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Your article “The ‘Gen Y’ equation” [NLJ, Feb. 28] misses the mark. I suspect a closer examination would reveal that any problems some large firms are experiencing with young associates are of those firms’ own creation. Loyalty has fallen as some firms shed associates as if they were assembly-line employees. Making partner is probably no longer a sufficient motivation for many new associates because large firms simply don’t elevate associates in the numbers they once did, demonstrated work ethic or not. Incoming classes seem to be regarded more as revenue centers than pools of talent from which future leaders may be groomed. I found the article to be lacking in an appreciation for the complexities involved in some large firms’ apparent dissatisfaction with young associates. Douglas R. Tillberg Boston This article exposes my generation’s attitude toward new [Gen Y] lawyers as “having a flabby work ethic and an off-putting sense of entitlement.” As an older attorney (53, practicing 25 years this year), I just want to say hooray! Looks as though we taught the next generation something about quality-of-life issues. The younger generation sounds absolutely “on track” to having a rewarding and satisfying life. Twenty-one hundred billable hours annually is stupid; even 1,800 is pushing the limits. The reason that so many of my generation left the field, or the “full time” practice of law, is exactly what (apparently) Gen Y is trying to avoid-the burnout caused by true overwork and unneeded 24/7 “dedication” to a job. We don’t live to work; we work to live. Thanks to those youngsters taking my generation to task. Sue Ann Fitch Grand Lake, Colo.

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