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ARE YOU IN? - Most everyone agrees that law firms are going to need to allow remote work to continue to some degree post-pandemic and that doing so will create professional development challenges. After all, they note, the way young attorneys have traditionally learned is by watching more seasoned lawyers in action and asking them questions. You just can’t replicate that with remote work, they say. But, as we write in this week’s Law.com Trendspotter column, firms would be wise to try, because the strategy of forcing young lawyers into the office against their will in the name “career advancement” is not likely to remain tenable for long. For firms to remain competitive in a talent market that increasingly demands flexibility, they’re going to need to stop viewing remote work as an obstacle to professional development and start treating it as a new tool for enhancing young lawyers’ experience and ability to work across organizations. I’m interested to hear what you think: Is professional development for young lawyers truly possible in a remote working environment? Let me know at [email protected].

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