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HASTY RETREAT? - Will 2021 allow law firms the opportunity to bring their lawyers back together for teambuilding exercises without having to worry about WiFi outages and frozen screens? It’s too soon to tell, but a firm leader can dream, can’t they? And, according to a new report by Law.com’s Patrick Smith, many of them are indeed dreaming of holding in-person retreats this year, spurred by the belief that there are tangible benefits in having lawyers meet face-to-face and the acknowledgment that “Zoom fatigue” is real. “I would love to get back in person,” said Kim Koopersmith, chairwoman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. “If the vaccine is rolled out, the earliest we can do this, we will. It is such a meaningful event for the firm. I am a committed partner retreat person, but it has to be safe.” Koopersmith was far from alone in that sentiment, though not everyone shared her optimism. “I would love to have an in-person retreat, but I feel like that probably isn’t going to be realistic,” said Bob Bodian, managing partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo.

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