows In-House Legal May Rethink Staffing After Associate Raises," 06.15.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new survey of in-house leaders revealed that "72 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to move work in-house or to an alternative provider, if their own law firms mirrored the salary increases seen recently [and] 85 percent of the respondents indicated that they believe that the salary hikes 'will' or 'may' impact which firms get their business."
g. And blow by blow updates from Above the Law:
i. Gibson Dunn, 06.22.18.
ii. Akin Gump, 06.21.18.
iii. Orrick, 06.21.18.
iv. Dechert, 06.21.18.
v. Shearman & Sterling, 06.21.18.
vi. Baker McKenzie, 06.20.18.
vii. Schulte Roth, 06.20.18.
viii. Brown Rudnick, 06.20.18.
ix. Kramer Levin, 06.19.18.
x. White & Case, 06.18.18.
xi. Fried Frank, 06.18.18.
xii. Vinson & Elkins, 06.18.18
xiii. Cooley, 06.18.18
xiv. Greenberg Gross, 06.18.18.
xv. Goodwin, 06.15.18.
xvi. Freshfields, 06.15.18.
xvii. Morgan Lewis, 06.15.18.
xviii. Wilson Sonsini, 06.15.18.
xix. Sidley, 06.15.18.
xx. Clifford Chance, 06.15.18.
xxi. Cahill, 06.15.18.
xxii. Ropes & Gray, 06.15.18.
June 15, 2018
1. "USC Is the Latest Top Law School to Embrace the GRE," 06.14.18.
The Recorder reports that "the University of Southern California Gould School of Law on Thursday became the eighth campus among U.S. News & World Report's top 20 to announce it will accept GRE scores alongside scores earned on the Law School Admission Test from applicants."
2. "U. of Chicago Will No Longer Require ACT or SAT Tests," 06.14.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "the University of Chicago will no longer require domestic applicants to submit standardized-test scores for admission."
3. "New Bill Would Protect Law Licenses of Student Loan Defaulters," 06.14.18.
Law.com reports that "U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Marco Rubio on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit states from suspending professional licenses and driver's licenses of those who fail to pay their federal student loans."
4. "The 'think like a lawyer' approach to law school is outdated," 06.14.18.
Mary Juetten, writing for the ABA Journal, makes the case that "we need to make substantial adjustments to the U.S. law school education and qualifications in order to better serve our clients."
5. "Judges Wouldn't Consider Forgiving Crippling Student Loans — Until Now," 06.14.18.
The Wall Street Journal reports that judges are increasingly willing to help people struggling with massive student loan debt through a variety of relief measures including forgiveness. (Subscription required.)
6. "ABA, Cooley Law May Be Headed to Settlement in Accreditation Suit," 06.13.18.
Law.com reports that "the American Bar Association and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School are due in federal court next week for a settlement conference."
7. "A Hidden Strength of Minority-Serving Colleges: Meeting Students Where They Are," 06.13.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new study from the American Council on Education that lends support to the belief that "minority-serving institutions can bump their students up the economic ladder at a rate nearly double or triple that of predominantly white institutions."
8. "Milbank and Weil Make Headlines; UnitedLex, Dentons, and Deloitte Make Waves," 06.13.18.
Mark Cohen, writing for Law.com, makes the case that the recent associate pay bump at a time of deep client unhappiness creates "a market opportunity for new competitors, notably the Big Four and well-capitalized law companies."
9. "Ruff Day: Attorneys Rely on Pets at Law Firms to Bring Cheer to High-Stress Profession," 06.13.18.
Law.com and the Daily Business Review report on an attorney wellness development that has "a growing number of pets accompanying attorneys to work, a trend creating cheer in a high-stress profession marred by mental illness and suicide."
10. "What Is Sadness, and What Is Depression?," 06.13.18.
A good piece in The New York Times on sadness and depression by Jennifer Finney Boylan.
11. "UnitedLex and LeClairRyan Announce Innovative New Law Venture," 06.13.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "UnitedLex Corp., an Overland Park, Kansas-based alternative legal services provider, and 300-lawyer LeClairRyan have announced the launch of 'a strategic business platform' that they hope will attract a 'constellation' of law firms." (The platform is expected to support [read outsource] the human resources, information technology, knowledge management, pricing and procuring functions.)
a. "Will LeClairRyan's UnitedLex Deal Be the Accelerant Big Law Innovation Needs?," 06.14.18.
Roy Strom from The American Lawyer opines about the sea change marked by "the announcement Wednesday that an Am Law 200 firm would outsource 300 of its own employees to a joint venture with a New Law service provider."
12. "Yes, White Men Can Apply Too," 06.13.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Boston-based Brown Rudnick just introduced a diversity fellowship that…is open to all 1Ls who are the first in their family to go to college."
13. "The Game Changing Potential of Combining Tech, Talent and Diversity: An Interview with Caren Ulrich Stacy of Diversity Lab," 06.13.18.
Law.com speaks with Caren Ulrich Stacy about using technology to help solve the gender gap and lack of diversity in the legal industry.
14. "ABA asks House members to oppose law ending Public Service Loan Forgiveness program," 06.12.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "ABA President Hilarie Bass has written to members of the House of Representatives, asking them to oppose legislation that would end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program."
15. "Florida International School of Law and the Bar Pass Secret Sauce," 06.12.18.
In this What Great Law Schools Do blog post, Dean Schwartz celebrates FIU's bar pass success, a law school that is ranked fifth among eleven accredited law schools in the state but whose bar passage rate has been first, first, first, second, first, and first in the state over the last six bar exams.
16. "Seasoned Women Lawyers Gaining Leverage in Salary Talks," 06.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "senior female lawyers are increasingly in high demand, but low supply, and thus capable of commanding higher salaries than perhaps ever before."
17. "Large, Pedigreed Firms Underperform on Service Quality Compared to Other Firms," 06.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports that new research shows that "the Am Law 21-200 is outpacing the Am Law 20 (the largest 20 firms by revenue) on several key service metrics, including responsiveness, efficiency, quality of work, and solutions focus."
18. "The Problem with Law Schools? They Only Prepare Future Lawyers," 06.12.18.
Legaltech News reports on the Thomson Reuters 2018 Legal Executive Forum in New York where panelists argued that "legal education has fallen behind as the legal industry has shifted to serve more operational and business needs."
19. "New Study Finds Most Law Firms Mum on Mandatory Arbitration for Summer Associates," 06.11.18.
The American Lawyer reports that most law firms did not respond to the survey sent by students from the top law schools inquiring about mandatory arbitration policies.
a. "Law Schools Release Survey of Firms' Arbitration Policies," 06.12.18.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "The survey results showed several top law firms require arbitration for workplace disputes, although some noted that they do not require confidentiality and others exclude harassment or discrimination claims. Almost half of the 200 firms that received the survey chose not to respond."
b. "Nothing 'Sinister' in Forced Arbitration, Proskauer Lawyer Tells EEOC Task Force," 06.11.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "a Proskauer Rose partner told a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission task force on Monday that efforts to restrict workplace arbitration and nondisclosure agreements would be 'counterproductive,' harming employees as much as management."
20. "Cravath Sets New High in Associate Salary Race," 06.11.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "the new associate salary scale set by Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy last week has been surpassed by Cravath, Swaine & Moore," with the firm announcing that it will pay more for its midlevel and senior associates.
a. "Kirkland Has Spoken… Can We Now Declare The Salary Wars Over?," 06.14.18.
Above the Law reports that Kirkland has matched the Cravath scale.
b. "Associates Will Soon Be Making Even More Bank At This Biglaw Firm," 06.14.18.
Above the Law reports that Skadden has also announced that it will raise associate salaries.
c. "Weil, Cleary Match Cravath as Firms Aim for Moving Target on Associate Raises," 06.14.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Weil and Cleary have matched the Cravath scale.
d. "Another Biglaw Firm Raises Associate Salaries — This Is The Standard To Beat," 06.14.18.
ATL says Davis Polk is on board.
e. "Today's A Great Day For Some Biglaw Associate Raises," 06.14.18.
And ATL says Willkie is in as well.
f. "Quinn Emanuel Is Quick To Fall In Line With New Market Salaries," 06.13.18.
Above the Law reports that Quinn too has matched the salary hikes recently announced by other firms.
g. "Paul Weiss Makes Their Compensation Statement," 06.13.18.
Above the Law reports that Paul Weiss has matched the Cravath and Simpson versions of the associate pay hike.
h. "Debevoise And Plimpton Does The Nice Thing And Matches Cravath," 06.12.18.
Above the Law provides an update on this evolving story.
i. "Starting Law Firm Associate Salaries Hit $190,000," 06.12.18.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the recent law firm associate pay hikes. (Subscription required.)
j. "Law and Lemmings: Associate Salary Increases Are a Mass Act of Self-Harm," 06.12.18.
Hugh Simons, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that the associate salary hikes are a huge mistake, and he offers some pretty convincing numbers to prove it.
k. "Some Law Firm Staff See Pay Gap Widen as Associate Salaries Soar," 06.11.18.
New York Law Journal reports that "while associates at some of the country's largest law firms have enjoyed substantial pay raises twice in the last two years, some legal support staff say they have been overlooked."
l. "This Big Law Leader Decided to Match Milbank. Why?," 06.08.18.
The American Lawyer speaks with Winston & Strawn Chairman Tom Fitzgerald about the reasons his firm has moved to boost associate salaries.
m. "What's a Reasonable Ratio of Partner Comp to Associate Starting Salary?," 06.08.18.
More lawyer comp analysis from The American Lawyer, looking at the ratio of partner compensation to starting associate salary.
n. "'The Tone Deafness Is Astounding': Clients Unhappy About Milbank Associate Raise Announcement," 06.08.18.
Corporate Counsel talks to in-house lawyers about their reactions to the Milbank-led associate salary hikes announced last week.
21. "In a First, ABA Yanks Accreditation from Struggling Law School," 06.11.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that the ABA has withdrawn accreditation from Arizona Summit Law School.
a. "Arizona Summit loses accreditation approval, which may be a first for an operating law school," 06.11.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal, noting that the law school was found to be "out of compliance with Standards 501(b) and Interpretations 501-1 and 501-2, which detail the requirement that law schools should admit only students who appear capable of finishing the program and passing a bar exam."
b. "ABA Pulls Arizona Summit Law School's Accreditation," 06.11.18.
And more from the TaxProf Blog: "The decision, which is subject to appeal, means that Arizona Summit Law School cannot accept new students and must put together a plan to ensure current students are able to complete their law degrees and take the Bar exam."
22. "Nelson Mullins to Merge With Florida's Broad and Cassel, Creating 725-Lawyer Firm," 06.11.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is merging with Florida firm Broad and Cassel, which will…create a 725-lawyer firm with combined revenue of more than $500 million."
23. "As Big Law Floods Regional Markets, Will Local Firms Sink or Swim?," 06.11.18.
The American Lawyer reports that new research documents the extent to which large U.S. law firms have been expanding their geographic footprints into regional and local markets, challenging local firms.
24. "Head Of Vermont's #1 Environmental Law Program Resigns As Law School Restructures," 06.11.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "the head of Vermont Law School's storied environmental law program has resigned as the school undergoes 'restructuring' to overcome financial problems."
25. "'Implicit bias': The problem and how to interrupt it. Plus, the beads test.," 06.11.18.
A good personal piece on implicit bias by the diversity and education director for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, writing here for the Chicago Tribune.
26. "Female Legal Leaders From eBay, Udacity and More Discuss Best Practices for the Era of #MeToo," 06.11.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on the 15th annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, including a plenary panel on the best ways to address sexual harassment, gender inequality and a lack of diversity at tech companies.
27. "Catholic University Board Approves Plan to Cut 35 Profs, Increase Teaching Loads," 06.10.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on changes being made at Catholic University in order to bring down expenses.
28. "State adopts Uniform Bar Exam for '19," 06.08.18.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that "starting next year, the Uniform Bar Exam will be offered in Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Friday." (Subscripton required.)
29. "Sotomayor Says She's Optimistic About New Law Clerk Hiring Plan," 06.08.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday threw her voice in support of a new clerkship plan to minimize chaos in the applications and hiring process, joining fellow Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan."
30. "Eversheds Sutherland Says 30 Percent of Equity Partners to Be Women by 2021," 06.07.18.
The Daily Report writes that "the U.S. branch of Eversheds Sutherland has adopted a bold new initiative to transform the gender balance of its partnership, aiming to have at least 30 percent of its total partners and its equity partners be women by 2021."
31. "Maybe the Gig Economy Isn't Reshaping Work After All," 06.07.18.
The New York Times reports on new USBLS data that suggests the number of people employed in alternative work arrangements has actually declined since 2005.
32. "Law Schools Are Failing Students of Color," 06.05.18.
This piece in The Nation makes the case that legal education has failed and will continue to fail minorities: "On average, minority students end up in lower-ranked law schools, which they pay more to attend than white students, resulting in higher debt burdens. Minority law graduates have lower bar-exam-passage rates, employment rates, and income levels. Given the intense competition for paid social-justice positions, few of them will end up in careers where they can support themselves while fighting for the ideals that brought them to law school in the first place."
June 8, 2018
1. "Defending For-Profit Law School Suits, ABA Pushes for Multidistrict Litigation," 06.07.18.
Law.com reports that "the American Bar Association has asked a federal panel to consolidate three accreditation lawsuits filed against it last month by InfiLaw Corp. and its for-profit law schools."
a. "ABA Says Charlotte Law Whistleblower Suit Is 'Last-Ditch Effort'," 06.05.18.
More on the ABA litigation front from Law.com: "The American Bar Association filed a motion to be dismissed from a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former professor at the now-closed Charlotte School of Law against the school and its corporate owners."
2. "After Starbucks and Nordstrom Incidents, What Should Racial Bias Training Look Like?," 06.07.18.
Corporate Counsel takes up the question of employee training in combatting racial bias in the workplace.
3. "10 Things Thriving Lawyers Do," 06.07.18.
A good Slaw post on ten things thriving lawyers do.
4. "Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation," 06.07.18.
The New York Times reports that according to new data from the CDC, "suicide rates rose steadily in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, increasing 25 percent nationally." (If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.)
5. "Law Librarians Accuse Lexis of Anti-Competitive Bundling," 06.07.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "the American Association of Law Libraries on Thursday sent a cease and desist letter to the New York-based LexisNexis [alleging it has] begun tying access to its array of legal publications, both print and electronic, to the purchase of its Lexis Advance research tool."
6. "Deloitte Will Acquire Part of US Law Firm in New Legal Venture," 06.06.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the British arm of Deloitte will acquire U.S. immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden's non-U.S. business, which extends across eight different countries.
7. "Law Firms Are Increasing Leverage, and They Shouldn't Stop," 06.05.18.
Two law firm management wonks, writing for The American Lawyer, make the case that "law firms have a lot of room to increase leverage, despite clients pushing back against the use of more junior lawyers."
8. "Simpson Thacher Launches New Associate Training Program," 06.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is partnering with Columbia Business School to launch a training program for its new fall associates."
9. "Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You're Rich)," 06.05.18.
Some more good data visualization from The New York Times, here on college affordability.
10. "Winstead and Troutman Sanders in Merger Talks," 06.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Dallas-based Winstead and Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders are discussing a possible merger."
11. "Milbank Boosts Associate Salaries With $190K Starting Pay," 06.04.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy announced Monday that it will increase its associate salaries across the board by $10,000 or $15,000."
a. "Fewer Firms Expected to Follow Milbank's Associate Pay Boost," 06.04.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "associate pay raises announced Monday by Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy weren't immediately matched by a slew of firms, but industry observers said they expect Milbank's move to have a cascading effect in the industry."
b. "The First Firm Has Matched The New Milbank Scale," 06.04.18.
Above the Law reports that California litigation boutique Hueston Hennigan announced that it will match the Milbank scale.
c. "The $190K Question: Will Clients Balk at Rising Associate Salaries?," 06.05.18.
The American Lawyer poses the question whether the new associate salary hike will face pushback from clients: "As law firm leaders debate the merits of matching a salary scale that starts at $190,000 for first-year associates, clients are anxiously watching the process, and wondering how much of the increases they will have to bear."
d. "Let The Salary Wars Commence!! Another Biglaw Firm Has Matched The $190K Scale," 06.05 18.
Above the Law reports that Proskauer and Winston & Strawn have both matched the new Milbank pay scale.
e. "Associate Salary Increases: Don't Follow Milbank's Lead," 06.05.18.
ALM's senior legal analyst argues that most law firms should not follow the Milbank lead on raising lawyer salaries and provides some compelling reasons for his conclusion.
f. "Biglaw Giant Matches Associate Raises, PLUS Special Summer Bonuses!," 05.06.18.
Above the Law reports that Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has matched the Milbank scale and thrown in a summer bonus.
g. "Simpson Thacher Matches Milbank Salary Scale, Adds Summer Bonuses," 06.06.18.
More on the Simpson match from the New York Law Journal.
h. "Your Law Firm is Paying You $190K Right Out of Law School. Now What?," 06.06.18.
The American Lawyer explores the downsides to the associate salary hike, including shrinking law firm pensions and diminishing partnership prospects.
i. "Jones Day's Notorious Black Box Now Starts At $190K," 06.07.18.
Above the Law reports that Jones Day has matched the Milbank pay hikes.
j. "California Biglaw Powerhouse Announces $190K Salary Scale For Associates," 06.07.18.
Above the Law reports that Irell & Manella has also come up to the Milbank scale.
k. "Should Your Firm Match Milbank?," 06.07.18.
More cold-hearted market analysis from The American Lawyer on the potential risks and rewards that are attendant to the current pay hike wave.
l. "Salary Wars Scorecard: Which Firms Have Announced Raises? (2018)," 06.05.18.
Above the Law is keeping track of which firms have made the move and is updating their scorecard daily.
m. "Sorry, Law Students, But Your Starting Salary Will NOT Be $190K," 06.07.18.
Above the Law, citing NALP's bimodal salary curve, reminds law students that most grads will not earn $190,000.
12. "Goodbye Boozefests, Hello Spinning Classes: Summer Associates After #MeToo," 06.04.18.
The American Lawyer reports that law firms are modifying their summer program activities in light of the #MeToo moment, moving away from alcohol-based events and focusing more on wellness and wellbeing.
13. "In a First for US Law Schools, Penn to Begin Accepting GMAT for JD Program Alone," 06.04.18.
Law.com reports that "the University of Pennsylvania School of Law announced on Monday that it will be accepting Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results in lieu of Law School Admission Test scores for its JD track beginning in the fall of this year."
14. "How the Great Recession changed the job market forever for college grads," 06.02.18.
The Washington Post reports on two new pieces of research that confirm that, despite a growing economy over the last ten years, the recession has had a lasting impact on the job market for college graduates.
15. "Vermont Law School Plans Faculty Cuts," 06.02.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Vermont Law School is working out the details of a cost-saving "faculty restructuring" that will result in a reduction of the workforce.
16. "We Need an Open Dialogue on Mental Health in the Law," 06.01.18.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The American Lawyer makes the case that the mental health challenge facing the legal profession "requires the full engagement of law firms and lawyers."
17. "In Commencement Address, Breyer Says He Wants Changes to Clerkship Process," 06.01.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that while delivering a commencement address on Friday for New York Law School graduates, "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said he supported an effort by federal judges to straighten out the process for applying to clerk for federal judges."
18. "Amid Rosy US Jobs Report, Legal Sector Suffers Losses," 06.01.18.
The American Lawyer reports that despite a very positive jobs report from the USBLS on Friday, net jobs for the legal sector were down again.
19. "Recruiters See Effects of Sexual Misconduct on Lawyers' Careers," 06.01.18.
The American Lawyer reports that it spoke with legal recruiters about instances of sexual misconduct in law firms that are sometimes an underlying reason for a lateral move.
20. "Khan Academy Launches Free LSAT Prep Program Today In Partnership With LSAC," 06.01.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Khan Academy, in partnership with the LSAC, has launched free online LSAT test-preparation.
21. "WILL ONTARIO OVERHAUL ITS LICENSING SYSTEM?," 05.23.18.
PrecedentJD provides a good summary of the new report from the Law Society of Ontario that proposes sweeping reforms to its lawyer-licensing regime.
June 1, 2018
1. "Law School Touting New $90M Digs in 2011 Now Housed in Office Building," 05.31.18.
The Recorder reports that Thomas Jefferson School of Law has "announced it will vacate its custom-built law campus and relocate to a smaller space in a 24-story downtown San Diego office building that also houses Bank of America and several law firms." ("Thomas Jefferson's abandonment of its once-heralded campus offers a stark illustration of the struggles lower-tier law schools face amid sagging enrollment, dismal bar pass rates, and financial strain.")
2. "Magna cum laude law grad, 7 years sober, led a charge for students' well-being," 05.31.18.
The ABA Journal profiles a Marquette University Law School grad who has become a champion for law student sobriety and well-being.
3. "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Shifts to Merit-Based Pay System," 05.31.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has told its partners that individual cross-selling efforts will influence their pay following the newly merged firm's shift to a merit-based pay structure."
4. "Rethinking The First-Year Curriculum," 05.31.18.
John Bliss, a fellow at Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession, speaks with UC Berkeley law dean Erwin Chemerinsky "on professional identity formation and the role of law schools in preparing students for their careers as lawyers," as reported in HLS's The Practice.
5. "The 2018 Law School Rankings Are Here, With Major Employment-Driven Changes At The Top," 05.31.18.
Above the Law publishes its annual law school rankings based on employment outcomes.
6. "Personal Branding — You Need to Do It," 05.31.18.
A good post from Slaw about the importance of personal branding for lawyers: "Personal branding is one of the most important parts of building your professional persona."
7. "The Future and the Promise of Smart Contracts," 05.31.18.
Legaltech News considers blockchain and smart contracts, and provides a good overview of these important technologies and some thoughts on where they are headed.
8. "Weil Gotshal Shortens Path to Partnership in Bid to Retain Associates," 05.30.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that "New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges next year plans to shorten the length of its partner track, allowing associates to obtain a coveted partnership position after seven-and-a-half years." ("The firm is betting that the move will prompt more fourth- and fifth-year associates to stay at Weil, rather than jump to a competitor or an in-house career.")
9. "Reed Smith Revamps Associate Life With New Billing Requirements, Training, Reviews," 05.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith has rolled out a new initiative to attract and retain younger lawyers, including "an app-based feedback process, opportunities to temporarily work in different offices around the globe and a 'ramp up' program for lawyers returning from leave."
10. "'Loyola 2L,' Once Retired, Returns Amid Call to End Law Firm NDAs," 05.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports that a once prominent anonymous blogger ("Loyola 2L") has revealed his identity in order to oppose firms' use of mandatory nondisclosure and arbitration clauses.
11. "Fear of Innovation," 05.30.18.
The latest blog post from Michael Hunter Schwartz's What Great Law Schools Do blog.
12. "Quinn Emanuel Rebuilds Summer Associate Program With On-Campus Recruiting," 05.29.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "for the first time since nixing its summer associate program three years ago, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will head to 19 law schools across the country this fall to interview second-year law students for a summer position at the firm."
13. "GC Diversity Mandates Had a Soft Launch — Now They're Serious," 05.29.18.
The American Lawyer provides analysis of the current state of law firm diversity in light of rigorous GC mandates while the proportion of minority lawyers in the largest firms has increased only incrementally.
14. "White & Case's New Silicon Valley Office Includes Virtual Reality," 05.29.18.
The Recorder reports that "White & Case has built a new office in the heart of Silicon Valley that is open, modern and collaborative — just like its technology clients."
15. "Dayton Is Seventh Law School To Offer Hybrid Online J.D.," 05.29.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Dayton is the seventh law school to offer a hybrid online JD, joining Loyola-Chicago, Mitchell Hamline, Seton Hall, Southwestern, Syracuse, and Touro.
16. "Launching Today: Suffolk Law School's Legal Innovation & Technology Online Certificate Program," 05.29.18.
Jordan Furlong, writing for his Law21 blog, writes about the launch of Suffolk University Law School's Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate Program: "The LIT Certificate Program provides participants with a thorough grounding and detailed understanding of the most important aspects of the new legal services market."
17. "Savannah Law Prof Alleges Age Bias in Suit Against School," 05.29.18.
The Daily Report reports that "a former professor at the soon-to-be-closed Savannah Law School has sued the institution and its dean and owner, alleging her 2017 termination was based on her age, gender and her cancer treatments."
18. "The 2018 Diversity Scorecard," 05.28.18.
The American Lawyer publishes its newest Diversity Scorecard.
a. "The 2018 Diversity Scorecard: The Rankings," 05.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that White & Case tops the Diversity Scorecard rankings for the fifth year in a row.
19. "Stop the blame game: legal innovation is an extreme sport," 05.28.18.
A good guest post on Bill Henderson's Legal Evolution blog that tries to unpack why innovation has been so (relatively) slow in the legal industry.
20. "How Boston Is Trying to Close the Gender Pay Gap," 05.26.18.
The New York Times reports that Boston has partnered with more than 100 companies to try to help female workers match the salaries of male counterparts: "With employers, workers and policy all working toward the same goal, Boston is trying to succeed in an arena where decades of advocacy, research and good intentions have failed."
21. "From Convict to Counsel: Clearing the Hurdles to Practice," 05.25.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "a growing number of lawyers with rap sheets are speaking openly about their unconventional paths to the profession and the hurdles they faced while navigating the attorney licensing process…[and] are also advocating for reforms to the character and fitness process to make it more transparent…."
22. "Brooklyn Law School Parts Ways With Dean," 05.25.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Brooklyn Law School faculty received an email Thursday from the chairman of the board of trustees informing them that [Nick] Allard was no longer dean."
23. "Applicants To Law School Versus Medical School," 05.25.18.
Bill Henderson, writing for the TaxProf Blog, contrasts the rising number of medical school applicants compared to the falling number of law school applicants from 2003 through 2016.
24. "The Legal Innovations Trying to Save Law School from Itself," 05.25.18.
Chris West, writing for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, argues that in the midst of market turmoil, "three innovations [the GRE, UBE, and apprenticeship programs that bypass the bar] have already made some inroads into legal education and accreditation."
25. "How Student Debt Can Ruin Home Buying Dreams," 05.25.18.
The New York Times reports that "recent research suggests that the explosion in tuition costs and student debt is another significant force keeping many millennials out of the home buying market." ("An analysis published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year suggests that student debt was responsible for up to 35 percent of the decline in homeownership among people between the ages of 28 and 30 from 2007 to 2015.")
26. "Mike Meru Has $1 Million in Student Loans. How Did That Happen?," 05.25.18.
The Wall Street Journal profiles an orthodontist who trained at USC who has over $1 million in student loans and explains how he got there: "the U.S. has 101 people who owe at least $1 million in federal student loans, according to the Education Department." (Subscription required.)
27. "How to Apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Fix-It Fund," 05.23.18.
The New York Times Your Money column provides some insight into how the "temporarily expanded" public service loan forgiveness will work and explains what to do to take advantage of the new funds.
May 25, 2018
1. "Will Law Firms Bow to Pressure to End Mandatory Arbitration?," 05.24.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "momentum against mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements in Big Law is continuing to build."
2. "UCLA Is 18th Law School To Accept GRE For Admissions," 05.24.18.
The TaxProf blog reports that "UCLA is at least the eighteenth U.S. law school to announce that it will accept the GRE for the 1L admissions."
3. "Khan Academy's Free LSAT Prep Program Draws Jeers, Cheers," 05.24.18.
Law.com reports on the rollout of the new free Khan academy online LSAT test preparation course.
4. "New Exchange Program Pairs US, UK Associates at Womble Bond Dickinson," 05.24.18.
The Daily Report writes about a new program at Womble that will have US and UK associates exchanging places.
5. "Arizona Summit sues ABA, 3rd for-profit InfiLaw school to do so," 05.24.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "Arizona Summit Law School was the third InfiLaw school to sue the American Bar Association in a month, arguing that due process rights were violated before and after the 2017 decision to put the for-profit school on probation."
6. "Eversheds Sutherland Scraps Annual Performance Reviews," 05.24.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "U.K.-based Eversheds Sutherland has scrapped 'formulaic' annual performance reviews for all staff — the latest firm to rethink its approach to performance management."
7. "College Does Help the Poor," 05.23.18.
This New York Times op-ed reports on research that found "people from low-income backgrounds who complete college, compared to those who complete only high school, increase their career earnings by 71 percent."
8. "The Number of Female Chief Executives Is Falling," 05.23.18.
The New York Times Upshot column reports that the number of chief executives who are women fell by 25% this year, and takes up the question of why: "Women in business start out equal to men in terms of jobs and pay. But at each level, they disappear."
9. "The 2018 Am Law 200," 05.22.18.
The American Lawyer publishes the 2018 edition of the Am Law 200, "providing both a statistical and anecdotal understanding of the overall health of the Second Hundred."
a. "The 2018 Am Law Second Hundred Ranked by Gross Revenue," 05.22.18.
The American Lawyer ranks the second hundred firms by gross revenue.
b. "The 2018 Am Law 200: Top 20s," 05.22.18.
The American Lawyer provides Am Law 200 rankings of the top 20 law firms by revenue per lawyer, profits per partner, and value per lawyer.
c. "The Second Hundred Are Being Lapped by the Top Tier," 05.22.18.
The American Lawyer provides analysis of its findings, contrasting the health and wealth of the Am Law first and second hundred firms.
d. "The Second Hundred Are Stuck in the Middle," 05.22.18.
"Expert Opinion" from Marci Borgal Shunk, founder and consultant with The Tilt Institute, writing for The American Lawyer, analyzing the 2017 performance of the Am Law second hundred.
e. "From the Editor-in-Chief: The Ties That Bind," 05.22.18.
The editor of The American Lawyer offers her perspective on the Am Law 200 and the state of Big Law generally.
10. "Law Society of Ontario report contemplates alternatives to articling," 05.22.18.
Canadian Lawyer reports that "the Law Society of Ontario is considering whether to change the licensing procedure for law school graduates, including an option to eliminate articling."
11. "Georgia Bar Pass Rate Climbs for First-Time Takers," 05.22.18.
The Daily Report reports on Georgia bar exam results: "Of the 257 first-timers who took the February exam, 70.4 percent passed — up two percentage points from the 68.3 percent who passed the prior February exam."
12. "Several States Weigh ABA's Anti-Discrimination Rule," 05.22.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Arizona and several other states are considering an anti-bias rule for lawyers based on the model rule promulgated by the ABA in 2016, before the #MeToo movement raised awareness of sexual discrimination and harassment issues. (The model rule considers it "professional misconduct for a lawyer to…engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.")
13. "Will Law Firms Be Ready When the Next Recession Hits?," 05.22.18.
The American Lawyer takes up the question of whether law firms are ready for the next inevitable economic downturn: "The cushion for when the market shudders next is thinner than it was the last time."
14. "AmEx's GC Laureen Seeger Opens Up About Diversity, Mentoring, and Pay Equity," 05.22.18.
Corporate Counsel interviews Laureen Seeger, the GC at AmEx, on "what she and the legal department are doing to build a diverse and inclusive workplace and create opportunities both within the company and externally."
15. "Average earnings for solo and small-firm lawyers was nearly $200K last year, report says," 05.22.18.
The ABA Journal reports on the results of a salary survey of solo and small firm lawyers, noting that "sixty-eight percent of solo and small-firm lawyers believe they are fairly compensated for their work."
16. "Effectively Managing Change in a Law Firm," 05.22.18.
A good Slaw post on effectively managing law firm change.
17. "The Legal Technology Laboratory," 05.22.18.
Dean Schwartz's What Great Law Schools Do blog takes a look at the UMKC School of Law's Legal Technology Lab, "an exciting development at the intersection of law, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and access to justice."
a. "University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program," 05.15.18. head
More from the What Great Law Schools Do blog.
18. "Ninth Circuit Adopts #MeToo Recommendations Against Sexual Harassment," 05.21.18.
The Recorder reports that "the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has taken steps to improve its workplace rules after the #MeToo movement swept through the federal court last December."
19. "Managing Partners' Frustration Mounts as Law Firm Innovation Stagnates," 05.21.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the results of the 10th annual Law Firms in Transition survey that measures "managing partners' growing disbelief in their partnership's ability to adapt."
20. "ABA 'Furiously Working' to Craft Proposal on Lawyers' Mental Health," 05.21.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "the ABA is 'furiously working' on a draft policy for legal employees and law firms grappling with impairment issues that the ABA could adopt at its annual meeting."
21. "North Carolina bar to propose mandatory technology CLE credit," 05.21.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "the North Carolina State Bar is joining a new but growing trend of state bar associations requiring technology CLEs by proposing that one out of 12 approved CLE hours must include technology training."
22. "Advice to the Legal Class of 2018 in the Age of Automation," 05.21.18.
Legaltech News provides "six tips for the legal class of 2018 as they embark on careers in the age of automation."
23. "For More Diversity, In-House Legal Leaders Say: Be Intentional, Show Bottom-Line Benefits," 05.21.18.
The Daily Report and Corporate Counsel report on a panel discussion on diversity May 18 in Atlanta that featured in-house legal leaders from top companies.
24. "Pass Rate for California's February Bar Exam Sinks to All-Time Low," 05.18.18.
The Recorder reports that "just 27.3 percent of would-be lawyers passed California's February 2018 bar exam, an all-time low pass rate based on records stretching back to 1951."
25. "Big Law Leader Shares Struggles with Alcoholism, Challenges for Profession," 05.18.18.
Law.com hosts this Patrick Krill interview with "Steven Wall, managing partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, about his battle with alcoholism, the problems unique to the profession driving the high rates, and the help available for lawyers." (Podcast)
26. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Expresses Support for New Law Clerk Hiring Plan," 05.18.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently became the second justice to voice support publicly for the new federal law clerk hiring plan."
27. "Law Firm Survey Says Millennial Era Is Here, But Change Has Just Begun," 05.18.18.
The American Lawyer reports on a new report on millennials in law firms: "The priorities of millennial associates are much different than older generations, and as more and more millennials assume partnership positions their preferences will start to reshape the legal industry."
a. "43% Of Lawyers Are Millennials, Outnumbering Gen Xers And Baby Boomers," 05.23.18.
And the TaxProf blog zeroes in on this factoid from the report: "Millennials now account for 43 percent of attorneys, outnumbering Gen Xers and baby boomers in the legal industry, the study found."
28. "Mentoring in the legal profession has had to adapt to a changing world," 05.18.18.
Ari Kaplan interviews Ida Abbott for the ABA Journal about how mentoring has changed since the publication of the first edition of her book The Lawyer's Guide to Mentoring. (The second edition of that seminal book is now available in the NALP bookstore.)
29. "A Simple but Important Role in Diversity for Big Law," 05.16.18.
A law firm associate and law firm diversity committee chair writing for The Legal Intelligencer, write about the benefits of sponsoring a diversity bar association event or organization.
May 18, 2018
1. "EEOC, Women Law Profs Settle Bias Suit Against Denver School for $2.7M," 05.17.18.
Law.com reports that "the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will pay $2.66 million to female law professors who for years were paid less than their male colleagues."
2. "Thinking differently about legal AI," 05.17.18.
Jordan Furlong writing for his Law21 blog takes a step back from artificial intelligence and "deconstruct[s] what we're trying to achieve with this technology" in the legal sector. He helpfully distinguishes between two very different kinds of things that AI is being used for in legal — Volume AI: "applications that accomplish high-volume legal tasks far more quickly and efficiently than human lawyers do, to generate great cost and time savings for clients," and Expertise AI: "applications that make scarce legal expertise widely available in computerized form, to generate greater accessibility for clients to the legal answers they need."
3. "Law Firm Optimism Up as Pressures Remain on Rates, Cybersecurity: Survey," 05.16.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a new survey of business-side professionals at law firms showed that optimism is high in the industry, while innovation is increasingly important to the largest firms."
4. "Suing the ABA Over Accreditation? Get In Line," 05.16.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has been named as a defendant in three different lawsuits in the past week and a half, each centered on its law school accreditation activities."
a. "Defunct Charlotte Law School, With Kirkland & Ellis' Help, Sues ABA," 05.15.18.
Law.com reports that "defunct Charlotte School of Law and its parent company on Tuesday filed suit against the American Bar Association and its various entities involved in law school accreditation, alleging that the ABA violated the school's due process when it placed Charlotte on probation in 2016."
5. "Some Lawyers Chafe as Clients Expand Outside Counsel Guidelines,"05.16.18.
The American Lawyer reports that some lawyers are pushing back as "corporate clients are getting more aggressive about broadening and expanding their outside counsel guidelines, according to a number of industry consultants and lawyers who represent law firms."
6. "Corporate Law 2.0: What It Means to Be a 'Chief Legal Innovation Counsel'," 05.16.18.
Legaltech News takes a look at evolving in-house counsel staffing, including a newly appointed "chief legal innovation counsel, a new role that is part e-discovery manager, part legal operations director and part legal tech evangelist."
7. "New Initiative Aims for 100 Black GCs at Top Companies by 2025," 05.16.18.
The Daily Report and Corporate Counsel report on the 2025 Black GC Initiative: "A group of former and current general counsel is setting some very specific goals to increase racial diversity in the top legal spots at some of the world's largest companies."
8. "Reed Smith 'Innovation Hours' Program Gives Credit for Non-Client Work," 05.15.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Reed Smith is rolling out a new program that lets lawyers earn billable hour credits for time they spend promoting advances in legal technology and operations."
9. "ABA Set to Approve More Online Credits for Law Students," 05.15.18.
Law.com reports that the ABA Council has decided to make a standards change that will "ease rules that limit the number of distance education credits J.D. students may take at ABA-accredited law schools." (The new proposal would approximately double the number of credits law students may take online, and will not take effect until approved by the ABA House of Delegates in August.)
10. "Akin Gump Adds On-Site Counseling as Firms Fret Over Mental Health," 05.15.18.
The National Law Journal reports that Akin Gump has a pilot wellness program that includes an on-site behavioral assistance counselor one day a week.
11. "New Evidence Adds to Troubling Picture for Black Borrowers of Student Loans," 05.15.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that two new studies confirm that a disproportionate level of student-loan debt is borne by black students: "In 2016, an astonishing 30 percent of African-American graduate students had at least $100,000 in debt, nearly three times the rate of white students."
12. "Uber CLO Explains Decision to Scrap Mandatory Arbitration Clauses and NDAs Around Sexual Harassment, Assault," 05.15.18.
The Recorder reports that "The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company announced Tuesday morning it would eliminate the requirement of arbitration clauses for any employee, driver or rider who says they have experienced sexual harassment or assault. And it will not require any survivors to sign on to nondisclosure agreements if they wish to speak out about their claims."
13. "Legal Operations is Hot. But Legal Culture is Lukewarm Toward It," 05.15.18.
Legaltech News looks at the rapid growth of corporate legal operations, and at some of the obstacles that it faces: "Lawyers would be well served to embrace legal operations because it will liberate them to work on matters that require their differentiated expertise."
14. "Rainmakers-in-Training Need Time to Train, Experts Say," 05.15.18.
The Daily Report takes a look at training new lawyers in the all-important area of growing their book of business.
15. "Top Law Schools Ask Firms to Disclose Summer Associate Arbitration Agreements," 05.14.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "Yale Law School and 13 other top law schools are issuing a survey to law firms asking them to disclose whether or not they require summer associates to submit to forced arbitration agreements and related nondisclosure deals."
a. "Law Schools Ask Firms for Harassment Policies," 05.15.18.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "Fifty law schools signed on to the letter asking firms to complete a survey on workplace policies."
16. "The Legal Market Is Looking Up, Citi Q1 Survey Shows," 05.14.18.
David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow from Citi Private Bank, writing for The American Lawyer, review first quarter law firm financial performance finding lots of good news, including strong demand growth.
a. "A Demand Turnaround for Law Firms? Not for Everyone," 05.14.18.
And in a related piece The American Lawyer writes that "demand grew only for the top segment of the law firm market."
17. "More Women Accuse Ogletree of Gender Bias in $300M Suit," 05.14.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "three former nonequity shareholders at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart have joined a $300 million collective action that accuses the labor and employment specialty law firm of operating as a male-dominated hierarchy that puts women at a disadvantage with respect to pay and promotions."
18. "UVA Law to receive $43.9 million donation from 2 alumni," 05.14.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "Martha and Bruce Karsh, a couple who met at the University of Virginia School of Law, will donate $43.9 million to their alma mater," the largest gift in the law school's history.
19. "Do Clients Prefer Lawyers Who Are Hedgehogs or Foxes," 05.14.18.
An interesting read on the tension between the lawyer as generalist versus lawyer as specialist on the one hand, and the future of the T-shaped lawyer in the age of AI on the other, from an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at Michigan State University College of Law, writing here for The Algorithmic Society blog. (Hat tip to Michelle Jackson at Northwestern for bringing this one to my attention.)
20. "The Gender Pay Gap: Trying to Narrow It," 05.13.18.
The New York Times takes a look at efforts in the UK to narrow the gender pay gap between men and women.
21. "Law School Applicants Are Up 8.8%," 05.12.18.
The TaxProf blog has the latest law school application figures from the Law School Admission Council.
a. "LSAT Test-Takers Surge 18.1%, The Biggest Increase In 16 Years," 05.11.18.
And the TaxProf Blog has the latest LSAT volumes from LSAC as well.
22. "ABA Moves Forward With Plan to End Law School Admission Test Requirement," 05.11.18.
Law.com reports that "the American Bar Association law school accrediting arm on Friday approved a plan to remove an admission test requirement for accredited law schools."
a. "ABA Legal Ed council approves proposed rule change to end admission test requirement," 05.11.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
b. "Vote to Toss LSAT Mandate for Law Schools Slated for August," 05.14.18.
And as Karen Sloan makes clear in this piece for Law.com, the removal of the standardized test requirement must still pass muster at the ABA House of Delegates in August, and even if it passes there, most law schools are likely to continue to require the LSAT.
c. "Your Voice: Abandoning law school admissions testing would harm students, not help," 05.14.18.
An op-ed in the ABA Journal by Jay Austin from UC Irvine who is opposed to the possibility of the elimination of standardized testing for law school admissions.
23. "Ohio State Prof Bans Laptops, Sees Grades Rise," 05.11.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that a professor at Ohio State has banned laptops and has seen student performance improve significantly in midterms compared with previous years.
24. "The Law Firm Disrupted: A Kirkland & Ellis Law School? Crystal Ball Gazing on the Future of Legal Ed," 05.11.18.
Law.com's Law Firm Disrupted column asks what would happen if law schools closed up shop tomorrow and speculates about whether law firms might someday be competitors to law schools for training new lawyers.
25. "Lawyers weigh in: Why is there a depression epidemic in the profession?," 05.11.18.
The director of content at Rocket Matter, writing for the ABA Journal, asked lawyers why depression, substance abuse and related issues are so prevalent in the profession.
26. "The path forward for the legal technician model," 05.11.18.
The founder of Evolve Law, writing for the ABA Journal, makes recommendations for the adoption of Limited License Legal Technicians.
27. "Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," 05.11.18.
In this article from Today's General Counsel, "McGuireWoods partner Sabrina A. Beldner includes a listing of seven components of a strong anti-harassment policy and suggestions about how training should be structured and conducted."
28. TED Talk Bonus: "The power of a single story," July, 2009.
In preparing for our Board Orientation program this week we were asked to watch this powerful TED Talk: "Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."