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Interview: Alex Colvin speaks with Paul Salvatore about the changing legal profession

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ILR's dean, Alex Colvin, spoke with Paul Salvatore ILR '81 about the impact of the pandemic on legal practice and the industries he's working with.

Paul talked about how the practice of law is adapting to the pandemic, including changes to work/life balance and "virtual law firms." He sees the pandemic changing the legal profession significantly, and even though firms can be traditional, they are adapting.

Paul’s practice has been focused recently on real estate and construction law, including clients across both unions and developers, and from commercial and residential building. In his discussion, he outlines how the pandemic has lead to  large-scale changes to the way collective-bargaining agreements are created and used, as the industries themselves adapt.

Paul is a labor and employment lawyer who provides strategic legal advice focusing on labor-management relations, litigation, ADR, and international labor and employment issues. He is the recipient of the ILR School's Judge William B. Groat prize (2002), and a trustee emeritus of Cornell's Board of Trustees.

You can watch the interview below.


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