The New York City Bar has appointed a task force to examine career prospects of young attorneys and to make recommendations in light of the challenging legal market. The group includes leaders of law firms, law schools, government legal offices, legal services groups and corporate legal departments.
Its members have the “experience necessary to assess the problem and the leadership position to be heard on significant recommendations for change if they are warranted,” said Mark Morril, vice president of the city bar and senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Viacom Inc., who will chair the task force.
City bar president Carey Dunne noted in a statement that the American Bar Association has reported that only 55 percent of recent law school graduates have found full-time legal employment and clients are increasingly unwilling to have new attorneys work on their matters. “Too many law graduates face diminished opportunities to launch their careers and fear they will never get on track,” said Dunne, a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. “Whether these recent changes are temporary or reflect a more fundamental shift in the structure and operation of the legal profession, the time has come for the leaders of our profession to respond.”
Other task force members include, from law schools, Michelle Anderson, dean, City University of New York School of Law; Matthew Diller, dean, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; David Schizer, dean, Columbia Law School; William Treanor, dean, Georgetown Law School; and David Wilkins, director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School
Government attorneys: New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo; Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Large law firms: Richard Beattie, chair, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Eric Friedman, executive partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Brad Karp, chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Julian Pritchard, U.S. managing partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kathleen Sullivan, partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Solo, small and medium-sized firms: Laurie Berke-Weiss, partner, Berke-Weiss & Pechman; Andrew Celli Jr., founding partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady; Carmelyn Malalis, partner, Outten & Golden; Alla Roytberg, founder, Law Firm and the Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg P.C.; Eric Seiler, partner, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman; Charles Stillman, founding member, Stillman & Friedman.
Legal services organizations: Steven Banks, attorney-in-chief, Legal Aid Society, and Raun Rasmussen, executive director, Legal Services NYC.
Chief in-house counsel: Eric Grossman, chief legal officer, Morgan Stanley; Don Liu, general counsel, Xerox; Elizabeth Moore, general counsel, Consolidated Edison; Amy Schulman, general counsel, Pfizer Inc.; Jane Sherburne, general counsel, Bank of New York Mellon; Wanji Walcott, managing counsel, American Express Co.
Career services and recruiting professionsals: Camille Chin-Kee-Fatt, director, career services, Brooklyn Law School, and Sharon Crane, director, legal recruiting, Davis Polk & Wardwell
The task force will convene in September and issue a report about their findings next summer, the city bar said.