This is the second of two lists of “do’s and “don’ts” for those newly entering a legal practice environment—or those who employ them. Part 1 covered some tips about the work. The list below recognizes that law is usually practiced with other people (but see COVID-19), and so you need to be mindful of various social issues that may crop up.
For the last several years, at the end of the school year, the editors of The 10-Q have offered a variety of tips for those starting new jobs (here and here), chiefly for rising 3Ls taking summer jobs but, we believe, good for anyone embarking on a new career as a lawyer. Times have changed—you’ve heard of COVID-19, yes?—although the need for sage advice has not. We are now in an “in-between” time with COVID which will certainly play a role in your experience. Thus, we present an updated version of our random advice for those who are about to be employed, in two parts. This week, we talk about the work; next week, we will talk about socializing.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the restaurant industry. Many iconic chains have been forced to close their underperforming locations. Huge franchisees of these chains have also reorganized under Chapter 11. But there is still hope. With reduced competition, bidding wars and increased merger-and-acquisition activity of restaurant chains have developed
There was a perception in 2017 when then President-elect Trump took office that white collar enforcement actions under the US Department of Justice (DOJ) might drop dramatically. Many expected the Republican administration to effect policy changes or resourcing decisions that would keep corporations out of the spotlight when it came to major investigations and massive penalties. But, in surveying the last four years, the opposite happened.
While it may seem justified for businesses facing increased costs in these trying COVID-19 pandemic times to add “COVID surcharges” to ensure they can keep their doors open, businesses and their corporate counsel should be aware that such surcharges can raise serious competition concerns and need to be carefully navigated.