Tuesday, November 21, 2006
William Henderson (Indiana) has issued a call for research proposals for empirical work on law firms and the legal profession:
The Law Firms Working Group, a joint initiative of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington, is currently accepting research proposals for empirical work on law firms and the legal profession. Pursuant to a special licensing agreement with American Lawyer Media (ALM) designed to facilitate this research, the Working Group will make available to a limited number of researchers several comprehensive datasets on large U.S. or global law firms. Working Group data includes cross-sectional and longitudinal information on law firm structure, financial performance, lawyer demographics, branch office size and location (including coding by metropolitan area), lawyer mobility, associate satisfaction, relative law firm prestige derived from lawyer surveys, practice group prominence, and several other facets of modern law firm practice. Because of licensing restrictions, composition of the Working Group will be limited to twelve active projects.
Researchers interested in joining the Law Firms Working Group and obtaining access to this data should submit a research proposal (maximum of 750 words) and curriculum vitae via email to Professor William Henderson. Although the initial data are primarily quantitative, the Working Group welcomes proposals that combine quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Selection criteria for research proposals include (a) intellectual merit, (b) researcher qualifications, (c) proposal timing, and (d) lack of significant overlap with other Working Group projects. Researchers are therefore strongly encouraged to submit their proposals as soon as possible before February 16, 2007. Initial project approvals and invitations to join the Working Group will be made as soon as practicable and thereafter on a rolling, space-available basis. At this time, the Working Group provides no research support beyond the acquisition and archiving of data.