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Mid-Atlantic Program Recap: GC Panel Weighs in on What Clients Really Want
After the once-in-a-century inflection point of a global pandemic, the legal industry – and all of corporate America – faces another major transition as COVID-19 fades and the “new normal” sets in. With offices reopening across the country, what lessons will the legal industry retain from the pandemic and what trends from the last 15 months will remain? Just as significantly, what will be the lasting legacy of a national racial reckoning that largely coincided with the worst global health crisis in generations?
These questions were the focus of a distinguished panel of current and former general counsel held on June 8, 2021. The remote gathering was moderated by John Corey, president & founding partner of Greentarget, and Mary K. Young. And Alex Dimitrief participated as one of the panelists. This article highlights some of the conversation.
August 16, 2021
As Law Firms Nationally Delay Office Returns, Vaccine Mandates Emerge in the Sunbelt
Some law firms are now hesitant to even impose a definite office return date, while more vaccine mandates are appearing among Sunbelt-based law firms. Mary K Young observes that these firms are national firms and global firms. They have to be thinking not only about their Southern offices but all their offices.Read more
August 13, 2021
When Law Firm and Client COVID-19 Policies Don't Match, What Happens to Meeting Up?
Many firms are requiring their personnel to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they can't ask the same of clients. Meeting with unvaccinated clients is especially a concern for lawyers with young children. Reduced travel is likely to mitigate the need for a firm policy on travel to client sites. Mary K Young comments that in many parts of the country, it likely won’t be an issue. In most major cities, like New York, Chicago and San Francisco, law firms are requiring vaccinations and in those places, their clients probably will be doing the same. There are certain cities in the southern United States where they never really closed down and pretended the virus doesn’t exist. Those could be problematic. Young says the likely outcome is a continuation of low travel policies most firms now have in place.Read more