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In listing sources of burnout, people throughout the legal industry have noted the erosion of work-life boundariesfrom things as simple as the decompression time allotted during a commute to the very tangible separation from work and home provided by a traditional office. Those boundaries no longer exist for most, and may not reappear even when offices widely reopen.

Between the uncertainty of what a return to the office looks like and the continued blurring of the line between home and work, the road toward a new normal is still being paved. Three firm leaders interviewed for this article agreed that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and that any working fix will be based on trial and error.  

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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