Compare and contrast that with this article, entitled "Law Firms Express ‘Growing Enthusiasm’ for Contract Lawyers." In this article, it states:
This year, 10 percent of the firms plan to cut associates, 38 percent plan to reduce or discontinue hiring first-year associates, and 54 percent plan to shrink their summer programs.
At the same time, law firms are instead expressing a “growing enthusiasm” for a staffing alternative—contract lawyers, according to an Altman Weil press release. Last year, 39 percent of the law firms used contract lawyers. This year, 53 percent will or might do so, while 52 percent expect that contract lawyers will become a permanent part of their staffing plans.Yes. The connection is clear as June 21st is long. Law Firms are capsizing and/or imploding. The lawyers of today will be contract attorneys, working for 70 hours a week and no benefits. I laugh when I hear young lemmings talk about the economy improving and how jobs will be available once that happens. It won't happen. Law firms are on a permanent trek to finding a cheaper way to provide legal services and contract attorneys are the glaringly obvious solution. And the contract attorneys of yesteryear, TTT and TT graduates, will be pushed out in favor of T14 contract attorneys. If anyone from the ABA is reading this blog, I implore you to do something about this. Our industry is sinking fast. Does someone in the basement of BigLaw need to go postal on a firm to get the ABA to stop accrediting law schools? They should be taking accreditation away from TTT sewer schools. With every unemployed graduate put out in the market, the value of our work decreases to pennies on the dollar. The ABA has the power to stop this madness. UGH. I can't handle this type of news anymore.