A task force of the New York State Bar Association kicked off a monthslong examination of the legal profession on Wednesday, with the goal of producing a report that will influence fundamental changes in the law firm billing structure, improvements in legal education and training, providing better work-life balance, and harnessing new technologies.

About 30 people gathered at the offices of Fulbright & Jaworski in midtown Manhattan to begin exploring changes in the profession brought on by the recession and advances in technology. The task force is one of the top initiatives of Stephen P. Younger, the state bar’s new president.

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