It's been another dreadful year for the public image of law schools.
Tom DeLong feels your pain. For much of his career, DeLong has been teaching and advising hard chargers, a personality he calls the high need for achievement professional. You know the type--the person in constant need of achievement and approval.
Like the apocryphal generals, we in the media frequently prepare to fight the last war. Such is the case with our interest in international law firm mergers. Let one Rust Belt Gargantua join up with an obscure City of London firm that boasts outposts across exotic lower Freedonia, and we will be happy for months.
At lunch recently with the son of a long-retired name partner of an Am Law 100 firm, he reminded me of the tortured relationship between big law firms and the reporters who write about them.
Once again, we are in merger-talk season.
A year ago, as the client-to-law-firm conversation had fully entered its give-me-a-discount or give-me-death phase, we put Amy Schulman, Pfizer Inc.?s general counsel, on our cover.
With tenure and comp structures clearly in play, partnership just ain't what it used to be.
The Ted Stevens fiasco is only the latest pratfall by the Public Integrity section of the Department of Justice. President Obama and AG Eric Holder are saying the right things, but they won't restore the luster to this gem overnight.
The "global war on terror" has proved to be a losing battle. Look for Obama to employ new laws and to fight a new war.