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. Read past issues here.

For news in the public interest arena, see the news digest from Samuel Halpert, NALP's Director of Public Service Initiatives, at www.psjd.org.



January 24, 2020

  1. "Despite Stable Enrollment, Law Schools Continue To Shed Full-Time Faculty," 01.23.20.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that despite the fact that law school enrollment has improved slightly over the last few years, new ABA data reveal that law schools continue to shrink their faculty headcount: "Law schools dropped from 10,226 full-time faculty (this figure includes all full-time positions, regardless of faculty status) in 2017 to 9470 in 2019, a 7% decline in two years."

  2. "Why you should insist on diversity in your law practice," 01.23.20.
    The managing partner of a women-owned virtual law firm, writing for the ABA Journal, writes about what it means to insist on diversity: "It should be about making strategic and pragmatic changes that level the playing field and address ingrained biases in how work gets done."

  3. "Cash-Strapped and Hungry, Law Students Turn to School Food Pantries," 01.22.20.
    Law.com reports that "at least four law schools in the past year have opened up food pantries for students…joining a growing number of law campuses already helping students put food on the table."

  4. "Millennial Lawyers Demand Mobility. Are Law Firms Ready to Provide It?," 01.22.20.
    An AI entrepreneur, writing for the Texas Lawyer, provides advice for law firms that want to get more serious about enabling their lawyers to work more effectively as remote workers.

  5. "How Lawyers Are Fighting Mounting Employer Troubles From H-1B Immigration Changes," 01.22.20.
    Corporate Counsel reports that changes to the H-1B temporary non-immigrant work visa rules, regulations, and processes are causing problems for all sorts of employers: "Rising rejection rates for initial temporary work permits and renewals, combined with proposed drastic fee increases, new electronic registration procedures and huge backlogs at U.S. immigration services, are causing grief for employers relying on the programs for highly skilled workers."

  6. "NALP: 2019 Report On Diversity In U.S. Law Firms," 01.22.20.
    The TaxProf Blog highlights the recent release of NALP's 2019 Report on Diversity in US Law Firms. If you missed it, you can find the report here.

  7. "As the World Burns, Law Firms Are Responding With Climate-Focused Practices,"01.22.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "U.S. law firms are…creating…environmental practice groups to do climate-specific work and building teams specifically focused on helping entities have a measured, positive impact on the climate."

  8. "What's Behind a Wave of Healthier, Faster Law Firm Combinations?," 01.22.20.
    The American Lawyer analyses the current law firm merger market, noting that recent combinations suggest the current consolidation is no longer being driven by the bailout of law firms in financial trouble.

  9. "Veteran Law Firm Well-Being Pros Offer Tips on Building Programs, Getting Buy-In," 01.22.20.
    The Recorder reports on the proceedings at a conference on emotional well-being in the legal profession that was held in San Francisco on Tuesday.

  10. "Big Law Again Tops Big Business for LGBTQ Equality, Report Says," 01.21.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "more law firms than ever before earned perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's latest Corporate Equality Index?—130 out of 164 participants in 2020…[proof that] Big Law continues to improve how it supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees."

  11. "Women Hold Editor-in-Chief Positions at the 16 Most Elite Law Reviews," 01.21.20.
    Law.com reports that "for the first time ever, female law students sit atop of the mastheads of the flagship law reviews at each of the top 16 law schools in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report."

  12. "Big Tuition Hikes Loom at University of California's 4 Law Schools," 01.21.20.
    The Recorder reports that "the University of California Board of Regents is set to vote Jan. 22 on proposed tuition increases at the four law schools within its system."

  13. "Why the .Law Domain May Become a Necessity for Firms," 01.21.20.
    On the heels of the Wiley rebranding launch last week, LegalTech News reports that the move to the .law domain "will likely become a necessity as law firms attempt to assure clients' potential cybersecurity concerns and rebrand themselves."

  14. "Georgia Legal Accelerator Launches With Class of 16," 01.21.20.
    The Daily Report writes about the launch of the inaugural class of the new Georgia Legal Accelerator, a project designed to support law firm startups.

  15. "Baker McKenzie Is Tops Again in Global Legal Brand Rankings," 01.21.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Baker McKenzie once again topped legal market research company Acritas' latest ranking of global legal brands, and the firm has managed to grow its lead."

  16. "Judicial Council Orders Courts to Draft New Anti-Harassment Workplace Policies," 01.17.20.
    The Recorder reports that California's Judicial Council has issued new mandatory "anti-harassment policies that detail how courthouse employees can file complaints, including those accusing presiding judges and top court executives of wrongdoing."

  17. "Solving the inclusion conundrum: Reflections on equity, inclusion and making change in the legal profession," 01.17.20.
    A third-year law student at UC Berkeley, writing for the Daily Journal, reflects on what it takes to make real change in a profession and tradition that is steeped in eliteness and exclusivity.

  18. "With Your Law Firm's Help or Not, Here's a Path to Mental and Physical Health," 01.17.20.
    A doctor from a functional medicine practice, writing for Law.com, writes about the three foundational pillars of health for driven professionals. (This is the second in a series of articles on mental health struggles in the legal profession.)

  19. "Hogan Lovells Teams Up With Elevate for New US Document Review Center," 01.17.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Hogan Lovells announced Friday that it has opened a new center in Phoenix focused on document review services."

  20. "Moody's: Slow Student Loan Repayment Driving High Balances, Bringing Social, Credit Implications," 01.17.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that according to a new report from Moody's Investors Services, "slow repayments have become the most important contributor to rising student loan balances…[noting that] just 51 percent of all federal borrowers with repayment obligations beginning in 2010-12 had made progress cutting outstanding balances five years later."



Past News Digest Issues



January 17, 2020

  1. "Harvard Law Students Protest Paul Weiss Over Exxon Ties," 01.16.20.
    Law.com reports that "a group of 30 first-year [Harvard] law students on Wednesday disrupted a recruiting reception hosted by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which has been representing the oil giant in a series of lawsuits tied to climate change."

  2. "Duane Morris, NY-Based Satterlee Stephens To Merge in February," 01.16.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Duane Morris and Satterlee Stephens, a 65-attorney New York firm, have confirmed plans to merge, anticipating a combination by Feb. 1, [and noting that] the combined firm will have annual gross revenue of at least $530 million."

  3. "ROSS Founder on Why Law Needs to be 'Re-regulated'," 01.16.20.
    The American Lawyer speaks with co-founder of AI tool ROSS Intelligence, Andrew Arruda, on why he thinks the profession should be regulated in a different way: "Non-JDs should no longer be barred from ownership of law firms, and similarly, non-JDs should not be barred from the provisioning of some legal services. In reality, this has already partially occurred through the encroachment of global consulting firms into legal services."

  4. "Many Nonprofit College Programs Would Fail Gainful Test," 01.16.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "data in a new online tool raise questions about how well public and nonprofit colleges and universities are doing in helping students earn enough to repay their debt."

  5. "Reed Smith Takes Aim at Mental Health 'Stigma' with New Task Force," 01.15.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Reed Smith has launched a new task force for attorneys and staff to focus on mental health issues."

  6. "Wiley Rein Drops 'Rein,' Adds New Look and Moves to .Law Domain," 01.15.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that Washington, D.C.-based Wiley Rein has adopted the shorter name Wiley as part of a broader rebranding effort that includes migrating to the relatively new .law domain.

  7. "Student Legal Clinics in Limbo as Divisional Court Strikes Down Student Fee Policy, Province Appeals," 01.15.20.
    Slaw reports that an Ontario court decision to allow college and university students to opt out of some fees has imperiled funding for the student legal clinics in Ontario's law schools.

  8. "Law Firm Mergers and Acquisitions: How They Are Reshaping the American Law Firm," 01.16.20.
    A professor from Columbia Law School, writing for the New York Law Journal, argues that at a time when "law firm mergers are peaking, but the number of equity partners is either stagnating or has actually declined… we are witnessing a transition — for better or worse — from the old 'Cravath model' to the new 'K&E model,' which runs not as a 'band of brothers,' but as a small team of entrepreneurs."

  9. "Technology Is Limiting the Depth of Lawyer-Client Relationships," 01.16.20.
    This op-ed in The American Lawyer argues that lawyers' increased reliance on technology has dramatically reduced "the face-to-face contact that once built strong professional relationships" between lawyers and their clients.

  10. "College Pays Off, College Board Finds," 01.15.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports on a new report from the College Board that finds "the median annual earnings for bachelor's degree holders (with no advanced degree) who worked full-time in 2018 was $24,900 more than wages of their peers who held only high school credentials."

  11. "Lateral Partner Survey Casts Doubt on Compensation as King," 01.14.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that according to the most recent results from Major, Lindsey & Africa's lateral partner survey, "partners seem to place compensation quite low on their priority list when deciding where to go when making a lateral move."

  12. "Competition for Law Dean Jobs Heats Up," 01.14.20.
    Law.com reports that "now that the legal education market is on the rebound, the competition for getting a deanship is stiffer."

  13. "The Case For Millennials Working Flexibly," 01.14.20.
    A millennial lawyer from the UK, writing for Legal Week, makes the case for flexible work schedules for lawyers and enumerates three benefits of flexible working for the employer.

  14. "Inequity in Graduate Student Borrowing," 01.14.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that the Center for American Progress has released new research findings that show a much higher percentage of black students borrow federal loans for graduate school than white students do (80% versus 56%, and that black students borrow 25% more than white students.

  15. "3 law students launch food pantry to help feed hungry classmates," 01.14.20.
    The ABA Journal reports that "three law students at the University of Hawaii's law school are launching a food pantry to help classmates who are going hungry."

  16. "Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Hogan Lovells Partner to Advance Diversity Goals," 01.14.20.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "Corporate Counsel Women of Color and Hogan Lovells have teamed up to support the 4,500-member global bar organization in its goal to elevate programming dedicated to women of color in-house and firm lawyers."

  17. "Liberal Arts Pay Off in the Long Run," 01.14.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that new research shows that after 40 years, liberal arts institutions bring a higher return on investment than most colleges.

  18. "More Law Firm Leaders Wary of 2020 as Confidence Levels Dip," 01.13.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that in its latest survey of law firm leaders' confidence, Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group found law firm leaders' confidence levels flagging.

  19. "ABA Approves Thomas Jefferson Law School's Teach-Out Plan," 01.13.20.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that the ABA Council has approved the teach-out plan submitted by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, allowing it to complete the education of any currently enrolled students through the end of the 2023 spring term.

    1. "Under teach-out plan, Thomas Jefferson law school has ABA accreditation for 3 more years," 01.13.20.
      More on this from the ABA Journal.

  20. "New Year…New Career? When to Make the Jump," 01.13.20.
    The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board weighs in on the process and considerations when considering a lateral move.

  21. "Atrium Retreats From Legal Services in Sudden 'Restructuring'," 01.13.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that Silicon Valley-based alternative legal services provider Atrium has announced that it will be eliminating the jobs of most of its lawyers as it restructures and shifts away from legal services.

    1. "Company that promised to revolutionize legal services confirms layoffs of most of its legal staff," 01.14.20.
      More on the Atrium restructuring from the ABA Journal.

  22. "Law Firms Need to Develop Attorneys Into Better Managers. Here's How to Do It.," 01.10.20.
    The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board, writing in The American Lawyer, offers advice for law firms about how to "approach the selection and development of managers in new ways."

  23. "Women Overtake Men as Majority of U.S. Workforce," 01.10.20.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "women held more U.S. jobs than men in December for the first time in nearly a decade, a development that likely reflects the future of the American workforce." (Subscription required.)

    1. "Women Now Hold More Jobs Than Men In The U.S. Workforce," 01.13.20.
      More on this from Forbes.

  24. "'Ian Was No Different From You': Wife Says Legal Marketer's Suicide Is a Lesson in Addressing Mental Health Challenges," 01.10.20.
    This first column in a new a series from Law.com focused on how to change perceptions of mental health challenges is written by a physician whose husband died by suicide and provides advice about what lawyers can do to improve and protect their mental health.

  25. "Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women," 01.10.20.
    In this Law.com podcast, "reporter Dylan Jackson talks with Michelle Browning Coughlin, a partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs who is also the founder of MothersEsquire, a nonprofit group focused on advancing women in the legal profession...[about research from] ALM Intelligence and American Bar Association, which found a huge gender divide when it comes to lawyers' satisfaction with their firms' operations and policies for women's advancement."

  26. "Starting Out: Boston on $50K a Year," 12.20.19.
    As part of a series on millennial workers, The Wall Street Journal profiles a recent law school graduate who earns $52,000 working as the research director for the Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. (Subscription required.)



January 10, 2020

  1. "Law Grad's $221K Loan Discharge Has Bankruptcy Bar Buzzing," 01.09.20.
    Law.com reports that "Bankruptcy experts are buzzing over an unusual decision issued Jan. 7 by Chief Judge Cecelia Morris of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York that enables law grad Kevin Jared Rosenberg to discharge the $221,000 loan debt he acquired as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona and later at the Cardozo School of Law. The win by Rosenberg, who represented himself in the matter, flies in the face of conventional wisdom that says student loan debt is all but impossible to shed in bankruptcy."

    1. "Law grad wins discharge of his student debt in opinion criticizing 'punitive standards'," 01.09.20.
      More on this from the ABA Journal: "In what is being described as a 'stunning' decision, a bankruptcy judge has ruled that a 2004 graduate of Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School may erase more than $220,000 in student loan debt."

    2. "Bankruptcy Judge Discharges Law School Loans — Brief Moment Of Sanity Before Appeal," 01.09.20.
      And Above the Law has the story as well, making the point that this decision will almost certainly be appealed.

  2. "Troutman Sanders, Pepper Hamilton Vote to Seal Merger Deal," 01.09.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have officially agreed to merge, the firms announced Thursday, creating a new 1,100-lawyer giant with offices in 23 locations."

  3. "'Change Frightens Us All:' Utah Justice Himonas on Why Deregulation, Innovation Still the Path Forward for Law," 01.09.20.
    The American Lawyer speaks with Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas on what he and others have been doing in Utah to deregulate law firm ownership rules.

    1. "5 Forces Pushing for Nonlawyer Ownership of Firms in the U.S.," 01.03.20.
      Legaltech News reports on the forces pushing for changes in the U.S. legal business model, including initiatives in California, Utah, Arizona and Illinois to allow those without a Juris Doctor to have an ownership stake in law firms.

  4. "A better bar exam? Law profs weigh in on whether test accurately measures skills required for law practice," 01.08.20.
    The ABA Journal provides a thorough overview of much of the recent and ongoing research in a variety of settings on possible ways to change and improve the current bar exam.

  5. "Law School Dean's $5 Million Retirement Payout," 01.08.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that John O'Brien, longstanding dean of New England Law, will receive a retirement package worth at least $5.3 million when he steps down later this year.

  6. "Can Better Negotiation Help Women Lawyers Shrink the Gender Pay Gap?," 01.08.20.
    This piece in the Daily Report suggests that gender differences in negotiation tactics may contribute to the gender pay gap in the legal industry.

  7. "What will lawyers do now?," 01.07.20.
    Jordan Furlong, writing for Law21, provides an excerpt from a longer piece he wrote for Modern Law Magazine in the UK, writing about what lawyers will do in the new legal economy: "The unexpected gift to lawyers of the new legal economy is this: Losing our old tasks will liberate us to find new purpose. Lawyers' future will be limited only by our imagination, ambition, and compassion. We can forge the legal profession we truly want, not the crumbling legacy institution that was bequeathed to us." (Note that Jordan Furlong will be the Friday plenary speaker at NALP's 2020 Annual Education Conference in Montreal.)

  8. "No, I'm Not the Court Reporter: Tips for Tackling Implicit Bias," 01.07.20.
    An assistant GC and a litigation partner, writing for the New York Law Journal, write about "tactics we have observed and/or employed when we have encountered bias, and…offer attorneys from all backgrounds techniques for challenging current industry standards, supporting their diverse colleagues when it counts the most, and fostering a more inclusive environment."

  9. "Class Of 2019 Law Grads Contributed $111 Million Of Pro Bono Legal Services," 01.07.20.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that according to the AALS, "in fall of 2019, 105 law schools reported that 19,885 law students in the class of 2019 contributed 4,384,871.31 hours in legal services as part of their legal education, an average of 220.5 hours per student."

  10. "'Revolutionary Changes' Coming to Legal Industry, Report Finds," 01.06.20.
    The American Lawyer notes that a new report issued by the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center, Thomson Reuters' Legal Executive Institute and Peer Monitor, documents dramatic changes happening in the legal market and suggests that more dramatic change is on the way for the industry. (You can download the full report here.)

  11. "Elite Law Firms Are Quietly Outsourcing High-Value Functions. How Far Will They Go?," 01.06.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Big Law is outsourcing a growing number of high-value departments, often shedding administrative and operations employees in the process."

  12. "Justice or Rock Star? Law Profs Go Wild for Ginsburg," 01.06.20.
    Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on "judicial rock star and cultural icon" U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's remarks at the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting in DC this past weekend.

    1. "Incoming AALS President: Legal Education Is On an Upswing," 12.31.19.
      Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, speaks with incoming AALS President, Dean Darby Dickerson about the state of legal education at the beginning of 2020.

    2. "Changes to US News Law School Rankings Met With Skepticism," 01.08.20.
      In other news from the AALS conference last weekend, Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that professors attending the conference raised concerns about planned changes announced by US News &World Report's law school rankings, including a controversial measure of law faculty scholarly impact.

    3. "The Luddite Lawyer 2020: AALS Panel Examines Attorney Technology Competence," 01.08.20.
      And Legaltech News reports on an AALS panel on the lawyer duty of technology competence — now an ethical requirement in many jurisdictions.

  13. "Outstanding Student Loan Portfolio Now Tops $1.5 Trillion," 01.06.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "the outstanding portfolio on federal student loans is now $1.51 trillion, according to data released by the Education Department."

  14. "The Simple Guide to Legal Innovation," 01.05.20.
    The Legal Evolution blog posts an excerpt from Lucy Bassli's new book, A Simple Guide to Legal Innovation.

  15. "I am Harvard Law's first deafblind graduate. Here's what college is like for students with disabilities," 01.04.20.
    Haben Girma, writing for CNBC, talks about her experiences as Harvard Law School's first deafblind graduate. (Note that Haben Girma will be the Thursday plenary speaker at NALP's 2020 Annual Education Conference in Montreal.)

  16. "The Law School Crash: What's worse than a decade of financial turmoil? Not learning from it," 01.03.20.
    Writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Benjamin Barton, professor of law at the University of Tennessee, provides this adapted excerpt of his new book, Fixing Law Schools: From Collapse to Trump Bump and Beyond. (Subscription required.)

  17. "Ensuring Your Legal Department's D&I Strategy Should Not Be an Afterthought," 01.03.20.
    A board member of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides a "three-step process [that] can take your D&I efforts from ad hoc and unstructured to strategic as long as your legal department is willing to align, strategize and take action."

  18. "An Update on the Ethics of Lateral Movement," 01.03.20.
    This column in the New York Law Journal examines the new ABA guidance on the ethics of lateral lawyer movement, noting that the guidance offers "a roadmap for what lawyers and law firms can and cannot do in these circumstances."

  19. "ABA 509 Report Data: 19 Law Schools Increased Their 25th, 50th, And 75th LSAT And GPA," 01.03.20.
    The TaxProf Blog reprints some of Mike Spivey's in-depth analysis of the 2019 ABA 509 admissions data, noting that both median LSAT and median GPA rose for the most recent entering class. (You can find Spivey's full analysis of the data, including the finding that 73% of law students receive scholarships, up from 49% in 2012, here.)

  20. "AI Fears Subside: Most See Fundamental Change, but Not Job Loss," 01.03.20.
    Legaltech News reports that "a new Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning report published last week by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) indicates that while law firms may be expecting AI to yield fundamental change within the industry, lawyers shouldn't count on a significant portion of the work they perform being replaced by software."



January 3, 2020

  1. "Free Textbooks for Law Students," 01.03.20.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "legal scholars are increasingly adopting and creating free textbooks in an attempt to increase affordability for students…. Faculty members at the New York University School of Law have taken matters into their own hands by publishing their own textbooks at no cost to students."

  2. "Pressed for Progress: Clients Expect Firms to Meet Their Demands for Talent in 2020," 01.02.20.
    The American Lawyer reports that "clients will continue to push the pace of progress at law firms in the new year, urging them to diversify their ranks and, in turn, find new methods to recruit the right lawyers."

  3. "Diversity and Tech Skills Drive Winners of $10k Legal Education Prize," 01.02.20.
    Legaltech News reports on the dual winners of Wolters Kluwer's second annual Leading Edge Prize for Education.

  4. "Fall 2020 Law School Applicants Down 1%, But Surge 11% In The Highest LSAT Bands (165+) As 2019 Draws To A Close," 12.31.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports on the latest LSAT test-taker volume and law school applicant volume.

  5. "Another Path for Public Service: Pro Bono in Big Law," 12.31.19.
    A Big Law pro bono director, writing for the New York Law Journal, makes the case for the "great opportunities to do enormously powerful public interest work in large private firms."

  6. "New Report Shows Depression and Anxiety Are Prevalent at Harvard Law," 12.30.19.
    Law.com reports that the results of a survey released in late December show that about 60% of Harvard Law students show some signs of depression, and 54% show signs of anxiety.

  7. "The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave," 12.20.19.
    The ABA Journal speaks with Ripa Rashid, the managing director of Culture at Work, who says that "when senior associates leave large law firms before making partner, it costs approximately $2 million per piece." (Podcast)

  8. "Syracuse Launches Nation's First Online Joint JD/MBA Degree," 10.26.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that "Syracuse University College of Law has announced the launch of the nation's first online joint JD/MBA degree program, in partnership with Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management."

  9. "Employers and LGBT Community Waiting for 2020 Supreme Court Decisions," 12.24.19.
    A law firm partner from Miami, writing for the Daily Business Review, writes about the highly anticipated US Supreme Court decisions in three cases that will determine whether discrimination based upon gender identity and sexual orientation is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: "While a ruling is expected in the new year, should the court's decisions determine that sexual orientation and gender identity are not covered under Title VII, any future amendment to Title VII to cover sexual orientation and gender identity would be left to Congress."

  10. "Hispanic Attorneys Continue to Be the Least Represented Minority Group in Washington," 12.23.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Hispanic attorneys have made little progress breaking into the upper echelons of the Washington, D.C., legal market in the last decade, accounting for just 2% of federal and Big Law partners in the D.C. area, according to a recently published report…by the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia."

  11. "Debevoise Sticks With Lockstep Partner Pay After Compensation Review," 12.23.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "amid constant pressure on elite law firms to offer competitive pay to high-performing lawyers, partners of at least two prominent New York-based lockstep firms weighed changes to their compensation models in the last year."

  12. "Survey: Canadian Legal Departments and Law Firms Expected to Increase Hiring in 2020," 12.23.19.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "a majority of companies and law firms in Canada plan on hiring additional attorneys in the next six months, according to a survey published by employment agency Robert Half International earlier this month."

  13. "Busy Season for Law Firm Mergers Sets Stage for 2020," 12.22.19.
    The American Lawyer reviews the 2019 law firm merger market and predicts a robust law firm merger market for 2020.

  14. "Colleges Agree to Allow Increased Competition for Applicants," 12.21.19.
    The New York Times reports that the US Department of Justice and the National Association of College Admission Counselors have reached an agreement to settle antitrust accusations: "The agreement brings to a close a two-year investigation into the association's code of ethics by the Justice Department's antitrust division, which enforces laws governing fair consumer and competitive market practices. In a complaint, the Justice Department maintained that the organization's recruitment standards violated antitrust laws because they 'substantially reduced competition among colleges for college applicants and potential transfer students and deprived these consumers of the benefits.'"

    1. "Justice Department Files Antitrust Case and Simultaneous Settlement Requiring Elimination of Anticompetitive College Recruiting Restraints," 12.12.19.
      According to the Justice Department press release about the consent decree: "Under the decree, NACAC is required to remove three anticompetitive rules from its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP), which broadly regulates how its college members conduct their admissions process. While trade associations and standards-setting organizations can and often do promote rules and standards that benefit the market as a whole, they cannot do so at the cost of competition."

  15. "Discrimination and Power Imbalances Plague Canada's Lawyer Training Process," 12.20.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "critics are calling for a reform to the articling process in Canada, or for its replacement altogether," and takes a deep dive into the many challenges facing the traditional system of lawyer preparation in Canada.

  16. "Innovation Is Key to Remaining Relevant in the Canadian Legal Market," 12.20.19.
    The chair of Blake, Cassels & Graydon, writing for The American Lawyer, examines the "benefits for lawyers and clients…when new technologies are deployed intelligently, with an eye to the growing pressure that clients are facing to deliver more with less."

  17. "ABA Approves Western State Law School Accreditation," 12.20.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that the ABA has granted continuing accreditation to Western State College of Law under its new ownership; the law school is now a part of Westcliff University.

  18. "Has the Master's Degree Bubble Burst?," 12.20.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that the rapid growth of new master's degree programs at US colleges and universities has slowed considerably as demand growth has not matched expectations and projections.

  19. "A third of the gender pay gap can be explained by schmoozing between men and their male bosses," 12.19.19.
    Quartz reports that "a new study…finds that men's careers advance faster than those of their female counterparts when they have a male boss, a phenomenon that the researchers said could explain one-third of the gender pay gap."



December 20, 2019

  1. "The Benefits Of Greater Transparency In Reporting Of Law Graduate Employment Outcomes," 12.19.19.
    A very good TaxProf Blog post by Jerry Organ on the virtues of transparency in law school employment outcomes reporting and the many ways that NALP supports that effort and US News muddies the waters.

  2. "Secondments Put Winston & Strawn Associates at the DA's Table," 12.19.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that Winston & Strawn is placing fifth- and sixth-year associates with district or state's attorneys in Illinois and Texas as part of a novel secondment program.

  3. "Want to Work at This Firm? First Take This Psychological Test," 12.18.19.
    The American Lawyer takes a look at Thomson Hine's use of a psychological assessment (lateral hires and those coming straight out of law school are asked to take the test) as part of their hiring process.

  4. "How to Hit the 'No' Button (And Keep Your Law Job!)," 12.18.19.
    Patrick Krill, writing for Law.com, writes about the importance of setting boundaries and saying no in order to guard and protect mental health.

  5. "Law Schools ABA 509 Disclosures Reports 2019 (Stats + Graphs)," 12.18.19.
    The Associates Mind blog provides analysis and some amazing infographics on the law school ABA 509 disclosures that were released by the ABA last week.

    1. "Law school 1L JD enrollment falls slightly as non-JD enrollment reaches all-time highs," 12.12.19.
      Derek Muller, writing for the Excess of Democracy blog, also parses the ABA 509 enrollment data and provides some helpful infographics: "The 2019 law school enrollment figures…show a slightly worse first-year JD enrollment and continued soaring growth in non-JD enrollment. About 15% of law school enrollees, 1 in 7, are not enrolled in a JD program."

    2. "Fall Enrollments Still on the Decline," 12.16.19.
      More on the 509 data from Inside Higher Ed, reporting that "higher education enrollments for fall 2019 declined for the eighth consecutive year."

  6. "To Court a Secretive Donor, Law Deans at George Mason Blasted Climate Scientists and Their Own Accreditor," 12.18.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that: "Leaders of George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, which has been criticized for its ties to conservative donors, have spent years courting a wealthy Chicago philanthropist who has steered money toward organizations that promote skepticism of climate change or finance conservative and libertarian journalism on college campuses." (Subscription required.)

  7. "NALP Report Details Slow Progress on Law Firm Diversity," 12.17.19.
    Law.com reports on the release of NALP's 2019 Report on Diversity in US Law Firms, noting that "it took a decade, but the percentage of black associates at law firms in the United States has finally returned to its pre-recession level."

    1. "Percentage of black associates in large firms finally tops 2009 level, but not by much," 12.18.19.
      The ABA Journal also reports on the new NALP diversity report.

    2. "Representation of Black or African-American Associates Eclipses Pre-Recession Levels for the First Time Despite Slow Overall Progress," 12.18.19.
      You can read the full NALP report on diversity and the press release here.

    3. "NALP report shows slow progress for law firm gender, racial diversity," 12.19.19.
      And Reuters has the story as well.

  8. "Faegre, Drinker Biddle Vote to Combine in 'Merger of Equals'," 12.17.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Minneapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels and Philadelphia-based Drinker Biddle & Reath have voted to join forces after lengthy merger talks." ("The merger, which is set to become official Feb. 1, will create an Am Law 50 firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and consultants across 22 locations in the U.S., U.K. and China.')

  9. "Career confessions of an atypical law school graduate," 12.17.19.
    A nice piece in the ABA Journal from a law school graduate who took a nontraditional pathway after graduation: "I want to join the chorus of voices pushing lawyers to expand their potential and embrace nontraditional, path-breaking opportunities."

  10. "Memphis Law School Cuts Its Out-of-State Tuition By 25% (To $24,000)," 12.17.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that according to the Memphis Business Journal: "On Dec. 4, the University of Memphis Board of Trustees approved a plan to lower the college's out-of-state tuition by 25%, which will move yearly costs for non-Tennessee residents from $31,076 to $24,008. The decision gives it the most affordable out-of-state law school tuition in Tennessee, and one of the five cheapest out-of-state law school tuitions in the country, according to the U of M."

  11. "Supporting Diversity & Inclusion Through Mentorship: A Q&A With FDIC's Arleas Upton Kea," 12.17.19.
    Corporate Counsel speaks with the chief operating officer and deputy to the chairman of the FDIC (she was the first woman of color in the FDIC's legal department and is now the deputy chairman and chief operating officer) about the importance of having a mentor and the FDIC's mentorship programs.

  12. "LSSSE: New Research Provides Insight Into Women's Experiences In Law School," 12.17.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports on the findings of the newly released 2019 Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which focuses this year on the experience of women in law school.

  13. "Atlanta's John Marshall sees some success with ABA legal ed section," 12.16.19.
    The ABA Journal reports that "Atlanta's John Marshall Law School has had its probation removed, and its application to convert to a nonprofit was accepted, according to notice posted by the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar."

  14. "Donna E. Young appointed founding dean of Faculty of Law," 12.16.19.
    Ryerson University announces the appointment of Donna E. Young as the founding dean of Ryerson University's Faculty of Law. (Professor Young is currently the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Albany Law School.)

  15. "Once Again, University of Texas Law Accused of Underpaying Women," 12.16.19.
    Law.com reports that a professor from the University of Texas School of Law has "sued the school in federal court…claiming she is paid significantly less than men on the faculty with comparable experience…[and alleging that] tenured female faculty members at the law school earned, on average, $20,000 less than tenured men during the past three years."

  16. "Make Your Job Application Robot-Proof," 12.16.19.
    The Wall Street Journal provides information and advice about navigating AI driven applicant-screening and tracking systems when applying for a job. (Subscription required.)

  17. "New Kind of Student Loan Gains Major Support. Is There a Downside?," 12.16.19.
    The New York Times writes about Income Share Agreements, a new financial instrument being promoted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "Students agree to pay a certain percentage of their earnings for a fixed period. If they make more, they pay more. If they make less, they pay less. Students with high earnings could end up paying back the equivalent of a loan with a high interest rate. Students with meager earnings could pay back less than the original principal."

    1. "Federal Loans and ISAs," 12.16.19.
      More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "The U.S. Department of Education is poised to create an experimental program through which a limited number of colleges would take on students' federal loan debt, with students then repaying the institution for the loan balance, potentially based on their future earnings…the experiment would enable federal loans to be paid off through a form of income-share agreement, where students agree to pay a certain percentage of their future income over a set period of time in exchange for funding of their educational program expenses."

  18. "Since 2013, Fewer Americans Think College Is Important," 12.16.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "according to a new Gallup poll, about half of Americans consider a college education very important, but the percentage of those that agree with the sentiment has decreased since 2013…the poll found that 51 percent of adults in the U.S. believe that a college education is 'very important.' This is down from 70 percent in 2013."

  19. "ABA again says no to Florida Coastal's nonprofit application and makes noncompliance finding," 12.13.19.
    The ABA Journal reports that "Florida Coastal School of Law is out of compliance with two sections of Standard 202, which deals with program resources, according to a public notice posted by the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar…[and] the council again denied the law school's substantive change application to convert to a nonprofit law school."

  20. "How Law Schools Fared on California's July 2019 Bar Exam," 12.13.19.
    The Recorder reports the school specific pass rates for the most recent California bar exam.

  21. "Checks and Balances: Former AG Holder, Zynga GC Phillips Talk Collaboration in Diversity," 12.13.19.
    The Recorder speaks with Covington & Burling's Eric Holder and Zynga's chief legal officer Phuong Phillips about their experiences as minority lawyers.

  22. "What I Wish I Knew When I Began My Law Career," 12.11.19.
    Members of the Young Lawyer Editorial Board, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, "share some practical advice that they would have given to themselves when they were attorneys entering the workforce."

  23. "Bay Street is handing out raises to articling students at a frenzied pace," 12.03.19.
    Precedent Magazine in Canada reports that "over the past two years, a wave of salary hikes has swept across Bay Street…[with] the new market leader, Davies, increasing its student compensation to $2,250 [per week]."



December 13, 2019

  1. "Forget the 'Trump Bump.' Law School Enrollment Dipped a Bit in 2019," 12.12.19.
    Law.com reports that according to new ABA data, first-year JD enrollment at accredited schools was down slightly, with "38,283 new first-year students enrolled this fall, down about a quarter of a percent from 38,390 in the fall of 2018." ("By contrast, the number of students in non-J.D. programs — which include LL.Ms, masters and certificates — grew 7%, highlighting how important those programs have become as key revenue generators for law schools.")

    1. "First-year class sizes for ABA-accredited law schools are slightly smaller in 2019," 12.12.19.
      More on this from the ABA Journal: "Out of 203 ABA-accredited law schools, 84 reported smaller first-year classes for this admissions cycle, compared to 2018 …the 1L class for 2019 had 11,871 minority students, compared to 11,981 minority students in 2018."

    2. "Number of New Law Students Dipped in 2019," 12.13.19.
      More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    3. "Testy: Sizing Up The 2019 Incoming Class - What Do the Numbers Tell Us?," 12.12.19.
      Kellye Testy, the President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, writing here for the TaxProf Blog, provides some context and analysis of the law school enrollment numbers released this week by the LSAC: "This year's report also highlights a vital and continuing calibration between law school class sizes and the legal job market. During and after the Great Recession, we saw a number of schools having to make difficult choices and tradeoffs regarding the balance of class sizes and credentials, downsizing of faculty and staff, shifts in priorities, and increased reliance on fundraising even for core operational expenses. As a former dean during those difficult years, I know first-hand how much pressure law schools may feel to now expand enrollment, and so it is especially noteworthy and healthy to see law schools being cautious to help improve the employment prospects for graduates. As the National Association for Law Placement has well documented, it is the reduced number of JD graduates, not an increase in the number of legal jobs, that has improved employment outcomes."

  2. "'Fixing Law Schools'," 12.12.19.
    Inside Higher Ed speaks with Ben Barton, professor of law at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the author of the new book Fixing Law Schools: From Collapse to the Trump Bump and Beyondhere he provides three basic suggestions for how law schools should change.

  3. "Richest Law Firms' Edge Fades as Industry Insiders Predict Strong 2020," 12.11.19.
    The American Lawyer reviews the Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group's just released 2020 Client Advisory, which "found that after a slow start to the year, firms progressively improved their financial performance, and are expected to grow revenues between 5.5% and 6.5% over the course of the full year," and notes that the gap has closed a bit between the Am Law 50 and the rest of the Am Law 200 during the past year.

  4. "Law school found out of compliance with program resources standard; dean is 'surprised by the finding'," 12.11.19.
    The ABA Journal reports that the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has been found to be out of compliance with three sections of the accreditation standards according to a recent finding from the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

  5. "Joanna Litt Reminds Legal Industry 'We Can Do Better as Individuals'," 12.11.19. (Video)
    Joanna Litt, who wrote about the death of her husband, Gabe MacConail, a Sidley Austin partner who died by suicide in 2018, received The American Lawyer 2019 Attorney of the Year award at the annual American Lawyer Industry Awards in New York on Dec. 4. In accepting the award, Litt urged the audience to "change the archaic way we think about mental health."

  6. "Law School Gets This Right. Law Practice Gets It Wrong.," 12.11.19.
    Jordan Furlong, writing here for Slaw, provides some advice about the transition from law school into the legal profession and in particular the importance of keeping and leveraging social networks.

  7. "Honigman Gets Into Staff Attorney Game With New 'Professional Track'," 12.10.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Honigman has launched a lower-cost staffing alternative to clients while promising a path to training and advancement for a new class of non-partner-track lawyers."

  8. "Smart Contracts Won't Displace Lawyers — But They Will Require a Smarter Approach," 12.11.19.
    LegalTech News debunks some of the myths around smart contracts: "the real promise of smart contracts is that they will dramatically increase efficiencies and reduce costs in a wide variety of transactions …[but] contrary to conventional wisdom, lawyers won't be displaced by smart contracts …most importantly, as computers take on more of the grunt work related to the execution of contracts, lawyers will be freed up to tackle more important and interesting work."

  9. "Women Now Majority at Medical Schools," 12.11.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "for the first time ever, women are now the majority of U.S. medical school students, according to 2019 data released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges."

  10. "When To Leave a Job at Which You're Not Happy," 12.11.19.
    Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, provides advice for lawyers who find themselves unhappy in their first job.

  11. "Examining the Disconnect Between In-House Leaders and Legal Teams," 12.11.19.
    Corporate Counsel reports that a new report from Deloitte finds that "general counsel and chief legal officers are struggling to engage with other lawyers in their legal departments — even those who are being groomed to take on in-house leadership roles."

  12. "Lawyer Well-Being at Work: It's a Two-Way Street," 12.11.19.
    John F. Hollway, associate dean at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a speaker at NALP's recent PDI program, writing here for The American Lawyer, writes about the importance of engagement at work in combatting burnout: "At its core, engagement results from a positive relationship between an individual and an employer. And like any other relationship, it's a two-way street that requires mutual communication, mutual recognition and mutual regard."

  13. "'Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury': How to Handle Your First Trial Like a Vet," 12.11.19.
    A law firm partner, writing for The National Law Journal, provides advice for young lawyers approaching their first jury trial.

  14. "Anxious About Law School Final Exams? Relax," 12.11.19.
    A law professor, writing for The National Law Journal, provides advice for first-year law students who are experiencing anxiety over their first round of final exams.

  15. "How Professors Help Rip Off Students," 12.11.19.
    A professor at Columbia Law School, writing for The New York Times, complains about the outlandish cost of textbooks, and argues that professors have an ethical obligation to look for less expensive alternatives, noting that "textbook prices have increased over 1,000 percent since the 1970s."

  16. "The call to ban NDAs is well-intentioned. But it puts the burden on victims.," 12.10.19.
    Two civil rights lawyers, writing for The Washington Post, write that banning the use of NDAs in sexual harassment cases is misguided as "NDAs can be essential to [victims] receiving adequate compensation and achieving closure after a traumatic experience."

  17. "Want a White-Collar Career Without College Debt? Become an Apprentice," 12.10.19.
    The New York Times reports that "as the cost of a college education continues to soar, a new breed of apprenticeship is cropping up across the country, promising an affordable path to careers that once needed a bachelor's degree or higher."

  18. "There's Still Time: Take Law.com's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey," 12.10.19.
    The editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer makes a final plea for readers to take their 2019 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey, which will close next week.

  19. "Shearman Vet, Silicon Valley CEO Aim to Upend Legal Talent Market With New Startup," 12.09.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that a former Shearman & Sterling partner and a Silicon Valley business leader have launched a new startup that they believe will "give law students a back door into prestigious firms while offering these firms and corporate law departments a way to keep costs down on entry-level attorneys."

    1. "Startup Provides Another Path for New Lawyers, Firm Savings," 12.06.19.
      More on this from Bloomberg Law.

  20. "NY's Law School Deans Ask Court Officials to Remove Mental Health Question for Attorney Applicants," 12.09.19.
    The New York Law Journal reports that 14 deans of the 15 law schools in New York have sent a letter to state court officials asking them to administratively remove a question from the application for admission to the state bar that asks prospective attorneys about their mental health.

    1. "New York Moves Closer to Axing Mental Health Question From Bar Application," 12.11.19.
      The New York Law Journal reports that "New York court officials agreed during a closed-door meeting Tuesday to consider removing a question from the state bar's application that asks prospective attorneys about their mental health, including any diagnosed conditions."

  21. "Linklaters Latest Firm To Update Parental Leave Policy," 12.09.19.
    Legal Week reports that "Linklaters is set to allow any U.K. employee whose partner is having a baby, adopting a child or becoming a parent through surrogacy to take 12 weeks of fully paid leave."

  22. "Study Examines Why Black Americans Remain Scarce in Executive Suites," 12.09.19.
    The New York Times reports that a new report, "Being Black in Corporate America," from the Center for Talent Innovation, finds that today's diversity and inclusion efforts are failing African-American professionals.

  23. "Let's not be silent around disability. It's an asset.," 12.08.19.
    This opinion piece in Crain's Chicago Business, written by someone with a disability, argues that "diversity and inclusion strategies that are leveraged in the workplace should be no different when applied to disability," and notes that "only 3.2% of employees self-identify as having a disability to their employers, yet 30% of employees have a disability. This silent 27% does so out of fear of discrimination, misjudgment and stigma."

  24. "Legal Sector Enjoys Employment Rebound in Latest Jobs Report," 12.06.19.
    The American Lawyer reports on the newest US BLS jobs numbers, noting that "the legal industry rebounded in November, adding 2,900 positions."

  25. "Number Of College Students Seeking Mental Health Services Has Soared 35% In Five Years," 12.06.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that "more college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and many must wait weeks for treatment or find help elsewhere as campus clinics struggle to meet demand."

  26. "Federal Protections Still Needed for Members of the LGBT Community," 12.06.19.
    A law firm partner whose practice is focused on providing legal protections for LGBT families and individuals, writing here for the Daily Business Review, writes about the importance of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in three cases involving LGBT people who were fired from their jobs: "The cases will determine whether LGBT people are protected under federal nondiscrimination law, or whether employers will have a right to discriminate."

  27. "Young Lawyers, Student Debt and the Path Not Taken," 12.06.19.
    The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes about the impact of student debt on young lawyers' careers.

  28. "Deloitte's Legal Tech Incubator Pushes Big 4 Deeper Into Law Firm Territory," 12.05.19.
    LegalTech News reports that "Deloitte has announced the launch of Legal Ventures, a program giving early-stage legal tech companies access to Deloitte's consulting, technology, legal and investment expertise."

  29. "The staggering millennial wealth deficit, in one chart," 12.03.19.
    The Washington Post publishes a dramatic data visualization: "Few things capture the precariousness of life for today's young adults like a visualization of their wealth." (Economist Gray Kimbrough uses Federal Reserve data to compare how generations have fared financially - hat tip to Paul Caron at the TaxProf Blog for this one.)



December 6, 2019

  1. "ABA Looks to Clean Up Process Surrounding Lateral Moves," 12.05.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that the American Bar Association has issued a formal opinion on the ethical obligations for attorneys and firms involved in a lateral move, including notice provisions for departures and client solicitation.

  2. "Ryerson University Expands Legal Tech Incubator With Eye on Global Market," 12.05.19.
    Legaltech News reports that "the Toronto-based college [with a soon-to-be-opened law school] announced Tuesday it's expanding its Legal Innovation Zone incubator to global applicants and adding two new programs to assist companies at various maturity stages."

  3. "U.S. Students Fail to Make Gains Against International Peers," 12.05.19.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that new test results show US high school students continue to trail students in many other countries in math, reading, and science, and the gap within the US between higher- and lower-performing students continues to grow. (Subscription required.)

  4. "Student Loan Borrowers With Disabilities Aren't Getting Help They Were Promised," 12.04.19.
    NPR reports that despite longstanding federal law that allows student borrowers with a permanent disability to have their student loan debt forgiven, most borrowers with qualifying disabilities are not able to obtain the relief to which they are entitled.

  5. "Starting your legal career," 12.04.19.
    The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, with advice for young lawyers as they start their careers, aimed particularly at law students and law graduates who are struggling in the job market.

  6. "Law Students Who Handwrite Their Notes Outperform Laptop Users By One Grade (e.g., B + to A-)," 12.04.19.
    The TaxProf Blog highlights a new Journal of Legal Education article that reports the results of a study about note-taking modes, and found that there is a positive and statistically significant association between handwriting notes and academic performance.

  7. "Wealthy Students' Borrowing Spikes," 12.04.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that new research on student debt shows that "students from high-income families have student loan debts making up a disproportionately large share of the total amount borrowed."

  8. "Childcare Commitments Are Driving Women Out of Big Law," 12.03.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that according to new research from ALM and the ABA, "childcare commitments are the most frequently cited factor for women leaving Big Law." ("While 54% of women respondents said that arranging childcare is their full responsibility, only 1% of men said the same. And while 34% of women attorneys say they are the only parent to leave work for childcare, the responsibility falls on just 4% of men.")

  9. "Amid Dips at the Top, Most New York Law Schools See Rise in Bar Pass Rates," 12.03.19.
    Law.com reports that "among New York's 15 law schools, 11 saw increases…in first-time test taker bar pass rates from the July exam compared with last year."

  10. "Under Pressure From Students, NALP Adds Data on Mandatory Arbitration at Law Firms," 12.03.19.
    Law.com reports that at its November meeting, NALP's Board of Directors agreed to add a series of questions to the NALP Directory of Legal Employers (NDLE) for 2020 to gather information about employers' use of mandatory arbitration and non-disclosure agreements with associates, summer associates, and other non-partner lawyers.

  11. "ABA Could Encourage States to Allow Outside Ownership of Law Firms," 12.03.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the ABA's Center for Innovation has released a resolution that, if adopted by the organization's House of Delegates, would encourage jurisdictions across the U.S. to experiment with new regulatory models aimed at increasing access to legal services."

  12. "Black Borrowers Default at Higher Rates," 12.03.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "an analysis of federal data released by the Center for American Progress Monday shows that African Americans who entered college in 2011 and took out federal student loans defaulted on those loans at sharply higher rates than did their peers of other races."

  13. "Students Are Telling Med Schools About Their Disabilities," 12.03.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that new research published in JAMA shows that "more medical students are telling their institutions about their disabilities, and institutions are taking note." ("In the three years the number of students who disclosed disabilities jumped from 2.7 to 4.6 percent, or a 69 percent relative rise, mostly representing students who disclosed a psychological disability or chronic health condition.")

  14. "Law Firms' Unpaid Bills Are Piling Up. No Reason to Worry — Yet," 12.02.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that both Citi and Wells Fargo have found that as the year draws to a close, law firms are sitting on a larger pile of unpaid bills than they were a year ago at this time.

  15. "In-House Legal Departments Described at 'Tipping Point' With New Technology," 12.02.19.
    Corporate Counsel reports on a new white paper that argues that "in-house law departments need to shift toward becoming tech-led providers of legal and risk anticipation services to become an integral part of their organizations."

  16. "Why More Colleges Are Teaching Financial Wellness," 12.02.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that more colleges are stressing financial literacy and financial wellness for students because research increasingly shows that "finances are a major stressor for students and often an obstacle to their health, happiness, and college completion and success." (Subscription required.)

  17. "Electronic Wills Are Coming," 11.29.19.
    Forbes reports that the Uniform Law Commission has approved the Uniform Electronic Wills Act, paving the way for more jurisdictions to begin recognizing the electronic documents.

  18. "Lawyer 'monopoly' hampers consumer access to legal tech, says former AG Chris Bentley," 11.29.19.
    Law Times reports on comments made by former Ontario attorney general Chris Bentley who recently suggested that "because lawyers have a 'monopoly' on giving legal advice, consumers may be deprived of the faster, simpler and cheaper options potentially available via direct to consumer automated legal tools."

  19. "Broken Promises and Debt Pile Up as Loan Forgiveness Goes Astray," 11.28.19.
    The New York Times takes a deep and depressing dive into the failed promise of public service loan forgiveness.

  20. "New Lawyers Are Swimming in Debt," 11.27.19.
    Sara Randazzo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, reports that "the vast majority of law-school graduates carry debt loads that exceed their initial earnings, new federal data shows, the latest sign a law degree isn't a sure path to immediate financial success," and provides a good analysis of current law school graduate debt loads across the country. (Subscription required.)

    1. "Here's a Look at Debt-to-Earnings Ratios for Grads From Top Law Schools," 12.03.19.
      Law.com has taken the new data from the U.S. Department of Education and has parsed the numbers for the T14 — it's a slide show and there are advertisements and it's annoying but the results are interesting.

    2. "Which Law School in NY Provides the Best Debt-to-Earnings Ratio for Grads?," 12.04.19.
      Law.com has parsed the new debt to earnings numbers for the 15 New York Law Schools.

    3. "Which California Law School Provides the Best Debt-to-Earnings Ratio for Grads?," 12.04.19.
      And for the 21 California law schools.

  21. "What will it mean for law schools if states ease UPL restrictions?," 11.27.18.
    The ABA Journal reports on the proceedings of a panel discussion at the council meeting of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which met Nov. 22 in Austin, during which experts from a number of jurisdictions talked about the growing practice of states adopting regulations that allow people to practice some forms of law without a JD.

  22. "From One Young Lawyer to Another — Take Care of Yourself," 11.27.19.
    A law firm associate, writing for the Daily Business Review, writes about the importance of self-care for young lawyers.

  23. "Legal Industry — While Lagging With AI — Sees Benefits of Its Use," 11.27.19.
    Legaltech News reports that a new Brookings Institution report shows that "the legal industry is the least exposed to AI…[but] AI-backed advanced analytics, legal research and document creation are removing some human-powered tasks while also allowing lawyers to improve their counseling and work more creatively."

  24. "Barton: Fixing Law Schools," 11.26.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that NALP friend and University of Tennessee law prof Ben Barton has a new book out, Fixing Law Schools, about which Stanford law prof Deborah Rhode says, "Fixing Law Schools is essential reading for anyone who cares about legal education or is thinking of getting one. With enormous insight, wit, and eloquence, Ben Barton describes the challenges facing law schools and their students, and the profession's inadequate responses. At a time when Americans increasingly recognize the importance of the rule of law and reforms to the justice system, this book provides a blueprint for where to start."

  25. "Crowell's Dwyer to Head Leadership Council on Legal Diversity," 11.26.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has named the leader of Crowell & Moring's executive committee, Ellen Dwyer, as its new chair."

  26. "It's Finally (Sort Of) Here!: A Duty of Technological Competence for Canadian Lawyers," 11.26.19.
    This Slaw post reports that "on October 19, 2019 the Federation of Law Societies of Canada amended its Model Code of Professional Conduct to add [a technology] competence rule."

  27. "As AI Touches More Job Applications, Job Seekers Find Varied Discrimination Shields," 11.26.19.
    Legaltech News reports on the growing concern that AI-assisted hiring can be accompanied by bias that results from the algorithms being coded with biased data and that hiring bias that results from software-backed decision-making is subject to disparate impact legal challenges.

  28. "Streaming Boom Triggers Legal Employment Growth," 11.25.19.
    GlobeSt.com reports that the growth of technology and streaming companies like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, has led to legal job growth in LA: "Los Angeles has the second highest legal job growth in the country, behind only Atlanta. From 2016 to 2018, the legal jobs have increased 13.2% in Los Angeles, an addition of 69,000 jobs."

  29. "New Partners Are Worried About Mental Health and a Looming Recession," 11.25.19.
    The American Lawyer reports on the findings of the 2019 ALM Intelligence New Partners Survey, noting that new partners have many anxieties, including in some cases unexpectedly low compensation, the threat of a recession and concerns about mental health.

  30. "A 'Very, Very Good Year' for Law Firms? Maybe So, but Not for Everyone," 11.25.19.
    The American Lawyer reports on Wells Fargo's third quarter law firm financial report which found that "signs are pointing to another healthy year for law firm revenue…[although while] revenue, demand and rates have grown across the industry, Wells Fargo found that law firms at the top of the Am Law 200 grew faster across those three metrics than those clustered at the bottom."

  31. "K&L Gates Defections Follow Years of Financial Declines," 11.25.19.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports on the mounting partner defections at K&L Gates, noting that "the firm lost 96 partners from December 2018 through October…."

  32. "Hidden Costs Of Medical School Pose Barrier For Diverse Students," 11.25.19.
    The New York Times reports that "students from low-income families who choose to apply to medical school find the path lined with financial obstacles."

  33. "Human capital for one-to-many legal solutions," 11.24.19.
    Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, provides a helpful infographic and a discussion to tackle two important industry questions: "How the increased pressure for efficiency, transparency and scale is changing the nature of legal work, including the relevant mix of knowledge and skills; and, in response to these changes, how to construct a better legal talent supply chain, which would benefit clients, legal employers, law schools, and young people trying to launch a successful career in law."

  34. "In-House, Law Firm Professionals: A Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion Is Not Enough," 11.22.19.
    The Recorder reports on the proceedings at a diversity and inclusion symposium at Hewlett Packard Enterprise last week where panelists agreed that the business case for diversity and inclusion is not enough to get the job done.

  35. "Axiom Partnership Extends Pro Bono Net's Reach Beyond Law Firms," 11.22.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Axiom has announced a partnership with Pro Bono Net, becoming the first non-law firm to join up with the national nonprofit web platform."

  36. "Our Professor's Views Are Vile, University Says. But We Can't Fire Him," 11.22.19.
    The New York Times reports on a statement issued by Lauren Robel, Provost of Indiana University Bloomington, responding to a professor's racist, sexist and homophobic statements; it is as good a defense of the First Amendment in the academic setting as you will read. You can read her full statement here.

  37. "The Harvard case on considering race in admissions is a victory for diversity," 11.22.19.
    This is a beautiful Washington Post op-ed by Ruth Simmons, the president of Brown University from 2001 to 2012 and the first African American to serve in that role at an Ivy League university: "How will we ever repair our country if we fail to bring differing young people together as we educate them?"

  38. "Stripped of ABA Accreditation, Thomas Jefferson Law School Plans to Stay Open," 11.22.19.
    The Recorder reports that Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been stripped of its ABA accreditation, leaving California with 18 ABA accredited law schools, down from 21, a net loss of three in a very short period of time.



November 22, 2019

  1. "LA-Area Law School to Remain Open, but Parts Ways With the ABA," 11.21.19.
    The Recorder reports that "Trustees at the University of La Verne have voted to drop ABA accreditation for its law school and instead become accredited by the State Bar of California." ("Under the new plan, La Verne would become the first law school to drop its ABA accreditation in the wake of that body adopting tougher bar exam standards…it [will] become the seventh school to disappear from the ranks of ABA-accredited campuses since 2015.")

    1. "Law schools with accreditation issues see bar exam improvement, but will they hit 75% pass rate?," 11.21.19.
      The ABA Journal takes a look at law schools that remain at risk under the new ABA bar passage standard.

  2. "U.S. Releases Earnings Data for Thousands of College Programs," 11.21.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released data on first-year earnings of college graduates, for the first time broken down by program level…the information…is the most comprehensive and likely accurate information on different college programs currently available."

    1. "Which College Graduates Make the Most?," 11.20.19.
      More on this from The Wall Street Journal. (Subscription required.)

  3. "The Big Business of Unconscious Bias," 11.20.19.
    The New York Times reports that the diversity, equity, and inclusion business is booming as "corporations see a growing need for experts who can help address and define issues like unconscious bias." ("According to data from Indeed, a job-search engine, D.E.I.-related postings were up more than 25 percent from August 2018 to August 2019.")

  4. "Robert E. Lee on Your Diploma? Some Law Students Say 'No Thanks'," 11.20.19.
    Law.com reports that "students and alumni at Washington and Lee University School of Law are asking for the option to have portraits of Robert E. Lee and George Washington left off their diplomas."

  5. "Legally drained: why are stress levels rising among law students?," 11.19.19.
    The Guardian in the UK reports that some universities there are "taking steps to help students better cope with academic pressures and the transition from legal education to a career as a lawyer."

  6. "New Network of High Schools Aims to Boost Diversity in Legal Education and Beyond," 11.18.19.
    Law.com reports on the first national data compiled on law-focused high schools, a joint project of the Law School Admission Council and Street Law, and a data source that could provide a new diversity pipeline for law schools.

  7. "Penn Law Keeps Its Name—For Now," 11.18.19.
    Law.com reports that "The University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law will continue to be known, informally, as Penn Law until the start of the 2022 academic year, Dean Ted Ruger informed students and alumni Monday. After that, the school's official shorthand will be Penn Carey Law."

  8. "Philadelphia's 'Monster' Merger News Reflects Industrywide Zeal for Big Deals," 11.18.19.
    The Legal Intelligencer reflects on what it means about the market "that two Am Law 200 law firms headquartered in the same city acknowledge just hours apart that they are in serious merger talks with large firms based elsewhere."

  9. "Number of Enrolled International Students Drops," 11.18.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that a new report shows that "the number of enrolled international students at American colleges and universities decreased at all academic levels — undergraduate, graduate and nondegree — in the 2018-19 academic year."

    1. "America Draws Students From Around the World: Its gun culture is pushing them away," 11.15.19.
      The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that fears about personal safety are tempering international students' enthusiasm for studying in the United States. (Subscription required.)

  10. "Could a Legal Operations Role Benefit Your Organization? Here's How to Decide," 11.18.19.
    Two managing directors at MLA, writing here for Corporate Counsel, provide a primer on legal operations and suggest ways to think about whether a particular legal department should add legal operations staff and functionality to the mix.

  11. "New California bar study finds racial disparities in lawyer discipline," 11.18.19.
    The ABA Journal reports that a newly released study finds racial disparities in California's lawyer discipline system "with the greatest disparities between black and white male lawyers."

  12. "A Sober House for Students," 11.17.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a growing number of colleges and universities are incorporating private, residential recovery centers into their campus living mix. (Subscription required.)

  13. "Slim Majority of Test-Takers Passed California's July Bar Exam," 11.15.19.
    The Recorder reports that "for the first time in six years, a majority of people who took the most recent California bar exam passed…[with the] pass rate on California's July 2019 bar exam climbing to 50.1%, rebounding from a historic low of 40.7% last year." ("Alumni of American Bar Association-approved schools located outside California posted the best pass rate, 73%. Seventy-one percent of applicants from ABA-approved schools in California passed.")

  14. "Enthusiasm Gap Persists Between Law Firms and In-House Counsel," 11.15.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that according to two starkly different reports released last week, "as Big Law firms finish out a year that saw healthy revenue and demand growth, many of their in-house counterparts have said they've already begun to cut back on their total law department spending in anticipation of an economic recession."

  15. "This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here's How She Got Sober.," 11.15.19.
    This Law.com podcast features a conversation with a former big law associate who "hit bottom with drugs and alcohol some 15 years ago [and] shares the details about her path to recovery." (Podcast)

  16. "A Recession Is Looming. Even Harvard Is Uncertain About What That Means for Higher Ed.," 11.15.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "colleges nationwide are examining their budgets as they anticipate a future recession…they are considering deferring purchases and maintenance, relying more on part-time contingent faculty members, and freezing hiring and travel." (Subscription required.)

    1. "How the Great Recession Reshaped American Higher Education," 09.14.18.
      And in the ICYMI category, this Chronicle of Higher Education article from September 2018 reports on the short and long term effects of the Great Recession on US higher education: "The financial meltdown and its aftermath…spurred considerable change in how academic leaders run their institutions, public research universities in particular. Immediate funding shortfalls and tightened credit from banks squeezed many colleges, leading to furloughs and cutbacks. The longer-term effects of the recession have been more profound and less obvious. They have altered campus revenue streams, influenced students' choice of major, reshuffled the composition of the academic work force, and prodded colleges to emphasize their role as economic engines." (Subscription required.)

  17. "Employers Plan to Increase College Hiring by 5.8 Percent," 11.15.19.
    NACE reports that according to their most recent survey data, "employers plan to hire 5.8 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2020 than they did from the Class of 2019 for positions in the United States."

  18. "Is college worth it? A Georgetown study measures return on investment - with some surprising results.," 11.14.19.
    The Washington Post reports on new research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce that uses newly released federal data to try to calculate return on investment for thousands of colleges across the country.

  19. "In-House Counsel Say They Have Higher Workloads Than Last Year," 11.14.19. Corporate Counsel reports that according to a new report released last week, "sixty-three percent of in-house counsel feel like they are under greater pressure now than 12 months ago."

  20. "Every Voice Counts: Take Law.com's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey," 11.13.19.
    Law.com and ALM Intelligence have launched a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey that it is urging everyone in the legal ecosystem to participate in: "This comprehensive survey of law firms of all sizes and locations stands to provide some of the best insight into the industry to date on such an important topic. The survey is designed to gather information from individuals at all levels of the firm, including attorneys and professional staff, and all information provided is strictly confidential."



November 15, 2019

  1. "How Mindfulness Helps Grad Students," 11.15.19.
    Inside Higher Ed reports that "a paper in the Journal of American College Health on the effects of mindfulness practice on doctoral candidates' mental health [found that] students who practiced mindfulness reported a statistically significant reduction in depression and increased self-efficacy, hope and resilience."

  2. "'Death by a Thousand Cuts': Why Are Women Leaving Big Law?," 11.14.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that a new study by the ABA and ALM Intelligence finds that "many experienced women attorneys in Big Law love what they do, but often they leave firms because they're dissatisfied with how their firm operates and treats them."

    1. "Why are experienced women lawyers leaving Big Law? Survey looks for answers and finds big disparities," 11.14.19.
      More on this important new study from the ABA Journal: "The survey found that male lawyers were more satisfied with their jobs than females, and they reported fewer negative experiences."

  3. "'Offsite' Program Helps Ropes & Gray Lawyers Chart Their Own Path," 11.14.19.
    The American Lawyer reports on Ropes & Gray's innovative offsite program that allows associates to work from anywhere, including Iowa or Vermont, places the firm does not have offices: "The program gives high-performing associates the flexibility to decide their own geographic location and number of hours, but without giving up a chance to return to a more standard career at Ropes & Gray eventually — including a path to partnership."

  4. "What's In a Name for Law Schools? Money. Lots of It.," 11.14.19.
    Law.com writes about the big donations law schools chase, offering naming rights in exchange for transformational gifts.

    1. "Law School Naming Rights 60 Years in the Making," 11.14.19.
      Law.com produces an infographic that provides a 60-year history of law school naming rights.

  5. "To Diversify the Legal Pipeline, Let's Share the Rules of the Game," 11.14.19.
    The director of programs for diversity at the AccessLex Institute, writing for The National Law Journal, writes that "if our desire is to increase diversity both in legal education and the profession, we must create meaningful transparency about our processes and expectations."

  6. "Faegre Baker Daniels, Drinker Biddle in Merger Talks," 11.13.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Minneapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels and Philadelphia-based Drinker Biddle & Reath have been engaged in merger talks, both firms confirmed Wednesday night."

  7. "Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton in Advanced Merger Discussions," 11.13.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders is in merger talks with Philadelphia's Pepper Hamilton, both firms have confirmed."

    1. "Troutman Aims for Big Law Big Leagues With Pepper Merger," 11.13.19.
      More from The American Lawyer on this possible merger: "A merger of Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders and Philadelphia's Pepper Hamilton would create a combined law firm with more than $855 million in revenue, potentially shooting the firm up to the Am Law 50."

  8. "Report Reveals Frantic Scramble After California Bar Exam Blunder," 11.13.19.
    The Recorder reports that a new report investigating the California state bar's inadvertent release of the essay topics for the July 2019 bar exam found that "the bar's harried response reflected an agency ill-prepared to handle an administrative emergency and unclear on expectations from the California Supreme Court."

  9. "Good growth? Lawyer population grows, but supply may outpace demand," 11.13.19.
    The Indiana Lawyer reports on the ABA's National Lawyer Population Survey, noting that the number of active lawyers nationwide grew by 14.5% in the last decade.

  10. "The Biggest Mistake Lawyers Make in Their Approach to Networking," 11.13.19.
    Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, writes that calling it "relationship building" or "professional connecting" can make it easier for lawyers to engage in effective networking.

  11. "Law Firm Revenues Rise as Demand Accelerates, Citi Reports," 11.12.19.
    Gretta Rusanow, writing for The American Lawyer, reports that nine month industry financial data show that revenue growth exceeded expense growth in the third quarter, and that "while we might not end the year with the strong growth levels seen in 2018, we anticipate that 2019 will be a decent year."

    1. "Feeling Flush, Firms See Effects of 2018 Salary Hikes Recede," 11.12.19.
      The American Lawyer analyzes the third quarter Citi numbers and concludes that "law firms have succeeded in mitigating the financial consequences of 2018?s associate salary hikes."

  12. "Majority of General Counsel Believe a Recession Is Coming in the Next 2 Years," 11.12.19.
    Corporate Counsel reports that according to the 2019 Chief Legal Officer Survey published by Altman Weil on Tuesday, seventy-six percent of chief legal officers believe that a recession is coming in the next two years.

  13. "The Realized Hour: How to Actually Collect on the Amount You Bill," 11.12.19.
    Legaltech News reports on how technology is revolutionizing the collections process.

  14. "Cravath Matches Associate Bonuses After Early Announcement From Milbank," 11.11.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Cravath, Swaine & Moore announced its associate year-end bonuses on Monday… Cravath's bonuses are the same as last year's and are identical to the bonuses Milbank announced last week."

    1. "Clifford Chance To Match Cravath, Milbank Bonuses," 11.12.19.
      The American Lawyer reports that "Clifford Chance's associate bonus rates will match the rates set this week by U.S. heavyweight firms Milbank and Cravath Swaine & Moore."

    2. "With a Flurry of Announcements, Bonus Season Is in Full Force," 11.12.19.
      The American Lawyer reports that "Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Clifford Chance; and litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg all announced Tuesday that they have matched Milbank's associate bonus rates."

    3. "Biglaw Bonus Bankroll: The Associate Compensation Scorecard
      (Fall 2019),"
      11.12.19.
      Above the Law provides a running listing of the Big Law firms that have announced associate bonuses, along with a chart that shows the current terms and conditions. (The scorecard contains bonus information for 15 firms as of this morning.)

    4. "Milbank's Early Associate Bonus Announcement Signals Fierce Competition for Law Firm Talent," 11.08.19.
      The American Lawyer writes about the market signals sent by this year's early bonus cycle.

  15. "LSAC and Street Law Aim to Increase Access to Legal Education through New Network for Law-Themed High Schools," 11.11.19.
    The Law School Admission Council and Street Law have announced that they are collaborating on "a first-of-its-kind effort to connect and support law-themed high schools and, in turn, increase access to legal education."

  16. "Reed Smith Among Big Firms Building Veteran Groups," 11.11.19.
    The Legal Intelligencer writes about Reed Smith's Veterans Inclusion Group that "brings attorneys and staff together who have served in the military, have family members or friends who served in the military or who are interested in supporting military and veteran-related issues."

    1. "How UGA Law Veterans Clinic Aids 'Invisible' Wounds," 11.11.19.
      The Daily Report writes about the work of the University of Georgia School of Law's Veterans Legal Clinic.

  17. "The Delta Model: simple, accurate, versatile," 11.10.19.
    Five legal industry professionals from different backgrounds and perspectives, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, write about a new model for lawyer development that they describe as "a new competency model that fits both the present and future…[and is] durable enough to guide professional development throughout one's career."

  18. "University of Pennsylvania law school gets record-setting $125 million donation from NY foundation," 11.08.19.
    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "a New York-based philanthropy whose founders have deep ties to the University of Pennsylvania have given its law school $125 million, the largest single gift ever for a law school." ("After the gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation, the school will become the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law.")

    1. "Penn Law, With Record-Breaking Donation, Gets New Name," 11.08.19.
      Law.com reports that "the University of Pennsylvania Law School has received the single largest donation to a law campus on record and is changing its name in honor of the donor."

    2. "Penn Law's Name Change Sparks Outcry Following $125 Million Donation," 11.11.19.
      Law.com reports that "more than 500 students and alumni so far have signed a petition asking administrators to retain Penn Law as the shorthand for the law school."

    3. "'Penn Law' Eyes Compromise Amid Outcry Over Name Change," 11.12.19.
      More on this from Law.com: "Administrators at the newly dubbed University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School told students at a campus meeting Monday that they are considering modifying the new official Carey Law shorthand after widespread criticism of the decision to ditch Penn Law."

  19. "More Women Lawyers Promoted to Partner in Past Year, Report Says," 11.08.19.
    Bloomberg Law reports that a "new report released by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance…[shows] that roughly 41.3% of lawyers promoted to partnership across 138 major firms in the U.S. in 2019 were women, up from 38.9% last year."

  20. "How'd They Do It? Law Schools With Top Bar Pass Rates Share Their Secrets," 11.07.19.
    Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, talks to "five law schools with the highest July pass rate in their respective jurisdictions…about their secrets to bar exam success, and why their graduates tend to do so well on the licensing exam."

  21. "10 Reasons Teens Have So Much Anxiety Today," 11.03.17.
    And here's another ICYMI piece — this 2017 article from Psychology Today bubbled up in my social media feed this week — worth a read if you haven't seen it before: "the rise in anxiety reflects several societal changes and cultural shifts we've seen over the past couple of decades."



November 8, 2019

  1. "Milbank Becomes First Mover With Early Associate Bonus Announcement," 11.07.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "Milbank said Thursday that its first-year associates are taking home a $15,000 year-end bonus while senior associates receive up to a $100,000 bonus," kicking off the Big Law associate bonus season.

    1. "Biglaw Bonuses Are Here!!!," 11.07.19.
      More on this from Above the Law: "It's actually a bit shocking that Biglaw bonus season is here so soon. This is actually the earliest that Biglaw bonuses have been announced since 2009. But what comes as an even bigger shocker is the fact that Cravath was not the firm to make the first move on year-end bonuses."

  2. "A Firm Implemented a 4-Day Workweek and Hasn't Looked Back," 11.07.19.
    The American Lawyer profiles 24-lawyer Orlando-based Benenati Law that has shortened the workweek at the firm to four days to bring greater work-life balance to its employees.

  3. "Law Firm Debt Levels Shrink as Partners Put More Skin in the Game," 11.07.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "industry watchers say law firms have become less reliant on bank debt over the past decade…[while] capital contributions per equity partner have jumped."

  4. "The legal profession doesn't have a leadership problem-it has a character problem," 11.07.19.
    A law firm partner writing for the ABA Journal opines that there are plenty of leaders in the legal profession, but not enough leaders with character.

  5. "Gibson Dunn and Other Firms Spurned by LGBTQ Groups at Top Law Schools," 11.06.19.
    Law.com reports that "In an open letter released Nov. 6, LGBTQ+ student groups at 13 highly ranked law schools said they will no longer accept donations or promote law firms that use mandatory arbitration, and they singled out Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a firm that continues to use mandatory arbitration for certain employees. Harvard Law School Lambda, Michigan OUTLaws, UCLA OUTLaw and Yale Law School OutLaws have each severed ties with the firm, according to People's Parity Project, which co-wrote the open letter with the Harvard group."

  6. "Rise and Shine: Increasing Firm Visibility as a Young Partner," 11.06.19.
    A trial lawyer with Morgan Lewis, writing for The National Law Journal, offers best practices for cultivating visibility as a young partner at a large law firm.

  7. "Quinn Emanuel the Latest Large Firm to Start Accepting Bitcoin," 11.06.19.
    LegalTech News reports that "Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan said Tuesday that it has started accepting bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, joining a handful of other firms that have acknowledged their openness to the fledgling payment method."

  8. "Law Firms Should Help Attorneys With Postpartum Mental Health Challenges," 11.06.19.
    A managing director at MLA writing here for Law.com urges that "it's time for the legal profession to wake up to the reality that poor parental leave practices, a stressful work environment and the legal industry's failure to address serious mental health concerns create a merciless environment for those suffering from postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders."

  9. "More Women Pursue M.B.A. as Elite Schools Step Up Recruiting," 11.06.19.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that "as applications to American business schools decline, the percentage of women enrolled in full-time M.B.A. programs continues to rise, climbing this fall to an average of 39% at more than 50 of the top programs in the U.S., Canada and Europe." (Subscription required.)

  10. "Innovative Electives Part 2: Electives Focusing on Lawyer Well-Being and Other Innovative Electives," 11.05.19.
    The What Great Law Schools Do blog focuses on law school electives that focus on lawyer well-being in this latest post.

  11. "Big Law Sees Increased Demand, Productivity Declines," 11.04.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that "according to a Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor Economic Index report released Monday, demand for large law firm legal services in the first three quarters of the year was at its highest level since the recession and billable rates continue to rise…[but] costs were up and overall productivity was down in the same period."

  12. "Reed Smith Approved for Alternative Business Structure in UK," 11.04.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith's UK limited liability partnership has been granted approval by UK regulator to make the switch to an alternative business structure: "The firm is one of the largest to date to make use of an ABS structure, as more firms are considering alternative structures or external investment opportunities."

    1. "BigLaw firm gets UK approval for nonlawyer partners and outside investment," 11.06.19.
      More on this from the ABA Journal.

  13. "3rd Circuit Revives Woman's ADA Lawsuit Over LSAT Accommodations," 11.04.19.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "a federal appeals court has reversed the dismissal of a pro se lawsuit filed by a woman with ADHD and dyslexia against the Law School Admission Council for denying her accommodations for LSAT testing."

  14. "Should More Partner Compensation Systems Include Punishment for Misbehavior?," 11.04.19.
    The American Lawyer writes that "there's little evidence that…financial penalties are an effective deterrent for rainmaking partners who often are allowed to act with impunity at their firms."

  15. "Lockstep Model Is Doomed, Says Recruiter Behind Cleary Rainmaker Move," 11.04.19.
    The American Lawyer speaks with Mark Rosen, who opines on the sustainability of the lockstep system: "Five years from now or even sooner, I don't think there will be any pure lockstep firms left."

  16. "Akron Is Tenth Law School To Offer Hybrid Online J.D.," 11.04.19.
    The TaxProf Blog reports that beginning fall 2020, the University of Akron School of Law will introduce a new blended online Juris Doctor (J.D.) program that will allow part-time students in the first two years of their four-year program to attend classes in person just two nights per week and complete the rest of their coursework online.

  17. "Legal Sector Employment Flat as US Adds 128,000 Jobs," 11.01.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest jobs numbers from the USBLS, employment in the legal industry, which includes attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries and others, remained flat with an addition of just 300 jobs in October.

  18. "Upstart Cities Overtaking Biggest Legal Markets for Law Firm Growth, Report Finds," 11.01.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that a new report on legal employment and real estate trends found that law firms continue to expand in lower-cost areas with large talent pools, while growth in dominant markets such as New York and Washington, D.C., has plateaued. ("Overall, Phoenix was the national leader in legal service employment growth, which includes lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff, with a 9.6% increase. Following Phoenix was Austin, Texas, at 9.1%; Atlanta at 8.9%; Orlando, Florida, at 7.4%; and Dallas/Fort Worth at 5.1%.")

  19. "Exit Strategies: Aging Partners Are Forcing Firms to Reconsider Retirement," 11.01.19.
    The American Lawyer writes about the challenges law firms face in trying to retain clients as more than a quarter of their relationship partners head toward retirement.

  20. "Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion: Fish & Richardson," 11.01.19.
    The Recorder speaks with NALP member Kristine McKinney, chief legal talent and inclusion officer at Fish & Richardson, about how the firm weaves diversity into the fabric of the firm.

  21. "Six Things Applicants Need To Know About NY's Character and Fitness Process," 11.01.19.
    The New York Law Journal provides "a few key pointers that may help candidates navigate this stressful, and sometimes confusing, [character and fitness] process."

  22. "Law Schools and the Bar Exam: A Big Disconnect," 11.01.19.
    A Housing Court Judge and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, writing for the New York Law Journal, responds to last week's ALM article about rising bar pass rates, urging law schools to do more to close the gap in the disconnect between legal education and the bar exam.

  23. "Law School Partnerships Give Firm's Tech Subsidiaries a Product Education," 11.01.19.
    LegalTech News writes about the partnership between Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's legal tech subsidiary SixFifty that allows students from BYU's LawX legal design lab to work with SixFifty to create a pro bono solution that streamlines the asylum application process.

  24. "The Enrollment Crash Goes Deeper Than Demographics," 11.01.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription required.) writes about the very real enrollment challenges colleges and universities will face with coming steep decline in the number of high school graduates that comes on the heels of the lowest birth rate ever recorded following the Great Recession, noting that schools have already seen eight straight years of enrollment declines. (For more on the high school population demographic crash see this 2016 Inside Higher Ed article, The High School Graduate Plateau.)

  25. "Too often, neurodiverse hiring efforts overlook female job seekers," 10.31.19.
    An openly autistic lawyer writing for Fast Company writes that too many disabled women are skipped over for job opportunities.

  26. "The mental-health crisis in law," 03.06.18.
    This is in the ICYMI category - an excellent March 2018 article from Precedent Magazine in Canada that just recently came to my attention again: "This isn't another story telling you that lawyers are depressed. It's a story about a professional culture that is itself sick. It's about bullying, loneliness, imposter syndrome and rage. But it's also about lawyers who have found hope and strength."



November 1, 2019

1. "LPOs Are Disrupting the Industry — and Young Lawyers Should Take Notice," 10.31.19.
The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes that as "legal process outsourcing companies (LPOs) continue making headway as disrupters in the legal industry…young lawyers would be wise to embrace these changes and use advancements in business process outsourcing and digital solutions to build on their own practice."

2. "Millennial Clients Are Forcing Attorneys to Rethink Their Marketing Approach," 10.31.19.
Legaltech News reports that "law firms are leveraging technology to drive a new approach to marketing that emphasizes humanity over bare-bones credentials, an effort that seems almost tailor-made to capture the attention of would-be millennial clients."

3. "There's (Not) An App for That: Solving the Legal Profession's Mental Health Problem," 10.31.19.
Patrick Krill, writing for Law.com, argues that "apps aren't the way to solve the legal profession's mental health and addiction problems, despite their widespread availability."

4. "Lathrop Inks Merger With Minnesota Firm as Midwest Stays Hot," 10.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Lathrop Gage and Gray Plant Mooty will combine next year to form Lathrop GPM, the firms announced Thursday, creating a new 400-lawyer firm and extending a streak of Midwest law firm mergers."

5. "A Threat Over Standardized Testing," 10.30.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that a coalition of civil rights groups has threatened to sue the University of California system if it continues to require either the SAT or the ACT for admissions, alleging that the standardized tests "prevent talented and qualified students with less accumulated advantage — including students with less wealth, students with disabilities, and underrepresented minority students — from accessing higher education."

    a. "U. of California Faces Bias Lawsuit Over ACT/SAT Requirement," 10.29.19.
    And The Chronicle of Higher Education also reports on this story: "Lawyers representing students, the Compton Unified School District, civil-rights groups, and college-access organizations said on Tuesday that they planned to sue the University of California unless it drops its ACT/SAT requirement…[alleging that] the testing requirement violates state civil-rights laws."

    b. "A Civil-Rights Challenge to Testing Joins the College-Admissions Battle," 10.31.19.
    The New Yorker lends some additional perspective to this development.

6. "University of La Verne Mulls Closure of Law School," 10.30.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the University of La Verne may close its law school as its governing board evaluates the law school's viability and finances.

    a. "Law school with bar pass rate under 75% threshold considers its future," 10.30.19.
    The ABA Journal attributes La Verne's uncertain future to its dismal bar passage rate (the school had a first-time bar passage rate of 31.49% for 2018).

    b. "LA's Turbulent Law School Market Could Take Another Hit," 10.29.19.
    More on this from The Recorder: "If the board votes to close the campus, it will become the sixth law school to shut down since 2017."

7. "NY State Bar Set to Eye Removal of Mental Health Question for Attorney Applicants," 10.30.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the New York State Bar Association's governing body is set to consider this weekend whether to recommend that inquiries about an applicant's mental health be removed from future applications for admission to the state bar."

8. "Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion: Littler Mendelson," 10.30.19.
The Recorder speaks with Natalie Pierce, co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Diversity and Inclusion Council, about the firm's Career Advocacy Program that pairs minorities and attorneys who have identified themselves as LGBTQ or differently abled with firm leaders and general counsel of the firm's clients.

9. "Piles of 'Porn' Prompt Some Law Schools to Get Eco-Friendly," 10.30.19.
Law.com reports that "a new initiative from two law schools seeks to cut down on the amount of academic marketing materials that flood the mailboxes of law professors this time of year — before distribution of the reputational surveys used to determine the upcoming U.S. News & World Report law school rankings."

10. "Law Firms Are Still Investing in Tech, but the Pace May Have Slowed," 10.30.19.
Legaltech News reports that a 2019 report shows a decline in the amount of revenue firms are investing in technology.

11. "Another Drop in College Readiness," 10.30.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "new ACT score results show that scores across the country are continuing to decline slightly from last year, especially in math and English…the number of graduates meeting the required benchmarks in math and English is the lowest it has been in 15 years.

12. "Bar Pass Rates Are Up. Is the Worst Over?" 10.29.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "the six-year slide in bar exam pass rates looks to be at an end…with New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Virginia among the many jurisdictions celebrating higher pass rates on the July 2019 bar exam."

    a. "Pa. July Bar Pass Rate Ticks Up Slightly. Which Area Law Schools Led the Way?" 10.25.19.
    The Legal Intelligencer reports that "the pass rate for first-time takers of the July Pennsylvania bar exam rose slightly this year after dipping in 2018."

    b. "Pass Rates Jumped Across the Board for Georgia Bar Exam," 10.29.19.
    And the Daily Report writes that the overall pass rate for all Georgia bar exam test-takers jumped to 65.8% from 61.2% for the July 2018 exam.

    c. "July 2019 Arizona Bar Exam Results," 10.29.19.
    And the TaxProf Blog reports the pass rates for the Arizona Bar Exam by law school.

13. "Warning Signs: How Big Law's Greatest Failures Unfolded," 10.29.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "an analysis of 10 years of data leading up to a dozen different firm collapses shows that in most cases, profits per lawyer failed to keep pace with the costs of expansion, leaving firms overburdened by the mounting debt that helped fuel their growth."

    a. "30 Years of Law Firm Collapses: An Annotated Timeline," 10.29.19.
    And The American Lawyer provides this infographic charting 30-plus years of law firm failures.

14. "Legal Group Questions 'U.S. News'," 10.29.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the Society for Empirical Legal Studies has written to U.S. News & World Report to express concern about its plans to create a law school scholarly impact ranking based on HeinOnline data."

15. "Not All Law Schools Created Equal: Appellate Court Finds ABA-Accreditation 'Meaningful' Measure of Quality," 10.29.19.
The Recorder reports that "employers have the right to require candidates to graduate from American Bar Association-accredited institutions, according to an Oct. 28 ruling from California's Fourth District Court of Appeal."

16. "#MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Substantive Law in the Workplace," 10.28.19.
A law firm partner and associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, examine how the #MeToo movement has changed the legal principles that govern claims of sexual harassment.

17. "Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion: NetApp," 10.28.19.
The Recorder speaks with Connie Brenton, Senior Director of Legal Operations at NetApp, about the Community of Legal Interns, "a project that seeks to connect students and employers committed to increasing diversity, inclusion and innovation in the legal industry."

18. "Updates to a 100-year old talent model," 10.27.19.
Tim Mohan, the Chief Executive Partner of Chapman and Cutler, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, writes that "today's legal market seems to call for a willingness to experiment with new ways of sourcing and developing legal talent."

19. "Boots to Suits: The Path from JAG Corps to Big Law and Beyond," 10.25.19.
This Law.com podcast explores "the sometimes rocky transition for military lawyers who want to go into private practice." (Podcast)

20. "A Bankruptcy Lawyer's Perspective on Why a Recession Is Probable," 10.25.19.
A bankruptcy lawyer, writing for the Daily Business Review, provides a list of reasons he believes we are on the verge of a significant worldwide economic slowdown.

21. "Coming Out: A Reflection on Making the Practice of Law More LGBTQ-Friendly," 10.23.19.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, shares his story, writing that "the legal profession and the court system must do better to understand, support, and protect LGBTQ people."


October 25, 2019

1. "Lawyers are failing at cybersecurity, says ABA TechReport 2019," 10.24.19.
The ABA Journal reports that according to the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center's ABA TechReport 2019, lawyers are failing at cybersecurity: "The lack of effort on security has become a major cause for concern in the profession."

2. "Wilson Sonsini and BYU Join Forces to Help Asylum Seekers," 10.24.19.
The Recorder reports that "Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is teaming up with students at Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School to help design a program that will simplify the asylum application process."

3. "More Than 20 Legal Departments Sign On for In-House Mansfield Rule Pilot," 10.24.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "Diversity Lab announced Thursday the launch of its inaugural Mansfield Rule: Legal Department Edition with more than 20 corporate legal departments on board to help foster diversity within in-house legal leadership."

4. "Michael Cahill Installed as New Dean of Brooklyn Law School," 10.24.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that Michael T. Cahill has been installed as the new dean at Brooklyn Law School.

5. "Slaughters Focuses on Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing with New App," 10.24.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Slaughter and May has become the first law firm to partner with workplace mental health and wellbeing app Unmind…[that] provides written advice, podcasts and assessment tools to help staff prepare for meetings and calls, to ready themselves for presentations, to assist with breathing and sleeping, and deliver preventative approaches."

6. "New York Bar Exam Results Are Out, And They Look Great," 10.23.19.
Above the Law reports that the results for the July 2019 administration of the New York bar exam are out, revealing a 65 percent pass rate, up two points from the previous year.

    a. "NY State Bar Exam Pass Rate Edges Upward, to 65%, in 2019," 10.24.19.
    More on this from the New York Law Journal.

7. "Pepperdine Law Lands $50 Million Donation and a New Name," 10.23.19.
The Recorder reports that "Los Angeles developer and Pepperdine Law alum Richard Caruso on Wednesday announced a $50 million gift to his alma mater…[and has] pledged to help raise another $50 million over the next decade…. The school is being renamed the Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law in recognition of the gift."

8. "UGA Law to Launch LGBTQ Scholarship," 10.23.19.
The Daily Report writes that "the University of Georgia School of Law has announced plans to fund an LGBTQ scholarship program starting next year."

9. "For Stressed Out Law Students: Put Down the Phone. And Breathe," 10.23.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, interviews attorney coach and UCLA law lecturer Judith Gordon about why law school is so stressful and what students can do to manage their classroom anxieties.

10. "Big Four set sights on legal services," 10.23.19.
The Financial Times reports that the Big Four's legal services strategy seems to be "using technology to make legal advice more efficient, and to capitalize on improving the functioning of in-house legal teams through legal operations services."

11. "5 Challenges Millennials Pose to Law Firm Culture," 10.23.19.
Legaltech News look at a few of the ways that millennials are already challenging law firms to redefine their cultures.

12. "Is It Bad to Renege on a Job Offer Acceptance?," 10.23.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, advises that the pros and cons of reneging on a job offer acceptance usually come out in favor of honoring the original commitment and preserving one's integrity.

13. "Is Lateral Hiring a Diversity Blindspot for Big Law?," 10.22.19.
The American Lawyer takes a look at law firms' lateral partner pipeline.

14. "Special Section: Diversity," 10.22.19.
The Legal Intelligencer publishes a special supplement on diversity with seven feature articles on diversity and inclusion.

15. "The 2019 Global 200: Ranked by Revenue," 10.22.19.
The American Lawyer publishes its rankings of the Global Second Hundred by gross revenue (Global 200 firms ranked 101-200).

    a. "The 2019 Global 200: A Growth Gap Persists Between Tiers," 10.22.19.
    The American Lawyer provides analysis of its Global 200 findings, noting that "in 2018, the Global 100 earned more than three-and-a-half times as much as their counterparts in the Second Hundred."

16. "JD Not Necessary for Legal Ops Leaders, Experts Say," 10.22.19.
Law.com reports that "the number of legal operations leaders who do not have law degrees is increasing, with little downside to having someone without a juris doctor lead the function."

17. "SMU Law to Launch First Amendment Clinic with Stanton Foundation Funding," 10.22.19.
The Texas Lawyer reports that Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law has received $900,000 in funding from the Stanton Foundation to launch a First Amendment clinic.

18. "A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job," 10.22.19.
The Washington Post reports that "an artificial intelligence hiring system has become a powerful gatekeeper for some of America's most prominent employers, reshaping how companies assess their workforce." ("More than 100 employers now use the system, including Hilton, Unilever and Goldman Sachs, and more than a million job seekers have been analyzed.")

19. "Professional Formation And Development From Law Student To Lawyer," 10.22.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article from Neil Hamilton that looks at the significant transitions each student experiences in law school.

20. "Innovative Electives Part 1: Cutting Edge Topics and Cutting-Edge Practice Areas," 10.22.19.
The What Great Law Schools Do blog reports on innovative elective courses at a variety of law schools.

21. "At More Than One-Third of the Am Law 100, Minority Partners Are Disproportionately Nonequity," 10.21.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "minority partners at more than three dozen Am Law 100 firms disproportionately occupy the nonequity tier, according to an analysis by The American Lawyer."

22. "The Key to Beating Burnout? Career Diversity," 10.21.19.
The general counsel for a venture-backed startup, writing for The Recorder, writes about strategies for avoiding burnout.

23. "Law School's Nonprofit Conversion Stumbles," 10.21.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that Florida Coastal School of Law has submitted a second application to the ABA petitioning to be reclassified as a nonprofit institution.

24. "Students Petition To De-Gender All Seattle Law School Bathrooms," 10.21.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that students at Seattle Law School have submitted a petition on behalf of all gender non-conforming students to de-gender all of the bathrooms in the law school.

25. "Are Liberal Arts Colleges Doomed?," 10.21.19.
An interesting story in The Washington Post Magazine that suggests the recent struggles at Hampshire College may be a cautionary tale for the broken business model of the rest of higher education.

26. "80% of legal employers prefer technical skills to personality," 10.17.19.
Law Times reports that new survey results from Robert Half show that "82 per cent of Canadian lawyers put greater weight on technical skills versus 'soft skills'."

27. "Implicit Biases: You Don't Know What You Don't Know," 10.17.19.
A law firm administrator, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, writes that "to truly become diverse and embrace everyone equally, we must identify our biases and make a conscious effort to change our behavior."

28. "Law Firms Seek Diversity by Recruiting at 'Overlooked' Schools," 10.17.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that "law firms seeking to diversify their ranks are expanding recruitment efforts at law schools that tend to get overlooked."




Past News Digest Issues


October 18, 2019

1. "Racial Inequality, at College and in the Workplace," 10.18.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a new study released by Georgetown University…[shows that] between 1991 and 2016, black and Latino Americans increased their likelihood of obtaining and maintaining a good job, but their white peers still disproportionately hold better jobs compared to their overall employment."

2. "KPMG Legal Expands in Eastern Europe by Absorbing Tech-Centric Law Firm," 10.17.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Big Four auditing firm KMPG is scaling up its legal operations in Eastern Europe by absorbing Romanian law firm Fernbach & Partners, in a move to create the leading technology, IP and privacy practice in Romania."

    a. "PwC Legal Arm Partners With Contract Startup ThoughtRiver," 10.17.19.
    Legaltech News reports that "Big Four accountant PwC's legal arm has entered into a strategic partnership with legal tech startup ThoughtRiver, which provides pre-screening technology for legal contracts."

3. "Fewer Chinese Students at Many Campuses," 10.17.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that after a period of sustained and rapid growth, the enrollment of Chinese nationals in US undergraduate programs has begun to decline.

4. "Mayer Brown Partner to Chambers: Include More Women or Leave Me Out," 10.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "a London partner in Mayer Brown's derivatives and structured products practice, asked to be removed from Chambers' 2020 U.K. derivatives rankings because only one woman made the list out of 18 lawyers recognized. In Chambers' global derivatives rankings from this year, only two of the 27 ranked lawyers are women."

5. "He, She, They: Workplaces Adjust As Gender Identity Norms Change," 10.16.19.
According to this piece from NPR's Morning Edition, "employers are going to be faced with an increasing percentage of employees over time who have nonbinary identities because there is greater prevalence of gender ambiguity among young people."

6. "How Technology Will Change the Role of Lawyers: A FinTech GC's Perspective," 10.16.19.
A general counsel at a digital asset advisory firm, writing for Legaltech News, writes that "as technology continues to automate routine tasks, lawyers will no longer be relied upon as heavily to draft contracts and review documents, but instead will be called upon to manage risks with greater sophistication and efficacy than ever before…the most effective lawyers will understand how things like blockchain, bitcoin, digital assets, and digitized securities are changing calculations as to risk [and] reward."

7. "U.K. Legal Tech Startup Investments Have Soared Since 2017," 10.16.19.
Legaltech News reports that "investment in key U.K. legal tech startups has nearly tripled since 2017, a new report from Thomson Reuters has found."

8. "New York Law School Adds Religious Training to Its Diversity Program," 10.16.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that New York Law School has partnered with the Interfaith Center of New York for a year-long series of programming aimed at teaching law students and attorneys about religion to help students and lawyers better represent religious clients.

9. "Turf War Blocked CFPB From Helping Fix Student Loan Forgiveness Program," 10.15.19.
NPR reports that the US Department of Education blocked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from trying to fix a troubled loan forgiveness program.

10. "White Men Aren't So Keen on Diversity Efforts," 10.15.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reports on the findings of a new report in the Harvard Business Review on attitudes about diversity programs; "the study looked at people's attitudes to eight types of diversity policies, ranging from voluntary training to numerical diversity goals," and found that attitudes varied considerably based on gender and race/ethnicity, noting that "whites and men are least likely to believe that discrimination causes race/gender inequality."

11. "In-House Leaders Should Foster Diversity From the Top," 10.15.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on a Tuesday panel program at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 2019 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference in New York where panelists agreed that "a general counsel or chief legal officer's role in fostering a welcoming work environment is critical."

    a. "Becoming a Chief Diversity Officer Comes With Unexpected Challenges," 10.14.19.
    Corporate Counsel reports on the discussion that took place Monday on a panel at the MCCA's Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference: "Becoming a chief diversity officer at a major corporation or a law firm requires more than just a passion for equality and coming up with diversity and inclusion policies."

    b. "Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Be an Ally in Diversity, Inclusion," 10.16.19.
    More from Corporate Counsel on the proceedings at this week's MCCA conference.

12. "DLA Piper Clings to Mandatory Arbitration — But Not Louis Lehot — As Students Show Clout," 10.15.19.
The American Lawyer provides this update on the use of mandatory arbitration policies at DLA and the recent departure of a rainmaker from the firm who was accused of sexually assaulting another partner at the firm.

    a. "DLA Piper Removes Female Partner Who Alleged Sex Assault, Triggering 'Smear Campaign' Accusation," 10.16.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that the DLA Piper partner who alleged that a senior partner sexually assaulted her has been placed on administrative leave.

13. "In Jones Day's London Office, an 'Endemic Culture of Sexual Inappropriateness'," 10.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Legal Week investigations have revealed a culture of sexual harassment and bullying in Jones Day's London office.

14. "I Was a Law School Jackass: How I'd Do It Differently Now," 10.15.19.
Leigh Jones, writing for Law.com, concludes that "until we stop perceiving each other as a threat, the profession will continue to suffer from anxiety, depression and substance abuse at rates higher than other similar occupations."

15. "More Than 100 Law Firms Have Reported Data Breaches. And the Problem Is Getting Worse," 10.15.19.
Law.com reports that based on its investigations, law firms are falling victim to data breaches at an alarming rate.

16. "50% Of July LSAT Test-Takers Cancel Their Score," 10.14.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "approximately half of those who took the July Law School Admission Test (LSAT) decided to kill their scores."

    a. "Holy Crap! A Ton Of Wannabe Law School Students Got Cold Feet: There were historic rates of LSAT score cancellation," 10.15.19.
    More on this from Above the Law.

17. "Federal Judge and His Clerk Are Redefining Work for Lawyer Moms," 10.14.19.
A federal judge and his law clerk, writing for Law.com, discuss navigating the legal workday in a way that doesn't require rigid daytime face time.

18. "Why Data Competency Is a Requisite for Tomorrow's Practitioners," 10.14.19.
Legaltech News writes that "it is becoming increasingly difficult for [lawyers] to provide adequate representation without being skilled in the uses of data."

19. "Priorities for New Lawyers are Changing. Can the Legal Industry Keep Up?," 10.14.19.
This piece in Legaltech News argues that "the next generation of lawyers expect law firms to not only embrace technology, but to place increasing value on the overall healthiness of their culture as well."

20. "The Incredible Shrinking Higher Ed Industry," 10.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "higher education enrollments have been falling for years…[and] the number of colleges and universities in the United States is at its lowest ebb since at least 1998."

    a. "My University Is Dying, And soon yours will be, too," 09.25.19.
    And for a more intimate look at what this means, see this September piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education by a professor of English at the University of North Dakota. (Subscription required.)

21. "Toward evidence-based legal education reform: First, let's experiment," 10.13.19
Former Northwestern Law Dean Dan Rodriguez, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, writes about the importance of data collection and analysis in legal education reform.

22. "The Should-Be Solution to the Student-Debt Problem," 10.13.19.
The New York Times Your Money column identifies some of the flaws in the current federal student loan income-driven repayment programs.

23. "White & Case Promotes 45 to Partner in its Biggest Class Ever," 10.11.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "White & Case has promoted 45 lawyers to partner…a record number for the firm…[and] also one of the most diverse ever seen at the firm in the U.S."

    a. "Morris Manning Promotes Another Record-Size Class," 10.16.19.
    The Daily Report has more partnership promotion news from Atlanta.

24. "Cooley Counts on Culture — and Training — to Build Lawyers' Business Chops," 10.11.19.
The American Lawyer writes about the entrepreneurial business development and client acquisition culture at Cooley.

25. "Why Saul Ewing and Other Firms Are Flocking to 'Perfect' Minneapolis," 10.11.19.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "low costs, a strong talent pool and an abundance of upper middle-market corporations are the factors that are luring a steady stream of law firms to open outposts in Minneapolis."

26. "In-House Lawyers Want Diversity. Should They Send More Work to Boutique Firms?," 10.11.19.
This piece from Corporate Counsel explores whether in-house lawyers could move the needle on diversity more quickly by placing more work with smaller law firms.

27. "A Different Kind of Relationship Partner: How the Client Officer Role Emerged," 10.10.19.
The Recorder writes about the emergence of the chief client development and relationship officer.

28. "Record number of colleges stop requiring the SAT and ACT amid questions of fairness," 10.10.19.
PBS reports that "the SAT and ACT are facing what could be the greatest challenge in their histories — one in four institutions no longer requires these tests for admission."

29. "Three Challenges Faced by Newly Hired Law School Graduates," 10.09.19.
In this week's Legal Intelligencer recurring column advising young lawyers, a panel provides advice on three challenges faced by newly hired graduates: curiosity about partner compensation, weak organizational skills and developing relationships as an introvert.

30. "Ryerson University wants to change legal education forever," 09.14.19.
Precedent Magazine writes about the disruptive force of Canada's newest law school: "It's promising to deploy a revolutionary curriculum, one that will churn out a new class of lawyer: tech-savvy, business-minded and entrepreneurial."



October 11, 2019

1. "DLA Piper Targeted by Student Protests in LA, 3 Other Cities," 10.10.19.
Law.com reports that a law student-led campaign against DLA Piper over the firm's use of mandatory arbitration staged protests outside the law firm's offices in Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, and New York.

2. "Stanford's New Leave-of-Absence Policy for Student Mental Illness Is Hailed as a Model," 10.10.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "legal and medical specialists as well as mental-health advocacy groups say that Stanford's new leave policies…are a model of student-centered, compassionate, detailed, and transparent practices." (Subscription required.)

3. "What Would Thomas Jefferson Losing Its ABA Accreditation Mean For Its Students?," 10.10.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "Thomas Jefferson School of Law is working to assure its current students that they will still be able to take the bar exam outside of California even if the school loses its ABA accreditation due to its financial and academic issues."

4. "Minnesota Law School Enrolls Largest 1L Class Since 2011 As Part Of Plan To Eliminate Multi-Million Dollar Deficit By 2021 While Defending Its Top 20 Ranking," 10.10.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "this fall, the University of Minnesota Law School saw its largest entering juris doctorate class in eight years."

5. "EY, Big Four Top Brand Rankings for Alternative Legal Services," 10.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "for the second year in a row, the Big Four accounting firms took four of the five top spots in Acritas' ranking of the brand strength of alternative legal service providers, with EY displacing PwC at the top of the list."

6. "Is an LSAT Overhaul in the Offing?," 10.09.19.
Law.com reports that the Law School Admission Council "may overhaul the analytical reasoning portion of the admissions exam — better known as the logic games — as part of a settlement with two blind aspiring lawyers who alleged that the section, which relies heavily on diagrams, is discriminatory against the visually impaired."

7. "Minority Partners Disproportionately Placed in Nonequity Partnership Tier," 10.08.19.
The American Lawyer reports that an analysis of five years' worth of data from Am Law 200 firms with two-tiered partnership structures shows that "minority lawyers disproportionately occupy the nonequity partnership tier of the nation's largest-grossing law firms compared to their white colleagues." (The data also show that "minority lawyers are not only more likely to have nonequity partnership status, but…they are moving into the nonequity tier at triple the rate of white lawyers.")

8. "'Teach, Lead, And Transform': The Future Of The Legal Profession," 10.08.19.
David Lat, writing for Above the Law, writes about "the University of Pennsylvania Law School's launch of its new Future of the Profession Initiative…a program that will look at legal tech, and innovation in law more generally, with an eye towards advancing such crucial goals as bridging the justice gap and promoting lawyer well-being."

    a. "Penn Law Launches 'Future of the Profession Initiative,' Including Innovation Competition," 10.08.19.
    More on this from Karen Sloan writing for Legaltech News: "The University of Pennsylvania Law School…has launched what it calls the Future of the Profession Initiative, which aims to pursue innovations not only in how new lawyers are produced, but how law is practiced and who it helps."

9. "Beware of Automated Hiring," 10.08.19.
An assistant professor of employment and labor law, writing for The New York Times, reports that research shows "automated hiring platforms have enabled discrimination against job applicants."

10. "Grad Enrollment: Gains at Home, Losses Abroad," 10.08.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "graduate school applications were up 2.2 percent year over year in 2018…[including] increases in first-time enrollments among people of color, including Latinx (6.8 percent), black (3.5 percent), Asian (6.2 percent) and Native American students (8.3 percent)…[but noting that] enrollments among international graduate students continued to fall in 2018…having fallen each year for the last three years, after a period of significant growth."

11. "Keep Calm and Practice: Lawyer Launches '21st Century' Sound Meditation App," 10.08.19.
Legaltech News reports that Cincinnati-based lawyer Gary Powell has released a meditation app, Legally Mindful, designed specifically for attorneys. (Legally Mindful encompasses nine meditation exercises across two expertise levels.)

12. "Rolling with the Punches: How to Use Tough Criticism as a Young Lawyer," 10.08.19.
A law firm partner writes about how young lawyers can use the feedback they receive in a tough critique. (The National Law Journal)

13. "5 champions of diversity and inclusion will receive Spirit of Excellence Award at 2020 midyear meeting," 10.08.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "a Texas judge and four attorneys who have worked to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession will receive the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Award at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February."

14. "With IP Accelerator, Amazon Edges Into The Legal Services Arena," 10.07.19.
Above the Law reports that "online retailer Amazon has taken a step into the legal services industry, launching a curated network of IP law firms providing trademark registration services at pre-negotiated rates."

    a. "Amazon Enters Legal Services Market For Businesses Worldwide," 10.07.19.
    More on this from LexBlog.

15. "Oregon bar considering paraprofessional licensing and bar-takers without JDs," 10.07.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the Oregon State Bar's board of governors took major steps to liberalize rules around paraprofessional licensing and allowing people without law degrees to sit for the bar exam." ("The board of governors approved recommendations from two separate bar task forces that are intended to increase access to justice in the Beaver state. The first recommendation is for a paraprofessional licensing program that would allow licensed individuals to provide limited legal advice without a supervising attorney.")

16. "Young Lawyers Are Optimistic, but Partners Have 'Grave Doubts' About the Future," 10.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "a recent survey by Legal Week found the majority of U.K. lawyers are feeling upbeat about the future, despite the constant talk of impending doom."

17. "A Few Tips on How to Succeed as an Associate," 10.07.19.
Two law firm partners, writing for the Daily Report, provide "tips for recent law school graduates to help develop a successful career in private practice."

18. "Dentons Combines With Two US Firms in One Go, Launching New American Strategy," 10.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "already the largest firm in the world, Dentons is adding over 300 attorneys by combining its existing U.S. operations with the Midwest's Bingham Greenebaum Doll and Pittsburgh-based Cohen & Grigsby…[combinations that will] give Dentons roughly 1,100 attorneys in the U.S."

    a. "Dentons rolls out Project Golden Spike," 10.09.19.
    More on this from Bill Henderson on his Legal Evolution blog, explaining why these are not ordinary law firm mergers: "It is the beginning of a new national law firm model with a fairly complex operating structure designed to (a) maintain local culture and autonomy while (b) incentivizing collaboration across a national and global platform and (c) enabling formerly local and regional firms to leverage Dentons' technology, shared services, business infrastructure, and growing global brand."

    b. "Dentons Chases Big 4's Footprint With 'Golden Spike' Gambit," 10.09.19.
    And more from The American Lawyer: "Dentons, by offering these firms the ability to be partners within a larger unit while maintaining a significant degree of autonomy, is promising them a way to hold onto clients as they grow."

19. "The Challenge of Retaining Top Young Talent for Law Firms (And Not Breaking the Bank)," 10.07.19.
A law firm COO, writing for the Daily Business Review, identifies "certain key steps that law firms can and should take in order to do as much as is reasonably possible to retain their young top talent."

20. "Big Money Is Betting On Legal Industry Transformation," 10.07.19.
The CEO of Legal Mosaic, writing for Forbes, explains that "significant venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneur money has been pumped into the legal sector…[because] legal delivery is ripe for scaled transformation; legal buyers are driving change and have disaggregated legal practice from the delivery of legal services; and the lawyer-centric, labor-intensive, fragmented legal industry is ripe for tech and process-driven consolidation."

21. "Legal Jobs Decline as Broader Professional Services Sector Sees Gains," 10.04.19.
The American Lawyer reports that despite jobs numbers gains in other sectors of the US labor market, "the legal industry…contracted by 0.9% between August and September, losing 900 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest jobs report."

22. "Cutting-Edge Practice Areas Are a Worthy Challenge for Young Lawyers," 10.04.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board, writing for The American Lawyer, suggest that "young lawyers who commit to developing a cutting-edge practice will likely find themselves standing out from peers who are less ready for the future."

23. "Legal Regulatory Reform in Britain and the US: Will History Repeat?," 10.04.19.
Jordan Furlong, writing for Slaw, explains how regulatory reform bubbling up in at least three states (California, Utah, and Arizona) could trigger a wave of change to legal regulation in the United States. (Jordan Furlong will lead a plenary presentation, entitled "Building a 21st-Century Lawyer," at the NALP Annual Education Conference in Montreal next spring.)

24. "Better Than Ever: 'Hardwired as intense,' law firm COO has learned art of slowing down," 10.04.19.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal speaks with former NALP member Ann Rainhart, COO of Briggs and Morgan, about how "she has found a way to slow down and make the most of her days, simply by giving herself permission to take care of herself."

25. "Stressed Out, Left Out: Law Firm Staff Suffering in Silence," 10.04.19.
As part of its Minds Over Matters project, Law.com speaks with "three industry pros who talk about how legal professionals, including marketing directors, business developers and law firm administrators, often feel under-appreciated and misunderstood at work." (Podcast)




October 4, 2019

1. "Ex-Willkie Co-Chair Gordon Caplan Gets Prison Term in College Admissions Case," 10.03.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that " Gordon Caplan, the former co-chairman of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, was sentenced to one month in federal prison Thursday for paying a college admissions consultant to rig his daughter's ACT score."

2. "The Law Firm and ALSP Relationship Status: It's Complicated," 10.03.19.
Legaltech News reports that recent survey results suggest law firms see alternative legal services providers as a medium to small threat to their current business models.

3. "48 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Montana, Penn State-Dickinson)," 10.03.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides an update to the list of law schools that now accept the GRE for admission to law school.

4. "Sexual Orientation and Employment: A Pivotal Moment," 10.02.19.
The New York Law Journal provides analysis and background as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral argument in two cases next week that "present the issue whether the landmark federal statute that bars certain discrimination in employment — Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — prohibits employers from firing people because of their sexual orientation."

    a. "Supreme Court term to begin with blockbuster question: Is it legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender?" 10.03.19.
    More on this from The Washington Post.

5. "Cincinnati's Fifth Third Bank, Law School Create In-House Fellowships for Grads Job Hunting," 10.02.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that the Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati is collaborating with the University of Cincinnati College of Law to create a two-year fellowship program to hire recent law school graduates.

6. "Law School Clinical Faculty Ranks Are Slow to Diversify, Study Finds," 10.02.19.
Law.com reports that "a study by the Clinical Legal Education Association finds that women are over-represented among law school clinical faculty, while black and Latino clinicians have made few gains over the past three decades."

7. "Kirkland Announces Partner Mega-Class With 141 Promotions," 10.02.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "the world's highest-grossing law firm has promoted what it says is its largest-ever class of new partners: 141 in one go."

8. "How Covington & Burling's Pipeline Fueled a Diverse New Partner Class," 10.02.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Covington & Burling has announced it has promoted 14 attorneys to partner, nine of whom are women and six of whom come from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

9. "When to Bring Up Alternative Work Schedules in the Interview Process," 10.02.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, provides advice about negotiating requests for telecommuting during the job offer and acceptance process.

10. "Equal Parental Leave for Men and Women Is Inevitable. Embrace It," 10.02.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, opines on the need to equalize maternity and paternity leave schemes: "I think it's inevitable that men and women will get the same leave coverage. If you believe in gender equality at work and home, there's no justification for the sexes to be treated differently on this issue. And if your firm isn't there yet (most still give women more leave), get with the program or you'll be left in the cold."

11. "New High-Tech Way to Choose a Law School Debuts," 10.02.19.
Law.com reports on the launch of a new online program from AccessLex Institute that aims to help would-be law students determine what matters most to them, then identify the best law schools based on those priorities.

12. "How Dressing 'Lawyerly' Changed Between 1995 and 2019," 10.02.19.
The Daily Report presents these reflections on the changing patterns of sartorial garb for lawyers.

13. "Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian-Americans in Admissions, Judge Rules," 10.01.19.
The New York Times reports that "a federal judge rejected claims that Harvard had discriminated against Asian-Americans in admissions, saying that the university had a right to choose a diverse class."

    a. " Judge Rules Harvard's Race-Conscious Admissions Policy Constitutional," 10.01.19.
    The Wall Street Journal also reports on this development: "Harvard University's undergraduate admissions process doesn't intentionally discriminate against Asian-American applicants, a federal judge ruled, a victory for the university that is expected to be appealed as high as the Supreme Court."

    b. "Harvard Defeats Suit Over Race-Conscious Admission," 10.01.19.
    The National Law Journal reports that "U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs of the District of Massachusetts gave Harvard University's admission processes an 'A' grade, finding the school's consideration of race and personal traits ensures a diverse student body."

    c. "Judge Upholds Harvard's Admissions Policies," 10.02.19.
    Inside Higher Ed also has this story, quoting extensively from the court's decision: "Harvard's admission program passes constitutional muster in that it satisfies the dictates of strict scrutiny. The students who are admitted to Harvard and choose to attend will live and learn surrounded by all sorts of people, with all sorts of experiences, beliefs and talents. They will have the opportunity to know and understand one another beyond race, as whole individuals with unique histories and experiences. It is this, at Harvard and elsewhere that will move us, one day, to the point where we see that race is a fact, but not the defining fact and not the fact that tells us what is important, but we are not there yet. Until we are, race conscious admissions programs that survive strict scrutiny will have an important place in society and help ensure that colleges and universities can offer a diverse atmosphere that fosters learning, improves scholarship, and encourages mutual respect and understanding."

    d. And if you're interested in diving deeper, The New York Times has extensive analysis:

      i. "5 Takeaways From the Harvard Admissions Ruling," 10.02.19.

      ii. "Harvard Won a Key Affirmative Action Battle. But the War's Not Over," 10.02.19.

      iii. "That Affirmative Action Ruling Was Good. Its Rationale, Terrible," 10.02.19.

14. "Teaching Tech: How Legal Education Coursework Is Changing in Today's Digital Era," 10.01.19.
The managing director of a legal technology company, writing for Legaltech News, urges law schools "to keep pace with the latest digital transformation in the legal industry so their graduates leave with the know-how and skill sets to compete and succeed in today's job market." ("To succeed as lawyers, law students will need to understand the disruptive technologies that form the basis of today's tech-enabled legal solutions, including AI, machine learning, and natural language processing. These technologies underlie the innovations that today's law students will be dealing with on a daily basis as lawyers, such as digitalization, blockchain in the legal service delivery model, and cybersecurity.")

15. "Innovative Required Courses," 10.01.19.
The latest post from the What Great Law Schools Do blog collects and describes innovative required courses at law schools that focus on law practice skills courses, professionalism and professional identity, and foundational knowledge.

16. "NACAC Agrees to Change Its Code of Ethics," 09.30.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that NACAC "delegates voted Saturday — 211 to 3 — to strip provisions from the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice that may violate antitrust laws."

    a. "End of an Admissions Era?," 09.30.19.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

    b. "'Welcome to the Wild West': The Competition for College Applicants Just Intensified," 09.29.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that over the weekend, "under pressure from the Justice Department, admissions officers and college counselors on Saturday voted to delete portions of their ethics code." (Subscription required.)

17. "July Bar Pass Rates Trending Up, After Years of Decline," 09.30.19.
Law.com reports that "early results from the July 2019 bar exam are largely positive…[with] a majority of the jurisdictions that released results in September report[ing] increases in their pass rates."

18. "Despite Obstacles, Black Colleges Are Pipelines to the Middle Class, Study Finds. Here's Its List of the Best," 09.30.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that new research shows that historically black colleges and universities, despite their lower overall endowments, are effective engines for "raising students up the ladder of economic success" at rates comparable to white colleges, noting that "almost 70 percent of HBCU students achieved what the researchers describe as incomes that are middle class or higher." (Subscription required.)

19. "What the Heck Is 'Mindfulness' and How Can It Improve a Lawyer's Life?," 09.30.19.
A personal trainer, nutrition coach and corporate wellness consultant in San Francisco, writing for Law.com, explains how mindfulness can help your body, your energy level, your productivity and your overall health and happiness.

20. "Law Firm Merger Market Stayed Sluggish in Q3," 09.30.19.
The American Lawyer reports that at the end of the third quarter, "law firm mergers continued to lag behind 2018's record-shattering pace."

    a. "Are Law Firm Mergers Hot or Not? It Depends Who's Counting," 10.01.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that two different consultancies reached different conclusions about law firm merger volume through the third quarter, with Altman Weil reporting that it had been a "record-shattering" quarter for mergers with 38 law firms announcing plans to combine, and Fairfax Associates reporting that mergers were down compared to 2018.

21. "Goodbye Email, Hello Brave New World," 09.30.19.
Legaltech News reports that "as email goes the way of phone calls…many attorneys are finding themselves communicating with clients through text messages or chat platforms."

22. "New Doors Open for GCs: As the GC Role Grows, So Do Career Opportunities," 09.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the number of general counsel and chief legal officers being put on a track to become a CEO or another member of the C-suite is growing."

23. "Closing Gender Pay Gap a Hot Topic at ACC Event," 09.30.19.
The Daily Report reports on an ACC event where participants discussed the "onslaught of tougher government legislation and regulations, particularly at the state level," that creates potential liability for employers with unexplained gender pay gaps.

24. "Florida Coastal Law School Asks ABA To Reconsider Its Request To Shed For-Profit Status," 09.28.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Florida Coastal School of Law has filed a second application with the ABA to have its tax status changed from for-profit to not-for-profit.

25. "Uncertainty May Keep Legal Operations Out of Small to Midsize Legal Departments," 09.27.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that according to new survey research, "only 23% of those in small to midsize legal departments said they believed their legal departments would benefit by hiring a legal operations professional."

26. "Almost Three Quarters of Lawyers at Large Firms Now Work From Home," 09.25.19.
Legal Week reports that "almost three quarters of lawyers at large firms in the U.K. now work from home at least once a month."

27. "Is an M.B.A. Still Worth It?," 09.22.19.
This opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal concludes that the answer is largely no, and argues that shrinking applications to MBA programs and plummeting numbers of GMAT takers suggest that a large number of would-be business school applicants have concluded the same thing, noting that "M.B.A. programs are still geared toward an industrial America that is shrinking." (Subscription required.)

28. "What happens to a summer associate class at a large law firm after a decade?," 09.19.19.
Professor Derek Muller, writing for the Excess of Democracy blog, writes about the 2006 summer associate class at Kirkland's Chicago office, which numbered 70, noting that only four of those lawyers remain at Kirkland now, two of whom have recently become equity partners.

29. "California may soon push doctors and lawyers to confront their biases," 09.12.19.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Legislature has passed a bill that will require implicit bias training for doctors and lawyers.



September 27, 2019

1. "Decision Day Approaches for Admission Counselors," 09.27.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that as NACAC prepares to cut its losses in an antitrust investigation, undergraduate admissions officers are torn about removing rules that were once thought to protect students, rules that the Department of Justice believes are unlawful restraints on competition.

2. "White Borrowers? Almost Paid Off. Black Borrowers? Still Indebted," 09.25.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that, according to new research from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, "twenty years after enrolling in college, the median white student-loan borrower will have paid off 94 percent of the debt he or she accumulated in that period. But the median black borrower for the same period will still owe 95 percent of his or her student-loan debt." (Subscription required.)

    a. "Student Debt Reinforces the Racial Wealth Gap, Study Finds," 09.26.19.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "The burden of student loans on young black people is a crisis that requires immediate policy action, argues a paper released Wednesday."

    b. "Student debt is hitting African Americans the hardest. These experts have a plan to fix it," 09.20.19.
    And a related story from The Washington Post.

3. "Mattel Launches New Gender-Neutral Dolls," 09.25.19.
NPR reports that "Mattel is introducing dolls that let kids form the gender expression of the toy themselves…the doll is fully gender neutral and can be accessorized to be a boy, a girl, neither or both."

    a. "'A Doll For Everyone': Meet Mattel's Gender-Neutral Doll," 09.25.19.
    More on this from Time magazine: "Mattel's first promotional spot for the product features a series of kids who go by various pronouns — him, her, them, xem — and the slogan 'A doll line designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in.' With this overt nod to trans and nonbinary identities, the company is betting on where it thinks the country is going…."

    b. "When Dictionaries Wade Into the Gender (Non)Binary," 09.20.19.
    And The New York Times reports that "Merriam-Webster announced an additional definition for 'they': a third-person, singular pronoun for nonbinary people."

4. "Law School Enrollment By Race And Ethnicity," 09.25.19.
The TaxProf Blog offers a slew of infographics describing law school enrollment by race and ethnicity.

5. "Open Offices Are a Capitalist Dead End," 09.25.19.
This New York Times op-ed column uses the WeWork shake-up this week to argue that the open office model doesn't work: "Modern offices aren't designed for deep work. Open offices were sold to workers as a boon to collaboration — liberated from barriers, stuffed in like sardines, people would chat more and, supposedly, come up with lots of brilliant new ideas. Yet study after study has shown open offices to foster seclusion more than innovation; in order to combat noise, the loss of privacy and the sense of being watched, people in an open office put on headphones, talk less, and feel terrible."

6. "The 2019 Global 100: Ranked by Revenue," 09.24.19.
The American Lawyer ranks the world's top-grossing firms by revenue.

    a. "The Global 100 Are in the Midst of a Growth Spurt," 09.24.19.
    The American Lawyer provides analysis of this year's Global 100 data: "Total revenue for the Global 100 increased a vigorous 8.1% over the past year, a step up from 2017's already robust 6.7% growth and a showing that dwarfs the 2.8% and 3.1% growth from the two preceding years. These firms brought in a collective $114.2 billion, more than the 2018 gross domestic product of Ecuador, the 60th largest economy in the world."

    b. "The 2019 Global 100: Ranked by Profits Per Equity Partner," 09.24.19.
    The American Lawyer ranks the world's top-grossing firms by profits per equity partner."

    c. "The 2019 Global 100: Ranked by Head Count," 09.24.19.
    And The American Lawyer ranks the world's top-grossing firms by head count.

7. "31 Corporate Legal Departments Spent $240M With Minority- and Women-Owned Firms in 2018," 09.24.19.
The American Lawyer reports that the legal spend going to minority- and women-owned firms has grown significantly since 2010.

8. "5 Law Firms Crack Working Mother Top 100 Companies List," 09.24.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Dechert; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Katten Muchin Rosenman and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman were the only five law firms to make the Top 100 Companies as ranked by Working Mother for 2019, and no law firm cracked the magazine's top 10."

9. "Wilmer Hires New Diversity Director From Boston College," 09.24.19.
The National Law Journal reports that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has hired Tracey West as its new director of diversity and inclusion.

10. "BCLP Launches High-Volume Legal Services Arm, Adds Tech Exec," 09.24.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Bryan Cave is launching a new venture that will handle high volume commodity legal services work using technology and other cost reduction measures.

11. "St. Louis law firms are hiking salaries. Here's why," 09.24.19.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that "salaries for first-year lawyers are going up in St. Louis as the competition for top talent intensifies."

12. "Symposium: Mindfulness And Well-Being In Law Schools And The Legal Profession," 09.24.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new symposium (11 related articles) issue of the Southwestern Law Review that focuses on mindfulness and well-being in law schools and the legal profession.

13. "AccessLex: What Do We Know About Law Student Indebtedness?," 09.24.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights infographics on law student debt from the AccessLex Institute.

14. "The 2019 Summer Associates Survey: Wined, Dined and Worried," 09.23.19.
The American Lawyer reports on the results of this year's Summer Associates Survey: "surveys were gathered from more than 3,600 summer associates at 82 of the world's largest firms."

15. "Employers Helping Tackle the Student Debt Explosion," 09.23.19.
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that a growing number of companies are helping borrowers repay their student loans.

16. "What Law Firms Need to Know When Hiring a Well-Being Director," 09.23.19.
This Law.com piece recommends that law firms look for four key elements when bringing on a professional to design and head a well-being program.

17. "'The Best and the Brightest' Clerks: Why the Justices Should Look Beyond Harvard and Yale," 09.23.19.
A professor who has studied clerking in the federal judiciary, writing here for The National Law Journal, argues that "academic diversity among the law clerk corps should be an important goal for the Supreme Court justices."

18. "California Lawyers Slam Bar Proposals for Fee-Sharing, Nonattorney Ownership," 09.23.19.
The Recorder reports that California lawyers are not happy about California bar proposals that could alter fee-sharing and open a door to nonattorney ownership of firms.

19. "2019 Survey of Admissions Leaders: The Pressure Grows," 09.23.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the findings of the 2019 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Officials, conducted by Gallup, noting that a majority of those who answered were very concerned about filling their classes.

20. "The new legal economy," 09.20.19.
Jordan Furlong, writing for his Law21 blog, observes that in the new legal economy what lawyers do is actually changing. (Jordan Furlong will be the plenary speaker on day 3 of the NALP Annual Education Conference in Montreal next spring.)

21. "More Grit, Less 'Polish.' What It Means to Be a First Generation Lawyer," 09.20 19.
This Law.com podcast takes a look at the experience of first generation lawyers, attorneys who are the first in their families to hold professional jobs and often the first generation to attend college, and some of the challenges they face and the skills and experiences that they bring to the job.

22. "Law Diversity Group to Honor Deval Patrick, Freddie Mac Legal Team and Other Equality Champions," 09.20.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that the Council on Legal Education Opportunity Inc. has announced 10 winners of its CLEO EDGE awards.

23. "26 In-House Leaders Join Five Law Firms in $5M Move the Needle Fund With Diversity Lab," 09.20.19.
Corporate Counsel has more on the new Move the Needle diversity initiative from the Diversity Lab.

24. "The Supreme Court said the Peace Cross can stay. How did these students rule?," 09.20.19.
The Washington Post features a Street Law program that has students at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, delivering oral arguments in a case that was decided by the US Supreme Court. (NALP partners with Street Law on our Legal Diversity Pipeline Program — for more information on that you should reach out to Joy Dingle, director, legal diversity pipeline programs, at jdingle@streetlaw.org.)

25. "AI Makes Job Interviews Faster, But Compliance Harder," 09.20.19.
Legaltech News warns that as corporations and law firms increasingly use video and artificial intelligence to create hiring efficiencies, they need to beware of disparate state-level laws pertaining to the use of technology that can create potential liability.

26. "A new study shows that women in law lower their voices to sound more masculine," 09.04.19.
Precedent Magazine reports that new research "shows that female lawyers are, en masse, lowering their voices to sound more masculine."



September 20, 2019

1. "Another Law Firm Abandons Mandatory Arbitration as Pressure Continues," 09.19.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Selendy & Gay is the latest law firm to stop requiring attorneys to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, building on a campaign to end the practice that emerged in the wake of the #MeToo movement."

2. "Lawsuit Claims Florida Coastal Law School Used Mandatory Bar Prep Course To 'Weed Out' Students And 'Artificially Inflate' Bar Passage Rate To Retain ABA Accreditation," 09.19.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "a student at Florida Coastal School of Law is suing the school and its owner, InfiLaw Corp., alleging that the school…prevented [students] from graduating and made them ineligible to sit for the Florida Bar exam…[in] an effort to artificially inflate the school's Bar passage rate and avoid sanctions that could be imposed by the ABA."

3. "Looking Beyond Statistical Diversity," 09.19.19.
An attorney, writing for The National Law Journal, writes that the more deliberate use of mentorship and sponsorship can be a way to get "beyond the statistics and create meaningful change that permeates the upper-echelons of the legal world."

4. "How to Help First-Year Students Tackle Project-Based Learning," 09.19.19.
An interesting article from The Chronicle of Higher Education on "how one college adapted project-based learning for first-year students."

5. "U.S. Firms Among Top Companies for Pro Bono and Charity in U.K., Report Says," 09.19.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Weil Gotshal & Manges, Baker McKenzie and Mayer Brown are among the top companies to have been recognized for their charitable giving and pro bono work."

6. "Law Firms Commit $5M to Tackle Legal Profession's Diversity Problem," 09.18.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "five law firms have joined together with 26 general counsel to establish a $5 million fund for research initiatives and programs designed to address the lack of diversity in the legal profession." ("Dubbed the 'Move The Needle Fund,' the pool of money will be used to incubate new approaches to tackling the pernicious issue of diversity within law firms, especially at the equity level. The goal is to boost retention, promotion and opportunities for women, minorities and others to make the profession more diverse.")

    a. "Law Firms Pledge $5M to Fix Legal Industry's Diversity Problem," 09.18.19.
    More on this from Bloomberg Law: "'Instead of working in isolation as competitors, or instead of the GCs looking at law firms and saying, 'do better,' they're all working together,' said Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO of Diversity Lab, the legal industry diversity incubator spearheading the project."

    b. "Northwestern Law joins Diversity Lab project funded by large law firms," 09.18.19.
    And the ABA Journal also reports on this development: "On Wednesday, Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law announced its participation in a diversity partnership with four firms and an incubator that focuses on inclusion in the profession."

7. "Axiom Announces Release of First Diversity Report," 09.18.19.
Yahoo! Finance reports that Axiom has released its first diversity report and it shows that "Axiom's roster of lawyers across the United States is significantly more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender than the industry standard."

8. "Overburdened Mental-Health Counselors Look After Students. But Who Looks After the Counselors?," 09.18.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about the stress that college counselors face, prompted by the suicide last week of Gregory T. Eells, executive director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania, and provides eight steps colleges can take to support their mental-health counselors. (Subscription required.)

9. "New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents," 09.18.19.
The New York Times reports that "New Mexico is unveiling a plan to make tuition at its public colleges and universities free for all state residents, regardless of family income."

    a. "New Mexico Governor Unveils Sweeping Free-Tuition Proposal, as Some Question Who Will Benefit Most," 09.18.19.
    More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education, noting that "the plan is generating intense debate over the most efficient and equitable ways to guarantee that everyone has access to a college education." (Subscription required.)

10. "The Trend to Watch: Forecasting the Future Direction of the Legal Market," 09.18.19.
The global tax analyst team lead at EY, writing for The American Lawyer, analyzes the most important legal market trends of the past decade and provides some fascinating infographics.

11. "Think Law Students Are Cutthroat? Not So, Survey Finds," 09.17.19.
Law.com reports on the latest findings from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, noting that "the vast majority of respondents reported positive relationships with both faculty and classmates, despite the stress and anxiety that comes with academics."

    a. "LSSSE: Relationships Matter In Law School," 09.19.19.
    More on the new LSSSE findings from the TaxProf Blog.

12. "Incremental Change Is the Key to Law Firm Innovation," 09.17.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer makes the case for go-slow incremental change when it comes to introducing new technologies into the law firm environment: "It is critical to obtain the buy-in and acceptance of lawyers before asking them to make substantive changes to their customary methodologies…[otherwise] they are likely to stick with old customs and reject any attempts to promote workflow efficiency."

13. "Amidst 40% Decline In Applications, University Of Maine System Approves Law School Reorganization," 09.17.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that amidst a 40% decline in applications for admission, "Trustees of the University of Maine system on Monday approved a reorganization of the University of Maine School of Law in an effort to grow enrollment, provide more relevant academic programming and improve its financial standing."

14. "New Dean Wants to Connect Emory Law to 'Broader World'," 09.17.19.
The Daily Report speaks with the new dean at Emory, Mary Anne Bobinski, the school's first female dean.

15. "As Legal Business Moves Faster, Lawyers Aim to Manage Client Expectations," 09.17.19.
Legaltech News looks at the quickening pace of law practice and the changing expectations of clients.

16. "Morgan Lewis Offers Secretary Buyouts, But Promises Layoffs Won't Follow," 09.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is offering voluntary buyouts to its legal secretaries in the U.S., the firm confirmed Monday, though it made clear that the program is not planned as a precursor to layoffs."

    a. "As Staffing Models Change, Are More Secretary Buyouts Coming?," 09.17.19.
    The Legal Intelligencer follows up on the Morgan Lewis secretary buyout story noting that "many other firms have already made moves to streamline their secretarial functions, decrease the number of secretaries per lawyer, and steer new staff hires into multipurpose administrative roles rather than the traditional legal secretary job."

17. "July 2019 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 5th Year In A Row," 09.16.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the results for the July 2019 Florida bar exam are out and that the "overall pass rate for first-time takers is 73.9%, up 6.7 percentage points from last year." (Two Florida law schools had bar passage rates below 60%.)

18. "Foley Hoag First Diversity Director Brings Fresh Perspective," 09.16.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that "Foley Hoag has added Rosa Nunez as its first-ever director of diversity and inclusion."

19. "Cornell's Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt," 09.16.19.
The New York Times reports that "on Monday, Cornell University's medical school, Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, announced that all students who qualify for financial aid will get a full ride: All costs will be covered by scholarships, including tuition, room and board, books and other educational expenses."

20. "Survival of the Fittest: Millennial Lawyers Are Skipping NY Bar Association Events. We Wanted to Know Why," 09.15.19.
The New York Law Journal asked millennial lawyers why they don't go to bar association events, and this is what they heard: "Dues are too expensive. The events aren't cool. Everyone in the room is twice my age. No one listens to me. I don't feel like I'm part of the clique. These are the complaints of millennial lawyers who are much less likely to show up at bar association events than lawyers in their 50s or older."

21. "Optimizing Legal Ops in law firms," 09.15.19.
David Cunningham, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, believes that "[there is] a tremendous opportunity for law firms to develop a large competitive advantage based on Legal Ops."

22. "Baker McKenzie Cuts More Back-Office Positions in London," 09.13.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Baker McKenzie has cut more positions across its London-based professional and business services teams, as it continues to review its back-office functions."

23. "Lawyers With Empathy in Practice," 09.13.19.
Two Boston-based lawyers, writing for Corporate Counsel, write that by embracing design thinking concepts, lawyers can learn to become more empathetic, and in turn become better lawyers for their clients.



September 13, 2019

1. "Harvard Law's First Deafblind Graduate Tells Her Story," 09.12.19.
Law.com profiles Haben Girma, a disability rights advocate and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. (Girma will be a featured speaker at the 2020 NALP Education Conference in Montréal.)

2. "14 ways to discuss diversity in your law firm," 09.12.19.
A law firm associate, writing for the ABA Journal, writes about the importance of having open conversations about diversity in the workplace.

3. "The Juggling Act: Tips for Young Lawyers with Families," 09.12.19.
Two DC lawyers with small children offer "tips for navigating work-life balance, which include setting boundaries at work."

4. "Mitchell Hamline Offers New Blended Hybrid-Weekend J.D.," 09.12.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Mitchell Hamline School of Law announced it will launch a new blended-learning enrollment JD option that will be partly online and partly on-campus.

5. "46 Law Schools Accept The GRE For Admissions, And 5 Accept The GMAT," 09.12.19.
And the TaxProf Blog provides this update, noting that not only are 46 law schools now accepting the GRE, but in addition five law schools accept the GMAT for law school admissions.

6. "ABA Finds UDC And WNE Law Schools Out Of Compliance With Accreditation Standards," 09.11.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has informed two law schools — University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Western New England University School of Law — that they are out of compliance with accreditation standards."

    a. "Law school deans recently hit with noncompliance notice say they can show standards are met," 09.09.19.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

7. "ABA legal ed denies Florida Coastal's nonprofit app, along with reports students haven't gotten financial aid," 09.11.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in August denied Florida Coastal's application to convert to a nonprofit." (The ABA Journal also reports that Scott DeVito, the law school's dean, is no longer employed by the law school.)

8. "As Pay Gap Widens, Some Firms Attract Associates With Other Incentives," 09.11.19.
The Daily Report writes that while national associate salary hikes have widened the gap between starting salaries in Atlanta and other leading legal markets, "Atlanta's large firms are using bonuses and a viable partnership path to lure in-demand associates."

9. "Free Lawyer Assistance Program Sees Big Jump in Users," 09.11.19.
The Daily Report reports that "the number of lawyers taking advantage of the State Bar of Georgia's free counseling service has jumped significantly in 2019 compared with the past two years."

10. "How the Hiring Cycle Has Shifted for the In-House Legal Market," 09.11.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, writes about the shifting recruiting cycle for in-house lawyers, noting that while there was once a season for in-house recruiting, now hiring activity remains generally constant throughout the year.

11. "It's Time to Talk About the Family's Role in the Mental Health of Legal Professionals," 09.10.19.
Patrick Krill, writing for Law.com, says that "as we strive to improve the mental health climate in the legal profession, it's time to bring the family's role into sharper focus."

12. "Playing the Long Game: Client Development Strategies for Young Lawyers," 09.10.19.
A law firm partner, writing for The National Law Journal series "On the Rise: Voices from Young Lawyers," writes about how young lawyers can build successful strategies for client development.

13. "The Archaic Bar Character and Fitness Exam Needs to Be Reformed," 09.10.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that "it is long past time to reexamine the character and fitness process and critically scrutinize the patchwork, inconsistent and ambiguous standards applied by bar admissions and character and fitness committees."

14. "The Relationship Between Law School Coursework And Bar Exam Outcomes," 09.10.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new Journal of Legal Education article that "reports the results of a large-scale study of the courses of over 3800 graduates from two law schools and the relationship between their experiential and bar-subject coursework and bar exam outcomes over a ten-year period."

15. "How Law Firms Overlook Diversity of Thought in Inclusion Efforts," 09.10.19.
This opinion piece in The American Lawyer argues that "though great progress may be made regarding race, gender and sexual orientation, law firms are seemingly blind to a variety of diversity issues."

16. "High Court Makes a Rule Change Favoring Law Students," 09.10.19.
The Daily Report reports that "the Georgia Supreme Court has amended its rules to allow law students-with proper supervision and approval-to make oral arguments."

17. "July Bar Exam Pass Rates Poised to Increase, Thanks to Stronger MBE Results," 09.09.19.
Law.com reports that "the average national score on the July 2019 Multistate Bar Exam — the 200-question multiple choice portion of the two-day test — saw the single largest annual jump in more than a decade, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners."

18. "Weil Gotshal Creates Tie-Up With Columbia Business School for Its Associates," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Weil, Gotshal & Manges has developed a program in conjunction with Columbia University's Graduate School of Business to teach its first- and third-year associates key business concepts and help them develop the business acumen they need to succeed."

19. "Wells Fargo: Law Firm Growth Slowed, but Signs Point to 'Healthy' 2019," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group's midyear results for 132 national and regional firms found revenue growth and revenue per lawyer to be down slightly from this time in 2018, but the bank still predicts that 2019 will be a strong year for the legal industry.

20. "For the first time, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color," 09.09.19.
The Washington Post reports that "The surge of minority women getting jobs has helped push the U.S. workforce across a historic threshold. For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color, according to a Washington Post analysis of data the Labor Department began collecting in the 1970s. Minority hires overtook white hires last year."

21. "Stressed Out: Law Firm Staff Say Their Mental Health Is Being Ignored, Survey Finds," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "an overwhelming majority of legal marketers feel they are under considerable stress, but only a tiny fraction see their mental health needs being met, according to a new survey by fSquared Marketing, a Canadian legal consulting firm."

22. "'Go Outside Your Comfort Zone': Industry Titans Offer Young Lawyers Advice," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer asked several lawyers to reflect on their storied careers and share their advice for young attorneys just getting started.

23. "Survival of the Fittest: As Baby Boomers Retire, NY Bar Associations Face Harsh Realities," 09.09.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that facing steadily declining membership and revenues, bar associations in New York, like elsewhere around the country, are trying different tactics to increase civic engagement, bring in more revenue and appeal to younger lawyers.

24. "Legal Industry Adds 4,100 Jobs, Outpacing US Employment Growth," 09.06.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "legal sector employment grew by about a third of a percent in August, according to the latest U.S. government jobs report, adding around 4,100 additional jobs after a three-month stretch of little to no growth."

25. "Judge Recommends Dismissing Lawsuit Accusing Widener Law School of Doctoring Job Stats," 09.06.19.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor recommended in a report made public Friday that a lawsuit accusing Widener University School of Law of inflating job statistics be dismissed with prejudice for failure to prosecute.

26. "Most Cost-Effective Legal Departments Invest More in Training, Survey Says," 09.06.19.
Legaltech News reports that "a Gartner Inc. survey of 140 in-house legal departments found that the most cost-effective legal departments devoted almost twice as much of their budgets to training as their higher-cost peers."

27. "Mentor a Diverse 1L: Help Construct an Inclusive Pipeline of Legal Talent," 09.06.19.
A former law firm partner, now the vice president for programs for the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, writes about the importance of mentoring diverse 1L law students.

28. "UnitedLex's Deal With LeClairRyan Was a Failure. Is It Also a Sign of Things to Come?," 09.06.19.
The American Lawyer speculates about the fallout of the LeClairRyan collapse and its failed joint venture with UnitedLex.

29. "New Law School Class Explores How President Trump Is Threatening the Constitutional Order," 09.06.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "a former New York Court of Appeals judge who is a conservative Republican and a professor who is a liberal Democrat are teaching a new course at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that examines the impact President Donald Trump is having on the Constitution."

30. "What's New? Top 10 Law Schools Offer Fresh Courses, Clinics and Programs," 09.05.19.
As the new academic year gets underway, Karen Sloan, writing for The American Lawyer, "[takes a] look at what's new at elite law campuses."

31. "In These Times, How Do We Train Ethical Lawyers?," 09.05.19.
The dean and a professor at Fordham Law School write about "the challenges of training professionally responsible lawyers who can assume their proper ethical role."

32. "South Florida Law Students Return to Campus Post-Dorian, Schools Up North Still Closed," 09.04.19.
Law.com reports on the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the start of the new school year.

33. "How the Great Recession Reshaped American Higher Education," 09.14.19.
A good article from The Chronicle of Higher Education that examines the impact of the recession on colleges and universities, noting that "the longer-term effects of the recession have…altered campus revenue streams, influenced students' choice of major, reshuffled the composition of the academic work force, and prodded colleges to emphasize their role as economic engines." (Subscription required.)

    a. "International Students Bailed Out Colleges in the Last Recession. They Won't This Time," 09.12.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education writes that "as another downturn looms, colleges won't be able to rely on students from overseas as a safety net."

    b. "Flagships Are Rolling Out New Need-Based Aid Programs for Low-Income Students. Why Now?," 09.12.19.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that more than ten years after the recession, public flagship universities (e.g., Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Texas) have begun to turn the tide of student financial aid back to need-based awards for low-income students.

    c. "The Great Enrollment Crash: Students aren't showing up. And it's only going to get worse," 09.06.17.
    The vice president for enrollment management at Bucknell University, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, reports that many selective colleges and universities missed their enrollment targets this fall, writing that "yield models have been invalidated by the sea change in student college-choice behavior."



September 6, 2019

1. "Congress Promised Student Borrowers A Break. Education Dept. Rejected 99% Of Them," 09.05.19.
This Morning Edition piece from National Public Radio reports that "A new report from a government watchdog, first obtained by NPR, says an expanded effort by Congress to forgive the student loans of public servants is remarkably unforgiving…[and that] ninety-nine percent of loan-forgiveness requests under that new Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) were rejected during the program's first year, from May 2018 to May 2019."

    a. "The Education Department's 'Expanded' Loan-Forgiveness Program for Public Service Has the Same Rejection Rate as Before: 99 Percent," 09.05.19.
    More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education: "More than a year after Congress tried to fix the problem, the Education Department still rejects almost all applications for public-service loan forgiveness, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found."

2. "Have Law Firms Lost Their Urge to Merge?," 09.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that there has been a slowdown in law firm mergers in 2019.

3. "5 Ways Law Firms and ALSPs Are Adapting to the Big Four," 09.05.19.
Legaltech News takes "a look at some of the ways that law firms and legal service providers have adjusted their outlooks, game plans and business practices to accommodate for the Big 4."

4. "The rise of the lawyer," 09.05.19.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, providing a thoughtful consideration of factors to ponder for the 21st century lawyer.

5. "Wanted: Lawyers Open to Risk Ready to Work in Growing Cannabis Industry," 09.04.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that because so many lawyers are risk-averse, it has been difficult to find lawyers to join fast-growing cannabis companies as in-house lawyers.

    a. "Forget Reefer Madness, Pot Law Goes Mainstream," 09.05.19.
    And Law.com provides this ALM podcast on "the recent rush of law firms entering the cannabis space."

6. "Firms Should Credit Associates for Meaningful Non-Billable Work," 09.04.19.
The president of the New York City Bar Association, writing for the New York Law Journal, makes the case that "firms should consider the additional approach of enhancing associate opportunities to participate in meaningful non-billable work and to have such work credited in the same way that billable work is credited."

7. "Law School Dean Demographics," 09.04.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides this update on US law school dean demographics, noting that 38% of current deans are women, 26% are minorities, and more than a quarter of the 200 or so law deans graduated from either Harvard Law School or Yale Law School.

8. "Origination Credit Is Hindering In-House Counsel's Diversity Push," 09.04.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "who receives origination credit at a law firm still impedes in-house counsel's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the firms they work with."

9. "As Economics Profession Looks to Draw Women, Hotel-Room Job Interviews Get Nixed," 09.03.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "The American Economic Association is implementing new rules forbidding universities and other employers from interviewing thousands of candidates in hotel rooms during the group's annual conference." (Subscription required.)

10. "Diversity Initiative Names 64 Firms 'Mansfield 2.0' Certified," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Sixty-four firms are now Mansfield 2.0 Certified…[ensuring] that 30% of potential candidates for 'significant' leadership roles are diverse."

11. "Struggling Law Firms May Face Dissolution Risk in Recession," 09.03.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that the predicted economic downturn will likely exacerbate law firms' financial challenges: "While law firms can and have gone bust for a multitude of reasons, the looming economic downturn will have law firms of all sizes reflecting on their future."

12. "40 Years of The American Lawyer: Reflections on the Birth of an Industry," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer celebrates its 40th anniversary by "taking stock of the incredible evolution the industry has undergone over the course of four decades," through a series of articles and infographics.

    a. "Industrial Evolution: How Big Law Blossomed Over the Past 40 Years," 09.03.19.
    The American Lawyer writes that "the story of the last 40 years is about the rise of competition among law firms."

    b. "20 Themes That Define 40 Years of Legal Industry Change," 09.30.19.
    An ALM infographic that "highlights some of the most important changes that have helped define a new paradigm that stands in stark contrast to the one that existed when The American Lawyer launched in 1979."

    c. "40 Years of Am Law Financials: By the Numbers," 09.03.19.
    This ALM infographic illustrates how law firm revenue, profits and head count changed over the last 40 years.

    d. "What's Changed Most in the Legal Industry Since 1979? Legal Luminaries Weigh In," 09.03.19.
    And another ALM infographic that documents "the most significant changes in the profession and the industry since the magazine launched in 1979."

    e. "After 40 Years of Constant Change, What's Next for the Legal Industry?," 09.03.19.
    On the occasion of its 40 anniversary, The American Lawyer provides "a rough roadmap of what is likely to transpire in the legal industry" in the future.

    f. "From the Editor: The Human Element at the Heart of the Industry," 09.03.19.
    The current Editor of The American Lawyer writes about the importance of human relationships in the legal industry.

13. "Ditch Multiple Choice? Simplify the Test? Ideas Abound on Reforming the Bar Exam," 09.03.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on the results of the first part of a three-phase inquiry process being undertaken by the National Conference of Bar Examiners to assess the future of the bar exam.

14. "LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Could Keep Creditors, Partners Busy for Years," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer reports that its recent bankruptcy filing reveals that "the firm owes $15 million to two secured creditors, including its joint venture with UnitedLex."

15. "Online Law School Classes Deliver Results For Law Students," 09.03.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that provides empirical data on the effectiveness of distance education in law schools.

16. "A&O, O'Melveny Pull Plug on Merger Talks," 09.02.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Allen & Overy and O'Melveny & Myers have called an end to their merger talks."

    a. "Partners Question Exchange Rate Volatility As Cause of End to A&O, O'Melveny Talks," 09.02.19.
    More on this from The American Lawyer.

17. "Credible commitments to legal diversity," 09.02.19.
Evan Parker, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, uses data to challenge the legal industry's commitment to diversity.

18. "The Dignity of Disabled Lives," 09.02.19.
This is a lovely New York Times op-ed by a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University: "Disabled lives are lives, and are charged with inherent dignity. Most people with disabilities don't wish they had never been born; most people with disabilities contribute to the world they inhabit; most people with disabilities both give more to and get more from life than their nondisabled peers may be inclined to guess. Some have rich lives despite their disability, but others would say they have rich lives at least in part because of their disability."

    a. "In a Tight Labor Market, a Disability May Not Be a Barrier," 09.05.19.
    The New York Times reports that "With the national unemployment rate now flirting with a 50-year low, companies are increasingly looking outside the traditional labor force for workers…[and are] making new accommodations to open up jobs to people with disabilities."

19. "LSAC Challenge Winners Want to Bridge Justice Gap, Create Lawyer Work," 08.30.19.
Legaltech News reports that "the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) named its first Justice Innovation Challenge winner…the brainchild of 3L Columbia Law School student Emilie Schwarz…[who has developed an online tool that] assists immigrant domestic violence survivors in filing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions for legal status in the U.S."

20. "44 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Cal-Western, Penn State, And SMU)," 08.30.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides this update on the law schools that now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT, noting that California-Western, Penn State, and SMU are the latest law schools to accept the GRE.

21. "Universities Face Federal Crackdown Over Foreign Financial Influence," 08.30.19.
The New York Times reports that "the Education Department has begun cracking down on universities that fail to disclose donations and contracts from foreign governments, hoping to give far more scrutiny to funding…[and that] the department announced this summer that it was investigating…Georgetown, Texas A&M, Cornell and Rutgers universities."

22. "An Admissions Group Is Scrambling to Delete Parts of Its Ethical Code. That Could Mean Big Changes for Higher Ed.," 08.30.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "The National Association for College Admission Counseling may remove provisions from its code of ethics at its September meeting, a move prompted by a Department of Justice investigation into whether the provisions violate antitrust laws." (Subscription required.)

    a. "Admissions Pressure Grows," 09.03.19.
    More on this antitrust story from Inside Higher Ed: "[C]hanges are being proposed because the Justice Department, which has investigated NACAC for possible violations of antitrust laws, objects to [several rules from its code of conduct]. The government appears to be asserting that the targeted rules — which prohibit colleges from offering money and other incentives to students at various points in the admissions process, and discourage colleges' attempts to woo students who have committed to attend other institutions — hurt students by limiting their choices."

23. "End of Summer Means Return to Healthy Habits,"08.29.19.
Law.com writes that "Fall is a good time to encourage employees to resume healthy habits that may have gone begging during the summer months."

24. "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 08.28.19.
Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine published this thoughtful and in-depth exploration of the issues behind the Harvard discrimination case that is expected to be decided later this fall.



August 30, 2019

1. "How Paying for College Is Changing Middle-Class Life," 08.30.19.
This New York Times op-ed argues that "Paying for college…is taking a toll on American families in ways that are more profound and less appreciated than even the financial cost conveys. It has fundamentally changed the experience of being middle class in this country."

2. "Western Michigan's Law School Cuts Tuition," 08.30.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School this week announced that it was reducing tuition rates beginning next year from $1,750 per credit hour to $1,375, a decline of 21 percent. The law school is also closing its campus in Auburn Hills, Mich., and reducing the size of its Lansing campus."

3. "Thursday Thinkpiece: Generation Z Goes to Law School," 08.29.19.
Slaw publishes an excerpt from a recent law review article about Generation Z entering law school (in 2017, law schools welcomed the first members of Generation Z into the classroom).

4. "Big Law's Midsize Competitors Are Wrestling With the Billable Hour," 08.28.19.
Law.com writes about the complex economic landscape for mid-market firms, including the decision about whether or not to stick with the billable hour.

5. "International Students Face Hurdles Under Trump Administration Policy," 08.28.19.
The New York Times reports that "unexpected denials and long delays have become increasingly common for international students and scholars seeking visas, raising concerns among college officials who see a threat to the diversity and enrichment of their campuses, and causing anxiety for students who may have spent years preparing to study in the United States."

6. "Gender Pay Gap for General Counsel Has Grown, Study Says," 08.28.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the gender pay gap for U.S.-based general counsel is widening, according to a new report."

7. "Crowell & Moring Blends Professional Development and Diversity in New C-Suite Position," 08.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Crowell & Moring has appointed Don Smith as the firm's first chief talent and inclusion officer, a C-suite position that merges recruiting, professional development and diversity."

8. "Law School: Yes or No? New Online Tool Helps Make the Call," 08.28.19.
Law.com reports that the AccessLex Institute has introduced a new free, online program that aims to help potential law students think through every aspect of that choice to determine whether or not law school is right for them.

9. "Why We Need to Talk More About Mental Health in Graduate School," 08.27.19.
A recent doctoral graduate, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses her own mental health struggles as a graduate student.

10. "In about-face, several ABA employees are told they qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness," 08.27.19.
The ABA Journal reports that the US Department of Education has started restoring loan payment credits to some ABA employees who were dropped from the program following a court decision that found "the department acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it changed terms of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and excluded some lawyers from participation."

11. "Why GCs Aren't Buying What Legal Tech Is Selling and Why It Matters for Firms," 08.27.19.
Law.com reports that according to general counsel, "the legal technology industry has some significant hurdles to overcome in its increased push to sell into legal departments."

12. "Facing Criticism, College Board Backs Away From 'Adversity Score'," 08.27.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that after testing the measure in a pilot program, the College Board is backing away from its "adversity score" that it had planned to attach to students' SAT scores.

    a. "College Board Overhauls 'Adversity Index'," 08.28.19.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

13. "How 3M Uses the ABA Wellness Pledge When Hiring Firms," 08.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports that 3M has incorporated the American Bar Association's mental health initiative into its RFP process by asking law firms if they have signed the pledge and what specific action they have taken to promote well-being among the lawyers and other legal professionals in their firms.

14. "Nonlawyer Ownership Push Picks Up Steam in Utah," 08.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports that the Utah Work Group on Regulatory Reform has unveiled a proposal that would create a new regulatory scheme to allow nonlawyers to invest in and own legal businesses.

15. "Law Schools' Career Services Offices Get High Marks From Grads," 08.26.19.
Law.com reports that according to new survey results from Kaplan Bar Review, "the majority of recent law graduates say their law school career services offices are making the grade."

16. "Midlevel Associates Are Feeling the Burn From All That Work," 08.26.19.
The American Lawyer reports on its latest Midlevel Associate Survey results, finding that midlevels are generally satisfied, but stressed.

    a. "Which Firms Keep Midlevel Associates Happiest? The 2019 National Rankings," 08.26.19.
    The American Lawyer provides a chart that ranks law firms by midlevel associate satisfaction. (Subscription required.)

    b. "City by City: Where Midlevel Associates Are Most Satisfied," 08.26.19.
    And The American Lawyer provides a chart that reports midlevel associate satisfaction by market, noting that "associates in Texas and Florida report higher levels of overall satisfaction than their peers." (Subscription required.)

    c. "From Glass Walls to Free Snacks, Associates Dish on What They Love, Hate and Fear," 08.27.19.
    The American Lawyer reports on trends identified in the findings form its latest midlevel associate survey.

    d. "Unlimited Vacation Policy: A Perk or Punishment at Law Firms?," 08.28.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that the results of its latest midlevel associate survey show that unlimited vacation policies have been a source of stress and worry to many junior lawyers.

17. "ABA legal ed section set to send various standards and rules revisions to House of Delegates," 08.26.19.
The ABA Journal reports that at its recent meeting, "the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved various proposed revisions to accreditation rules and standards, but tabled, for further discussion, a suggested change to Standard 206, which addresses diversity and inclusion."

18. "Applications Plunge At The Top 25 MBA Programs For Second Year In A Row; Expert Predicts 10%-20% Of Top 100 Will Close In Next Few Years," 08.26.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "according to Poets&Quants' study of preliminary Class of 2021 profile data, for the second consecutive year even the highest-ranked business schools in the U.S. are seeing significant declines in full-time MBA applications, with many MBA programs experiencing double-digit drops."

19. "Soaring Student Debt Opens Door to Relief Scams," 08.26.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that student loan debt relief scams are flourishing. (Subscription required.)

20. "Buyers Say Legal Tech, ALSPs Losing Business by Not Understanding Their Problems," 08.26.19.
Legaltech News reports on new survey results that show that only 34% of corporate legal departments agree that legal tech or ALSPs understand their business challenges.

21. "Law firm leadership," 08.25.19.
Randy Kiser, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, concludes that "American law firms are threatened by acute needs and limited capabilities in three domains: leadership, meaning, and service."

    a. "American Law Firms in Transition: Trends, Threats, and Strategies (book review)," 08.18.19.
    Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, reviews Randall Kiser's new book, American Law Firms In Transition: Trends, Threats, and Strategies (2019).

22. "Make Your Firm Family-Friendly — Don't Just Say You Are," 08.23.19.
A managing director at MLA, writing for The American Lawyer, writes that "in my experience as a law firm associate and now as a recruiter, saying you're female- and family-friendly doesn't mean much if it's not ingrained in your firm's culture."

23. "3 Law Schools Pass the $100,000-a-Year Mark," 08.21.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the price to attend the law schools at Columbia and Stanford Universities and the University of Chicago will pass $100,000 this academic year, making them the first of the nation's law schools to blow past that mark."

    a. "10 Most Expensive Law Schools," 08.20.19.
    More on the most expensive law schools from US News & World Report.

24. "How to save the lawyer development system," 08.21.19.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, writing that the current lawyer development system is badly broken, and offering some thoughts on how to fix it.

25. "Student Debt Rises Among the Oldest Borrowers," 08.21.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "over two recent decades, older students drastically increased the rates at which they borrowed for college, according to data released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education." (Subscription required.)

26. "Lawyers Who Suffer From Depression Won't Come Forward," 08.21.19.
This piece in the New York Law Journal argues that law firms still lack a culture where employees feel comfortable coming forward to seek assistance with mental health care.

27. "Law Firm Margins Tighten as First-Half Expenses Outgrow Revenue," 08.20.19.
Gretta Rusanow and Jeff Grossman, writing for The American Lawyer, report on law firm financial performance through the first half of the year, noting that "expenses have continued to grow at a faster pace than revenue, placing pressure on margins… [and] it will be a challenge for the industry to see a repeat of 2018's strong performance in this year's results, but [we] expect it to be a good year relative to earlier post-recession years."

    a. "NY Firms See Flat Revenue, But More Unpaid Time to Collect in First Half of 2019," 08.21.19.
    The New York Law Journal looks at the recent Citi law firm financial data for the New York market, and finds "New York-headquartered law firms saw a decrease in demand that led to overall flat revenue growth in the first half of 2019."

28. "NY's Transition to Uniform Bar Exam Had Little Impact on Test Performance, Report Finds," 08.20.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that a report from the National Conference of Bar Examiners has concluded that "New York's transition to the Uniform Bar Examination from a statewide exam three years ago has had little impact on the performance of prospective attorneys taking the test."

29. "In Law Firms, 'Caste System' Persists Among Attorneys and Business Professionals," 08.19.19.
The American Lawyer writes about the divide between lawyers and non-lawyer staff at law firms, and its eventual demise.

30. "AI is Proving to be the Ultimate Value-Add for Law Firms," 08.19.19.
This piece in Law.com assesses the impact of AI on law firms now and in the future.

31. "Why Has Black-Student Enrollment Fallen?," 08.18.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "black enrollment in college hit a peak in 2010 and has declined by more than 13 percent since then," and explores some of the reasons why (including the fact that "African-American students were disproportionately represented at for-profit colleges, hundreds of which have closed in the past few years.") (Subscription required.)

32. "Jones Day Parental Leave Bias Suit Likely to Reverberate," 08.16.19.
The American Lawyer writes that "the reverse discrimination suit targeting Jones Day's parental leave policy filed earlier this week should be an eye-opener to the rest of the legal industry, even as law firms continue to tout expanded benefits for both mothers and fathers."

33. "The Future Of The Bar Exam," 08.16.16.
Kyle McEntee, writing for Above the Law, reports on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' release of its Testing Task Force's Phase 1 report on what people throughout the legal profession think about the current licensing process and exam.

34. "Lawyer Resilience in a Pressure-Cooker Profession. It's (Probably) Not What You Think.," 08.16.19.
A Law.com podcast with Adam Markel, who believes "resilience involves taking care of ourselves physically, spiritually and intellectually, so that we're in the best position to survive — and thrive — amid the intense demands of practicing law."



August 16, 2019

1. "Trans Students Are Found Far More Likely Than Others to Suffer From a Host of Psychological Problems," 08.16.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-nonbinary college students suffer two to four times more than their cisgender classmates from mental-health problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, and suicidality, according to a new study that is the largest of its kind." (Subscription required.)

2. "Turning Point for Student Loans," 08.16.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that according to a new report from New York Fed researchers, "defaulted student loans have surpassed all other types of household debt classified as 'severely derogatory,' including mortgage and credit card debt."

3. "A New Push to Solve the Mystery of Low Numbers of Minority Law Clerks," 08.15.19.
The National Law Journal reports that a new research effort is underway to find the answer to why so few minorities serve as federal law clerks.

4. "Legal Tech Can Differentiate Young Lawyers at Law Firm Interviews," 08.14.19.
Dan Reed, the CEO of United Lex, writing for The American Lawyer, makes the case that "to stand the best chance of impressing interviewers, law students must demonstrate their knowledge of what it takes to become a digital lawyer, what the technological innovations mean for the industry, and how the best law businesses approach them."

5. "Ex-SCOTUS Clerks Sue Jones Day, Alleging Anti-Male Bias," 08.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that two former associates have sued Jones Day alleging that the firm discriminates against fathers by providing them eight fewer weeks of parental leave than mothers.

    a. "Couple's Suit Over Parental Leave Is New Challenge to Big Law Firm," 08.14.19.
    And The New York Times reports on this development: "The complaint, filed Tuesday, maintains that the firm and some of its partners promoted crude stereotypes about gender roles, with a prominent male partner asking rhetorically, 'What would a man do on parental leave — watch his wife unload the dishwasher?' The same partner, the suit claims, teased a male associate for taking parental leave to care for a child."

6. "ABA Adopts Measures Urging Fair Pay For Women, Minorities," 08.14.19.
Law360 reports that "the American Bar Association's House of Delegates adopted a pair of resolutions this week seeking beefed-up legislative protections against pay discrimination and encouraging employers to implement policies and practices that close the compensation gap."

    a. "ABA House of Delegates passes pair of pay equity resolutions," 08.13.19.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

7. "Study: Talking About Mental Health Reduces Stigma Among Students," 08.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "college students who participate in fun activities that address mental health are significantly less likely to stigmatize people with mental illness, according to a new study out of Indiana University at Bloomington."

8. "Investing in Lawyer Well-Being — Why It Matters," 08.14.19.
A former lawyer, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, writes about the importance of investing in lawyer well-being, and samples the Philadelphia market to see what law firms and law schools are doing to support lawyers and law students.

9. "ABA President: 'When One Lawyer Talks It Can Make a Difference'," 08.14.19.
Law.com interviews newly sworn-in ABA president Judy Perry Martinez.

10. "How Drama Is Helping Dechert Shrink Its Gender Gap," 08.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Dechert has engaged a London-based organization that harnesses dramatic performance to teach lessons about unconscious bias.

11. "How experiential learning in law schools became widely accepted," 08.14.19.
This ABA Journal Legal Rebels podcast features a conversation with Rodney Smolla, former dean at Washington and Lee University School of Law and current dean and law professor at the Delaware Law School of Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware.

12. "A University's Online M.B.A. Is Less Expensive — and Purposely Different," 08.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports on Boston University's new, less expensive online MBA degree.

13. "Want to Pay Off a Student's Debt? At Morehouse, Donors Now Can," 08.13.19.
The New York Times reports that Morehouse College has unveiled a program in which the school will request donations that it can funnel directly to paying off students' loans.

14. "For Law Firms and ALSPs, the Future Is About Collaboration," 08.13.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer argues that "ALSPs may be disrupting the legal industry, but they're doing so in a way that helps traditional law firms, rather than harming them."

15. "By the Numbers: Lawyer Salary Increases in the Past Two Decades," 08.12.19.
Law.com provides some helpful infographics from the "trove of statistics relating to the legal profession" released by the ABA this week at its annual meeting in Chicago — subscription required. (You can access that trove in the just released "ABA Profile of the Legal Profession.")

    a. "Just How White and Male Is the Federal Judiciary? Here Are the Numbers," 08.13.19.
    Law.com has more infographics with data from the ABA "trove," here depicting federal judges by race and gender. (Subscription required.)

    b. "Soaring Debt Loads and Plunging Bar Pass Rates: Legal Education by the Numbers," 08.14.19.
    And more infographics by Law.com based on the ABA data amalgamation released this week, here charts breaking down the racial demographics of the student body, the amount of educational debt law graduates take on, the percentage of grads who pass the bar on the first try, and the size of the law school applicant pool. (Subscription required.)

    c. "70 Years of Women in the Legal Profession: By the Numbers," 08.15.19.
    Law.com has more from the trove, here charts breaking down the percentage of women lawyers over the past seven decades, women equity partners at law firms, women general counsel of Fortune 500 companies, and female law students. (Subscription required.)

16. "#MeToo Launched a Holistic Approach to Workplace Culture: ABA Panel," 08.12.19.
The Recorder reports on "a panel discussion about the impact of #MeToo at the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco, where panelists…said companies and firms should adopt a holistic approach toward workplace culture, in an effort to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the first place."

17. "Study: College Presidents Prioritizing Student Mental Health," 08.12.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "more than 80 percent of top university executives say that mental health is more of a priority on campus than it was three years ago, according to a new report released today by the American Council on Education."

18. "In the Legal Profession's Mental Health Movement, Law Firm Staffers Feel Left Behind," 08.12.19.
Law.com reports that "there are few, if any, studies that examine the rates of depression, anxiety, addiction or suicide among law firm professional staff…[and that] many [law firms] have not extended their mental health resources firmwide."

19. "The Current State of Play in Legal Innovation: A New Era of Evolution in the Making," 08.11.19.
Jae Um, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, uses data to provide a ten-year retrospective on change and innovation in the legal profession, and concludes that "The legal evolution caravan keeps marching forward. Sometimes the pace may seem glacial, and there is plenty of chatter from opinionated observers. Still, progress is happening, and the change we are seeing is structural in nature. The change that has already happened is embedded and meaningful."

20. "Seeking forgiveness: The dizzying journey for public servants with student debt," 08.11.19.
The Washington Post dives into the morass of public service federal student loan forgiveness.

21. "Operational Efficiency Gives Firms Edge Against Alternative Service Providers, Survey Finds," 08.09.19.
The Daily Report reports on the findings of the latest Aderant's 2019 Business of Law and Technology Survey, including findings that "the percentage of law firms citing alternative legal service providers as their greatest competitive threat increased from 5% in 2017 to 15% this year, while those citing other law firms as their greatest competition decreased from 62% in 2017 to 53%."

22. "How Law Schools' Online Classes Are Supporting Rise of 'Virtual Law'," 08.09.19.
Legaltech News reports that "more law schools are beginning to offer students the opportunity to participate in online courses, potentially allowing candidates facing geographical or employment-related barriers to pursue a legal education," a trend which may help normalize remote working and virtual offices for lawyers.

23. "Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firms," 08.09.19.
"Lizzy McLellan talks with three highly accomplished young lawyers from top schools who opted out of Big Law and into boutiques" for this Law.com podcast.

24. "Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Affirmative Action Policies at Harvard Law Review," 08.09.19.
Law.com reports that U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin in Massachusetts dismissed a lawsuit against the fellows of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School Review that alleged that using race and gender-based affirmative-action policies when selecting students violates Titles VI and IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.



August 9, 2019

1. "Court Approves Purchase of Law School by For-Profit," 08.09.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a federal court has approved the acquisition of Western State College of Law by Westcliff University, a for-profit."

2. "Kilpatrick Is Latest Firm to Offer Preferred Pronouns for Lawyer Bios," 08.08.19.
The Daily Report writes that "Kilpatrick announced the new initiative via a firmwide email last week, making it one of a handful of large firms nationally to encourage its people to add the gender pronoun that they use, such as he/him/his, she/her/hers, or they/them/theirs, to their communications."

3. "LeClairRyan to Shut Down, Ending Three-Decade Run," 08.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "LeClairRyan confirmed Wednesday that it is winding down, saying dissolution of the firm is 'in the best interests of our clients, colleagues and creditors.'"

4. "Search for new managing director of ABA legal ed section underway; Barry Currier: 'It has been a privilege'," 08.07.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "Barry Currier, managing director of accreditation and legal education for the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, will be stepping down next summer."

    a. "ABA's Legal Education Honcho Reflects on a Turbulent Tenure," 08.08.19.
    Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, speaks with Barry Currier, the ABA's managing director for accreditation and legal education, who has announced that he will step down from this position in the summer of 2020.

5. "'We Have to Act Courageously': A Conversation With Law Firm Chief Diversity Executives," 08.07.19.
The American Lawyer speaks with five law firm diversity executives, asking them about the current events and diversity-related trends they are seeing.

6. "Are Parental Leave Policies Innovative or Just Expected Now?," 08.07.19.
The American Lawyer writes that generous parental leave benefits are now the new normal at Big Law, but notes that they remain underutilized, particularly among men.

7. "Life After Law School — It's Much Better With a Mentor," 08.07.19.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, writes about the benefits to young lawyers in finding and leaning on mentors for support.

8. "Reed Smith to Shift to Alternative Business Structure in UK," 08.07.19.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Reed Smith expects to move its U.K. limited liability partnership (LLP) to an alternative business structure (ABS) this year."

9. "How Long Is Too Long To Wait for the Right Job Candidate?," 08.07.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, answers questions about lawyer searches that seem to take too long, and offers advice about how to accelerate the process.

10. "BigLaw firms are taking 'two steps forward, one step back,' new Thomson Reuters report says," 08.06.19.
The ABA Journal reports that based on the latest report from the Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor Economic Index, "law firm productivity is dropping, driven by accelerated hiring that is driving the supply of lawyers higher than demand for their services."

11. "What It Really Means for Lawyers to Commit — and to Refuse to Commit — to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity," 08.06.19.
This Slaw post explores why it is important for the public that lawyers step up to recognize equality, diversity and inclusivity as core principles for their work.

12. "Nebraska's Children's Justice Clinic," 08.06.19.
The latest What Great Law Schools Do blog post highlights a program at the University of Nebraska College of Law that gives third-year law students the opportunity to serve as guardians ad litem for children in Nebraska's child welfare system.

13. "'Law School Was Kind of a Shock:' Students Take the Lead in Mental Health Initiatives," 08.05.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, speaks with Luke Finn, a third-year law student at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, who founded a student organization dedicated to mental health and wellness.

14. "July Surge in Professional Jobs Leaves Legal Sector Behind," 08.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly report on the nation's employment situation found that the legal services industry, which includes lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other law-related professions, gained 100 jobs in July for a total of 1,144,200. This was by far the smallest gain in the professional and technical services sector."

15. "Testy: Building The Future Of Justice: Law School Applicants 2019," 08.05.19.
Kellye Testy, the President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, writing for the TaxProf Blog, provides an update on the number of US law school applicants (up 3.3%) and law school applications (down 1.5%) for the current and nearly complete application cycle.

    a. "More people are applying to law school, but it's not like last year's 'Trump bump'," 08.07.19.
    More on this from the ABA Journal.

16. "The Mansfield Rule: Lessons for Every Legal Organization," 08.02.19.
An attorney recruiting professional at Saul Ewing, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, discusses her firm's experience completing the Mansfield 2.0 certification, and their plans for the 3.0 certification.

17. "Law Firms Using Policies, Not Monitoring, to Prevent Social Media Mishaps," 08.02.19.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on law firm social media policies for their lawyers.




August 2, 2019

1. "ABA Launches Pro Bono Portal for Immigrant Children Deportation Cases," 08.01.19.
Legaltech News reports that the American Bar Association has unveiled an online platform connecting pro bono attorneys with children in deportation proceedings.

2. "LeClairRyan Takes Steps to Dissolve as Its Lawyers Seek New Homes," 07.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Virginia-headquartered LeClairRyan has started the process of dissolving.

3. "60% Of Law Firms, Companies Plan To Increase Legal Hiring Over Next Six Months, Especially In Litigation," 08.01.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports on new survey research from Robert Half that "nearly 6 in 10 U.S.-based lawyers (59%) said their law firm or company plans to expand their legal teams in the second half of 2019, up 12 percentage points from the last time the survey was conducted."

4. "The 2019 GC Compensation Survey: Pay's Moving On Up," 08.01.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of the 2019 General Counsel Compensation Survey that found most GC salaries on the rise, with top tier numbers that are truly staggering.

5. "2018 Law Grads Enjoyed Strongest Job Market in a Decade: NALP," 07.31.19.
Law.com reports on NALP's release of the findings from its analyses of the law school employment outcomes and salaries for the graduates of the Class of 2018.

    a. "Class of 2018 Employment Outcomes Approach Pre-Recession Levels," 07.31.19.
    You can read the NALP press release about the Class of 2018 employment and salary findings and find the entire Selected Findings report on the NALP web site.

    b. "2 bright spots in law-grad hiring: more BigLaw jobs, higher rate of JD-required employment," 07.31.19.
    And the ABA Journal reports on NALP's employment and salary finds for the Class of 2018.

    c. "Job Market For Law School Grads Is The Best We've Seen In 10 Years," 07.21.19. (Above the Law)

    d. "Class of 2018 job picture was bright but there's an asterisk," 07.31.19. (The National Jurist)

    e. "BigLaw Hiring Drives Job Market For Law Grads," 07.31.19. (Law360)

6. "The Hireback Rate on Bay Street Is Freakishly High," 07.31.19.
Precedent JD in Canada reports that "this year, the hireback rate on Bay Street reached an all-time peak: 16 of the largest law offices in Toronto hired back 98 percent of their articling students."

7. "Women Who Left the Profession Are Getting Back in the Saddle," 07.31.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, celebrates the success of Diversity Lab's OnRamp Fellowship, a reentry program for women lawyers, now in its fifth year of operation.

8. "Overhaul the Bar Exam? Two Major Studies Focus on the Test's Future," 07.31.19.
Law.com reports that "both the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System are analyzing whether the current test is the best measure of new lawyers' competence."

9. "Open Letter From Dentons Partner: Mental Health Crisis Requires Rethinking Firm Business Models," 07.31.19.
A senior partner at Dentons publishes an open letter on Law.com arguing that "our business models, our compensation systems and the almighty billable hour" are at the heart of the current mental health crisis in the legal profession.

10. "The Growing Nonequity Tier Is Forcing a Conversation on Partnership," 07.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that many law firm leaders are still unsure of how to treat the rapidly growing ranks of nonequity partners and notes that some see them as the "soft underbelly" of law firms.

11. "Law Firms Are Flocking to Charlotte as the Southeast Flourishes," 07.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that the law firm business is booming in Charlotte, North Carolina.

12. "Masters Programs And The Public Educational Mission Of Law Schools," 07.31.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that argues the growing number of master's degree programs is part of a healthy evolution of the mission of law schools.

13. "Law School Coping Strategies In The Changed Legal Education Market," 07.31.19.
And the TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article by Jerry Organ, Bernard Burk, and Emma Rasiel that analyzes the impact of the downturn in enrollment on law schools: "Many casual observers of the American legal academy are aware of the substantial falloff in both the number and the conventional qualifications of applicants to law school that began after 2010. But few appreciate how widespread and serious its effects have been. For the vast majority of law schools, those effects have been somewhere between significant and devastating."

14. "Associates Just Want the Truth About Billable Hour Requirements," 07.30.19.
The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes that "transparency is an indispensable baseline to making the billable hour work well."

15. "Is Lack of Diversity a Bigger Problem for IP In-House Lawyers?," 07.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of "a new global survey of in-house counsel who specialize in intellectual property matters [that] paints a bleak picture of limited diversity and widespread discrimination in their professional world."

16. "Law Firm Staff Can Now Apply to CLOC," 07.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium announced Tuesday that law firm staff who 'devote the majority of their focus to legal operations or business management' can now apply to join its new Law Firm Community."

17. "Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash," 07.30.19.
The New York Times reports on the increase in wealthy families buying extra time for their offspring on high stakes tests through expensive psychological evaluations.

18. "Should Georgia Bar Licensing Authorities Ask Applicants About Their Mental Health?," 07.29.19.
The Daily Report explores whether bar examiner's questions about new law school graduates' mental health do more harm than good, and whether they may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.

19. "First-year lawyer offers self-care tips and shares how he learned to quiet his mind post-law school," 07.29.19.
This ABA Journal podcast hosts a conversation with a new lawyer about self-care. (Podcast)

20. "Technology is Changing Legal Education. But Can Startups Redefine the Market?," 07.29.19.
Legaltech News reports that despite the presence of a few dominant players in the legal education space, namely Barbri and Kaplan, "it's still unclear whether the emergence of new technologies and evolving learner appetites will open up new opportunities for startups looking to gain a foothold into the legal education market."

21. "Do Associate Perks Make a Difference in the Law Firm Talent War?," 07.29.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer questions the value of adding additional associate perks when base salaries remain below the top of the market.

22. "U.S. News Pulls Rankings Of UC-Berkeley (#22), Scripps (#30), And 3 Other Colleges For Misreporting Data," 07.29.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "five Schools notified U.S. News that they misreported data used to calculate their rankings for the 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The schools are the University of California-Berkeley, Scripps College, Mars Hill University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Johnson & Wales University."

23. "College Financial-Aid Loophole: Wealthy Parents Transfer Guardianship of Their Teens to Get Aid," 07.29.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "amid an intense national furor over the fairness of college admissions, the Education Department is looking into a tactic that has been used in some suburbs here [Chicago], in which wealthy parents transfer legal guardianship of their college-bound children to relatives or friends so the teens can claim financial aid." (Subscription required.)

    a. "A Fresh Abuse Rattles College Admissions: Parents Give Up Custody of Their Children So They Can Get Student Aid," 07.30.19.
    More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Subscription required.)

24. "California Bar 'Inadvertently' Reveals Essay Topics Days Before Exam," 07.28.19.
The Recorder reports that "the California State Bar 'inadvertently' revealed to law school deans the essay topics that will be covered on this week's bar exam, the bar told registered test-takers in an email Saturday night…the topics that will be covered on the exam will be civil procedure, remedies/constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility, contracts and evidence."

    a. "With Anger and Confusion Swirling Over Bar Exam Topic Disclosure, Calif. Officials Vow to Investigate," 07.29.19.
    The Recorder has a follow-up story on the inadvertent release of the essay topics for this week's California bar exam.

    b. "California Bar Accidentally Leaks Exam Subjects," 07.29.19.
    More on this bizarre story from Inside Higher Ed.

    c. "Move Over, California. More Bar Exam Blunders for the Ages," 07.29.19.
    Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, muses on a long list of historic law exam blunders, including lost tests, technology glitches, and scoring mistakes.

    d. "California Justices Want Answers After Bar Exam Blunder," 07.29.19.
    The Recorder reports that "the California Supreme Court said Monday it will exercise its authority over the state bar to ensure a thorough and independent investigation is conducted into how essay topics for this week's bar exam were accidentally provided to 16 law school deans Thursday."

    e. "Why the California Bar Director Is Mum on Exam Mayhem," 07.31.19.
    Law.com reports that "Leah Wilson, the California bar's executive director, has been noticeably missing from the agency's response to news that the essay topics for this week's bar exam were inadvertently disclosed to 16 law school deans," because her son was taking the California bar exam this week.

25. "When Stress Comes from Outside the Workplace, How Do Law Firms Respond?," 07.28.19.
The American Lawyer writes about how law firms provide support when their lawyers experience traumatic situations outside the workplace.

26. "Cannabis Has Big Law Seeing Green, but the Am Law 50 Are Skipping the Party," 07.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports on the growth of cannabis law as a rapidly emerging practice area, and the challenges law firms face when they jump into that space.

27. "41 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Seattle And Yale)," 07.27.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides an update on the list of law schools that now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for law school admission purposes.

    a. "Yale Law Will Accept GRE," 08.01.19.
    More on this from Inside Higher Ed.

28. "Mayer Brown, eBay Collaborate to Foster Diversity With Law School Summer Program," 07.26.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the first year of a joint Mayer Brown and eBay Summer Fellowship Diversity Program launched in conjunction with the American University Washington College of Law, part of a larger Technology Diversity Collaborative.

29. "Tony West, GC of Uber, Explains How He Incentivizes Law Firms to Diversify Ranks," 07.25.19.
The New York Law Journal reports on remarks made by Tony West, the general counsel of Uber and former general counsel of PepsiCo, at a National Bar Association panel last week: "I'm one of these people who actually thinks that diversity and inclusion is not rocket science… I think it's more about intentionality."



July 26, 2019

1. "As LeClair Exits, Shrinking LeClairRyan 'Considering Options'," 07.25.19.
The American Lawyer reports that based on recent lawyer departures, including that of the co-founder and name partner, "LeClairRyan's future seems uncertain."

2. "Munger Tolles Expands Parental Leave to 18 Weeks Paid," 07.25.19.
The Recorder reports that "starting in August, all attorneys at Munger, Tolles & Olson will be able to take 18 weeks of paid parental leave."

    a. "Take a Long Parental Leave and Make Partner? Dream On, Baby," 07.19.19.
    Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that law firms' generous leave policies come with little cost because most lawyers are never going to take full advantage of them.

    b. "Rate of Men Taking Paternity Leave Falls — Again," 07.24.19.
    And more from Vivia Chen at The American Lawyer on parental leave: "Recent statistics suggest men aren't jumping on the paternity leave wagon with enthusiasm…[and] the rate of paternity leave has been falling for four years in a row."

3. "New Digital LSAT Technology Passes the Test With Lawyer Hopefuls," 07.25.19.
Legaltech News reports that "more than half of the test-takers recently polled about their experience with the new, computerized exam rated the technological aspects as either very good or good, according to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep."

4. "The Double Life Of Law Schools," 07.25.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that imagines what the law school of 2025 will look like.

5. "The 2019 A-List: Law Firms Think Holistically to Make the Cut," 07.24.19.
The American Lawyer rolls out its 2019 A-List, a ranking of law firms based on their commitment to a variety of financial and cultural markers: revenue per lawyer, pro bono work, associate satisfaction, racial diversity and gender diversity among the partnership.

    a. "The 2019 A-List: Female Equity Partner Scorecard," 07.24.19.
    The American Lawyer ranks the Am Law 200 based on the portion of their equity partnership that is composed of women.

    b. "The 2019 A-List: Which Firms Are Knocking at the Door?," 07.24.19.
    And The American Lawyer publishes a list of firms that nearly made the cut but didn't.

6. "Reed Smith Adds On Even More Perks for Associates," 07.23.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith has announced the next wave of its "associate life initiative" based on recommendations from its associate committee.

7. "Diversity Meets the Billable Hour at Dorsey & Whitney," 07.23.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Dorsey & Whitney has rolled out a new "Diversity Hours" policy that will allow diversity-related work, activities and training to count toward billable hours requirements.

8. "How to Better Deal With Stress in Law Firms," 07.23.19.
This Slaw column provides tips for dealing with stress at law firms.

9. "Would Mandatory Psychologist Appointments Reduce Burnout in Big Law?," 07.23.19.
Law.com reports that a pair of former lawyers, now psychotherapists, are proposing "a series of seven psychotherapy sessions for every lawyer in any given firm at key points in their career."

10. "Growing a Practice Without Walls: Real Life in a Virtual Law Firm," 07.23.19.
The Legal Intelligencer explores what it means for law firms to give up brick-and-mortar offices.

11. "Why And How Lawyers And Law Schools Should Embrace Artificial Intelligence," 07.22.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that argues that legal education must attempt to bridge the law-tech divide and become ground zero for innovation and change.

12. "Couple Donate $1M for UGA Law School to Aid Challenged Students," 07.22.19.
Law.com reports that a couple from Marietta have made a million-dollar gift for a University of Georgia Law School scholarship fund.

13. "Is Practicing Law In-House Better? The Two Sides of the Coin," 07.22.19.
Michael Ascher from MLA, writing for Law.com, looks at the pros and cons of working in-house versus working for a law firm, and concludes that "for all the benefits that come with an in-house position, there is an equally long list of benefits for lawyers in private practice."

14. "Increasing competition," 07.21.19.
Evan Parker, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, uses big data to dissect two decades of increasing Am Law firm competition across 10 legal markets.

15. "To improve lawyers' mental health, SJC panel points to limits on billable hours," 07.19.19.
The Boston Business Journal reports that "a new report commissioned by the state's highest court found that Massachusetts attorneys face major hurdles to living a healthy, balanced life, advising law firms to limit minimum workload expectations to no more than 1,800 billable hours a year — a target that some of Boston's largest, highest-grossing outfits now exceed."

16. "Survey: Legal Departments Are Investing in Legal Operations," 07.19.19.
Law.com reports that new survey results from CLOC document the rapid growth of legal operations, noting that legal departments now have an average of six full-time legal operations employees.

17. "Jerk Partners Beget Jerk Partners: Ending Big Law's Cycle of Dysfunction," 07.19.19.
Kathleen Pearson, chief human resources officer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Patrick Krill, founder of Krill Strategies, a consultancy that works with law firms on mental health and substance abuse issues, discuss "the cycle of dysfunction in which terrible-boss behavior is passed down from generation to generation inside law firms" in this Law.com podcast.

18. "The Law Firm Disrupted: Why the Billable Hour's Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated," 07.18.19.
Dan Packel, writing for Law.com's "The Law Firm Disrupted" series, provides his thoughts on the long, slow, painful, (inevitable?), demise of the billable hour.



July 19, 2019

1. "The Risks of Technology in the Law Classroom," 07.18.19.
Slaw provides an excerpt from a recent law review article that focuses on the risks posed by the use of laptops and certain types of instructor-provided notes in the law classroom.

2. "Can 'Virtual' Law Firms Help Close the Partner Gender Gap?," 07.17.19.
The American Lawyer reports that one of the takeaways from Working Mother magazine's latest "Best Law Firms for Women" list is that nontraditional law firm structures may provide the key to achieving greater gender parity among law firm partners.

    a. "How the push for inclusion in law firm hiring can carve a path for female talent," 07.16.19.
    The ABA Journal also reports on the 2019 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women list, and argues that in the current market, "successful women lawyers have more bargaining power than ever before."

3. "Over 2,300 UK Students Enroll for Linklaters 'Digital Internship'," 07.17.19.
Legaltech News reports that a new digital internship launched by Linklaters that is designed to improve the diversity and number of people applying has attracted over 2,350 students from 208 universities. ("The course, which the firm said will take around seven hours to complete, aims to simulate the experience of working in a major law firm.")

4. "Chicago-Kent's Early Specialization 1L Program," 07.17.19.
The latest post from the What Great Law Schools Do blog highlights Chicago-Kent's 1L program that allows students who know the area of law in which they would like to specialize to select a more flexible track.

5. "Survey: Those in Compliance Roles With a Law Degree Earn More," 07.16.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that new survey research shows that "compliance function employees with a Juris Doctor have a higher median total compensation than those who do not have the degree."

6. "Hogan Lovells, Baker McKenzie Elevate Legal Ops Professionals," 07.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that two global law firms have recently hired pricing and legal operations professionals from the client side.

7. "Goodbye Pencil, Hello Stylus. The LSAT Is Officially Digital," 07.16.19.
Law.com reports that about half of the 24,000 people who took the LSAT on Monday took it using tablets, the first time the test was administered electronically.

8. "Stagnant Wage Growth for New College Graduates," 07.16.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that according to the latest data from NACE, "students who graduated from college in 2018 with a bachelor's degree earned an average starting salary of $50,944 per year…up just 1.4 percent from the 2015 average of $50,219."

9. "Seyfarth Shaw Hires First Diversity Chief Carew From Shook Hardy," 07.15.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Kori Carew has joined Seyfarth Shaw as its first chief inclusion & diversity officer.

    a. "Latham Watkins Diversity Executive Jumps to Holland & Knight," 07.12.19.
    The American Lawyer reports that Yusuf Zakir has joined Holland & Knight as director of diversity and inclusion.

10. "Constantly On Call: The Client's Role in the Legal Profession's Mental Health Crisis," 07.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "as firms grapple with high rates of attorney addiction, depression and suicide, many lawyers say in-house departments aren't yet examining their own crucial role in improving the profession's mental health culture."

    a. "'Don't Label Clients as the Problem': General Counsel Respond to Claims They Are At Fault for Mental Health Crisis," 07.18.19.
    Corporate Counsel reports that "several general counsel and other in-house leaders are pushing back on attorneys' allegations that corporate law departments may play a larger role in the industry's mental health crisis than they may be willing to admit or even examine."

11. "Microsoft's Legal Department just invested in Business Design Thinking," 07.14.19.
Jason Moyse, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, writes about the most recent innovations taking place in Microsoft's legal department.

12. "Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Wanes, but Market Optimism Remains," 07.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "law firm leaders remain generally confident about the strength of the legal industry for the second half of 2019, according to a survey by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group…[although] respondents in the latest survey were less bullish than they were six months ago."

13. "Average Student Loan Debt For Law School Graduates: $145,500," 07.12.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "law school graduates finish school with an average student loan debt of $145,500, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics."

14. "What David Lat Learned about Big Law — and Himself — at Above the Law," 07.12.19.
This Law.com podcast features a conversation with David Lat: "Lat says that working in Big Law, for many reasons — including pressure from millennials and changes in the kinds of associate work — is an improved experience compared with 13 years ago, when Above the Law made its debut." (Podcast)

15. "How the Great Recession changed American law firms," 07.11.19.
This ABA Journal podcast features a conversation with Randy Kiser, author of American Law Firms in Transition: Trends, Threads, and Strategies, who pinpoints why the Great Recession of 2008 marked a defining moment for law firms and how the economic shift transformed the legal services landscape. (Podcast)

16. "How to Disclose a Disability to Your Employer (and Whether You Should)," 07.10.19.
This New York Times Smarter Living column explores the benefits of disclosing a disability during the job interviewing process.

17. News from the AALL Conference:

    a. "Bloomberg Law Teases Automated Brief Analyzer, In Beta This Fall," 07.16.19.
    Legaltech News reports that at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting, Bloomberg Law revealed a first of its kind automated research tool.

    b. "Law Librarians Push for Analytics Tools Improvement After Comparative Study," 07.15.19.
    Legaltech News reports that based on results of a recent study that were revealed at this week's AALL conference, the data analytics tools that service the legal services sector still have room for improvement.

    c. "Curriculum Comes Alive: How Two Law Schools Use Virtual Reality in the Classroom," 07.14.19.
    Legaltech News reports that at the AALL Conference this week, law school educators showed how they've integrated virtual reality concepts into their schools' curriculum.

    d. "Thomson Reuters Releases Quick Check, an Automated Brief Analyzer for Westlaw Edge," 07.12.19.
    Legaltech News reports that Thomson Reuters has released an automated brief analyzer "that uses artificial intelligence to provide a report offering potential cases, briefs and other sources that may have been missed concerning the topic."


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