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To mark the occasion of its 40th anniversary, The American Lawyer looked back at the origins of the magazine—and the industry—while also taking a look at what changes might be in store in the near future.

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The evolution of the business of law happened moment by moment over the last 40 years. Here, we highlight some of the most important changes that have helped define a new paradigm that stands in stark contrast to the one that existed when The American Lawyer launched in 1979.

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Gina Passarella Cipriani

Gina Passarella is editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

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