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Despite Decimated Job Market, Top Law Students Gather To Further Goal Of Changing Big Law Firms

Publication Date: 
April 07, 2009
The National Law Journal
Leigh Jones

Student Keisha Stanford is quoted in a story in the National Law Journal regarding the Building a Better Legal Profession National Conference of Student Leaders held at Stanford Law School:

Gathering at Stanford Law School over the weekend, about 50 students from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford and other premier law schools were part of Building a Better Legal Profession's National Conference of Student Leaders. The two-day event focused on changing what were often painted as the evil ways of big law firms and included presentations and discussion from well-known practitioners and professors.

The goal of Building a Better Legal Profession (BBLP) is to create collective action among students and associates from top schools to prod large law firms to implement what it says are significant changes needed in billable hour requirements, diversity and the commitment to pro bono work. Their hope is that students and associates from the best schools will not accept jobs at firms that do not change their ways.

"Over time, firms with low diversity numbers, poor female partnership rates, high billable hour requirements and poor commitments to pro bono will risk year after year of associate classes without graduates from the country's top law schools," said Keisha Stanford, a third-year student at Stanford Law School who is a member of the executive board of BBLP.