Back in November, I posted an announcement for the Law Firms Working Group, which is a joint initiative of the American Bar Foundation and Indiana Law. Pursuant to a special licensing agreement with American Lawyer Media (ALM), the Working Group is soliciting proposals for research projects that will utilize a large cache of data on law firms, including information on law firm profitability, revenues, billing rates, firm size, structure, office locations, various dimensions of associate satisfaction, lawyer demographics, technology migration, recruitment of new associates, lateral partner mobility, corporate clients, big deals and big lawsuits, and much more. Most of the variables are available for multiple years.
ALM is remarkably good at collecting data, but academic researchers--i.e., ELS readers--have a comparative advantage when it comes to analyzing it. This is the core insight that produced the special licensing arrangement. In my capacity as the Working Group director, I have received numerous inquires and several proposals. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, the deadline is February 16. Note that we are limited to twelve active projects. See this announcement for details.