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Posted by: Kevin Peek on Jun 2, 2021

{Members Only} Though most of us are now settled into this new virtual office format, the path was difficult for young lawyers in a different way. As the online presence of firms solidified, other concerns began to creep into the minds of legal professionals stemming from the pandemic.

Posted by: Mark Levison on Jun 2, 2021

{Members Only} Last spring, it was COVID time. We were all trying to figure out what the heck happened. We had heard about pandemics. We had read about Ebola, Zika, H1N1 (swine flu), and SARS, but in the United States, they were more words than realities. Now all of a sudden we were trying to figure out what to do. Should we wear masks to the grocery store and/or anytime we ventured outside? How many times can someone wash their hands, and why are people buying so much toilet paper?

Posted by: Amy Johnson on Jun 2, 2021

{Public} Believe it or not, reading is a great way to reduce stress. I'm not talking about reading long briefs or Supreme Court judgments, but instead, I'm talking about reading for pleasure. Reading increases vocabulary, empathy and creativity. And, according to a study by the University of Sussex, reading six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%, can decrease blood pressure and lower your heart rate; all of which improve your overall health and well-being.

Posted by: Anna Kohut on Jun 1, 2021

{Members Only} One year in, there is no mistaking the fact that working mothers have been hit the hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the "shecession," millions of women have left the workforce. Those of us lucky enough to still be employed full-time have been juggling unimaginable stresses, including in many cases, caring for our children while simultaneously working.

Posted by: Susan Sagarra on Jun 1, 2021

{Members Only} We asked judges from our region to share their experiences of keeping the judicial system functioning during the pandemic, and asked them to explain how they are proceeding now that the country works to return to some semblance of normalcy.

Posted by: Sarah Bardol & Christina Moore on Jun 1, 2021

{Members Only} Over the course of the last 15 months, two incredible attorneys have dedicated countless hours to help our community with the most fundamental need: food.

Posted by: Nicholas Zingarelli on Jun 1, 2021

{Public} When I think of continuous learning, I think of learning that goes beyond the classroom or traditional formal education. The brain is our body's most powerful "muscle," and using it in ways that go beyond how we would normally use it allows the brain to go through a form of cross-training.

Posted by: Steven Alagna on Jun 1, 2021

{Members Only} June marks Pride month: a time when we commemorate the 1969 Stonewall uprisings led by Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and other activists who created an inflection point in favor of LGBTQ+ equality.

Posted by: Susan Block on Jun 1, 2021

{Members Only} I loved being a juvenile court judge. There were times I could truly make a difference in the life of a child. At other times, I felt frustrated by the bureaucracy and weary of hearing all the barriers children and families had to deal with to be reunited.

Posted by: Robert Tomaso on Jun 1, 2021

{Public} As this column is being written, we have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 14 months. Its impact on the legal profession has been profound.

First, most lawyers — with extraordinary help from IT professionals — have learned to work remotely (meaning primarily from home). Shockingly, because of technology, many lawyers have found working remotely to be just as productive as working in a law office. Still, stories abound about lawyers “working from home” in vacation properties. One administrative assistant confided in me that her “cube” was now a table outside near her family swimming pool.

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