Lawyers! Voting is a critical step in helping create change.
No matter what your political ideals happen to be, if there was any year to make your voice heard, it is 2020. The necessity of doing your civic duty and casting your ballot cannot be overstated, and is ultimately an opportunity for you to make a contribution toward change and progress.
Is your plan to vote in place?
Do you still need to register? Check deadlines for any state at vote.org.
Would you like to confirm your registration? This will only take you 30 seconds.
Planning on voting in person? Find your polling place here.
Have you blocked this time off on your calendar?
- If you have support staff in your practice, do you have a plan in place to ensure things run smoothly while they go vote?
- Depending on your location, there may be a long wait to cast your ballot. Consider bringing some snacks and essentials in case you have to stand in line for an extended period of time.
Already have your ballot in hand? Block an hour on your calendar now and commit to filling it out! Check here if you need to locate an official ballot dropbox.
Voting by mail? Here’s a handy list of ballot tracking info for every state.
If you encounter any issues with your ballot or at the polls, in most states you can ask for a provisional ballot. For more information, here is a general overview of state provisional ballot laws and practices from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Okay, good! Now that we’ve got voting handled, what’s your plan to keep contributing to creating change?
Plan to stay focused—no matter what happens after election day.
As we face an uncertain post-election landscape, it’s time to lean toward our goals, our values, our family, and our community, and commit to being a part of the change we want to see in our communities and this country for the rest of 2020 and beyond.
As a lawyer, you are uniquely positioned to serve your community in an important way and contribute to positive change within your industry.
Think about how everyday life has dramatically changed over the past twenty years, or ten, or even five. Innovation and change happen across all industries to keep up with and meet the demands of modern life and the needs of people living it.
The legal industry is no different, but it has some catching up to do! Much of the legal industry is still trying to work within an outdated model that doesn’t work for lawyers’ lives and leaves their clients underserved.
Luckily, change is already happening in the legal industry, bucking the outdated, traditional model and opting to innovate and modernize in the interest of better serving people.
This article Breaking Tradition: How New Law is Challenging Big Law, on law.com, discusses at length the concept of “New Law” and the innovation currently happening within the legal industry that is challenging the status quo.
Seravello at Baretz + Brunelle is quoted in this article as saying “Clients will never not go to lawyers for solutions, but when you think about clients’ problems 10 years ago versus now, they are different. And similarly, lawyers have to evolve their skill set. What New Law does is provide them the opportunity to think differently and even shift their skills.”
The article goes on to mention the purpose of New Law as, “augmenting and supporting the traditional path of law. Just like lawyers have wanted to do for clients for time eternal, the goal of New Law is rather simple: provide value.”
As we head into an uncertain, but certainly shifting economic and political climate, people will need the valuable guidance and wise counsel that only lawyers can provide.
There is no better time to think about how lawyers can impact positive change, and to decide if you’d like to take part. It will require a shift in the way you think about lawyering, but you don’t have to do that alone.
Having recently been honored among the 100 Powerful Women of 2020 by Entrepreneur magazine for her innovative work in the legal industry, Ali Katz, Founder of New Law Business Model, is leading the way for lawyers who are ready to embrace a new way to serve and make a meaningful, lasting impact.
On November 4th, 2020, Ali Katz will be hosting a special post-election event, for a candid discussion about what’s happening in our country, in real-time, and the effect it will have on lawyers, their communities, and the nation—for the remainder of this year and into the future.
Join the discussion and see how you can be part of the positive change people need right now—regardless of what happens when the dust settles.
Join Ali Katz on November 4th for a candid discussion about what’s happening in our country in real-time and the effect it will have on lawyers, our communities, and the nation for the rest as we move forward—and how you can still build a firm that you can count on well into the future.