As expected, there has been another round of layoffs at Edwards Wildman. Last May, 20 support staff were laid off. Last week, reports David Lat at Abovethelaw.com (ATL), 42 more administrative types were cut loose and 10 lawyers. Technology accounts for the staff Reduction in Force (RIF). Reorienting practice areas generated the lawyer cuts. Heaviest hit was the Boston office. Here is the ATL coverage.
The trick for those who lost their jobs and maybe even their careers, given the turbulent legal sector, is not to panic. Angst does no good. Also, it drives away those who could help out. Actually, the game has become quite simple.
Either the laid off will find other positions in their field or they won't. First they will hustle to check out if they can be survivors in the law. If that doesn't pan out in a reasonable length of time, then the next step is figuring out how to leverage that experience, skills and contacts into another line of work.
The reality is this: There is no white space between the two. Those lawyers who assumed there was have gone mad. One moved his family twice "to be closer to where the work is." The other is holding down the fort on a solo firm grossing less than $40,000, with the illusion that it can morph into a class action empire.
In the Humanities in the 1970s, there was also no white space. Either we lucked out and landed one of the few tenure-track college teaching positions in the Humanities or we were pushed into the brutal non-academic world which sneered at all the years we had invested pursuing academic excellence. Incidentally, members of both groups suffered.