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ABA survey: Most lawyers want options for remote work, court and conferences

“A new national survey sponsored by the American Bar Association shows most lawyers want the option to work from home, including the opportunity to attend many court hearings, meetings, conferences and legal training sessions remotely. The survey focuses on hybrid and remote work; mobility of lawyers; stress and burnout; diversity, equity and inclusion; use of technology; and the types of bar association resources lawyers want. Findings from the survey “Where Does the Legal Profession Go from Here?” also show remote options are especially important to young lawyers, 44% of whom said they would leave their jobs for a greater ability to work remotely. Also, a majority of lawyers said they preferred that bench trials, pretrial hearings, depositions and court-ordered mediations take place remotely. “This report is a valuable follow-up to last year’s Practice Forward survey, which offered guidance about the best path forward for the legal profession after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross. “With the new survey findings, we are seeing how lawyers want to work — with flexibility playing a key role for many as they transition back into the workplace.” The survey, commissioned by the Coordinating Group on Practice Forward, was conducted on behalf of the ABA May 30 to June 17 by The Red Bee Group as a follow-up to last year’s first Practice Forward survey. Responses this year came from 1,994 ABA members who work in jobs that require law degrees. Most lawyers who responded (75%) work in private practice…”

  • For more results and details, read the report online here.

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