The ABA JOURNAL conducted a legal recession survey. The results - which you can find here - are not surprising.
For example, 78% of those contacted saw the recession affecting everyone in the industry, at least to some degree and 52% didn't anticipate recovery until 2010. That 2010 bet is what I'm hearing from those I talk with in professional services.
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