Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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

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Just Call Me Jean

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Total Black: -$124.84
Total Red: $269,947.64

I noted in Pocket Full of Change that I was a bit short on cash this week due to ironing out the kinks in getting set up on a budget.  What I didn’t note there—or in similar posts—is that in the past I’ve sometimes had to subsist on borrowed bread during these times of lean.  But I’m no Jean Valjean, stealing a loaf of bread.  Or am I?  Keep reading . . .

Tears for Tiers

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Total Black: $3,163.08
Total Red: $270,855.95

Having a job that does not require weekend hours leaves me with much more free time than I’ve had in years.  That free time has freed me to read a few of the other blogs out there that chronicle the current state of the legal profession.  A few have included this blog on their blogroll.  Aside: I never instituted a blogroll.  I noted back in Fiftieth Post that I wasn’t much of a blog-reader.  Tides are turning a bit.  Keep reading . . .

Staying the Course

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Total Black: $175.86
Total Red: $252,394.42

Way back in Vindication! I shared an email I had received from a former law firm colleague.  He expressed his encouragement and remarked at my ability to stay the course in the face of many challenges and opposition.  And criticism from commenters.  I haven’t heard from him since, but while channel surfing tonight after work, I stumbled across a program on C-SPAN’s Book TV that featured Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus discussing his latest book Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs, followed by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo discussing her book The 10 Laws of Enduring Success.  Both were fascinating presentations and they got me thinking a bit about the beginning of my blogdom experience and my commitment to see it and myself through these challenging times.  Keep reading . . . .

Breakdown

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Total Black: $6.71
Total Red: $245,625.09

No, not an emotional one.  A financial one.  Time to break down my finances for the month and lay it out for all to see.

I’m estimating much of the information here.  I still haven’t gotten paid from my current job.  Perhaps by the middle of next month.  So much of this data I’ve calculated on my own.  Once I get my first pay stub, I’ll update my financials.  For now, here goes:   Keep reading . . .

A Few Remaining Wrinkles

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Total Black: $1,041.21
Total Red: $241,040.55

Only a few remaining wrinkles left: getting a post office box, buying a car, switching my driver’s license, and registering to vote.  I took care of the first one this morning.  I have a mailing address in the Virgin Islands.  Almost didn’t get it though.  Or, at least I thought I wouldn’t. Keep reading . . .

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June 11, 2010 at 22:05

One Week In

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Total Black: $3,069.28
Total Red: $241,011.55

Roughly one week on the job.  And the island.  And I’d say I’m settling in fairly well.  At work, the criminal trial, mentioned in Court, began in earnest today.  I don’t think I’ve ever participated in a trial—in any capacity, including as an observer—from the very beginning to the very end.  The only drawback to working for the court is that all the other tasks we’ve got before us gets shelved for however long we’re away from our desks.  In an ideal world, I’d go back to my desk after court each day and put in another few hours working on cases.  But that didn’t happen yesterday or today.  At least today I had an excuse.  Keep reading . . .

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June 8, 2010 at 23:26

592 Days

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Total Black: $2,425.73
Total Red: $241,855.21

Today I became a law clerk.  And after 592 days, I am no longer laid-off.  Keep reading . . .

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June 1, 2010 at 23:49