I have an office. It has four walls, a door that can close, even a window … that looks upon an atrium. It is festooned with my college and post-grad degrees, an ever growing collection of pictures of my kids, and an assortment of Kansas basketball paraphernalia. I know my office exists. However, like many liberal arts majors, I took an undergrad class in cultural anthropology. We read Adorno, Horkheimer, and Baudrillard, discussed simulacra, and even watched Blade Runner . While I have memories of my office, and can even drive by the building, if I do not go in and see it with my own eyes, can I be confident it exists?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been out of the office and working from home since mid-March. Given the babytown frolics nature of the U.S. federal government’s response to COVID-19, it is highly likely that this exile will continue for the foreseeable future. Considering that the virus has killed more than 150,000 Americans over the last four-plus months, including many in the legal industry — many are better suited to eulogizing the famed litigator, and COVID-19 victim, Stephen Susman , but I will use this space to mention two aspects of his life that might not get coverage elsewhere: first, were it not for his personal largesse, it is entirely possible that my salary earned during three years at the American Constitution Society would have been denominated in cans of Fancy Feast rather than dollars; second, without his unceasing focus and pressure on judicial nominations during the Obama administration, there would be far fewer judges able to push back against the ongoing Supreme Court auditions masquerading as jurisprudence currently unfolding in some federal courts across this country — my existential thoughts might come off to many as plaintive whines. But especially with law schools starting up, in some way, shape, or form, over the next several weeks, it feels worth exploring how those of us in career services can help students from a distance and how we all can cope with the ramifications of this ongoing […]