Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advise for the New Attorney

Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advise for the New Attorney


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Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advise for the New Attorney by Morten Lund

A new job is scary. A new job as an attorney is scary times two: the challenges are both substantive (as in actually knowing the law), as well as procedural (as in knowing how to act like an attorney). In this professional transition, many, many new attorneys fall by the wayside. This book is a guide to keep the new attorney on track.

Written in a first- and second-person tense and filled with no-nonsense guidance from someone actually in the mentorship role in a real-world national law firm, this professional guidebook is unique among the titles available to the new attorney.

While many guidebooks are filled with platitudes and generalities, there is a serious need for genuine professional guidance. That’s where this focused guide steps in.

This book is a companion to The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide, which started the genre. Thane Messinger, author of The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book, was so impressed he wrote a foreword for Jagged Rocks of Wisdom. These two books will make a difference—sometimes the difference—for the new attorney.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888960075
Publisher: Fine Print Press, The
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 94
Sales rank: 581,576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Morten Lund is a partner in the Energy and Telecommunications group of Stoel Rives LLP, where his practice focuses on the development and finance of renewable energy projects. Previously, Lund was a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP.

Born in Oslo, Norway, Lund is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Attorney, adjunct professor of business law, and author of The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide; Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold; and Con Law: Avoiding...or Beating...the Scam of the Century (The Real Student's Guide to Law School and the Legal Profession).

Read an Excerpt

Rule Number 3
Everything is Your Fault
This rule is my personal favorite. 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 it? Yours.
An earthquake collapses your office building, burying your entire office. Your document is lost. Whose fault is it?
Okay, maybe not this one. But just about everything short of 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.

Actually, perhaps “fault” is the wrong word. Maybe “responsibility” is better. The reason for this rule is quite simple. If your task is to get me “A”, then your task is to get me “A”. Not to try for “A”, not to see if you can accomplish “A”, but simply to get “A”. At that point the universe is divided in two: “A”, and “not-A”. Anything that isn’t “A” is “not-A”, and will not make me happy. I don’t care why you gave me “not-A”, all I know is that I now have “not-A” when I specifically asked for “A”. Reasons, causes, excuses, good intentions—all are irrelevant and uninteresting to me. Get me “A”.

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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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.