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  • Tue, September 26, 2017 5:13 PM | Tani Santos

    By:  Katelyn Polantz, The National Law Journal

    Sean Marotta put on Twitter an open offer to have coffee, thinking that one or two young lawyers in Washington, D.C., might have interest in meeting him, a seventh-year associate in Hogan Lovells’ appellate practice.

    But then the requests multiplied. Marotta, whose Twitter presence is among those central to the #AppellateTwitter online community, ultimately met with 15 summer associates this year from a variety of law programs in the nation’s capital. He would greet them in Hogan Lovells’ concourse, walk them over to a nearby Starbucks and then talk for an hour.

    After two separate summer legal interns with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requested coffees, he upgraded their chat to Shake Shack. After each meeting, the summers posed for selfies with Marotta to prove to their tweeps the power of online connections

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  • Thu, September 21, 2017 10:52 AM | Dmitriy Galyutin (Administrator)

    The American Lawyer

    By: Chris Johnson

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is set to launch a law firm in the U.S., a clear sign that the concerted push into legal services by the Big Four accounting firms continues.

    PwC to Launch US Law Firm

  • Wed, September 06, 2017 11:29 AM | Tani Santos

    By: Michelle Kim Hall, Contributor, U.S. News & World Report 

    With the new law school application cycle underway, prospective law school students may wonder what admissions committees are looking for from applicants this year. Fortunately, recent data can help applicants gauge what to expect. Here are our predictions for law school application trends in the 2017-2018 submissions cycle.

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  • Tue, August 15, 2017 9:56 AM | Tani Santos

    By Elizabeth Olson, New York Times

    Law schools, which have been plagued by a shortfall of students in recent years, are changing their admissions requirements.

    Two top-ranked schools — Georgetown University Law Center and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law — this week joined Harvard Law’s recent move to make it simpler to apply.  Applicants can submit the results of the more widely available Graduate Record Exam, the GRE, instead of those from the Law School Admissions Test, which long has been entrenched as the numeric gauge of law school success.

    Many law schools are casting wider nets to attract students who would not otherwise set their sights on a legal education. The schools hope that by making it easier for the engineers, scientists and mathematicians who typically take only the GRE, more of them will enroll. With the two this week, there are now four law schools, including the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, that admit students with GRE scores.

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  • Tue, August 01, 2017 5:39 PM | Tani Santos

    By: Christine Simmons, New York Law Journal

    Despite perennial complaints among associates about life in Big Law, a combination of rising paychecks, greater attention to associate satisfaction and a more cautious lateral market may be keeping young lawyers at their firms longer.

    On average, 16 percent of associates left their firms in 2016, compared with 20 percent in 2015, according to NALP Foundation data for its Update on Associate Attrition Study.

    That's the lowest attrition rate in the last four years of the study, according to the NALP Foundation, which gathers information on law firm associate departures from firms of all sizes in the United States and Canada.

    Gretta Rusanow, head of advisory services at Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, said law firms are repeatedly reporting this year that associate attrition is falling, driven in part by widespread salary increases that were sparked when first-year associate pay at leading New York firms rose by $20,000 to $180,000 last year.

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  • Thu, July 13, 2017 4:04 PM | Tani Santos

    By: Stephanie Francis Ward, ABA Journal

    The requirement that ABA-accredited law schools use some sort of entrance exam in the admissions process hampers innovation and does little to guide schools toward the admission of students capable of mastering legal education and passing a bar exam, according to a group of law school deans.

    The six deans–who include Erwin Chemerinsky, now at the University of California Berkeley School of Law; Daniel B. Rodriguez of Northwestern University; and Blake Morant of George Washington University–submitted their statement (PDF) focusing on whether the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar should devise a process to validate non-LSAT entrance exams. The public hearing took place Thursday in Chicago.

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  • Fri, June 30, 2017 1:48 PM | Tani Santos

    By: Ian Lopez, Legaltech News

    In almost every sense, technology has changed the way we both provide and consume information. The same is currently happening in legal services , albeit slowly.

    Mark Klein, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Marketfield Asset Management, said he's been watching this advancement for the past 25 years of his career. Along with this change, he said, has come change to the demands of consumers—for law firms to provide services that are " more efficient, more cost-effective and timelier."

    At Thomson Reuters' Law Firm CFO/CIO/COO Forum , Klein partook in a panel aptly titled "Exploring Future Drivers of Change in Legal Services—Defining Client Expectations." Here, corporate and law firm professionals discussed technology's role in the changing nature of delivering and receiving legal services, as well as shopping for them.

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  • Mon, June 26, 2017 1:17 PM | Tani Santos


    Arent Fox LLP will once again host an Evening at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, featuring General Counsel and Arent Fox Partner, Gerard Leval. 

    This year’s event takes place on Tuesday, July 11 at 5:00 PM. Please inform your summer associates, interns and students. Thank you in advance for your help in publicizing the event. For questions, please contact Michelle Fowle at michelle.fowle@arentfox.com.


  • Mon, June 19, 2017 11:16 AM | Tani Santos

    By Michelle Kim Hall, US News

    Once you decide where to enroll in law school, you may be wondering how best to prepare for your first year – or 1L. Socratic lectures, casebooks, issue spotting, legal research, blind grading and a curve make law school different than what you encountered as an undergraduate. Your 1L grades are particularly important for summer employment positions, clerkships, eligibility for law review and class rank.

    The summer before I began my law school journey at Harvard University, I bought Scott Turow's book "One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School." I still remember Turow's description of reading his first case as equivalent to "stirring concrete with my eyelashes."

    I found that description so memorable because it was true for me. As an English major, I didn't have any experience reading cases to identify rules, rationale and holdings. I didn't know what a tort was or how civil procedure governed the adjudication of lawsuits. I was excited to find out, but I was nervous, too. I wish I had done more to prepare.

    Today there are more resources available to rising 1Ls than ever before. While 1L prep courses can help you navigate your first year, keep in mind these benefits and drawbacks.

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  • Wed, June 14, 2017 11:10 AM | Tani Santos

    By: Elizabeth Olson, New York Times


    Tim Ryan had been the United States chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers for about a week last year when five police officers in Dallas were killed by a sniper during a protest over police shootings of African-Americans in Minnesota and Louisiana.

    A company email to reassure the accounting firm’s employees drew a response that stayed with Mr. Ryan. “The sender wrote that when he came to work, the silence about what happened was deafening,” Mr. Ryan recalled in an interview. “I knew this was something that hit on our leadership.”Less than three weeks later, thousands of employees sat down for a daylong discussion on race, he said.

    It was a risky step, Mr. Ryan said, “because people have different views and often it’s the case that we don’t openly address these topics in the workplace, even though that’s where we spend the majority of our time.”After talking to fellow chief executives about the experience, Mr. Ryan began enlisting many to join a new initiative to foster more open discussion about race and gender in the workplace.

    That new initiative, C.E.O. Action for Diversity and Inclusion, will announce on Monday that 150 corporate executives have committed to their companies’ encouraging their employees to discuss those sensitive topics. Procter & Gamble, New York Life, Accenture, Deloitte U.S. and the Boston Consulting Group are among the companies that have joined the alliance, of which Mr. Ryan is chairman.

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