The February /March/April 2020 issue of the Fairfax Bar Association Journal published an article entitled “Coronavirus: Tech Issues for lawyers Working at Home” by Sensei’s Corporate Officers Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., John W. Simek, and Michael Maschke. The Journal, the Fairfax Bar Association’s showcase publication, is produced four times a year and is read by more than 2,200 members. The Journal features articles concerning Fairfax County Court developments, Bar news, events, programs and meetings, as well as advertisements for products and services of interest to Bar members.
The world is trying to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in a variety of ways. Controlling the spread of the deadly virus is at the top of the list. Travel is being restricted, and some countries have even closed their borders. The United States has been slow to react, but recent events have accelerated action by the federal government, states and major corporations. Social distancing and maintaining clean hygiene practices are the normal mode of operation now. More and more businesses are asking their employees to stay at home where possible. Some are being commanded by civil authorities to have their employees work from home.
What does that mean for the practice of law? How will you meet with clients? Many firms have or will adopt a telework environment and allow their employees to work from home. Making the working remotely decision will have different consequences depending on your current capabilities and whether a plan is already in place. While we can’t cover all the possibilities and capabilities of every law firm, we’ll attempt to attack some of the common considerations.