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Pro Bono Thief

Bitter and Abused Columns, Lawyer 16 Comments

The last two years of my life have been stolen from me. For almost 24 months, I’ve been handling a pro bono case that nobody else in our mid-sized firm wanted. I thought it would be a good way to stand out.  It was a 1983 case on behalf of an inmate locked away in a prison 100 miles from …

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CC This, Bitch!

Bitter and Abused Columns, Lawyer 29 Comments

To: The World From: Bitter 5th Year Cc: Nerdy Litigation Partner Two weeks ago, a nerdy litigation partner asked me to work on a private equity investment for one of his clients.  Simple enough, right?  I’m a fifth-year associate and regarded as a competent transactional attorney.  I’m not the class rock star, but I’ve been told I’m “very much in …

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Air, Unconditioned

Bitter and Abused Columns, Lawyer 27 Comments

Well, it’s official: I literally work in a sweatshop.  And in the time it takes me to write this, I will have lost seven ounces of waterweight—all sweat. It’s brutally hot outside, but it’s a damn oven in here because the guy with his name on the front door refuses to pay for us to use the central air conditioning.  …

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