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WEB DEVELOPMENT - As we noted in this space yesterday, law firm leaders are more concerned than ever about how this extended stretch working outside the office may be hindering young lawyers’ professional development. But for some young litigators, remote work has provided training and experience they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten this early in their careers. In some instances, associates have been able to virtually sit in and observe as their more senior colleagues argued cases. In others, the young lawyers have been tapped to deliver the arguments themselves. As remote work continues to gain popularity and fall office return plans hang in the balance thanks to the Delta variant, these examples of young lawyers learning the ropes in a virtual setting could help to provide a blueprint for professional development in a hybrid setting moving forward. In this week’s Law.com Trendpotter column, we explore why the virtual setting may be law firms’ best tool for giving their associates real-world experience. I’m interested to hear from you: Has your firm found ways to use the pandemic to its advantage when it comes to training young attorneys and providing unique opportunities for professional growth? Let me know at [email protected].

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