Forum panelists peer into the future for big law firms

“Big Law 2021 – And What it Will Mean for You” was the topic of the February 16 NYU Law Forum. Led by moderator Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, panelists discussed what changes are afoot in the way the nation’s major law firms conduct their business. Are there limits to how big these firms can grow? Are clients refusing to pay for training needed by junior associates? How much of the routine work these firms do may end up getting outsourced to lawyers in India? These and other questions were examined by Sheila Birnbaum '65, partner and co-head of the Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Mark Harris, founder and CEO of Axiom Law; and Roger Meltzer '77, a partner and global chair of the Corporate and Finance Practice at DLA Piper.

Watch the full discussion (1 hr 6 min):

Panelists, from left: Roger Meltzer, Samuel Issacharoff, Sheila Birnbaum, and Mark Harris

Posted February 23, 2011