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Waiting for the New Normal STRANGE TIMES
O n March 14, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court declared a statewide judicial emergency. This effectively brought all cases to a screeching halt. The declaration, while necessary, created so much uncertainty. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced as an attorney. As the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact
My children are still very young. My son is 2 years old and full of energy. It stinks that he has to stay inside, but we still try to get some fresh air and take walks around the neighborhood when the weather is nice. Meanwhile, my daughter is 7, and though she doesn’t fully grasp what’s happening, she knows something is wrong. My wife and I have been honest with her about what’s going on. There is a virus going around. It’s not the end
every facet of life, it felt a lot like the beginning of “The Walking Dead.”
of the world, and it won't make everyone sick, but we need to do our part to make sure it doesn’t spread. We reassured her that she’s in no danger and that things are going to be okay. For the most part, I think she really just misses her classmates more than anything else, but she’s taken it in stride. In strange times like these, I try to be optimistic. I have the opportunity to spend more time with my family and that’s great. But it’s difficult to look on the bright side when I know the uncertainty surrounding the virus
I’m sure a lot of people who live in the Atlanta area felt that way. This was unlike anything we’d ever faced in this country, and it all happened so quickly. As we watched government officials struggle to decide on the best way to react, all we could do was wait and ask, “What happens next?”
This month’s letter will be something of a time capsule. I write these well in advance, so while you’re reading this in May, I’m writing this article on March 25. I don’t know what will happen next, so I can only write about what I’m doing now.
has led to a lot of fear. People are worried about their health, their jobs, and being able to pay their bills and take care of their families. The toll this virus is taking is so high. We don’t know what will happen. All we can do right now is wonder when things will go back to normal and ask what that new normal will look like.
I'm responding to this pandemic in many different ways in my various roles. As an attorney, I want my clients to know that we are still working on their cases. Though everything has been pushed back in a way that will impact cases for months, our team has shifted to working remotely and they're still available to clients. As a business owner, I need to reassure my team that we’re going to weather this crisis. And as a father, I want to keep my family safe.
By the time you read this, I hope things are normal again. If not, there is one bright side we can look to: At least there are no zombies. –Darl Champion
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