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BB&K’s Alissa Hurns Shares Lessons Learned in the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’ Newsletter

Best Best & Krieger LLP Labor & Employment litigator Alissa Hurns joined the firm in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything from interviews to meeting her new colleagues and clients was done remotely, Alissa wrote in an essay titled “Communication Plays a Key Role in the New Remote Work Environment” for the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Spring 2021 Newsletter (page 7).

Alissa reminds law firm job candidates that interviews are a “two-way street,” and encourages they ask these four questions:
1. How has the firm handled the transition from office to remote work?
2. How are partners maintaining communication with associates?
3. How is the communication with other associates and support staff?
4. What does the firm do to ensure employees stay connected?

She said keeping new hires engaged is key to their successful assimilation into the new firm. “At my firm, the partners really focus on being responsive. While a lot of communication is done via email, phone calls are also a norm, and we usually have some laughs on those calls,” Alissa writes. “They have been learning about me, and I have been learning about them. As a result, it has allowed me to feel a sense of connection to my firm in this new remote work environment.”

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