January 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.

Because I continue to find those monkeys charming, I decided to share the report here.

Happy Change of Venue Friday!

Blog WordPress year in review 2012

Here’s an excerpt of some of the quirkiness they’ve generated:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report. And have a great weekend.

Project Civil Discourse logoWhat does civic engagement mean to you? Share your ideas. Create a video.

That’s the pitch from Project Civil Discourse, which announced its Student Voices Video Contest.

The contest is open to students and some categories of adults. So if you know of or work with someone who may be interested in creating a video that speaks to the issue of civil discourse, point them here. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2013.

Project Civil Discourse is “a special initiative of the Arizona Humanities Council.” The Council builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.”

arizona humanities council logoAlso note: The Project is holding a panel discussion on February 19 on the topic of politics and religion. It will be held at the Phoenix Burton Barr Public Library, and among the panelists will be lawyer Bob McWhirter. We’ve featured Bob’s work and career a number of times in Arizona Attorney Magazine, and he’ll be in there again in our February issue, on the topic of lawyer writing.

Canada lawyerO Canada. Are you the next big legal market for American lawyers?

I had to wonder as I read this article regarding the upswing in mergers among U.S. law firms and law firms abroad. As Ashley Post writes:

“Experts are seeing a trend in which more law firms are pursuing cross-border mergers to create megafirms comprising thousands of lawyers. The Wall Street Journal reports that in the past couple months, there have been three deals that will create huge firms with up to 3,800 lawyers.”

She goes on to explain that 2012’s biggest legal merger in the world—in the world!—was one that was just announced in November and will result in a 3,800-lawyer firm. Although that merger involved a Houston-based firm and a U.K. firm, the lure of a welcoming Canadian market may be a strong one for American lawyers.

ASU Law School logoThat’s why the December announcement from ASU Law School caught my attention: The school is creating a “North American Law Degree” to prepare graduates to practice in both the United States and Canada. The school continues:

“The J.D. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will now prepare students from the U.S. and Canada to seek bar admission in both countries, expanding the job market for new attorneys and creating new opportunities for international law practice.”

ASU Law School Dean Douglas Sylvester

Dean Douglas Sylvester

“The North American Law Degree will allow students to graduate, within three years, with a J.D. designed to allow them to immediately seek licensure in Canada without further coursework, in addition to qualifying them for bar admission in the U.S., making the College of Law’s J.D. program unique among U.S. law schools. Dean Douglas Sylvester, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada and a graduate of both Canadian and U.S. schools of higher education, believes the degree will be an invaluable opportunity for future attorneys.”

The initiative was spearheaded by Dean Doug Sylvester, who is Candian-American.

You can read the whole announcement here.

And here is some background on a few of the trends affecting law firms in Canada (as of 2011).

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