How COVID-19 Changed the Practice of Law

And How to Stay Ahead of the Game

William E. Mosley
For many new attorneys, their first day on the job may well unfold in their own homes, on firm-issued laptops that were shipped to their front doors.

For many new attorneys, their first day on the job may well unfold in their own homes, on firm-issued laptops that were shipped to their front doors.

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It has been nearly nine years since my first day as a junior associate in the Silicon Valley office of a large international law firm. As the years passed, so too did my recollection of most of the details of my first day. Did I participate in any trainings? Did I receive any assignments? Did I bill anything (or even know how to)? I honestly cannot recall. I do remember walking into my office to find a children’s training keyboard on my desk where my actual keyboard should have been—a gentle hazing from my senior associate colleagues. As I stared dumbfounded at the colorful toy keyboard, I remember the pranksters coming up behind me to enjoy the fruits of their mischief, which was followed by handshakes, laughter, pleasant banter, and a welcome lunch.

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