Sabrina Green, Chair, Solo and Small Firm Section
San Diego, CA
Where I live in San Diego, we have a saying of “May gray, June gloom”. This derives from the fact that when spring is giving way to summer, we often have a very heavy marine layer that develops overnight and often does not dissipate in the following day, which leads to days of just gloomy gray. We here in San Diego are blessed enough that we complain about mid 70 days where the sun simply never breaks through.
This May has been quite amazing. A few days of May grey, but mostly beautiful, sunny, bright cheery days. However, to most, it is the most gloomy, gray May ever. COVID-19 has altered our world forever and as California struggles to reopen, many of us are left to wonder how we will carry on. No schools in session, means that many of us with children will not be going back to the office anytime soon even if given the green light. Businesses that cannot withstand this shutdown, means lost clients, often long-time clients that you’ve grown a real affinity to serving. No social gatherings anytime soon means potential lost networking opportunities and client development.
All of this is discouraging to be sure. But now is the time when we must look to new ways to get back work and keep our firms and communities going. Although it will never be the same, there are new businesses that are cropping up every day to meet the ever-changing needs and products for our communities which provide for new opportunities for work, clients and expanding your referral network. There will be many businesses that will struggle and survive who will still need employees and advocacy. In addition, the California Lawyers Association and the Solo and Small Firm Section have been working tirelessly on providing free COVID-19 webinars and Zoom meetings to keep you up to speed with new laws and regulations, financial assistance available and provide opportunities to take a virtual “coffee break” and virtually socialize and feel a sense or normality.
No matter whether you have been working the entire pandemic or are not sure when you will work again and where, we are working hard to bring you resources to stay informed, in touch and engaged. If there is any programming or if you need any resources, do not hesitate to reach out to us We are here for you and now more than ever, we all need a little of that. #WeAreSSF