ILS Member Survey Analysis

FBA International Law Section Member Survey

During the winter of 2015-16, the International Law Section conducted an online survey of its members. Although only a small percentage of the section’s membership participated in the survey, I believe that section members will be interested in the survey highlights.

  • Half of the survey respondents are involved in legal cases that involve foreign courts or parties.
  • Only 20 percent of the respondents are not presently engaged in international law.
  • All survey respondents have taken at least one course in international law.
  • Seventy percent of respondents have worked on cases or contracts involving international law.
  • Members expressed interest in attending a variety of section activities, including local networking luncheons and evening receptions, inexpensive CLE events (including webinars), and more substantive CLE events that are relevant to their law practice.
  • Survey respondents ranked their interest in section events/publications in the following order:
    • 1. Local luncheon or evening reception with a judge or prominent legal professional
    • 2. Informative quarterly newsletter
    • 3. Multi-day international law conference in a major foreign city
    • 4. Full-day CLE event in a major U.S. city involving prominent legal experts
    • 5. CLE webinar on an international law topic by a nationally-recognized expert
  • Survey respondents did not have many expectations of the section, but indicated their interest in a regular newsletter, networking and mentoring opportunities, and at least one CLE event.
  • Two-thirds of respondents were willing to serve in a leadership position or on a committee.
  • More than half of the respondents were willing to host an event or serve on the newsletter or membership committees.

If these survey results do not represent you or your views, please contact us to share your ideas or to let us know how we can better meet your expectations.

Matthew D. McGhie, ILS Chair

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