Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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On the Seventh Day . . .

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I did not work today.  Not at the theatre, nor at the contract attorney position.  A few emails came through this morning from the associate at the law firm I’m working for, but I wasn’t needed after all.  Earlier in the week I had gotten my shifts at the theatre covered.  So I had the entire day to myself.  Not that I intended it that way, at first. Keep reading . . .

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March 21, 2010 at 23:50

I’m Just a Temp

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The past few days has seen a steady increase in the hours at work at the contract attorney job.  And a corresponding increase in stress.  I’ve found myself slipping back into associate mode—as if I were an associate at a law firm again.  Checking my emails in the morning upon waking and just before going to bed at night.  One morning I awoke at 7am, and then said screw it and went back to bed until 8:30am.  At like 7:03am emails started coming through from the associate asking me to let them know ASAP when I’m in.  Of course, I didn’t get those messages until 8:30am when I awoke.  And I hopped out of bed and rushed to work—just as if I was back a the law firm.  I’ve even been reluctant to leave my desk and go to the gym or even out for food.  But it’s silly because I’m just a temp. Keep reading . . .

A Bad Review

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Of late I’ve taken to sporadically checking Above the Law, a legal gossip blog tailored mostly to corporate law firm culture and climate.  Once upon a time I scanned it religiously, especially during times of law firm unrest: layoffs and firm shamings, bonus season, and even when salary increases were being announced way back in 2007.  Crazy days of youth it seems now.  But today as I glanced at the site during an electronic stroll, I spotted an article about law firm reviews that took me back to my earlier days at the law firm and when I received my annual review. Keep reading . . .

No Holidays For Lawyers

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A few days ago, while at the contract attorney position, I got to talking with the office manager for the attorney temporary staffing agency’s off-site location.  She was working quite late, as was I, and I inquired why.  A new project was starting up and some computer problem had occurred.  She had to stick around until the situation was solved otherwise the project wouldn’t have been able to start on time.  It got me wondering why Law is all-consuming. Keep reading . . .

Pro Bono Publico

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A year ago today I was scurrying around at the firm, finishing up the cases I was working on and ensuring they were transferred to someone else.  One such case was a pro bono lawsuit on behalf of a homeless woman whose personal property had been denied her by her landlord and then by a storage facility.  Earlier this week I inherited that case once again.  Odd timing, no?  Effectively I will be a solo practitioner.  It’s a bit intimidating thinking about the upcoming deadlines and overall responsibility, but I’m committed to this client and her story.  Plus, in a sense, she’s my first client.  She was my first “client” while at the law firm, even though the firm, not the lawyers, has the clients.  And now she really will be my first client. Keep reading . . .

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October 16, 2009 at 23:57

Pussyfootin’ Around

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In Never Been Further Apart I referenced the anxiety I feel when the telephone rings.  Since no one calls me on my home telephone number, it’s bound to be one of the debtors trying to get hold of me.  This morning both my cellphone and home phone rang at the exact same moment: 8:20 a.m.  The home phone was a credit card company; the cellphone was my mother calling to tell me that SallieMae was now calling her.  She’s a co-signor on one of my student loans.  And wonderful mother that she is, she made a payment on my student loans last month and asked SallieMae to send her the bills until I get back on my feet.  Only downside is that SallieMae will only apply her payments towards that loan she’s tied to.  Without the contract attorney position I’d continue to fall behind on those payments despite my mother’s help. Keep reading . . .

Res Ipsa Loquitur

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Earlier today I reached out to colleagues at my former law firm.  I had a quick question to ask related to corporate practice regarding the work I’m doing for my colleague.  I practiced in litigation while at the firm, so I’m only vaguely familiar with corporate filings, securities documents, balance sheets, and the like.  Six out of seven people I telephoned didn’t answer.  Large law firm associates in New York frequently get cold calls from recruiters and headhunters looking to make money facilitating a lateral move to another law firm.  So, associates where I worked often didn’t pick up calls from external telephone numbers we didn’t recognize.  It was different, and annoying, being on the other side of that telephone line today.  I did get to speak with three associates though.  One picked up; the other two called me back.  Two of the three seemed really irritated by my question.  (It regarded dates on amended documents: use original or amended date; pretty basic.)  Within roughly ninety seconds of the call both said they had to go and practically hung up before I could say thanks and good-bye.  I assume some urgent email or telephone call came in. Keep reading . . .