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Generation Gaps in Practice

Policies and procedures prompted by demands from millennial and Generation X associates are changing the practice of law.

By Beth A. Wood and Lindsey Hills
Generation Gaps in Practice

Generation Gaps in Practice

The struggles among different generations currently practicing in the legal profession are real. Many members of the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) have bypassed former mandatory retirement ages and cling to the upper echelons of management, dominating the equity pool of traditional law firms. Many Generation X attorneys (born between 1965 and 1980) have grown weary of waiting for baby boomers to exit the scene and are abandoning the traditional law firm model to create boutique, collaborative, or even virtual law practices that provide more flexibility. Meanwhile, millennial attorneys (born between 1981 and 1996) are shaking up the entire legal field with technological savvy and a refusal to yield to the constraints of the traditional law firm model.

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