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 humans, professionals even.
The miserable assignments get my goat, the ones that make me check my phone at the front desk, overly restrict billing time, and create working conditions that are unbearable—literally a sweat shop in some airless basement in a warehouse or office building. Believe me, there are working conditions for doc review that rival those of Chinese factories. And yet we keep coming back. Keep Reading ⇒
Dave Adler is the epitome of a dreamer. But he’s in denial about it. He thinks he’s different from Tim and Frank, because he is 100 percent going to “make it.” Yet, he is blind to the facts, which are that he has had zero success as a comedian. Keep Reading ⇒
QI’m a recent grad from a decent law school but obviously not a decent enough school to catch a break and get a job. I’ve been doing some temp work and non-legal work to pay the bills and am now considering document review, as the fun but non-legal stuff is drying up. I’ve never done doc review and don’t know much about it other than it sounds like you just review documents for certain phrases or words. Sounds easy enough. My question: is there a tiered system of document review, like law school or being on law review? I don’t want to end up in the wrong place, wasting my time and working again toward nothing. Keep Reading ⇒
On every document review, there is usually one guy who is vocal about the terrible working conditions. In truth, most of us feel this way. But we need the money and say nothing, accepting conditions that are less than ideal—and, on occasion, working conditions that are illegal. Garvey Harris is the guy who thinks all of us need to take a stand. He’s a rabble rouser. The problem is, we have no leverage and the bosses know it. Anyone who makes a peep is summarily dismissed, never to be heard from again, and possibly blacklisted from further doc review work. So we all suffer in silence. Keep Reading ⇒