Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

Just Your Average Joe Blogging Away His Debt—In One Year or Less

Done Stepping Down

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Total Black: $1,066.47
Total Red:$229,755.52

Happy Easter.  Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you.  I popped a few peeps at the contact attorney position today.  Sucks having to work on a holiday but even more so when you’re the only one there.  I received a task on Friday that was supposed to be done by Saturday.  Yesterday, however, I was nearly crippled by a headache—as noted in Overactive Imagination—so I didn’t get much accomplished.  Instead I spent much of the morning and then the afternoon and evening compulsively checking my iPhone between serving cake and passing out playbills.  That email asking me whether I had completed my task never came.  Of course, it never came.  Just my overactive imagination again.  But today I’m in the office late again, furiously trying to get all the materials and copies assembled for the morning.

As I noted in Movin’ On, the law firm I’m working for asked if I could continue on for roughly six more weeks.  I haven’t heard back from either clerkship opportunity, so I sidestepped that point by stating that I don’t have any constraints on my availability currently.  Except for the theatre.  Back in Stepping Up and Down, I explained my plan to reduce my hours at the theatre gig to allow for increased work at the contract attorney position.  And once again I asked whether I should keep my shifts at the theatre  scaled back.  In a roundabout way I was told yes.  But I decided not to.  Looks like I’m in for a few more weeks burning that midnight oil—and the candle at both ends.

As I reviewed the past two weeks, I realized that my plan hasn’t really worked.  Instead of working more hours I seem to have worked fewer.  And thus income from both jobs has decreased.  It was worth a try, but it didn’t work out.  I think it’s because I was used to the pace previously.  It’s hard to sustain twelve or thirteen hours straight doing anything let alone sitting at a desk or working with paper.  In weeks prior, I’d leave the temporary attorney staffing agency’s site around 6:30pm for a 7pm shift at the theatre, work there until 9 or 10pm, then swing back to the contract attorney position for a few more hours—often until 1 or 2am.  But for the past few weeks, I haven’t had to do that.  So once 8 or 9pm rolled around—and I really didn’t have much to do, or what I was working on could be resumed the next morning—I’d head out and head home.  And there went my money.

The week ending March 7th I worked 36.3 hours at the contract attorney position.  That was the week I was down with a bad cold.  The next week, ending March 14th, I worked 63.8 hours.  And I wasn’t feeling myself for at least a full week later so I worked all those hours still not feeling up to snuff.  Stepping Up and Down was posted on March 13th and it took about another week for me to cycle off the theatre schedules.  The week ending March 21st I clocked 57.3 hours.  Down to 54.3 hours for the week ending March 28th.  And a whopping 47.5 for this week.  I lost a full day on Monday because of the clerkship interview.

So, I think I’m done stepping down.  Clearly I worked more at contract attorney position when I also worked more at the theatre.  I’m sure a portion is directly related to the work demands coming from the law firm.  As the trial date approached, the tasks decreased a bit.  But there’s always something to do and I certainly could have been staying later on some nights.  But the soul can only endure so many hours in a chair without breaking up the monotony.  Interestingly I worked out at the gym more often too during the same weeks before stepping down.  Equinox has an iPhone app that tracks your visits to the gym.  I hit the gym four times during the week ending March 14th.  For the week ending today?  Once.

Go figure.  If I could explain it, I would!  But I’m not making this information up.  Data comes from my timesheets and the Equinox app.  I’m just analyzing it.  And clearly there’s a correlation between working more at the theatre and getting in more hours at the contract attorney position.  Maybe one truly helps me bear with the other.

Back to binder prep for me.

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  1. At least let us know – did you get an offer from the judge?


    April 5, 2010 at 22:02

  2. Four days? Really? We worry, you know.


    April 5, 2010 at 23:00

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