Each week NALP's Executive Director, James Leipold, provides a summary of news articles of interest to legal career professionals. Read past issues here.
For news in the public interest arena, see the news digest from Samuel Halpert, NALP's Director of Public Service Initiatives, at www.psjd.org.
April 20, 2018
1. "The Autistic, Non-Binary, Queer, Law Student Fighting for Disability Justice," 04.19.18.
News@Northeastern reports that "a gender non-binary, queer, disabled person of color…was named the National Association for Law Placement Pro Bono Publico Award winner."
2. "'Client Value' Roles Take Off as Partners Place Trust in Professionals," 04.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports on "a growing trend of law firms implementing client-centric C-suite roles" including chief client value officer.
3. "Survey Shows 27 Percent Pay Gap for Top Women Equity Partners," 04.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports that new survey results show that "the mean average pay for male equity partners [deemed by in-house counsel to be in a high-caliber group] was 27 percent higher than for female equity partners."
4. "February Bar Exam Performance Hits Record Low," 04.19.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the average score on February's Multistate Bar Exam…fell 1.3 points from the previous year" but it is important to remember that February test scores are disproportionately made up of repeat test-takers who have failed the bar previously.
5. "Reed Smith Launches Tech Program for Select Summer Associates," 04.19.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith has launched a Legal Technology Summer Associate Program that in its inaugural summer will include three students from American law schools and two from British law schools.
6. "Proposed Student Loan Cap Could Devastate Law Schools," 04.18.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "a bill wending its way through Congress would cap graduate federal student loans and drive many law students into the private loan market, potentially forcing between 20 and 30 law schools to close within five years."
7. "Los Angeles Law Firms After the Financial Crisis," 04.18.18.
The TaxProf Blog highlights an excellent piece of research that has recently come to my attention — the report from the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA documents the ways that the legal market in Los Angeles has changed since the recession.
8. "Concord Law dean sees benefits with acquisition by Purdue University," 04.18.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "Purdue University's transaction to acquire Kaplan University, including Concord Law School, is complete."
9. "Can Training Eliminate Biases? Starbucks Will Test the Thesis," 04.18.18.
In the aftermath of the Philadelphia Starbucks incident, The New York Times takes a look at training to combat implicit bias, and finds academics divided on the question of whether it is effective: "Academics who study unconscious bias say that training can help alleviate it…. Other academics and experts on bias caution that anti-bias training is a sensitive exercise that can be ineffective or even backfire if handled incorrectly."
10. "CLOC Has Scored Some Early Wins — Much Work Remains Undone," 04.18.18.
In advance of the 3rd annual CLOC conference next week, ALM media takes a look at the impact that CLOC has had on the industry.
11. "LSAT's Grip on Law Schools Loosens with ABA's Latest Move," 04.16.18.
Law.com reports that "an ABA committee on April 13 recommended axing the accreditation standard mandating that schools use a standardized test in admissions."
a. "ABA Panel Seeks to End LSAT Requirement," 04.17.18.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
12. "A&O to Launch Firmwide Rollout of New Performance Evaluation Scheme as Firm Targets More 'Honest' Feedback," 04.17.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Allen & Overy will move all of its staff to a new performance management scheme next year, becoming the latest firm to scrap annual appraisals in favor of a system based on ongoing feedback."
13. "Procurement and The New Legal Buy/Sell Dynamic," 04.16.18.
This piece in The American Lawyer explains the significance of the emergence of legal procurement and the way that it is changing the legal industry.
14. "Muller: Visualizing Law School Employment Outcomes in Florida, Pennsylvania, And Texas," 04.16.18.
The TaxProf Blog highlights research by Derek Muller that visualizes the employment outcomes of law school graduates in various states.
15. "Changing Your Firm's Compensation Culture," 04.16.18.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, with advice about how to evolve your lawyer comp system.
16. "Gorsuch Hires Native American Law Clerk, Likely First in SCOTUS History," 04.14.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "in what appears to be a historic first, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has hired Tobi Young, a Native American lawyer, to be one of his law clerks starting this summer."
17. "Helping First-Generation Lawyers Thrive," 04.13.18.
Grover Cleveland, writing for Law Practice Today, provides advice for best integrating and supporting first generation lawyers.
a. "Unlocking the Talents of the Millennial Lawyer," 04.13.18.
And this is a related piece in Law Practice Today on bridging the generational divide. Both articles are part of Law Practice Today's annual Young Lawyers Issue, available here.
18. "Who Is a Public Servant? Borrowers Have a Lot Riding on the Answer," 04.13.18.
More from The New York Times on the confusion and disarray surrounding eligibility for the federal public service loan forgiveness program.
19. "Colleges Recruit at Richer, Whiter High Schools," 04.13.18.
More cool New York Times data visualization that makes the case that high schools visited by colleges on recruitment trips tend to be whiter and wealthier than schools that are not visited.
20. "How to Ask About Compensation in a Job Interview Without Sounding Greedy," 04.13.18.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, offers advice about the most effective way to raise compensation issues in a job interview without the risk of being perceived negatively.
21. "No More Hotel Auditions, Says Union Representing Actors," 04.13.18.
NPR reports that "SAG-AFTRA [the union that represents actors, broadcasters, and recording artists] is calling for an end to auditions in private hotel rooms or residences, after a spate of sexual harassment allegations against powerful Hollywood figures."
April 13, 2018
1. "Legal Education in 'Perilous Moment' as Leaders Gather to Examine Its Future," 04.12.18.
Karen Sloan, reporting from Miami for Law.com, covers the first day of the Summit on the Future of Legal Education and Entry to the Profession.
2. "Hogan Lovells Scraps 'Broken' Review System for Associates," 04.12.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Hogan Lovells is overhauling the way it provides feedback to associates.
3. "GSU Law Deploys Data Analytics to Boost Bar Pass Rates," 04.12.18.
The Daily Report reports that "Georgia State University College of Law…is developing a program that uses data analytics to identify students most at risk for failing the bar exam."
4. "How Law Schools and JD Applicants Find That Love Connection," 04.12.18.
As law school admission deposit deadlines loom, Law.com talks to applicants and law school staff about the process of woo.
5. "Golden Gate does not meet admissions standard, says ABA accreditation committee," 04.11.18.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has found Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco "significantly out of compliance" with accreditation standards related to law school admissions.
a. "ABA Warns Golden Gate Law School About Low Bar-Pass Rates, High Attrition," 04.12.18.
More on this from The Recorder.
6. "Duncan School of Law does not meet admissions standard, ABA accreditation committee says," 04.09.18.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has found Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville "significantly out of compliance" with accreditation standards related to law school admissions.
7. "The Underwear Gnomes of Law," 04.11.18.
Because almost everything Jordan Furlong writes is good — here writing for Slaw, and including the South Park Underwear Gnomes Profit Plan clip from 1998, on the underwear gnome problem: "a recurring disconnect between the initial premise and eventual outcome of many traditional systems and practices in the law."
8. "Focus of ABA Day 2018 will be on LSC funding and preserving student loan forgiveness program," 04.11.18.
The ABA Journal reports that the focus of the ABA's annual lobbying day in DC will be on "securing the financial ability of lawyers to meet the legal needs of the public…increased funding for the Legal Services Corp. and the preservation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program."
9. "On Equal Pay Day, In-House Counsel Can Start Closing the Gap," 04.10.18.
Corporate Counsel argues that in-house leaders can help close the gender pay gap at their companies.
a. "Prior Salary Can't Justify Gender Wage Gap, En Banc Ninth Circuit Says," 04.09.18.
The Recorder reports that "a federal appeals court ruled Monday that salary history cannot be used to justify a wage gap between men and women."
b. "Lilly Ledbetter: My #MeToo Moment," 04.09.18.
Lily Ledbetter, for whom the federal Fair Pay Act is named, and who was the plaintiff in a Supreme Court pay discrimination challenge to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., writes here for The New York Times op-ed page that not only did she face pay discrimination, she was also subjected to sexual harassment at Goodyear: "Sexual harassment isn't about sex, just like pay discrimination isn't just about pay. Both are about power. They are clear evidence that too many workplaces value women less."
c. "The 10-Year Baby Window That Is the Key to the Women's Pay Gap," 04.09.18.
The New York Times Upshot column reports on new research that shows: "When women have their first child between age 25 and 35, their pay never recovers, relative to that of their husbands. Yet women who have their first baby either before 25 or after 35 — before their careers get started or once they're established — eventually close the pay gap with their husbands."
10. "Fish & Richardson offers bonuses of up to $115K for Federal Circuit clerks," 04.10.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "former judicial clerks from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will now receive up to $115,000 in bonuses at Fish & Richardson."
11. "What Legal Professionals Want in 2018: Less Stress, More Appreciation," 04.10.18.
A Regional VP for Robert Half Legal, writing for the Daily Business Review, reports on a new report from that organization that finds that less stress makes happier lawyers: "42 percent of attorneys cited reduced stress levels as the one aspect of their job they would change."
12. "Harassment Reports Up Amid #MeToo Movement, New Data Shows," 04.10.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that new survey research shows that "harassment reports were up in the last quarter of 2017, coinciding with the growing visibility of the #MeToo movement."
13. "I Just Got Fired. How Bad Is This for My Career?," 04.10.18.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, says that getting fired isn't the end of the world professionally, and offers advice for bouncing back.
14. "New Tool From Cornell Law Students Helps Immigrants Plan for the Worst," 04.09.18.
Legaltech News reports that "a new tool developed by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and the Technology, Innovation and the Law Clinic at Cornell Law School hopes to help undocumented communities plan for the unfortunate potential of deportation."
15. "You Exercise and Eat Right. Now, About Those Sleep Habits, Counselor," 04.09.18.
A personal trainer and wellness consultant writing for Law.com has sleep advice for lawyers.
16. "Some Colleges Share Lists of Early-Decision Admits. Now the Justice Department Is Investigating," 04.08.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "the Justice Department is investigating whether colleges violate antitrust laws by exchanging information about applicants admitted through early-decision policies."
a. "Justice Department seeks to uncover secrets about selective college admissions," 04.09.18.
More on this, and the probe into alleged bias in the Harvard admissions process reported last week, from The Washington Post.
b. "Williams, Wesleyan, Middlebury Among Targets of Federal Early-Admissions Probe," 04.11.18.
More on this from The Wall Street Journal. (Subscription required.)
17. "A Value-Added Ranking Of Law Schools," 04.07.18.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a piece from the American Bar Foundation that assesses alternative rankings systems, and proposes a value-added ranking of law schools based on outcomes measures.
18. "Allen & Overy, O'Melveny Eye Potential Trans-Atlantic Union," 04.06.18.
The American Lawyer reports that Allen & Overy and O'Melveny & Myers are involved in merger discussions. ("If a merger deal is finalized between both firms, it would create a 3,000-lawyer global giant with roughly $2.8 billion in combined gross revenue.")
a. "Will A&O's US Merger Move Impel Other Magic Circle Firms to Follow Suit?," 04.09.18.
The American Lawyer speculates on "[whether] the Magic Circle firm's trans-Atlantic merger talks could shake up the market as rivals rethink their U.S. strategies."
19. "Legal Jobs Sector Posts Incremental Gains," 04.06.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the latest legal sector jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, noting that "the U.S. legal services industry added 400 jobs between February and March of 2018."
20. "A $350 Million Fund Helps Many Public Servants. Meet the Ones Left Out," 04.06.18.
A good New York Times Your Money piece on the $350 million fund included in the latest federal budget that is meant to help federal student loan borrowers who thought they were enrolled in public service loan repayment programs, but actually weren't, or who face disqualification for not meeting technical elements of the repayment program.
a. "How to Clean Up the Student Loan Mess," 04.06.18.
More on federal student loans from The New York Times.
21. "How to Level the College Playing Field," 04.07.18.
A lovely and thoughtful NYT op-ed from the former chancellor of the New York City public schools on how to narrow the ever-growing gap between the numbers of rich and poor college graduates.
22. "Summer Interns: Who Are They? Are You Classifying Them Properly?," 04.06.18.
A partner from Ogletree, writing for the Daily Report, has a primer on how to run a summer internship program that doesn't run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements.
23. "Law Schools Debate a Contentious Testing Alternative," 04.05.18.
Elizabeth Olson, writing for The New York Times, reports on the upheaval surrounding the great GRE/LSAT debate, set to come to a head this week when the ABA holds a public hearing on the issue.
a. "Chicago-Kent Is 18th Law School To Accept GRE For Admissions," 04.08.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "Effective immediately, Chicago-Kent College of Law will accept scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), as well as from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), from applicants seeking admission for the upcoming academic year."
b. "ABA Considers Tossing LSAT Requirement, Disagreement Ensues," 04.09.18.
And Karen Sloan, writing for The National Law Journal, has more on the GRE/LSAT debate and public hearing, scheduled for this week in Washington.
24. "Law School Applications Are Up, Especially Among High LSAT Scorers," 04.06.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "the number of people who have applied to law schools nationwide this application cycle has increased more than 8 percent over last year, according to new figures from the Law School Admission Council. Perhaps even more importantly, the number of applicants with high scores on the Law School Admission Test has surged."
25. "Improving Diversity Through Inclusion: Get Asked to Dance," 04.06.18.
A practicing lawyer writing for The Legal Intelligencer makes the case for true inclusion rather than a focus on diversity numbers.
26. "We Can't All Be 'Big Law' Partners and Other Takeaways From Stanford's #FutureLaw Conference," 04.05.18.
The Recorder reports on the highlights of the Stanford CodeX center's annual FutureLaw conference.
a. "ABA President Challenges Legal Technologists: 'Be Bold, Be Adventurous, Be Courageous'," 04.12.18.
Legaltech News reports on ABA President Hilarie Bass's comments at the Stanford CodeX FutureLaw conference last week.
27. More from the new What Great Law Schools Do blog:
a. "Georgia State's Center for Access to Justice," 04.09.18.
Georgia State has a new Center for Access to Justice designed to support those working to ensure meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems.
b. "Boston University's Critical Conversations," 04.03.18.
Boston University School of Law has implemented an initiative aimed at addressing civility in law practice.
28. "Income Mobility Charts for Girls, Asian-Americans and Other Groups. Or Make Your Own," 03.27.18.
And finally, more superb infographics from The New York Times on the inequality of income mobility by race and gender. I can't look away.
April 6, 2018
1. "GMAT Drops 30 Minutes From Test," 04.06.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the business school group that runs the Graduate Management Admission Test…announced this week that the test time is being cut by 30 minutes." ("The GRE has been 15 minutes shorter than the GMAT and is now 15 minutes longer."
a. "Why are law schools accepting the GRE?," 04.05.18.
And in a somewhat related piece, The Economist takes a look at why an increasing number of law schools are accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.
2. "Massive restructuring at the ABA will rehouse entities under 9 centers," 04.05.18.
The ABA Journal reports that amidst continued declines in membership, the ABA is undertaking a massive restructuring.
3. "Pace Law Dean David Yassky Steps Down Amid Faculty Discontent," 04.05.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that "David Yassky, dean of Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law, is relinquishing the position at the end of the semester after clashing repeatedly with the faculty."
4. "Look Out, Big Law: Global Companies May Favor Smaller Firms in the Future," 04.05.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on new survey data that show "growing concern about large legal fees and increasing worries about compliance with regional and local regulations will create more incentives for legal departments to choose smaller firms and providers."
5. "Millennial Attorneys: How to Make Your First Year Work for You," 04.04.18.
A first year associate writing for The Legal Intelligencer provides advice on transitioning from law school to practice.
6. "Keeping Millennials' Careers on Track in a Collegial Atmosphere," 04.04.18.
The New York Law Journal speaks with a law firm partner about the advantages and challenges of being a midsize law firm in New York, particularly for millennials.
7. "Second Law Prof Whistleblower Suit Against InfiLaw Unsealed," 04.04.18.
The Daily Business Review reports that professors from two of InfiLaw's for-profit law schools have filed whistleblower suits claiming student loan fraud.
8. "NYU Law Launches Global Law Institute With $20 Million Gift," 04.04.18.
New York Law Journal reports that "New York University School of Law is launching a new institute centered on the global practice of law with a $20 million donation from alum Frank Guarini."
9. "Asian-Americans Suing Harvard Say Admissions Files Show Discrimination," 04.04.18.
The New York Times provides this update on the current affirmative action litigation that alleges Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian-American applicants.
10. "How to Write a Great Thank You Note," 04.04.18.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, provides advice for lawyers on writing professional thank you notes.
11. "Why Does the Gender Wage Gap Persist in Law?," 04.03.18.
This piece makes the case that any way you slice the data, the law firm diversity numbers establish a prima facie case of gender discrimination, and notes that "among the AmLaw 200, women comprise only 4 percent of executive management overall."
12. "Asian-American Women Are Filling the GC Suite," 04.03.18.
Vivia Chen, ALM's Careerist, writing for The American Lawyer, reports that "of the 20 Asian-American lawyers now heading the legal departments of Fortune 500 companies, eight are women," and notes that in China, over 50 percent of GCs are women.
13. "25% Of Harvard Law Students Suffer From Depression, 20% Are At Heightened Risk Of Suicide," 04.03.18.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a Harvard Crimson piece on the results of Harvard's annual mental health survey that also includes a call to action: "We therefore call on all law schools to survey their own student bodies every year and release the survey data. The court of public opinion should hold them accountable."
14. "Ethical Considerations for Partners and the Associates They Supervise," 04.03.18.
Two Dentons partners, writing for The Recorder, provide guidance on the ethical obligations of partners and associates who work together.
15. "Legal Departments Want to Add More In-House Lawyers, But Will They?," 04.03.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of a new In-House Legal Trends Survey that reports "65 percent of respondents said they prefer to add in-house lawyers versus relying on outside counsel…[but] only about one-third of departments said they plan to hire more lawyers this year."
16. "Lawyers rank highest on 'loneliness scale,' study finds," 04.03.18.
The ABA Journal reports that according to a new study "lawyers outranked other professionals on a 'loneliness scale' [and]…sixty-one percent of lawyers ranked above average on the loneliness scale."
a. "America's Loneliest Workers, According to Research," 03.19.18.
This is the underlying Harvard Business Review article that describes the research.
17. "State and Local Paid Family Leave Laws Create Challenges for Employers, Lawyers Say," 04.03.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that at least 7 states and D.C. have introduced legislation recently that offers or expands paid family or medical leave beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
18. "Law Students Benefit From 'Brain Training,' Study Finds," 04.02.18.
Law.com reports on the findings in a paper first published in NALP's PD Quarterly that found students who participated in a pilot project of "brain training" at Texas Tech University School of Law "were better able to interpret information, identify key information and express big picture concepts." You can read Darby Dickerson's article in the NALP PD Quarterly here.
19. "Legal Academics Grappling with the Future of Legal Ed," 04.02.18.
The latest from Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, urging his law faculty colleagues to bring non-academics (legal tech, legal practitioners, access to justice advocates) meaningfully into the dialogue about how to reimagine the future of legal education.
20. "Law School Rankings By Student Quality (LSAT And UGPA)," 04.02.18.
The TaxProf blog presents the work of two law professors who have created a law school ranking based exclusively on the combined LSAT scores of the students in a school's 2017 incoming class.
21. "Seven Changes in the Legal Job Market Impacting New Lawyers," 03.20.18.
Harvard's Assistant Dean for Career Services Mark Weber, writing for The National Law Journal, shares his perspective on how the world has changed for new law school graduates entering Big Law careers over the 24 years that he has worked with law students, alumni, and employers.
22. "How Boston Became a Beacon on the Hill to Big Law," 03.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the recent rapid growth of the Boston legal market, including the development of the Seaport District as a new glass tower neighborhood that is a destination for law firms and science and tech entrepreneurs alike.
23. "Report Finds Steady Pace Continuing for Law Firm Mergers," 03.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "an analysis by Fairfax Associates found that the U.S. law firm merger market remained robust during the first quarter of 2018." (There have already been 13 announced mergers that are set to close in 2018.)
24. "Foley & Lardner to Merge With Dallas-Based Gardere," 03.30.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "Gardere Wynne Sewell and Foley & Lardner have agreed to merge, effective April 1, creating a firm of approximately 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices in the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe."
25. "ABA President Sees Call to Action in Quinn Emanuel Partner's Story of Depression," 03.30.18.
ABA President Hilarie Bass, writing for The American Lawyer, reacts to last week's story about the Quinn partner who recounted his struggle with depression: "Lawyer well-being is crucial to the future of the profession and there is no shame in seeking help."
26. "Amid Gender Pay Gap Disclosures, Law Firms Keep US Data Under Wraps," 03.30.18.
The American Lawyer reports that this year US law firms operating in the UK must disclose pay disparities between their male and female employees in the UK, but suggests that similar disclosures for US employees are not likely.
a. "Norton Rose Fulbright reports a 17% mean gender pay gap," 03.26.18.
Related, Employee Benefits UK reports that "global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has reported a 17% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017."
b. "White and Case reports a 24% mean gender pay gap," 03.22.18.
Also from Employee Benefits UK, the pay gap data for White and Case.
c. "Britain Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap With Transparency and Shame," 04.04.18.
More on this from The New York Times.
27. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Arnall Golden Continues Growth in 2017 With Increase in Revenue and Profit," 04.04.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 5.5%, PPP up 1.6%).
b. "Cyber Attack Doesn't Stop DLA Piper From Big Gains in Revenue, Profit," 04.03.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 7%, PPP up 6%)
c. "Saul Ewing Increases 2017 Revenue 43 Percent After Big Merger," 04.03.18. (Legal Intelligencer: Gross revenue up 43.7%, PPP down 5.1%)
d. "Mintz Levin Sees Another Record Year in Revenue, Profits," 03.30.18. (New York Law Journal: Gross revenue up 7.4%, PPP up 10.1%)
e. "Ogletree Keeps Up Momentum With Revenue, Profit Gains," 03.30.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 9.9%, PPP up 5.4%)
March 30, 2018
1. "DC Law Schools See Students Increasingly Attracted to Big Law Jobs," 03.29.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "top law schools in the nation's capital say they are seeing an uptick in students' interest in careers outside of government and public interest, particularly in Big Law and at corporations typically aimed at business graduates."
2. "At Elite Law Reviews, Diversity Efforts May Be Paying Off," 03.29.18.
The National Law Journal reports that slowly the top editorial positions for law reviews at the most selective law schools are being awarded to a more diverse group of law students.
3. "It's Time to Change the Way We Educate Lawyers," 03.29.18.
The Young Lawyers Editorial Board of The American Lawyer calls on law schools, law students, young lawyers, and law firms to do a better job of making the third year of law school more worthwhile.
4. "Canadian Firms Still Favored in Canada but Global Firms Gain Ground," 03.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that based on new brand research by Acritas, "global law firms have strengthened their brands in Canada but still fall short of large Canadian firms." (According to the report "Blakes has the strongest law firm brand in the country, followed by McCarthy Tetrault in second place and Stikeman Elliott in third.")
5. "Move Over Moms, Male Lawyers Are Using Flextime Too," 03.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that an increasing number of men are taking advantage of more robust law firm flextime policies, especially reduced-hour schedules, but women continue to take advantage of the policies at a higher rate.
6. "Big Talk, Little Action? Survey Details Big Law 'Innovation Gap'," 03.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a new survey suggests clients are seeing little, if any, change in how their law firm providers approach their work."
7. "Study Shows LA's Legal Market Has Recovered Following '08 Crisis," 03.28.18.
The Recorder reports that a new report from researchers at UCLA confirms that the legal market in Los Angeles has gradually recovered since the recession, noting that "as of January 2017, large law firms employed about as many attorneys in Los Angeles as they did prior to 2008."
8. "Which law schools have the highest median LSAT scores?," 03.28.18.
The ABA Journal reports that based on the latest US News rankings information, "Harvard and Yale are tied for the No. 1 spot on a list of law schools with the highest median LSAT scores."
9. "Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings," 03.28.18.
More on your Facebook privacy settings from The New York Times.
10. "Bar Pass Data Palooza: Here's a Look at First-Time Test Takers," 03.27.18.
Law.com publishes the individual bar passage rates for every law school and compares them to an average state pass percent, coming up with a list of over- and under-performers.
a. "Bar Pass Rates: Compare the States," 03.28.18.
And in a related piece, Law.com reports on the first-time bar pass rates of individual states.
11. "Lawyer Testimonials Aim to Stamp Out Mental Health Stigma," 03.27.18.
Patrick Krill, writing for Law.com, writes about an ABA initiative to share online testimonials of lawyers who have faced addiction and mental health difficulties.
a. "Quinn Emanuel Partner Suffers From Depression and He Wants Everyone to Know," 03.28.18.
And in a related story, The American Lawyer and the New York Law Journal have published a piece by Quinn partner Joseph Milowic, who describes his struggle with depression.
12. "Even Midsize Firms Look to Texas for Expansion," 03.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the hot Texas legal market is causing firms of all sizes to look for an opening in the Lone Star State.
13. "Are the Top Go-To Law Schools Preparing Tomorrow's General Counsel?," 03.27.18.
Corporate Counsel discusses prepping students for in-house counsel roles with the top five schools from the 2018 Go-To Law Schools list from ALM.
14. "RIP, Law Schools. A Look at Closed Campuses," 03.27.18.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, points out that "six law campuses have shuttered or soon will close up shop, and more are likely to follow suit," and reviews the recent closures.
15. "Tuition Hikes Hurt Diversity," 03.27.18.
Inside Higher Ed reports on new research that shows "tuition hikes are linked to decreased student diversity on public college campuses."
16. "What Great Law Schools Do," 03.27.19.
Michael Hunter Schwartz, the dean at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law has launched a new blog dedicated to describing law school innovations worth emulating.
17. "A New Tool Breaks Down Earnings Potential for Different Majors," 03.27.18.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a "data set unveiled on Tuesday lets students at Texas colleges compare majors to get an idea of what they might earn one, five, or 10 years after graduation, no matter where they live and work. They can also see how much they're likely to owe, how many years it typically takes to earn a degree, and what percentage of students in that field pursue graduate degrees."
18. "Munger Tolles Backtracks on Summer Associate Arbitration," 03.26.18.
The American Lawyer reports that over the weekend Munger, Tolles & Olson reversed course after demanding that summer associates sign mandatory arbitration agreements covering all employment disputes, including those that fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which includes sexual harassment, and sign non-disclosure agreements.
a. "Who Gets Credit for Munger's About-Face on Arbitration?," 03.26.19.
The American Lawyer reports that law school social media pummeling led Munger Tolles to quickly backtrack on its decision to require all summer associates to sign arbitration and nondisclosure agreements.
b. "Biglaw Firm Tries To Force Summer Associates To Arbitrate Sexual Harassment Claims," 03.26.18.
More on this from Above the Law.
c. "Munger Tolles debacle highlights power disparity between law firms and law students," 03.26.18.
A second year associate, writing for the ABA's Before the Bar feature for law students, argues that "it is time for law schools, career-services personnel, law professors, recruiters, and all others who assist law students in finding positions to stop engaging in passive information gathering and instead actively seek out the internal policies of firms and organizations invited to recruit their students. Recognize the inherent power disparity and make a commitment to start evening the scale. Enforce non-discrimination policies and procedures among recruiting law firms. Never allow a firm to demand confidentiality from a student over employment-related issues."
d. "After Munger Tolles's #MeToo Snafu, Orrick Touts End of Arbitration Agreements," 03.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "after Munger, Tolles & Olson announced over the weekend that it would no longer require any of its employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe quickly followed suit late Monday afternoon."
e. "The First Biglaw Firm To Willingly Do Away With Its Mandatory Arbitration Policy," 03.27.18.
Above the Law reports on the Orrick announcement.
f. "Orrick follows Munger Tolles in dropping mandatory arbitration agreements: Will more firms follow?," 03.28.18.
And the ABA Journal also reports on this development.
19. "Savannah Law School Closure Yields Student Class Action," 03.26.18.
The Daily Report reports that as a result of the announcement last week that Savannah Law School will close, "students filed a putative class action for breach of contract and negligence, seeking relief including attorney fees and punitive damages."
a. "Savannah Law School student sues for fraud, breaching trust in planned closing," 03.23.18.
More details on the Savannah Law School closing and resultant lawsuit from Savannah Now.
b. "Law Students and Alums Seek to 'Save Savannah' From Closing," 03.29.18.
And the Daily Report brings news that students and alumni of Savannah Law School are banding together to try to prevent the closure of the law school.
c. "Despite plans to close, Savannah Law School will allow students to complete education in same city," 03.29.18.
And finally, the ABA Journal reports that according to a statement released by the school yesterday, "students will have the option to complete their education in Savannah or to transfer to John Marshall."
20. "ABA women's commission updates manual about preventing and addressing sex harassment," 03.26.18.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has updated its manual on sexual harassment. The manual, Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession, can be purchased here.
21. "Partner Exits, Compensation Shifts Keep Lockstep Firms Under Pressure," 03.26.18.
The American Lawyer queries whether aggressive lateral partner hiring will soon make lockstep compensation a thing of the past for the industry's most elite law firms.
22. "How firms can encourage mental, emotional and physical fitness," 03.26.18.
The ABA Journal offers this podcast on creating employee wellness programs from Jolene Park, the founder of Healthy Discoveries, a corporate wellness company.
23. "Major Lindsey's $2.7M Fight With Fired Recruiter Might Not End With Appellate Ruling," 03.26.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that an appellate court in New York has upheld a ruling that requires a former recruiter and partner at MLA to pay $2.7 million in damages for stealing trade secrets and sharing job postings with competitors.
24. "McGuireWoods And Walmart Partner With The Pipeline To Practice Foundation To Improve Diversity In The Legal Profession," 03.23.18.
Above the Law reports that "earlier this month, the Pipeline to Practice Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to diversifying the legal profession, announced major financial support and participation from Walmart, Inc. and McGuireWoods."
25. "Engaging Law Students Online Better For Hiring Innovative Grads Than Going Through School," 03.22.18.
This Above the Law piece makes the case for the value of online professional networking for students: "Networking today comes faster and more authentically via the Internet."
26. "Unpaid Internships and the Career Success of Liberal Arts Graduates," 02.01.18.
The February issue of the NACE Journal reports on new research that shows "while research findings by NACE indicate a positive correlation between paid internships and job offers received before graduation, unpaid internships were found to have little or no impact on this measure of short-term success."
27. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Willkie Farr Grows Partner Bench After Record 2017," 03.29.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 11.7%, PPP up 13%)
b. "Schiff Hardin's Revenue, Lawyers Continue to Slide," 03.27.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue down 9.9%, PPP up 4.7%)
c. "Andrews Kurth Kenyon Posts Drop in Revenue, Profits in 2017," 03.26.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue down3%, PPP down 3.6%)
March 23, 2018
1. "New bar exam data released: Pass rate up almost 3 percentage points," 03.22.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "the aggregate first-time bar passage rate for the class of 2017 was 77.2 percent — an increase from 2016."
a. "A Low Bar for Bar Passage," 03.23.18.
And in a case of dueling headlines, Inside Higher Ed reports that the ABA data show that "more than 10 percent of law schools had at least a quarter of their students fail the exam, and more than one in six schools had rates below 80 percent."
b. "Avoid the Search: Law Schools' Bar Pass Rates Now Found In One Spot," 03.22.18.
And Law.com reports that the ABA has published individual law school bar passage data on a single spreadsheet on its website. (The data can be found here.)
2. "Savannah Law School Is Latest to Shut Down," 03.22.18.
According to the Daily Report, "administrators at the short-lived Savannah Law School informed students late Wednesday that it will shutter at the end of the spring semester."
a. "Savannah Law School will close, students and faculty are told," 03.22.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
b. "Savannah Law School Sells Building, To Close After Spring 2018 Semester," 03.22.18.
And even more on this from the TaxProf Blog.
3. "GE Inks Legal Outsourcing Deal with UnitedLex, Eyeing Big Savings," 03.22.18.
The American Lawyer reports that UnitedLex has signed a new multiyear exclusive contract to provide GE with legal operations and litigation support, including investigations, e-discovery, forensics, and document review, reducing GE's legal spend by 30% in those areas.
4. "Valpo Dean's Resignation Latest Of Troubled Law School's Woes," 03.22.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that The Indiana Lawyer has reported the resignation of the financially struggling law school's dean.
5. "Should You Accept a 'Quasi-Legal' Job Offer?," 03.22.18.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, discusses the pros and cons of taking a "quasi-legal" job.
6. "McDermott Partner Recounts His Firsts as a Sikh Lawyer and the Wave of Diversity in the Profession," 03.21.18.
Amandeep Sidhu, writing for The National Law Journal, recounts his journey from being the first observant Sikh at his Richmond high school to being the first Sikh law clerk for the Court of Appeals of Virginia, to now being the first Sikh lawyer and then partner at McDermott: "It's taken a personal commitment and willingness to work twice as hard as my nondiverse peers, mentors to guide me and sponsors who put their credibility on the line to support my success."
7. "Blockchain Education Heads to the Canadian Capital," 03.21.18.
Legaltech News reports that the University of Ottawa has opened a new blockchain-focused lab that "is the latest in a string of new academic efforts to incorporate blockchain into law school curriculum."
8. "Berkeley Law Returns to the US News' Top 10, Pepperdine Gets Shut Out," 03.20.18.
Law.com reports on the release of the new US News law school rankings.
a. "US News law school rankings are released; Pepperdine's mistake costs it a ranking," 03.20.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
b. "Poll: Don't Put Too Much Stock in US News Law School Rankings," 03.20.18.
And in a related piece, Law.com reports that "a new survey of recent law graduates found that a slim majority said applicants place too much importance on the U.S. News rankings when choosing a law school."
9. "Latham Chair Steps Down Immediately Over Communications of a Sexual Nature," 03.20.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Latham & Watkins chairman William Voge abruptly stepped down Tuesday over what the firm said was inappropriate 'communication of a sexual nature' with a woman."
a. "Latham & Watkins Copes with Leader's Sudden Sex-Tinged Ouster," 03.21.18.
More on this from The American Lawyer.
10. "Associate Bonus Watch: Biglaw Firm Gives Associates Bonuses Bigger Than Cravath Scale," 03.20.18.
Above the Law reports that McDermott Will & Emery has announced associate bonuses in excess of the Cravath scale.
11. "In-House Leaders Say Their Companies Can Be Change Agents for Diversity," 03.20.18.
Corporate Counsel reports on the proceedings of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Conference held in San Francisco last Friday.
12. "How Students Fare In The Labor Market After Graduate And Professional School," 03.19.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new research paper from AccessLex on graduate and professional school outcomes that finds "among those who complete their studies, outcomes vary based on type of degree, field of study and occupation, as well as race, ethnicity and gender."
a. "A National Study Of The Long Term Outcomes Of A Law Degree," 03.18.19.
And the TaxProf Blog reports on another new research report from AccessLex, done in conjunction with Gallup, that finds "while many recent law graduates have negative views of the J.D., graduates who are more advanced in their careers tend to have higher levels of well-being and more positive assessments of the value of a J.D."
13. "Law Students Who Handwrite Their Notes Outperform Laptop Users," 03.19.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on research from two law professors that finds "handwriting class notes has a strong positive association with academic performance."
14. "Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working-Class Whites," 03.19.18.
The New York Times reports on new research that shows that "Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds." (Watch the haunting opening infographic of what happens to 10,000 boys who grew up in rich families.)
a. "An End to the Class vs. Race Debate," 03.21.18.
And a related NYT op-ed on this study: "Whether born to a rich family or a poor one, in an impoverished neighborhood or wealthy one, black boys lag behind their white peers as adults."
15. "Law Firms Thriving at the Edge of Chaos," 03.19.18.
Euan Sinclair, blogging for Slaw, argues that while law firms risk extinction, they are not dinosaurs, living instead on the edge of "chaos," trying to strike a balance between the need for order and the imperative for change.
16. "Why are law deans not fired after investigations find misconduct with women?," 03.19.18.
The ABA Journal revisits recent law school sexual harassment allegations and asks why the accused so seldom lose their jobs.
17. "Paralegals in family law," 03.19.18.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that paralegals in Canada are poised to have more of a role in family law, similar to the role played by limited license legal practitioners in Washington state.
18. "How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook," 03.19.18.
And here's a non-industry bonus from The New York Times on Facebook privacy settings — seems important this week.
19. "Law School Employment Data Reporting: Are We Losing the Forest for the Trees?," 03.19.18.
NALP member Jill Backer, writing for the New York Law Journal, is critical of the current employment outcomes data reporting regime.
20. "Veteran Legal Recruiter Discusses Hiring Landscape for Female Lawyers," 03.18.18.
The Recorder speaks with a longtime legal recruiter in the Bay Area about the challenges that face women partners who, she says, "are still challenged by general discrimination issues in the industry."
21. "George Washington Discontinues Use Of GRE In Admissions Because It Has Not Done A School-Specific Validation Study," 03.18.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that while at least 17 law schools accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admission purposes, "George Washington may be the first of these schools to change its mind and no longer accept the GRE."
22. "Many Law Departments Don't Think Firms Have Innovated Lately, Data Shows," 03.18.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that a new study shows that 69 percent of US legal departments say they haven't seen their outside law firms innovate in the last 12 months.
23. "The Last Conversation You'll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right," 03.18.18.
Mark Bittman and David Katz, writing for Grub Street, provide the best piece on nutrition and diet that I have read in a long time (and it's funny, too).
24. "Where the Girls Are," 03.16.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reports that while "for the second year in a row women constitute the majority of law students…women have not cracked the 50 percent mark at most top schools."
25. "Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?," 03.16.18.
This New York Times piece reports on a new study that found when people are asked to draw a picture of a leader, they almost always draw a man.
26. "Program places law students in paid internships that help them see the business picture," 03.15.18.
The ABA Journal reports on Bill Henderson's Institute for the Future of Law Practice, a national nonprofit formed by a team of law professors and legal professionals that places law students in paid internships that will expose them to legal operations principles.
27. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Kirkland Overtakes Latham as World's Biggest Firm by Revenue," 03.22.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 19.4%, PPP up 14.7%)
b. "McGuireWoods Boosts Revenue as Partner Profits Stay Steady," 03.22.18. (National Law Journal: Gross revenue up 4.8%, PPP up 1.6%)
c. "Revenue, Partner Profits Jump at Morris Manning," 03.22.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 8.4%, PPP up 10.2%)
d. "Blank Rome Revenue Up 2.1 Percent as Profits Stay Flat," 03.18.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 2.1%, PPP up 0.5%)
e. "Kilpatrick Pushes Past $1M in Profit Per Partner," 03.19.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 1.8%, PPP up 10.3%)
March 16, 2018
1. "ABA Unveils New Guidelines to Combat Sexual Harassment," 03.15.18.
The American Lawyer reports that the ABA has issued a new "zero tolerance" manual to provide guidance to the US legal profession in combatting sexual harassment in the workplace.
2. "Score! New Tool Helps Law Schools Compare GRE to LSAT," 03.15.18.
Law.com reports that the maker of the GRE has created an online comparison tool that predicts the LSAT score an applicant would earn based on their GRE results.
3. "Santa Clara Law's New Campus Channels Silicon Valley," 03.15.18.
The Recorder reports that Santa Clara has opened a new law school facility that is built with its neighboring Silicon Valley in mind.
4. "Federal Judiciary Unveils First Reforms From Harassment Working Group," 03.14.18.
The National Law Journal reports that "a working group has come up with nearly 20 reforms aimed at dealing with concerns about workplace harassment throughout the federal judicial system."
5. "Penn Law Prof Reassigned Over Race Comments," 03.14.18.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that conflicts surrounding a Penn Law professor's comments about race and student performance continue to simmer on that campus.
a. "Penn law prof won't be teaching required courses after remark about black students' class rank," 03.15.18.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
b. "Professor Declares Black Students 'Rarely' Graduate In The Top Half Of Law School Class," 03.08.18.
Ugh. And even more on this from Above the Law.
6. "Chadbourne Settles Sex Bias Case That Shined Light on Big Law Pay Gap," 03.14.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Chadbourne & Parke and its successor firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, have agreed to settle a high-profile gender discrimination case brought by three former women partners."
7. "The 2019 US News Law School Rankings Leak: The Top 100," 03.13.18.
Above the Law has the early word on the US News law schools rankings, due out March 20.
a. "Behold, The FULL US News Law School Rankings Leak (1-144)," 03.14.18.
And more on this from ATL.
8. "McGeorge Law School To Reduce Faculty By 25% Through Voluntary Buyouts," 03.13.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the Sacramento Bee broke the news that McGeorge School of Law will reduce its faculty by 10-11 professors through buyouts, leaving the school with about 28 full-time professors.
9. "Nearly 300 former students at shuttered law school are eligible for discharge of student loans," 03.12.18.
The ABA Journal reports that nearly 300 former students of the defunct Charlotte School of Law will be eligible for discharge of their federal student loans.
a. "Former Charlotte Law Students to Get Loan Discharge Extension," 03.13.18.
And more on this from Law.com.
b. "Loan Discharge for Students of Failed Law School," 03.12.18.
And Inside Higher Ed also reports on this development.
10. "Visas Issued to Foreign Students Fall, Partly Due to Trump Immigration Policy," 03.11.18.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "the number of visas issued to foreign students fell markedly last year amid stricter immigration policies, State Department data show, exacerbating financial challenges for some U.S. colleges and universities." (Subscription required.)
11. "What They Don't Teach You In Law School: How to Get a Job," 03.11.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on the publication a of a new book, What They Don't Teach You In Law School: How to Get a Job, by Adam Gropper, a former tax partner.
12. "Law schools dive into virtual reality experience for their students," 03.09.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "law schools are ramping up efforts to provide more experiential learning opportunities through virtual reality experiences that will allow both students and practicing attorneys to practice their lawyering skills anytime, anywhere."
13. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Smaller Wilmer Partnership Enjoys Record Profits," 03.15.18. (National Law Journal: Gross revenue up 0.6%, PPP up 13.8%)
b. "Record Profits, Revenue for Schulte Roth in 2017," 03.15.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 3.6%, PPP up 7%)
c. "Winston & Strawn's Record Year Sees Revenue Rise 19 Percent," 03.14.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 18.9%, PPP up 18.4%)
d. "Drinker Biddle Revenue Up 6.3 Percent, PPP Grows 8.9 Percent," 03.14.18. (Legal Intelligencer)
e. "Blank Rome Revenue Up 2.1 Percent as Profits Stay Flat," 03.14.18. (Legal Intelligencer: Gross revenue up 2.1%, PPP up 0.5%)
f. "Alston & Bird Racks Up Big Gains in Revenue, Profit," 03.13.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 7.0%, PPP up 6.3%)
g. "Shook Hardy Grows Revenue, Profits," 03.13.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 5%, PPP up 15.1%)
h. "Fried Frank's Gross Revenue Hits a Record High," 03.13.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 14.1%, PPP up 16.9%)
i. "Orrick Posts Double Digit Growth in Income Partner Profits," 03.12.18. (The Recorder: Gross revenue up 4.9%, PPP up 10.9%)
j. "Duane Morris Revenue, Profits Inch Up for Record Year," 03.12.18. (Legal Intelligencer: Gross revenue up .6%, PPP up 2.7%)
k. "Barnes & Thornburg Budgeting Pays Off in Record Revenue," 03.12.18. (American Lawyer: PPP up 6.9%, PPP up 6.8%)
l. "Kramer Levin Financials Again Hit Record High," 03.12.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 9.9%, PPP up 8.4%)
March 9, 2018
1. "The 2018 Go-To Law Schools," 03.09.18.
The National Law Journal publishes its annual Go-To Law Schools List (in increments), "which ranks the 50 law schools with the highest percentage of recent graduates who snagged associate jobs at the nation's largest 100 law firms."
a. "Columbia Ranks No. 1 as Go-To Law Schools Enjoyed Strong Recruiting Cycle," 03.09.18.
And The National Law Journal reports that Columbia sits in the top position for the fifth year in a row, sending 68% of its 2017 law grads into associate positions at the largest law firms.
2. "One-Third of Texas Law Firm Leaders Say They Are Open to Merger Talks," 03.08.18.
The American Lawyer reports on the results of the 2018 Law Firm Leader Survey Texas, saying the results confirm that "Texas' legal market is burning hot."
3. "When I grow up, I wanna be a Chief Legal Strategist," 03.08.18.
Lucy Bassli, the former Assistant General Counsel of Legal Operations and Contracting at Microsoft, and now the Chief Legal Strategist for LawGeex, writing for Bill Henderson's Legal Evolution blog, explains why she made the move and what it says about what is happening in the industry.
4. "Eversheds Sutherland International Sets Female Partnership Goals, Launches Career Development Program for Women," 03.08.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Eversheds Sutherland International wants 30 percent of its partnership ranks outside the United States filled with female attorneys by 2021, and has appointed a new 'gender champion' to lead the firm's efforts to boost diversity."
5. "Outdated Partner Comp Plans Are an Obstacle to Growth," 03.08.18.
The American Lawyer argues that most law firm partner compensation models are out of date and actually hold back growth: "law firm leaders are waking to the realization that partner compensation plans often underemphasize business development and, in some cases, pose a significant obstacle to fostering a collaborative, client-focused, continuous improvement and growth-oriented culture."
6. "Want to Improve Law Firm Diversity? Hint, Start Upstream," 03.07.18.
The National Law Journal takes a look at a legal diversity pipeline program in Colorado that connects participating employers with diverse students during their 1L/rising 2L summer.
7. "LSAT-Maker Held in Contempt Over Disability Accommodations," 03.06.18.
The National Law Journal reports that a federal judge has ruled that "the Law School Admission Council violated court-ordered rules meant to help disabled test takers gain accommodations on the Law School Admission Test."
8. "Can Stay-at-Home Moms Ever Get Back on Track?," 03.06.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, takes a look at an article in the Harvard Business Review that finds that "employers look askance at stay-at-home moms and dads who try to re-enter the workforce."
9. "How PwC Handled Its First Transgender Employee Transition in the Workplace," 03.06.18.
A good piece from Corporate Counsel on the legal and cultural issues involved in having an employee transition in the workplace.
10. "Data (Gold) Mining: The Rise of the Law Firm Data Analytics Teams," 03.05.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a growing number of law firms are attempting to navigate the Big Data age by appointing data "leaders" under a few different titles — chief data scientist, head of data analytics and chief innovation officer, to name a few."
11. "Urged by Law School Deans, Federal Judges Revamp Law Clerk Hiring," 03.05.18.
The National Law Journal reports that an ad hoc group of federal appeals judges has promulgated a new hiring plan for law clerks. You can find the plan details on the OSCAR website here.
a. "Order In The Court, Order In The Court: The Law Clerk Hiring Plan Returns!," 03.01.18.
More on this from David Lat at Above the Law.
12. "Denial of Cooley Law's request to open new location is reasonable, ABA motion argues," 03.05.18.
The ABA Journal has more on the ABA/Cooley Law School litigation — the ABA has argued that it was reasonable to deny the school's request to open a new location.
13. "What Can We Learn From the English ABS Experience After Five Years?," 03.05.18.
A good post from Slaw with a "five years after" look at the UK Legal Services Act of 2007 that liberalized the practice of law in England and allowed for the first time, among other things, for legal services to be provided by alternative business structures.
14. "Give Students Who Complete Their 1L Year And Then Leave A Master's Degree In Legal Principles," 03.03.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new article in the Journal of Legal Education that proposes awarding "a master's degree to students who successfully complete the 1L curriculum but leave before completing the full JD curriculum."
15. "University of Minnesota Study: Enhanced Individualized Feedback In One Core 1L Class Improves Student Performance In Other Classes," 03.02.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new article in the Journal of Legal Education that demonstrates that "individualized feedback in a single class during the first-year of law school can improve law students' performance in all of their other classes."
16. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Akerman's 7-Year Growth Record Stays Alive as Revenue Rises 10 Percent," 03.08.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 10.4%, PPP up 2.1%)
b. "Revenue, Income Improve at Haynes and Boone in 2017," 03.08.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 6%, PPP up 3.1%)
c. "Covington Posts Double-Digit Growth in Revenue, Head Count," 03.06.18. (National Law Journal: Gross revenue up 12.8%, PPP up 4.5%)
d. "King & Spalding Stays in Growth Mode as Partner Profits Top $2.5M," 03.06.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 7.7%, PPP up 5.5%)
e. "Fenwick & West Bounces Back with Record High Revenue," 03.06.18. (The Recorder: Gross revenue up 3.7%, PPP up 1.5%)
f. "Revenue Up, Partner Profits Flat at Perkins Coie," 03.06.18. (National Law Journal: Gross revenue up 0.6%, PPP down 0.4%)
g. "Revenue Inches Up at O'Melveny as Partner Profits Top $2M," 03.05.18. (The Recorder: Gross revenue up 1.7%, PPP up 3.1%)
h. "Gross Revenue, Profits Per Partner Hit New Highs at Paul Hastings," 03.05.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 4.1%, PPP up 11.5%)
i. "Bryan Cave Finances Dip Ahead of Trans-Atlantic Deal," 03.05.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue down 2.5%, PPP down 6.9%)
j. "Jenner Revenue Slips, Profits Fall Amid Investments in Talent," 03.02.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue down 1.9%, PPP down 18.7%)
k. "The Early Reports: Am Law 100/200 2018," 03.08.18. The American Lawyer compilation of its Am Law 100 and 200 firm financials, which is updated daily, can be found here.
March 2, 2018
1. "Got a Legal Problem? These Law Students Can Solve It With Legal Tech," 03.01.18.
Law.com reports that students from several law schools across the country participated in a Global Legal Hackathon last weekend where participants brainstormed how to harness technology to solve legal problems.
2. "Penn Law Snags a $2.5 Million Gift for Public Interest," 02.28.18.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that Robert and Jane Toll have donated $3 million to establish the Toll Public Service Corps at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
3. "Women Take a Pass on the Big Law Brass Ring," 02.28.18.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that women are leaving law firms in greater numbers because they are not interested in partnership: "It seems that women want more — and not just money — than law firms are offering them."
4. "NCCU Law Raises LSAT Cut Score After ABA Accreditation Noncompliance Finding," 02.28.18.
The ABA Journal reports that "the law school at North Carolina Central University, which was found to be out of compliance with an ABA accreditation standard related to admissions, will no longer admit students with LSAT scores below 142."
5. "The Death of the Law Firm Partnership Vote?," 02.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "a growing number of firms in the United States and the United Kingdom are eschewing historical partnership norms in favor of more centralized management, and with that comes fewer and fewer partnership votes."
6. "Billing Rate Gap Widens as Big Firms Demand Ever Higher Premiums," 02.28.18.
The American Lawyer reports on new research that shows the billing rate gap between firms with 750 or more lawyers and those with 501 to 750 lawyers is widening.
a. "Why Elite Law Should Raise Rates," 02.28.18.
More from the ALM data crunchers, writing here in The American Lawyer, arguing that the most elite firms could probably realize even greater profits by raising their rates at a faster clip, providing three conditions are met.
7. "From 700 Law Firms to 7: Avis's Changed Approach to Legal Work Has 'Saved Millions'," 02.28.18.
Corporate Counsel reports that the Avis Budget Group Inc., has pared its outside law firms from over 700 to just 7, saving millions of dollars.
8. "Lawyers, Developers Team Up in Hackathon to Revamp Legal Industry," 02.28.18.
The Recorder reports that a team hosted by Orrick has won a hackathon with a plan to fund and expedite class action suits using blockchain technology.
9. "AI Is Besting Human Lawyers at Parsing Contracts. What Do Lawyers Think?," 02.28.18.
Legaltech News reports on a new study that shows artificial intelligence algorithms not only identify key language in contracts more correctly than human lawyers, but they also do the job exponentially faster than humans.
10. "YL Board: This Is What Sexual Harassment in the Legal Industry Looks Like," 02.28.18.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The American Lawyer calls for the industry to avoid silence when witnessing harassment: "We believe it is imperative that victims of sexual misconduct in our profession are no longer dismissed or belittled, and that perpetrators of such misconduct are held accountable irrespective of their professional stature or book of business."
11. "Median Private Law School Tuition Discount: 28% (Average Scholarship: $28,129)," 02.28.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports on some number crunching by The National Jurist that attempts to determine the average tuition discount per law school, and identifies the 20 private law schools with the highest tuition discounts.
12. "Bryan Cave, BLP Partners Approve Deal Creating New Global Legal Giant," 02.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that "Bryan Cave and the U.K.'s Berwin Leighton Paisner have agreed to merge following a vote by partners to create a 1,600-lawyer trans-Atlantic firm that will be among the 50 largest in the world with combined gross revenues of around $900 million."
13. "The Rise (and Fall?) of In-House Counsel," 02.27.18.
The American Lawyer reports that even as in-house departments continue to staff up, price pressures are forcing them to outsource more work to outsourced service providers. (This is a good piece from the ALM data analysts with plenty of meat for all of the data nerds among us to chew on.)
14. "Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Appeals Court Rules," 02.26.18.
The New York Times reports that "a federal appeals court in New York ruled on Monday that a landmark civil rights law bars employers from discriminating against their workers based on sexual orientation."
a. "2nd Circuit En Banc Decision Upholds Protection Against Sexual Orientation Bias," 02.27.18.
More on this from the New York Law Journal.
15. "LSO Endorses Proposed Ryerson Law School," 02.26.18.
Law Times reports that "the Law Society of Ontario has endorsed a proposal to create a new law school at Ryerson University."
16. "Updated LSAC Data On The Quantity And Quality Of Law School Applicants," 02.26.18.
The TaxProf Blog provides updated data from the LSAC on the quantity and quality of law school applicants.
17. "Perspectives on the Future of Law — How the Professional Should Respond to Major Disruptions," 02.26.18.
A good Slaw post, reprinted from LAWPRO Magazine, on the disruptors changing the traditional delivery of legal services and some suggestions for how members of the legal profession can respond to them.
18. "Two More Law Schools to Admit 1Ls Based on GRE Rather Than LSAT," 02.25.18.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Florida State and Pace will accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.
19. "Pace Launches Pre-Law Certification Program," 02.23.18.
The New York Law Journal reports that the law school at Pace has created a 45-hour, three-week, pre-law certification program for people interested in attending law school.
20. "Time Has Been Up: Why Your Firm Shouldn't Just Be 'Talking' About Diversity and Inclusion," 02.22.18.
A law firm COO, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, argues that "'conversations' around workplace diversity and inclusion aren't enough, they need to be backed up with action."
21. Law Firm Year-End Financial Reporting:
a. "Arnold & Porter Sees Progress on Revenue, Profits After Kaye Scholer Deal," 03.01.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up to $951.5 million, PPP up to $1.2 million)
b. "Shearman Sees Profits Rise as Revenue Stays Steady," 03.01.18. (New York Law Journal: Revenue up 0.6%, PPP up 7%)
c. "Cozen O'Connor Grows Revenue Amid Extended Hiring Spree," 03.01.18. (Legal Intelligencer: Gross revenue up 10.7%, PPP up 5.1%)
d. "Stroock Sees Revenue Fall, Profits Leap as Strategic Review Sparks Big Changes," 03.01.18. (New York Law Journal: Gross revenue down 7.3%, PPP up 30.4%)
e. "Dechert Sees Revenue and Partner Profits Climb," 02.28.18. (Legal Intelligencer: Gross revenue up 7.3%, PPP up 5.3%).
f. "Reed Smith Grows Revenue, Profits as Head Count Stays Flat," 02.28.18. (Legal Intelligencer: Gross revenue up 4.1%, PPP up 6%)
g. "Venable Keeps Up Steady Growth as Revenue, Profits Rise," 02.27.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 8.4%, PPP up 3.3%)
h. "Despite Dip in Head Count, Cahill Gordon Posts Profit Highs," 02.28.18. (New York Law Journal: Gross revenue up 1.3%, PPP up 1.5%)
i. "Vinson & Elkins Posts Second Consecutive Record Year in 2017," 02.26.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 11.3%, PPP up 16.5%)
j. "Debevoise Hits Record High Revenue, Profits Per Partner," 02.26.18. (New York Law Journal: Gross revenue up 11.8%, PPP up 17.4%)
k. "Partner Profits Surge 18 Percent at Weil, Gotshal & Manges," 02.26.18. (New York Law Journal: Gross revenue up 9.8%, PPP up 17.8%)
l. "Troutman Sanders Posts Revenue, Profit Gains," 02.26.18. (Daily Report: Gross revenue up 3.8%, PPP up 3.9%)
m. "Greenberg Traurig Turns Up the Heat on Growth Plan," 02.25.18. (American Lawyer: Gross revenue up 7.2%, PPP up 5.6%)
n. "The Early Reports: Am Law 100/200 2018," 02.28.18. The American Lawyer compilation of its Am Law 100 and 200 firm financials, which is updated daily, can be found here.