Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2015

In 2008, the legal industry began to witness the worst recession since the 1930s — an experience that has permanently changed the practice of law. Many of the changes, such as the speed and pace of legal work, had already begun — the recession simply accelerated them. The “universal experience” now seems to be one of “working harder for the same money.” Writer Jennie Bricker reports on the experience of Oregon law firms and how the recession changed not only the way lawyers practice law but their firms’ very cultures.