Welcome to the partnership class of 2000. A few things will change and several will remain the same. Still, a hearty congratulations is deserved, for achieving partnership in a major American law firm is a notable achievement — one made through skill, intellect, hard work and sacrifice. You should feel pride in reaching this notable plateau. But as a wise young associate told me on partnership election day, “You are supposed to act like you’ve been in the end zone before today.”

What’s it like the first year as a partner? It likely depends on the firm, but these steps should ease the transition (by the way, do as I say, not as I do):

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