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POINT OF NO RETURN? - The call of office life appears to be stronger for some law firm leaders than others. As Law.com’s Dylan Jackson reported, some firms, such as Nixon Peabody, are eyeing a summer return, while others, such as Ropes & Gray, are targeting the fall. But Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Willkie Farr & Gallagher aren’t mandating their employees work in-person this year at all. Still there is one point that firms all agree on: remote working will continue despite what happens in the pandemic. And that raises a complicated question: when some folks return to the office while others remain remote, who gets left behind? As Law.com’s Patrick Smith reports, consultants agree that associates and new partners who aren’t physically in an office will face challenges in terms of on-the-job training and building important relationships both inside and outside their firms. But some experts are hopeful that, given the success of remote work in 2020, the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude that pervaded many firms pre-pandemic may start to fade a bit.