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Archive for September 26th, 2009

Coding My Cat

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Total Black: $211.10
Total Red: $228,343.21

For the most part, temp or contract attorneys spend their days reading through other people’s emails, documents, reports, and so on, determining whether that document is relevant or responsive to someone’s request and, if so, figuring out which categories or codes, as established by the law firm whose matter it is, to apply to that document on the doc review software. It’s mundane and thankless work. But it’s necessary and must be done. This temp job I’m now on is for a corporate transaction, an acquisition, not a lawsuit, so there’s a strict deadline by when we have to be finished, otherwise the deal falls apart and then someone sues someone else for damages. Not good. While an associate at the law firm, I reviewed documents for litigation but I’ve never reviewed for a corporate transaction. It’s turning out to be a slightly different approach because you want to be as conservative as possible in deciding whether someone’s email musings are “responsive” enough to warrant turning the document over to the government. The Department of Justice has antitrust concerns about the proposed transaction. It’s interesting though and I’m excited about the opportunity. As an associate you didn’t really get to see the good stuff, like the office affairs, the emailed jokes, the risque pictures, and so forth, because the contract attorneys cleared out that type of irrelevant materials. So, I’m liking being on the frontlines for a change. But you need stamina to keep up.  Keep reading . . .

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September 26, 2009 at 23:10