Holding down the fort

Opening Statement

Marc Karlinsky

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin editor

This isn’t my column to write.

That role is reserved for the editor who crafted this issue. Since last July, at Chicago Lawyer that’s been managing editor John McNally.

This space is typically John’s finishing touch, after working with writers, columnists and designers to bring his editorial vision to reality. John did all those things here, but didn’t get a chance to write the editor’s note.

In mid-April our company went through temporary layoffs, and John’s position was affected. It’s hardly a unique situation for local media organizations and their hardworking journalists across the country, who are all feeling the economic pain of an unforgiving global pandemic.

With this reduction in Law Bulletin Media’s workforce, we are still committed to providing you all the products and services you need to succeed in the profession. Our goal is to have our co-workers back with us this summer.

In the meantime, the rest of us on the Chicago Lawyer/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin team — mostly from makeshift home offices — will uphold the high standard of work our colleagues temporarily stepped away from. We owe it to you and to them.

Reached for comment while trying to put his son to sleep, John whispered this: “I miss you all, and I look forward to coming back soon.”

This month’s Closing Statement offers a look at how work life changed overnight for many lawyers, recapping results from a survey taken by a newly launched Chicago-based consulting firm.

And, be sure to read Tatiana Walk-Morris’ report on the work being done by the ARDC and legal aid advocates to make sure rules about online attorney referrals strike a proper balance between ethics and access considerations.

Stay well out there, readers. And be grateful for all those you work with during challenging times to make your job great.