Facts & Stats
Definitely Not Unplugged
An estimated 77 percent of Americans go online every day. Furthermore, one in four Americans — and 39 percent of those ages 18 to 29 — go online “almost constantly.” Americans ages 30 to 49 aren’t far behind — 36 percent in that group report being online “almost constantly,” too.
The Changing Role of the Legal Secretary
In 2004, the average attorney-to-legal-secretary ratio was one-to-one, and occasionally two attorneys to one legal secretary. In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that there were 792,500 lawyer positions and only 191,200 legal secretary positions. This means that the ratio has increased to four to five attorneys to one legal secretary.
Explore why this happened and the impact it has on firms in ALA’s newest white paper, “The Changing Role of the Legal Secretary,” available later this month!
Don’t Ignore Inclusion in Your Firm
Approximately 40 percent of the lawyers who left firms in 2016 were women, a number that’s remained relatively consistent since 2007, according to a 2017 survey from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Vault. Of the 10,709 lawyers who left firms in 2016, almost 22 percent were members of a racial or ethnic minority group — the largest portion to date.
That’s the number of exhibitors on deck for the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo. Check out our interactive floor map so you can see who will be on-site and plan your time for making contacts in the Exhibit Hall.
There’s still time to register for this year’s event, where in addition to finding solutions with our business partners, you’ll have access to a variety of education and networking opportunities. See you in National Harbor, Maryland!
*as of March 27