Whether it's working with BigLaw, government or a corporate legal department, there is status being located in a major metro area. More money, too. And it's easier to land another position if that one sours. You told your college buddies to meet you by the clock at Grand Central.
That was then.
Now, with the State Dept. travel alert, the glam is turning into a grim awareness of risk. When you get off the Metro North from Connecticut at Grand Central, you will probably now rush to exit by the nearest door. And you will arrive at the terminal just-in-time to jump on the train.
Wining and dining prospects and clients in posh restaurants or treating them to sporting or music events? Given what happened in Paris, the glam has faded on all those too.
The terrorists know exactly what they are doing to shoot bullets into the economies of Westernized nations. Their timing is perfect, also. This is the holiday season. In a sense, they are an Economic Scrooge, pre-conversion.
Probably there will be an immediate hit to the vendors in Grand Central. Who's going to buy one of those over-priced salads and sodas and sit at table to consume them? If I were swinging by Manhattan, I would bring my lunch and eat it in the least crowded area of the city.
To lawyers with families, being stuck in a job in a rural area of Texas might be looking pretty good. When I had to be in Grand Central post-9/11, I worried who would take good care of my four-footer children if I got blown up.