Each week, the Law.com Barometer newsletter, powered by the ALM Global Newsroom and Legalweek(year) 2021, brings you the trends, disruptions and shifts our reporters and editors are tracking through coverage spanning every beat and region across the ALM Global Newsroom. The micro-topic coverage will not only help you navigate the changing legal landscape, but also prepare you to discuss these shifts with thousands of legal leaders at our next virtual Legalweek(year) conference, happening on May 11. The upcoming sessions will cover a host of topics including legal automation, practice management, legal operations, e-discovery and data management and more. Click here to learn more and register for the most important virtual legal event of the year!

The Shift: COVID-19’s Lasting (and Exhausting) Effect on Legal Departments

This past year legal departments found out just how elastic they can be. Call it “agility” or “resilience,” but the fact is in-house leaders absorbed extra work from hiring freezes, COVID-19-related litigation, data privacy concerns and workforce issues, all from the sometimes chaotic confines of their homes. So to say that this past year has created a lot of “challenges” is a bit of an understatement for those in the trenches. The truth is that the challenges this past year presented have been immense, particularly on people’s mental health. While the 20-foot walk to the “office” may have seemed like a dream when compared to the two-hour commute into the city in the early days of the pandemic, running a nearly fully virtual workforce for over a year has undeniably created real issues around connectivity, morale and engagement.

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