Work-life balance for lawyers has been called a fraud and some have approached it with a contrarian view, but with a two year (and counting) pandemic, many lawyers have learned valuable life lessons that will guide them forward in their lives and careers. Perhaps this pandemic, at least for some, has prompted a new analysis of what work-life balance for lawyers means.
“I am at the pinnacle of my profession. I lead a team of 70 people who provide civil legal assistance each year to more than 3,000 low-income and vulnerable residents of Queens, the most diverse borough of the largest city in America. I direct a cadre of talented managers who, in turn, supervise a dynamic, dedicated and determined team of lawyers and paralegals. Our work is interesting, highly relevant and intellectually challenging. I love my job, but in this current phase of the pandemic, I’ve realized that I can never go back to working the way I did before. From the time the pandemic hit in March 2020, I’ve been fortunate to have the ability to work from home in Brooklyn. In September 2021, my kids returned to school in person, and I’ve since had an ideal work environment….I now realize that I did not have a healthy work-life balance for most of my career. (more…)