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REMOTE POSSIBILITY? - As we noted in this week’s Law.com Trendspotter column, law firms are coming around to the idea that they can grow their reach without growing their office space overhead costs. But, as Law.com’s Dylan Jackson reports, the concept is probably not for everyone. “Firms who are nimble and capable of working well across offices can naturally incorporate remote attorneys,” said William Malley, managing partner of Perkins Coie, which already counts among its ranks a number of partners who live in places where the firm doesn’t have offices. Legal recruiter Kent Zimmermann added that he thinks remote hiring “may catch on, but only for firms with certain cultures, only in a limited way.” Indeed, it’s clear some firms are not ready to go there: when asked about future adoption of a remote hiring policy, Jackson reports, several Am Law 50 firms declined or did not respond to requests for interviews.

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