A Lawyer’s Reflections on COVID-19

  • June 10, 2022
  • Neha Chugh

As a result of new justice system directives, it is back to the office and the courthouse for this lawyer. I had a baby in 2019, so I didn’t work full-time in the months leading up to March 2020. For the past two years I have enjoyed, or endured — depending on how you look at it — practicing law from home.

This was no easy feat for most justice system participants. In a short period of time, we all jumped on the technology learning curve, calling evidence, examining witnesses, and making submissions using video conference technology. We made it work, some days better than others. I muddled through home schooling my kids, and trying to manage working from home. My staff and associates at the firm also navigated this transition, and somehow we plodded through the pandemic, thankfully making it through to the other side of it.

As I look back on the past two years, I know there are things I will miss, things I am happy to leave in the past, and things I am looking forward to upon my return.