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Wake Up Call: New ABA Site Allows Quick Search for Schools’ Bar Passage Rates

March 27, 2018, 11:22 AM

• The American Bar Association’s new comprehensive data on bar passage rates at ABA-approved law schools eliminate the need for a school-by-school search. Among other things, the data show that nearly 9 of 10 law graduates in 2015 who took the bar exam passed it within two years of graduation. ( ABA ) The highest 2017 first-time pass rates included the University of Chicago Law School, at 98.12 percent; Yale Law School, at 97.65 percent; and Duke Law School, at 97.44 percent. The lowest pass rates were Arizona Summit Law School, at 26.53 percent; Thomas Jefferson School of Law, at 29.17 percent; and Whittier Law School, at 35.26 percent. ( )

•The announcement that John Marshall Law School’s Savannah campus will close is the latest illustration of smaller, lower-ranked schools’ struggle to stay open since the Great Recession accelerated the decline in demand for legal education. ( BLB )

• After L.A.-based firm Munger, Tolles & Olson said Sunday that it would stop requiring summer associates and other employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, San Francisco-basedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, quickly did the same.( BLB )

• As nervous regulators around the world eye risks of cryptocurrencies, Big Law firms including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Cooley, and Latham & Watkins, among others, are taking first steps into the burgeoning market. The firms are advising startup companies on their initial coin offerings and also advising regular clients looking to invest in cryptocurrencies or build applications based on blockchain technology. ( Financial Times )

• Two former U.S. solicitors general, Paul D. Clement of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Donald B. Verrilli Jr. of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, faced off in D.C. Circuit court in a case testing the constitutionality of Washington’s regional public transportation authority’s ban on ads that promote or oppose religious beliefs. The case could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has shown a marked interest in similar cases this term. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• The judge overseeing the U.S. antitrust trial seeking to block AT&T Inc. from buying Time Warner Inc. ripped into lawyers for both sides after an attorney for a government witness gave his client transcripts of opening arguments and testimony by another witness before he took the stand. ( Bloomberg )

• A David Boies client came up short at the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. The court rejected an appeal by Boies client Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s Starr International Co., refusing to revive its bid to sue the federal government over the $85 billion bailout of American International Group Inc. a decade ago. ( Bloomberg )

Laterals, Moves, Law Firm Work

• John Horn, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, is the latest of five ex-U.S. prosecutors to join King & Spalding’s white-collar practice. ( Daily Report )

• Baker McKenzie said veteran corporate lawyer Claudia Poernig joined as a partner in New York, coming from DLA Piper. She’s the New York office’s sixth big lateral hire in the last two months, the firm said. ( BakerMcKenzie )

• Barnes & Thornburg added Dawn Collins and Tae Kim as partners in its labor and employment department in Los Angeles. And more of the latest news about labor and employment lawyers and law firms. ( Bloomberg Law via BLB )

• Dykema said attorney Natalie Brouwer Potts joined the firm as senior counsel in the firm’s labor & employment practice group in its Chicago office, which has added 10 lawyers in seven months. Brouwer Potts previously served as Title IX Officer at San Jose State University where she was responsible for campus-wide compliance with federal law and university policies, and before that practiced at management-side law firms. ( )

• Miramax hired former Sony digital executive Robert Osher to return to the entertainment company as its general counsel and chief operating officer. ( Deadline )

Legal Actions

• CVS Health Corp. didn’t violate federal benefits law by including in its 401(k) plan a stable value fund that workers said was too conservative, a federal appeals court ruled. O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Whelan Corrente Flanders Kinder & Siket LLP, and Sidley Austin LLP represented CVS, while Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP represented the investors.( Bloomberg Law )

• Anthem Insurance Cos. Inc., represented by Katz Korin Cunningham PC and Reed Smith LLP, agreed to pay almost $1.63 million to settle three-year-old claims that it violated federal benefit laws by placing certain caps on coverage of therapy treatments for children with severe autism disorders. The class in the case was represented by Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC and SAEED & Little LLP. ( Bloomberg Law )

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.