Admit it: You know your computer screen better than you know your office neighbor. Some lawyers try to hide this ugly fact from students–I have it on good authority that a big New York firm used to order its lawyers to pretend to know one another if they met in the halls during a job interview. But a deeply antisocial culture can’t be hidden for long.

In the summer of ’96, before his last year at University of Pennsylvania Law School, H.S. Hamadeh was shocked to find that two neighboring corporate associates at Cravath didn’t know each other. He introduced them.