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FACETIME ON ZOOM - Young lawyers who want to see and be seen should get back into the office pronto, right? Well, maybe not. It turns out some associates—especially more senior ones—actually feel like remote work has afforded them opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise had, and they’re loath to give them up now, Law.com’s Bruce Love reports. “I don’t want to go back to the office and the way things were before,” said one sixth-year associate at an Am Law 200 firm who chose to remain anonymous so that they could speak candidly. “I just don’t think I’ll have the same opportunity to contribute the way I have in the virtual environment.” Alexandra Daniels, a sixth-year associate in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago office, had a similar take: “In Zoom, we’re all the same-sized box on the screen, and as a result, you get more face time with clients. I’ve been able to network with people across the region in a different way because we’re not just picking up the phone and calling each other. We’re actually looking at each other’s faces.” Still, not all young lawyers are reluctant to return to the office. A number of first- and second-years said they’re eager for in-person coaching from partners.
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