desertlaw wrote:Oceans rise, cities fall, Quinn Remains?
Why would California be any different than NYC/DC then for lateraling to Phoenix? Or is that just more speculation?
Because California offices tend to be smaller (yes, DC offices can also be small but, for obvious reasons, many DC associates do work that isn't particularly relevant to Arizona). Also, much like NY/NJ lots of people take the CA and AZ bars together right out of law school which lowers barriers to entry if you want to lateral as a fairly junior guy (before you can waive in). Also, you can't ignore the fact that there is a lot more similarity between the types of work that California and AZ firms do (lit heavy, water law, etc.) and that CA and AZ just have a lot more interconnection in general.
Hell, if you wanted to lateral from new york, half the firms would think you were just getting fired and couldn't find another NY job.
Edit: I guess the better point would be, why the hell would you go to another market if you wanted to practice in Phoenix. Best case scenario, you're just as well off as if you had just gotten a job in Phoenix in the first place except you lack the knowledge of local practice and the local connections you would have built as a junior.