The Client in the Next Office

Alice E. Burke
A young associate’s client is not the name on the file jacket. The client is the attorney who assigns the work.

A young associate’s client is not the name on the file jacket. The client is the attorney who assigns the work.

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Many years ago, I was a fledgling associate in a small employment law firm. I worked primarily with the firm’s more senior associates and junior partners. A few months into my career, one of the senior partners, Bill, called me into his office and asked me to respond to an employment discrimination charge filed against one of his clients. I suspect Bill chose me because my office was next to his, and he could summon me merely by loudly calling my name.

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