I'm not sure how unique this problem is or if other people are experiencing it but not talking about it. I've split this summer at two large-ish firms in a mid-size city in the South. They wouldn't be considered Big Law, but they're elite firms in this region (they only hire from the top of the class at local law schools).
I've been shocked at how these firms have dealt with Covid. They asked everyone to come back to the office as soon as the state allowed office buildings to reopen--even though I know some attorneys were not actually comfortable coming back. Many older partners, and even some associates, who I assume are politically conservative, do not wear masks in the office. They've been scheduling lunches for summers and groups of attorneys at restaurants. This all makes me very uncomfortable because my own family is being much more careful and mostly staying home, but I've felt like I had to play along.
Obviously this reflects the fact that I'm in the South, where many people are not taking the virus seriously. But I would have thought these regionally prestigious firms would be more progressive and sophisticated in their response to this crisis. It makes me doubt their leadership, and has made the whole summer more stressful than it needed to be.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is this a sign that I really shouldn't work at one of these firms if I get an offer?
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