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The Brave New World of Entry Level Recruiting
13 Nov 2012 - 13 Nov 2012
AMA Executive Conference Center ~ San Francisco, CA
$895.00 per registrant

How fundamental changes in the legal industry are affecting student recruitment

Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith Esq.LLC and President JD Match
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
Ralph Baxter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean, UC Hastings

Why should you attend this program?

The legal profession is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime structural shift, which will leave it profoundly transformed, caused by the confluence of a variety of powerful forces. Overall growth in demand has slowed abruptly as law firms continue a brutal fight for market share. The traditional pyramidal staffing structure of high associate/partner leverage has given way to far lower leverage levels—threatening one of the key underpinnings of increasing profits per partner.

Pricing pressure is here to stay. Clients have never before been so sophisticated about deriving genuine business value from what they spend on legal services. They are doing whatever it takes—including abandoning the billable hour, turning to providers other than law firms, taking work back in-house, and simply doing without.

How do these fundamental changes in the legal industry impact and affect law firm student recruitment?

Many of these trends touch the “demand” side of law firms (i.e. the clients)—but many also touch also the “supply” side—talent.

This unique conference will explore what’s changed and what hasn’t in recruiting entry-level talent. You will hear from practitioners on the front lines about what’s working and what isn’t — featuring the views of law firms, law schools, and current and former law students — providing attendees with a 360° perspective on a landscape that has never before been so competitive.

There has been no shortage of news about the anemic job market for lawyers, but shouldn’t it be improving now that the recession is behind us? The truth is that the recession ushered in dramatic and lasting changes to the job market for lawyers at every level. We hope you’ll join us along with your peers this November in San Francisco as we collectively discuss how fundamental changes in the legal industry are affecting student recruitment. 

Conference Venue & Hotel Accommodations:

This conference will be held at:

AMA Executive Conference Center
55 Fourth Street, Second Level
San Francisco, California 94103
Recommended Nearby Hotels include:
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, California 94103


JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
500 Post Street corner of Post and Mason · San Francisco, California 94102 USA
The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel
905 California Street - Nob Hill · San Francisco, California 94108 USA
Parc 55 Hotel Wyndham
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Intercontinental San Francisco
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Grand Hyatt
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, California 94108




Group Discount:

Group discounts are available. Please contact Peter Franken at or call 312-212-1301

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Increase your exposure, maintain contacts, obtain new leads by sponsoring an event or exhibiting at this conference. Call 312-212-1301 for more info!

Can’t Attend?

You can still benefit from our program! Workbooks are available for our conferences. Individually priced and packaged, each captures the information and insights delivered by our faculty. For more information email or call 312-212-1301 to reserve your copy today

Cancellation policy
  • Registrations can be submitted at any stage prior to the event, subject to availability. A limited allocation is being held and registering early is therefore recommended - in the event of the registration not being accepted by Ark Group the total amount will be refunded.
  • Payment must be received in full prior to the event.
  • All speakers are correct at the time of printing, but are subject to variation without notice.
  • If the delegate cancels after the registration has been accepted, the delegate will be liable for the following cancellation charges:
1. Cancellations notified over 45 days prior to the event will not incur a cancellation fee
2. In the event of a cancellation being between 45 and 30 days prior to the event, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged.
3. For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the event, the full delegate rate must be paid and no refunds will be available.
  • All registrations submitted by email, fax, U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or over the telephone are subject to these booking conditions.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Ark Group will not be held liable for circumstandes beyond their control which lead to the cancellation or variation of the program.
  • Please make checks payable to Ark Group USA