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Law Firms Downsize Libraries, But Still Need Them

Posted Mar 7, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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With the advent of Internet legal research, law firms have downsized their law libraries. But they still need them for some purposes.

Among them: providing a repository for materials that still can't be accessed online, as well as a peaceful haven for lawyers seeking to focus on a research project, reports the Birmingham Business Journal.

Plus, it still serves an important marketing function, says attorney Marc Ayers of Bradley Arant Rose & White, who points out that simply seeing a traditional law library strikes a chord with potential clients and new hires.

"I'm a big believer that aesthetics matter," he says. "When you walk a client in, they like to see those old books that look very classy."


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