Baby Boomers Compromise for Generation Y


Just over a year ago at the Inside Counsel Superconference two well respected attorneys by the names of Scott Greenfield and Dan Hull lambasted Generation Y for their lack of work ethic, inability to sacrifice for clients and general sense of entitlement. There was push-back and considerable blog outrage on both sides as you can see in the comments of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. But in the end the Boomers claimed victory over Generation Y as reported in Jordan Furlong’s article The legacy of work-life balance. The economy was just too tough for Generation Y to keep up the fight. Nothing more to see here folks, go on home. Fast forward a year- and we are hearing a different tune. Yesterday the Gen-Y panel was revisited at Superconference.

“One of our young attorneys approached us and said,

‘I’d like to take a year off to live in New Zealand. Can you hold the for job for me until I get back?’

“We went back and forth on it, but in the end we decided to grant his request and to hold his position for him. It came down to the fact that he was a very talented attorney, and we didn’t want to lose him.”

-Joseph Perkins, Senior Counsel of Cummings Inc. at the 2010 Superconference in Chicago.

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