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A commendable secondment arrangement at Icon Office Solutions

The Philadelphia-based firm Duane Morris has an ongoing secondment program with the law department of nearby Icon Office Solutions. Each year a first-year associate works at Icon as a secondee for a one-year stint. According to the firm seconded another associate to Minerals Technologies Inc. for about six months (See my posts of Sept. 21, 2005 on secondees and Oct. 26, 2005 on reverse secondments.).

This tidbit leaves me wanting more, much more. How does Duane Morris select the associate? Does Ikon have any say? How have the returning secondees fared back at the firm? Is there any supervision of their work by a partner? Whose idea was the arrangement?