When the COVID-19 pandemic came, the traditionally change-averse legal profession adapted with amazing speed. Work-from-home became the norm and associates began to see what’s possible and prioritize what’s important to them. It’s up to all of us—from younger associates to senior leadership—to accept and adapt to the new normal. Associates need to understand and articulate what’s important to them, and firms need to listen and adjust.
Attorneys still need mentorship, face time, and training, but they may also want to continue enjoying a hybrid work relationship. Firms may see increased profitability as commute times turn to billable hours, but they’ll need to develop boundaries to avoid turning work-from-home to work-around-the-clock.
Guests on this episode include a managing partner, Cindy Cheng; Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Josephine Bahn; and attorney/recruiter Nathan Peart.