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Law firms today are focused on staffing levels more than ever before, committed to holding down lawyer headcounts as they never were during the boom times. However, with signs that recovery for the economy and the legal profession may be forthcoming, now is the time to plan for legal staffing needs from a more practical and business-like standpoint. Once the demand for legal talent begins to increase again, it may be too late. And this is an ideal opportunity for firm administrators to stake out a leadership role regarding how newly hired lawyers will be integrated into a vastly different and more demanding law firm environment.