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Conference Watch Part 1: The News From NALP

NALP -- the nonprofit formerly known as the National Association for Legal Placement -- is holding its Annual Education Conference in D.C. this week, and as we near the end of day two the reports so far are more or less what you might expect. The only placement most folks in the legal industry are receiving these days is on the curb. But while the law school staff, recruiters and related industry types at the show report lower attendance than in years past, it's not all glum news. Above the Law founder David Lat is there with a booth, handing out swag, and he seems upbeat about the event itself ("...the conference still appears to be well-attended --standing room only at several panels, including our plenary"). He's less sure of the health of the industry as a whole, and he should know. Above the Law has seen a massive surge in traffic since its reports on law firm layoffs went daily, but he also shares his notes from an apocalyptic talk by another law firm expert:

One of our favorite presentations, despite its deeply depressing nature, was "Understanding the Current Legal Economy." Law firm management guru James Jones -- Managing Director of Hildebrandt International, and former managing partner of Arnold & Porter -- spoke to a packed ballroom about how the legal industry is, in short, completely screwed (at least for 2009, and probably beyond).

The conference runs through April 4, so we'll keep an eye out for any glimmers of hope the NALPers can offer, at least when they're not raising pinkies like it's 2007.

Posted by Product Team on April 2, 2009 at 05:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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