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June 02, 2009


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Elizabeth Zelinka

This announcement is nothing more than the firm's formal confirmation that it intends to execute on its "up or out" policy. This is a long-standing practice in Big Law, and any Big Law lawyer who finds this surprising has not been paying attention. What really matters is that Big Law lawyers recognize the critical need for an exit strategy and that they begin to formulate one by mid-career. After all, 90% of them will go eventually.


Perlstein has mastered lawyer double-speak. Just fess up, man: you're laying people off during an economic recession.

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Given the reality of economics, this may be the best "soft landing" I've heard of. Unfortunately, despite mentoring, some lawyers are not able to transition from good, solid lawyers to rainmakers. And economics sometimes forces a law firm to change directions and even their business model. I don't think this automatically proves age discrimination. I think more information is needed before we come to that conclusion.


Would this not be age discrimination, if anyone is over 40. Essentially they seem to be saying that the older lawyers have a higher level of performance required than younger lawyers. Age discrimination is common in Law Firms with older persons who go to law school aa re-training for a career change are essentially told not to apply.
Law firms are stuck in the 19th century. If I was a business owner or plaintiff, I would much prefer an attorney with life experience (sound familiar) than someone who went straight from a life in undergrad and law school with their nose stuck in a book.

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