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Top Five States for Lawyer Growth (Hint: Not New York)

Vivia Chen

October 10, 2013

Stressing by KyKyPy3HuK via istockphotoAnother quick look at news only a lawyer and her mother will appreciate:

1. States where the lawyer population is growing (or not). If you are wondering where to hang your shingle, take a look at AssociatesMind.com's state-by-state chart of lawyer growth rates over the last 10 years.

First, the five states with the highest growth rates in lawyers:

Nevada         +54 percent

Alabama       +47

Utah              +46

Arizona        +42

Delaware     +36

And the five states with the lowest or negative growth rate in lawyers:

Alaska                         + 8 percent

Nebraska                    +4

Vermont                     +3

Massachusetts           - 8

Rhode Island             -19

And where do California and New York fit? Both had respectable growth—21 percent for each of those states.

2. This is so unfair! So many rules that prevent lawyers from cashing in. According to a new opinion issued by the Professional Ethics Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, lawyers shouldn't be allowed to collect whistleblower bounties when they reveal confidential information about their clients.

The committee was concerned that "a financial incentive might tend to cloud a lawyer's professional judgment," reports New York Law Journal.

Lawyers placing their financial interest before their clients' welfare? What an exotic concept.

3. How shocking: Law reviews are boring! Looks like no one—not even those who work on them—likes flipping through the pages. Academics, student editors, judges, and practitioners say that law review articles are too long and largely irrelevant to those in practice, according to a survey reported in The National Law Journal.

The survey is discussed in Loyola Law Review. Gee, I wonder how long that piece is and how many people will find it a must-read.  

4. You're that pure? Puh-leeze! A survey from Corporate Responsibility Magazine (who knew there's such a publication?) finds that 69 percent of Americans wouldn't take a job with a company with a bad reputation—even if they're unemployed, reports Corporate Counsel.

Not to worry, people aren't totally crazy: The majority of respondents said that they would consider taking a job at a company with a sullied reputation if they got paid a lot more—like a "50 and 100 percent bump in salary."

Nice to know that everyone has a price.

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Maybe I should move to Rhode Island. Florida is getting overcrowded.

What's driving the growth in the number of lawyers? Most surveys show declining demand for traditional outside counsel.

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About Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen, The Careerist's chief blogger, has been covering the business and culture of law firms for a decade. A former corporate lawyer, Chen is fascinated by those who thrive (as well as those who don't) in the legal profession. Her take: Success in the law (and life) doesn't always travel a linear path. If you have topics you'd like to discuss or information to share, contact her: VChen@alm.com

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