On November 17 I’ll be giving a West LegalEdcenter seminar in New York. I suspect that although I’ll be in the densest BigLaw cluster in the land, BigLaw associates will be underrepresented at the seminar, as compared to company counsel and contracts professionals. And that’s been pretty much the case at all my U.S. seminars. (My seminars in Canada are a different matter.)
My only reason for mentioning this is that for contract language to improve, everyone’s going to have to be at the table—particularly law firms, as they set the tone.
I can think of a few straightforward reasons for the dearth of BigLaw associates, and I’ve listed them in the following poll. Whether or not you’re a BigLaw associate yourself, I invite you to pick the one or more explanations that you think make most sense. Feel free to add a not-too-scurrilous one of your own!