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For decades, members of Generation X have been stuck between two behemoth, attention-draining generations, wondering if they would forever be relegated to back-bench leadership—mere seat-warmers for ambitious millennials waiting for baby boomers to retire. Now, as boomers slowly face their own mortality and aging bodies after a lifetime of devotion to work, there is no longer a need to question whether Gen X will have an opportunity to lead.

Instead, the critical question is: How will Xers lead as law firms face an onslaught of competitive challenges, increased client demands and a retention crisis that threatens their institutional sustainability?

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