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WORK THING - An increasing number of young lawyers would like to be able to get to work without having to actually go to work. During a panel discussion at ALM’s Legalweek(year) event on Tuesday, Kathleen Pearson, chief human resources officer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, said her firm has started asking its people, “What is work?” “We talked to generations below Gen X and they have long thought of work as a thing, not a place,” Pearson said. According to Pearson, most people her team polled wanted to be in the office for part of the week and out of it for the rest. “But challenges come with that,” she acknowledged, including making sure that the people who are coming in on certain days are able to get what they need from the office environment, such as having their peers or mentors there on the same days. “We need to make sure that training opportunities are there when they are,” she said. “And to make sure we have a meaningful number of people in the office at any given time.”