A lot has been lost during the pandemic. The world has had to reorganize itself, and so has the profession. It came on so quickly that, as lawyers, we struggled at first to change. Already in the process of revolutionary technology renovations, the New York State Bar Association was well placed to move activities online even when that change unexpectedly came at a crushing pace.
For younger lawyers, particularly those who were admitted during the pandemic, the most difficult kind of event to move online was networking. I was excited when NYSBA’s Women in Law Section quickly solved that by using breakout rooms during its successful “Law School Is Over” online events, prompting me to think of ways in which the Young Lawyers Section could use this success as a model to the benefit of our members.