From the article:
The cultural questions that should concern laterals most do not have to do with the frequency of happy hours, the annual barbeque, or the degree of a partnership’s collective inebriation at the holiday party. Instead, the most important question of culture is this: does this firm have a motivating purpose beyond the production of income for its individual lawyers?
If it doesn’t, the firm does not have a culture at all. It is a series of offices, which exist to house individual lawyers while they bill time. That is all some people want in a firm, but I think those people are rare, and I think they could certainly have more fulfilling careers.
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