You can just feel it in the air — there is something about the approaching millennium that makes grown men and women pause to take stock. And we lawyers are no exception.

My chosen frame of reference is the past two decades. In 1979, I wrote a book for associates and young lawyers called Lawyering: A Realistic Approach to Legal Practice, an in-depth look at what it takes to make the grade as a big-city lawyer. Today, having retired from active practice several years ago, I have been pondering how well the book stands up after 20 years. What has changed and what is new?

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