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Nobody escaped the long shadow cast by the pandemic. Muireann Bolger heard from several lawyers about their personal ups and downs during these extraordinary times.
“Psychologically, the pandemic has been a complete rollercoaster, and we are all exhausted. Everyone has had their life disrupted in some way,” says Vera Suarez, partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, Texas, as she reflects on the upheaval triggered by COVID-19.
The worldwide health crisis forced the business world, including the IP sector, to swiftly adapt to new ways of working as staff grappled with unprecedented challenges.
According to lawyers, this quickfire revolution in their professional lives delivered both benefits and drawbacks, while leaving a question mark over the long-term impact on diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives.
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COVID-19, IP sector, D&I, American Bar Association, technology, litigation, budgets, work-life balance