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July 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California Bar Examiners Stripped Of Authority To Determine Passing Score On State Bar Exam

As thoroughly reported here at Above the Law, bar exam passage rates have plummeted across the nation for the past several years. In California in particular, test-takers’ performance has been outstandingly poor, prompting a chorus of critics to demand that the state’s cut score be lowered so that more law school graduates will be able to pass the exam and become practicing attorneys. As it stands, California’s required passing score of 144 is higher than that of 48 other states, with only Delaware’s cut score being higher. For decades, California’s bar exam has been referred to as the hardest in the country, but year in and year out, data has revealed that to be untrue. With the state’s mean scaled MBE scores continuing to be higher than the national average, it seems that California’s bar exam is simply the most difficult to pass thanks to its arbitrarily high cut score.
Read the full story at Above The Law


New CA Bar President Vows to Burnish Agency's Image

Michael Colantuono, a municipal law attorney from Grass Valley, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Friday, making him the first openly gay president of the organization. He'll be sworn in to office this fall.
Read the full story at The Recorder

Number of LSAT Test-Takers Surges. Is It a Trump Bump?

The hoped-for law school “Trump Bump” might actually have legs. The number of people who took the Law School Admission Test in June climbed nearly 20 percent over last year—the largest percentage increase for any individual LSAT administration since September 2009.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal

Longtime Orrick IP Partner Decamps for 'Hybrid' Boutique

Rimon has reeled in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe commercial and intellectual property litigation partner Matthew Poppe in Palo Alto, California, and San Francisco. Poppe, who spent nearly 22 years at Orrick, is now a partner at Rimon, a small firm using part of the virtual model.
Read the full story at The Recorder

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