NEWS FROM SCG LEGAL (Apr. 16, 2012)
Join Us This Summer in Utrecht
June 25 and 26 are the dates - and Utrecht in the Netherlands is the site - of the 2012 State Capital Group international meeting. Our host firm, Van Benthem & Keulen, assures all member firm attorneys that this year's gathering is bound to be one you'll not want to miss. Early registration ends April 20th. Don't delay!
Conversation with Ken Feinberg Rescheduled for December 5th
Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, this month's "Conversation with Ken Feinberg," featuring Feinberg Rozen founder and managing partner Kenneth Feinberg, best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, has had to be rescheduled. The event, originally scheduled for April 19 at the Metropolitan Club of New York, will now instead be held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - same time, same place. Additional details will be forthcoming. We regret any inconvenience this schedule change may cause.
CPA Global Selected Preferred Legal Services Outsourcing Provider
In response to growing demand from corporate counsel for their law firms to find more and innovative ways to deliver efficient, cost-effective legal services, State Capital Group and CPA Global have teamed up to provide SCG member firms preferential pricing for CPA Global's suite of legal support services, including document review, M&A services, contract solutions, research and compliance, and litigation support. CPA Global is the world's leading provider of outsourced legal and IP services. With offices and delivery centers across the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports corporations and law firms around the world, managing the cost and capacity issues inherent in the delivery of such services, especially at times of peak demand. Founded in 1969 in Jersey, Channel Islands, CPA Global originally managed renewals on behalf of leading patent firms. The company today has 1,500 employees, serving clients' broader legal support services and IP management needs in 180 countries. Information regarding the features and benefits of the preferred partnership agreement has been sent to the voting representative at each of SCG's member firms. Contact the representative in your firm for more details, or call State Capital Group at 202.659.6601.
Legal Sector Suffers Job Losses in March
After two straight months of job increases, the legal sector lost 1,300 positions in March, according to preliminary data released April 6 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report recorded 1,116,400 legal sector positions last month, down from the 18-month high the industry hit in February. The bureau's revised data also showed that the legal sector gained 1,900 jobs in January, not the 1,000 originally estimated.
ALL Approves Stricter Lobbying Regulations
The American League of Lobbyists board of directors this month approved a set of tougher U.S. lobbying rules, which it will urge Congress to adopt. The proposals include mandatory ethics training for lobbyists, lower thresholds for lobbyists to register with Congress, and requirements for local, state and federal employees, as well as employees of religious organizations, to notify Congress that they are lobbyists if they are working to affect federal public policy. Among other things, the plan would require individuals who spend 10 percent of their time lobbying to register as a lobbyist, down from the current 20 percent. It also lowers the number of paid lobbying contacts a lobbyist can have per quarter before registering from two to one - and shortens the registration window from 45 days to 20. The proposal preserves exemptions for citizen-lobbyists.
Interest in Law School Attendance Declining
The Law School Admission Council reported this month that only 60,693 students had applied at accredited law schools through the end of March, down 15.6 percent from last year. The total number of applications submitted was 440,964, representing a 13.6 percent decline. In 2011, the number of applicants dropped 10.7 percent, and the number of applications dropped 11 percent from 2010. The news follows disclosures of a drop in the number of students taking the Law School Admission Test. Approximately 22,000 students took the exam in February, the fewest for a February LSAT since 2001.
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