Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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

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From Times Square to Time Square

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So, it’s starting to settle in that I’ve gone from this.  Keep reading . . .

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June 2, 2010 at 22:31

Liming Around Town

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Long but interesting day.  Met with two realtors.  Both of whom took me to see very different apartments.  I viewed seven different spaces today and, by the end of the day, settled on the one I want.  Keep reading . . .

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May 11, 2010 at 20:07

A Nice Gesture

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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 . . .

Meerkat Manor

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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 . . .

Talk Amongst Yourselves

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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

Hoarding and Spending

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Another night with bubbles and boys.  I worked two shifts at the theatre tonight.  And between shifts, while I ate, I relaxed a bit and read more of Mind Over Money by Brad and Ted Klontz.  In Chapter 7 they discuss what they refer to as money-worshiping disorders, “disorders that place  disproportionate amount of importance on money: earning it, saving it, spending it.”  They go to note that all three disorders  “share a common thread in that they all arise from scripts that equate money with safety, self-worth, and/or happiness.”  The section on hoarding really struck a cord. Keep reading . . .

Bubbles Galore

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This afternoon had to be the oddest and yet most interesting event that I’ve worked with New World Stages.  For anyone who’s read the chapter “SantaLand Diaries” in David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice, my day brought a true-life glimpse into his chronicle of life as a Macy’s Elf.  No, I did not play an elf.  It is March after all; the elves are all hibernating.  (Or recovering.)  Instead, I spent the day helping The Gazillion Bubble Show.  The show participated in the Macy’s Flower Show kick-off.  And what a day it was. Keep reading . . .