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(The New York Times)   You'd think that lawyers, of all people, would know the rule about never putting something incriminating in writing, especially not in an e-mail   ( divider line
    More: Dumbass, D-La, perverse incentives, DLA Piper, New York University School of Law, Samford University  
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2013-03-26 03:00:21 PM  
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Deneb81: Requiring billable hour minimums for associates, combined with the general lack of interaction and instruction for young attorneys...

What do there large firms expect the culture to become?

You survive by being shiatty and taking a long time on everything - often because no one has ever bothered to actually explain tasks to younger attorneys (they have their own billables to hit after all) OR by inflating bills on purpose.

Maybe the issue isn't that they don't pay their associate enough - like one manager apparently suggested. Maybe it's evidence of the general American lack of organizational allowance for job training in large corporations.

AS I once said to an attorney visting our law school on "professionalism day", after he in one breath claimed his firm provided an atomosphere for work/life balance and family, and then i nthe next talked about billing 3200 hours the previous year:

"There are 8760 hours in a full time year.  Assuming you slept just five hours a day, showered and dressed daily and had a very short commute to work 2555 of those were already consumed.  Even if you were a paragon of lawyers you'd still need ot actually work about 1.5 actual hours for every hour you bill (truthfully its much closer to 2).  that would leave you with just 1405 hours a year, or under 4 hours a day to eat, engage in any recreational activities and spend time with your family,  and that's IF you worked 7 days a week,  and every single major holiday including Christmas and New years.   If you also took just  Sundays off, you'd have 1/2 an hour daily not spent working or sleeping.  So, my question to you, sir is, are you A) a workoholic who is a complete stranger to your family B) A spectacular liar or C) an unethical lawyer who "pads" his bills and inflates his billable hours?"

Let's just say the Dean of Students made it very clear that he did not appreciate me asking such questions of the school's "guests"  (though my clinical professor gave me a huge "attaboy" for my cross-examination style)
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