Q I’m a fairly new but older associate in a large firm. I’m also a recovering alcoholic Mormon. Recently, a well-positioned partner invited me and my wife to a small holiday dinner party (“intimate and casual” are the words he used). He’s probably not aware I’m in the program but likely knows I’m Mormon and [...]
QI’m a new lawyer who has been doing contract document review work for about 18 months. While the assignments can be miserable (usually related to whether I can use my iPod or not), there are some that are more bearable than others. Typically, the more bearable projects are run by shops that treat us like [...]
Q.I have what you may think of as a trivial issue but one that bothers me quite a bit. A partner in my firm smokes. No big deal. But, he often insists that I accompany him on smoke breaks, for what he calls “shop talk.” So, for the last year or so, about every third [...]
I want to ask for a raise at my law firm. Should I do it now or wait? And what’s best, a percentage request or a specific dollar amount?
One partner found it preposterous to take two days off for a dog and said “just do it and then come back to the office.”
Do I really not understand the pressure my wife, a female associate, is under? And what should I do to get her back?
I know the law and I know my clients. But I am not liked by my law firm colleagues or staff.
Should I quit my law firm job in grand style? If I do, what should I do (or not do) to make a lasting impression?
Ex-Bitter answers the age-old question: why are lawyers so unhappy?
I’m at the bottom at Harvard Law and wondering if I should stick it out and see what happens or give up the quest and move on to something else.