Special Issue • December 2016

Special Issue • December 2016
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A Letter to Our Readers

From the editors

As The Practice completes its second full year of publication, we would again like to express our deepest thanks to all of you for your readership and support. Over the course of this year, we have published issues on topics ranging from Lawyers and Politics to the Reemergence of the Big Four in Law to The Professional Identity of Lawyers. Each issue highlighted original, empirical research on the profession packaged in an innovative digital environment.

In this 2016 Year-End Report, we bring together many of the themes that we have covered this year through short topic videos delivered by David B. Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and the faculty director of the Center on the Legal Profession. Included in this collection of videos are his thoughts about what 2017 might bring for the global legal profession. In the video, Professor Wilkins draws attention to three major forces which will help define 2017: generational change, the use of technology and other forms of innovation, and changes in work-place planning. We hope that you will find these videos and the ideas they impart to be informative and helpful in your practice.

We are driven not by a desire to simply comment on the hot topics of the day, but to offer nuanced perspectives on the major issues lawyers and legal professionals will face over the long-term.

We also want to take this opportunity to let you know about some exciting changes coming to The Practice in the upcoming year. Chief among them will be a major update to the backend of the publication’s website—updates which will allow users a more seamless and problem-free registration, subscription, and reading experience. While we are very proud of what we have built over the last two years, we have been listening to the helpful comments from our readers and continue to invest into the growth and development of The Practice. We will update you more about this in the coming months and welcome continued feedback.

For the upcoming year, The Practice has an exciting lineup on deck. Our January 2017 issue will present exclusive research on how institutional nudges within law firms and other professional contexts are fundamentally altering how we think about diversity and inclusion. Other topics in the works include: why law firms fail, interventions in access to justice, and quality metrics in law. If you have ideas for other topics, please make sure to let us know.

As we said to you all last year, The Practice is a unique publication that aims to be a bridge between the research that the Center and other leading scholars conduct and those we study each and every day—practicing lawyers and legal professionals. Unlike most legal publications, we are driven not by a desire to simply comment on the hot topics of the day, but to offer nuanced perspectives on the major issues lawyers and legal professionals will face over the long-term. Leveraging the Center’s global reach, The Practice provides this content not just for those in the field here in the United States but also around the world. Offering deeply substantive content is integral to our mission. It is a fundamental strength and a core value of our publication.

As we move into our third full year of publication, we repeat our ongoing request: Keep reading, and keep contributing your thoughts, ideas, and comments. The Practice is what it is because we are able to talk to, and learn from, those in the field.

We hope that you continue to enjoy The Practice and wish you a peaceful New Year.

The Practice Team

Special Issue • December 2016 Special Issue • December 2016

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