The New York State Bar Association on Monday released a report that suggests ways firms can restructure and change business practices as the legal field faces a number of challenges.

“After weathering some of the worst years in recent memory due to the economic downturn, bar leaders across New York and around the world are cognizant of the need to change fundamentally the way we as attorneys do business,” said Bar president Stephen P. Younger of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.