Survey of Lawyers in the Metropolitan New York Media Market, 1989 (ICPSR 9823)

Principal Investigator(s): Seron, Carroll


The purpose of this data collection was twofold. The survey was designed to ascertain the attitudes of attorneys regarding new techniques for obtaining clients, such as media advertising and solicitation, as well as their attitudes toward pro bono service, and to test whether attitudinal differences are related to demographic or organizational characteristics of the profession. A second purpose of the study was to serve as a screener to identify a group of attorneys in solo and small-firm practice who use new types of business-getting techniques. Variables in the collection include respondent attitudes toward advertising, unions, and pro bono cases, information on type of firm, number of attorneys in the firm, type of legal practice and legal specialty, and demographic information such as religious affiliation, membership in local clubs or associations, college attended, marital status, number of children, income, number of years practicing law, and parents' occupations.

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Study Description


Seron, Carroll. Survey of Lawyers in the Metropolitan New York Media Market, 1989. ICPSR09823-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES-89-10544)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    advertising, attorneys, client relations, legal representation, marketing, media use

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-07-16

Universe:    Lawyers in the metropolitan New York area.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas, Inc., New York, NY, 1990.


Sample:    Stratified random sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-02-12

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 2001-02-16 The card image data have been converted to logical record length, and SAS and SPSS data definition statements were prepared for this collection. In addition, the codebook and data collection instruments are available as a PDF file.

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