Good News, Bad News for New Associates This Year

, Texas Lawyer

Texas' largest firms have hired fewer first-year associates than they did a year ago. But most of those new associates are beginning their jobs this fall — the traditional starting season — rather than facing the three-month or longer deferrals thrust upon 2009's class of first-years. "We reacted last year like many firms in our market: To match work flow, we delayed start dates," says Shad E. Sumrow (pictured) of Thompson & Knight.

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