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A Profession in Crisis? New Results from the After the JD Study of Lawyers Careers

Presented at the 2014 ABA Midyear meeting in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

The After the JD Study has been following a national sample of lawyers who passed the bar in the year 2000, and has interviewed them in 2003, 2007, and 2012.  The panel presented some of the first results from the 2012 survey, including data on what these lawyers are doing 12 years into their careers, whether they are still satisfied with their decision to become a lawyer, and whether women and minorities are achieving professional success and satisfaction at the same rate as their peers. 

After the JD Research Team

Ronit Dinovitzer, Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Bryant Garth, Affiliated Research Professor, American Bar Foundation; Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California at Irvine Law

Joyce Sterling, Professor of Legal Ethics and Legal Profession,University of Denver Strum College of Law

David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School;  Vice Dean for Global Initiative on the Legal Professor, Harvard University Law School

Moderator

Kathleen J. Hopkins, Founding Member, Real Property law Group, Seattle, WA;  Chair-Elect of The Fellows, American Bar Foundation

Panelists

Abby Eisenberg, Assistant Director for the Institute for Compliance, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Tommy D. Preston, Jr., Associate, Nexsen Pruet, Columbia, SC

Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University Law School

 

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