Woman video conferencing on laptop at homeAfter 35 years trotting around the world in an international disputes practice, it is strange to be trying to do everything remotely. I have now spent about a month operating from my adult son’s boyhood bedroom. Of course, many people, predominantly women—because of centuries of sexist roles—have managed significant careers working from home while also raising kids, managing households, walking dogs, and doing myriad other tasks. So, to clarify, I did not want to suggest that it was difficult or unusual to work from home, just that it was very different from what I had been doing for my career. Having hopefully redeemed myself from any suggestion of “Mansplaining,” I wanted to share some thoughts about how things are going now that lockdown has hit the one-month point with at least another month, likely more, to go.

First, nothing focuses the mind on effective management of a law firm like being forced from your premises, finding that many of your clients are operating either remotely or under absolute shutdowns, or, unfortunately, in the hospital. New projects are delayed; deadlines are off the table; courts are shut down; and everyone wants to husband their resources to the greatest extent possible. So the first thing to do is identify what essential work must be done, can be done and what clients think should be done.

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