Working as virtual associate brings work/life balance

It sounds like a lawyer joke.What is at once like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Superman and Strip-perella? According to Mitch Kowalski,writing in the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National magazine recently, the “law firm pyramid” will be replaced by a “diamond.”

Doing agency work as a virtual associate… I have worked remotely from Illinois, Ohio,Florida, Alberta,England, Ireland,Mexico and Ontario.

He predicts a coming “end of the associate.” Or at least of the actual associate. More firms will contract out agency work and more lawyers, in his view, will practise like I do. This gives many associates cause for concern. But it may have benefits not just for firms but for young lawyers.

Written by Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich
Published in The Lawyers Weekly – October 2009