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:
- Perspectives on Legal Services Regulation (Jan/Feb 2021)
- Law Firm Responses to the Big Four (Mar/Apr 2021)
- Integration in Legal Services (May/June 2021)
- Money and Meaning (Jul/Aug 2021)
- Crisis Lawyering (Sept/Oct 2021)
- Legal Informatics (Nov/Dec 2021)
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.