Friday, January 13, 2012
ABA Journal, The New Normal -- A View from AALS: What Change Looks Like, by Paul Lippe (Founder and CEO, Legal OnRamp):
The AALS meeting, at which I had the opportunity to speak, presented in very clear terms the central question of our time:
Will smart and privileged people be able to pull together to effectively manage structural change, or will they use their skill to protect their privileges, even if it's clearly against their long-term self interest?
The backdrop of the meeting was set by two articles: David Segal’s piece in the New York Times on the problems of newly minted lawyers and the frustration with the cost of lawyers; and my friend Bill Henderson’s cover story in the ABA Journal on the law school financing bubble.
Neither critique requires us to throw out the (law school) baby with the bathwater. They both simply point out an unhealthy level of disconnect and a need for reform.