I know, it’s a long-shot, but when I see this:

Above the Law has been able to confirm that Ballard Spahr has officially pushed back start dates for its incoming first year associates. A tipster summarizes the details:

On Friday Ballard Spahr told its incoming class that it is delaying start dates until September 2010. There will be a $45,000 stipend offered…. The firm claims it will try to help the incoming associates find these jobs.

… Getting the money is contingent upon finding a job, but the firm is not limiting the work to public interest legal work. Incoming first years are encouraged to find employment at host of places, doing legal or non-legal work in certain circumstances.

[As noted by The Legal Intelligencer, Blank Rome and Morgan Lewis & Bockius have taken similar steps.]

And this:

Members of Philadelphia’s seven-month-old Criminal Justice Advisory Board said the mayor’s plan would force the city’s courtrooms to shut down for 15 days in 2010 and result in the loss of several dozen prosecutors’ jobs. …

Nutter’s proposed spending plan would reduce the District Attorney’s Office budget to $25 million – a level of spending it has not seen since 2000.

The cut in the prosecutors’ budget represents a 22 percent decrease from the $32 million the office was slated to get in the new budget, before the national financial crisis forced Philadelphia and cities nationwide to rein in spending.

I think, surely we can find a way to place some of these students where their legal services could be put to use for the public?

The DA has already been hit hard, having rescinded its offers to its incoming attorneys, who have had to scramble to find new work long after hiring season (to the extent it existed) closed. It’s unjust and unfair to ‘replace’ those dedicated young lawyers with others who didn’t even want the work in the first place, but that’s the reality of Philadelphia’s budget.

Art, Lynne, how ’bout it? First-years aren’t so bad, some even go solo.