are two seemingly disparate topics that thread their way through
this issue of ALM Research NewsLine: good works at the nation’s
most elite law firms … and how much money lawyers and
law librarians are making these days. We first feature the
trends in the Pro
Bono Survey since 1993, the first year captured in the
Research Online database, and then discuss what it takes
to make the A-List.
And then we get down to the nitty-gritty about Salaries
and Compensation. Along those lines, we looked at the
compensation trends captured in the Law
Librarian Survey over the last five years. Best of all,
we offer a free update on associate
salaries, with the purchase of any ALM Research product.
Margaret Daisley, Editor
ALM Research NewsLine
Pro Bono: Is This Going to Be a Trend?:
American Lawyer’s 2007 Pro Bono Survey report this
year focuses on the “rich palette of causes” that
Am Law 200 firms have taken on (“From
Death Row to Dolphins”), how law firm leaders can
pave the way for pro bono at their firms (“Starting
at the Top”), and the difficulties of defining what
constitutes pro bono work (“Drawing
2007 A-List: This is the fifth year of the A-List,
The American Lawyer’s annual ranking of “the
nation’s elite,” as they put it, “the law
firms that are best at balancing a thriving business with
their obligations to the profession.”
Salaries and Compensation
of the most popular topics on the ALM
Research blog is “salaries,” or compensation
information. Whether it’s a notice about a salary survey—the
General Counsel Compensation Survey is the most recent
addition to the archives—or a mention of the new Judicial
Salary Source or What
In-House Lawyers Make on the blog, say “salaries”
and the page views spike.
Six Years Tracking Law Library Trends
we went to press, the 2007 Law Librarians’ Survey had
not yet been published. It will be part of the July/August
issue of Law Firm Inc.,
which will be released August 15th. So we amused ourselves
in the meantime by looking at some of the trends in the last
five years since the survey was first conducted in 2002.
with the purchase of one other product from the ALM
Research Store: the Associate Salary Update. One
spreadsheet, almost 300 firms, with information about
first-year associate salary information, updated as
of July 31, 2007. Contact ALM Research at email@example.com
or call 888-770-5647 and mention the promo code ASU.
Pro Bono Survey has been conducted since 1993.
Data from all years is available to premium subscribers.
Data from the current year is available to basic subscribers.
The 2007 report is available to non-subscribers in
searchable spreadsheet format for $250. Click here
to see a sample.
Librarian Survey has been conducted since 2002.
Same pricing structure applies: premium subscribers
have access to all years’ data; basic subscribers
have access to the current years’ data. Non-subscribers
may purchase the 2007 report in searchable spreadsheet
format for $100, and a spreadsheet with all the historical
data for $150. Click here
to see a sample.
Research Online has a variety of sources for salary
and compensation information beside the Associate
Salary Update mentioned above. The Am
Law 200 provides averages for partner profits.
The annual Midlevel
Associates Survey provides salary and benefits
information for third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates.
Compensation Survey provides information about
the 100 highest-paid General Counsel at Fortune 500
Law Librarian and AmLaw
Tech survey (currently "Tech History) provide
compensation information for the highest paid librarian
and technology heads. And the ALM
Research Business Development Practices Survey
provides information about compensation for the highest-paid
marketing and business development professionals at
new in the database this month: the 2007
Midlevel Associates Survey and the 2007 Associates
Technology Survey. Coming in September: the 2007 AmLaw