Wake Up Call: Law Schools Drop LSAT Requirement

• Two law schools became the latest to announce their admissions departments will no longer require the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for applicants. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Georgetown Law Center announced on Monday that they will accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for students applying for admission in 2018. (Inside Higher Ed)

• Last week a big story hit the legal press that litigation giant Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan was in merger talks with Williams & Connolly of Washington, D.C. That is, until the latter firm announced the same day that it had no intentions of ever merging with Quinn Emanuel or any other firm at all, for that matter. David Lat of Above the Law investigated how the rumor turned into a story. (Above the Law)

• Female attorneys in New York are nearly twice as likely to represent parties in the public sector than private litigants, a study by the New York Bar has found. The study found that female lawyers accounted for 38.2 percent of lead counsel in public interest cases, and 19.4 percent of lead counsel in private practice. Similarly, women made up 39.6 percent of the attorneys representing public entities and 18.5 percent of lawyers representing private parties in civil litigation. On average, women make up 25.2 percent of court appearances in commercial and criminal cases. (BLB)

• One of the study’s architects, former Manhattan federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the failure of the legal profession to achieve gender parity. She concluded that “if all judges — male and female — business leaders and the bar at large want to achieve real gender diversity in the legal profession, they have the power to make it happen.” (The New York Times)

• Wells Fargo & Co. is signaling like never before that legal costs might surge, just as U.S. rivals say they’re exiting an era of probes and litigation that cut profits for years. Wells Fargo provided a quarterly list of inquiries and lawsuits it faces, and updated an estimate of “reasonably possible” losses from such cases. The firm said it might ultimately need to spend as much as $3.3 billion more than what it already set aside. That’s a record level for the San Francisco-based company, and 65 percent higher than the danger it saw just three months ago. (Bloomberg News via BLB)

• Policy uncertainty in the U.S. under the Trump administration is preventing some companies from embarking on mergers and acquisitions, according to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s Jeffrey O’Brien. (Bloomberg News via BLB)

• Lockheed Martin associate general counsel and chief privacy officer James Byrne will return to the federal government as the general counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. (BLB)

• Littler Mendelson has recruited K&L Gates partner Donald Dowling Jr. for its New York office. Dowling had been with K&L Gates for two years after joining from White & Case. He specializes in counseling U.S.-based multinational companies  on cross-border employment law issues. (Am Law Daily)

• Stephen Wigginton, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois who joined Armstrong Teasdale two years ago, has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year. (Am Law Daily)

• Google Ventures general counsel Jennifer Kercher, has joined California-based venture capital firm, Section 32, as its new general counsel and chief operating officer. (The Recorder)

Compiled by Casey Sullivan.

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