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American Bar Foundation and Incisive Media Release First Report on Law Firms Working Group Research Studies

February 4, 2009, Press releases, Yahoo Finance

NEW YORK & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Incisive Media and the American Bar Foundation,the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law and legal processes, today announced the release of the first report on the projects of the ABF’s Law Firms Working Group. The Law Firms Working Group, supported by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is focused on creating new empirical understandings of the forces reshaping the world of law practice. The report, “Work InProgress 2008,” which summarizes ten ongoing study projects, is available through the sponsorship of
Martindale-Hubbell. Free copies of the report are available to members of Martindale-Hubbell Connected(, the premier online network for legal professionals.

Martindale-Hubbell Connected is a global online community designed specifically for the needs of corporate counsel attorneys, law firm lawyers and other legal professionals, that enables them to connect, network, communicate and collaborate in a trusted and authenticated environment withcolleagues. Visit Martindale-Hubbell Connected to join the network and download a free copy of thereport.

“We hope that these articles will give both law firm partners and in-house legal directors data-rich insightinto practical management issues, ranging from hiring, promotion and lateral movement, to financial management, profitability and globalization,” said Jack Berkowitz, senior vice president of Incisive Media.Studies highlighted in the report include:

  •  “The Professionalization of Law Firm Management” by Elizabeth Chambliss (New York Law School)
  •  “The Changing Economic Geography of Large U.S. Law Firms” by Arthur Alderson (IndianaUniversity, Sociology) and William Henderson (Indiana University Maurer School of Law)
  •  “Globalization Strategies of U.S. Law Firms” Nicole de Bruin Phelan (Northwestern University School of Law) and Carole Silver (Georgetown University Law Center)

Under an ongoing agreement, Incisive Media provides the ABF with full access to the Incisive Legal Intelligence database of survey and research data, including Am Law 200 law firm financial data, as wellas NLJ 250 and Diversity Scorecard demographic information. Law Firms Working Group researchersuse this data to analyze a wide range of law firm business and practice issues.

Established in 1952, the American Bar Foundation is the preeminent resource for lawyers, scholars, andpolicy makers who seek insightful analyses of the theory and functioning of law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. Its program of sociolegal research is conducted by an interdisciplinary staff of research fellows trained in such diverse fields as law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. The Foundation's work is supported by the American Bar Endowment, by The Fellowsof the American Bar Foundation, and by grants for particular research projects from private foundations and government agencies.

Incisive Legal Intelligence (formerly ALM Research) offers the legal industry’s most extensive onlinedatabase of legal market intelligence, as well as syndicated survey reports, including the annual Law FirmBusiness Development Survey and 2007 Survey of Law Firm Billing Rates and Practices. Incisive Legal Intelligence is a division of Incisive Media, parent company to leading legal media including The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal and Legal Week.

Incisive Media is a leading global provider of specialized business news and information, in print, in person and online. The company's principal markets include financial services, legal services, commercialreal estate, marketing services and risk management. Incisive Media's market-leading brands include Accountancy Age, Computing, Investment Week, Legal Week, LegalTech, Post, Real Estate ForumRisk, Search Engine Strategies and The American Lawyer.  For more information, visit

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