It has been over a week and a half since my move across the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Israel. Everything is different: the language, the culture, not having a car, my work hours (afternoons to 11pm/midnight), and life stuff. Tomorrow my two-year old starts daycare for the first time and my 8-month old gets a babysitter; my wife and I start taking Hebrew lessons in the mornings. This whole new world for us has been a major lesson in change, and we have been trying to embrace it each step of the way, albeit with a mix of trepidation and hope.
The whole world is changing too. Groundbreaking work in science and technology manifests in new discoveries like detailed mappings of the brain, green solutions, and mobile phones replacing laptops as on-the-go options for business professionals. Cultural leaps in diversity have helped us elect the first black president of the United States of America, appoint the first Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court, witness democratic outcry in Iran via Twitter, and progress towards recognizing marital rights among gay Americans. Developments in education, finance, and health care are all in the works. With such a rich landscape of change the practice of law will change too; it will help guiding our choices and shape the world to come.
In September and October, Martindale Hubbell Connected focuses on change and progress. September’s theme, Revolutionary Law, will focus on the subject of diversity, as well as game changing practice areas like energy and environmental law, international trade law (The Rotterdam Rules), elder law and healthcare, labor law, and interactive entertainment and media law. October’s theme, Women in the Law, will focus on issues relevant to the success of women lawyers. Working closely with our Alliance Partner the National Association of Women Lawyers, we will provide a forum to discuss the results of their 2009 Annual Report on The Retention and Promotion of Women in the Law.
It’s all about how we handle change. What do we do with and how do we make our world better because of it. As for my own personal change, I have found more time to spend with my family since I now work when my kids sleep. Once my Hebrew lessons are over, (after 700 hours of daily lessons … groan), I will make time to resume my Talmudic studies in the morning (Jewish law). And as I navigate the finer points of working overseas, I hope to leverage my new international perspective to make the Connected community even more representative of its global membership. Sometime turning things upside down on their heads can be the greatest catalyst to progress. Should the law be any different?