If you will or could be in the Bay Area the second week of November, I invite you to sign up for a day-long conference, The Brave New World of Entry-Level Recruiting, which we have put together.  It’s actually “back by popular demand,” in that we held a predecessor event here in New York this past January, which was so oversubscribed the organizer first had to reserve a larger room and then shut down registration when that room reached capacity.

Here’s the list of speakers:

Jim Leipold, Executive Director, NALP
Prof. Bill Henderson, Indiana/Maurer Law School
Leigh P. Ryan, Hiring Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
Jon C. Avina, Hiring Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Michael Gilligan, Hiring Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
Terry Galligan, Assistant Dean of Career Development, Berkeley School of Law, UC-Berkeley
Susan C. Robinson, Associate Dean for Career Services, Stanford Law School
Sari Zimmerman, Assistant Dean, Office of Career & Professional Development, UC Hastings
Paul F. Campos, Author, Journalist & Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean, UC Hastings
Ralph Baxter, Chairman & CEO, Orrick


I think you’d agree it’s an extremely distinguished group, and we’re deeply pleased each of these individuals will be participating.

I will kick off the conference with a quick overview presentation about how law student recruiting has changed since the Great Recession, and I’ll moderate the entire day.

Then we’ll have:

  • Jim Leipold deliver the keynote
  • Prof. Bill Henderson follow with one of his characteristically data-rich presentations
  • The three firm hiring partners will discuss their perspective on the last panel of the morning
  • Following lunch the three law school career services deans will talk about schools’ perspective
  • Prof. Paul Campos will discuss whether newly vocal critics of the value of a law degree have a point, and the implications if they do
  • And the day will conclude with a “View from the Top” panel including Frank Wu, who is instituting bold new strategic initiatives at UC/Hastings.


  • San Francisco AMA Executive Conference Center (Marriott Marquis/Union Square)
  • 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 13 November 2012

Here’s more information.

This promises to be a day full of very rich content, delivered by some real pro’s in this area.  As one of the New York attendees reported, “in one day I learned more than I learn during the rest of the year.”

And if only to entice you, here’s just one chart I’ve prepared for my kickoff talk:

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Hope to see you there!

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