We’ve been on “vacation” since last weekend. I use quotation marks because, in all reality, I cannot disconnect completely, as it would be a disservice to my clients– all lawyers who need help navigating the cross-border issues that they never touch on in law school. Everybody with an active matter knows I’m overseas, and they’re incredibly respectful of my time and circumstance, but I take great comfort from the fact that I can still work no matter where I am. Peggy is not incredibly pleased when I pull out my phone to answer an email, but she understands the challenge.
Just today, a colleague shot me a question that I was able to answer– quickly and definitively, on my phone– from pub in County Limerick, Ireland. Ponder the practice of law today versus the practice thirty years ago. Answering that question would have taken either several days or a whole bunch of dollars– probably both, and definitely, not from Pat Collins’ Pub.
But in a matter of minutes, I was able to tell her exactly what she needed and, hopefully, save her client several hundred dollars. It cost me all of seven cents, thanks to the miracle of the Internet. I called her and said, “yeah, no worries– do XYZ and you’re fine.” Not a chance I could have done that in the 1990s.
Our economy is no different– we are part of an interconnected world. An inextricably linked world. Personally, I like that.