Special Issue • December 2021

Special Issue • December 2021
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The Year Behind and the Year Ahead

Where we've been and where we're going in the legal profession


After more than 18+ months of working and teaching in a fully remote environment, it was thrilling to return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. While strict COVID-19 mitigation measures remain in place (including campus access limitations that directly impact our ability to host in-person programming), seeing students and colleagues on campus has been invigorating—and a bit hectic! While the pandemic continues to be an ever-present public health crisis, we imagine many in the legal profession are contending with similar return-to-office conundrums—balancing the health and safety of the community with the desire to resume in-person collaboration and travel.

2021 Issues of The Practice

This year The Practice covered a range of issues, including:

In each of these issues, the pandemic as well as the wider context of the social justice movements and the economic turmoil inevitably formed the backdrop to our thinking. This year’s issues asked hard questions that speak to such contemporary challenges, like: how do lawyers derive meaning from their work? Why and how should the legal profession innovate? Will regulation and integration expand—or restrict—the current market for legal services? And, perhaps most prominently, how do you train lawyers to better respond to crises?

In this year-end issue, we look back at the year, pull out particular themes from across the issues, and highlight particular stories that speak to these hard questions.

Watch a conversation, above, with CLP Faculty Director David Wilkins on where we’ve been over the last year and  the future of the legal profession.

Special Issue • December 2021 Special Issue • December 2021