Track 2
The Impact of COVID and "Return to Hybrid" for Marginalized Attorneys
January 20, 2022
Start Time: 11:00 am
Duration: 60 Minutes

Some law firm leaders are noting a greater reluctance and tempered enthusiasm by women and attorneys of color as we return to hybrid and step back into the office. At some point in their careers, people feel like they don’t belong. This challenge can be acute for those who feel like they are representing their group (e.g., attorneys from marginalized communities or identities). The pandemic has exacerbated and, in some cases, created some of those feelings, even in people who have never felt that way previously. As we begin the transition to a hybrid work model, what are the unique challenges faced by marginalized attorneys, and what can we do to create a greater sense of psychological safety within organizations. During this session, participants will hear from lawyers and experts on the range of challenges to help support building greater empathy for these communities, and also discuss ideas organizations can consider to help support their teams and individuals with these challenges.

Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate wellbeing strategies to create a seamless Return to Work Process.
  • Support all workers by creating a psychologically safe workplace.
  • Understand the role of self-compassion when harmful incidents take place.


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