Friday, August 14, 2009
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Last summer I created an online antitrust practitioner survey to gauge the current state of antitrust in a number of different substantive areas. The results that came back with 234 responses were interesting. Now that I have received Institutional Review Board permission (University rules) for additional testing on "human research subjects", I am in the process of interviewing elite antitrust practitioners, as measured by Chambers ranked lawyers in the US. The goal is to see if elite practitioners have a different sense of the state of antitrust. So far I have come away very impressed with the depth and sophistication of nearly all of the interviewees. What is perhaps more interesting is that I have talked with some of the most interesting, charming, and cerebral people I have ever met. I still have another 80 or so interviews to do. Hopefully I will have a write up of my results by January.