Placing Deferred Associates In Public Interest Groups

Law360, New York (September 4, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT) -- It’s no secret that associate deferrals have become a preferred coping mechanism for law firms trying to weather the economic hail storm. Scores of firms have required or strongly encouraged associates to work in public interest organizations, with the hope that they will continue a relationship with the associate when business stabilizes. Is this a panacea?

The law firms’ ability to align staffing with client demand is enhanced. The attorney gets trained and may be retained by the law firm. And the public interest organization gets...
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