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The legal world largely went to remote work a year ago, and even before we got through the summer, many of us were asking: what happens when everyone goes back to the office? Given the lack of face-to-face contact, the daily casual interactions, the trips, retreats, and client meetings and dinners—surely the dynamics would be altered. Which groups would be most impacted? How would law firms respond?

We obviously don’t know the answers yet. But with some firms talking of returning come Labor Day, we’re going to start to see a shift away from the uniform “new norm,” and that’s going to cause change and raise issues.

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Hank Grezlak

Hank Grezlak is the editor-in-chief for ALM's legal theme desks and regional publications and oversees Law.com, and has been covering courts and law firms since 1993. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including several for investigative reporting, columns, and enterprise reporting. In 2016 he was awarded the G.D. Crain, Jr. Award for Distinguished Editorial Career.

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