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.
March 15, 2019
1. "How to Reduce Student Debt and Increase College Affordability," 03.14.19.
The Recorder reports on the proceedings of "a panel testifying before the House Committee on Education and Labor in a hearing [on student debt in] the first of five bipartisan hearings to be used for a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, last renewed over 10 years ago."
2. "New Hampshire Is Ninth Law School To Offer Hybrid Online J.D., First With IP Focus," 03.14.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that in fall of 2019 UNH Law will offer a new Hybrid (online and residential) JD Program with an Intellectual Property and Technology Law focus.
3. "Is Being Black a Problem at Law Firms?," 03.14.19.
A lawyer from Michigan, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that most law firm diversity efforts amount to mere tokenism.
4. "Forget Prom. This 16-Year-Old Is Headed to Law School," 03.14.19.
Law.com reports that a 16-year old who has been accepted by five law schools has chosen to enroll at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
5. "Summer Associate Recruiting Holds Steady," 03.13.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on NALP's release this week of the 2018 summer and fall recruiting data.
a. "Entry-level Law Firm Recruiting Activity Remains Strong, Exceeding Some Pre-Recession Benchmarks," 03.13.19.
You can read the NALP press release and review the entire report, Perspectives on 2018 Law Student Recruiting, here.
b. "Associate offer rates reach record high; how do 2Ls pick law firms?," 03.14.19.
The ABA Journal reports on the NALP recruiting numbers: "Law firms offered jobs to nearly 97 percent of associates coming out of summer programs last year, a historic high, according to the National Association for Law Placement."
c. "Biglaw Offer Rates For Law School Student Recruitment Reaches Historic Highs," 03.14.19.
And Above the Law weighs in.
6. "Federal judiciary adopts ethics rules barring sex harassment, egregious treatment of workers," 03.13.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "new ethics rules adopted by the federal judiciary Tuesday make clear that sexual harassment is banned, and that judges and their employees have a reporting obligation when such conduct happens."
a. "How the Judiciary Changed Conduct Rules to Pierce Culture of Confidentiality," 03.13.19.
More on this from The National Law Journal: "Responding to complaints that the culture of the federal judiciary makes it difficult for employees to lodge complaints of misconduct, the Judicial Conference on Tuesday promulgated significant changes to the code of judicial conduct that governs judges and court employees."
7. "O'Melveny and Allen & Overy Merger Talks Reach Final Stages," 03.13.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "West Coast litigation leader O'Melveny & Myers and U.K. Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy are in the final stages of discussions on a major trans-Atlantic merger."
8. "College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged," 03.12.19.
The New York Times reports that "federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in a brazen scheme to buy spots in the freshman classes at Yale, Stanford and other big name schools."
a. "College Officials Were Charged in the Admissions-Bribery Scheme. Now Their Campuses Are Cutting Ties," 03.12.19.
More on the admissions scandal from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
b. "Massive Scandal Alleged in College Admissions," 03.12.19.
And Inside Higher Ed has more on this story.
c. "2 Stanford Students File Suit Over University Admissions Scandal," 03.14.19.
The Recorder reports that "lawyers representing a pair of Stanford University students have filed a proposed class action lawsuit [claiming] that the value of their Stanford education has been tarnished by the scandal."
i. "$500B? Proposed Class Action Seeks Windfall in College Admissions Scandal," 03.14.19.
More on this from The Recorder.
d. "Can You Bribe Your Way Into Law School?," 03.14.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, tosses this question around with admissions coach Anna Ivey.
9. "Big Law Dealmaker Charged in the National College Admissions Scandal," 03.12.19.
And The American Lawyer reports that "Gordon Caplan, the New York-based co-chair of international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher and The American Lawyer's 2018 Dealmaker of the Year, has been named as a defendant in a nationwide college admissions scandal."
a. "In Through the 'Side Door': Wiretap Outlines Willkie Leader's Alleged Role in Admissions Scandal," 03.12.19.
And more on the Willkie angle from the New York Law Journal.
b. "How Significant a Blow Is Gordon Caplan's Leave From Willkie?," 03.14.19.
The New York Law Journal speculates on the ramifications of this scandal for Willkie.
10. "Stanford Holds Steady, USC Jumps 2 Spots in Latest US News Law School Ranking," 03.12.19.
The Recorder reports on the release of the latest US News law school rankings.
a. "2020 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)," 03.12.19.
And the TaxProf Blog provides the full list of the 192 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation and the overall rank for each school.
b. "US News releases its 2020 law school rankings," 03.12.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal: "There's little variation in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 rankings among the top 20 law schools, and the top seven are identical to last year."
11. "Husch Blackwell Conducts Lawyer Challenge to Develop Innovative Client Services," 03.12.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Husch Blackwell awarded a startup adviser tool the winner of its first firmwide legal innovation challenge aimed at sparking creative solutions for clients' challenges."
12. "From White-Shoe to Blue-Jean, Firms Get Casual to Draw in Talent," 03.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Dechert is the latest firm to expand its definition of acceptable workplace attire…[announcing] a new business casual dress code that means lawyers and staff can now wear jeans any day of the week, if they so choose."
13. "Billable Hour Haters Academy? New Curriculum Launches for Legal Pricing Pros," 03.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "two well-known consultants in the legal pricing space launched a set of online courses this week designed to [train law firm pricing directors]."
14. "Why Legal Operations Matters and How to Optimize Its Impact," 03.11.19.
This piece in The Legal Intelligencer makes the case for legal operations and provides four best practices to ensure the long-term success of legal ops efforts.
15. "4 Recent Compliance Apps — Created by Attorneys — to Replace Attorneys," 03.11.19.
Legaltech News reports that "law firms are now merging their legal expertise and technology to create software that clients can use for assistance without counsel" by developing software around compliance.
16. "Law Schools Escalate Their Focus on Digital Skills," 03.11.19.
EdTech Magazine Higher Education reports that new technology is changing the law school curriculum.
17. "Are Legal Departments Really Better Than Firms at Diversity?," 03.10.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "in 2018, fewer than 20 percent of Fortune 500 general counsel were people of color and around one-third were women."
18. "Legal Employment Edges Up as US Job Gains Flatten," 03.08.19.
The American Lawyer reports modest gains in lawyer jobs numbers based on the latest USBLS data: "the legal services industry added 600 jobs in February."
19. "5 Tips for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Legal Practice," 05.08.19.
A law firm associate who is also a yoga instructor, writing for The Recorder, offers advice about how busy lawyers can fit in the daily practice of mindfulness, meditation or yoga.
20. "Big Changes in Summer Associate Hiring Are On the Way — Slowly," 03.07.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on reactions to the changes NALP made recently to its recruiting guidelines.
a. "Big Law Associate Hiring is Static — And That's a Good Thing," 03.08.19.
And Law.com speaks with NALP's executive director about the most recent recruitment season, and the changes to the NALP recruiting guidelines. (Podcast)
b. "What The Future May Hold For Legal Recruiting," 03.11.19.
And the latest from Vanderbilt's Nick Alexiou, writing for Above the Law, on these very same issues.
21. "Columbia Law School, for 6th Year, Tops Go-To Law Schools Ranking," 03.07.19.
More reporting from The National Law Journal about last week's release of Law.com's Go-To Law Schools ranking: "Among Columbia's most recent graduating class, 71 percent are now working as associates at the nation's largest 100 law firms. That's up from 68 percent the previous year and is 11 percentage points higher than the No. 2 school on our list, the University of Pennsylvania Law School."
22. "Can You Tell Me a Little About Yourself?: Hiring Biases on College Campuses," 03.07.19.
Two law firm associates, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provide "steps university leaders can take to reduce biases in both the recruiting and hiring processes and facilitate a more diverse campus."
23. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Carlton Fields Sees Double-Digit Growth in Partner Profits," 03.14.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 4.4%, PPP up 15.5%)
b. "Armstrong Teasdale Nudges Revenue Higher Amid East Coast Debut," 03.14.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 4.1%, PPP down 7.2%)
c. "FisherPhillips Makes Big Gains in Revenue, Profit," 03.14.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 9.5%, PPP up 3.6%)
d. "Debevoise & Plimpton Posts Record Revenue, Profits," 03.13.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 13%, PPP up 15.5%)
e. "Baker McKenzie Boosts Revenues and Profits, Buoyed by Global Deals," 03.13.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 8.6%, PPP up 11%)
f. "Kilpatrick Saw 'Exceptionally Good' Year, Leaping Forward in Revenue, Profits," 03.13.19. (Daily Report: Revenue up 6.2%, PPP up 10.8%)
g. "Perkins Coie Sees Jump in Revenue, Partner Profits in 2018," 03.11.19. (The Recorder: Revenue up 9.6%, PPP up 9.7%)
h. "Mayer Brown Revenue Jumps as Firm Boosts New York Practice, International Work," 03.11.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 5.8%, PPP up 8.1%)
March 8, 2019
1. "There's a Diversity Problem at Law Firms. What Can Be Done?," 03.07.19.
The ALM data wonks at The American Lawyer take a deep dive into the diversity data for the Am Law 100 and 200 law firms, and it's not a pretty picture they come up with.
2. "'We Are Doing Better Now' on Minority Law Clerk Hiring, Kagan Says," 03.07.19.
The National Law Journal reports on public comments made recently by Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
3. "The Law Firm Disrupted: The Golden Years Have Not Returned," 03.07.19.
Roy Strom writing for Law.com: "In this week's Law Firm Disrupted, we hold two truths in our mind at once: Big Law is performing well. But the heady days of growth have not returned." (Subscription required.)
4. "$50M Gift to Scalia Law School Will Fund 13 New Faculty Members," 03.07.19.
The National Law Journal reports that "a record-breaking $50 million gift to George Mason University, announced Thursday, will go to the university's Antonin Scalia Law School to support 13 new faculty members."
5. "Mimicking Clients, Barnes & Thornburg Launches Legal Ops Department," 03.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg…is launching a 'legal operations department,' mimicking language that has been used on the in-house side to describe a suite of efficiency-focused services such as budgeting, project management and technology-supported legal work."
6. "When Algorithms Are Racist: How to Protect Against Biased Algorithms," 03.07.19.
Legaltech News reports on new research that points to the potential bias that comes with the use of algorithms that mine big data to automate tasks like loan approval.
7. "The reality of collaboration," 03.07.19.
Jordan Furlong at Law21 writes about collaboration between corporate law departments and law firms, and wonders if that is really possible.
a. "The price of collaboration," 03.07.19.
And this companion piece in Law21 looks at the costs of collaboration between corporate law departments and law firms.
8. "Judges, Clerks Warned to Avoid Partisan Training Programs," 03.06.19.
The National Law Journal reports that "the Judicial Conference of the United States' Committee on Codes of Conduct has published an advisory opinion on federal judges and their employees, including current and future law clerks, participating in programs and events sponsored by outside organizations…warning judges to carefully consider their participation in events by groups that are 'engaged in public policy debates'."
9. "Ex-Associate Alleges North Carolina Firm Used Her as 'Diversity Prop'," 03.06.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "North Carolina-based Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson faces racial discrimination claims from a former associate who alleges the law firm markets itself as committed to maintaining a diverse workforce when, in reality, it's dominated by white males and uses women and minority lawyers as 'diversity props' to attract clients."
10. "Chai Feldblum Reflects on What's Next for Harassment, LGBT Rights," 03.06.19.
The National Law Journal speaks with "Chai Feldblum, a former member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who watched over nine years as the courts and regulatory policies embraced progressive ideals of greater workplace equality for disabled, LGBT and minority workers and who left the EEOC in January, joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a partner in Washington, and hopes to build off the work she did at the agency, particularly the 2016 report outlining guidance on harassment training in the workplace."
11. "How Do I Boost My Odds of Interview Success? One Word: Enthusiasm," 03.06.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder provides job interview advice: "Whether an employee, manager, colleague or candidate, your career success is connected to your ability to project excitement, curiosity, engagement and a positive attitude to those around you … and the work you perform."
12. Law.com publishes its 2019 Go-To Law Schools report, their ranking of the law schools that sent the highest percentage of recent graduates into associate jobs at the nation's largest 100 firms:
a. "Sneak Peek at the 2019 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 1-10," 03.07.19.
b. "Sneak Peek at the 2019 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 11-20," 03.07.19.
c. "Sneak Peek at the 2019 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 21-30," 03.06.19.
d. "Sneak Peek at the 2019 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 31-40," 03.05.19.
e. "Sneak Peek at the 2019 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 41-50," 03.04.19.
13. "Why Do Laterals So Often Fail? Poor Due Diligence, Researchers Say," 03.05.19.
The American Lawyer estimates that "firms lose over $2 billion a year in revenue from failed laterals," and suggests that lack of appropriate due diligence is the culprit.
14. "To the Head of the Class: Tech for Legal Educators," 03.05.19.
The dean from Fordham Law, writing for The National Law Journal, writes that "law schools must do better to adapt their curricula to technological change…schools need to expose students to the 21st century tools and concepts of the legal profession."
15. "ABA: Few Options for Western State College of Law," 03.05.19.
More on the fate of Western State College of Law from Inside Higher Ed: "In a memo to students at Western State College of Law Monday, the American Bar Association said it did not have the authority to direct the disbursal of student aid that has yet to be released for the spring semester."
a. "Western State Law Students Turn To Courts, GoFundMe As School 'Teeters On The Edge Of Closure'," 03.07.19.
And more from the TaxProf Blog.
16. "Common Ethical, Professional Issues Faced by Associates," 03.05.19.
Two Dentons partners, writing for The Recorder, highlight a few of the most common ethical issues that may arise for young lawyers.
17. "After Bumpy Starts, Two More Law Schools Win Full ABA Approval," 03.04.19.
Law.com reports that Concordia University School of Law and Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law have been fully accredited by the American Bar Association.
18. "Clifford Chance Offers Lawyers Two Months' Leave," 03.04.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Clifford Chance lawyers will be able to take two months of unpaid leave as part of a new flexible-working scheme at the firm, which will also target former firm lawyers."
19. "Why Michelle Obama Disliked Working at Sidley — and the Lessons That Still Apply," 03.04.19.
This comment piece in Law.com reflects on Michelle Obama's "dismal depiction of the three years she spent as an associate at the firm from 1988 to 1991" in her recently released memoir.
20. "The Two Levers in the War for Talent: Money and Culture," 03.03.19.
Evan Parker, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, says that firms that pay at the top of the market and have a high performing culture win in the war for talent.
21. "Wooing Millennials Will Be Crucial to a Firm's Bottom Line," 03.01.19.
Legaltech News reports on the proceedings at a panel during the ABA's Tech Show last week where panelists focused on how to keep millennials, who will make up seventy-five percent of the work force in ten years, happy and productive.
22. "Lawyers are 'Prototypes' in Suffering from Mental Health Problems," 03.01.19.
Law.com reports on the proceedings at a conference focused specifically on mental health challenges in the legal profession that was organized by Duke's law school and held at the University of Miami: "the mental health issues that are pervasive in the legal profession are merely a subset of the problems faced in the general population, experts said."
23. "Law Firms' Future Isn't About Rainmaking. It's About Change-Making," 03.01.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer makes the case that "change-makers…with a relentless focus on growth who also recognize that long-term success requires more than revenue generation alone…are quickly becoming a driving force in helping partners buy into new ways of thinking."
24. "Some law schools offer tech programs to help students find jobs, but does it work?," March, 2019.
The March issue of the ABA Journal magazine cover story takes a stab at evaluating the success of law school technology programs.
25. "Adult LGBT Population in the US," March 2019.
The Williams Institute at UCLA has issued a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the demographics and socioeconomic status of LGBT adults nationwide and by state, noting that somewhat counterintuitively, "regionally, the South has the largest population of LGBT adults (3,868,000) and the Northeast (2,079,000) has the smallest." A link to the full PDF report is also available from the same link.
26. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Orrick Passes $1B Revenue Benchmark as Footprint Grows," 03.07.19. (The Recorder: Revenue up 7.3%, PPP up 6.8%)
b. "Fish & Richardson Grows Profits, Revenue Amid Patent Litigation Headwinds," 03.06.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 3.4%, PPP up 7.2%)
c. "DLA Piper Boosted Revenues, Profits Again in 2018," 03.05.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 7.7%, PPP up 6.7%)
d. "Jenner & Block's Revenue Slips for Third Straight Year as PEP, RPL Rebound," 03.05.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue down 1.7%, PPP up 6.3%)
e. "Akerman Sees Income, Revenue Rise in Year of Unexpected Leadership Shift," 03.05.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 5.1%, PPP up 0.4%)
f. "GrayRobinson Posts Flat Revenue as Firm Streamlines Operations," 03.05.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue down 0.8%, PPP up 7.2%)
g. "As Its Chair Leaves for Big GC Role, Davis Polk Posts Best Year Ever," 03.01.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 12%, PPP up 19%)
h. "Latham Breaks Records Again as Revenue Soars, Profit Jumps," 03.01.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 10.5%, PPP up 6.3%)
i. "Baker Botts Again Posts Weaker Revenue, Profits, on Fewer Contingency Fees," 03.01.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue down 7.3%, PPP down 9.6%)
j. "Fueled by Hires and 'Happiness Factor,' McDermott Revenue Hits $1 Billion," 03.01.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 13.9%, PPP up 10%)
k. "Ballard Spahr Sees Big Revenue Gain, Slight Profit Dip After Midwest Merger," 03.01.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 17.4%, PPP down 2.8%)
l. "The Early Reports: 2019 Am Law 100/200 Financials," 03.06.19. The American Lawyer updates its aggregate year-end financial reporting on Am Law 100 and 200 firms.
March 1, 2019
1. "Lawyers with depression can still zealously represent clients while embracing their humanity," 02.28.19.
An attorney, writing for the ABA Journal, writes about her own depression and its impact on her practice: "The legal profession must stop pretending that the proverbial emperor is wearing clothes. Contrary to popular belief, we are merely human. We can zealously represent clients while embracing our humanity and vulnerability. As a community we can create emotionally safe spaces to discuss and seek treatment for a mental illness without being stigmatized."
a. "A Guide to the Barriers to and Benefits of Getting Lawyers Mental Health Support," 02.27.19.
A Big Law associate, writing for The Recorder, suggests steps that "firm leaders can [take to] help destigmatize mental health illness and mental health treatment."
2. "Democrats Launch Effort to Bar Mandatory Arbitration in Disputes," 02.28.19.
Law.com reports that "Congressional Democrats announced a package of bills Thursday that would ban forced arbitration of disputes over employment, consumer and antitrust issues and civil rights disputes."
3. "New Report: Diversifying Graduate Schools and the Faculty," 02.28.19.
Inside Higher Ed has published a new report that "features recommendations and practical ideas…on how to hire and promote diverse faculty members, as well as how to recruit diverse groups of graduate students."
4. "Khan Academy's Free, Online LSAT Prep Proves Popular With Test Takers," 02.27.19.
Law.com reports that "more than 40,000 people each month are using Khan Academy's new free, online Law School Admission Test prep program, according to figures released Wednesday by the Law School Admission Council and Khan Academy." ("More than half of African-American test takers — 52 percent — reported using the Khan Academy prep program. Among Hispanics, 41 percent used the program. And 38 percent of Asians used the program to prepare, as did 46 percent of women. Forty-seven percent of Puerto Rican LSAT takers also used Khan Academy.")
5. "Florida Coastal and ABA ask court to dismiss accreditation lawsuit," 02.27.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "Florida Coastal School of Law, the last of three for-profit InfiLaw schools to remain open, has asked that the court dismiss, with prejudice, its lawsuit against the American Bar Association, with the parties agreeing to bear their own costs and fees."
a. "Another Law School Drops Suit Against ABA," 02.27.19.
More on this from Law.com.
6. "The Future Of Western State Is In Doubt As Law School Is Placed In Receivership And Students Cannot Access Federal Financial Aid," 02.27.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Western State College of Law, operated by Dream Center Education Holdings, which was placed under federal receivership in January, is in a precarious position, with millions of dollars of debt and students who are unable to receive their federal financial aid.
a. "Law Students Unable To Pay Rent Without Student Loans After School Goes Into Receivership," 02.08.19.
More on this from Above the Law.
7. "Student loan forgiveness: Great in theory, murky in practice," 02.27.19.
The ABA Journal reports that the "convoluted" requirements of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program has resulted in a denial rate of 99% for the first cohort of eligible borrowers.
8. "Busy Lawyers Are Freezing Their Eggs to Focus on Their Careers,"02.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports that advances in reproductive medicine have allowed lawyers and other busy professionals to reclaim their reproductive trajectory.
a. "A Woman's Decision to Have Children Shouldn't Be Limited by Where She Is on Corporate Rung," 02.27.19.
A law firm partner responds: "Lawyers should not be encouraged to freeze their eggs simply so that they can devote all their time to churn out billable hours. The work-life balance will not be significantly less challenging if a woman has children in her 40s. A woman's decision to bear children should be a personal one and not limited by her rung on the law firm corporate ladder. The legal community will benefit from women choosing to have children when it best suits their personal lives and then providing both women and men with the flexibility to care for their families while satisfying their work obligations." (New York Law Journal)
9. "Finding Your Voice as a Young Lawyer in the Courtroom," 02.27.19.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides insights and advice about finding your voice as a young lawyer in court.
10. "The Next Recession Could Cost 10,000 Lawyers Their Jobs," 02.26.19.
This is a good piece in The American Lawyer that takes a look at how the economics of law have changed since the last recession and makes predictions about the likely impact of the next (inevitable) recession on law firms and in-house lawyers.
11. "Judge Sides With ABA in Public Service Loan Fight — Mostly," 02.25.19.
Law.com reports that "in a case expected to have wider implications than for just ABA employees, a federal judge Feb. 22 largely sided with the plaintiffs, who worked at — or hoped to work in — the ABA's pro bono programs or other public interest organizations." (The plaintiffs had been informed by the U.S. Department of Education that they were not eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness because the ABA or their other organizations were not qualified employers despite having been initially told by their loan servicers that they qualified under the program.)
a. "Public service attorneys win important victory in Dept of Ed loan-forgiveness lawsuit," 02.24.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
12. "Burnout Is Part of the Profession. How Can Attorneys Avoid It?, 02.26.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The American Lawyer writes about lawyer job burnout, and what can be done about it.
13. "The Cost of Becoming a Lawyer," 02.26.19.
This column in Slaw takes a deep dive into the findings of the recent Law Students Society of Ontario survey about the growing debt load of Canadian law students.
14. "In-House Lawyers Face Growing Demands Due to Intense Regulatory Environment, Survey Finds," 02.25.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on a new survey conducted by K&L Gates and Forbes that found that "over the next three years the most in-demand lawyers will be those who have expertise with regulatory compliance, fraud protection, risk management, data protection and consumer law compliance."
15. "Big Company GCs Sign On as Mentors to Foster Big Law Diversity," 02.25.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "in a new program organized by in-house collective AdvanceLaw, general counsel and other senior lawyers from Fortune 500 companies will mentor diverse associates at large law firms that are within the organization's network."
16. "Are Law Firms Ready for Generation Z? They'd Better Be," 02.25.19.
With the oldest members of Generation Z currently making their way through law school, The American Lawyer asks whether BigLaw is ready.
17. "Who Is Hispanic?," 02.25.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, asks who is Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx?
18. "What Does the Big 4's Legal Tech Push Mean for Law Firms?," 02.25.19.
This piece in Legaltech News suggests that as the Big Four accountancy firms are rapidly adopting technology and AI solutions to help them deliver legal services efficiently, law firms must innovate quickly to keep pace.
19. "Are Lawyers Ready to Be Managed by Metrics?," 02.24.19.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, suggests that it is inevitable that law firms and legal departments will increasingly be driven by the need to capture and model ever more data, and that will "have radical consequences for the entire legal industry."
20. "ABA legal ed council delays decision on stricter bar passage standards," 02.22.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA's legal education council has delayed a decision on whether to implement a stricter bar passage standard for accredited law schools, prolonging a yearslong debate of the hot-button issue." ("The council also supported taking an initial step in examining whether it should regulate non-JD programs, which have grown rapidly in recent years."
a. "Legal ed groups ask ABA for more transparency while awaiting possible changes to bar passage standard," 02.22.19.
The ABA Journal reports that the Clinical Legal Education Association and the Society of American Law Teachers "have asked that the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar increase transparency and collaboration in its decision-making."
21. "West Coast-Based Firms Dominate List of Startups' Go-To Counsel," 02.22.19.
The Recorder reports that a new report analyzes the legal spend of more than 140 US startups and identifies the top five go-to law firms by revenue share.
22. "36 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Dayton, South Carolina)," 02.22.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides an update on the growing list of law schools that now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admission purposes.
23. "Being a Lawyer Can Be Lonely-But It Doesn't Have to Be," 02.20.19.
A coach and former practicing lawyer, writing for The Legal intelligencer, provides seven rules for combatting lawyer loneliness.
24. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "O'Melveny Posts Record Income, Profit Growth in 2018," 02.28.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 8.5%, PPP up 12.6%)
b. "Dechert Cracks $1B in Revenue in Big Hiring Year," 02.28.19. (The Legal Intelligencer: Revenue up 4.5%, PPP up 1.7%)
c. "Wilson Sonsini Grew Revenue, Profits as It Chased Startup Culture's Geographic Spread," 02.28.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 7.5%, PPP up 6.3%)
d. "Husch Blackwell Reports Increase in Revenue and Profits," 02.28.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenu up 1.3%, PPP up 3.3%)
e. "Sidley Austin Sees Revenue, Profits Surge in Standout Year," 02.28.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 9%, PPP up 12.8%)
f. "Profits Spike at Milbank as Firm Exceeds $1 Billion Revenue Mark," 02.27.19. (New York Law Journal: Revenue up 12.8%, PPP up 10.5%)
g. "Revenue, Partner Profits Hit New Highs at Paul Hastings," 02.27.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 9.1%, PPP up 12%)
h. "Partner Profits Pass $1M at Duane Morris as Growth Streak Continues," 02.27.19. (The Legal Intelligencer: Revenue up 5.5%, PPP up 4.8%)
i. "Alston Sees Steady Growth, Pushing Firm Over $2M in Profits Per Partner," 02.27.19. (Daily Report: Revenue up 3.9%, PPP up 8.4%)
j. "Frost Brown Todd's Revenues and Profits Slip in FY2018," 02.27.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue down 1.4%, PPP down 9.6%)
k. "Sheppard Mullin Continued Revenue Growth, but Partner Profits Flattened," 02.26.19. (The Recorder: Revenue up 5.4%, PPP down 1.2%)
l. "Dickinson Wright Reports Gains in Revenue and Profit," 02.26.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 7.5%, PPP up 7.1%)
m. "Lowenstein Revenue Up 14.2 Percent; PPP Jumps 17.9 Percent," 02.26.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 14.2%, PPP up 17.9%)
n. "Revenue, Profits on the Rise for Transatlantic Hogan Lovells," 02.25.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 4.1%, PPP up 7.6%)
o. "Baker & Hostetler Sees Uptick in Revenue, Partner Profits," 02.25.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 3.1%, PPP up 3.5%)
p. "Hinshaw's New Chairman Seeks to Reverse Head Count, Revenue Declines," 02.25.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue down 4%, PPP down 5.9%)
q. "Partner Profits Outpace Revenue at Bracewell in 'Outstanding' 2018," 02.25.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 7.6%, PPP up 11.3%)
r. "A 'Different Firm,' Pepper Hamilton Posts Declines in Revenue, Profits," 02.25.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue down 2.2%, PPP down 0.8%)
s. "Nelson Mullins' Tie-Up Boosts Revenue While Partner Profits Dip," 02.22.19. (Daily Report: Revenue up 27.5%, PPP down 9%)
t. "Best Best &anp; Krieger Reports Strong Revenue Growth," 02.22.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 8.9%, PPP up 1.3%)
u. "Snell & Wilmer Reports Increase in Revenue, Profits," 02.22.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 0.77%, PPP up 7.5%)
v. "Cozen O'Connor Sees Revenue Outpace Profit Growth in Investment Year," 02.21.19. (The Legal Intelligencer: Revenue up 13.7%, PPP up 2.6%)
February 22, 2019
1. "Thanks To The Shutdown, Hundreds Of Would-Be Lawyers Are Still Waiting To Get Barred In D.C.," 02.21.19.
The DCist reports that because of the federal government shut-down, despite the fact that next week students in DC will be able to sit for the bar exam, more than 800 people who passed the bar exam in July of 2018 are still waiting to get barred.
2. "Dissecting 'Firm Culture' — What This Term Means for Millennials," 02.21.19.
The Recorder writes that "for millennial attorneys in particular, work environment or culture can be a dispositive factor in whether to join or stay at a firm long term," and that research confirms that "millennials across a spectrum of industries would be willing to forgo nearly $10,000 in annual salary for a better work environment."
3. "Divergent Perspectives on Law Firm Innovation," 02.21.19.
David Parnell, writing for Law.com, reviews survey research findings that show that associates, partners, and law firm leadership view innovation very differently.
4. "Tougher Bar Pass Standard for Law Schools Is Back on the Table," 02.21.19.
Law.com reports that despite having been rejected twice by the ABA's House of Delegates, the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is set to take up for the third time the question of whether to implement a more stringent bar passage standard.
5. "Hofstra Law School Opens Program to Help Pro Se Litigants in Federal Court," 02.20.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University has launched a program to help pro se litigants with civil issues."
6. "More Tech, More Problems: The Downsides to Millennial Attorneys Working Remotely," 02.20.19.
Legaltech News reports that "easy accessibility of tech could lead to burnout and mental illness among current and future lawyers."
7. "The Case For An ABA Accreditation Standard On Employment Outcomes," 02.20.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that law professor Scott Norberg has published a new law review article calling for an ABA accreditation standard on employment outcomes.
8. "Axiom to Go Public, Applying for IPO and Spinning Off Two Businesses," 02.19.19.
Legaltech News reports that the alternative legal services provider Axiom has submitted a draft registration statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering.
a. "Beyond a Payout: What to Make of Axiom's Plans to Go Public," 02.21.19.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, mulls on the meaning of the planned Axiom IPO, highlighting that the plan turns on the company's decision to split into three businesses: legal staffing, contract management and enterprise managed services, and that the staffing business is what the company hopes to list publicly.
9. "Even at Top Colleges, Graduation Gaps Persist for Poor Students," 02.18.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that based on an analysis of Education Department data, elite schools don't serve poor students as well as they do others.
10. "As chosen by GCs: the best law firms for diversity," 02.18.19.
Legaltech News reports that the UK's "Legal Week interviewed a dozen UK general counsel from major companies…to name the law firms that have impressed them on their diversity and inclusion initiatives."
11. "CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM," 02.12.19.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the Canadian Bar Association passed a motion at its annual general meeting defining diversity after a multi-year consultation." [The definition states that diversity "means the inclusion of members from a variety of backgrounds, with particular attention to representation in the Association of members from equality-seeking groups, including but not limited to women, LGBTI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and two-spirit) communities, Indigenous peoples, racialized and ethno-cultural groups, and persons with disabilities. Diversity is to be interpreted consistent with the evolving nature of equality issues."]
12. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Covington Surpasses $1 Billion in Revenue, Capping a Decade of Rapid Growth," 02.21.19. (The National Law Journal: Revenue up 18.1%, PPP up 12.4%)
b. "Gibson Dunn Posts Double-Digit Revenue Gain in 23rd Straight Year of Growth," 02.21.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 10.8%, PPP up 3.2%)
c. "Shearman & Sterling Reports Increase in Revenue, Profits," 02.21.19. (New York Law Journal: Revenue up 4.1%, PPP up 5%)
d. "Strong LatAm, Private Equity Performances Push Up Profits for Greenberg Traurig," 02.21.19. (Daily Business Review: Revenue up 5.4%, PPP up 7.1%)
e. "Reed Smith Grows Revenue and Profits, Citing Strong Demand," 02.20.19. (The Legal Intelligencer: Revenue up 5%, PPP up 7%)
f. "Saul Ewing Sees Profits Grow in Integration Year," 02.20.19. (The Legal Intelligencer: Revenue up 3.6%, PPP up 8.5%)
g. "Despite Closing Asia Offices, Troutman Sanders Sees Revenue and Profit Growth," 02.20.19. (Daily Report: Revenue up 2.5%, PPP up 1.5%)
h. "After Retrenchment, Cadwalader Reverses Revenue Slide and Boosts Profits," 02.19.19. (New York Law Journal: Revenue up 3.1%, PPP up 8%)
i. "King & Spalding Posts Double-Digit Revenue Increase to $1.26B," 02.15.19. (Daily Report: Revenue up 10.8%, PPP up 9.3%)
j. "The Early Reports: 2019 Am Law 100/200 Financials," 02.15.19.
The American Lawyer collects the year-end financial results on the Am Law 100 and Second Hundred firms for 2018.
February 15, 2019
1. "Nearly Half of Undergraduates Are Students of Color. But Black Students Lag Behind," 02.14.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a new report from the American Council on Education shows that "all students of color now make up more than 45 percent of the undergraduate population, compared with less than 30 percent two decades ago…. Hispanic students have shown the most growth [and] they are enrolling in and completing college at levels never seen before." (The report also shows that "the gender gap for black students is wider than it is for any other group, as nearly two-thirds of black undergraduates, and more than two-thirds of black graduate students, are women [and] black undergraduates also owed 15 percent more than other students after graduation.")
2. "Match.com, BYU Law partner up for student-alumni mentor program," 02.14.19.
The ABA Journal reports that an agreement between Match Group and BYU's law school will use the Match.com algorithms to pair law students with mentors.
3. "Pa. High Court Makes DACA Recipients Eligible for Bar Admission," 02.14.19.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has made a rule change that explicitly says that those with DACA status are eligible for bar admission.
4. "University Of Virginia Law School Class Of 1990 Reports 91% Life Satisfaction," 02.14.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the latest installment of a longitudinal study at UVA shows that graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law reported 91 percent career and life satisfaction.
5. "Everyone Needs Legal Help. That Doesn't Mean Everyone Needs a Lawyer," 02.13.19.
Cristian Farias, writing for The New York Times, speaks with Rebecca Sandefur, recent MacArthur "genius" fellowship award recipient, whose research shows that "nonlawyer advocates and unrepresented lay people have been observed to perform as well or better than lawyers."
6. "U.S. News To Publish Law Faculty Scholarly Impact Ranking Based On 2014-2018 Citations," 02.13.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "U.S. News & World Report is expanding its Best Law Schools data collection with the goal of creating a new ranking that would evaluate the scholarly impact of law schools across the U.S."
a. "Do Law Schools Need a Second Ranking From 'U.S. News'?," 02.14.19.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
b. "U.S. News to Launch New Way to Rank Law Schools," 02.14.19.
And more on this from Law.com.
7. "Albany Law Students Create Tech Tool for Businesses to Obtain Nonprofit Status," 02.13.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Albany Law School students have released a web-based Nonprofit Formation Tool to assist lawyers with clients attempting to gain nonprofit status."
8. "Matt Fawcett of NetApp Brings Law's Mental Health Conversation In-House," 02.14.19.
Corporate Counsel speaks with Matt Fawcett, the general counsel at NetApp, about being a champion for mental health for the in-house bar.
9. "Leading advocate for diversity in legal industry hasn't seen much progress in 10 years," 02.13.19.
An ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast with National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) co-founder Emery K. Harlan, who says "little has changed for diversity in the profession." (Podcast)
10. "Amid Segmented Market, Demand in 2018 Soars for Largest Firms, Report Says," 02.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "a report from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group on Monday said law firms in 2018 notched their best financial results in a decade, with revenue growing 6.4 percent…and average net income growth of 7.6 percent, the strongest numbers since before the Great Recession."
a. "Inside Law Firms' Best Results in a Decade," 02.10.19.
Gretta Rusanow and John Wilmouth from Citi Private Bank, writing for The American Lawyer, confirm that "the law firm industry last year posted its best results in more than 10 years," and note that the Am Law 50 outperformed the rest of the industry.
b. "Wells Fargo: California, Pacific Northwest Firms Lead Growth in 2018," 02.11.19.
The Recorder reports that according to the Wells Fargo year-end survey, "law firms in California and the Pacific Northwest flourished last year thanks to strong demand, reporting the highest 2018 revenue growth among nine regions surveyed."
c. "Are DC Law Firms Missing the Legal Industry's Revenue Revival?," 02.12.19.
The National Law Journal reports that based on a year-end financial report from Wells Fargo, "Mid-Atlantic law firms trailed their U.S. counterparts in 2018 as measured by revenue and net income growth."
d. "Citi: In a Strong 2018, California Firms Won Top-Line Race," 02.13.19.
The Recorder reports that according to Citi's recent report, "law firms based in California delivered the strongest revenue growth in 2018, with Southern California firms specifically showing the greatest top-line increases among all U.S. regions."
e. "Demand Drove Financial Gains at Pa. Firms in 2018, Report Says," 02.13.19.
And The Legal Intelligencer reports that according to the year-end Citi data, "Pennsylvania-based law firms outperformed the rest of the industry in revenue and profit growth last year, and they managed to do so with below-average rate increases."
11. "Facebook, eBay and 5 Other Tech Companies Partner With Firms for Diversity Pipeline Program," 02.12.19.
The Recorder reports that "seven companies — eBay, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LendingClub, Symantec, Turo and Uber — and 12 firms will participate in a new 1L program that gives students from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to split 10 weeks of their summer between a firm and legal department."
12. "Jones Day Holds an Edge as Firms Double Down on Brand Strategy," 02.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "for the third year in a row, Jones Day proved to be the strongest law firm brand in the U.S., but Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is narrowing the gap."
13. "'Scared. Ashamed. Crippled.': How One Lawyer Overcame Living With Depression in Big Law," 02.12.19.
A lawyer at Reed Smith, writing for The American Lawyer, writes about surviving, and thriving, in Big Law after being diagnosed with severe depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.
14. "UGA Law Receives Record $3M Gift for First-Gen College Grads," 02.12.19.
The Daily Report writes that the University of Georgia School of Law has received a $3 million gift that will support a scholarship and mentoring program to assist all new law students who are first-generation college graduates.
15. "Panel scraps mental health question after law school student push," 02.12.19.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that after a law student letter-writing campaign, "the state agency that oversees qualifications for the Virginia State Bar will no longer ask students to disclose mental health treatment on their applications."
16. "In 'Mommy Track' Lawsuit, MoFo Points to Its Track Record for Defense," 02.12.19.
The Recorder reports that "lawyers for Morrison & Foerster claim that the firm's track record of hiring, promoting and supporting women and working parents undermines a lawsuit which claims the firm discriminates against mothers and pregnant women."
17. "The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know," 02.12.19.
A New York Times Op-ed by Thomas Friedman who writes that College Board research has found that "of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated with success in college and in life…mastery of 'two codes' — computer science and the U.S. Constitution" turn out to be the most important.
18. "Steptoe & Johnson Debuts 'Sponsorship' Program to Foster Diversity and Career Growth," 02.11.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson has created a 'talent sponsorship program' that pairs associates with partner mentors at the firm."
19. "Integrating Lateral Hires: The Key to Retention and Productivity," 02.11.19.
Harvard's Heidi Gardner, writing for The American Lawyer, provides empirical data to support an evidence-based lateral partner integration plan, and outlines a three-stage process for successful lateral hiring and integration.
20. "The Time For Legal Operations May Be Now," 02.11.19.
Our friend Olga Mack, writing for Above the Law, writes about the triggers that can help a GC know when it is time to implement a legal ops regime.
21. "Valparaiso Law School To Close In May 2020," 02.08.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Valparaiso Law School will close at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.
22. "Women Dominate as Seyfarth, Dentons, Bondurant and Others Announce New Partners," 02.08.19.
The Daily Report reports that in the latest round of Atlanta partner promotions at 10 firms, women making partner outnumbered men nine to seven.
23. "OK, Your Law Firm's Diverse, But in What Practice Areas?," 02.08.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, is troubled by the clumping of women and black partners in Labor and Employment practices, and notes that "labor and employment partners report the lowest total compensation."
24. "Alston & Bird Partners With Georgia State University on Legal Analytics," 02.08.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Alston & Bird is partnering with the Legal Analytics Lab at Georgia State University to receive some hands-on tutoring in data analytics and…in return, the firm's attorneys will guest-lecture in graduate-level classes and participate in analytics programs on campus."
25. "Why the California Bar Is Asking Lawyers About Sexual Orientation," 02.08.19.
The Recorder reports that California's state bar has added some expanded questions about gender and sexual orientation to its member survey in an attempt to support "greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system."
26. "Yes, a Happier Practice of Law Is Possible!," 02.08.19.
Jennifer Cormano, a law firm associate in LA, and writing here for The Recorder, makes the case for lawyer meditation.
27. "New York Law School Still Faces Financial Challenges, Moody's Finds," 02.08.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that New York Law School has received another negative bond rating from Moody's Investors Service.
28. "Getting Ready for the Emoji Law Revolution," 02.07.19.
The Recorder checks in with Santa Clara law professor Eric Goldman to see what's new in emoji law.
29. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Profits and Revenue Soar at Nixon Peabody," 02.13.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 12%, PPP up 35.3%)
b. "Proskauer Nears $1B Revenue Mark as It Posts New Profit Highs," 02.13.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 9.8%, PPP up 12.4%)
c. "Goodwin Procter Sees Revenues Soar on Tech, Life Sciences Deals," 02.13.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 16.1%, PPP up 14.5%)
d. "Cooley Posts Double-Digit Revenue, Profit Growth in 2018," 02.12.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 14.4%, PPP up 14.3%)
e. "White & Case Breaks $2 Billion in Revenue as Profit Growth Continues," 02.11.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 13.7%, PPP up 6.2%)
f. "Partner Profits Spike at McGuireWoods as Equity Partnership Grows," 02.08.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 14.2%, PPP up 33.3%)
g. "Shutts & Bowen Posts 11 Percent Growth in Revenue and Profits Amid Increased Head Count," 02.07.19. (The American Lawyer: Revenue up 10.6%, PPP up 10.5%)
February 8, 2019
1. "Georgetown Heads to Nation's High Schools to Attract Diverse Lawyers," 02.07.19.
The National Law Journal reports that "the school is launching an initiative to send law students and its dean of admissions into as many as 30 underserved high schools across the country with a specific goal of inspiring students to get a law degree."
2. "The Diversity Discussion: Big Law Partner Shares His Experiences to Help Change the Norm," 02.07.19.
A law firm partner writing for Corporate Counsel tells his story: "My own experience demonstrates that the combination of a conscious decision by a GC and a meaningful commitment by a law firm to give real opportunities to diverse attorneys can change the trajectory of a person's career."
3. "The Danger Of Remaining Silent On Mental Health," 02.07.19.
Brian Cuban shares his ATL column with a litigation associate who writes about the dangers of the stigma surrounding mental health in the legal profession.
4. "International Graduate-Student Enrollments and Applications Drop for 2nd Year in a Row," 02.07.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "international graduate enrollment and applications have declined for the second year in a row, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools."
a. "New International Graduate Enrollments Decline, Again," 02.07.19.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed: "This is the first time we've seen declines across two consecutive years."
5. "Are Canadian Law Societies Ready for the Legal Profession's #MeToo Moment? (Spoiler: Probs Not)," 02.07.19.
A good column in Slaw about how Canadian law societies should be (but aren't) responding to the issue of lawyer sexual harassment in the workplace.
6. "Law firms' shopping mall problem," 02.07.19.
A thoughtful piece from Jordan Furlong at Law21, analogizing large law firms to shopping malls, writing that "a large law firm's myriad practice and industry groups are, effectively, standalone service businesses housed within a single platform that really only exists to host these businesses."
7. "Akin Gump Adds Diversity Executive From Wilmer as Client Pressures Ramp Up," 02.06.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added Washington, D.C.-based Nimesh Patel as its chief diversity and inclusion officer."
8. "KPMG's Legal Arm Announces 'Record' Growth in 2018," 02.06.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "KPMG's global legal services business last year boosted its revenue by more than 30 percent, making it a record year for growth in the business."
9. "Last InfiLaw school seeks nonprofit status from ABA's legal ed section," 02.06.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "The Florida Coastal School of Law, one of the three for-profit InfiLaw campuses that sued the American Bar Association regarding accreditation matters, and the only one that has not closed or is in the process of closing, is now seeking nonprofit status."
a. "In Wake Of 93% Enrollment Decline, Florida Coastal Law School Seeks To Ditch InfiLaw, Become Nonprofit, And Merge With University In The Southeast (But Not In Florida)," 02.06.19.
More on this from the TaxProf Blog.
b. "For-Profit Law School Seeks Shift to Nonprofit," 02.06.19.
And more on this from Inside Higher Ed.
c. "After Rebuffing Sale To InfiLaw, Dean Says Charleston Law School 's Conversion To Nonprofit Will Be Completed In 2020," 02.03.18.
And another InfiLaw school inches towards nonprofit status, according to this story from the TaxProf blog.
10. "With $1M donation, this law school plans to build pipeline of lawyers who have disabilities," 02.06.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "former House Rep. Tony Coelho of California…recently donated $1 million to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for a disability group housed at the law school called the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation."
11. "What Gen Z means for the Legal Profession w/ Melissa Lennon and Georgia Emery Gray," 02.06.19.
Josh Miller, Gen Z expert and hit speaker at NALP's recent Recruiting Summit, has released his latest podcast — featuring NALP's President and President-Elect. (Available on iTunes and other services.)
12. "Should You Allow Laptops in Class? Here's What the Latest Study Adds to That Debate," 02.06.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at the latest (and sometimes contradictory) research about the efficacy of allowing students to use laptops in the classroom.
13. "If taught well, online law school courses can pass the test, experts say," 02.06.19.
The ABA Journal takes a look at what makes online law school courses effective.
14. "Microsoft Helps Develop an AI-Powered Bridge to Legal Aid," 02.06.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Microsoft has completed work on the artificial intelligence powering the Legal Navigator, which could change the way that people with limited resources gain access to legal aid."
15. "Cornell Law Review's New All-Women Board Speaks Volumes, Editor Says," 02.06.19.
The New York Law Journal speaks with the next editor-in-chief of the Cornell Law Review about the election of an all-female executive board for that journal.
16. "My One-L Life: The Looming Job Search," 02.06.19.
A 1L student at the University of Michigan writes about her summer job search for Law.com.
17. "Stanford Names Jenny Martinez as Next Law Dean," 02.06.19.
The Recorder reports that longtime faculty member (and human rights scholar) Jenny Martinez has been named the next dean of Stanford Law School: "Martinez — who is Hispanic — will join the growing number of women occupying the dean suites in law campuses across the country, particularly minority women."
18. "George Washington Law Dean to Step Down After Five Years," 02.05.19.
The National Law Journal reports that Blake Morant, the dean of George Washington University Law School will step down at the end of the semester.
19. "The Unicorn Watch: New Black Partners," 02.05.19.
The ever trenchant Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer: "Finding black associates who ascended to partnership at major firms was like searching for a tropical bird in the dead of winter."
a. "Partnership Classes Are Shrinking, Hampering Advancement and Diversity," 02.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "since 2015, the total number of partner promotions among Am Law 200 law firms has fallen 28.8 percent…hampering the profession's progress towards diversity."
20. "Wilson Sonsini Launches Software Developer Subsidiary to Automate Legal Services," 02.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati on Tuesday became one of the first Am Law 100 firms to formally launch a software development business." ("Its first automated legal product, launching this spring, will draft documents for compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act, which takes effect in January 2020.")
21. "Fordham Law Students Up Close and Personal With Justice Kagan," 02.05.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke to dozens of law students at Fordham University School of Law Monday."
22. "New Clinics at the West Virginia University College of Law," 02.05.19.
The latest from the What Great Law Schools Do blog, featuring two new legal clinics at West Virginia University College of Law that are designed to contribute directly to economic development in the state of West Virginia.
23. "LeClairRyan Creates New Leadership Role as Declines Continue," 02.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "LeClairRyan announced Monday that Elizabeth Acee, head of the firm's national litigation department, has been named president of the firm." ("The changes come at a time of continuing lateral departures at LeClairRyan, and amid sustained revenue decreases at the firm in recent years.")
24. "#DumpVenable Campaign Launched by Harvard Law Student Group," 02.04.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for The National Law Journal, reports that "a group of Harvard law students pushing to end mandatory arbitration in Big Law have set their sights on a new target — Venable."
25. "Lawyer punished for student's social media use," 02.04.19.
Canada's Law Times reports that "Ontario's Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division said a lawyer's 'unfamiliarity with social media appears' to have been a significant contributing factor in his failure to adequately supervise his articling student."
26. "What Happened At The NALP Recruiting Summit?," 02.04.19.
Nick Alexiou, writing for Above the Law, recaps his experience at the NALP Recruiting Summit in New York.
27. "Are Women Pushing Men Out of Top Law Schools?," 02.04.19.
More from Vivia Chen at The American Lawyer: "Women now make up 52.4 percent of all students in ABA-approved law schools…More significant, in my opinion, is that women's enrollment is up at the top 20 law schools. Women actually outnumber men at nine of those top 20 schools! (Last year, women were the majority only at six of the top schools.)"
28. "Five Keys to Successfully Transitioning Clients Across Generations," 02.04.19.
This expert opinion piece in The American Lawyer provides "five drivers of successful client succession planning based on best practices of high-performing firms."
29. "Law Firms Ease Mandatory Retirement Policies, but Tensions Remain," 02.04.19.
The New York Law Journal writes about the tension between older and younger lawyers at law firms: "Older lawyers who want to stay resent being pushed out, but younger lawyers don't think their elders are turning over the business soon enough."
30. "Legal sector jobs remained flat in January," 02.04.15.
The ABA Journal reports that based on the latest data from the USBLS, "the number of legal jobs in January neither grew nor diminished from the prior month."
31. "Pay-hours tradeoff at London law firms and related existential issues," 02.03.19.
A particularly good blog post from Bill Henderson at Legal Evolution, especially if you stick with it until the end, with some very good infographics on UK/US law firm pay scale/billable hour differences, and a haunting email from an associate that gets to the heart of the existential tradeoffs required of Big Law practice.
32. "Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt," 02.02.19.
The Wall Street Journal spotlights the burden of student load debt owed by Americans 60 years and older, debt often assumed on behalf of their children. ("Student debt is one of the biggest contributors to the overall increasing debt burden held by seniors.") Subscription required.
33. "More Evidence Rolls In: Law Firms Boosted Revenues, Profits in 2018," 02.01.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Wells Fargo has released year-end numbers that shore up the evidence of 2018 being a banner year for many law firms, with the report showing "average revenue growth of 5.9 percent and average net income growth of 7.6 percent, the strongest numbers since before the Great Recession."
34. "Yale Law Students Win Gender-Neutral Bathroom Battle," 02.01.19.
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that "Yale Law School recently [added] two new bathrooms to the law campus…the school's first multi-stall, gender neutral bathrooms and the fruits of years of advocacy by student groups and legal action challenging Connecticut's building codes."
35. "Law Firm Associates Can Play an Important Role in Diversity Effort," 02.01.19.
A law firm associate writing for The Legal Intelligencer writes about the "many ways we as associates can help to encourage and advance diversity and inclusion — to the benefit of our firms and ourselves."
36. "Income-Based Repayment Planning: The First 10 Years," 01.30.19.
A tax attorney writing for Above the Law provides advice based on experience acquired during the first ten years of federal student loan income-based repayment plans.
February 1, 2019
1. "In the MeToo Era, Lateral Candidates Are Going Under the Microscope," 02.01.19.
The American Lawyer reports that lateral partner candidates are facing much more rigorous scrutiny around issues of workplace sexual harassment and misconduct.
2. "Is An 'Unhealthy' Lawyer An Unethical Lawyer?," 01.31.19.
Brian Cuban, writing for Above the Law, responds to comments made by ABA President Robert Carlson at the midyear meeting: "Let's be clear. The mere fact of struggling with a mental health issue whether it be depression, substance use, alcohol, etc., does NOT, in itself, make a lawyer 'unethical.' The fact that a lawyer may not yet be addressing those issues, does NOT, in itself, make a lawyer unethical. Is a lawyer who is not taking care of himself/herself from a mental health standpoint in greater danger of doing something that jeopardizes a client, not to mention the lawyer? Yes, it can range from actual malpractice to not working at a level that gives a client the equivalent work effort to the fee paid or even conduct that violates not only the disciplinary rules but breaks the law."
3. "Final Rule Changes H-1B Visa Lottery Process," 01.31.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a final rule published in the Federal Register today changes the lottery for H-1B skilled worker visas to give more of an advantage to graduates of advanced degree programs at U.S. universities."
4. "Starting from scratch," 01.31.19.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, on how we might create a new legal services delivery model if current law firms did not exist: "If you'd never heard of law firms, and you needed a way to deliver legal solutions, you wouldn't invent a business owned and operated solely by lawyers that sold their effort, used little technology, and had no access to non-lawyer capital."
5. "For Boomerang Laterals, There's No Place Like Home," 01.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that boomerang lawyers ("especially in highly competitive markets with intense lateral movement") are a thing — the phenomenon of attorneys leaving and eventually returning to their former firms.
6. "What Makes Lawyers Happy? Money, Honey," 01.31.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, points to a new MLA lawyer compensation study to make the case that money really does drive lawyer happiness: "It seems the more they're making, the happier they are and the less they care about what normal folks call quality-of-life issues."
7. "How Academic Support Professionals Can Better Support LGBTQ Law Students," 01.31.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new article by an assistant professor of academic support who makes the case that "those of us in academic support are in a unique position to help LGBTQ+ identified students, who remain a minority in the legal field compared to their representation in the general population, have more productive and rewarding educational experiences and careers."
8. "Despite Its Help, Some Lawyers Oppose Leveraging Tech for Access to Justice," 01.31.19.
Legaltech News reports that a Legalweek panel grappled with the tensions created between ethical prohibitions to the unauthorized practice of law and the promise of technology to bridge the access to justice gap.
a. "GCs Requiring Diversity Say Technology Isn't Fueling Their Decisions," 01.31.19.
More from Legaltech News on the Legalweek proceedings: "A panel at Legalweek said many GCs aren't leveraging technology to step up their outside firm's attorney diversity."
9. "'Change' Is a Mantra for Law Firms, But Will They Tune In?," 01.30.19.
The American Lawyer reports from the ALM Legalweek conference taking place in NYC this week: "nearly everything about law firms will need to change if they are to be successful in the near future."
10. "Satisfied Attorneys Are the Overlooked Key to Revenue Growth," 01.30.19.
A law firm chief client relations officer, writing for The American Lawyer, challenges law firms to invest more in attorney satisfaction: "One of the biggest differences I observed between corporate and legal is that corporations understand the correlation between client satisfaction and employee satisfaction and are vigilant about managing and measuring both."
11. "BYU Law to Host First National Storytelling Competition for Law Students," 01.30.19.
Law.com reports that the Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark Law School is launching the first-ever national storytelling competition for law students.
12. "Chief Legal Officers Gaining Influence Over Company Executives, Survey Says," 01.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that according to new survey research from the Association of Corporate Counsel, "chief legal officers are become increasingly valuable to companies throughout the world."
13. "Firms Should Not Think of Legal Operations as Only Cost Savers," 01.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on proceedings at the Legalweek conference where a panel of experts agreed that "a law firm's drive to bring in revenue and a legal operations function's goal to reduce outside spend are not necessarily opposed to each other and law firms should get to know the values of the business they are hired to do work for."
a. "In-House Counsel Tout Diversity Initiatives at Legalweek," 01.30.19.
More from Corporate Counsel on the Legalweek conference proceedings: "Everyone can do better when it comes to diversity and inclusion, a panel of in-house attorneys said at the 2019 Legalweek on Wednesday at the Midtown Hilton in Manhattan."
14. "Lax tenure standards may have high costs at elite law schools," 01.30.19.
The ABA Journal reports that despite generally strict standards for tenure for law school faculty, new research shows that 95% of faculty hired by T14 law schools receive tenure, resulting in allegedly less productive faculty.
15. "ABA Rejects Plan to Toughen Law School Standards," 01.29.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Monday rejected a proposal to require law schools to have 75 percent of graduates pass the bar within two years of graduation."
a. "ABA House of Delegates rejects changes to the bar passage standard for law schools," 01.28.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal: "For the second time, the ABA House of Delegates voted against a proposal to tighten a bar passage rate standard for accredited law schools."
b. "Law schools where too many graduates fail the bar exam may face tougher sanctions," 01.24.19.
USA Today profiles the 18 US law schools where at least a quarter of graduates who took the bar exam didn't pass within two years, suggesting that those schools would have been at risk under the proposed standard change had it been approved.
16. "Law Firm Sales Push Growth of Alternative Services Providers, Report Says," 01.29.19.
The American Lawyer reports that a new report released by Thomson Reuters shows that large law firms are increasingly turning to alternative legal service providers and the ALSP market grew at a rate of nearly 13% from 2015 to 2017.
a. "Alternative legal services providers come into their own as major players, says new report," 01.30.19.
And more on this from the ABA Journal.
17. "Minority Women Are More Ambitious. Why Aren't They Getting Ahead?," 01.29.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, opines about white female privilege and the ambition of women of color.
18. "To Keep Young Lawyers Healthy and Practicing, Humanize Big Law," 01.29.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board for The American Lawyer "call[s] on law firm leaders to honor the humanity of their lawyers, and to set a tone of respect for all lawyers, regardless of rank or book of business."
19. "With Risks Growing, Lateral Hiring Takes a Leap of Faith," 01.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports on lateral partner hiring volume: "the lateral hiring market among the nation's largest law firms remained robust in 2018…despite a dip from 2017, lateral activity was still high last year."
a. "It's Time to Overhaul the Lateral Hiring Process," 01.29.19.
The ALM Legal Intelligence folks, writing for The American Lawyer, train their critical eye, and their data analytics, on the lateral hiring process: "lateral hiring's rise in importance has not been matched with a corresponding increase in the sophistication of law firm lateral hiring programs."
b. "Data Snapshot: Here's What Might Not Be Obvious in Big Law Lateral Hiring Numbers," 01.28.19.
And Law.com publishes a great lateral partner interactive infographic from the ALM Legal Intelligence team.
20. "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Touts Steady Revenues After Pre-Merger Losses in UK," 01.29.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Bryan Cave has announced its first combined financial results since the merger with Berwin Leighton: "We are very pleased to see revenue growth and increased [profits per equity partner] in our first year."
21. "DC Bar Exam Back on Schedule, But Worries Remain," 01.28.19.
Law.com reports that "the District of Columbia's February bar exam is on track to take place as scheduled next month, after the prolonged partial government shutdown threw the test into uncertainty."
22. "ABA House passes resolutions opposing legal discrimination against the LGBT community," 01.28.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed two resolutions Monday opposing legal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."
23. "Women Lawyers Deploy Tactical Maneuvers to Handle Child Care," 01.28.19.
This piece in the New York Law Journal tackles the challenges women lawyers face when juggling law practice and child care.
a. "Child Care Must Be a Men's Issue for True Equality," 01.29.19.
A reader responds with this letter to the editor of the New York Law Journal.
24. "Law Firms Are Relying More on Staff-and Treating Them More Like Lawyers," 01.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "professional staff are gaining responsibilities and returning value to their firms, and firms are responding by extending benefits once reserved for attorneys."
25. "3 More Plaintiffs Sign On to Lawsuit Claiming 'Mommy Track Is a Dead End' at MoFo," 01.28.19.
The Recorder reports that "three female lawyers who worked at Morrison & Foerster are joining an ongoing lawsuit accusing the firm of gender discrimination, with claims the firm routinely holds back mothers and pregnant women and gives them less pay and promotion opportunities than their male peers."
26. "170 GCs Pen Open Letter to Law Firms: Improve on Diversity or Lose Our Business," 01.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports that: "More than 170 general counsel and corporate legal officers have signed an open letter to big law firms, lamenting new partner classes that 'remain largely male and largely white.' The letter says their companies will prioritize their legal spend on those firms that commit to diversity and inclusion."
a. "Elite Law Firm's All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity," 01.27.19.
This front page above-the-fold Sunday NYT story about the now infamous Paul, Weiss post on LinkedIn has caused quite a stir.
b. "From the Editor: When 170 GCs Talk, Firms Listen…But Will the GCs?," 01.28.19.
The Editor in Chief of The American Lawyer reacts to the GC letter: "My first reaction was one of skepticism, both of the firms and the GCs. Haven't we written this story so many times before?"
c. "In Media Glare on Diversity, Paul Weiss Says It Takes a 'Different' View," 01.28.19.
The New York Law Journal reports on a firm-wide email send Sunday by Paul, Weiss chairman, Brad Karp, taking issue with the New York Times portrayal of the firm and telling partners and employees that the firm's diversity record has exceeded its peer firms.
d. "'It's Not About Dumping White, Male Lawyers:' Signatory to Open Letter Explains Why This Diversity Push Is Different," 01.30.19.
The editor of The American Lawyer speaks with one of the signatories to the GC's Open Letter.
e. "A Black Partner Responds to GCs on Law Firm Diversity," 01.30.19.
A law firm partner, writing for The American Lawyer, responds to the GC's open letter: "Let's be honest, this problem of diversifying the profession is not as difficult to solve as many would claim. We split atoms, we have placed men on the moon, we travel at the speed of sound, yet we cannot figure out the ultra-complex issue of law firm diversity."
f. "U.K. GCs Ask Law Firms to Improve Diversity or Lose Work," 01.31.19.
And The American Lawyer reports that "U.K. general counsel have thrown their support behind the open letter signed by 170 U.S. legal heads warning law firms to do better on diversity or miss out on work."
27. "The Fleecing of Millennials," 01.27.19.
This NYT Op-Ed by David Leonhardt has some great infographics that tell the story of where the recession has left members of the millennial generation economically.
28. "Pillsbury Hits Record High Revenue as Partner Profits Soar," 01.25.19.
The Recorder reports that "Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman saw revenue spike to an all-time high in 2018." (Revenue up 9.6%, PPP up 17.6%)
29. "Google, Facebook and Others Sponsor Program to Boost Latino Representation in IP Law," 01.25.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "six tech companies are teaming up with the Hispanic National Bar Association to increase the number of Latino attorneys in intellectual property law."
30. "Millennial Attorneys and Work-Life: Why 'Blend' May Be Better Than 'Balance'," 01.25.19.
A law firm associate, writing for The Recorder, addresses work-life blend.
January 25, 2019
1. "Shutdown Imperils DC Bar Exam, Swearing-In Postponed," 01.24.19.
The National Law Journal reports that the administration of the February bar exam in DC is in jeopardy because of the federal government shutdown.
2. "Skadden, Proskauer Get Creative to Recruit Women and Minority Law Students," 01.23.19.
Law.com reports that Skadden and Proskauer have both announced new programs designed to "help the firms establish early connections with women and minority law students in the hopes that those students will eventually join the firm as associates."
3. "Women GCs Face Sexism, Stereotypes From Firm Lawyers — And It Impacts Who They Hire," 01.23.19.
Corporate Counsel interviews several female in-house leaders and concludes that "many women general counsel face subtle and blatant sexism from firm lawyers," and that "many female GCs have dropped sexist outside counsel or stopped hiring them."
4. "The State of Law Firm Innovation 2018," 01.23.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "a recent survey shows law firms understand the importance of innovation but are not supporting it enough."
5. "Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service," 01.22.19.
The New York Times reports that "the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Trump administration's request to allow it to bar most transgender people from serving in the military while cases challenging the policy make their way to the court."
a. "Justices Temporarily Restore Trump's Transgender Troop Ban," 01.22.19.
More on this from The National Law Journal.
b. "In 5-4 vote, Supreme Court allows restrictions on transgender troops to take effect," 01.22.19.
And more from the ABA Journal.
6. "Judiciary Makes Final Extension as Shutdown Plows On," 01.22.19.
The National Law Journal reports that "the federal judiciary has issued its final extension as the government shutdown nears its fifth week," and that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said it has enough funds to sustain operations only through Jan. 31.
a. "Shutdown Meltdown: What It Means for Law Firms and the Courts," 01.18.19.
More on the impact of the federal government shutdown from the folks at Law.com.
7. "ABA to Reconsider Proposal to Tighten Bar Exam Pass Standards," 01.22.19.
Law.com reports that next Monday the American Bar Association's House of Delegates will once again consider a proposal to bolster the existing bar passage standard — the revision would require at least 75 percent of a school's graduates to pass the bar within two years of leaving campus or risk losing accreditation.
a. "Should the ABA change bar passage standards for law schools?," 01.24.19.
The ABA Journal reports on the dueling ideologies behind the movement to change the bar passage standard and the resistance to that proposed change.
8. "26% Of Law Students Pay Full Tuition, Down From 53% In 2011," 01.22.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports on Matt Leichter's findings that in 2017, at the median law school less that one quarter of students pay full tuition, with two great infographics.
9. "Texas A & M Requires New Dispute Resolution Course for 1Ls," 01.22.19.
The latest post from What Great Law Schools Do, highlighting Texas A&M's mandatory one-credit 1L legal dispute resolution course.
10. "Data Snapshot: The Boston Big Law Boom," 01.22.19.
The American Lawyer reports that a new analysis by The American Lawyer shows that recent law firm expansion efforts in Boston have been led by Am Law 200 firms looking to establish a foothold in that city.
11. "Magic Circle Posts Strongest Year in Continental Europe Since 2012," 01.21.19.
The American Lawyer International reports that "Magic Circle firms have managed their strongest year in continental Europe since 2012, according to an analysis of the latest deal rankings by Law.com London affiliate Legal Week."
12. "Google Legal Ops Head Mary O'Carroll Appointed CLOC President," 01.20.19.
The Recorder reports that "the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium has appointed Google in-house ops leader Mary O'Carroll as its new president."
13. "Bricklayers and Architects," 01.20.19.
The latest from Bill Henderson's Legal Evolution blog, with Jason Barnwell, an attorney for Microsoft, writing about legal innovation.
14. "Albany Law School Snags $15M From Anonymous Donor," 01.18.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Albany Law School has received a $15 million gift from an anonymous donor — the largest donation in the school's history."
15. "Why Orrick's Well-Intentioned Vacation Bonus Misses the Mark," 01.18.19.
This opinion piece in The Legal Intelligencer argues that the new Orrick vacation policy is misguided.
16. "AIJA Survey Shows Resistance to Innovation Waning Inside Legal Industry," 01.18.19.
Legaltech News reports that "a survey by the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) found that resistance to innovation within the industry is weakening, but some are still 'fearful of investing in the wrong technology.'"
17. "That Other Affirmative-Action Case: The Battle Over UNC's Admissions Policies Heats Up," 01.18.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on developments in a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina that challenges its admission policies, with plaintiffs arguing "that UNC unfairly uses race to ensure the admission of the vast majority of underrepresented minorities." (The case has been brought by Students for Fair Admissions, the same organization that has filed a similar lawsuit against Harvard.)
January 18, 2019
1. "Top B-Schools All Report Applicant Declines," 01.18.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "all of the so-called M7 or very elite business schools reported drops in M.B.A. applications, this year."
2. "Fenwick & West Revenue Hits All-Time High Despite 2018 Defections," 01.17.19.
As the law firm year-end financial reporting cycle begins, The Recorder reports that "Fenwick & West has reported the firm's highest-ever financial growth in 2018, thanks to record-setting gross revenue." (Revenue up 14.6%, PPP up 20.2%)
3. "Ex-Charlotte Law Students Get $2.7 Million Settlement, Despite Objectors," 01.17.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "a federal judge approved a $2.65 million class action settlement between the now-closed Charlotte School of Law and former students."
4. "When Will Women Lawyers Finally Get Their Due? Not In My Lifetime," 01.17.19.
A good piece in Above the Law, moved in part by the new NALP law firm diversity data to reflect on the plight of women lawyers and women professionals generally.
5. "Lawclerk's New Move: Enable 'Small Law' With Network of Freelance Associates," 01.17.19.
Legaltech News reports that "on-demand legal service provider Lawclerk has announced the official launch of a new service called 'Teams,' which it hopes will allow law firms to build trusted networks of freelance attorneys to work with on an ongoing basis."
6. "Jenner & Block Elevates Windy City Litigator to Firm Chair," 01.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Craig Martin will be the next chair of Jenner & Block, becoming the fourth lawyer to hold the title in Jenner's 105-year history.
7. "Arizona Summit Law School agrees to drop its lawsuit against ABA," 01.16.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "Arizona Summit Law School and the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar settled their federal lawsuit Tuesday."
8. "Twenty-One Years After Her Autism Diagnosis, Haley Moss Is Admitted to the Bar," 01.16.19.
The New York Law Journal profiles Haley Moss, diagnosed with autism when she was three, who was the commencement speaker at her alma mater, the University of Miami School of Law, and on Friday was sworn in as a member of the Florida Bar.
9. "More than half of law firms provide flexible work arrangements, says new report," 01.16.19.
The ABA Journal reports that new survey data show more than 50 percent of medium and large firms and in-house departments offer some form of flexible work arrangement.
10. "Fed Says Student Debt Has Hurt the U.S. Housing Market," 01.16.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that new Fed data show that student loans have prevented 400,000 young Americans from buying homes. (Subscription required.)
11. "Akin Gump's New Leadership Shows Firm Drive Toward Diversity," 01.15.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that Akin Gump now has two of its major offices run by black attorneys, and the firm's chair is a woman partner.
a. "But Where Are the Black Partners?," 01.15.19.
And Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, while acknowledging the singular success of some firms in promoting diverse classes of partners, laments the general paucity of black partners at many large law firms.
12. "Diverse Law Students Get to Show It, Not Tell It in Firm Jobs Competition," 01.15.19.
Law.com reports that a new competition debuting this week the University of Cincinnati College of Law "will enable minority and women law students a chance to step into associates' shoes and demonstrate to hiring partners and general counsel their skills at tackling real-world legal problems." ("At the Law Student Diversity Case Competition in Cincinnati, teams of students from seven Midwest law schools will handle simulated client assignments while law firm partners, general counsel and bar association leaders from the area evaluate their work.")
13. "Salary Guide Shows Average In-House Lawyer Gets Paid Less, but Has More Fun Perks," 01.15.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new survey finds in-house counsel are earning less than their law firm counterparts, but they're more likely to get fun benefits.
14. "Data Snapshot: Is U.S. Law Firm Expansion Stalling?," 01.14.19.
The ALM data wonks, writing for The National Law Journal, report that "a new analysis of how law firm expansion efforts have been faring…[reveals] that while many of the firms in the National Law Journal 350 index have opened new offices over the past five years, many have shuttered offices as well. Plus, outside of a few hot markets, about as many offices have contracted as have grown."
15. "Transgender Student Claims Harassment in Suit Against Cal Western Law," 01.14.19.
The Recorder reports that "a former student at California Western School of Law has sued the school, claiming that faculty and students discriminated against and harassed her because she is transgender."
16. "Admissions Surge After NYU Med Goes Tuition-Free," 01.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that since NYU's medical school announced last August that it would give full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, its applications have increased by 47 percent.
17. "How to Increase Graduate-School Diversity the Right Way," 01.14.19.
A professor of English at Fordham University, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, writes that while "only 15 percent of all doctorates awarded by U.S. universities went to African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, although those three groups together represent more than 30 percent," the City University of New York Graduate Center has built an exemplary model in the humanities and social sciences that begins at the undergraduate level and continues through the Ph.D.
18. "With Demand for Housing Attorneys at All-Time High, NY Law School Sees New Role for Itself," 01.14.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that New York Law School is launching a new program that will prepare students to be housing attorneys.
19. "Ahead of the Curve: LRAP Arms Race," 01.141.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports that "a number of elite law schools have in recent months bolstered their Loan Repayment Assistance Programs for graduates who go into public interest and government law jobs."
20. "New Test for Law Schools: Do Enough Graduates Pass the Bar?," 01.13.19.
Sara Randazzo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, reports on the ABA's renewed push to toughen bar passage standards: "The proposal — to condition ABA accreditation on meeting a 75% bar-pass rate — will be back on the table this month at an ABA meeting in Las Vegas and is likely to go into effect this year." (Subscription required.)
a. "ABA Renews Proposal to Raise Bar-Passage Standards," 01.18.19.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
b. "The Time Is Now For California To Lower Its Bar Exam Pass Score," 01.15.19.
Jennifer Mnookin, the dean of the law school at UCLA, and writing here for Above the Law, argues that "evidence is mounting that the California Bar Exam's indefensibly high 'cut score' is bad for the profession and for the state."
21. "Notre Dame Law Names Stanford Law Professor as New Dean," 01.11.19.
Law.com reports that "Notre Dame University has tapped longtime Stanford law professor G. Marcus Cole as its next dean."
22. "Numbers Are Up For Women In Biglaw, But Certain Minorities Continue To Fall Behind," 01.11.19.
Above the Law reports on NALP's release of its 2018 law firm diversity data. (You can find NALP's 2018 Report on Diversity in US Law Firms here.)
23. "Law Firms Face 'Uncharted Waters' as Shutdown Grinds Some Practices to a Halt," 01.11.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "some legal activities have nearly ground to a halt amid the federal government shutdown."
24. "The Perennial Challenge of Delivering Affordable and Accessible Justice," 01.11.19.
Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, writing here for the New York Law Journal, urges further work to solve the perennial problem of providing access to justice for every person.
25. "Reimagining Innovation In Legal Education," 01.11.19.
Ari Kaplan speaks with Gabe Teninbaum, a professor at Suffolk University Law School and the director of the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology, for Above the Law.
26. "ABA Survey: Only 10 Percent of Law Firms Are Currently Using AI," 01.11.19.
Legaltech News reports that according to the ABA's 2018 Legal Technology Survey Report, "The use of AI in legal may not be as widespread as one would think: Only 10 percent of lawyers used artificial intelligence-based tech tools for their legal work in 2018."
27. "The Attorney Well-Being Issue," January 2019.
The ABA's Law Practice Today publishes its annual attorney well-being issue, with more than 15 articles devoted to lawyer wellness.
28. "How are law schools using virtual reality tools in classrooms?," January, 2019.
The ABA Journal magazine takes a look at the burgeoning use of virtual reality in the law school classroom.
January 11, 2019
1. "More Minority Women Ascend to Law Dean Jobs," 01.10.19.
The National Law Journal reports that women occupy the dean's office at 35 percent of law schools and "at least 19 minority women are currently serving as dean or interim dean, or soon will assume deanships."
2. "Law Firm Leaders Express Growing Anxiety Over Global Economic Outlook," 01.10.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group survey data, "law firm leaders' outlook for the global economy saw its largest decline in at least two years."
3. "Duane Morris Trims Billing Requirements for New Parents," 01.10.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Duane Morris has launched a program [that allows] attorneys in the U.S. who take primary caregiver leave from the firm [to] reduce their billable requirements up to four weeks before their leave for the birth or adoption of a child."
4. "Attorney Well-Being: It's Not a Fad, It's a Movement," 01.10.19.
The New York Law Journal provides this update on the ABA Wellness Campaign, and the more than 60 legal employers who have signed the campaign's pledge.
5. "University at Buffalo School of Law to Accept GRE," 01.10.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "students applying to the University at Buffalo School of Law will be allowed to submit the GRE instead of the LSAT beginning with the fall semester."
6. "Law Firms Took Steps Forward in Diversity in 2018, Not Leaps: Report," 01.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports on NALP's publication of its latest report on US law firm diversity: "A growing percentage of women, minority and LGBT lawyers in law firms nudged legal industry diversity in a positive direction in 2018, but black lawyers and other demographic groups remain underrepresented, according to a new study released Wednesday by the National Association for Legal Placement."
a. "Women Law Firm Associate Numbers Back to Pre-Recession Level," 01.10.19.
Elizabeth Olson, writing for Bloomberg Law, reports on the NALP diversity report: "While the stats ticked upwards, numbers of African-American and black associates remain below levels prior to the advent of the Great Recession. Their representation in the partner ranks also remained fairly static, and minority women remain the most underrepresented partnership segment, according to the report."
b. "Law firm diversity is 'good news/bad news story,' says NALP executive director," 01.09.19.
The ABA Journal also reports on the new NALP diversity data.
c. "Despite Gains in Overall Representation of Women, Minorities, and LGBT Lawyers at Firms, Gains for Black/African-American Attorneys Lag," 01.09.19.
You can read NALP's press release and find a copy of the 2018 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms here.
7. "As Rich Firms Set the Market, Mid-Tier Firms Wrongly Follow, Report Says," 01.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports on the release of the 2019 Report on the State of the Legal Market, prepared by the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Peer Monitor. (You can find the report here.)
8. "Mindfulness: A Path To Well-Being And Balance For Lawyers And Law Students," 01.09.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that "takes an in-depth look at the relevance of mindfulness for the legal profession and legal education and offers mindfulness as one way to begin to respond effectively to the [National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being]'s concerns."
a. "Even a Lawyer Can Spare 2 Minutes to Get Mentally Fit," 01.09.19.
And Law.com writes that any lawyer can begin to benefit from a mindfulness practice.
b. "You Should Meditate Every Day," 01.09.19.
And in a timely bit of synergy, Farhad Manjoo, writing for The New York Times, makes the case that meditation can free us from the shackles of technology.
9. "Syracuse's New Online JD Portends Popularity of Hybrid Programs," 01.09.19.
New York Law Journal reports that "Syracuse University College of Law this week kicked off its hybrid Juris Doctor program in which students complete the bulk of their coursework online — only the second such program in the nation approved by the American Bar Association."
10. "Government Shutdown Leaves Law Student Externs Scrambling," 01.08.19.
Law.com reports that "hundreds of law students across the country who expected to extern this semester at federal agencies now find themselves in limbo amid the nearly three-week-old partial government shutdown."
a. "NY Law Schools Fear That Government Shutdown Is Discouraging Public Service," 01.09.19.
The New York Law Journal speaks to folks at the New York law schools about the impact of the government shutdown on students' long term feelings about public service and government careers.
b. "Federal courts expect to have money to operate through next week despite shutdown," 01.07.19.
More on the effects of the federal government shutdown from the ABA Journal.
11. "Drake Law School Launches Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation," 01.08.19.
The latest from the What Great Law Schools blog spotlights Drake University Law School's new Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation that launched in July.
12. "Millennials in Big Law: Resistance Is Futile," 01.07.19.
Two leaders from MLA, writing here for The American Lawyer, make the case that "as the oldest millennials are becoming law firm partners…Big Law will need to adapt in order to motivate and retain them."
13. "Sexual Harassment Cases Surged Last Year in Wake of #MeToo: Seyfarth Report," 01.07.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new Seyfarth Shaw report finds "a drastic increase in sex-based discrimination filings at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [in the] last fiscal year."
14. "Munger Tolles Did It. Why Can't You?," 01.07.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, gives a shout-out to Munger Tolles for their new partnership class: "Munger has elected eight new partners, and 60 percent of them are women or lawyers of color. What's more, three of the new partners…took parental leave during the year they were up for partnership — and one of them is a male. The audacity!"
15. "Is UnitedLex the Future? Dan Reed Thinks So," 01.07.19.
The American Lawyer speaks with Dan Reed, the CEO of UnitedLex.
16. "The Role of State Law in Legal Education and Attorney Licensing," 01.07.19.
An associate dean and provost from a New York law school, writing for the New York Law Journal, take a look at the effect of the Uniform Bar Exam on the amount of time devoted to state law instruction in law schools, and ask "If state law is not taught in law school and tested on the bar exam, how will new attorneys know how to represent clients in areas governed by state law?"
17. "An update on IFLP," 01.06.19.
Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, provides an update on the Institute for the Future of Law Practice, noting that "IFLP's core mission is to align the interests of law schools, law students, legal employers and other industry stakeholders around the knowledge, skills and training needed by 21st century legal professionals."
18. "Why We Should Adopt a Rooney Rule for Law Clerks," 01.04.19.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, writing for The Recorder, proposes a Rooney Rule for judicial clerkship hiring, noting that he won't fill a clerk slot until he's interviewed at least one minority candidate and one candidate from a non-"T-14" law school.
19. "Legal Employment Ends 2018 With Two-Month Slide," 01.04.19.
The American Lawyer reports on latest USBLS jobs data, finding that "the legal services industry shed 600 jobs in December, marking the second straight month of declines even as the U.S. economy overall continued a record streak of job growth."
20. "Ways to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive," 01.04.19.
A law firm partner writing for The Legal Intelligencer, inspired by remarks by Kenji Yoshino at a recent diversity conference, offers suggestions that individuals can adopt to create and foster a more inclusive workplace.
21. "The Eversheds Tragedy and #MeToo: Why Victims Must Still Speak Out," 01.04.19.
The American Lawyer writes that "addressing mental health and sexual harassment issues has never been more pressing for law firms."
22. "Nation's Future Will Be Determined by Today's Law Students, Says South African Justice," 01.03.19.
Law.com reports on the inspirational keynote address by Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa at last week's AALS annual meeting: "'You carry in your classroom and seminars the future of the country,' Cameron said, noting that it's a time when many people fear that the rule of law is under assault in the United States."
a. "Ahead of the Curve: Dispatches from the AALS Annual Meeting," 01.08.19.
And Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, recaps the AALS conference highlights. (Subscription required.)
23. "Working toward well-being: Tools help lawyers and legal employers deal with substance-abuse disorders," January 2019.
This ABA Journal magazine story highlights The Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers, and the work that led to its development. (The toolkit can be found at www.abajournal.com/toolkit.)
24. "University of California at Irvine School of Law leaders reflect on first decade," January 2019.
This ABA Journal magazine story takes a look at the remarkable success of the new law school at UC Irvine after its first ten years.
January 4, 2019
1. "Rather than increase 1L class size in 2018, some law schools shrunk strategically," 01.03.19.
The ABA Journal provides further reporting on the fall enrollment figures for US law schools, noting that "while 117 law schools this year increased their first-year class sizes, following a growth of more than 8 percent in applications, a few others purposely had fewer 1L students in 2018."
a. "Analyzing Enrollment And Profile Patterns Across Different Tiers Of Law Schools For Fall 2018," 01.02.19.
And Jerry Organ, writing for the TaxProf Blog, takes a deep dive into the recently released ABA enrollment data, reaching three conclusions, including that "this would appear to be the strongest entering class since 2012."
2. "Founder Connie Brenton Resigns From CLOC, Citing 'Different Directions'," 01.03.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on big changes at CLOC: "The founder of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), an organization that provides education and networking opportunities for legal operations professionals, has resigned."
3. "'State of Legal Education is Excellent,' Says New Law School Association President," 01.02.19.
Law.com reports on the opening of the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in New Orleans, including remarks from incoming AALS President and Harvard Law School professor Vicki Jackson.
4. "Law Firm Mergers Were Red Hot in 2018, With No Slowdown in Sight," 01.02.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to final industry numbers, "2018 was one of the busiest years on record for law firm combinations."
5. "Roberts Praises Workplace Misconduct Reforms, But Says 'Job Is Not Yet Done'," 12.31.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Monday that recent efforts to combat workplace harassment in federal courthouses around the country are strengthening 'our culture of accountability and professionalism,' but more needs to be done to foster the 'exemplary workplace that we all want.'"
6. "California's Bar Exam: How Schools Fared and What Questions a New Analysis Didn't Answer," 12.30.18.
The Recorder reports on the release of a California state bar-commission bar passage study that "concludes that California law school students' undergraduate credentials and law school performance accounted for up to 50 percent of the decline in bar exam scores and passing rates between 2013 and 2017."
a. "July 2018 California Bar Exam Results," 12.30.18.
And the TaxProf Blog publishes the school by school list of the bar passage rates for first-time test-takers for the 21 California ABA-approved law schools.
7. "Law Firms Are Embracing Change to Satisfy Associates," 12.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that law firms are making changes in the ways that they relate to their newest associates.
8. "Pay Equity Disputes Are Flourishing, and Expect More in the New Year," 12.28.18.
The National Law Journal reports that pay equity litigation is likely to continue to dominate the headlines in 2019 as "law firms, tech companies and accounting giants [face] massive class action lawsuits by women who claim unequal treatment and pay."
9. "New Akin Gump Program Lets Lawyers 'Jump' to Other Offices," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Akin Gump has launched a short-term travel program that allows associates and counsel at the third-year level and above to spend time in other offices."
10. "Quinn Emanuel Bonus Scale Tops Cravath for Highest Billers," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Quinn Emmanuel has announced an associate bonus scale that exceeds the so-called Cravath scale for those associates who billed 2,700 hours or more in 2018.
11. "After a Banner Year for Law Firm Moves, What's in Store for 2019?," 12.27.18.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, says "according to data from ALM Intelligence, more U.S.-based partners left the partnerships of the nation's 100 largest firms this year than in any year since at least 2013," and he expects more of the same in 2019.
a. "By the Numbers: Six Years' Worth of Am Law 100 Partner Shuffling," 12.27.18.
The data wonks at ALM, writing for The American Lawyer, report that 2018 was the busiest year yet for partner moves in the Am Law 100, and they provide the infographics to prove it.
12. "Buoyed by Steady Demand, Law Firms Expected to Keep Growing in 2019," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that following the very strong financial results that many large law firms expect to post at the end of 2018, additional revenue growth is expected for 2019.
13. "Cleary Launches New Feedback App for Associates," 12.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has launched an app that puts its associates in the driver's seat and allows them to push for feedback when they want it."
14. "Here's a Look at the 10 Law Schools With Highest Non-JD Enrollment," 12.27.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, identifies "the 10 law schools with the highest percentage of students outside the traditional JD program." (Coming in at number 1, "more than two-thirds of students at the University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law aren't in its JD program.")
15. "More than 41,000 public service workers sought federal student loan forgiveness. The government approved just 206," 12.27.18.
USA Today reminds us that not many people are actually benefitting from federal student loan forgiveness.
16. "University of Kansas School of Law Brings AI to the Classroom," 12.26.18.
Legaltech News reports that "The University of Kansas School of Law, like a growing number of law schools across the nation, is starting to teach its students cutting-edge quantitative subjects such as data analysis and artificial intelligence."
17. "Busy Merger Market Shows No Signs of Slowing," 12.26.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "as 2018 came to a close, it was on pace to become the busiest year ever for law firm mergers, surpassing a record set in 2017," a trend that is expected to continue into 2019 and beyond.
18. "DC Firms Might Lag in 2018 Results, But Optimistic for 2019," 12.26.18.
The National Law Journal reports that firms in the DC market may see weaker financial results at the end of 2018 because of the decrease in regulatory and enforcement work coming out of this administration.
19. "In the Quest to Innovate, Where Will Law Firms Look Next?," 12.26.18.
Roy Strom, writing for The American Lawyer, predicts that outsourcing will continue to spread through legal departments in 2019, and law firms will continue in increase their use of data analytics.
20. "Legal Education and the Two Kinds of Innovation," 12.24.18.
Dan Rodriguez, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, offers a model of innovation for legal education that includes two strategies, one for advancing law schools' standard goals, and one for disrupting legal education in a more profound way — pathways he deems "mission-driven innovation" and "mission-disruptive innovation."
a. "Introducing contributor Dan Rodriguez," 12.23.18.
Bill Henderson introduces Dan Rodriguez as a regular guest-blogger for his Legal Evolution blog: "Sometimes, to protect and promote the long-term interest of stakeholders, leaders have to take difficult public positions. The decision won't be popular or clearly right at the time, yet the risks of deflecting or avoiding a firm stance are just too high, at least for the collective."
21. "Need a Vacation? Orrick Will Foot the Bill," 12.21.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Orrick has announced that it will provide up to $15,000 to cover the costs of a week's vacation for its attorneys for partnership track associates who have billed 2,400 hours in the last year, and to non-partnership track associates, project attorneys and legal assistants who billed at a slightly lower level.
22. "U.S. Grip on the Market for Higher Education Is Slipping," 12.20.18.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "last year, the U.S. saw a 6.6% decline in new international students studying in the country, to 271,738, after a 3.3% decline the year before."
December 21, 2018
1. "How are law schools using virtual reality tools in classrooms?," January, 2019.
The January issue of the ABA Journal magazine reports that "a handful of schools are experimenting with VR and augmented reality technology." ("Virtual reality involves the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment, immersing a user in a 3D experience. In the past few years, the legal industry has begun slowly experimenting with VR technology — using it, for example, to re-create crime and accident scenes.")
2. "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)," 12.20.18.
Sara Randazzo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, writes about the rapid rise of non-JD students enrolling in law schools. ("The broadening student population is among the most visible changes from a postrecession period in which many law schools overhauled operations to shore up finances.") (Subscription required.)
3. "34 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Buffalo, UC-Davis)," 12.20.18.
The TaxProf Blog provides this update on the law schools that are now accepting the GRE for JD admissions.
4. "New York Firms Are Flush, But Expenses Temper Profit Growth," 12.19.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that while "large New York law firms in 2018 saw, on average, their best revenue growth since the recession…concerns loom on the horizon, including a potential market downturn."
5. "Holland & Knight Increases First-Year Associate Pay to $190K in California," 12.19.18.
The Recorder reports that "Holland & Knight has bumped up starting salaries for associates in its California offices to $190,000."
6. "ABA Places John Marshall Law School on Probation," 12.18.19.
The Daily Report writes that "the American Bar Association has placed Atlanta's John Marshall Law School on probation."
a. "Atlanta's John Marshall placed on probation for noncompliance with program, admissions standards," 12.14.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
7. "Brooklyn Law Poaches New Dean From Rutgers," 12.18.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Brooklyn Law School has named Michael Cahill as its next dean."
8. "My Life Now: 1L Finals at a T14," 12.18.18.
A 1L from the University of Michigan Law School writes about the anxiety surrounding the first round of law school exams.
9. "Another Global Law Firm Merger? Odds Are, It's Dentons," 12.18.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest Altman Weil law firm merger data, noting that "in 2018 Dentons completed three more global deals than all other U.S. law firms combined, for a total of eight."
10. "Minorities Gain Ground in Big Law (Caveats Apply)," 12.18.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, finds a glass half full in a new diversity report: "according to the 2018 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey, there are some solid improvements for lawyers of color."
11. "New Initiative Aims to Connect Female In-Housers With Women Startup Founders," 12.18.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on a new initiative aimed at accelerating the careers of female corporate lawyers and startup founders.
12. "Paul Weiss Vows to 'Do Better' After Partner Promotions Stir Diversity Debate," 12.18.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that Paul Weiss has taken some heat after announcing a new partner class that is made up of almost entirely white men.
13. "After a Record-Setting 2018 for Law Firms, Does a Reckoning Await?," 12.17.18.
The American Lawyer suggests that despite the record financial finishes many law firms are likely to see this year, there are many indicators on the horizon that a slowdown is in store.
14. "Harassment From Clients Can Stunt Women's Careers, but Few Firms Are Trying to Stop It," 12.17.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that "numerous women told Corporate Counsel that sexual harassment by clients is not uncommon in the legal industry."
15. "LawNext Episode 23: Dan Rodriguez on Innovating Law and Legal Education," 12.17.18.
LawNext provides this interview with Dan Rodriguez, who recently stepped down as dean of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and became the chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation: "Rodriguez talks about the meaning of innovation in law and at law schools and the obstacles to achieving innovation." (Podcast)
16. "Law Schools Are Bad for Democracy," 12.16.18.
A Yale Law professor, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, provides a thoughtful critique of legal education in response to the question, what are law schools for? (Subscription required.)
17. "How to Be More Resilient," 12.15.18.
This New York Times op-ed from a professor of clinical psychiatry at Cornell's medical school reports on new brain research on resiliency that suggests all people can increase healthy behaviors with simple behavioral interventions that increase resiliency.
18. "Law Schools See First Real Enrollment Gains Since 2010," 12.14.18.
Law.com reports that according to data released last week by the ABA, "new student enrollment at the nation's law schools increased 3 percent this fall."
a. "Enrollment Is Up — Way Up — At These Law Schools," 12.19.18.
The National Law Journal identifies the ten law schools with the biggest enrollment jumps this fall.
b. "As US Law Schools See First Real Enrollment Gains Since 2010, Most Pa. Schools Keep Pace," 12.19.18. (Legal Intelligencer)
c. "1L Enrollment Increased 3%, Non-JD Enrollment Surged 8% In Fall 2018," 12.15.18.
The TaxProf Blog parses the ABA enrollment data.
d. "Enrollment Up at 9 NY Law Schools, Down at 6," 12.14.18. (New York Law Journal)
e. "Georgia Law Schools' Enrollments Surge Past National Tide," 12.14.18. (Daily Report)
19. "ABA Releases Data On All 203 Law Schools," 12.14.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the ABA has released all of the Standard 509 data that law schools self-reported this fall, including enrollment data. You can find the ABA news release and links to the data tables here.
a. "2018 ABA Data Show Continued Decline In Number And Percentage Of Transfers," 12.17.18.
Jerry Organ, writing for the TaxProf Blog, parses the 509 transfer data, noting that Georgetown continues to dominate the transfer market, taking more than 100 transfers in each of the last four years.
b. "51% Of Law Schools Increased Their Median LSATs, 60% Increased Their Median GPAs," 12.16.18.
And the TaxProf Blog reports that Spivey Consulting has parsed the LSAT data released with the 509 data.
20. "How to Volunteer While Managing Your Time as a Young Lawyer," 12.12.18.
A law firm associate writing for The Legal Intelligencer, noting that successful lawyers are active in their communities, offers some "best practices to encourage others to serve in [volunteer] leadership positions."
21. "LSO to mandate pay for articling students," 12.11.18.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the Law Society of Ontario decided on Monday to alter the training process for young lawyers, approving a proposal to mandate pay for articling students and audit the firms where they work beginning May 1, 2021."
December 14, 2018
1. "NALP Loosens the Reins on Summer Associate Recruiting," 12.13.18.
Law.com reports on changes announced by NALP this week: "The change is intended to prompt more experimentation and innovation in entry level recruiting, and give firms and schools leeway to decide which practices work best for them, said NALP Executive Director James Leipold."
a. You can find the new NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process, the memorandum to members from the NALP Board of Directors, and a press release about the changes here: https://www.nalp.org/principles
2. "Under New Management: Law Firms Head Into 2019 With Fresh Crop of Leaders," 12.13.18.
The American Lawyer reports on a surprising year of leadership changes among Am Law 200 firms.
3. "New Solutions Are Needed to Fix a Gender Pay Gap That's Getting Bigger," 12.13.18.
This commentary in the New York Law Journal responds to the recent MLA report on the gender pay gap for partners by "teasing out the factors that underpin the gender pay gap in law and suggesting a new solution that, alongside all the other important initiatives, can begin to close it."
4. "(White) Women Are Making Gains in Big Law," 12.13.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reacts to the 2018 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey and finds some encouraging news, despite what she characterizes as the depressingly predictable.
5. "California Today: Life as a First-Generation U.C. Irvine Student," 12.13.18.
The New York Times writes about the Student Success Initiative, a University of California system program that aims to provide support for first-generation students.
6. "An Asian Crisis in Legal Education? Not So, Says New Report From LSAT Maker," 12.12.18.
Law.com reports that "a new study from the Law School Admission Council concludes that the number of Asians applying to law school hasn't declined more than other racial groups, despite an earlier report that indicated legal education is facing a troubling falloff in Asian-American students."
7. "Microsoft Picks Davis Wright Tremaine for Top Firm Diversity," 12.12.18.
Bloomberg Law reports that "Davis Wright Tremaine was the top performer in Microsoft's 2018 Law Firm Diversity Program, using diverse lawyers on more than 60 percent of its hours worked for the tech giant."
a. "Microsoft's Legal Diversity Program Turns 10," 12.11.18.
Law.com provides this update ten years after Microsoft first pushed its outside counsel to increase firm diversity by giving firms a bonus if they meet diversity goals around staffing and leadership.
8. "Amid Concerns Over Lawyer Workloads, US Firms Embrace 'Agility'," 12.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports that a growing number of law firms are developing policies aimed at giving attorneys more flexibility in how and where they do their work.
9. "Young lawyers can be technophobes too, says legal tech entrepreneur Monica Goyal," 12.12.18.
In an ABA Journal Legal Rebels podcast, Monica Goyal, a lawyer, engineer, and entrepreneur who is currently a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, talks about teaching legal technology to law students.
10. "Survey: 69 Percent of People Would Use Online Legal Services Over Attorneys," 12.12.18.
Legaltech News reports that "a new survey has found that many American adults are willing to use alternative legal providers as a way to save on legal costs."
11. "Best Year in a Decade for Law Firms? Maybe, But Not for Everyone," 12.11.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the new year-end report from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group finds "that 2018 was the best year in a decade for revenue growth, but it cautioned that the benefits accrued primarily to the largest and smallest firms."
a. "Data Snapshot: The Richest Law Firms Are Getting Even Richer," 12.10.18.
And the data wonks at ALM Intelligence, writing here for The American Lawyer, confirm that "the most profitable firms in the Am Law 200 are pulling away from the rest of the industry."
12. "New Call for Standardizing Job Placement Rates," 12.12.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the Institute for College Access and Success is urging the federal government, states and accreditors to standardize how they calculate job placement numbers for higher ed programs.
13. "Columbia Law School Students Are Turning Into Legal Tech Developers," 12.11.18.
Legaltech News reports that "Columbia Law School students are using a software program to create apps to help various legal organizations' clients automate the drafting of legal documents."
14. "'Frightening' Bar Exam Results, but No Plans to Lower Passing Score: California Chief Justice," 12.11.18.
The Recorder reports that California "Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday the state Supreme Court has no immediate plans to reconsider the passing score on the California bar exam despite a historically low success rate on the July test."
15. "Penn Is First Elite Law School To Require Training In Attorney Well-Being," 12.11.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "in January 2019, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will launch a groundbreaking pilot program that will incorporate a session on attorney well-being into every section of the mandatory Professional Responsibility course."
16. "Here Comes the Digital LSAT," 12.10.18.
Legaltech News reports that "the Law School Admission Test will be fully digital by September, with Microsoft Surface Go tablets replacing pencil and paper."
17. "Law Society approves lawyer licensing path that maintains transitional training, with enhancements," 12.10.18.
The Law Society of Ontario reports that its "governing body has approved an option for lawyer licensing that retains the two, current transitional training pathways, with significant enhancements, as recommended by the Law Society's Professional Development and Competence Committee."
18. "Does the legal profession have a moral duty to innovate?," 12.10.18.
This piece in the Canadian Lawyer asks the question "do lawyers have a social and moral duty to embrace innovation to ensure access to justice?"
19. "Wells Fargo: Law Firms Enjoying Best Year Since the Recession," 12.07.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that the most recent Wells Fargo survey of its private bank law firm clients shows that "the industry will report its strongest annual performance in a decade."
a. "Wells Fargo Adds to the Consensus: The Law Firm Market Is Setting Records," 12.07.18.
More on the report released by the Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group: "All the major trackers of the law firm market have said it: 2018 is poised to set a post-recession record for revenue growth."
20. "Legal Employment Fell in November Despite US Job Growth Streak," 12.07.18.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest USBLS jobs data, "the size of the legal services industry shrunk in November, dropping 2,400 jobs over the prior month."
21. "Kirkland & Ellis Backs Off Mandatory Arbitration for Staffers," 12.07.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "nonattorney employees at Kirkland & Ellis will no longer be required to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, amid pressure from law students who say such arrangements disproportionately hurt women and minorities."
22. "Columbia University's AI Business Course Studies Legal Tech Startup," 12.07.18.
Legaltech News reports that "an MBA course offered this semester at Columbia University used a legal tech startup as its subject, saying that the legal technology offers a prime example of using tech experts and industry experts — in this case lawyers — in the development of a needed business tool."
23. "Millennial Attorneys and the Pressure to be Perfect," 12.07.18.
In this commentary piece in The Recorder, a Big Law associate writes that "Millennials, more than any other generation, feel the pressure to be perfect…[and] for millennials who are attorneys, perfectionist tendencies can become amplified due to the realities of legal practice."
24. "A Teacher's Long Road to Student Loan Forgiveness (and a $4,500 Surprise)," 12.07.18.
A New York Times update in the saga of one public school teacher's quest to have his student loans forgiven through the federal public service loan forgiveness program — this story comes with a happy ending, but a sobering coda — he is one of the very few to have succeeded so far.
December 7, 2018
1. "Michigan Law School Gets $33 Million Donation," 12.06.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "the University of Michigan Law School has landed a $33 million donation that it will use to bolster student scholarships and reduce graduate debt."
2. "A Very Mixed Record on Grad Student Mental Health," 12.06.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports on new research on graduate students' mental health and cites the need for additional research.
3. "Law Firms Pad Parental Leave to Attract Diverse Attorney Pool," 12.06.18.
Bloomberg Law reports that "competition for a more diverse crop of employees is driving law firms to expand paid parental leave benefits, with at least four firms making changes in the last two months."
a. "Fried Frank Joins Wave of Law Firms Boosting Parental Leave," 11.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson announced that it will now provide at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave for its attorneys and business service personnel and is doing away with primary and secondary caregiver designations."
4. "Female Law Partners Face 53 Percent Pay Gap, Survey Finds," 12.06.18.
Bloomberg Law reports that according to the 2018 Partner Compensation Survey, from Major, Lindsay & Africa, "women law partners face a whopping 53 percent gap in pay at top U.S. law firms."
a. "New Survey Finds Even Bigger Gender Gap in Big Law Partner Pay," 12.06.18.
More on the MLA study from The American Lawyer: "The legal search firm found that male partners are earning $959,000, on average, at large U.S. firms, compared to $627,000 on average for female partners — a 53 percent difference."
5. "Kirkland & Ellis Named Law Firm of the Year at American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Kirkland & Ellis was named Best Law Firm of the Year at the first-ever American Lawyer Industry Awards in New York.
a. "Greenberg Traurig Wins Regional Firm of the Year at American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18. (Daily Report)
b. "Orrick, Keker, Covington and In-House Apple Lawyer Take Home American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18. (The Recorder)
c. "Blank Rome, Morgan Lewis and Reed Smith Snag American Lawyer Industry Awards," 12.05.18. (The Legal Intelligencer)
6. "Women Are Majority of Med School Applicants," 12.05.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "for the first time since 2004, more women than men applied to American medical schools, according to data released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges."
7. "Working Remotely Is on the Rise, But It Comes With Its Share of Downsides," 12.05.18.
Legaltech News reports that growing numbers of lawyers working remotely raise risks for law firms.
8. "Ahead of the Curve: Welcome to Campus, Gen Z," 12.04.18.
Karen Sloan at Law.com speaks with Wake Forest law professor Laura Graham about Gen Z and what law schools need to know about teaching them.
9. "Law Firm Leadership: Diversity Alone Does Not Mean Inclusion…," 12.04.18.
A law firm partner, writing for JD Supra, tackles important distinctions between diversity and inclusion.
10. "NewLaw Is Wooing BigLaw's Young Talent," 12.04.18.
Law360 reports on recent law grads getting jobs in New Law.
11. "Even with Changes Coming to H-1B Process, Companies Need to Start Preparing for Next Year Now," 12.04.18.
The Recorder reports that "filing H-1B visa petitions for foreign employees in 2019 could be even more complicated than usual due to proposed process changes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."
12. "Miami Law School's Orientation "Hackathon" Puts First Years to Work on Challenging Legal Questions," 12.04.18.
The latest What Great Law Schools Do blog post features the University of Miami.
13. "Diversity, Hierarchy, And Fit In Legal Careers: Insights From Fifteen Years Of Qualitative Interviews," 12.04.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics article that "focuses on change and continuity in how the legal profession provides opportunity for women and minorities," and is based on three waves of qualitative interviews that were done as part of the NALP/NALP Foundation After the JD longitudinal study of lawyers' careers.
14. "Women's Groups at Stanford, Berkeley Law Unite to Fight Mandatory Arbitration in Big Law," 12.03.18.
The Recorder reports that "women's associations from eight elite law schools, including Stanford Law School and University of California, Berkeley School of Law, are joining the fight against forced mandatory arbitration among legal employers."
a. "Yale Law School women's groups oppose mandatory arbitration," 12.05.18.
The Yale Daily News reports that Yale Law Women and the Yale Law Women of Color Collective have joined 12 law school women's groups opposing law firms that prevent employees from filing lawsuits against their employers.
15. "Better Late Than Never: Canadian Firms Are Finding Ways to Innovate," 12.03.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "during the past decade, the Canadian legal market has experienced a sort of mini-boom in its innovation sector that has even spread to some of the country's most traditional firms."
16. "Cleary Joins Big Law's Pennsylvania Avenue Reshuffle," 12.03.18.
The National Law Journal reports that at least three Big Law offices have recently relocated to upgraded digs in Washington, DC.
17. "ABA Approves University Of Illinois-Chicago's Acquisition Of John Marshall Law School," 12.02.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has approved the University of Illinois at Chicago's acquisition of The John Marshall Law School.
18. "First-Ever Skadden Fellows for Two Law Schools, and One of Them Is Closing," 11.30.18.
Law.com reports that "Valparaiso University School of Law and Roger Williams University School of Law have landed their first ever Skadden fellows."
19. "Improve gender diversity or we won't use you — in-house lawyers warn firms to up their game," 11.30.18.
Legal Week reports that in-house lawyers continue to warn law firms that if they fail to improve diversity they will lose out on work.
20. "The Age of the Specialist Is Upon Us," 11.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the tightness of the current market for legal services is part of what is driving firms to develop expertise in ever narrower niches — for instance, emoji law.
21. "New Survey Shows Wide Range of Salaries Throughout Corporate Law," 11.30.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of an ALM Intelligence survey of legal department compensation structures.
22. "How Affirmative Action Really Works," 11.30.18.
Nicholas Lemann, professor of journalism and dean emeritus at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, writing here for The Chronicle of Higher Education, makes a strong case that race-conscious admissions remain necessary because the negative effects of racism persist. ("The persistent, though decreasing, black-white gaps on academic measures are manifestations of how profoundly different the black and white experiences in the United States still are, economically, socially, residentially, educationally, and in almost every other way.") (Subscription required.)
23. "Canada Blazes the Trail for (Authorized) Pot on Campus," 11.30.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that Canadian universities are rewriting campus policies to allow recreational marijuana use on campus after the drug was legalized by the Canadian government in October, while US colleges continue to ban the drug even in states where it has been legalized because of federal laws that still prohibit it.
24. "Why is it so much harder to become a lawyer in California than in New York?," 11.29.18.
This LA Times op-ed from three California law school deans urges the California Legislature and the California Supreme Court to adopt bar pass standards more in line with other jurisdictions.