Biz: Do you see the pandemic leaving a lasting impact on the legal field?
C.J.: It was definitely a change when courts went fully virtual. Every hearing was telephonic, and some of my colleagues even had trials conducted via Zoom. I’ve also really leaned into flexibility and balance. Like many attorneys, I’m a very Type A person—so I’ve had to learn to go with the flow a lot more. I think that’s valuable to the practice of law, because we’re seeing flexibility with a lot of things we’d previously approached in a very rigid way. As a new mom, it’s been valuable to have that flexibility. For example, I don’t have to worry about working from home since everyone’s doing it.
Biz: How are you staying sane?
C.J.: I’ve gotten back into running. It kept me sane before the pandemic, and it’s a great release. I also love baking chocolate chip cookies, so they cancel each other out—but that’s okay.