We have some nice gifts: Davis Polk gives his employees some nice items and experiences as an added, cashless bonus. Some people might prefer the money, but there’s a nice nook of wellness here. Employees will just put the money into paying off their debts, which feels utterly soul-wrecking. By forcing them to vacation or indulging at Nordstrom, they can actually recharge their batteries and feel like they have something.
The deep end of the jury pool: Lawyers anticipate the end of the pandemic will return the world to the status quo of 2019, and we will all return to face-to-face court sessions. And given the stubborn resistance of the profession to change, that’s probably true. But online studies have created a major nuisance to generational and racial diversity, and these are achievements that should not be lightly thrown away.
The RAND Corporation, in association with … the saucer people: Parler wants Amazon to pay back for killing its website. It’s all one major conspiracy, and apparently one involving time travel, because they make numerous allegations based on events that happened before Amazon allegedly did anything. Some very, very rich people have paid for Parler and they don’t use that money on high-profile legal theories very, very much.
Tied back to the office: Vaccines are likely to be widespread in the summer, and Ropes & Gray is planning a return date on September 6th. It’s a very good choice for the office reopening – kids are going back to school, the weather is wearing off on vacation, everyone is just starting to shut up about pumpkin spices – all in all a great time to get back together.