Beware of the Pigeon Hole

No one wants to say “no” to a partner who needs help. But working on a project can turn you into the “go to” person in a relatively short period of time. And that reputation can be hard to shake.

Lawyers who work under a “free market” system (where associates get to seek out work and keep themselves busy), are probably least at risk for getting pigeon holed in an area that is not of interest. In a firm that has a central assignment system (with a partner or administrator who is responsible for making sure everyone is being used efficiently), the risk is a little bit higher, though still not that great. But if you work at a firm where partners tend to grab the associates whom they like, beware! For more on the subject, see the article in today’s .

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