By now, attorneys, like many others, will have found a place to shelter indoors in order to weather the pandemic. Some may have left their residence and moved back in with family. Others may be staying with friends, with a spouse or with a significant other. But what of the attorney who lives alone?
What of the associate who is more of an introvert and is living in isolation in his apartment? An attorney whose outlook on the world is gloomy even under normal circumstances. An attorney with a limited social circle and whose minimal social contacts have, since the pandemic, declined even more. A lawyer with a natural predisposition towards anxiety and for whom the pandemic has kicked his worries into high gear. A lawyer who used to have a drink—or two or more—every night to “de-stress” from the day-to-day of law firm practice and who now drinks even more than that. Now let’s say that associate is contacted by a partner with whom he has worked in the past.
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