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Five Reasons Being a Lawyer is Great Now

Bitter Staff Columns, Lawyer 6 Comments

Bitter Lawyer is back at it with Bitter Numbers, and we go positive with our five reasons being a lawyer is great. Now, at least. 1You don’t have to work that hard. No, firms haven’t become kinder and gentler—or more sensitive to associates’ “lifestyle” concerns.  (Sorry, Stanford Lifestyle Geeks, this ain’t about you!) They just don’t have any goddamn work …

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Loose Ends, 10-26-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: What a long, strange trip it was… “Harold ‘Hal’ Kant, the Grateful Dead’s longtime principal lawyer and corporate general counsel who spent more than three decades helping protect the legendary rock band’s lucrative musical legacy, has died. He was 77.” [Los Angeles Times] Before the s**t hit the fan on Wall Street, a former …

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Loose Ends, 10-25-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: It’s the weekend.  The economy’s in the toilet.  (What bonus?) You’re stressed—maybe even laid off.  You hate your life.  What’s an overeducated Bitter Lawyer to do to feel alive and whole again?  Pick a vice.  And really invest in it.  [Radar] “A federal judge in Philadelphia last night threw out a complaint by a …

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Loose Ends, 10-24-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: We’re still a ways off from powering up SCOTUS with enough solar panels to be able to clearly see the Justices’ hemp robes, but just how “green” is the high court?  [Law.com] You can call Naomi Campbell a lot of things, but—for the love of God—whatever you do, don’t call her pregnant.  She’ll get …

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I Lost my Partner Mentor

Ex-Bitter Columns, Lawyer 3 Comments

QI work in the litigation department of a large law firm.  As in all large firms, the partners are aggressive and don’t have time to answer questions from junior associates.  The partnership track is a very long-term commitment and is extremely competitive.  Since summering at the firm, I relied upon one senior associate (who had became a junior partner) to …

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Duty (Never) Calls

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My supervising partner comes into my office and says, “Might need you this weekend.  Be available.” I get it—it’s part of my job.  But this is the fourth time he’s done this in as many weeks, and he’s never called me.  No call, no email, nothing all weekend.  He always says, “You’re around, right?  Going to need you.” Then no …

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Loose Ends, 10-23-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Damn, it doesn’t feel good to be a banker.  Your good friends in the securities industry are staring into the face of another tsunami of layoffs.  Goldman Sachs may ax 3,200 employees.  That’s in addition to the 24,000 Citigroup, the 14,000 Lehman Brothers and the 10,000 Merrill Lynch have already let go.  “‘When a …

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Loose Ends, 10-22-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Defining the types of stress “Biglaw Cogs” are feeling during this economic crisis is the easy part.  The solutions for how to survive at the firm are a lot harder to come by.  Other than “don’t laugh, giggle or skip. Look somber.” [The Snark via Law.com] Since rich-man shady success stories always engender happy …

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Loose Ends, 10-21-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: With “children” old enough to have their own children being dropped off on Momma Nebraska’s doorstep under the state’s new safe-haven law, legislators have decided to narrow the age limit a smidge.  And by “a smidge,” I mean 17 years, 11 months and 28 days.  [Yahoo!] Get baked at your next gay wedding!  Maybe.  …

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