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TRI-STATE RECIPROCITY Q&A

Bar members with questions about the new reciprocity rules are encouraged to see the question and answer document posted on the bar's website; see www.osbar.org and follow the link to tri-state reciprocity.


TWO STUDIES ON LAW PLACEMENT

NALP has published a new report documenting the seventh successive increase in the employment rate of new law graduates. An increase in full-time legal employment accounts for most of the increase. The 173 ABA-accredited law schools responded to the survey, providing employment information on 91 percent of all graduates of the Class of 2000.

Among the findings:

  • The median private practice salary increased by $10,000 to $80,000, while medians for jobs in government, public interest organizations and as judicial clerks increased by just about $2,000.
  • The higher median in private practice not withstanding, salaries between $35,000 and $55,000 were more common than salaries of $75,000 or more.

    The study is called 'Jobs and J.D.s: Employment and Salaries of New Law Graduates - Class of 2000.' For more information, call 202-835-1001, or e-mail info@nalp.org.

    NALP also published its annual survey of associate compensation, the '2002 Associate Salary Survey' report, finding that entry-level associate salaries remained stable in large firms (and detailing private practice compensation ranges). News on bonus systems at participating firms:
  • About 70 percent of firms use a discretionary basis as one means of determining eligibility for bonuses.
  • Many firms (64 percent) use 'meeting fixed goals' as a determinant of eligibility; forty percent of small firms consider this factor, while over 80 percent of the large firms do.
  • Bonus amounts were determined by various factors, most commonly: merit/performance (73 percent); billable hours (71 percent); and discretion (50 percent).
  • Bonuses of $5,000 to $15,000 were most typical.

Additional findings from this and other surveys are posted at www.nalp.org under the NALP research link.


A DAY TO BAN LAWYER BASHING

The first National I Love My Lawyer Day will be celebrated Nov. 2, 2001, according to the American Lawyers Public Image Association (ALPIA). On the first Friday in November, lawyer bashing is banned; all lawyers are asked to donate their income from one billable hour to Childreach; and the public is asked to let their lawyers know how much they love and appreciate them.

ALPIA exists to promote a positive public image of lawyers. As vividly described at www.alpia.org, one day the organization's founder had simply had it 'up to here' with vicious lawyer jokes, and thus an organization was born.


FEDERAL WORKFORCE SHRINKING, FOR SOME

Major changes have occurred in the make up of federal civilian workers during the last quarter of a century, according to data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Record Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Among other findings: Relative to the national population, the overall number of federal civilian employees declined by one-third between 1975 and 2000. Examples of employees whose ranks decreased markedly include air traffic controllers, highway safety experts and food and safety inspectors. During the same quarter century, the per capita number of government lawyers jumped by more than half, criminal investigators working for federal agencies increased by more than a third and employees in the federal prison system tripled.

TRAC is a non-partisan organization associated with Syracuse University providing information about the federal government. For more information on what they're up to, see http://trac. syr.edu.


ONLINE RESOURCE FOR CONSUMERS

The ABA has created a new online resource to help consumers with everyday legal issues, including predatory loan traps, health care decisions, safe online shopping and finding a lawyer. It's at www.abalawinfo.org.

GO HOME FOR DINNER?

A recent online survey of legal professionals found that 45 percent of attorneys eat dinner at their desks at least once per week, and nearly 29 percent take their evening meal at the office regularly. Slightly more than 28 percent of the 772 respondents said they have more napkins and eating utensils in their desks than files. Forty-four percent said they never eat dinner at work. The survey was conducted on FindLaw's career center. To take part in the current survey - or to view other career content - visit http://careers.findlaw.com.


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