July 30, 2020 6 minutes to read ∙ 1300 words

A Lawyer Assistance Clinician’s Experience During the COVID-19 Upheaval

By Jeffrey Fortgang

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A span of 22 years on the clinical staff of Massachusetts Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) has given me the opportunity for genuine conversations with a great many lawyers working in a number of settings and types of law, but a majority in solo practice. During that time, we all endured and survived developments such as Y2K (that one was kind of a bust after much anticipatory worry), 9/11, the Great Recession of 2008 (bringing an influx of the newly unemployed), and now a sudden but sustained immersion in two unexpected phenomena: COVID-19 and all it entails, and a heightened and vivid awareness of what many of us knew but somehow didn’t fully see about systemic racism.

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