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K&L Gates Head Honcho Calls for an End to the NALP Era

The body that decides just how many free fancy dinners 2Ls at elite schools are entitled to each week is under attack. Peter Kalis, chair of K&L Gates, penned an op-ed in The National Law Journal denouncing the National Association for Law Placement as perpetuating a recruiting system that is not in the interests of students, firms or schools. Other than that, it's great.

Kalis one-ups his colleagues who came out against the recent proposal to rejigger the rules a bit, instead advocating a Vegas-style demolition. From the artifice of 20-minute on-campus interviews to the planning nightmares for firms that resulted when work dried up as a result of the Great Recession, Kalis has had enough, and points a finger squarely at the newly rebranded "Association for Legal Career Professionals" (Raise your hand if you still miss the Association of Trial Lawyers of America!).

Adam Smith, Esq. seems to be on board as well. Could a free-market approach to hiring lawyers work? Would it be utter chaos if some firms continued to abide by NALP guidelines while others made offers when and where they saw fit? Does any BigLaw firm want to take me out for steaks and a $450 bottle of Cabernet? Thoughts?

Posted by Eric Lipman on February 17, 2010 at 03:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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