Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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Archive for April 2010

The Entertainer

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Total Black: $2,621.22
Total Red: $235,585.30

Another Friday night with Naked Boys Singing.  Naked Boys Singing only performs on Friday and Saturday night whereas most of the other shows at New World Stages run the regular Broadway course: two shows on Saturday, two on Sundays, then every week night except one.  At least at New World Stages, the ushers get to work different shows.  I’ve wondered how ushers at other theaters, those who see the same show each night, like The Phantom of the Opera for example, how they handle it.  That same music over and over eight times a week.  Songs from Naked Boys has already begun to earworm (yeah, I’m turning it into a verb).  I wake with songs playing in my head.  Occupational hazard, I suppose.  That said, though, I was intrigued tonight when I found myself actually listening to the lyrics of one of the songs. Keep reading . . .

Last Update On Efforts?

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Total Black: $1,404.21
Total Red: $235,585.30

The monthly earnings report from arrived via email the other day.  I haven’t earned that much.  But it prompted me to think about all the various efforts to date in supplementing my income.  It may not be easy finding different gigs in my new location. Keep reading . . .

Finances, Finances

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Total Black: $1,097.64
Total Red: $235,215.12

Co-Clerk’s advice, mentioned yesterday in A Nice Gesture has been weighing on my mind.  I’ve got to a lot to finance in a very short period of time: pack and move my belongings to Pennsylvania, fly myself (and probably another person) to the new location with two cats in tow, put down first month’s rent, security deposition, and possibly last—and, given what Co-Clerk mentioned in A Nice Gesture, probably second month’s rent too.  Just to be safe.  And then there’s any other incidental expenses along the way, like buying a car.  I’m starting to get more than a bit worried about financing this move to get to the clerkship.  But first I need to deal with my apartment. Keep reading . . .

A Nice Gesture

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Total Black: $1,247.35
Total Red: $235,215.12

I’ve become a bit jaded with lawyers these past few years.  My troubles with the Colleague and his refusal to pay me.  Then there’s the landlord’s lawyers and all of their shenanigans involving my apartment and the numerous rent demands and then proceeding initiated back in October or November; although I may have been late, I always paid.  No matter to them though.  And we can’t forget the ol’ pals at my former law firm and how they kicked twenty of us (and many more since) to the curb because of the Great Recession.  And last and least are many of the contract attorneys I’ve had to work around or even with in some cases.  Not many bright and shining stars of the profession there.  So today when I met with my future co-clerk here in Manhattan I was touchingly surprised. Keep reading . . .

Everyone Knows

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Total Black: $2,096.80
Total Red: $235,294.78

Well, today I told the last few people left in the dark about my departure: the law firm I’m temping with and the landlord’s management company.  I figured it was time I let both know.  I needed to alert to the landlord that I’m leaving in order to find out what my options would be regarding my lease.  And as for the law firm, I needed to let them know I’d be out of two for a few days when I fly to the new location to check out apartments. Keep reading . . .

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April 26, 2010 at 23:35

Baffling & Bewildering

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Total Black: $776.32
Total Red: $235,242.50

All day today I’ve been fielding a number of emails from the associate at the law firm I’m currently temping with.  The emails commenced this morning while getting ready for what’s become my Sunday morning routine: hawking at the theatre.  Nearly every request or question left me baffled and bewildered because much of the emergency could have been avoided had people actually read the emails other sent.  But what can I expect.  I’m Just a Temp, right?   Keep reading . . .

Working & Moving

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Total Black: $741.32
Total Red: $235,224.00

Since I started working at the theatre, and then even more so once my hours at the contract attorney position increased, I’ve not spent much time applying for, or even looking for, other gigs.  But last night while head ushering my usual Friday night shift—Naked Boys Singing—I overhead the stage manager mention that he needed people to help him move.  And that he’d pay.  So I offered to help.  Keep reading . . .

Meerkat Manor

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Total Black: $349.29
Total Red: $235,224.00

I had an interview this morning with a freelance reporter.  It’s the third request from a journalist via the blog and the second interview I’ve given.  The first journalist balked at my request for anonymity and we never reached to interview stage.  The second was willing to work with me on anonymity, but he didn’t get approval for the article and so the interview was for naught.  The third didn’t even ask my name.  We talked for just over a half-hour this morning.  All three wanted to talk about lawyers struggling with student loans.  Except the journalist today.  He wanted to talk about contract attorneys as well.  I figured I can’t leave the land of temp lawyers without a few more posts dedicated to the quirks, oddities, and irregularities of contract attorney work. Keep reading . . .

A Room With a View

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Total Black: $212.89
Total Red: $235,011.93

I’ve been reaching out to a few contacts over the past few days.  People from law school and the like, who work currently in the new location I’m headed to.  And I’ve been scanning Craigslist for apartments.  I had almost settled on one.  But then I started looking around a bit more and saw a few properties with much better amenities.  Got me thinking about finding a room with a view, so to speak.  A place worth spending a year in, rather than just grabbing the first place I spot—as I’ve always done. Keep reading . . .

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April 22, 2010 at 23:22

At Last!

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Total Black: $236.65
Total Red: $234,983.78

First words that leapt to mind.  “At last!”  I could hear ol’ Etta’s sultry sigh whispering in my ear as I opened the mailbox today.

Keep reading . . .

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April 21, 2010 at 22:06

Slipped My Mind

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Total Black: $73.51
Total Red: $234,846.52

Last night was the first night I somewhat voluntarily chose not to blog.  I say somewhat because it was only at roughly 2:25am that I woke up, slightly inebriated still, and remembered that I hadn’t posted.  But I was too tired to bother getting out of bed, running the numbers, and putting up a place holder.  So that means I’ll have two gaps in my year: one voluntarily and one not.  Keep reading . . .

Sick and Tired

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Total Black: $60.80
Total Red: $234,846.52

I worked at the theatre this morning and again in the afternoon.  Between shifts I had to sprint over to the contract attorney position to get into the temporary attorney staffing agency’s space, grab three sets of photocopies I prepared last night, and walk them over to the law firm where the other temp attorney works.  She doesn’t have a key card to the building where the temp agency is and the law firm hasn’t given me a key to their spaces.  She and a staff attorney sit four floors below the law firm in space rented from a small law firm.  So, in effect, we’re spread over three locations.  Not very efficient.  By the time I got to the temp agency, I was nearly drenched in sweat.  I didn’t notice it until hours later, when I finished at the theatre and had to walk back once again to the temp agency.  See, my hoodie was still damp when I put it on to leave.  Gross.  Keep reading . . .

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April 18, 2010 at 22:35

Four of Six

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Total Black: $129.67
Total Red: $234,846.52

Out of curiosity I ran a google search earlier today for this blog to see what comes up.  One reference I spotted I hadn’t seen before.  Back in February, in response to a post on Bitter Lawyer, a commenter referenced my blog.  The post gave short caricatures of laid-off and unemployed lawyers.  I suppose I fell under number four: Me Can Blog Too.  Keep reading . . .

Get A Move On

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Total Black: $173.20
Total Red: $234,846.52

My sister telephoned on Thursday evening just as I was leaving the building of the contract attorney job.  In most instances, I never answer my telephone.  Typically I’m working and therefore never take calls unless it’s urgent.  Frankly I find it unprofessional the way contract attorneys—or anyone for that matter—answers their cellphones in public, quite often wherever they themselves, and just start up a conversation.  Nearly always it’s not that important.  But in the Era of On-Demand, people expect to be able to access you always and instantly.  With my work schedule, however, and personal cell phone policy—that rarely happens—to the chagrin of my family and friends.  But tonight I answered because I was leaving work.  Keep reading . . .

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April 16, 2010 at 23:58

Tax Day

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Total Black: $734.79
Total Red: $234,846.52

Yes.  It’s Tax Day.  At least in the United States.  I filed mine today.  Keep reading . . .

Now What?

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Total Black: $756.49
Total Red: $229,268.63

Believe it or not, but I still haven’t received formal notice from either court informing me of my application status.  No offers.  No rejections.  Of course, I received an email from the farther judge’s clerk, offering me the position.  But that’s not the same as a formal letter in hand, spelling out terms of employment and other important details.  I don’t doubt that I have the position, but that certainty—that paper in hand—would be nice.  For now I must wait.  And I’m not really a patient person.  Keep reading . . .

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April 14, 2010 at 22:46

Tax Day Approacheth

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Total Black: $791.84
Total Red: $229,268.63

Tax day is just two days off.  I still have to get mine prepared.  I certainly didn’t have a lot of income for 2009 since I spent eight months of it on unemployment benefits.  Still, I’ve waited this long because I’m nervous that I’ll once again owe taxes this year.  Not that waiting will change anything. Keep reading . . .

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April 13, 2010 at 23:01


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Total Black: $1,019.46
Total Red: $229,268.63

Last night I saw American Idiot on Broadway.  It left me cascading through memories of my twenties and the person I was back then.  And I don’t know now if Twentysomething-Joe would even recognize Thirtysomething-Joe.  Keep reading . . .

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April 12, 2010 at 23:59

Another Late Night

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Total Black: $1,880.41
Total Red: $229,689.21

So I worked both jobs today.  It’s nearly midnight and it doesn’t look like I’m leaving any time soon.  Keep reading . . .

Ninth Day of Accounting

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Total Black: $1,942.16

Here’s the Breakdown:

Primary Checking: $1,400.09
Secondary Checking: $539.00
Savings: $2.36
PayPal Account (Personal): $0.71
PayPal Account (Blog): $0.00
Amazon Payments Account: $0.005
Mutual Funds Account: $0.00

FICO Score 506

Total Red: $229,689.31

Here’s the breakdown:

Credit Card Debt:

MasterCard: $5,588.01     [Minimum payment for April = $214.00.  APR 27.24%]
Visa: $7,689.56     [Minimum payment for April = $292.00.  APR 27.24%]
Visa: $5,039.00     [Card closed.  Minimum payment for April = $206.00.  APR 27.24%]
American Express: $2,400.23     [Minimum payment for April = $48.00.  APR 27.24%]
Raymour & Flanagan Credit Line: $6,340.68     [Account closed.  Entire balance due]
Saks Fifth Avenue Credit Card: $0.00

Student Loan Debt:

Federal Stafford Loans: $94,504.20
Private Student Loans: $31,940.56

Back Taxes:

IRS (2007): $1,438.11
IRS (2008): $28,275.80
NY State (2008): $0.00

Other Loans:

My mother: $46,473.16

Already my ninth day of accounting.  And, as requested in a comment by Anon, this month I’ve broken out my APR and minimum payments for the month for my credit cards.  Keep reading . . .

The Replacement

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Total Black: $1,947.16
Total Red: $229,689.21

Another Friday night with my Naked Boys.  Well . . . they’re not mine, of course.  And I’m not with them at all.  But you get the picture.  But tonight I wasn’t head usher.  My sub was.  And I took the occasion to let her know that in a few months she’d have to assume the mantel for good.  Keep reading . . .

Talk Amongst Yourselves

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Total Black: $696.43
Total Red: $229,650.21

Walking to work this morning, I received an email from the other remaining contract attorney asking that I and one of the law firm’s paralegals stop by her office for a meeting.  Day-to-day now we’re on our own because all of the attorneys and one of the paralegals we work with are in federal court for the trial.  We’re left to talk amongst ourselves.  Keep reading . . .

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April 8, 2010 at 23:11


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Total Black: $403.65
Total Red: $229,634.11

While walking to the theatre tonight, I started thinking about the synchronicity of life.  How life sometimes randomly syncs itself, so to speak.  For a few weeks now, I’ve had flashes this good-bye party thrown in the Time-Out New York Lounge at New World Stages.  The bar is decorated in a theme matching the farther location I’d be moving to.  Lots of people are there to see me off: from different chapters in my life.  Perhaps it’s time to start planning that party.  Keep reading . . .

Show Time

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Total Black: $512.12
Total Red: $229,634.11

Well . . . I finally heard back about one of the clerkship opportunities.  Keep reading . . .

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April 6, 2010 at 23:27


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Total Black: $575.21
Total Red: $229,755.52

Today I had one of those classic moments that only television can truly capture.  And all I could do was toss my head back and laugh out loud.  Otherwise, I would have screamed instead.  Keep reading . . .

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April 5, 2010 at 23:46