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.
September 20, 2019
1. "Another Law Firm Abandons Mandatory Arbitration as Pressure Continues," 09.19.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Selendy & Gay is the latest law firm to stop requiring attorneys to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, building on a campaign to end the practice that emerged in the wake of the #MeToo movement."
2. "Lawsuit Claims Florida Coastal Law School Used Mandatory Bar Prep Course To 'Weed Out' Students And 'Artificially Inflate' Bar Passage Rate To Retain ABA Accreditation," 09.19.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "a student at Florida Coastal School of Law is suing the school and its owner, InfiLaw Corp., alleging that the school…prevented [students] from graduating and made them ineligible to sit for the Florida Bar exam…[in] an effort to artificially inflate the school's Bar passage rate and avoid sanctions that could be imposed by the ABA."
3. "Looking Beyond Statistical Diversity," 09.19.19.
An attorney, writing for The National Law Journal, writes that the more deliberate use of mentorship and sponsorship can be a way to get "beyond the statistics and create meaningful change that permeates the upper-echelons of the legal world."
4. "How to Help First-Year Students Tackle Project-Based Learning," 09.19.19.
An interesting article from The Chronicle of Higher Education on "how one college adapted project-based learning for first-year students."
5. "U.S. Firms Among Top Companies for Pro Bono and Charity in U.K., Report Says," 09.19.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Weil Gotshal & Manges, Baker McKenzie and Mayer Brown are among the top companies to have been recognized for their charitable giving and pro bono work."
6. "Law Firms Commit $5M to Tackle Legal Profession's Diversity Problem," 09.18.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "five law firms have joined together with 26 general counsel to establish a $5 million fund for research initiatives and programs designed to address the lack of diversity in the legal profession." ("Dubbed the 'Move The Needle Fund,' the pool of money will be used to incubate new approaches to tackling the pernicious issue of diversity within law firms, especially at the equity level. The goal is to boost retention, promotion and opportunities for women, minorities and others to make the profession more diverse.")
a. "Law Firms Pledge $5M to Fix Legal Industry's Diversity Problem," 09.18.19.
More on this from Bloomberg Law: "'Instead of working in isolation as competitors, or instead of the GCs looking at law firms and saying, 'do better,' they're all working together,' said Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO of Diversity Lab, the legal industry diversity incubator spearheading the project."
b. "Northwestern Law joins Diversity Lab project funded by large law firms," 09.18.19.
And the ABA Journal also reports on this development: "On Wednesday, Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law announced its participation in a diversity partnership with four firms and an incubator that focuses on inclusion in the profession."
7. "Axiom Announces Release of First Diversity Report," 09.18.19.
Yahoo! Finance reports that Axiom has released its first diversity report and it shows that "Axiom's roster of lawyers across the United States is significantly more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender than the industry standard."
8. "Overburdened Mental-Health Counselors Look After Students. But Who Looks After the Counselors?," 09.18.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about the stress that college counselors face, prompted by the suicide last week of Gregory T. Eells, executive director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania, and provides eight steps colleges can take to support their mental-health counselors. (Subscription required.)
9. "New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents," 09.18.19.
The New York Times reports that "New Mexico is unveiling a plan to make tuition at its public colleges and universities free for all state residents, regardless of family income."
a. "New Mexico Governor Unveils Sweeping Free-Tuition Proposal, as Some Question Who Will Benefit Most," 09.18.19.
More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education, noting that "the plan is generating intense debate over the most efficient and equitable ways to guarantee that everyone has access to a college education." (Subscription required.)
10. "The Trend to Watch: Forecasting the Future Direction of the Legal Market," 09.18.19.
The global tax analyst team lead at EY, writing for The American Lawyer, analyzes the most important legal market trends of the past decade and provides some fascinating infographics.
11. "Think Law Students Are Cutthroat? Not So, Survey Finds," 09.17.19.
Law.com reports on the latest findings from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, noting that "the vast majority of respondents reported positive relationships with both faculty and classmates, despite the stress and anxiety that comes with academics."
a. "LSSSE: Relationships Matter In Law School," 09.19.19.
More on the new LSSSE findings from the TaxProf Blog.
12. "Incremental Change Is the Key to Law Firm Innovation," 09.17.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer makes the case for go-slow incremental change when it comes to introducing new technologies into the law firm environment: "It is critical to obtain the buy-in and acceptance of lawyers before asking them to make substantive changes to their customary methodologies…[otherwise] they are likely to stick with old customs and reject any attempts to promote workflow efficiency."
13. "Amidst 40% Decline In Applications, University Of Maine System Approves Law School Reorganization," 09.17.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that amidst a 40% decline in applications for admission, "Trustees of the University of Maine system on Monday approved a reorganization of the University of Maine School of Law in an effort to grow enrollment, provide more relevant academic programming and improve its financial standing."
14. "New Dean Wants to Connect Emory Law to 'Broader World'," 09.17.19.
The Daily Report speaks with the new dean at Emory, Mary Anne Bobinski, the school's first female dean.
15. "As Legal Business Moves Faster, Lawyers Aim to Manage Client Expectations," 09.17.19.
Legaltech News looks at the quickening pace of law practice and the changing expectations of clients.
16. "Morgan Lewis Offers Secretary Buyouts, But Promises Layoffs Won't Follow," 09.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is offering voluntary buyouts to its legal secretaries in the U.S., the firm confirmed Monday, though it made clear that the program is not planned as a precursor to layoffs."
a. "As Staffing Models Change, Are More Secretary Buyouts Coming?," 09.17.19.
The Legal Intelligencer follows up on the Morgan Lewis secretary buyout story noting that "many other firms have already made moves to streamline their secretarial functions, decrease the number of secretaries per lawyer, and steer new staff hires into multipurpose administrative roles rather than the traditional legal secretary job."
17. "July 2019 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 5th Year In A Row," 09.16.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the results for the July 2019 Florida bar exam are out and that the "overall pass rate for first-time takers is 73.9%, up 6.7 percentage points from last year." (Two Florida law schools had bar passage rates below 60%.)
18. "Foley Hoag First Diversity Director Brings Fresh Perspective," 09.16.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that "Foley Hoag has added Rosa Nunez as its first-ever director of diversity and inclusion."
19. "Cornell's Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt," 09.16.19.
The New York Times reports that "on Monday, Cornell University's medical school, Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, announced that all students who qualify for financial aid will get a full ride: All costs will be covered by scholarships, including tuition, room and board, books and other educational expenses."
20. "Survival of the Fittest: Millennial Lawyers Are Skipping NY Bar Association Events. We Wanted to Know Why," 09.15.19.
The New York Law Journal asked millennial lawyers why they don't go to bar association events, and this is what they heard: "Dues are too expensive. The events aren't cool. Everyone in the room is twice my age. No one listens to me. I don't feel like I'm part of the clique. These are the complaints of millennial lawyers who are much less likely to show up at bar association events than lawyers in their 50s or older."
21. "Optimizing Legal Ops in law firms," 09.15.19.
David Cunningham, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, believes that "[there is] a tremendous opportunity for law firms to develop a large competitive advantage based on Legal Ops."
22. "Baker McKenzie Cuts More Back-Office Positions in London," 09.13.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Baker McKenzie has cut more positions across its London-based professional and business services teams, as it continues to review its back-office functions."
23. "Lawyers With Empathy in Practice," 09.13.19.
Two Boston-based lawyers, writing for Corporate Counsel, write that by embracing design thinking concepts, lawyers can learn to become more empathetic, and in turn become better lawyers for their clients.
September 13, 2019
1. "Harvard Law's First Deafblind Graduate Tells Her Story," 09.12.19.
Law.com profiles Haben Girma, a disability rights advocate and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. (Girma will be a featured speaker at the 2020 NALP Education Conference in Montréal.)
2. "14 ways to discuss diversity in your law firm," 09.12.19.
A law firm associate, writing for the ABA Journal, writes about the importance of having open conversations about diversity in the workplace.
3. "The Juggling Act: Tips for Young Lawyers with Families," 09.12.19.
Two DC lawyers with small children offer "tips for navigating work-life balance, which include setting boundaries at work."
4. "Mitchell Hamline Offers New Blended Hybrid-Weekend J.D.," 09.12.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that Mitchell Hamline School of Law announced it will launch a new blended-learning enrollment JD option that will be partly online and partly on-campus.
5. "46 Law Schools Accept The GRE For Admissions, And 5 Accept The GMAT," 09.12.19.
And the TaxProf Blog provides this update, noting that not only are 46 law schools now accepting the GRE, but in addition five law schools accept the GMAT for law school admissions.
6. "ABA Finds UDC And WNE Law Schools Out Of Compliance With Accreditation Standards," 09.11.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has informed two law schools — University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Western New England University School of Law — that they are out of compliance with accreditation standards."
a. "Law school deans recently hit with noncompliance notice say they can show standards are met," 09.09.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
7. "ABA legal ed denies Florida Coastal's nonprofit app, along with reports students haven't gotten financial aid," 09.11.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in August denied Florida Coastal's application to convert to a nonprofit." (The ABA Journal also reports that Scott DeVito, the law school's dean, is no longer employed by the law school.)
8. "As Pay Gap Widens, Some Firms Attract Associates With Other Incentives," 09.11.19.
The Daily Report writes that while national associate salary hikes have widened the gap between starting salaries in Atlanta and other leading legal markets, "Atlanta's large firms are using bonuses and a viable partnership path to lure in-demand associates."
9. "Free Lawyer Assistance Program Sees Big Jump in Users," 09.11.19.
The Daily Report reports that "the number of lawyers taking advantage of the State Bar of Georgia's free counseling service has jumped significantly in 2019 compared with the past two years."
10. "How the Hiring Cycle Has Shifted for the In-House Legal Market," 09.11.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, writes about the shifting recruiting cycle for in-house lawyers, noting that while there was once a season for in-house recruiting, now hiring activity remains generally constant throughout the year.
11. "It's Time to Talk About the Family's Role in the Mental Health of Legal Professionals," 09.10.19.
Patrick Krill, writing for Law.com, says that "as we strive to improve the mental health climate in the legal profession, it's time to bring the family's role into sharper focus."
12. "Playing the Long Game: Client Development Strategies for Young Lawyers," 09.10.19.
A law firm partner, writing for The National Law Journal series "On the Rise: Voices from Young Lawyers," writes about how young lawyers can build successful strategies for client development.
13. "The Archaic Bar Character and Fitness Exam Needs to Be Reformed," 09.10.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that "it is long past time to reexamine the character and fitness process and critically scrutinize the patchwork, inconsistent and ambiguous standards applied by bar admissions and character and fitness committees."
14. "The Relationship Between Law School Coursework And Bar Exam Outcomes," 09.10.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new Journal of Legal Education article that "reports the results of a large-scale study of the courses of over 3800 graduates from two law schools and the relationship between their experiential and bar-subject coursework and bar exam outcomes over a ten-year period."
15. "How Law Firms Overlook Diversity of Thought in Inclusion Efforts," 09.10.19.
This opinion piece in The American Lawyer argues that "though great progress may be made regarding race, gender and sexual orientation, law firms are seemingly blind to a variety of diversity issues."
16. "High Court Makes a Rule Change Favoring Law Students," 09.10.19.
The Daily Report reports that "the Georgia Supreme Court has amended its rules to allow law students-with proper supervision and approval-to make oral arguments."
17. "July Bar Exam Pass Rates Poised to Increase, Thanks to Stronger MBE Results," 09.09.19.
Law.com reports that "the average national score on the July 2019 Multistate Bar Exam — the 200-question multiple choice portion of the two-day test — saw the single largest annual jump in more than a decade, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners."
18. "Weil Gotshal Creates Tie-Up With Columbia Business School for Its Associates," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Weil, Gotshal & Manges has developed a program in conjunction with Columbia University's Graduate School of Business to teach its first- and third-year associates key business concepts and help them develop the business acumen they need to succeed."
19. "Wells Fargo: Law Firm Growth Slowed, but Signs Point to 'Healthy' 2019," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group's midyear results for 132 national and regional firms found revenue growth and revenue per lawyer to be down slightly from this time in 2018, but the bank still predicts that 2019 will be a strong year for the legal industry.
20. "For the first time, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color," 09.09.19.
The Washington Post reports that "The surge of minority women getting jobs has helped push the U.S. workforce across a historic threshold. For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color, according to a Washington Post analysis of data the Labor Department began collecting in the 1970s. Minority hires overtook white hires last year."
21. "Stressed Out: Law Firm Staff Say Their Mental Health Is Being Ignored, Survey Finds," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "an overwhelming majority of legal marketers feel they are under considerable stress, but only a tiny fraction see their mental health needs being met, according to a new survey by fSquared Marketing, a Canadian legal consulting firm."
22. "'Go Outside Your Comfort Zone': Industry Titans Offer Young Lawyers Advice," 09.09.19.
The American Lawyer asked several lawyers to reflect on their storied careers and share their advice for young attorneys just getting started.
23. "Survival of the Fittest: As Baby Boomers Retire, NY Bar Associations Face Harsh Realities," 09.09.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that facing steadily declining membership and revenues, bar associations in New York, like elsewhere around the country, are trying different tactics to increase civic engagement, bring in more revenue and appeal to younger lawyers.
24. "Legal Industry Adds 4,100 Jobs, Outpacing US Employment Growth," 09.06.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "legal sector employment grew by about a third of a percent in August, according to the latest U.S. government jobs report, adding around 4,100 additional jobs after a three-month stretch of little to no growth."
25. "Judge Recommends Dismissing Lawsuit Accusing Widener Law School of Doctoring Job Stats," 09.06.19.
The New Jersey Law Journal reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor recommended in a report made public Friday that a lawsuit accusing Widener University School of Law of inflating job statistics be dismissed with prejudice for failure to prosecute.
26. "Most Cost-Effective Legal Departments Invest More in Training, Survey Says," 09.06.19.
Legaltech News reports that "a Gartner Inc. survey of 140 in-house legal departments found that the most cost-effective legal departments devoted almost twice as much of their budgets to training as their higher-cost peers."
27. "Mentor a Diverse 1L: Help Construct an Inclusive Pipeline of Legal Talent," 09.06.19.
A former law firm partner, now the vice president for programs for the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, writing here for The Legal Intelligencer, writes about the importance of mentoring diverse 1L law students.
28. "UnitedLex's Deal With LeClairRyan Was a Failure. Is It Also a Sign of Things to Come?," 09.06.19.
The American Lawyer speculates about the fallout of the LeClairRyan collapse and its failed joint venture with UnitedLex.
29. "New Law School Class Explores How President Trump Is Threatening the Constitutional Order," 09.06.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "a former New York Court of Appeals judge who is a conservative Republican and a professor who is a liberal Democrat are teaching a new course at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that examines the impact President Donald Trump is having on the Constitution."
30. "What's New? Top 10 Law Schools Offer Fresh Courses, Clinics and Programs," 09.05.19.
As the new academic year gets underway, Karen Sloan, writing for The American Lawyer, "[takes a] look at what's new at elite law campuses."
31. "In These Times, How Do We Train Ethical Lawyers?," 09.05.19.
The dean and a professor at Fordham Law School write about "the challenges of training professionally responsible lawyers who can assume their proper ethical role."
32. "South Florida Law Students Return to Campus Post-Dorian, Schools Up North Still Closed," 09.04.19.
Law.com reports on the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the start of the new school year.
33. "How the Great Recession Reshaped American Higher Education," 09.14.19.
A good article from The Chronicle of Higher Education that examines the impact of the recession on colleges and universities, noting that "the longer-term effects of the recession have…altered campus revenue streams, influenced students' choice of major, reshuffled the composition of the academic work force, and prodded colleges to emphasize their role as economic engines." (Subscription required.)
a. "International Students Bailed Out Colleges in the Last Recession. They Won't This Time," 09.12.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education writes that "as another downturn looms, colleges won't be able to rely on students from overseas as a safety net."
b. "Flagships Are Rolling Out New Need-Based Aid Programs for Low-Income Students. Why Now?," 09.12.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that more than ten years after the recession, public flagship universities (e.g., Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Texas) have begun to turn the tide of student financial aid back to need-based awards for low-income students.
c. "The Great Enrollment Crash: Students aren't showing up. And it's only going to get worse," 09.06.17.
The vice president for enrollment management at Bucknell University, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, reports that many selective colleges and universities missed their enrollment targets this fall, writing that "yield models have been invalidated by the sea change in student college-choice behavior."
September 6, 2019
1. "Congress Promised Student Borrowers A Break. Education Dept. Rejected 99% Of Them," 09.05.19.
This Morning Edition piece from National Public Radio reports that "A new report from a government watchdog, first obtained by NPR, says an expanded effort by Congress to forgive the student loans of public servants is remarkably unforgiving…[and that] ninety-nine percent of loan-forgiveness requests under that new Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) were rejected during the program's first year, from May 2018 to May 2019."
a. "The Education Department's 'Expanded' Loan-Forgiveness Program for Public Service Has the Same Rejection Rate as Before: 99 Percent," 09.05.19.
More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education: "More than a year after Congress tried to fix the problem, the Education Department still rejects almost all applications for public-service loan forgiveness, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found."
2. "Have Law Firms Lost Their Urge to Merge?," 09.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that there has been a slowdown in law firm mergers in 2019.
3. "5 Ways Law Firms and ALSPs Are Adapting to the Big Four," 09.05.19.
Legaltech News takes "a look at some of the ways that law firms and legal service providers have adjusted their outlooks, game plans and business practices to accommodate for the Big 4."
4. "The rise of the lawyer," 09.05.19.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, providing a thoughtful consideration of factors to ponder for the 21st century lawyer.
5. "Wanted: Lawyers Open to Risk Ready to Work in Growing Cannabis Industry," 09.04.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that because so many lawyers are risk-averse, it has been difficult to find lawyers to join fast-growing cannabis companies as in-house lawyers.
a. "Forget Reefer Madness, Pot Law Goes Mainstream," 09.05.19.
And Law.com provides this ALM podcast on "the recent rush of law firms entering the cannabis space."
6. "Firms Should Credit Associates for Meaningful Non-Billable Work," 09.04.19.
The president of the New York City Bar Association, writing for the New York Law Journal, makes the case that "firms should consider the additional approach of enhancing associate opportunities to participate in meaningful non-billable work and to have such work credited in the same way that billable work is credited."
7. "Law School Dean Demographics," 09.04.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides this update on US law school dean demographics, noting that 38% of current deans are women, 26% are minorities, and more than a quarter of the 200 or so law deans graduated from either Harvard Law School or Yale Law School.
8. "Origination Credit Is Hindering In-House Counsel's Diversity Push," 09.04.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "who receives origination credit at a law firm still impedes in-house counsel's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the firms they work with."
9. "As Economics Profession Looks to Draw Women, Hotel-Room Job Interviews Get Nixed," 09.03.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "The American Economic Association is implementing new rules forbidding universities and other employers from interviewing thousands of candidates in hotel rooms during the group's annual conference." (Subscription required.)
10. "Diversity Initiative Names 64 Firms 'Mansfield 2.0' Certified," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Sixty-four firms are now Mansfield 2.0 Certified…[ensuring] that 30% of potential candidates for 'significant' leadership roles are diverse."
11. "Struggling Law Firms May Face Dissolution Risk in Recession," 09.03.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that the predicted economic downturn will likely exacerbate law firms' financial challenges: "While law firms can and have gone bust for a multitude of reasons, the looming economic downturn will have law firms of all sizes reflecting on their future."
12. "40 Years of The American Lawyer: Reflections on the Birth of an Industry," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer celebrates its 40th anniversary by "taking stock of the incredible evolution the industry has undergone over the course of four decades," through a series of articles and infographics.
a. "Industrial Evolution: How Big Law Blossomed Over the Past 40 Years," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer writes that "the story of the last 40 years is about the rise of competition among law firms."
b. "20 Themes That Define 40 Years of Legal Industry Change," 09.30.19.
An ALM infographic that "highlights some of the most important changes that have helped define a new paradigm that stands in stark contrast to the one that existed when The American Lawyer launched in 1979."
c. "40 Years of Am Law Financials: By the Numbers," 09.03.19.
This ALM infographic illustrates how law firm revenue, profits and head count changed over the last 40 years.
d. "What's Changed Most in the Legal Industry Since 1979? Legal Luminaries Weigh In," 09.03.19.
And another ALM infographic that documents "the most significant changes in the profession and the industry since the magazine launched in 1979."
e. "After 40 Years of Constant Change, What's Next for the Legal Industry?," 09.03.19.
On the occasion of its 40 anniversary, The American Lawyer provides "a rough roadmap of what is likely to transpire in the legal industry" in the future.
f. "From the Editor: The Human Element at the Heart of the Industry," 09.03.19.
The current Editor of The American Lawyer writes about the importance of human relationships in the legal industry.
13. "Ditch Multiple Choice? Simplify the Test? Ideas Abound on Reforming the Bar Exam," 09.03.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, reports on the results of the first part of a three-phase inquiry process being undertaken by the National Conference of Bar Examiners to assess the future of the bar exam.
14. "LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Could Keep Creditors, Partners Busy for Years," 09.03.19.
The American Lawyer reports that its recent bankruptcy filing reveals that "the firm owes $15 million to two secured creditors, including its joint venture with UnitedLex."
15. "Online Law School Classes Deliver Results For Law Students," 09.03.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that provides empirical data on the effectiveness of distance education in law schools.
16. "A&O, O'Melveny Pull Plug on Merger Talks," 09.02.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Allen & Overy and O'Melveny & Myers have called an end to their merger talks."
a. "Partners Question Exchange Rate Volatility As Cause of End to A&O, O'Melveny Talks," 09.02.19.
More on this from The American Lawyer.
17. "Credible commitments to legal diversity," 09.02.19.
Evan Parker, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, uses data to challenge the legal industry's commitment to diversity.
18. "The Dignity of Disabled Lives," 09.02.19.
This is a lovely New York Times op-ed by a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University: "Disabled lives are lives, and are charged with inherent dignity. Most people with disabilities don't wish they had never been born; most people with disabilities contribute to the world they inhabit; most people with disabilities both give more to and get more from life than their nondisabled peers may be inclined to guess. Some have rich lives despite their disability, but others would say they have rich lives at least in part because of their disability."
a. "In a Tight Labor Market, a Disability May Not Be a Barrier," 09.05.19.
The New York Times reports that "With the national unemployment rate now flirting with a 50-year low, companies are increasingly looking outside the traditional labor force for workers…[and are] making new accommodations to open up jobs to people with disabilities."
19. "LSAC Challenge Winners Want to Bridge Justice Gap, Create Lawyer Work," 08.30.19.
Legaltech News reports that "the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) named its first Justice Innovation Challenge winner…the brainchild of 3L Columbia Law School student Emilie Schwarz…[who has developed an online tool that] assists immigrant domestic violence survivors in filing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions for legal status in the U.S."
20. "44 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Cal-Western, Penn State, And SMU)," 08.30.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides this update on the law schools that now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT, noting that California-Western, Penn State, and SMU are the latest law schools to accept the GRE.
21. "Universities Face Federal Crackdown Over Foreign Financial Influence," 08.30.19.
The New York Times reports that "the Education Department has begun cracking down on universities that fail to disclose donations and contracts from foreign governments, hoping to give far more scrutiny to funding…[and that] the department announced this summer that it was investigating…Georgetown, Texas A&M, Cornell and Rutgers universities."
22. "An Admissions Group Is Scrambling to Delete Parts of Its Ethical Code. That Could Mean Big Changes for Higher Ed.," 08.30.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "The National Association for College Admission Counseling may remove provisions from its code of ethics at its September meeting, a move prompted by a Department of Justice investigation into whether the provisions violate antitrust laws." (Subscription required.)
a. "Admissions Pressure Grows," 09.03.19.
More on this antitrust story from Inside Higher Ed: "[C]hanges are being proposed because the Justice Department, which has investigated NACAC for possible violations of antitrust laws, objects to [several rules from its code of conduct]. The government appears to be asserting that the targeted rules — which prohibit colleges from offering money and other incentives to students at various points in the admissions process, and discourage colleges' attempts to woo students who have committed to attend other institutions — hurt students by limiting their choices."
23. "End of Summer Means Return to Healthy Habits,"08.29.19.
Law.com writes that "Fall is a good time to encourage employees to resume healthy habits that may have gone begging during the summer months."
24. "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 08.28.19.
Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine published this thoughtful and in-depth exploration of the issues behind the Harvard discrimination case that is expected to be decided later this fall.
August 30, 2019
1. "How Paying for College Is Changing Middle-Class Life," 08.30.19.
This New York Times op-ed argues that "Paying for college…is taking a toll on American families in ways that are more profound and less appreciated than even the financial cost conveys. It has fundamentally changed the experience of being middle class in this country."
2. "Western Michigan's Law School Cuts Tuition," 08.30.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School this week announced that it was reducing tuition rates beginning next year from $1,750 per credit hour to $1,375, a decline of 21 percent. The law school is also closing its campus in Auburn Hills, Mich., and reducing the size of its Lansing campus."
3. "Thursday Thinkpiece: Generation Z Goes to Law School," 08.29.19.
Slaw publishes an excerpt from a recent law review article about Generation Z entering law school (in 2017, law schools welcomed the first members of Generation Z into the classroom).
4. "Big Law's Midsize Competitors Are Wrestling With the Billable Hour," 08.28.19.
Law.com writes about the complex economic landscape for mid-market firms, including the decision about whether or not to stick with the billable hour.
5. "International Students Face Hurdles Under Trump Administration Policy," 08.28.19.
The New York Times reports that "unexpected denials and long delays have become increasingly common for international students and scholars seeking visas, raising concerns among college officials who see a threat to the diversity and enrichment of their campuses, and causing anxiety for students who may have spent years preparing to study in the United States."
6. "Gender Pay Gap for General Counsel Has Grown, Study Says," 08.28.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the gender pay gap for U.S.-based general counsel is widening, according to a new report."
7. "Crowell & Moring Blends Professional Development and Diversity in New C-Suite Position," 08.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Crowell & Moring has appointed Don Smith as the firm's first chief talent and inclusion officer, a C-suite position that merges recruiting, professional development and diversity."
8. "Law School: Yes or No? New Online Tool Helps Make the Call," 08.28.19.
Law.com reports that the AccessLex Institute has introduced a new free, online program that aims to help potential law students think through every aspect of that choice to determine whether or not law school is right for them.
9. "Why We Need to Talk More About Mental Health in Graduate School," 08.27.19.
A recent doctoral graduate, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses her own mental health struggles as a graduate student.
10. "In about-face, several ABA employees are told they qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness," 08.27.19.
The ABA Journal reports that the US Department of Education has started restoring loan payment credits to some ABA employees who were dropped from the program following a court decision that found "the department acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it changed terms of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and excluded some lawyers from participation."
11. "Why GCs Aren't Buying What Legal Tech Is Selling and Why It Matters for Firms," 08.27.19.
Law.com reports that according to general counsel, "the legal technology industry has some significant hurdles to overcome in its increased push to sell into legal departments."
12. "Facing Criticism, College Board Backs Away From 'Adversity Score'," 08.27.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that after testing the measure in a pilot program, the College Board is backing away from its "adversity score" that it had planned to attach to students' SAT scores.
a. "College Board Overhauls 'Adversity Index'," 08.28.19.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
13. "How 3M Uses the ABA Wellness Pledge When Hiring Firms," 08.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports that 3M has incorporated the American Bar Association's mental health initiative into its RFP process by asking law firms if they have signed the pledge and what specific action they have taken to promote well-being among the lawyers and other legal professionals in their firms.
14. "Nonlawyer Ownership Push Picks Up Steam in Utah," 08.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports that the Utah Work Group on Regulatory Reform has unveiled a proposal that would create a new regulatory scheme to allow nonlawyers to invest in and own legal businesses.
15. "Law Schools' Career Services Offices Get High Marks From Grads," 08.26.19.
Law.com reports that according to new survey results from Kaplan Bar Review, "the majority of recent law graduates say their law school career services offices are making the grade."
16. "Midlevel Associates Are Feeling the Burn From All That Work," 08.26.19.
The American Lawyer reports on its latest Midlevel Associate Survey results, finding that midlevels are generally satisfied, but stressed.
a. "Which Firms Keep Midlevel Associates Happiest? The 2019 National Rankings," 08.26.19.
The American Lawyer provides a chart that ranks law firms by midlevel associate satisfaction. (Subscription required.)
b. "City by City: Where Midlevel Associates Are Most Satisfied," 08.26.19.
And The American Lawyer provides a chart that reports midlevel associate satisfaction by market, noting that "associates in Texas and Florida report higher levels of overall satisfaction than their peers." (Subscription required.)
c. "From Glass Walls to Free Snacks, Associates Dish on What They Love, Hate and Fear," 08.27.19.
The American Lawyer reports on trends identified in the findings form its latest midlevel associate survey.
d. "Unlimited Vacation Policy: A Perk or Punishment at Law Firms?," 08.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports that the results of its latest midlevel associate survey show that unlimited vacation policies have been a source of stress and worry to many junior lawyers.
17. "ABA legal ed section set to send various standards and rules revisions to House of Delegates," 08.26.19.
The ABA Journal reports that at its recent meeting, "the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved various proposed revisions to accreditation rules and standards, but tabled, for further discussion, a suggested change to Standard 206, which addresses diversity and inclusion."
18. "Applications Plunge At The Top 25 MBA Programs For Second Year In A Row; Expert Predicts 10%-20% Of Top 100 Will Close In Next Few Years," 08.26.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "according to Poets&Quants' study of preliminary Class of 2021 profile data, for the second consecutive year even the highest-ranked business schools in the U.S. are seeing significant declines in full-time MBA applications, with many MBA programs experiencing double-digit drops."
19. "Soaring Student Debt Opens Door to Relief Scams," 08.26.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that student loan debt relief scams are flourishing. (Subscription required.)
20. "Buyers Say Legal Tech, ALSPs Losing Business by Not Understanding Their Problems," 08.26.19.
Legaltech News reports on new survey results that show that only 34% of corporate legal departments agree that legal tech or ALSPs understand their business challenges.
21. "Law firm leadership," 08.25.19.
Randy Kiser, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, concludes that "American law firms are threatened by acute needs and limited capabilities in three domains: leadership, meaning, and service."
a. "American Law Firms in Transition: Trends, Threats, and Strategies (book review)," 08.18.19.
Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, reviews Randall Kiser's new book, American Law Firms In Transition: Trends, Threats, and Strategies (2019).
22. "Make Your Firm Family-Friendly — Don't Just Say You Are," 08.23.19.
A managing director at MLA, writing for The American Lawyer, writes that "in my experience as a law firm associate and now as a recruiter, saying you're female- and family-friendly doesn't mean much if it's not ingrained in your firm's culture."
23. "3 Law Schools Pass the $100,000-a-Year Mark," 08.21.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the price to attend the law schools at Columbia and Stanford Universities and the University of Chicago will pass $100,000 this academic year, making them the first of the nation's law schools to blow past that mark."
a. "10 Most Expensive Law Schools," 08.20.19.
More on the most expensive law schools from US News & World Report.
24. "How to save the lawyer development system," 08.21.19.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21, writing that the current lawyer development system is badly broken, and offering some thoughts on how to fix it.
25. "Student Debt Rises Among the Oldest Borrowers," 08.21.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "over two recent decades, older students drastically increased the rates at which they borrowed for college, according to data released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education." (Subscription required.)
26. "Lawyers Who Suffer From Depression Won't Come Forward," 08.21.19.
This piece in the New York Law Journal argues that law firms still lack a culture where employees feel comfortable coming forward to seek assistance with mental health care.
27. "Law Firm Margins Tighten as First-Half Expenses Outgrow Revenue," 08.20.19.
Gretta Rusanow and Jeff Grossman, writing for The American Lawyer, report on law firm financial performance through the first half of the year, noting that "expenses have continued to grow at a faster pace than revenue, placing pressure on margins… [and] it will be a challenge for the industry to see a repeat of 2018's strong performance in this year's results, but [we] expect it to be a good year relative to earlier post-recession years."
a. "NY Firms See Flat Revenue, But More Unpaid Time to Collect in First Half of 2019," 08.21.19.
The New York Law Journal looks at the recent Citi law firm financial data for the New York market, and finds "New York-headquartered law firms saw a decrease in demand that led to overall flat revenue growth in the first half of 2019."
28. "NY's Transition to Uniform Bar Exam Had Little Impact on Test Performance, Report Finds," 08.20.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that a report from the National Conference of Bar Examiners has concluded that "New York's transition to the Uniform Bar Examination from a statewide exam three years ago has had little impact on the performance of prospective attorneys taking the test."
29. "In Law Firms, 'Caste System' Persists Among Attorneys and Business Professionals," 08.19.19.
The American Lawyer writes about the divide between lawyers and non-lawyer staff at law firms, and its eventual demise.
30. "AI is Proving to be the Ultimate Value-Add for Law Firms," 08.19.19.
This piece in Law.com assesses the impact of AI on law firms now and in the future.
31. "Why Has Black-Student Enrollment Fallen?," 08.18.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "black enrollment in college hit a peak in 2010 and has declined by more than 13 percent since then," and explores some of the reasons why (including the fact that "African-American students were disproportionately represented at for-profit colleges, hundreds of which have closed in the past few years.") (Subscription required.)
32. "Jones Day Parental Leave Bias Suit Likely to Reverberate," 08.16.19.
The American Lawyer writes that "the reverse discrimination suit targeting Jones Day's parental leave policy filed earlier this week should be an eye-opener to the rest of the legal industry, even as law firms continue to tout expanded benefits for both mothers and fathers."
33. "The Future Of The Bar Exam," 08.16.16.
Kyle McEntee, writing for Above the Law, reports on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' release of its Testing Task Force's Phase 1 report on what people throughout the legal profession think about the current licensing process and exam.
34. "Lawyer Resilience in a Pressure-Cooker Profession. It's (Probably) Not What You Think.," 08.16.19.
A Law.com podcast with Adam Markel, who believes "resilience involves taking care of ourselves physically, spiritually and intellectually, so that we're in the best position to survive — and thrive — amid the intense demands of practicing law."
August 16, 2019
1. "Trans Students Are Found Far More Likely Than Others to Suffer From a Host of Psychological Problems," 08.16.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-nonbinary college students suffer two to four times more than their cisgender classmates from mental-health problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, and suicidality, according to a new study that is the largest of its kind." (Subscription required.)
2. "Turning Point for Student Loans," 08.16.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that according to a new report from New York Fed researchers, "defaulted student loans have surpassed all other types of household debt classified as 'severely derogatory,' including mortgage and credit card debt."
3. "A New Push to Solve the Mystery of Low Numbers of Minority Law Clerks," 08.15.19.
The National Law Journal reports that a new research effort is underway to find the answer to why so few minorities serve as federal law clerks.
4. "Legal Tech Can Differentiate Young Lawyers at Law Firm Interviews," 08.14.19.
Dan Reed, the CEO of United Lex, writing for The American Lawyer, makes the case that "to stand the best chance of impressing interviewers, law students must demonstrate their knowledge of what it takes to become a digital lawyer, what the technological innovations mean for the industry, and how the best law businesses approach them."
5. "Ex-SCOTUS Clerks Sue Jones Day, Alleging Anti-Male Bias," 08.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that two former associates have sued Jones Day alleging that the firm discriminates against fathers by providing them eight fewer weeks of parental leave than mothers.
a. "Couple's Suit Over Parental Leave Is New Challenge to Big Law Firm," 08.14.19.
And The New York Times reports on this development: "The complaint, filed Tuesday, maintains that the firm and some of its partners promoted crude stereotypes about gender roles, with a prominent male partner asking rhetorically, 'What would a man do on parental leave — watch his wife unload the dishwasher?' The same partner, the suit claims, teased a male associate for taking parental leave to care for a child."
6. "ABA Adopts Measures Urging Fair Pay For Women, Minorities," 08.14.19.
Law360 reports that "the American Bar Association's House of Delegates adopted a pair of resolutions this week seeking beefed-up legislative protections against pay discrimination and encouraging employers to implement policies and practices that close the compensation gap."
a. "ABA House of Delegates passes pair of pay equity resolutions," 08.13.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
7. "Study: Talking About Mental Health Reduces Stigma Among Students," 08.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "college students who participate in fun activities that address mental health are significantly less likely to stigmatize people with mental illness, according to a new study out of Indiana University at Bloomington."
8. "Investing in Lawyer Well-Being — Why It Matters," 08.14.19.
A former lawyer, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, writes about the importance of investing in lawyer well-being, and samples the Philadelphia market to see what law firms and law schools are doing to support lawyers and law students.
9. "ABA President: 'When One Lawyer Talks It Can Make a Difference'," 08.14.19.
Law.com interviews newly sworn-in ABA president Judy Perry Martinez.
10. "How Drama Is Helping Dechert Shrink Its Gender Gap," 08.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Dechert has engaged a London-based organization that harnesses dramatic performance to teach lessons about unconscious bias.
11. "How experiential learning in law schools became widely accepted," 08.14.19.
This ABA Journal Legal Rebels podcast features a conversation with Rodney Smolla, former dean at Washington and Lee University School of Law and current dean and law professor at the Delaware Law School of Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware.
12. "A University's Online M.B.A. Is Less Expensive — and Purposely Different," 08.14.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports on Boston University's new, less expensive online MBA degree.
13. "Want to Pay Off a Student's Debt? At Morehouse, Donors Now Can," 08.13.19.
The New York Times reports that Morehouse College has unveiled a program in which the school will request donations that it can funnel directly to paying off students' loans.
14. "For Law Firms and ALSPs, the Future Is About Collaboration," 08.13.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer argues that "ALSPs may be disrupting the legal industry, but they're doing so in a way that helps traditional law firms, rather than harming them."
15. "By the Numbers: Lawyer Salary Increases in the Past Two Decades," 08.12.19.
Law.com provides some helpful infographics from the "trove of statistics relating to the legal profession" released by the ABA this week at its annual meeting in Chicago — subscription required. (You can access that trove in the just released "ABA Profile of the Legal Profession.")
a. "Just How White and Male Is the Federal Judiciary? Here Are the Numbers," 08.13.19.
Law.com has more infographics with data from the ABA "trove," here depicting federal judges by race and gender. (Subscription required.)
b. "Soaring Debt Loads and Plunging Bar Pass Rates: Legal Education by the Numbers," 08.14.19.
And more infographics by Law.com based on the ABA data amalgamation released this week, here charts breaking down the racial demographics of the student body, the amount of educational debt law graduates take on, the percentage of grads who pass the bar on the first try, and the size of the law school applicant pool. (Subscription required.)
c. "70 Years of Women in the Legal Profession: By the Numbers," 08.15.19.
Law.com has more from the trove, here charts breaking down the percentage of women lawyers over the past seven decades, women equity partners at law firms, women general counsel of Fortune 500 companies, and female law students. (Subscription required.)
16. "#MeToo Launched a Holistic Approach to Workplace Culture: ABA Panel," 08.12.19.
The Recorder reports on "a panel discussion about the impact of #MeToo at the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco, where panelists…said companies and firms should adopt a holistic approach toward workplace culture, in an effort to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the first place."
17. "Study: College Presidents Prioritizing Student Mental Health," 08.12.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "more than 80 percent of top university executives say that mental health is more of a priority on campus than it was three years ago, according to a new report released today by the American Council on Education."
18. "In the Legal Profession's Mental Health Movement, Law Firm Staffers Feel Left Behind," 08.12.19.
Law.com reports that "there are few, if any, studies that examine the rates of depression, anxiety, addiction or suicide among law firm professional staff…[and that] many [law firms] have not extended their mental health resources firmwide."
19. "The Current State of Play in Legal Innovation: A New Era of Evolution in the Making," 08.11.19.
Jae Um, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, uses data to provide a ten-year retrospective on change and innovation in the legal profession, and concludes that "The legal evolution caravan keeps marching forward. Sometimes the pace may seem glacial, and there is plenty of chatter from opinionated observers. Still, progress is happening, and the change we are seeing is structural in nature. The change that has already happened is embedded and meaningful."
20. "Seeking forgiveness: The dizzying journey for public servants with student debt," 08.11.19.
The Washington Post dives into the morass of public service federal student loan forgiveness.
21. "Operational Efficiency Gives Firms Edge Against Alternative Service Providers, Survey Finds," 08.09.19.
The Daily Report reports on the findings of the latest Aderant's 2019 Business of Law and Technology Survey, including findings that "the percentage of law firms citing alternative legal service providers as their greatest competitive threat increased from 5% in 2017 to 15% this year, while those citing other law firms as their greatest competition decreased from 62% in 2017 to 53%."
22. "How Law Schools' Online Classes Are Supporting Rise of 'Virtual Law'," 08.09.19.
Legaltech News reports that "more law schools are beginning to offer students the opportunity to participate in online courses, potentially allowing candidates facing geographical or employment-related barriers to pursue a legal education," a trend which may help normalize remote working and virtual offices for lawyers.
23. "Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firms," 08.09.19.
"Lizzy McLellan talks with three highly accomplished young lawyers from top schools who opted out of Big Law and into boutiques" for this Law.com podcast.
24. "Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Affirmative Action Policies at Harvard Law Review," 08.09.19.
Law.com reports that U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin in Massachusetts dismissed a lawsuit against the fellows of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School Review that alleged that using race and gender-based affirmative-action policies when selecting students violates Titles VI and IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
August 9, 2019
1. "Court Approves Purchase of Law School by For-Profit," 08.09.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "a federal court has approved the acquisition of Western State College of Law by Westcliff University, a for-profit."
2. "Kilpatrick Is Latest Firm to Offer Preferred Pronouns for Lawyer Bios," 08.08.19.
The Daily Report writes that "Kilpatrick announced the new initiative via a firmwide email last week, making it one of a handful of large firms nationally to encourage its people to add the gender pronoun that they use, such as he/him/his, she/her/hers, or they/them/theirs, to their communications."
3. "LeClairRyan to Shut Down, Ending Three-Decade Run," 08.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "LeClairRyan confirmed Wednesday that it is winding down, saying dissolution of the firm is 'in the best interests of our clients, colleagues and creditors.'"
4. "Search for new managing director of ABA legal ed section underway; Barry Currier: 'It has been a privilege'," 08.07.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "Barry Currier, managing director of accreditation and legal education for the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, will be stepping down next summer."
a. "ABA's Legal Education Honcho Reflects on a Turbulent Tenure," 08.08.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, speaks with Barry Currier, the ABA's managing director for accreditation and legal education, who has announced that he will step down from this position in the summer of 2020.
5. "'We Have to Act Courageously': A Conversation With Law Firm Chief Diversity Executives," 08.07.19.
The American Lawyer speaks with five law firm diversity executives, asking them about the current events and diversity-related trends they are seeing.
6. "Are Parental Leave Policies Innovative or Just Expected Now?," 08.07.19.
The American Lawyer writes that generous parental leave benefits are now the new normal at Big Law, but notes that they remain underutilized, particularly among men.
7. "Life After Law School — It's Much Better With a Mentor," 08.07.19.
A law firm associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, writes about the benefits to young lawyers in finding and leaning on mentors for support.
8. "Reed Smith to Shift to Alternative Business Structure in UK," 08.07.19.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Reed Smith expects to move its U.K. limited liability partnership (LLP) to an alternative business structure (ABS) this year."
9. "How Long Is Too Long To Wait for the Right Job Candidate?," 08.07.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, answers questions about lawyer searches that seem to take too long, and offers advice about how to accelerate the process.
10. "BigLaw firms are taking 'two steps forward, one step back,' new Thomson Reuters report says," 08.06.19.
The ABA Journal reports that based on the latest report from the Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor Economic Index, "law firm productivity is dropping, driven by accelerated hiring that is driving the supply of lawyers higher than demand for their services."
11. "What It Really Means for Lawyers to Commit — and to Refuse to Commit — to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity," 08.06.19.
This Slaw post explores why it is important for the public that lawyers step up to recognize equality, diversity and inclusivity as core principles for their work.
12. "Nebraska's Children's Justice Clinic," 08.06.19.
The latest What Great Law Schools Do blog post highlights a program at the University of Nebraska College of Law that gives third-year law students the opportunity to serve as guardians ad litem for children in Nebraska's child welfare system.
13. "'Law School Was Kind of a Shock:' Students Take the Lead in Mental Health Initiatives," 08.05.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, speaks with Luke Finn, a third-year law student at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, who founded a student organization dedicated to mental health and wellness.
14. "July Surge in Professional Jobs Leaves Legal Sector Behind," 08.05.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly report on the nation's employment situation found that the legal services industry, which includes lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other law-related professions, gained 100 jobs in July for a total of 1,144,200. This was by far the smallest gain in the professional and technical services sector."
15. "Testy: Building The Future Of Justice: Law School Applicants 2019," 08.05.19.
Kellye Testy, the President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, writing for the TaxProf Blog, provides an update on the number of US law school applicants (up 3.3%) and law school applications (down 1.5%) for the current and nearly complete application cycle.
a. "More people are applying to law school, but it's not like last year's 'Trump bump'," 08.07.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
16. "The Mansfield Rule: Lessons for Every Legal Organization," 08.02.19.
An attorney recruiting professional at Saul Ewing, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, discusses her firm's experience completing the Mansfield 2.0 certification, and their plans for the 3.0 certification.
17. "Law Firms Using Policies, Not Monitoring, to Prevent Social Media Mishaps," 08.02.19.
The Legal Intelligencer reports on law firm social media policies for their lawyers.
August 2, 2019
1. "ABA Launches Pro Bono Portal for Immigrant Children Deportation Cases," 08.01.19.
Legaltech News reports that the American Bar Association has unveiled an online platform connecting pro bono attorneys with children in deportation proceedings.
2. "LeClairRyan Takes Steps to Dissolve as Its Lawyers Seek New Homes," 07.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Virginia-headquartered LeClairRyan has started the process of dissolving.
3. "60% Of Law Firms, Companies Plan To Increase Legal Hiring Over Next Six Months, Especially In Litigation," 08.01.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports on new survey research from Robert Half that "nearly 6 in 10 U.S.-based lawyers (59%) said their law firm or company plans to expand their legal teams in the second half of 2019, up 12 percentage points from the last time the survey was conducted."
4. "The 2019 GC Compensation Survey: Pay's Moving On Up," 08.01.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of the 2019 General Counsel Compensation Survey that found most GC salaries on the rise, with top tier numbers that are truly staggering.
5. "2018 Law Grads Enjoyed Strongest Job Market in a Decade: NALP," 07.31.19.
Law.com reports on NALP's release of the findings from its analyses of the law school employment outcomes and salaries for the graduates of the Class of 2018.
a. "Class of 2018 Employment Outcomes Approach Pre-Recession Levels," 07.31.19.
You can read the NALP press release about the Class of 2018 employment and salary findings and find the entire Selected Findings report on the NALP web site.
b. "2 bright spots in law-grad hiring: more BigLaw jobs, higher rate of JD-required employment," 07.31.19.
And the ABA Journal reports on NALP's employment and salary finds for the Class of 2018.
c. "Job Market For Law School Grads Is The Best We've Seen In 10 Years," 07.21.19. (Above the Law)
d. "Class of 2018 job picture was bright but there's an asterisk," 07.31.19. (The National Jurist)
e. "BigLaw Hiring Drives Job Market For Law Grads," 07.31.19. (Law360)
6. "The Hireback Rate on Bay Street Is Freakishly High," 07.31.19.
Precedent JD in Canada reports that "this year, the hireback rate on Bay Street reached an all-time peak: 16 of the largest law offices in Toronto hired back 98 percent of their articling students."
7. "Women Who Left the Profession Are Getting Back in the Saddle," 07.31.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, celebrates the success of Diversity Lab's OnRamp Fellowship, a reentry program for women lawyers, now in its fifth year of operation.
8. "Overhaul the Bar Exam? Two Major Studies Focus on the Test's Future," 07.31.19.
Law.com reports that "both the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System are analyzing whether the current test is the best measure of new lawyers' competence."
9. "Open Letter From Dentons Partner: Mental Health Crisis Requires Rethinking Firm Business Models," 07.31.19.
A senior partner at Dentons publishes an open letter on Law.com arguing that "our business models, our compensation systems and the almighty billable hour" are at the heart of the current mental health crisis in the legal profession.
10. "The Growing Nonequity Tier Is Forcing a Conversation on Partnership," 07.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that many law firm leaders are still unsure of how to treat the rapidly growing ranks of nonequity partners and notes that some see them as the "soft underbelly" of law firms.
11. "Law Firms Are Flocking to Charlotte as the Southeast Flourishes," 07.31.19.
The American Lawyer reports that the law firm business is booming in Charlotte, North Carolina.
12. "Masters Programs And The Public Educational Mission Of Law Schools," 07.31.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that argues the growing number of master's degree programs is part of a healthy evolution of the mission of law schools.
13. "Law School Coping Strategies In The Changed Legal Education Market," 07.31.19.
And the TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article by Jerry Organ, Bernard Burk, and Emma Rasiel that analyzes the impact of the downturn in enrollment on law schools: "Many casual observers of the American legal academy are aware of the substantial falloff in both the number and the conventional qualifications of applicants to law school that began after 2010. But few appreciate how widespread and serious its effects have been. For the vast majority of law schools, those effects have been somewhere between significant and devastating."
14. "Associates Just Want the Truth About Billable Hour Requirements," 07.30.19.
The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes that "transparency is an indispensable baseline to making the billable hour work well."
15. "Is Lack of Diversity a Bigger Problem for IP In-House Lawyers?," 07.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the results of "a new global survey of in-house counsel who specialize in intellectual property matters [that] paints a bleak picture of limited diversity and widespread discrimination in their professional world."
16. "Law Firm Staff Can Now Apply to CLOC," 07.30.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium announced Tuesday that law firm staff who 'devote the majority of their focus to legal operations or business management' can now apply to join its new Law Firm Community."
17. "Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash," 07.30.19.
The New York Times reports on the increase in wealthy families buying extra time for their offspring on high stakes tests through expensive psychological evaluations.
18. "Should Georgia Bar Licensing Authorities Ask Applicants About Their Mental Health?," 07.29.19.
The Daily Report explores whether bar examiner's questions about new law school graduates' mental health do more harm than good, and whether they may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.
19. "First-year lawyer offers self-care tips and shares how he learned to quiet his mind post-law school," 07.29.19.
This ABA Journal podcast hosts a conversation with a new lawyer about self-care. (Podcast)
20. "Technology is Changing Legal Education. But Can Startups Redefine the Market?," 07.29.19.
Legaltech News reports that despite the presence of a few dominant players in the legal education space, namely Barbri and Kaplan, "it's still unclear whether the emergence of new technologies and evolving learner appetites will open up new opportunities for startups looking to gain a foothold into the legal education market."
21. "Do Associate Perks Make a Difference in the Law Firm Talent War?," 07.29.19.
This piece in The American Lawyer questions the value of adding additional associate perks when base salaries remain below the top of the market.
22. "U.S. News Pulls Rankings Of UC-Berkeley (#22), Scripps (#30), And 3 Other Colleges For Misreporting Data," 07.29.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "five Schools notified U.S. News that they misreported data used to calculate their rankings for the 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The schools are the University of California-Berkeley, Scripps College, Mars Hill University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Johnson & Wales University."
23. "College Financial-Aid Loophole: Wealthy Parents Transfer Guardianship of Their Teens to Get Aid," 07.29.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "amid an intense national furor over the fairness of college admissions, the Education Department is looking into a tactic that has been used in some suburbs here [Chicago], in which wealthy parents transfer legal guardianship of their college-bound children to relatives or friends so the teens can claim financial aid." (Subscription required.)
a. "A Fresh Abuse Rattles College Admissions: Parents Give Up Custody of Their Children So They Can Get Student Aid," 07.30.19.
More on this from The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Subscription required.)
24. "California Bar 'Inadvertently' Reveals Essay Topics Days Before Exam," 07.28.19.
The Recorder reports that "the California State Bar 'inadvertently' revealed to law school deans the essay topics that will be covered on this week's bar exam, the bar told registered test-takers in an email Saturday night…the topics that will be covered on the exam will be civil procedure, remedies/constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility, contracts and evidence."
a. "With Anger and Confusion Swirling Over Bar Exam Topic Disclosure, Calif. Officials Vow to Investigate," 07.29.19.
The Recorder has a follow-up story on the inadvertent release of the essay topics for this week's California bar exam.
b. "California Bar Accidentally Leaks Exam Subjects," 07.29.19.
More on this bizarre story from Inside Higher Ed.
c. "Move Over, California. More Bar Exam Blunders for the Ages," 07.29.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, muses on a long list of historic law exam blunders, including lost tests, technology glitches, and scoring mistakes.
d. "California Justices Want Answers After Bar Exam Blunder," 07.29.19.
The Recorder reports that "the California Supreme Court said Monday it will exercise its authority over the state bar to ensure a thorough and independent investigation is conducted into how essay topics for this week's bar exam were accidentally provided to 16 law school deans Thursday."
e. "Why the California Bar Director Is Mum on Exam Mayhem," 07.31.19.
Law.com reports that "Leah Wilson, the California bar's executive director, has been noticeably missing from the agency's response to news that the essay topics for this week's bar exam were inadvertently disclosed to 16 law school deans," because her son was taking the California bar exam this week.
25. "When Stress Comes from Outside the Workplace, How Do Law Firms Respond?," 07.28.19.
The American Lawyer writes about how law firms provide support when their lawyers experience traumatic situations outside the workplace.
26. "Cannabis Has Big Law Seeing Green, but the Am Law 50 Are Skipping the Party," 07.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports on the growth of cannabis law as a rapidly emerging practice area, and the challenges law firms face when they jump into that space.
27. "41 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Seattle And Yale)," 07.27.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides an update on the list of law schools that now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for law school admission purposes.
a. "Yale Law Will Accept GRE," 08.01.19.
More on this from Inside Higher Ed.
28. "Mayer Brown, eBay Collaborate to Foster Diversity With Law School Summer Program," 07.26.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the first year of a joint Mayer Brown and eBay Summer Fellowship Diversity Program launched in conjunction with the American University Washington College of Law, part of a larger Technology Diversity Collaborative.
29. "Tony West, GC of Uber, Explains How He Incentivizes Law Firms to Diversify Ranks," 07.25.19.
The New York Law Journal reports on remarks made by Tony West, the general counsel of Uber and former general counsel of PepsiCo, at a National Bar Association panel last week: "I'm one of these people who actually thinks that diversity and inclusion is not rocket science… I think it's more about intentionality."
July 26, 2019
1. "As LeClair Exits, Shrinking LeClairRyan 'Considering Options'," 07.25.19.
The American Lawyer reports that based on recent lawyer departures, including that of the co-founder and name partner, "LeClairRyan's future seems uncertain."
2. "Munger Tolles Expands Parental Leave to 18 Weeks Paid," 07.25.19.
The Recorder reports that "starting in August, all attorneys at Munger, Tolles & Olson will be able to take 18 weeks of paid parental leave."
a. "Take a Long Parental Leave and Make Partner? Dream On, Baby," 07.19.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, argues that law firms' generous leave policies come with little cost because most lawyers are never going to take full advantage of them.
b. "Rate of Men Taking Paternity Leave Falls — Again," 07.24.19.
And more from Vivia Chen at The American Lawyer on parental leave: "Recent statistics suggest men aren't jumping on the paternity leave wagon with enthusiasm…[and] the rate of paternity leave has been falling for four years in a row."
3. "New Digital LSAT Technology Passes the Test With Lawyer Hopefuls," 07.25.19.
Legaltech News reports that "more than half of the test-takers recently polled about their experience with the new, computerized exam rated the technological aspects as either very good or good, according to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep."
4. "The Double Life Of Law Schools," 07.25.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that imagines what the law school of 2025 will look like.
5. "The 2019 A-List: Law Firms Think Holistically to Make the Cut," 07.24.19.
The American Lawyer rolls out its 2019 A-List, a ranking of law firms based on their commitment to a variety of financial and cultural markers: revenue per lawyer, pro bono work, associate satisfaction, racial diversity and gender diversity among the partnership.
a. "The 2019 A-List: Female Equity Partner Scorecard," 07.24.19.
The American Lawyer ranks the Am Law 200 based on the portion of their equity partnership that is composed of women.
b. "The 2019 A-List: Which Firms Are Knocking at the Door?," 07.24.19.
And The American Lawyer publishes a list of firms that nearly made the cut but didn't.
6. "Reed Smith Adds On Even More Perks for Associates," 07.23.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Reed Smith has announced the next wave of its "associate life initiative" based on recommendations from its associate committee.
7. "Diversity Meets the Billable Hour at Dorsey & Whitney," 07.23.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Dorsey & Whitney has rolled out a new "Diversity Hours" policy that will allow diversity-related work, activities and training to count toward billable hours requirements.
8. "How to Better Deal With Stress in Law Firms," 07.23.19.
This Slaw column provides tips for dealing with stress at law firms.
9. "Would Mandatory Psychologist Appointments Reduce Burnout in Big Law?," 07.23.19.
Law.com reports that a pair of former lawyers, now psychotherapists, are proposing "a series of seven psychotherapy sessions for every lawyer in any given firm at key points in their career."
10. "Growing a Practice Without Walls: Real Life in a Virtual Law Firm," 07.23.19.
The Legal Intelligencer explores what it means for law firms to give up brick-and-mortar offices.
11. "Why And How Lawyers And Law Schools Should Embrace Artificial Intelligence," 07.22.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that argues that legal education must attempt to bridge the law-tech divide and become ground zero for innovation and change.
12. "Couple Donate $1M for UGA Law School to Aid Challenged Students," 07.22.19.
Law.com reports that a couple from Marietta have made a million-dollar gift for a University of Georgia Law School scholarship fund.
13. "Is Practicing Law In-House Better? The Two Sides of the Coin," 07.22.19.
Michael Ascher from MLA, writing for Law.com, looks at the pros and cons of working in-house versus working for a law firm, and concludes that "for all the benefits that come with an in-house position, there is an equally long list of benefits for lawyers in private practice."
14. "Increasing competition," 07.21.19.
Evan Parker, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, uses big data to dissect two decades of increasing Am Law firm competition across 10 legal markets.
15. "To improve lawyers' mental health, SJC panel points to limits on billable hours," 07.19.19.
The Boston Business Journal reports that "a new report commissioned by the state's highest court found that Massachusetts attorneys face major hurdles to living a healthy, balanced life, advising law firms to limit minimum workload expectations to no more than 1,800 billable hours a year — a target that some of Boston's largest, highest-grossing outfits now exceed."
16. "Survey: Legal Departments Are Investing in Legal Operations," 07.19.19.
Law.com reports that new survey results from CLOC document the rapid growth of legal operations, noting that legal departments now have an average of six full-time legal operations employees.
17. "Jerk Partners Beget Jerk Partners: Ending Big Law's Cycle of Dysfunction," 07.19.19.
Kathleen Pearson, chief human resources officer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Patrick Krill, founder of Krill Strategies, a consultancy that works with law firms on mental health and substance abuse issues, discuss "the cycle of dysfunction in which terrible-boss behavior is passed down from generation to generation inside law firms" in this Law.com podcast.
18. "The Law Firm Disrupted: Why the Billable Hour's Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated," 07.18.19.
Dan Packel, writing for Law.com's "The Law Firm Disrupted" series, provides his thoughts on the long, slow, painful, (inevitable?), demise of the billable hour.
July 19, 2019
1. "The Risks of Technology in the Law Classroom," 07.18.19.
Slaw provides an excerpt from a recent law review article that focuses on the risks posed by the use of laptops and certain types of instructor-provided notes in the law classroom.
2. "Can 'Virtual' Law Firms Help Close the Partner Gender Gap?," 07.17.19.
The American Lawyer reports that one of the takeaways from Working Mother magazine's latest "Best Law Firms for Women" list is that nontraditional law firm structures may provide the key to achieving greater gender parity among law firm partners.
a. "How the push for inclusion in law firm hiring can carve a path for female talent," 07.16.19.
The ABA Journal also reports on the 2019 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women list, and argues that in the current market, "successful women lawyers have more bargaining power than ever before."
3. "Over 2,300 UK Students Enroll for Linklaters 'Digital Internship'," 07.17.19.
Legaltech News reports that a new digital internship launched by Linklaters that is designed to improve the diversity and number of people applying has attracted over 2,350 students from 208 universities. ("The course, which the firm said will take around seven hours to complete, aims to simulate the experience of working in a major law firm.")
4. "Chicago-Kent's Early Specialization 1L Program," 07.17.19.
The latest post from the What Great Law Schools Do blog highlights Chicago-Kent's 1L program that allows students who know the area of law in which they would like to specialize to select a more flexible track.
5. "Survey: Those in Compliance Roles With a Law Degree Earn More," 07.16.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that new survey research shows that "compliance function employees with a Juris Doctor have a higher median total compensation than those who do not have the degree."
6. "Hogan Lovells, Baker McKenzie Elevate Legal Ops Professionals," 07.16.19.
The American Lawyer reports that two global law firms have recently hired pricing and legal operations professionals from the client side.
7. "Goodbye Pencil, Hello Stylus. The LSAT Is Officially Digital," 07.16.19.
Law.com reports that about half of the 24,000 people who took the LSAT on Monday took it using tablets, the first time the test was administered electronically.
8. "Stagnant Wage Growth for New College Graduates," 07.16.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that according to the latest data from NACE, "students who graduated from college in 2018 with a bachelor's degree earned an average starting salary of $50,944 per year…up just 1.4 percent from the 2015 average of $50,219."
9. "Seyfarth Shaw Hires First Diversity Chief Carew From Shook Hardy," 07.15.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Kori Carew has joined Seyfarth Shaw as its first chief inclusion & diversity officer.
a. "Latham Watkins Diversity Executive Jumps to Holland & Knight," 07.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Yusuf Zakir has joined Holland & Knight as director of diversity and inclusion.
10. "Constantly On Call: The Client's Role in the Legal Profession's Mental Health Crisis," 07.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "as firms grapple with high rates of attorney addiction, depression and suicide, many lawyers say in-house departments aren't yet examining their own crucial role in improving the profession's mental health culture."
a. "'Don't Label Clients as the Problem': General Counsel Respond to Claims They Are At Fault for Mental Health Crisis," 07.18.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "several general counsel and other in-house leaders are pushing back on attorneys' allegations that corporate law departments may play a larger role in the industry's mental health crisis than they may be willing to admit or even examine."
11. "Microsoft's Legal Department just invested in Business Design Thinking," 07.14.19.
Jason Moyse, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, writes about the most recent innovations taking place in Microsoft's legal department.
12. "Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Wanes, but Market Optimism Remains," 07.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "law firm leaders remain generally confident about the strength of the legal industry for the second half of 2019, according to a survey by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group…[although] respondents in the latest survey were less bullish than they were six months ago."
13. "Average Student Loan Debt For Law School Graduates: $145,500," 07.12.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "law school graduates finish school with an average student loan debt of $145,500, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics."
14. "What David Lat Learned about Big Law — and Himself — at Above the Law," 07.12.19.
This Law.com podcast features a conversation with David Lat: "Lat says that working in Big Law, for many reasons — including pressure from millennials and changes in the kinds of associate work — is an improved experience compared with 13 years ago, when Above the Law made its debut." (Podcast)
15. "How the Great Recession changed American law firms," 07.11.19.
This ABA Journal podcast features a conversation with Randy Kiser, author of American Law Firms in Transition: Trends, Threads, and Strategies, who pinpoints why the Great Recession of 2008 marked a defining moment for law firms and how the economic shift transformed the legal services landscape. (Podcast)
16. "How to Disclose a Disability to Your Employer (and Whether You Should)," 07.10.19.
This New York Times Smarter Living column explores the benefits of disclosing a disability during the job interviewing process.
17. News from the AALL Conference:
a. "Bloomberg Law Teases Automated Brief Analyzer, In Beta This Fall," 07.16.19.
Legaltech News reports that at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting, Bloomberg Law revealed a first of its kind automated research tool.
b. "Law Librarians Push for Analytics Tools Improvement After Comparative Study," 07.15.19.
Legaltech News reports that based on results of a recent study that were revealed at this week's AALL conference, the data analytics tools that service the legal services sector still have room for improvement.
c. "Curriculum Comes Alive: How Two Law Schools Use Virtual Reality in the Classroom," 07.14.19.
Legaltech News reports that at the AALL Conference this week, law school educators showed how they've integrated virtual reality concepts into their schools' curriculum.
d. "Thomson Reuters Releases Quick Check, an Automated Brief Analyzer for Westlaw Edge," 07.12.19.
Legaltech News reports that Thomson Reuters has released an automated brief analyzer "that uses artificial intelligence to provide a report offering potential cases, briefs and other sources that may have been missed concerning the topic."
July 12, 2019
1. "Leaders Bemoan Recent Salary Wars as U.K. Firms Vie With U.S. Shops for Talent," 07.12.19.
Law.com reports on the recent lawyer salary hikes among UK Magic Circle firms.
2. "Cottage Industry Develops Around Lawyer Well-Being," 07.11.19.
Law.com reports that "a cottage industry appears to be developing around the field of well-being services for lawyers, partly sparked by an American Bar Association pledge last year." (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
3. "Knowing How to Study Can Mean the Difference Between Success and Failure for First-Generation Students. Here's How Instructors Can Help," 07.11.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on emerging teaching strategies tailored to the needs of first-generation students.
4. "What Your Clients Are Doing to Prepare For the Next Recession," 07.10.19.
The American Lawyer reports that as in-house leaders plan for the next recession, "[they] are being advised to look less at what rates they are paying for outside counsel services and more at who they are giving the work to in the first place."
5. "Call Me 'They'," 07.10.19.
This op-ed in The New York Times makes the case for the use of the singular "they" rather than gendered pronouns: "we should use 'they' more freely, because language should not default to the gender binary."
6. "Chicago Sees Success by Dropping SAT Requirement," 07.10.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports on the admissions success that the University of Chicago has had since dropping its SAT admissions requirement: "The number of first-generation and low-income students who committed to attend the university in the fall is up 20 percent…[and] the proportion of African Americans is 10 percent."
7. "Does Equal Pay Require Rapinoe-Level Awesomeness?," 07.09.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reflects on the World Cup victory of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and ponders whether in law, like soccer, women must surpass the performance of men to be entitled to equal compensation.
8. "NYLJ 100: Largest Firms by Number of Lawyers in New York," 07.08.19.
The New York Law Journal publishes its annual ranking of New York law offices by the total number of permanent, full-time-equivalent attorneys.
a. "Growth Continues — But More Slowly — for New York's Biggest Firms," 07.08.19.
The New York Law Journal provides analysis of its NYLJ 100 data, concluding that "the 100 law firms with the biggest presence in New York mostly continued to grow last year, although average head count growth slowed and fewer firms saw blockbuster growth than the year before."
9. "Blood in the water as professional services firms eat into global legal markets," 07.08.19.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that the Big Four professional services firms are far outpacing technology companies and alternative legal services providers in their encroachment on the work done by traditional law firms: "For more than 20 years, the Big Four have been steadily moving into the legal services market and stealth has been their modus operandi. But no more. Like sharks, they smell blood in the water and are acting accordingly."
10. "Job-Interview Etiquette Isn't Just for the Applicants," 07.08.19.
This piece in The Wall Street Journal argues that despite a brutal labor market, many employers are treating job applicants poorly: "a growing number of job applicants are being ghosted — interviewing for jobs, then getting no follow-up response from the employer." (Subscription required.)
11. "The Well-Being Spectrum: There's More Than 'In Crisis' or 'Perfectly Fine'," 07.07.19.
Penn Law associate dean John Hollway, writing for Law.com, says programs and policies that help legal professionals cope with the normal stresses of life as they arise are the most effective, noting wellness is a spectrum. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
12. "What Happened After This Big Law Attorney Told the World About His Depression," 07.07.19.
A Big Law attorney, writing for The American Lawyer, writes about how heartening it has been for him to publish an article chronicling his journey with mental health disabilities and the support and positive feedback he has received from many people both within and outside of the legal profession.
13. "Diversity Efforts At Many Firms Ignore Disabled Attorneys," 07.07.19.
Law360 writes about the failure of law firm diversity initiatives to effectively include attorneys with disabilities. (Subscription required.)
14. "Is just-in-time training for lawyers a good business?," 07.07.19.
Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, says that the answer appears to be yes, and takes a deep dive into Hotshot.
15. "Buffalo Law Student Dies From Suicide, Family Establishes Mental Health Fund," 07.03.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that a law student at the University of Buffalo School of Law and a summer associate at local law firm who had been struggling with depression and anxiety has died from suicide.
16. "Advice for Young Lawyers: Choose Your Path, Soon," 07.03.19.
A law firm partner writing for the Daily Report provides advice for young lawyers based on lessons he's learned.
17. "Understanding Unconscious Bias Is Good for Equality and Good for Business," 07.03.19.
A law firm partner and associate, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, write that "lawyers who are knowledgeable about unconscious bias will better serve and counsel their clients."
18. "Legal Operations Teams Are Growing But Still in Early Stages, Says Survey," 07.03.19.
Legaltech News reports that "about 68% of legal operations departments in a recent survey said they were still in the early stages of development, with a majority saying they expect their technology spend to increase over the next year."
19. "Judges Give High Marks to New Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan," 07.02.19.
Law.com reports that "judges and law school clerkship advisers are reporting that a pilot federal law clerk hiring plan, which kicked off June 17, appears to have cut down on the practice of judges selecting clerks before the end of their second year of law school and has helped make the application process more transparent."
20. "California Opens Door to More Legal Tech, Non-Lawyer Roles," 07.02.19.
Bloomberg Law reports that "California has taken a step towards altering the role of lawyers after a state bar task force last week advanced controversial proposals for new ethics rules that would allow non-lawyers to invest in law firms and tech companies to provide limited legal services."
21. "Record Number of Companies Back LGBT Workplace Rights in SCOTUS Brief," 07.02.19.
The National Law Journal reports that 206 corporations have joined an amicus brief in a case before the US Supreme Court arguing that "ending discrimination against LGBTQ workers is good for business, employees, and the U.S. economy." (The case, which the Court has agreed to hear in October, raises the question whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination "because of sex," can be interpreted to apply to sexual orientation and transgender status.)
22. "No Joke: Susman Godfrey's Unlimited Paid Parental Leave Bears Dividends," 07.02.19.
The American Lawyer provides an update on the rollout and impact of Susman Godfrey's announcement that all lawyers could take unlimited leave to bear and care for their young children.
23. "Harvard Is The First Law School To Join VetLink; 20 1L Vets Are Expected This Fall," 07.02.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports (via Law.com) that "Harvard Law School has become the first law school to join VetLink, a group of top colleges and graduate programs actively seeking to increase their veteran enrollment."
24. "A&O and O'Melveny Toil Over Talks as Clock Ticks on Merger," 07.02.19.
The American Lawyer provides an update on the merger negotiations between O'Melveny & Myers and Allen & Overy, noting that "the talks have stretched on much longer than expected."
25. "Mental Health in the Legal Profession: Are We Asking the Right Questions?," 07.02.19.
This Slaw post asks (and answers) the question, "what do we actually know about the mental health challenges of lawyers in Canada?," and suggests further questions that need answers.
26. "How employers are preparing for a gender non-binary world," 07.02.19.
The Washington Post reports that companies across many industries are beginning to plan for a non-binary world, and notes that the law firm "Baker McKenzie has announced a novel approach to measuring the gender makeup of its employees…saying it…aimed to reach 40 percent women, 40 percent men and 20 percent 'flexible' — which the firm said could be women, men or non-binary people — by 2025."
27. "Fordham Law School Announces Undergraduate Program Aimed at Diversifying Legal Profession," 07.01.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that Fordham Law School has launched the Fordham Legal Education and Access Program (LEAP) that is aimed at "first-generation college students and individuals who would bring racial, economic and religious-based diversity to the profession."
28. "UGA Law Names 'First Start' Leader," 07.01.19.
The Daily Report reports that "the University of Georgia School of Law has hired its inaugural first-start coordinator to help students who are the first in their families to attend college."
29. "Building A Culture Of Assessment In Law Schools," 07.01.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a law review article that, in anticipation of the new ABA law school outcomes assessment world, "surveys the literature on culture of assessment…[and then suggests] how to build a culture of assessment."
30. "'Like a Band-Aid Over a Bullet Wound': The Disconnect Between Firms and Lawyers on Well-Being Efforts," 06.30.19.
This piece from Law.com reflects on the "disconnect between the institutional efforts to effect change and the individual professional's view on what is needed" when it comes to mental health in the legal profession. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
31. "What is going with the Washington State Bar? One (young) lawyer's perspective," 06.30.19.
A young lawyer, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, writes about upheaval in the industry, including the waning of the importance of state bar associations.
32. "South Carolina Law School Reduces Tuition By 17%, To $25,000," 06.29.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that the University of South Carolina School of Law will lower tuition by 17.3% as the general assembly kicks in more money for higher education.
33. "Utah State Bar's licensed paralegal program answering public need for access to justice," 06.29.19.
ABC4 in Utah reports that the Supreme Court in that state has approved a limited licensing program for paralegals that will allow them to deliver some legal services to people in need.
34. "Law Firm Mergers Hit the Doldrums — for Now," 06.28.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "law firm mergers in the first half of 2019 are lagging behind the same period last year, according to data collected by law firm consultancies Fairfax Associates and Altman Weil."
35. "University of Buffalo Set to Offer an Undergrad Legal Degree," 06.28.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the University of Buffalo School of Law is poised to become the second law campus in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in the law."
a. "Here Come The Undergraduate Law Degrees," 07.09.19.
More on this from Karen Sloan at Law.com.
36. "What the NLJ 500 Tells Us About Law Firm Hiring, Diversity and Competition," 06.28.19.
This Law.com podcast unpacks the recently published NLJ 500. (Podcast)
37. "It Gets Better CEO: For LGBTQ Professionals in Big Law, It Is Getting Better," 06.28.19.
The Recorder reports that Big Law has made a lot of positive changes towards making LGBTQ employees feel welcome.
a. "LGBTQ Lawyers On Job Hunt Still Fear Facing Firms' Barriers," 06.27.19.
But Bloomberg Law reports that despite dramatic changes over the last 25 years, "LGBTQ people still face plenty of barriers in the legal industry."
38. "New Rules Governing Unpaid Interns in Federally Regulated Workplaces," 06.27.19.
This Slaw post explains recent changes to the Canada Labour Code that limit unpaid internships in the federally regulated sector to only those that are part of an educational program, and sets rules that govern those unpaid internships.
June 28, 2019
1. "Urge to merge: Difficult times for law schools have prompted several to attempt to be acquired by other schools," 07.01.19.
An ABA Journal July feature story reports that "in the past three years, seven law schools announced plans to partner, gift or sell themselves to universities."
2. "A Magic Circle Firm Goes on the Attack in the War for Talent," 06.28.19.
The American Lawyer writes about the war for talent in London and "a full-blown pay war in the United Kingdom."
3. "Eversheds Sutherland Launches Its Own ALSP With $127M Revenue Target," 06.27.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Eversheds Sutherland is creating its own global alternative legal service provider, joining a trend among large firms with an international presence."
4. "What American legal education can learn from the 'Harry Potter' series," 06.27.19.
A law professor writes that "the fictional world of Harry Potter may also have some useful insight for law schools and those of us who teach in them." (ABA Journal)
5. "The 2019 Pro Bono Scorecard," 06.26.19.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual report on law firm pro bono, including their ranking of the firms by pro bono hours worked.
a. "The American Lawyer's 2019 National Pro Bono Rankings," 06.26.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Jenner & Block topped this year's Pro Bono Scorecard. (Chart — subscription required.)
6. "To Young Lawyers, Succession Planning Is a Necessity, Not an Option," 06.26.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The American Lawyer writes about the interests young lawyers can and should have in law firm succession planning.
7. "What Young Lawyers Are Actually Doing to Relieve Stress," 06.26.19.
The Legal Intelligencer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board writes about "what young lawyers in Philadelphia are doing to manage their stress and combat the day-to-day anxieties that come with our profession."
8. "Cozen O'Connor Encourages Attorneys to Use Preferred Pronouns in Show of Solidarity," 06.26.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Cozen O'Connor is encouraging its attorneys to use their preferred pronouns in their email signatures — a move that demonstrates solidarity and inclusion, the firm says."
9. "How Legal Tech is Developing Lawyers' Intuition," 06.26.19.
JD Supra reports that AI tools can help young lawyers develop their legal intuition more quickly.
10. "Shaking Up Big Law, Harvard-Founded Student Group Goes National," 06.25.19.
Law.com reports that "a grassroots group of law students who banded together last year to oppose mandatory arbitration at law firms aims to expand into a national network of law school chapters while also taking on a broader scope of advocacy."
11. "The NLJ 500: Our 2019 Survey of the Nation's Largest Law Firms," 06.25.19.
The National Law Journal publishes the results of its annual survey of law firm lawyer headcounts.
a. "The NLJ 500: Main Chart," 06.25.19. (The National Law Journal)
b. "The NLJ 500: For Large Firms, Growth Gains Steam," 06.25.19. (The National Law Journal)
c. "The NLJ 500: Women's Scorecard Chart 2019," 06.25.19. (The National Law Journal)
d. "The NLJ 500: Which 5 Cities Have the Most Lawyers?," 06.25.19. (The National Law Journal)
12. "LSAC Launches Access-to-Justice Legal Tech Competition," 06.25.19.
Legaltech News reports that "the Law School Admission Council is now accepting applications from U.S. law students with ideas on how to aid low-income people's legal needs for its first Justice Innovation Challenge."
13. "Baker McKenzie Cuts 46 London Staff Positions," 06.25.19.
Legal Week reports that "Baker McKenzie has cut 46 roles across its London-based professional and business services (PBS) teams, with another 33 positions at risk." (Subscription required.)
14. "The Biz-Ification of Law," 06.25.19.
This post in Slaw provides a very good analysis of lawyer supply and demand from the 1930s to the present, and a good explanation of how the delivery of legal services evolved from a profession to an industry.
15. "The War for Millennial Legal Talent Rages on While Law Firms Continue to Cut Back Space," 06.25.19.
The New York Law Journal reports on the findings of the Sixth Annual Bright Insight Legal Sector Benchmark Survey, that identifies the most significant changes in law firm workplace design that can be expected in the next decade, including "more single-size, smaller attorney offices; expansion of hoteling strategies; greater focus on wellness; increased collaborative spaces; hospitality integration; continued space densification; interior attorney offices and open plan for attorneys; increased building and neighborhood amenities; and increased technology costs."
16. "Survey: Most Companies Will Reduce Legal Spend in the Next 2 Years," 06.24.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that according to the results of a recent EY survey, "82% of in-house legal leaders will be forced to cut legal spend over the next two years."
17. "How the Recession Forced Law Schools to Reimagine Their Role in Students' Careers," 06.24.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for The American Lawyer, speaks with NALP members Melissa Lennon, Lois Casaleggi, Mark Weber, and David Diamond about the impact of the recession on law school career services offices and the students they serve.
18. "Lost and Found: The Long Road Back for Lawyers Waylaid by the Recession," 06.24.19.
The American Lawyer takes a look at the career journeys of some of the law school graduates from the years during and immediately after the recession.
19. "For Stressed-Out Lawyers, Sabbaticals Offer a Chance to Breathe," 06.24.19.
The American Lawyer writes that "at a time when mental health is front and center in the legal profession, sabbaticals are one way firms help their partners and employees cope with the burdens of the job."
20. "Facebook Selects Kilpatrick for New Law Firm Diversity Award," 06.24.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced Monday it was the inaugural honoree of Facebook's Law Firm Diversity Champion Award."
21. "Security Concerns Spur New Limits on Repeating the LSAT," 06.24.19.
Law.com reports that "the maker of the Law School Admission Test this month announced that it's reinstating limits on the number of times people may take the entrance exam…starting in September, aspiring lawyers may take the LSAT no more than three times in a testing year."
22. "Can Bridging the Lawyer/Technologist Gap Yield More 'Lawyer First' Products?," 06.24.19.
Legaltech News reports that LexisNexis is one of many tech organizations trying to get a broader understanding of attorneys and their needs so that they can develop more responsive legal technology.
23. "Pay Equity Practices Take Off as New Gender Pay Gap Laws Spread," 06.24.19.
The Daily Report reports that "as the national conversation around gender discrimination sparks tougher fair pay laws in states such as California, New York and New Jersey, large law firms have responded with a proliferation of pay equity practices to help clients navigate the changing landscape."
24. "Is access to justice a design problem?," 06.23.19.
Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, writes about what he has learned about the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada's first online dispute resolution system.
25. "Online Program is Helping Military Members and Spouses Get Law Degrees," 06.22.19.
Military.com writes about "the inaugural JDinteractive (JDi) online class for 32 students seeking a juris doctor degree…at the Syracuse College of Law, supported by the university's Institute of Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)…the first online program accredited by the American Bar Association."
26. "Lawmakers Ask Big Tech for Their Outside Counsel's Diversity Stats," 06.21.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "members of Congress asked tech's biggest companies to disclose their outside counsel diversity hiring practices in a letter sent Friday."
27. "Duke Law Wants to Help Early-Stage Startups Weather Legal Tech Challenges," 06.21.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Duke Law Tech Lab's pre-accelerator program [now in its third year] aims to offer early-stage legal technology companies a stable of industry insights and networking opportunities to assist through the growing pains of a startup."
28. "Two California Efforts Could Revamp Attorney 'Moral Character' Review," 06.20.19.
The Recorder reports that "a bill moving…in the state Legislature would largely prohibit the bar from seeking future lawyers' mental health records during the character assessment process."
29. "Gap's Associate General Counsel Grew Her Legal Skills In-House, Straight Out of Law School," 06.20.19.
Corporate Counsel highlights Marie Ma's career path, a path that led directly to an in-house career from law school.
June 21, 2019
1. "Fenwick & West Is Chock-Full of Asian American Lawyers," 06.20.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reports that "according to The American Lawyer 2019 Diversity Scorecard, Fenwick has the highest percentage of Asian American lawyers among Am Law 200 firms — 23.4% of all lawyers, including 9.9% partners," and notes that "for those of us who remember being the only Asian (and female) lawyer in a conference room, it seems amazing that there's now a major firm where nearly one in four lawyers is Asian."
2. "Introducing ALM Young Professionals Network," 06.19.19.
ALM introduces a new LinkedIn group designed for young lawyers.
3. "Mindfulness training helped 1Ls reduce stress and improve well-being, study finds," 06.19.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "first-year law students at the University of Missouri who volunteered for mindfulness training saw improvements in stress, well-being and mindful awareness, according to a study chronicled in a law review article."
4. "San Francisco DA Office Attempts Novel Feat: Using AI to Combat Bias," 06.19.19.
Legaltech News reports that "the San Francisco District Attorney's Office is…turning to an artificial intelligence-powered bias mitigation tool to redact any race-specific language before a police officer's incident report hits a prosecutor's desk."
5. "How Law Schools Fared on California's February 2019 Bar Exam," 06.19.19.
The Recorder reports that the California bar has released school-based pass rate figures for the February 2019 bar exam.
6. "Touro Law Finds New Dean in Idaho," 06.19.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "Elena Langan will be the next dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center."
7. "Paul Hastings Boosts Parental Leave for Lawyers and Staff," 06.18.19.
The Recorder reports that "Paul Hastings is the latest firm to expand its parental leave policy, now offering 14 weeks of paid leave to all attorneys and staff."
8. "Legal Increasingly Turns to Tech to Solve Hidden Problem: Mental Health," 06.18.19.
Legaltech News reports that a number of lawyers and legal tech vendors are launching apps and mental health resources to address mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and stress.
a. "Want to Be Happy? There's an App for That," 06.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "[a former Big Law lawyer] has launched an app designed to help lawyers cope with their mental health issues…. The app, appropriately enough, is called 'Happy.'"
9. "Modern Courts and the Need for Judicial Technological Competence," 06.18.19.
This Slaw post makes the case for professional standards that would require judicial technical competence.
10. "Unlimited Paid Time Off Uncertainty: Is It Actually a Perk?," 06.18.19.
A law firm associate, writing for The Recorder, reports on the potential pitfalls of unlimited PTO.
11. "Law Firms Tackle Mental Health, 1 Initiative at a Time," 06.17.19.
Law.com reports on the findings from a recent ALM survey of the Am Law 200 firms about their commitment to mental health.
12. "Not All Millennials Leave Because of Their Bosses," 06.17.19.
This piece in the New York Law Journal argues that most millennials leave their jobs for perceived career progression.
13. "How Law Students Spend Their Summer Vacation," 06.17.19.
Two Dentons partners, writing for the New York Law Journal, provide advice about managing the risks that come with having a summer associate program.
14. "'Crazy Ideas' Welcome: How Orrick Is Working to Build an Innovation Culture," 06.17.19.
The American Lawyer reports on Orrick's efforts to make innovation a fundamental part of its brand.
15. "Why Are 99% Of The Applications For Debt Discharge Under The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Being Denied, And Will This Change?," 06.17.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports on a new article by an SMU law prof about public service loan forgiveness application rates that "discusses the various factors that may be contributing to such a bizarrely high denial rate, and why the number of applications filed and the proportion of applications filed that are approved are both likely to increase significantly over time."
16. "UC Hastings Moves Forward with Academic Village," 06.17.19.
The Recorder reports that "the University of California Hastings College of the Law recently announced…[a] $450 million project [that] will provide more than 900 units to the UC Hastings campus for students, faculty and staff."
17. "THE $400,000 LAW SCHOOL," 06.14.19.
Paul Campos, writing for the Lawyers, Guns & Money blog, reports that "Columbia's law school has passed a fiscal milestone: for the first time, its estimated cost of attendance for a nine-month academic year will be in six figures ($101,345 to be exact)…. Tuition and mandatory fees make up $75,898 of the total."
18. "Netflix and Firm Lawyers Offer Advice for Recruits at Berkeley Law Event," 06.14.19.
The Recorder reports on a Berkeley Center for Law and Business series that aims to address gender inequities in corporate law.
19. "Report: 97% of General Counsel Think a Recession Could Be Near, but Few Say They're Prepared," 06.14.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that based on a survey of 72 legal executives based in North America at Fortune 500 companies, a new report finds that most legal executives think a recession could be on the horizon yet few have prepared themselves and their departments for a possible crash.
20. "University of San Francisco Interim Law Dean Gets a Job Upgrade," 06.14.19.
The Recorder reports that Susan Freiwald, the current interim dean, will become the new dean at the University of San Francisco, "the first woman to lead the institution on a permanent basis."
21. "As Women Move Into Leadership Roles, Gender Bias by Subordinates Grows," 06.13.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "as more women assume supervisory and managerial roles, another manifestation of gender bias in the workplace is [increased] bias by subordinates."
22. "Fruitful market for legal jobs, says survey," 06.12.19.
The Canadian Lawyer reports that "the job market for lawyers is looking up, according to recent survey where 63 per cent of respondents said their firm or legal department plan on hiring new practitioners in the next six months."
June 14, 2019
1. "Florida Coastal Cleared By ABA; Law School Is Found To Be In Compliance With Accreditation Standards," 06.13.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that according to the Jacksonville Daily Record, "the requirements imposed 20 months ago on Florida Coastal School of Law by the American Bar Association related to the school's alleged noncompliance with ABA accreditation standards were removed Tuesday."
2. "When Is a 'Final Offer' Really a Final Offer?," 06.13.19.
Julie Brush, writing for The Recorder, parses offers, counter-offers, and final offers for employment.
3. "Progress, Not Perfection, Is Key to Law Firms' Mental Health Programs," 06.12.19.
Patrick Krill, writing for Law.com, charts the progress the legal industry has made towards greater well-being, and outlines the distance that remains to be covered.
4. "Eversheds Sutherland PEP Hits Record High," 06.12.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Eversheds Sutherland's profit per equity partner (PEP) in its international arm has risen by 9% to hit a record figure of £886,000 (about $1.12 million), the firm has announced."
5. "When Machines Do the Hiring, Some See a Need to Revamp Job Bias Law," 06.12.19.
Corporate Counsel "increased use of algorithms, or machine learning, to evaluate job seekers is expected to result in more unintended discrimination in hiring," and creates uncertainty about the applicability of current anti-bias protections.
6. "Gender-Discrimination Suits Against Law Firms Offer Plaintiffs a Voice," 06.12.19.
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, writing for The American Lawyer, says that recent lawsuits filed by women that allege gender discrimination in their law firm's compensation and promotion practices reveal that "sexual harassment and related negative behaviors in the workplace are rooted in discrimination and power imbalances."
7. "LSAT Test-Takers Surge 7.3%, The Fourth Consecutive Year Of Increases," 06.12.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports on the latest LSAT test-taker figures.
8. "The T-Shaped Factor: An Exposure to Tech in Law School," 06.12.19.
A recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, writing for Slaw, provides "her perspective on law, technology, access justice and how she is thinking about her responsibility to be technically competent as she enters the profession."
9. "'This Is Not Greenberg Traurig': Firm Leader Touts New Innovation Venture," 06.12.19.
The American Lawyer speaks with Greenberg Traurig chair Richard Rosenbaum about his firm's launch of a new technology subsidiary, "Recurve, that will partner with artificial intelligence providers…[to] identify client needs and guide them toward solutions."
10. "Could a 'Right to Disconnect' Alleviate Lawyers' Stress?," 06.12.19.
Legaltech News reports that a French law codifies employees right to disconnect from their work after their workday is over, and poses the question whether a similar law in the US could assist in de-stressing lawyer practice.
11. "Law Students Press SCOTUS to Make Legal Tools Free Nationwide," 06.12.19.
The National Law Journal reports that "more than 100 law students, along with nearly 100 solo and small-firm practitioners and legal educators, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to eliminate copyright protection for state annotated codes of law and certain other state and local legal materials."
12. "On a Roll, ABA Yanks Accreditation From Thomas Jefferson School of Law," 06.11.19.
The Recorder reports that "the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on Monday announced that it has withdrawn accreditation from the standalone Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego for failing to comply with its admissions, governance and academic program standards."
a. "ABA approval withdrawn for Thomas Jefferson School of Law," 06.11.19.
More on this from the ABA Journal.
b. "ABA Yanks Thomas Jefferson Accreditation," 06.12.19.
And more from Inside Higher Ed.
13. "Six Skills to Land a Job as an In-House Attorney," 06.11.19.
This piece from a consultant, writing for Corporate Counsel, provides a list of six skills that set successful in-house lawyers apart.
14. "Beyond the Bravado: Some Lawyers Are Scared to Death," 06.11.19.
The New York Law Journal reviews a new book by Brooklyn Law School professor Heidi Brown, Untangling Fear in Lawyering, calling the book "a must-read for legal professionals," and writing that the book "is a masterpiece of healing…for suffering introverts."
15. "These Students Are Guaranteed $70,000 Jobs Upon College Graduation," 06.11.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Jersey City has launched a program modeled after Germany's apprenticeship system where an advanced-manufacturing firm in the city will give jobs to a group of high-school graduates while they attend college part-time. (Subscription required.)
16. "Hey, Want a Look Around? Akin Gump Turns to Virtual Reality Tours for Recruiting," 06.10.19.
Legaltech News reports that "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has unveiled a virtual reality tour of its Dallas and New York offices aimed at giving recruits and law students a feel for what it's like to work for the firm."
17. "Momentum Builds for Allowing NY Bar Applicants to Keep Mental Health History Secret," 06.10.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the new president of the New York State Bar Association is announcing today that he's launching a blue-ribbon committee to determine if the state should remove questions about mental health disorders from applications for the bar." (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
18. "Another University of Denver law professor sues school alleging gender and wage discrimination," 06.10.19.
The ABA Journal reports that another tenured professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law has filed an Equal Pay Act complaint, claiming that she earns significantly less than others in her academic category.
19. "Helicopter Crash Rattles Willkie, Sidley Offices," 06.10.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that both Willkie and Sidley had to evacuate their New York offices after a helicopter crashed on the roof of 787 7th Avenue on Monday.
a. "Sidley and Willkie Find Refuge as Crash Keeps NY Offices Closed," 06.11.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Sidley Austin were still forced to work outside their New York offices Tuesday after the helicopter crash the previous day.
b. "Sidley, Willkie Return to NY Offices After Helicopter Crash That Shook Building," 06.13.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "lawyers and staff at Sidley Austin and Willkie Farr & Gallagher returned to their Manhattan offices Thursday, three days after a helicopter crash-landed on the roof of the firms' building, forcing an evacuation."
20. "Choosing Leadership: A Workbook," 06.09.19.
Bill Henderson, writing for his Legal Evolution blog, writes about his use of the workbook Choosing Leadership (2018) by Linda Ginzel for a class he teaches at Indiana Law.
21. "The Anti-College Is on the Rise," 06.08.19.
A history professor from UNC, writing for The New York Times, takes a thoughtful look at "an expanding number of educational experiments born out of a deepening sense that mainstream American colleges are too expensive, too bureaucratic, too careerist and too intellectually fragmented to help students figure out their place in the universe and their moral obligations to fellow humans."
22. "As May Job Growth Lags Estimates, Legal Sees an Uptick," 06.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest USBLS jobs data, "the legal industry added roughly 2,000 jobs in May."
23. "New Evidence of Age Bias in Hiring, and a Push to Fight It," 06.07.19.
The New York Times reports on mounting evidence of age discrimination against those 50 and over in hiring, and limited legal remedies to combat the problem.
24. "An Upward Limit on Elite M.B.A. Tuition Rates," 06.07.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that with M.B.A. program enrollments on a decline, "two business schools that are at the top of the pecking order for M.B.A.s — those of Harvard University and the University of Chicago — [will freeze their tuition]."
a. "More Universities Shut Down Traditional M.B.A. Programs as Popularity Wanes," 06.05.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that as the number of GMAT test-takers and applicants to MBA programs continue to go down, "a growing list of U.S. business schools [are] shutting down their flagship M.B.A. programs in favor of shorter, specialized masters and online degrees." (Subscription required.)
25. "University of Alabama to Return $21.5M Law School Donation Amid Abortion Fight," 06.07.19.
Law.com reports that the University of Alabama's board of trustees on Friday voted to return $21.5 million to its namesake donor and remove his name from the law school after a public dispute involving the state's abortion ban and accusations of donor meddling.
a. "University of Alabama Returns Largest-Ever Gift to Donor," 06.07.19.
More on this from The New York Times.
b. "An Abortion Red Herring in Alabama," 06.12.19.
This op-ed in The Wall Street Journal makes the case that the decision to return the donor's gift at the University of Alabama had nothing to do with abortion and everything to do with the donor meddling in the affairs of the law school: "He demanded that the law school increase the size of its student body by as much as half…. The law school was firm: It wouldn't allow donors to dictate school policy — even the donor whose name graced the law school's entrance." (Subscription required.)
June 7, 2019
1. "Literally, Here's What the Law Grad Job Market Looks Like," 06.06.19.
Law.com provides an infographic detailing the types of positions the law class of 2018 obtained as of 10 months after graduating. (Subscription required.)
2. "ABA group offers $5K scholarships to support LGBT public interest work," 06.06.19.
The ABA Journal reports that the ABA's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity has announced that it will provide two $5,000 scholarships to law students or recent law school graduates studying for the bar exam who are either LGBTQ or have secured an internship or job with an organization engaged in work that impacts the LGBTQ community.
3. "With New Chatbot Track for Summer Associates, Wilson Sonsini Puts AI to the Test," 06.05.19.
The Recorder reports that "as part of a new program, a group of summer associates at Wilson Sonsini is partnering with the firm's senior attorneys and technical staff to create automated chatbots for clients to use."
4. "Why Big Law Should Consider a Digital Declutter," 06.05.19.
This piece in Law.com argues that "minimizing technology can help you stay focused and can lead to better attorney well-being in a noisy world." (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
5. "When it comes to diversity, planting a seed can make a difference," 06.05.19.
The Star Tribune reports on a fellowship by the Ballard Spahr law firm and Piper Jaffray that aims to attract more women and minorities to the legal ranks.
6. "Unicorn Watch: Black Partners (Part 2)," 06.04.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, asserts that "it's another awful, dismal, horrible year for the promotion of black lawyers to partner."
a. "Am Law Firms With Zero Black Partners — How Is This Possible in 2019?," 06.06.19.
More on this from Vivia Chen at The American Lawyer.
7. "Normalizing Law Students' Academic Struggles To Build Resilient Lawyers," 06.04.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that "examines and criticizes the ways legal academia treats law students' academic struggle as a problem, and suggests that legal educators reorient their attitudes toward struggle, forgiving and embracing student struggle, even building opportunities for struggle into the curriculum…by normalizing the fact of struggle, law schools will not only improve the wellness of their students, but will create lawyers who are better prepared to cope with the constant problem-solving required of a successful lawyer."
8. "10 Steps to Improve Your Law Firm's Succession Planning," 06.04.19.
Heidi Gardner and Susan Saltonstall Duncan, writing for The American Lawyer, provide "10 easy-to-digest steps to help firms analyze and uncover current gaps and opportunities in their succession management."
9. "The Business Case for Enrolling Military Veterans," 06.04.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education makes the case that colleges and universities should enroll more military veterans: "As population shifts threaten the solvency of tuition-dependent colleges especially, serving veterans offers an opportunity to learn which support programs might work best for the adult learners that colleges are eager to enroll." (Subscription required.)
10. "Lawyer count in US increases 14.5% from decade ago; these 5 states have highest number of active attorneys," 06.03.19.
The ABA Journal reports that according to the ABA's latest National Lawyer Population Survey, the number of active lawyers in the United States increased 14.5% over the last decade.
11. "Lawyers by Day, Uber Drivers and Bartenders by Night," 06.03.19.
The New York Times writes about Legal Aid lawyers who hold down second jobs to make ends meet.
12. "How to Cope When Losing a Job, Especially for Lawyers with Depression and Anxiety," 06.03.19.
A career coach, writing for Law.com, offers some job-loss coping advice for lawyers who suffer from anxiety or depression. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
13. "Mississippi institutes rule requiring more schooling after 3 bar exam failures," 06.03.19.
The ABA Journal reports that the "state supreme court in Mississippi granted a petition from the Mississippi Board of Bar Examiners that requires 12 additional semester hours of law school before making a fourth attempt on the test." (No other state requires an applicant to complete additional law school courses for retaking a bar exam.)
14. "Most New Associates Who Fail California Bar Can Keep Their Jobs — For Now," 06.03.19.
The Recorder reports that most law firm associates who fail the California bar exam on their first attempt are allowed to continue working but will most often be terminated if they fail it for a second time.
15. "Frustrated With Big Law Diversity, Many Companies Are Looking Elsewhere," 06.03.19.
The American Lawyer reports that clients are increasingly turning to minority- and women-owned law firms to find the diversity they are not finding at large law firms.
16. "China Is Warning Its Students About Going to College in America. Here's Why That Matters," 06.03.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "China signaled on Monday that it may start to steer its people away from studying in the United States." (Subscription required.)
17. "First Openly Gay President of Major NY Bar Association Talks About Diversity," 06.03.19.
The New York Law Journal speaks with Stephen Lessard, a senior associate in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the new president of the New York County Lawyers Association, and the first openly gay president of a major bar association in New York.
18. "Biggest Offender in Outsize Debt: Graduate Schools," 06.03.19.
The New York Times analyzes the recently released Department of Education data on student debt and finds that "the fast-growing master's degree market is replete with debt levels that make little sense."
19. "Paper and Pencil LSAT Ends Its 71-Year Run," 06.02.19.
Law.com writes about the transition from the paper and pencil LSAT to the digital LSAT taking place this summer.
20. "Innovation in Legal Education is a Data Desert," 06.02.19.
Dan Rodriguez, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, writes that law schools are innovating like crazy but are collecting little data to measure the effectiveness of the changes that are being made.
21. "Navigating Background Checks in the Hiring Process," 06.01.19.
Two labor and employment lawyers writing for The National Law Journal provide advice for successfully navigating the criminal background check process.
22. "Seeing Evolving Demands, Law Firms Move to Support Legal Tech Education," 05.31.19.
Legaltech News reports that law firms and law schools are collaborating on bringing more technology to the law school classroom.
23. "Legal Industry Has Been Slow to Come to Terms With Destructive Tendencies on Mental Health," 05.31.19.
The New York Law Journal writes that when it comes to well-being, "meaningful change will require industry leaders to do more than sign pledges and make superficial changes, and to question the underlying culture of the profession."
24. "Law Firms on Sidelines of Structural Change While New Players Take Field," 05.30.19.
A former Big Law chair, writing for Bloomberg Law, argues that alternative service providers and technology companies, not law firms, are driving structural changes in the delivery of legal services.
May 31, 2019
1. "Mastering Law Firm Economics Is Key for Young Lawyers," 05.30.19.
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board of The American Lawyer writes that "young lawyers — junior associates, experienced associates, new partners and in-house attorneys alike — should seek to understand how law firm economics impact their careers."
2. "Four Legal Trends Changing the Face of Staffing in 2019," 05.30.19.
This piece in the Daily Report provides insight into what is driving legal departments in 2019, including the increased use of alternative legal service providers where they once used law firms.
3. "Kirkland Hires Lawyer Turned Therapist to Lead New Wellness Effort," 05.29.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Kirkland & Ellis announced Wednesday that it is hiring attorney and licensed clinical professional counselor Robin Belleau to oversee a new wellness program, one of a growing number of large law firms that have rolled out initiatives aimed at improving mental health and wellness. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
4. "Are law schools doing enough to help with student stress?," 05.29.19.
The ABA Journal reports that new survey data from Kaplan shows that 40% of law student respondents believe that their law schools do not do enough to help students with academic-related stress.
5. "Law Deans Step Up to Bigger University Roles," 05.29.19.
Law.com reports that "at least five deans are trading in their law school duties this summer to take on larger roles within their universities."
6. "2011-2018 Law School Application Volume, Matriculants, And LSAT Data," 05.29.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports new data from Spivey Consulting on ABA and LSAC trend data from 2011 through 2018.
7. "The Importance of Having a Mentor in the Legal Profession," 05.29.19.
A law firm partner, writing in the Daily Business Review, writes about the importance of mentoring and being mentored in the legal profession.
8. "Visa Woes, Politics, and Fears of Violence Are Keeping International Students Away, Report Warns," 05.29.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a report released on Wednesday by NAFSA (the Association of International Educators), says that "prospective international students and their families are concerned about U.S. federal policies and rhetoric on immigration, along with apprehensions of personal safety and tense race relations," and that "harmful policies and anti-immigrant rhetoric" are keeping international students from enrolling at American colleges, hurting the economy.
9. "California Needs a Task Force to Study the Bar Exam, and Needs It Now," 05.28.9.
The deans of three California law schools, writing for The Recorder, call on the California Supreme Court to immediately appoint an independent task force to study the cut score issue and make its recommendations within six or nine months.
a. "An African-American Lawyer's Perspective on the California Cut Score Debate," 05.28.19.
The Recorder publishes a letter from an African American lawyer who writes that he is offended that law school deans are using diversity as the reason why the California Bar Exam's cut score should be lowered.
b. "How will deans improve bar passage rates to meet new standard?," 05.23.19.
The ABA Journal speaks with deans at law schools identified as at risk under the new bar passage standard.
10. "ABA's Legal Ed approves two teach-out plan possibilities for Western State College of Law," 05.28.19.
The ABA Journal reports that two different teach-out plans have been approved for Western State College of Law, one of which contemplates acquisition by an unnamed institution, under which Western State would continue to operate.
a. "Westcliff University Offers To Buy Western State And Continue Operations; If ABA, DOE Do Not Approve Acquisition, Law School Will Close In 2022," 05.27.19.
And the TaxProf Blog reports that the unnamed potential buyer is Westcliff University, which is located in Irvine.
11. "Work-Life Policies Abound. Who Has the Nerve to Use Them?," 05.28.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, points to a new study in the Harvard Business Review that shows employees at management consulting firms spurned workplace flexibility policies because they were afraid of looking less committed to work, and argues that many lawyers take a similar approach.
12. "Facing shortage of lawyers in some areas, this state is considering licensing legal technicians," 05.28.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed a work group to consider whether the state should allow licensed legal technicians to provide civil legal services."
13. "The 2019 Diversity Scorecard," 05.28.19.
The American Lawyer publishes its 2019 Diversity Scorecard, ranking law firms by the average number of full-time-equivalent minority attorneys in the calendar year 2018. (Subscription required.)
a. "Diversity Scorecard: African American Lawyers Are Being Left Out," 05.28.19.
The American Lawyer provides analysis of its 2019 Diversity Scorecard Data, noting that "as minorities see incremental growth in representation within Big Law, black attorney ranks have remained mostly stagnant for nearly a decade."
14. "Legal Industry Leaders Team Up to Launch Free Online Professional Development Series," 05.28.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that law schools, lawyers and legal ops leaders are partnering for a free, open-to-all webinar series launching June 4 that aims to equip participants with the business and people skills needed to succeed at companies and firms. (The series is organized by NetApp's Connie Brenton, and has been featured in the last several issues of NALPnow.)
15. "Constantly On Call, Lawyers Risk Exhaustion," 05.27.19.
Law.com publishes the first article in a three-part series on aspects of the legal profession that contribute to high rates of mental health problems and addiction in the industry. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
a. "Battling an 'Epidemic' of Loneliness Among Lawyers," 05.28.19.
This is the second part in a three-part series from Law.com on pain points within the legal profession that have caused higher rates of mental health problems and addiction. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
b. "Is the Legal Industry Ready for a Culture Shift on Mental Health?," 05.30.19.
And this is the third article in a three-part series on pain points within the legal profession that contribute to mental health problems and addiction: "Law schools and Big Law haze law students and new legal professionals into dangerous mindsets and destructive behaviors." (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
16. "Workplace transparency, Part I: Is it time to take Glassdoor seriously?," 05.26.19.
The latest from Bill Henderson and Evan Parker, writing for the Legal Evolution blog, taking a look at what Glassdoor is likely to do for the legal industry.
a. "Workplace transparency, Part II: A roadmap for law firms," 05.27.19.
More from Bill and Evan at Legal Evolution, taking a look at Glassdoor as a predictor of law firm profitability.
17. "University Of Hawaii Law School Freezes Tuition ($22,392 Resident, $45,186 Non-Resident) For Five Years," 05.25.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports that "UH Law School tuition levels for the current year — 2018-19 — will be unchanged next year, and for the three years following that: 2019-20 through 2022-23."
18. "In-House Counsel Salaries Are Increasing, New Study Shows," 05.24.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that "the average annual salary of corporate counsel in all positions across all industries increased 4.4% from 2017 to 2018."
19. "Gunderson Dettmer Associates to Get Summer Bonuses," 05.24.19.
The Recorder reports that "Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, a Silicon Valley-based firm with strong ties to the tech and startup world, has announced summer bonuses for associates, following a strong start financially in the first half of 2019."
20. "Re-personalizing law firm culture," 05.24.19.
The latest from Jordan Furlong at Law21 makes the case that "sometime over the last few decades, the de-personalization of partner relations became a cultural feature of most law firms," and argues that for law firms to thrive, that development has to be undone.
21. "'Battle of the Thermostat': Cold Rooms May Hurt Women's Productivity," 05.22.19.
The New York Times reports that "in a study published [last week] researchers reported that at colder temperatures, men scored higher than women on verbal and math tests…but as a room grew warmer, women's scores rose significantly."
a. "Stop the office AC overload: Study shows women are more productive when it's warmer," 05.24.19.
More on this fun research from The Washington Post: "The paper's release set off yet another round of attention and headlines to what's been called the thermostat patriarchy."
22. "US Firms Are Increasing Pay For New UK Associates as Salary War Heats Up," 05.20.19.
The American Lawyer reports that "Shearman & Sterling has become the latest firm to hike its U.K. salary bands, increasing pay for its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers by 14% to £120,000 (about $152,000)."
May 24, 2019
1. "Emory Law Turns to Canada for Its First Woman Dean," 05.23.19.
The Daily Report writes that "Emory University announced Thursday that Mary Anne Bobinski will assume the deanship of the Atlanta law school in August, making her the first woman to lead the school in its 103-year history."
a. "GSU Law School Names Interim Dean As Hensel Steps Into Provost Role," 05.23.19.
And with more Georgia dean news, the Daily Report reports that "Georgia State University's law school will get a new interim dean [GSU Law prof] Leslie Wolf, because the current dean, Wendy Hensel, has been named the university's interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs."
2. "A $23 Billion Law Firm? New Valuation Model Says Kirkland Fits the Bill," 05.23.19.
The American Lawyer provides estimated value figures for law firms based on a methodology formulated by Hunton Andrews Kurth CFO Madhav Srinivasan who also lectures at Columbia Law School — and some of the numbers are eye-popping!
3. "ETS Announces Changes in TOEFL," 05.23.19.
Inside Higher Ed reports that "the Educational Testing Service has announced changes in the Test of English as a Foreign Language, known as TOEFL and a key test for many international students seeking to study in the United States."
4. "Many Firms Didn't Buy Into the Latest Round of Associate Pay Raises, Report Finds," 05.22.19.
The American Lawyer reports on NALP's 2019 Associate Salary Survey findings.
a. "Median pay for new associates jumps nearly 15%, NALP survey says," 05.23.19.
The ABA Journal reports on the new NALP associate salary figures: "The median salary for first-year associates was $155,000 at the beginning of the year, a jump of $20,000 from 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement."
b. "First-Year Law Firm Associates Earn Median $155K, Survey Says," 05.22.19.
Bloomberg Law also reports on the latest NALP associate salary findings.
c. "70 Percent Of Biglaw Firms Are Not On Board With $190K For First Year Associates," 05.23.19.
Above the Law weighs in on the new associate salary data from NALP.
d. "Large Firms Drive Spike In Associate Starting Salaries," 05.22.19.
More on this from Law360.
e. "First-year associate salaries rise at large law firms," 05.22.19.
And The National Jurist also reports on the new associate salary data.
f. "First-Year Associate Salaries on the Rise at Large Law Firms," 05.22.19.
The NALP press release notes that "the overall median first-year salary as of January 1, 2019, was $155,000, up $20,000 (14.8%) from 2017."
5. "Making the Most of Your Summer Experience," 05.22.19.
Susan Manch and Marcia Shannon, writing for The National Law Journal, provide sound advice for new summer associates.
6. "The 2019 Am Law 200," 05.22.19.
The American Lawyer publishes its annual ranking of the second hundred top-grossing US law firms.
a. "The Am Law Second Hundred Are Green — With Envy," 05.22.19.
The American Lawyer provides analysis of the newest Am Law 200 numbers, noting that despite the fact that "the Am Law Second Hundred enjoyed one of their best all-around financial performances in the past decade…the nation's 100 largest firms by revenue grew their lead over the Second Hundred by a wider margin than in all but two years in the past decade." ("Consider that Kirkland & Ellis, the nation's largest firm by revenue, added more revenue from 2017 to 2018, $592 million, than all of the Second Hundred combined, $588 million.")
b. "The 2019 Am Law 200 Ranked by Gross Revenue," 05.22.19.
The American Lawyer ranks the Second Hundred US law firms by gross revenue: "Gross revenue for the Second Hundred increased in 2018 by more than 3 percent, rebounding from a slight decrease in 2017." (Chart — Subscription required.)
7. "Western State College of Law submits proposed teach-out plan to ABA," 05.22.19.
The ABA Journal reports that Western State College of Law has submitted a proposed teach-out plan, a necessary step as it winds down its operations.
a. "Western State Submits Teach-Out Plan To ABA; Sixth Law School To Close Since 2016," 05.23.19.
More on this from the TaxProf Blog.
8. "Low-Income and Minority Students Are Growing Share of Enrollments," 05.22.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on new Pew research data that show more low-income students may be going to college, but they aren't attending selective institutions, and that more nonwhite undergraduates are attending college.
a. "Study Finds More Low-Income Students Attending College," 05.23.19.
More on the Pew research from Inside Higher Ed.
9. "MCCA Report Shows Legal Departments Lag Behind Firms in Some Diversity and Inclusion Metrics," 05.21.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that a Minority Corporate Counsel Association report that analyzed 2018 survey data from more than 600 legal industry professionals found that lawyers of color and LGBT attorneys were less likely than white or heterosexual respondents to feel they had influence at work.
10. "200+ General Counsel Pushing for Law Firm Diversity Outline Next Steps," 05.21.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that Michelle Fang, chief legal officer, Turo, working with DiversityLab, has released a set of actionable items for general counsel looking to promote diverse legal talent. (You can find a link directly to the PDF of the Diversity Lab report embedded in the article.)
11. "Yay Diversity! (Sigh)," 05.21.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, takes a look at a recent Pew Research Center survey on American attitudes about racial and ethnic diversity that found "a majority of Americans believe diversity is a worthwhile goal, but 'few endorse the idea of taking race or ethnicity into consideration in hiring and promotions.'"
12. "Many More Students, Especially the Affluent, Get Extra Time to Take the SAT," 05.21.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that an analysis of data from 9,000 public schools found that students in affluent areas are much more likely to receive extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam.
13. "Can Data Ward Off College Debt? New Strategy Focuses on Results," 05.21.19.
The New York Times reports that "the Department of Education on Tuesday released a trove of information that shows the average amount of debt incurred by graduates of different academic programs at each college and university in America."
14. "With Diversity Stagnating, NYC Bar Association Launches Major Effort to Help Young Students Become Lawyers," 05.20.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that "the city bar association is announcing today that it plans to partner with schools, government agencies, law firms, nonprofits and the courts to reach would-be lawyers as early as elementary school and mentor them through law school graduation and beyond."
a. "NYC Bar's Diversity Push Aims to Tap Future Lawyers Early," 05.20.19.
More on this from Bloomberg Law.
15. "Enrollment Shortfalls Spread to More Colleges," 05.20.19.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that "a broad swath of private colleges across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions are expected to miss their enrollment goals for the fall semester [as a result of] the declining number of high-school students across the regions, families' increasing sensitivity to tuition and other costs, questions about the overall value of a college degree, and the ease with which students can apply to and consider multiple colleges." (Subscription required.)
16. "Morehouse College Graduates' Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire," 05.19.19.
The New York Times reports that "Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor who founded Vista Equity Partners and became the richest black man in America, told the crowd that he and his family would pay off the entire graduating class's student debt, freeing them to begin their next chapter, whether it was a master's program, a position with Teach for America or an internship at Goldman Sachs, without loan payments to worry about."
a. "A Pledge to Pay Morehouse College Students' Debt Prompts Elation, Envy and a Host of Questions," 05.22.19.
More from The New York Times on this story.
b. "Billionaire Robert Smith Pushes Plan to Boost Minority Students' Access to Internships," 05.22.19.
And The Chronicle of Philanthropy writes about Robert Smith's internX program, where students studying science, technology, engineering, or math can connect with companies looking to ensure their interns are drawn from a diverse pool of students.
17. "Seeing Lawyers in Crisis, Some Blame the Billable Hour," 05.19.19.
This piece from Law.com examines whether scrapping the billable hour can improve attorneys' health and lives. (Part of the ALM Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession series.)
18. "Nearly 7 in 10 Flunked California's February 2019 Bar Exam," 05.17.19.
The Recorder reports that "only 31.4% of would-be attorneys passed California's February 2019 bar exam…but the success rate was 4.1 percentage points higher than the historically low pass rate of 27.3% recorded in February 2018."
19. "ABA Toughens Bar-Pass Standard for Law Schools," 05.17.19.
The National Law Journal reports that "the ABA's council of the section of legal education and admission voted Friday to implement a new standard that requires at least 75 percent of a law school's graduates to pass the bar within two years of leaving campus in order to retain accreditation."
a. "ABA legal ed section's council adopts tighter bar pass standard; clock for compliance starts now," 05.17.19.
And the ABA Journal reports that "following multiple years of discussion, and two rejections from the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted a proposed revision to tighten an accreditation standard regarding bar passage Friday."
b. "Law School Accreditor Raises Bar-Passage Standard," 05.20.19.
And more on this from Inside Higher Ed.
c. "ABA's Tougher Bar Pass Rule for Law Schools Applauded, Derided," 05.21.19.
Karen Sloan, writing for Law.com, gathers reactions to the ABA bar passage standard change from academics and law school leaders around the country.
May 17, 2019
1. "SAT's New 'Adversity Score' Will Take Students' Hardships Into Account," 05.16.19.
The New York Times reports that "the College Board will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds…the score will be calculated using 15 factors, including the relative quality of the student's high school and the crime rate and poverty level of the student's neighborhood."
a. "Coming soon to the SAT: An 'adversity score' offering a snapshot of challenges students face," 05.16.19.
More on this from The Washington Post.
b. "New SAT Score: Adversity," 05.17.19.
And a deeper dive into this development from Inside Higher Ed.
2. "Legal Tech's Competitive Edge Top of Mind for UK Law Schools," 05.16.19.
Legaltech News reports that in the UK, law schools at both ends of the prestige scale are quickly adapting their curricula to provide additional legal tech education that can give their graduates a leg up in the job market.
3. "These Law Firms Are Investing in Legal Operations. It's Paying Off," 05.16.19.
The American Lawyer finds that firms that have invested in legal operations are seeing a return on investment in the form of new work and new clients — "by investing in technology and applying data to decision-making they can show clients they are delivering legal services effectively and efficiently."
a. "Firms Halted Innovation Efforts in 2018 At Their Own Risk, Report Finds," 05.15.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to Altman Weil's annual Law Firms in Transition Survey results, "firms have stopped aggressively pushing for the increasingly cost-effective and valuable services clients are still demanding…and down the road, firms that deescalate progress in legal operations could be in hot water in an increasingly competitive market."
b. "General Counsel Share Their Legal Ops Stories, Implementation Tips at CLOC 2019," 05.15.19.
Corporate Counsel reports on the opening of this week's CLOC conference in Las Vegas, including the opening plenary panel that featured GCs from Oracle Corp., Gap Inc., and Westpac.
c. "CLOC Is Opening Up to (Some) Firm Lawyers," 05.14.19.
Corporate Counsel reports that Mary O'Carroll, the president of CLOC and head of legal ops at Google, announced at its annual Vegas Institute on Tuesday that it will begin offering a form of membership to lawyers at firms.
4. "Tomorrow's Artificially Intelligent Lawyer Getting Closer Each Day," 05.15.19.
A law firm partner, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, provides an update on the ways AI is being adapted and adopted by lawyers and law firms, and seeks to confirm that Susskind was right when he wrote that "we are at the beginning of a period of fundamental transformation in law: A time in which we will see greater change than we have seen in the past two centuries. Where the future of the legal service will be a world of internet-based global businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing and web-based simulation practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers, too."
5. "Critics Link California's Bar Exam to Lack of Bench, Bar Diversity," 05.15.19.
The Recorder reports that "critics told a legislative committee that the high marks required to pass are hurting efforts to diversify the state's legal profession and bench."
6. "I Survived My First Year of Law School. Woot.," 05.15.19.
A University of Michigan law student, writing for Law.com, looks back on her experience as a 1L.
7. "A New Growth Vision For Legal Education, Part I: Sustainable Growth Or Dead Cat Bounce?," 05.15.19.
The TaxProf Blog highlights a new law review article that argues that "innovation represents the only firewall to obsolescence" for law schools.
a. You can download the full paper from SSRN here. ("Legal education programs now face strategic inflection points. To survive and thrive long-term, education programs must embrace entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, platforms, and customer service as the means by which to navigate through strategic inflection points. Imagination, adaptability, agility, determination, and speed will separate market leaders from laggards. Scrappy, entrepreneurial, and action-oriented programs that deliver omni-channel, lifelong knowledge and skills development solutions are the movers that will radically redefine and likely dominate the legal education industry. Slow, tradition-bound programs resistant to change are non-movers that face extinction.")
8. "A Year After Associate Salary Hikes, Added Expense Is Catching Up With Firms," 05.15.19.
The New York Law Journal reports that data from the first quarter of 2019 suggests that the added expense pressure of the 2018 associate salary hike is beginning to catch up with many law firms.
9. "Law Firms See Warning Signs of Slower Growth in 2019," 05.14.19.
The American Lawyer reports that both the first quarter reports from both Citi and the Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor Index found that demand and productivity had stalled in the first four months of 2019 and that the recent associate salary hikes are becoming a drag on expenses.
a. "Law Firm Revenue Rose as Demand Dropped in the First Quarter of 2019," 05.13.19.
Gretta Rusanow and David Altuna of Citi, writing for The American Lawyer, report on law firm first quarter financial performance, noting that robust first quarter revenues were largely based on cash collections from 2018 inventory, and they note that expense growth outpaced revenue growth (largely on the costs of associate salary hikes) as the demand curve continues to be volatile.
10. "Sexual Harassment and Bullying: Global Edition," 05.14.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, reports on the results of a global survey of female lawyers in Europe, Latin America, Asia, North America, Africa, Australia, Russia and Scandinavia that found "one in two women suffered bullying (for men, it's one in three), while one in three women experienced sexual harassment in the workplace (compared with one in 14 for men)."
11. "39 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Florida International, New Hampshire, UC-Irvine)," 05.14.19.
The TaxProf Blog provides an update on the list of law schools that now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admission purposes.
12. "Supreme Court Justice Gascon attributes disappearance to depression, anxiety," 05.14.19.
CBC News in Canada reports that "Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon says that his sudden disappearance last week, which triggered a police search, was the result of a long battle with depression and anxiety and a recent change in medication."
13. "Lawyers Aren't Taking Full Advantage of AI Tools, Survey Shows," 05.14.19.
Bloomberg Law reports on new survey results that show "only about one in four people working at law firms and law departments that use legal technology use tools based on artificial intelligence or machine learning."
14. "Why the Legal Industry Can Handle the Next Recession," 05.13.19.
Two partners from Major, Lindsey & Africa, writing for The American Lawyer, suggest that "lasting changes in the way law firms deliver services to their increasingly cost-conscious clients…mean that the next recession will not have nearly as dramatic an effect on the industry."
15. "Offer Rate Points to Best Job Market Since 2007," 05.13.19.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that "graduating seniors from the Class of 2019 are experiencing the best job market for new college graduates since 2007."
16. "Introducing Minds Over Matters: A Yearlong Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession," 05.12.19.
Law.com and its affiliate ALM publications are "embarking on a major, yearlong endeavor to more deeply cover stress, depression, addiction and other mental health issues affecting the legal profession." ("This 12-month examination into mental health, stress, addiction and overall well-being in the profession will house articles, analysis, data, expert advice, personal stories of triumph, a resource center, views from our very esteemed mental health advisory board and much more.")
a. "Confronting the Mental Health Crisis in the Legal Profession," 05.12.19.
Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of Law.com affiliate The American Lawyer, shares her goals for the Minds Over Matter series, as the leader of the editorial initiative. (Podcast)
b. "Meet the Advisory Board Guiding Law.com's Yearlong Mental Health Reporting Project," 05.12.19. (Law.com)
c. "The Legal Profession's Very Real Impact on Personal Relationships," 05.12.19. (Law.com)
d. "For Jeena Cho, Managing Anxiety Meant Making 'Room for Feelings' in Law," 05.12.19. (Law.com)
e. "For Jerry Braun, a Career of Addiction in Law," 05.12.19. (Law.com)
f. "Lisa Smith: Lawyers Who Struggle With Mental Illness Shouldn't Be Afraid to Seek Help," 05.12.19. (New York Law Journal)
g. "David Aronstam's Unusual Path From Heroin Addict to Successful NYC Lawyer," 05.13.19. (New York Law Journal)
h. "'I Didn't Think I'd Ever Come Back To Work' — How a Magic Circle Partner Overcame Personal Trauma Following His Wife's Death," 05.15.19. (The American Lawyer)
17. "ABA legal ed section's council to reconsider stricter bar passage standard," 05.10.19.
The ABA Journal reports that "the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will revisit a controversial proposal to tighten law school standards regarding bar passage rates when it meets in Chicago on Friday."
18. "Law Firm Communication and Millennial Attorneys," 05.10.19.
This piece in the New York Law Journal provides advice about "developing a strategy for communicating with millennial attorneys and creating cultures where this younger generation can be productive and thrive."
19. "Back to the Future: The Effect of AI on the Law Firm Model," 05.10.19.
A law firm partner and associate write about restructuring law firms in the age of automation. (New York Law Journal.)
20. "Asian American Woman Is New Leader at Elite Law Firm," 05.10.19.
Vivia Chen, writing for The American Lawyer, talks to Hailyn Chen, the new co-managing partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson. ("Chen, a litigator of Chinese descent, seems to hold the distinction of being the second Asian American woman to assume the top leadership position of a major firm.")
May 10, 2019
1. "It's Time to Break Up Facebook," 05.09.19.
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, writing for The New York Times, argues that Facebook needs to be broken up into multiple companies, and that more effective regulation needs to be put in place to rein in that company and similar tech giants like Amazon and Google.
2. "Another Threat to Student Legal Clinics — This Time From Ontario," 05.09.19.
This piece in Slaw reports on recent budget cuts to Legal Aid Ontario, and predicts a negative impact on law student clinics.
3. "Law Grads Hiring Report: Job Stats for the Class of 2018," 05.08.19.
Law.com has ranked schools on a variety of factors using the recently released ABA employment outcomes data. (Chart — be sure to check out all of the tabs.)
a. "2019 Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes," 05.07.19.
The TaxProf Blog reports on Robert Anderson's alternative ranking of law schools based on their ABA employment outcomes data.
b. "Visualizing legal employment outcomes in California in 2018," 05.06.19.
Derek Muller, writing for the Excess of Democracy blog, provides a visualization of the ten-month law school employment outcomes in California for the Class of 2018 (previous posts provide visualizations for the employment outcomes at law schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Florida, DC-Maryland-Virginia, and New York).
4. "Nearly 60% of Young Lawyers Pondering Career Switch, Florida Bar Survey Finds," 05.08.19.
Law.com reports that "A new study [of young Florida attorneys] showed nearly one-third…would not apply for law school knowing what they now do about the field…and 58% of respondents have considered changing careers."
5. "AccessLex Awards $375k Grant To AALS For Support Of Law Schools And Deans," 05.08.19.
The TaxProf blog reports that "the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has been awarded a grant from AccessLex Institute for up to $375,000 to support research on legal education and professional development for law schools and deans."
6. "Program to Relieve Student Debt Proves Unforgiving," 05.07.19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that more than 73,000 people have applied for debt forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, but as of March 31 of this year, according to Education Department data, only 864 have had their loans erased. (Subscription required.)
7. "Deloitte Expands US Legal Ambitions With Epstein Becker Alliance," 05.07.19.
The American Lawyer reports that Deloitte has announced a new labor and employment legal services initiative through a strategic alliance with Epstein Becker.
8. "How Corporate Counsel Can Benefit From Growth and Consolidation of Managed Legal Services," 05.07.19.
This piece from Corporate Counsel reports that the competition is heating up between outside counsel law firms and alternative legal services providers as they vie for work from corporate counsel.
9. "Whither English-Canada Law Schools?," 05.07.19.
This piece in Slaw argues that Ryerson University's announcement that its new law program will allow students to include what would otherwise be post-graduate training as part of their law school stage of legal education begs the question, "what is the role of university law schools?"
10. "Data Snapshot: The Path to Big Law Equity Partnership Is Narrowing," 05.06.19.
The American Lawyer provides an ALM Legal Intelligence infographic showing that "over the past two decades, coveted equity partnerships at Am Law 100 firms have become increasingly scarce."
11. "The Big Fail Part IV: Picking Up the Pieces After Flunking the NY Bar Exam," 05.06.19.
Part four in this series from ALM, here in the New York Law Journal, profiles two law graduates who failed the bar and then rebounded.
12. "The Best (and Worst) Ways to Respond to Student Anxiety," 05.05.19.
An associate professor of psychology, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, provides advice for responding to students with anxiety.
13. "Legal Industry Is Left Out as Economists Cheer US Jobs Growth," 05.03.19.
The American Lawyer reports that according to the latest jobs data from the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal industry lost jobs between March and April at a time when the US economy generally has been adding jobs at a rapid clip, and noted that the legal sector is still down 30,000-40,000 jobs from pre-recession highs in 2007.
14. "Key to Advancing, Sustaining Diversity in Law Firms — Open the Door of Opportunity," 05.03.19.
A law firm partner and a client, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, suggest some simple next steps for advancing and promoting diverse associates and partners within large law firms.
15. "Big Law or Big Four? For Firms, It's Not Size of Tech But How You Use It," 05.03.19.
Legaltech News suggests that large law firms will need to use technology strategically to keep pace with the Big Four.
16. "Public law school for Rio Grande Valley authorized by Texas House of Representatives," 05.02.19.
The Valley Town Crier reports that the state House of Representatives in Texas has approved a measure calling for the establishment of a new public law school in Texas.