NEW YORK- LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network –ALM, a leading…

NEW YORK- LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network –ALM, a leading media company serving legal and business professionals, today announced a collaborative research agreement with the American Bar Foundation, an independent, nonprofit national research institute committed to objective empirical research on law and legal institutions. The relationship will provide the ABF with full access to the ALM ResearchTM database containing the company’s industry survey and research data, including Am Law 200® law firm financial data, as well as NLJ 250® and Diversity Scorecard® demographic information. The ABF will establish a new working group of academic researchers who will use ALM’s industry-leading data to conduct further research and analysis of law firm business and practice, covering topics such as financial performance and lawyer mobility, as well as law firm and practice group awareness.

In addition, ALM will have rights to use ABF working group reports in its legal magazines and newspapers, and to market the reports and other work developed based on ALM data. ALM expects to use the interrelated databases and new data subsets resulting from the ABF’s work to support new editorial initiatives and reporting, create new database products, and guide the development of new research projects and custom research reports.

“Our agreement with the ABF will provide members of the profession and ALM with analysis of leading industry data by some of the nation’s top researchers in the field,” said William Pollak, president and CEO of ALM. “We expect that their work will yield insights into professional trends that can serve as the basis for both new editorial efforts and additional data gathering by ALM Research.”

Established in 1952, the American Bar Foundation is the preeminent resource for lawyers, scholars, and policy makers who seek insightful analyses of the theory and functioning of law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. Its program of sociolegal research is conducted by an interdisciplinary staff of research fellows trained in such diverse fields as law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. The Foundation’s work is supported by the American Bar Endowment, by The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and by grants for particular research projects from private foundations and government agencies.

ALM Research is a leading provider of business intelligence for and about the legal market. ALM Research offers detailed business information for and about the top U.S. and international law firms. The division’s ALM Research Online (www.almresearchonline.com) Web service provides subscribers with direct, on-demand access to ALM’s extensive database of surveys, rankings and lists related to law firms and the legal industry. The site also includes the ALM Research Online store where non-subscribers can purchase and download pre-formatted individual law firm reports, selected current-year survey data on an individual basis, and ALM Research reports.

Headquartered in New York City, ALM is a leading integrated media company, focused on the legal and business communities. ALM currently owns and publishes 34 national and regional magazines and newspapers, including The American Lawyer®, Corporate Counsel®, The National Law Journal® and Real Estate Forum®. The company is one of North America’s largest producers of conferences and trade shows for business leaders and the legal profession. ALM’s Law.com® is the Web’s leading legal news and information network, while ALM’s GlobeSt.com is the Web’s leading information source for commercial real estate professionals. Other ALM businesses include book and newsletter publishing, court verdict and settlement reporting, production of professional educational seminars, market research and content distribution. ALM was formed by U.S. Equity Partners, L.P., a private equity fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP. More information on ALM’s businesses and services is available on the Web at www.alm.com.

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