As reported in the American Lawyer, the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced a vast majority of law firms, including many of the BigLaw behemoths, to shutter doors and direct attorneys and staff to work remotely.1 Budgets are being considered, meetings rescheduled, and daily marketing efforts adjusted.2
Through these trying times, law firms are faced with the need to adapt and either embrace previously laid plans to maximize technology to remain connected, or forge new paths to the extent a firm wide shut-down was never anticipated.3
Firms that are predominately “virtual” and rely upon technology for connectivity amongst colleagues and clients may have little to no impact; however, structural obstacles for pure brick-and-mortar firms will force the issue of how they work now, and changes to consider in the rapidly evolving legal landscape.4
Resources to assist firms through these changes exist, including CLEs put forth by the American Bar Association tailored to implementing remote systems and virtual meetings.5
Additionally, COUNSELUNITED remains a resource to those solo and boutique firm attorneys in need of a virtual platform to aid in connectivity amongst practitioners and otherwise enhance market presence.
COUNSELUNITED will monitor the coronavirus situation and work to assimilate resources and information to help its members and future members.
To the COUNSELUNITED community and beyond – stay healthy and safe, we will get through this.