Thursday, May 27, 2010
Profiles in Cowardice: James Leipold, Executive Shill at NALP
We scam-bloggers tend to take a cynic’s view on things. Instead of relaying inspirational tales, such as John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, we prefer to go in the direction of Profiles in Hypocrisy and Angry Future ExPat’s A Study in Douchebaggery. After all, the work world is a big flaming ball of ripe, fecal matter. With this backdrop, TTR proudly features the gutless James Leipold of NALP.
“The national economy is still volatile and the legal economy remains anemic,” James Leipold, executive director of the Association for Legal Career Professionals, said in an e-mail. “Law firms will likely have to try a variety of experiments and novel practices in the coming months to manage both finances and talent amidst all of this uncertainty.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, you read that right. Jimmy said that the legal economy remains anemic, back in July 2009.
But, yet the NALP published its employment report for the Class of 2009, and claims that 88.3% of this class – for whom employment status was known - was employed within 9 months of graduation!
“There are dozens of reasons why the employment report for the Class of 2009 will be different than those that preceded it, and dozens of reasons why the data that has been gathered will require special explanation and analysis to make sense of it,” said NALP Executive Director James Leipold in commentary accompanying the Selected Findings. He noted that while the employment rate of 88.3% may seem stronger than expected, when the statistic is teased apart, it begins to reveal some of the fundamental weaknesses in the job market faced by this class. For instance, a different survey conducted by NALP found that between 3,200 and 3,700 graduates with jobs in law firms had their start dates deferred beyond December 1, 2009, with many deferred well into 2010.”
A shill deserves NO RESPECT - as he serves as a confidence man for industry, thereby giving false hope to legions of people. An accomplice also seeks to give the false impression of not working for industry. Respect has to be earned, James.
Just look at what Jimmy told the NALP Annual Education Conference, on April 30, 2010 – where he was the sole panelist for “The State of the Legal Economy and the Legal Employment Market”:
“But Leipold told us that NALP is also counting deferred students as employed — even though NALP KNOWS that some deferrals will never result in actual employment.
Since it was me, Leipold, and 11 other people who didn’t want to look tanned when they got back to work on Monday, I decided it was appropriate to question Leipold about this. Why was NALP providing “cover” for law schools when we all know that prospective law students will believe these inflated numbers? Doesn’t this make NALP complicit in this law school scam? To Leipold’s credit, he answered truthfully:
“If we said to law schools you have to report a significant percentage of your graduates as ‘unemployed,’ they wouldn’t do it.” [Emphasis mine]
Did everyone see that?! The executive director of the NALP admits that the employment and salary figures are nonsense. The law schools are reporting students who have had their job offers deferred as EMPLOYED. The fact remains that many of these deferred people will NOT be hired by their firms. But, as a good little shill, Jimmy makes sure to publish these SELF-REPORTED figures at face value.
“We'll give James Leipold, NALP's executive director, the last word: "This represents an enormous interruption in the usual recruiting and employment patterns that we have come to expect. I don't think anyone expects recruiting volumes to pick up significantly during 2010, though the worst does seem, we hope, to be behind us."
The worst, you HOPE, is behind us?! Do you also hope that people will stop tossing plastic bottles in the trash? This article appeared on March 3, 2010.
But, yet in this piece from May 25, 2010, you prognosticate lower employment figures for the class of 2010 and that of 2011. So which is it, James? Is the worst (hopefully) behind us, or will things get worse?
“James Leipold, NALP’s executive director, is predicting lower employment numbers for the class of 2010 and probably 2011, but others think things could pick up.”
When you get a moment, go ahead and ask James to grow a spine. Here is Jimmy’s email address: email@example.com.
Posted by Nando at 4:52 AM