The Truth About Millennials and Building Collaborative Practices

millennials“Are you tired of people complaining about millennials?” That question was met with a hearty, “Yes!” at the recent National Association for Law Placement Inc. (NALP) Diversity and Inclusion Summit. The presenter, an expert on generational trends, echoed what our table had discussed only moments earlier: We were sick and tired of attending generational presentations where the speakers complained about millennials.

The current generational debate usually pits baby boomers (my parents’ generation, born between 1946 and 1964) against millennials (my generation, born between 1981 and 2000). It often portrays boomers and millennials as being so diametrically opposed, so completely opposite, that it seems miraculous that many in these two generations existed in the same household for 18 years.

I am an elder stateswoman of the millennial generation, having been born in 1982. As such, I often find myself in spaces where I am the only millennial in attendance, forced to speak in defense of my generation.

READ MORE  Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Published Monday July 14, 2014  Volume 160, No 137

Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

Former Diversity & Education Director at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

Former Diversity & Education Director at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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