Editor’s note: This is the latest part in an ongoing series on the changing legal workplace and related challenges for firms and firm leaders.
Some law firm partners are increasingly frustrated with the quality of work and the attitudes of “Zoom associates”—those who came into firms during and since the pandemic, according to interviews with consultants and law firm leaders. Consultants and partners have even bluntly described some younger associates as “lacking accountability and initiative.”
Highlighting some of the frustration, several law firms have ramped up pressure for their attorneys—including associates—to be in the office, including tying office attendance to bonuses. At least six Am Law 100 firms have done so, with Ropes and Gray becoming one of the latest.