Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advise for the New Attorney

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Imagine: You are working on a memo, and you hand your secretary a heavy markup. She makes the changes and hands the document to the partner, who is not pleased with the number of typos in the document. Whose fault is it? Yours. You are sending documents to the copy shop for reproduction and binding. The documents come back out of order, and the client is upset because the documents are not the way they are supposed to be. Whose fault is it? Yours.

You are working on a brief, and...

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Overview

Imagine: You are working on a memo, and you hand your secretary a heavy markup. She makes the changes and hands the document to the partner, who is not pleased with the number of typos in the document. Whose fault is it? Yours. You are sending documents to the copy shop for reproduction and binding. The documents come back out of order, and the client is upset because the documents are not the way they are supposed to be. Whose fault is it? Yours.

You are working on a brief, and the filing deadline is tomorrow. Suddenly your computer crashes, and your document is lost. The filing deadline is missed, and the suit dismissed. Whose fault is if? Yours. An earthquake collapses your office building, burying your entire office. Your document is lost. Whose fault is it? Ok, maybe not this one. But just about everything short of an earthquake is your fault. No ifs, no ands, no buts. Your fault. Every time. Law firms function on strict liability. If you touched a project, and anything goes wrong with that project, it is your fault. Causality is irrelevant.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888960075
  • Publisher: Fine Print Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 363,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     xi
Foreword     xiii
Introduction: How to Read This Book     xxv
Official Disclaimers     xxix
Proofread     1
Proofread Again     5
Everything Is Your Fault     11
Be Socially Aware     15
Just Say No to Preliminary Reports     21
Take It Seriously-Because It Is     27
This Is Not School; This Is Not Homework     31
Form And Substance-Display Confidence     35
Admit Errors-Sadly     39
Take a Load Off-Your Supervisor     43
The Partner Is Always Right-Usually     47
Ask Stupid Questions, Not Lazy Questions     51
Keep Supervisors Informed-Don't Exceed Your Authority     55
The Partner Is Not Your Friend     59
Use Firm Resources: The Law Is a Team Sport     63
Be Nice to Your Secretary     67
Help Any Way You Can     73
Great-You Were a Stud in School. Now Sit Down and Shut Up     77
Carry a Pad-And Use It     81
It's Your Career-It's Your Responsibility     85
Just Do It!     89
About the Author     91
Index     93
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    Posted July 16, 2007

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    Think of this book as everything you did not learn about in law school. The author gives an honest, straight account about how to navigate the common pitfalls of associate life. If you are going to join a law firm, read this book.

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