We got into a space [during the pandemic] where we had the ability to be completely selfish for a long time, and it was OK to do so. Unlearning some of those practices as we integrate back into society has been difficult for associates, partners, everyone. The slightest inconvenience feels like world war.
We, as society and the legal industry, are in a position where we need to commit to the change and endure some of the tougher, more inconvenient parts. That is, if they want to maintain a sense of community that brought them to their firm.
— Ru Bhatt, a recruiter with Major, Lindsey & Africa who specializes in associate placement, in comments given to the American Lawyer, on the way that lawyers’ sensibilities and sensitivities have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the majority of Biglaw employees are expected to work in the office at least three days each week, a lot of their remote work behaviors must change, and quickly at that.
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